I've searched pretty extensively in and outside of the paleo/primal community, but it seems that there is no consistency whatsoever on what one should eat before/after exercise. Carbs before, fats before, protein before, never fats after, always protein after, carbs after, fats after; every recommendation is contradicted by another, and I don't know what to make of it.
I'm 5'6", 112 lbs, and am lightly aiming to gain a bit of muscle as well as not lose fat. I'm (sadly) mostly sedentary, but have have been exercising every/every other day for about three weeks including briskly walking(15-30 minutes), intermittent short sprints(2-5 minutes, trying to work on that), and various stretches/resistance activities(10-25 minutes; push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, planks, etc.).
Every day for breakfast/lunch I eat 3 eggs, a whole avocado, and 2-4 cups of spinach, and that is usually the only meal I have pre-exercise; I am usually not hungry for a while after I work out. I've been wondering if the protein/fat combo is the best combination for energy. I've been eating very few carbs, but maybe a sweet potato prior to heading out would keep me energized and wouldn't overload my body with useless starch/sugar? I will not drink protein shakes, so would the eggs be better after? Do I even need protein after?
Help me, Paloehacks, you're my only hope!