Donating blood - how to recover?
I'm donating blood today for the first time since I started this weight loss kick. I normally don't have any difficulties with dizziness or anything. Is there a best way to recover though, and is is compatible with my current eating plan?
Usually at the recovery table they have sugary things to eat and drink, but I'm on a low-sugar plan. Is there a reason why I need sugar or carbs immediately after donating? I was thinking I'll bring some blueberries with me to eat at the recovery table if so. My net carbs are around 40 grams/day currently. I was considering eating a few hundred extra calories for the next few days, but should I have more carbs as well?? Finally, every day I drink 108 oz of water. Should I drink more water today to go above what my body is accustomed to or is 108 oz enough for my body to start replacing the blood?
Also, I'm sad to skip my workout this afternoon but I know that's recommended.
Thank you if you can help at all!
I lost 40 lbs between Nov 2010 and Nov 2011 doing low-sugar for my "50 Pounds in 50 Weeks" project. I bounced halfway back up so I'm back for more!
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