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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

April 13, 2013
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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...
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Should You Drink Coffee Before a Ride?

April 9, 2013
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Coffee Before You Ride Question: I love coffee and have managed to cut back from 4 cups per day to just 1 cup every morning over the last 6 months.  If I’m going on a long ride that begins in the morning, is it still okay to drink my coffee before I go? Kelli’s...
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Coconut Oil 101

April 9, 2013
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We get a lot of questions about coconut oil and why we recommend it in so many of our Loving the BITE recipes.  Well, Kelli explains it all in this video for all of you: If you have any more question on Coconut Oil or how to use it, just let us know. Please...
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Cycling Fuel for Lactose Intolerant Cyclists

February 23, 2013
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Cycling Fuel for Lactose Intolerant Cyclists Jeff asks: “I am extremely lactose intolerant, and many of the commercial bars and supplements have whey as a major ingredient.  I have a hard time finding fuel for my rides.  Help.” Kelli’s Answer:  Thanks for your question.  Pack your own non-whey nutrition.  Here are a few non-whey options: 1)      Clif...
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Non-Sugar Nutrition for Cyclists

January 5, 2013
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Non-Sugar Nutrition for Cyclists Rick Asks: Because of my recent gastric bypass surgery, sugar is a huge issue with me.  Eating anything with more than 8 grams of sugar causes me to have major intestinal issues.  I have to be extremely careful, especially while riding.  On long rides I will take Gu packages and...
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What is the best fats/carbs/protein ratio for training cyclists?

November 24, 2012
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Ratio of Fats/Carbs/Proteins William’s Question: For a healthy adult male masters racer, spending 8-15 hours per week on the bike. When looking at daily nutrition and training nutrition combined, what would be your recommended ratio of fats/carbs/proteins, to a person who is not trying to lose weight, but just get the most from his...
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Top 6 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating without Piling on the Pounds

November 17, 2012
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Question: I’ve been training hard and have lost a few pounds since the summer season.  I don’t want to slow down my momentum.  Do you have any tips to avoid piling on “Holiday Pounds?” Kelli’s Answer: Yes, here are my Top 6 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Pounds: The “Holidays” are really only a few days. ...
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Which Eggs are Best?

November 3, 2012
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What are the best type of eggs to eat, and should I include them in my diet? Kelli’s Answer: Some eggs have a higher concentration of omega-3s than other eggs because the chickens that produced them were fed a vegetarian diet that contained omega-3s.  However, since these omega-3s are from flax and vegetarian sources,...
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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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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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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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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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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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