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What do you crave? Is it your downfall?(44 posts)

What do you crave? Is it your downfall?Kristin
Jul 31, 2002 4:53 AM
Cyclists and runners are always talking about healthy eating. I've found that the best conditioned cyclists are the most disciplined ones--for obvious reasons. But everyone has a weakness. Whats your's? (And no holding back because you think its strange.)

Mine is strange: Oscar Meyer Bacon Peices. I could eat a whole bag of those at once--especially after a long ride. That would be about 3000 grams of sodium. I also crave simple sugars. Anything will do, but my favorite simple sugars are the ones packaged in a round container that says "Eddy's" on the front. I know a guy who craves tunafish. Why couldn't I have the craving?
re:Sweets, especially cookies and pastries.dzrider
Jul 31, 2002 4:58 AM
Sometimes it feels like riding/running is a form of bulimia. Eat more, run more, ride more, burn it off, eat again. Same thing tomorrow as yesterday. I suppose it's better than overeating and not exercising, but I'm like my own co-dependant exercising to enable my eating.
This is exactly...Wannabe
Jul 31, 2002 6:23 AM
This is exactly why I started riding in the first place. My second favorite hobby is cooking! :) It was great watching my apetite grow! Now, it not as much fun since I try to be competitive! But still fun!

My downfall is icecream... Oh, and homemade alfredo sauce on my pasta!

Mission tortilla chips!OffTheBack
Jul 31, 2002 5:04 AM
With salsa, or better yet, fresh home-made guacamole. Mmmmmm...
Toll House break and bake choc.chip cookie doughfz4vgq
Jul 31, 2002 5:42 AM
every once in a great while i can sit down and eat the whole darn package. I don't even dare look on the package to look at the breakdown of sugars, fats, sodium. so far i've been lucky, i'm still 5' 7" 140lbs, always been a runt.
re: What do you crave? Is it your downfall?sn69
Jul 31, 2002 5:44 AM
The bacon isn't strange. My wife teases me about snacking on them in stead of putting them on a salad. After riding, running or swimming, however, my biggest craving was always a Roberto's carne asada or machaca burrito. Occassionally a Rubio's lobster or shrimp burrito would suffice.

The West Coasters will understand....

Northern Neck and Carvers Ginger Ale.MB1
Jul 31, 2002 5:49 AM
Mmmmmmmm good and not bad for you either.
beer (nm)godot
Jul 31, 2002 5:54 AM
Beer and cheese,mickey-mac
Jul 31, 2002 5:57 AM
not usually at the same time. However, I have been known to knock out a chunk of bleu cheese with a Belgian Strong Ale. If I cut beer and cheese out of my diet, my weight would probably drop by about 5%. It's just not worth it.
You are probably way ahead of me, but...RhodyRider
Jul 31, 2002 8:08 AM might try a nice tawny port with that blue-veined cheese, Mike. A nice 10 year old Fonseca (or pick your preferred house) tawny with some real English Stilton is heaven on earth. I may try the ale/blue pairing, thanks for the tip.
Watsits Waffles....Tim Field
Jul 31, 2002 6:03 AM
These are some of the finest crisps ever made, I can clear a bad of 10 in two days..

I doubt you have these (potato chips as you call them) in the US as you're stuck with a really crappy selection. The Uk is crisp heaven.. what's up with this beef jerky stuff? I gave that to my dog as a treat before going to the US and seeing people eat it!

Tim (not wishing to sound anti US!)
Doritos and anything chocolate. Definitely a downfall.Quack
Jul 31, 2002 6:07 AM
It seems like I can stick with the diet for a couple of weeks, just until the washboard starts to form on the old abs, and BAMM! I bonk on the bike once and proceed to ingest an entire bag of Doritos and about 1/2 pound of chocolate in a one hour period. Not too bad, just about 3000 calories. I think it's an addiction but the way I figure it, there are worse things to be addicted to.
OMG! How could it be that 2 of us have the same cravings?look271
Jul 31, 2002 9:54 AM
I could sit down and eat a whole bag of doritoes, especially if I have a beer in the other hand. Chocolate anything, especially icecream. I prefer Ben and Jerry's.
Beer (nm)grandemamou
Jul 31, 2002 6:18 AM
"See Food"MXL02
Jul 31, 2002 6:42 AM
You know, "if I see food, I eat it".
Perogies. A dozen at a time covered in sauce and cheese.Sintesi
Jul 31, 2002 6:57 AM
I live in a Polish neighborhood and I have succumbed to their profligate ways.
try pan frying bacon with perogies. God, is it delicious! nmPaul
Jul 31, 2002 8:09 AM
Nutty Barssimstress
Jul 31, 2002 7:06 AM
... and many other Little Debbie's snacky cakes! I mostly crave carbs (cakes, cookies, pasta). I have to work to keep enough weight on.
Lactose intolerantGeko
Jul 31, 2002 7:40 AM
(Un)lucky for me, I'm lactose intolerant. I can't eat ice cream, milk, or cheese. I usually end up eating microwave burritos. Protein packed, but full of everything else too.
Krispy Kremejaybird
Jul 31, 2002 7:43 AM
absolutely nothingET
Jul 31, 2002 7:47 AM
Seriously. If only my injuries would heal and I could get back to running. I was willing to starve myself to be a better runner (but currently don't have the same level of motivation for cycling). Sure, I get hungry, might eat more than I would like on occasion, but no real craving for anything.
Is starvation healthy?Kristin
Jul 31, 2002 8:09 AM
"I was willing to starve myself to be a better runner..."

