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Does Clear Pee Mean You’re Well Hydrated?

June 16, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’ve always heard that clear pee, and peeing in general, are good signs of being well hydrated.  After a strenuous ride, can I use this test to judge adequate fluid and electrolyte intake? Kelli’s Answer:  Yes and no.  First, clear pee is a good sign that you’ve hydrated well.  And, it’s good...
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

June 14, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Pesto for the Big Ride or Recovery

Who here wants to reduce fatigue and inflammation, optimize blood flow, and stay healthy this season?  Yes, please.  And, who wants some pesto?  Yes, pretty please.  Well, it must be your lucky day, because here at Loving the Bike, we’re about to make it all happen. Recipe of the week: Simple Fresh Basil Pesto...
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How to Avoid Bonking

June 9, 2012
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Nutrition Question: I’m often asked how to avoid “bonking” on long rides, runs, and especially, races.  After all the preparation, no one wants to end up in the fetal position on the side of the trail or road.  Many athletes feel that they have their nutrition dialed in, but still fear the notorious bonk...
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

June 7, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Fresh Chocolaty Orange Fuel Bars

Back by popular demand, another homemade, real-food, training fuel bar.  We received so much positive feedback from the fresh lemon bar that we thought we’d do it again.  In fact, I have to personally add to the positive feedback (yes, to myself, thank you), as I’ve been loving the lemon bars on my recent...
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Loving the BITE: Attune Foods Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

May 31, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Attune Foods Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

This week, Kelli brings you a fantastic recipe that includes the Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar from our friends a Attune Foods.  I’m a big fan of this company for many reasons, and one of them is because they use “simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day”.  Attune (and their Uncle...
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Pre-Ride Nutrition Advice for Diabetics

May 26, 2012
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Question:  I’m a T2 diabetic and I’m wondering what the best food is to start the day before a big ride.  I’m doing a few centuries next month for the Aids ride and I need the energy without spiking or crashing.  Oatmeal and honey spike me like crazy. Kelli’s Answer:  With Type 2 Diabetes,...
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Whole-Food Ranch Dressing

May 24, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Whole-Food Ranch Dressing

The magic bullet.  Whole food super pills.  Hours of energy in a bottle.  Easy, quick, short-cut, convenient nutrition.  If you’re looking for any of these, this particular post is not for you.  To love the bike, I’m proposing that you have to take care of and love your body…the slow-food, whole-food, real-food, old-fashioned way....
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Scheduling Shot Bloks and Roks on your Ride

May 19, 2012
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Question: I have a question about using Shot Bloks and Shot Roks on my longer rides.  Do I take these together? Do I start these from the very beginning of my ride and eat them as I go? Do I alternate them as I go.  I need help with my fuelling schedule. Kelli’s Answer:  Thanks for the...
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Loving the BITE: 3 Sweet Potato Recipes to Fuel You

May 17, 2012
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Loving the BITE: 3 Sweet Potato Recipes to Fuel You

Four simple ingredients.  Three all-new, whole-food, fuel options.  No matter how you do the math, you’re sure to find a sweet potato recipe that will fuel your ride, satisfy your taste buds without sugar overload, and provide some variety beyond bars and gels.  In fact, each of these will work great before, during, or...
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Syrup for Chocolate Milk Recovery

May 10, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Homemade Syrup for Chocolate Milk Recovery

A few months ago we got the conversation going about Chocolate Milk for recovery.  And, as a fan of this approach, I was inspired to go to the store and get some chocolate syrup for this purpose.  For months, I’ve been hooked on using milk with honey for recovery, but variety is the spice...
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Loving the BITE: Build-Your-Own Pre-Ride Smoothie

May 3, 2012
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Loving the BITE: Build-Your-Own Pre-Ride Smoothie

The pre-ride ritual.  Most every cyclist has one, whether strategic or not.  At the top of the list is what to eat.  Some ride on nothing, even after fasting through the night.  Some swear by oatmeal, energy bars, or baked potatoes.  For me, when it comes to my favorite pre-ride fuel, it’s gotta be...
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Sports Drinks That Include Caffeine

April 28, 2012
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Question:  ”I am a mountain biker who rides and races long-distance (24 hour races, 100-milers, etc).  My favorite and most trusted sports drink recently added caffeine to the mix.  50 mg in 3 scoops, which is approximately the amount I would use in 2 hours of a long-distance ride.  I’m afraid of the possible side effects...
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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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