It's a tricky question... & it's even harder to figure out when you first start working out, especially in the morning. Do I eat? I'm hungry & I need some fuel... but what if I feel icky when I exercise? Maybe I should wait & eat when I finish my workout?
Sound familiar? Your body needs fuel to keep you going strong, but it needs the right fuel, in the right amount, at the right time.
In an ideal world, it is best to eat 1 to 3 hours before exercise, so you have a chance to digest before your session. Otherwise your digestive system will be competing with the rest of your body for blood & oxygen, which can make exercising a little more uncomfortable than it otherwise should be.
The best way to go is to have a snack that is a combination of carbs (for fuel) & protein (to build & repair muscle). This could be a banana & some peanut butter on a round of wholemeal toast if you have at least 60 minutes before your session to digest it, or if time is an issue, just a half a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter, half an apple with a few nuts & raisins, or half a banana with half a hard boiled egg. I guess you can see that I am pushing the banana as an option? That's because it is a great source of carbs & is very easy on the digestive system, making it ideal pre workout.
So should you eat before you workout? YES - just follow the guidelines above & don't eat too much!