To clarify my recent post about the sugar deal I am “carving out” not “cutting out” sugars in my diet. What that means is that I have limited unnecessary sugars such as:
Now I chose:
Whole Wheat Pasta vs. White Pasta
Whole Wheat Bread vs. White Bread
Beer and Wine (limiting to 2 per week)
Honey vs. white or brown sugar
Basically when I pasta (for example) I eat the correct portion and chose wheat. Anyone can justify eating mounds of pasta or carb loaded foods but in reality your body can only store so much fuel and the rest just stores as ... fat. Add in the tons of veggies I am eating each day and I just feel tuned into my bodies needs right now.
Now anytime you change things up your body will respond. My body loves junior mints, Hershey bars, chocolate covered anything but I will limit it to a true treat rather than a eat it when I feel like it food. So far I have had no sweet treats.
All of this came about when I bonked big time on a team ride a few weeks ago. I could have made a million excuses but in reality it normally boils down to food and hydration. A bottle of wine over two nights is not a smart pre-ride fuel. Sorry folks.
I am able to tell that my energy is level. I am not crashing in the afternoon and I feel … “clean”. One other thing I have noticed is that when I take in my main carbs at breakfast and lunch and go much lighter on them for dinner I sleep better not feeling so stuffed or heavy. My rides are even and the bonking has not returned. So whether all of this is 100% correct I know that my body is responding well so I am going to go with it.
Example of today’s food:
Coffee (this is the only sugar I use and it is down to two small spoons)
Oatmeal with cup of peaches
Soup (loaded with veggies, brown rice and turkey) along with a large Spinach Salad
Rice Cake (2) with Almond butter spread (ground fresh with no added salt) (like peanut butter but made with almonds)
Chicken Breast grilled, large garden salad with homemade olive oil dressing
Chamomile Mint Tea with a dab of honey
LOTS OF WATER
Off to get ready for our ride with the Spinners Club Group. It’s going to be a HOT one.