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Meal Planning for Athletic Training Programs

October 20, 2012
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Is it possible to have an entire years meals planned based on an athlete’s particular training program? Kelli’s Answer: Although its sounds perfect to have a meal plan that correlates well with a training program, all laid out for a year, in my experience, it simply doesn’t work well (sorry).  This is why I...
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Loving the BITE: A Healthy Fiesta With Homemade Taco Seasoning

October 18, 2012
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Loving the BITE: A Healthy Fiesta With Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s hard to go wrong with tacos.  That is, unless you use the store-bought taco seasoning.  Taco seasoning is one of those seemingly simple products that most consumers believe are made up of a few blended spices.  As they should be.  But, turn the packet around and read the ingredients list, and you’ll find...
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Loving the BITE: Protein Bars Exposed

October 11, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Protein Bars Exposed

Sure, a “protein bar” can be a good option for recovery after a hard ride, but do they make for good snacks?  As more and more athletes opt for protein bars and energy bars as part of their everyday food choices, it’s important to determine which, if any, works as a healthy snack.  You...
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Boosting Muscle Energy Stores

October 6, 2012
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Boosting Muscle Energy Stores Dear Kelly, I am a competitive cyclist up in Canada and I have been struggling the last year or so with my diet when it comes to nutrition off the bike.  I am 23 years old and have extreme hyperthyroidism (graves disease ) as well as being a vegetarian.  Are there...
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Loving the BITE: Vitamin D for Athletic Performance and Health

October 4, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Vitamin D for Athletic Performance and Health

“There’s no way I’m deficient…I get plenty of sunshine.” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it many, many times.  And yet, athlete after athlete is found deficient.  If you’ve never had your Vitamin D levels checked, you may be in for a surprise.  And, if you find your motivation and mood wavering and eventually...
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Loving the BITE: Chia For a Long Lasting Energy Source

September 27, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Chia For a Long Lasting Energy Source

It’s a sports nutrition superfood of legends.  It’s a fill-you-up nutrition powerhouse breakfast.   It’s a Chia Seed. And, while it may be small, it works wonders to soak in fluids, gel up, and provide long-lasting energy and volume for foods.  Many athletes use it because they’ve heard the stories of amazing athletes using...
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Loving the BITE: Off-Season Fat Loss Recipes

September 20, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Off-Season Fat Loss Recipes

There’s no better time for a cyclist to shed some pounds than in the off-season.  In fact, while it may seem counter-intuitive, it can be very difficult to lose weight during a long, grueling on-season of cycling, training, and racing (especially if you’re already reasonably fit and just want to lose those last few...
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Loving the BITE: Eggs Are Good

September 13, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Eggs Are Good

Here we go again.  A few weeks ago, you may have read headlines that seemed to confirm it once and for all: Eggs yolks are worse for your heart than cigarettes.  That seems pretty bad.  Especially for a cyclist striving for health and great performance on the bike.  With a headline like this, there must...
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Zucchini Pasta

September 6, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Nutritious Zucchini Pasta

From apples to sports drinks to supplements to zucchini, Loving the Bike’s got your nutrition needs covered on and off the bike.  This week, let’s go ahead and talk zucchini.  If you grow it, in all your spare time off the bike, you likely have it coming out of your ears by now.  And...
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Peanut Butter for Nutrition and the Ride

August 30, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Peanut Butter for Nutrition and the Ride

What’s better than peanut butter?  Homemade peanut butter.  Or, for the adventurous, homemade chocolate peanut butter.  If you’ve never tasted freshly ground peanut butter, or almond butter, or cashew butter, or walnut butter for that matter, you’ve simply gotta try it.  It’s easy to make and it works well for long rides and everyday...
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Loving the BITE: Pre-Sleep Muscle Sparing Shake

August 23, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Pre-Sleep Muscle Sparing Shake

Typical cyclist nutrition wish-list: Lose fat, gain muscle, improve strength to weight ratio, continue to improve on the bike and feel strong while riding, no cramps, no bonking, no stomach issues, no starving.  Stay healthy throughout the season.  Recover quickly.  Train/race harder the next day. A tall order, I know.  And, it’s the same...
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Loving the BITE: Coconutz Fuel Review and Giveaway

August 16, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Coconutz Fuel Review and Giveaway

As if you didn’t already know, I tend to love all things coconut…especially organic coconut oil.  I use it for fuel, especially in recovery, for Daily Nutrition, for my kids’ nutrition, and in various ways around the house.  And recently, Casey Zaugg the owner of Coconutz Fuel, contacted me after reading one of my...
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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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