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Jason Tanner 11-05-2007 06:08 PM

Giving Blood need help???
So I plan on giving blood soon on a rest day. I'm pretty sure while I'm giving blood that they will pump plasma in me because I'll be giving extra blood. My two questions are that would this affect me any way in performance and also, I know they give snacks out after you give blood but there are serious amounts of sugar in them. Anyone have suggestions for some sort of of food to bring in after I give blood to have. Any help would be great. Thanks.

Derek Weaver 11-05-2007 07:31 PM

Re: Giving Blood need help???
for starters, way to go on giving blood. It's something I mean to do more often (been a couple years I think since I last donated).

As for your question. I wouldn't worry too much about giving blood/performance or the snack they're going to provide you after donating. If you must, take in some fruit for a healthier alternative to cookies and juice.

Maybe a zone bar if you're a zone follower.

Jason Tanner 11-05-2007 07:47 PM

Re: Giving Blood need help???
Thanks. Yeah I think I'll bring in some fruit or something.

Craig Van De Walker 11-05-2007 09:01 PM

Re: Giving Blood need help???
Bring in a zone or paleo snack don't eat the crap they offer. Where I donate they have trail mix cookies, krispy kreme and pop. I usually have chug two glasses of water and have a couple of coffees before I go. On the comment card ask for mixed nuts and fruit, see if you have better luck than me!

Advise: I usually do my workout in the am before donating, or if I do a workout later do not do a met con it won't be fun... On a rest day it is fine. I am slightly more winded during workouts for a few days after donating, but go in every two months and have for years (good Karma). It is also healthy for men to donate and keep your iron stores in check you want your ferritin level below 100!

If you are giving a double unit of blood they will send in some IV saline to keep you from dropping on the way to the car. Bad for business!

For a normal donation they don't give anything back just tell you to drink lots of fluid and don't do heavy lifting that day.

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