I'm not sure this is good way to become better at any sport.
it worksET
Jul 31, 2002 10:25 AM
My times kept coming down, and my relatives and friends were saying I looked emaciated, which I took as a compliment. Not literally starve, but intentionally go hungry, even very hungry, just not so far as to see decreased performance (where to draw the line can be tough, although I never got to look like a bony Kenyan runner, who is more like an enlarged lung attached to legs). Just about any top distance runner has gone through this.
no fairtarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 11:02 AM
I suppose you find rice cakes and tofu a tasty snack, as well. You do make a good point, though. As long as I don't eat, I don't feel that hungry. But as soon as I start eating, all hell breaks loose and it's hard stopping. I guess you could call me a binge eater. Which explains how I managed to gain 8 pounds riding riding 425 miles on a weeklong cycling tour.
RAGBRAI? (nm)Kristin
Jul 31, 2002 11:22 AM
nope, Wisconsintarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 11:34 AM
Actually, I was up in your neck of the woods doing the Fox Valley tour in the area around Oshkosh, WI. It's a great ride if you ever consider doing a trip like this. They supply meals (breakfast and dinner), rooms (college dorms), and SAG support -- all for about $350 for the week. They also limit participants to about 150, so it isn't a mobfest like RAGBRAI -- although that can be fun if you're into it.
Jul 31, 2002 7:50 AM
There are a couple guys in my office who like M&M's. They constantly have some in jars at their desks.

I wouldn't be surprised if I eat a pound a day.
Isn't that the worst? People who keep goodies around.Kristin
Jul 31, 2002 8:11 AM
I hate those people. My roommate thinks that she is actually saving money when she buy's Eddy's ice cream on sale 2 for 1. Then she offers it to me! If she disappears one day, I know nothing about it!
As I sit here eating M&M's...biknben
Aug 1, 2002 5:56 AM
...I realized that the only way I can stop eating these things is to eat all of them. Then there will be none left.

...pause to eat more M&M's...

I work for a small company and every few weeks a co-worker goes to Sam's Club for stuff like soda, pretzels, TP, office supplies, etc. Last week he returned with 24 lbs. of M&M's. Half of which were plain (which I can't resist). I'm nearly done with the last bag. That's 12 lbs of plain M&M's in less than two weeks. I don't feel well any more. For the record, a couple other people do eat the plains but not more than a handfull per day.

...pause to eat more M&M's...

I just called the guy downstairs and begged him not to buy any more.

...pause to eat more M&M's...

Maybe I can get a sponsorship from M&M*Mars.

...going to go eat more M&M's!!!
PB and Jctisevn
Jul 31, 2002 8:15 AM
I get the peanut butter jones in a bad way after a long ride. I eat at least 2 a day. I just did ragbrai and while everybody else was enjoying funnel cakes and ribeye steaks all I wanted was peanut butter. there I am, alone in my tent, spreading peanut butter on flattened bread. yum! I don't eat meats or drink beer though so I dont suffer a great deal of added weight from it. Im 5 11, about 155 now. I need protein from somewhere too I suppose.
forgot about that onetarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 10:58 AM
PP&J sandwiches on wheat bread are probably my favorite food but I don't consider them a downfall because they are reasonably good for you.
PB on bananas, to die for...theBreeze
Jul 31, 2002 11:18 AM
Jul 31, 2002 8:20 AM
Chocolate in any form, but I prefer dark. The good thing about chocolate, for me, is that I can eat a reasonably small amount and satisfy the craving. M&Ms with peanuts are one of my favorites. French mint chocolate is probably the tops.

Salty snacks like chips, doritos and pretzels are the worst for me. I can't stop eating them once I start, so I try to avoid altogether. French fries are in the same category, particularly Chic Fila waffle fries.

Beer seems to really put on the pounds, but I don't drink too much any more because it makes me too sleepy. However, if you like beer without the calories, try Amstel Lite. It is the only lite beer that tastes decent to me.
Peachy whatakatdog
Jul 31, 2002 9:29 AM
Peachy oh's good those little gummi sugar things. Better than any energy gel just a put a bag in your jersey pocket and stick your hand in while riding. they come out wrapped around your finger like olives when you were a kid. mm mm good
Easy cheese on Chicken in a BisquitCHRoadie
Jul 31, 2002 10:15 AM
Yeah, but don't knock it until you've tried it! I'm also a chocolate freak.
LOL thats unique, but I believe you.Kristin
Jul 31, 2002 10:31 AM
It must be good. In college I discovered that a bagel slathered with cream cheese and then dipped into mashed potato's and chicken gravy is quite good. One could only create this particular combination on Sunday mornings.
That's disgusting. Where can I get some? nmMB1
Jul 31, 2002 10:50 AM
not exactly a craving, but a great little "hors d'oeuvres"theBreeze
Jul 31, 2002 11:26 AM
I was on the Bicycle Tour of Colorado last week. At one of the rest stops a young girl helping out put together a tray of cute little snacks. It was an animal cracker with peanut butter, a slice of banana, drizzled in chocolate syrup and then topped by a mini marshmallow. Amazingly tasty.
Chocolate Shakes! Great recovery food! (nm)husker
Jul 31, 2002 12:09 PM
Jul 31, 2002 3:36 PM
and living in the northwest only makes it worse, so many good micros.....
Tall girls with dark hair and eyes...bikesforpeace
Jul 31, 2002 3:44 PM
and deep fried snickers of course.
sleep nmDougSloan
Aug 1, 2002 6:51 AM
Ooooh poor baby. Hang in there!Kristin
Aug 1, 2002 6:55 AM
Just don't fall asleep in court or on the bike. Did you buy a trailer yet?
Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Cookies nmDiamondback
Aug 1, 2002 10:39 PM