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As often happens during the summer, there is a blood shortage in my area and I am going to donate tomorrow. I know that I should make sure to be well-hydrated before I donate, and that I should take it easy for the rest of the day afterward, and that OJ is a good way to keep my blood sugar up.

It has been a long time since I gave blood. Will I be able to work out on Thursday morning? Should I eat a larger-than-usual meal on Wednesday night (obviously choosing iron-rich foods)? Red Cross materials don't really address diet and exercise questions for people who are restricting calories and working out a lot. So what are people's experiences?

thanks, Neon

Tue. Aug 29, 11:35am

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i am a regular donor. i usually eat an iron-rich meal for the few evenings before i donate. i am always able to simply rest at the donation site for about 10 minutes after donating and then get on with my daily routine-except for working out. they strongly advise to lay off strenuous activities for the day. i try to get in some extra time on the couple days before, and then just take it easy the day of. usually the next day, i am back to normal 100%. it's a great thing to do, donating!! you can save up to 3 lives with a single donation. and for the day you donate, you are about 1 lb lighter (1 pint of blood equals 1 lb). lol!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 12:07 PM

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donating is very healthy-it helps restore red blood cells. it saves many lives, too! they will give you a pamphlet after donating discussing what you should and shouldn't do following donating.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 1:09 PM

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Come on, guys!

Okay, so I gave... Drank even more than the recommended amount of liquids, and am taking it easy. As a relatively small person with really low blood pressure (the poor Red Cross people had to wait on me to go home, I was like, "I'm bleeding as fast as I can!") I'm still kind of woozy today. It's interfering with my work and I don't think I'll donate again on a weekday. (And of course I didn't do a workout this morning!)

BUT, what I and my colleagues all noticed was that, although we work in a predominantly male environment, the great preponderance of donors were women. The Red Cross people said that men give much less often, and are generally much more frightened of the process. Good Lord! For a great big guy, a pint of blood is proportionally a LOT less than it is for me!! My bf is a donor every 6 weeks and never feels any different afterward.

So I'm just posting to say: Come on, guys! If a bunch of short little women can do this, you definitely can too!

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 10:35 AM

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I have found the day I donate isn't so bad but the next day is when I really feel it. Plan on not having a lot of energy that day and reserve it for a light workout (like Yoga or Pilates) or maybe use that as your day off.

Also be careful after the donation they have those donuts and stuff there that are so tempting but they have healthy snacks too. I normally eat a Quaker chewy granola bar after I donate.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 10:38 AM

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i bring my own juice, not the sugar/high fructose corn syrup-lade "juices" that they tend to offer) and a small bag of pretzels or soy crisps. no one seems to mind that i bring my own snack. sometimes they offer "a pint for a pint" and will give donors a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from our local shoppe. i give this away to someone in line at the shoppe and it always makes someone smile.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 10:57 AM

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