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Nutrition Tip August 7 2010

August 7, 2010
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Be on the look out for products that include high fructose corn syrup.  Not only is it high in calories, but it doesn’t trigger the body to feel full. Products that use sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup are actually better for this reason….think of that next time you’re sipping a soda.
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Nutrition Tip July 31 2010

July 31, 2010
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Whole Grains Whole grains and whole grain products contain some valuable antioxidants that aren’t found in fruits and vegetables.  They also contain B vitamins as well as Vitamin E, Magnesium, Iron, and Fibre. So how do you get them?  Using whole wheat flour in your recipes is one way.  You can also look for...
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Nutrition Tip July 24 2010

July 24, 2010
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Agave Nectar and Stevia There are a lot of great ways to sweeten things up, and two that I’d like to mention are Agave Nectar and Stevia. Agave is often advertised as a safe and nutritious alternative that can be consumed by anyone, especially diabetics, without the potential side-effects suffered from consuming sugar cane,...
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Nutrition Tip July 17 2010

July 17, 2010
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Whole Foods We’re of an age where the foods available to us are becoming more and more instant, in that they are broken down so that we can cook them, prepare them, and consume them as fast as possible.  Although there is a nice surge of Organic and Whole foods being the popular choice,...
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Nutrition Tip July 10 2010

July 10, 2010
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Oatmeal: Good, Better, and Best In my opinion, there is absolutely no better breakfast than Oatmeal.  Now the word “Oatmeal” is a pretty broad term….what I mean by Oatmeal is going to take a bit of a description. First of all, there are 4 main varieties of Oatmeal: Instant Packaged Oatmeal - Not at...
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Nutrition Tip July 3 2010

July 3, 2010
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Hey man, it’s hot out there….Stay Hydrated When you’re out there cycling hard in the sun, there is no better taste in the world then that of pure water.  Here are three things to keep in mind so that you make sure you are well hydrated during the ride: Two to three hours prior...
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Nutrition Tip June 26 2010

June 26, 2010
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What is fueling your ride? There is a lot of emphasis on what cyclists use as their “pre-ride snack”…..but many studies show that the food going into your body the couple hours prior to exercise does not “fuel” your activity. These studies show that it takes 24 to 48hrs for muscle fuel (glycogen) to...
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Nutrition Tip June 19 2010

June 19, 2010
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What can Hemp Hearts do for you? Now don’t go thinking this stuff has anything to do with it’s most famous counterpart….Hemp Hearts are totally where it’s at for good protein and good nutrition.  They are a great for your health and they taste pretty good as well.  They have sort of a sunflower...
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Nutrition Tip June 12 2010

June 12, 2010
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Are Energy Gels for you? A lot of cyclists are now using energy gels (GU, Clif Shot and Shot Bloks, Honey Stinger)….but do you know why? Well, the main reason of course is to gain some energy (hence the name).  These products are designed to help your performance by replenishing glucose during hard workouts....
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Nutrition Tip June 5 2010

June 5, 2010
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Add lots of cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, and more)  to your diet.  Do it. These phytonutrients have been shown to do amazing things for your body including the stimulation of enzymes that help the liver remove carcinogens and other toxins.  They’ve also been shown to deactivate the metabolite that promotes tumor...
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Nutrition Tip May 27 2010

May 27, 2010
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Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning? Coffee and tea can suck the water right out of you. Both drinks act as diuretics….which means that while your digestive system is bringing water into your body, they make your kidneys pull water out of your bloodstream. Enjoy your tea or coffee, but be...
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Nutrition Tip May 20 2010

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Post Exercise Hydration After a ride, one of your first priorities should be replacing any lost fluid.  This is especially important now that it’s getting hotter out there.  One of the best ways to figure out how much to drink is to weigh yourself before and after exercise and then replace the difference with...
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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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