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Loving the BITE: Gimme Some Lovin’ Chocolate Cake

February 16, 2017
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Loving the BITE: Gimme Some Lovin’ Chocolate Cake

Right now, I’m needing a hug. Literally, just days after I wrote out my 2017 goals, I completely tore my ACL and MCL backcountry skiing, and my goals are no more. Or at least, not right now. The last weekend in January I was having a great time skiing above Vail from the Polar...
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Loving the BITE: My Day in Food & 2017 Goals

January 26, 2017
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Loving the BITE: My Day in Food & 2017 Goals

As a sports nutritionist and registered dietitian for over 15 years now, I’m often asked about my own food habits, both in daily nutrition and training. I’ve never actually laid it all out for readers, but after also being asked about this and my own 2017 athletic goals recently by several clients & readers,...
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Loving the BITE: 5 Favorites for Recovery Nutrition

January 19, 2017
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Loving the BITE: 5 Favorites for Recovery Nutrition

When it comes to recovery, I am all-in. I use a recovery “snack,” after any ride or training that’s harder than “easy,” and I do my best to consume it right away…which means ease of preparation, and having it ready ahead of time are key. Here are my favorites, and the components of basic...
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Loving the BITE: Fast Veggies for Light at Night Eating

January 12, 2017
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Loving the BITE: Fast Veggies for Light at Night Eating

“Quick, get the loads of vegetables we need for dinner.” If I know you at all, and I think I do (wink), this is what you’re saying, or at least thinking while making dinner. Am I right? We’ll just assume I am. In my usual rush to get dinner on the table for six...
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Loving the BITE: Morning Kick-Start Acai Bowl

January 5, 2017
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Loving the BITE: Morning Kick-Start Acai Bowl

Are super foods actually super? Or are they just a marketing ploy that exaggerates food health properties to get you to shell out big bucks for ordinary foods? Is there anything great in them for cyclists? Yes and yes and yes. This week, we’re gonna tackle superfoods. The truth, the myths, and the marketing....
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Loving the BITE: End-of-Year Cycling Health & Wellness Reflections & Goals

December 29, 2016
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Loving the BITE: End-of-Year Cycling Health & Wellness Reflections & Goals

This year, I’m gonna beat the ol’ New Year’s Resolution to the punch. That’s right, I’m pre-empting the traditional date for goal setting. We’re looking back, learning and looking ahead, ahead of time. Then, we’re gonna repeat at the end of every month rather than every year. Yearly resolutions are often overwhelming, far-reaching, intangible,...
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Loving the BITE: Healthy Breakfasts for a Crowd

December 22, 2016
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Loving the BITE: Healthy Breakfasts for a Crowd

If you’ve got company coming over for the Holidays, or if you are the company, here’s your chance to impress your guests or hosts with a deliciously nourishing breakfast (or two). And the best part? It cooks itself while you sleep. Of course, you could slave over cinnamon rolls and please everyone. But, if you’re...
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Loving the BITE: 2016 Whole-Food Delicious Christmas Dinner Menu

December 15, 2016
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Loving the BITE: 2016 Whole-Food Delicious Christmas Dinner Menu

Sure, as dedicated cyclists, it’s good to see food as fuel for our bodies. Most of the time. But every once in awhile, it’s okay for food to be pure celebration. And fun. And joy. And, if you’re planning a Christmas or Holiday meal this month, it’s always good to set your menu early (because...
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Loving the BITE: Delicious 3-Punch Powerhouse Soup

December 8, 2016
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Loving the BITE: Delicious 3-Punch Powerhouse Soup

I’m freezing. Okay maybe not freezing, but with a high in the low teens today, it’s cold out there. And as we discussed in “Lean & Fit” Holiday topics in the past, it takes a bit of work to keep the veggies piling during the cold weather months. Well, this week’s recipe is warm,...
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Loving the BITE: Stop Being a Tough Guy/Gal Cyclist

December 1, 2016
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Loving the BITE: Stop Being a Tough Guy/Gal Cyclist

When you think of a tough guy or gal, what do you usually think of? For many athletes, it’s a picture of one that can go “without.” Without fluids. Without rest. Without recovery. Without fuel. Without = Tough. Believe it or not, this image dates back in history, even to the first “marathon.” I’ve...
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Loving the BITE: Turkey Leftovers & Fit Holidays for Cyclists

November 24, 2016
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Loving the BITE: Turkey Leftovers & Fit Holidays for Cyclists

If there’s one thing you should do tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving, it’s got to be to get out those turkey leftovers, and make the opposite of Thanksgiving dinner. What IS the opposite you ask? One word: Tacos. Leftover turkey is perfect for delicous fresh tacos. And I’m not talking just any tacos, I’m talking...
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Loving the BITE: Let Your Food Be Your PAIN Medicine

November 17, 2016
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Loving the BITE: Let Your Food Be Your PAIN Medicine

We’ve heard it before. No pain. No gain. And we all know the feeling of being an athlete, in pain. Of course, there’s some pain that you ride through, and should (like the pain of pushing yourself). And there’s some pain that’s an indication to stop. Other pain, is more like soreness, and is...
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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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