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Nutrition question(9 posts)

Nutrition questionSpiderman
Jul 12, 2001 1:43 PM
What is the best thing to eat right after a long ride? I know you are supposed to eat within a half hour of the end of a workout, so i get back from my rides STARVING!! So what should i cram in my mouth that isn't chocolate and ice cream to satisfy my hunger. Thanks
Donuts! Not really, but ...Humma Hah
Jul 12, 2001 1:49 PM
... it looks like we posted at almost the same time on a similar subject.

Actually, a light balanced meal is probably the best. Try to get some protein and even some high-quality fat with some complex carbs. This supposedly helps keep your blood sugar more even than simply downing donuts like I've been doing for about the last week. I've been known to down something like a Healthy Choice dinner, a few hundred calories, nicely balanced, and very tasty, but that may not be enough calories.
I've read...Lazy
Jul 12, 2001 1:53 PM
60% carbs, 20% each of fat and protein for an overall diet. More protein for just after exercise to aid in muscle fiber repair.
Jul 12, 2001 2:02 PM
Or anything healthy immediately after a ride - enough to give yourself time to eat right instead of eating anything. I know that intense hunger, we all do - when you say heck with the diet and give me a burger and fries. I try to kill the immediate pain, then make myself something good.
Bowl of cereal with banana works for meAlexR
Jul 12, 2001 2:35 PM
Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds! Very tasty. Carbs in the cereal and banana, protein in the milk (skim) and a little unsaturated fat in the almonds.

Jul 12, 2001 1:27 PM
Blend some fruit of choice along with whatever recovery products you like such a protein powder and you have refreshing elixer to quell your hunger until you get some food prepared or delivered in my case.

I don't know what the ideal post-ride food is, but I always feel best after plenty of brown rice mixed with a few ounces of lean meat and a small salad.
Pasta, lots of it (nm)Dutchy
Jul 12, 2001 5:30 PM
re: PastaDougal
Jul 13, 2001 2:46 AM
I wouldn't personally use pasta as a post-ride food, only as a night before type thing. I find it's too heavy and takes too long to digest for straight after a ride.
The thirty minute rule is for proteinStewK
Jul 13, 2001 11:16 AM
Studies have shown that consuming protein within 30 minutes of a workout speeds the rebuilding of the muscles you've broken down during your workout. I don't know exactly how much protein you're supposed to consume, but I generally have a large glass of soy milk which gives me about 10 grams.

Otherwise, my own rule is to eat the most healthful things first, that will reduce your consumption of junk. I try to have a salad or fruit before a main course.