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08-05-2006, 10:08 PM
Since I've picked up my mileage, all I want is cheese. I'm still eating a raw diet PLUS some cheese in the evening. I was 100% raw (as of May) until last week. I think all this has something to do with exercising a lot and not getting enough protein. I ate a few mozzerella sticks last night with my salad and did 16 miles today and I gotta say I'm not as fatigued now as I was after my 1/2 marathon last weekend (when I stayed raw). What gives?
08-05-2006, 10:24 PM
Consider this: Often when people are craving what they think is protein it's fat. Cheese is fat. You might check out Alissa's information on protein.
I don't know if this is as strenuous as a marathon, but I've been building a rock retaining wall: 16 ft long, 3 ft wide at base, 3 ft high, each stone weighs 20-40 pounds. I haul the stones in a wheelbarrow from a pile about 1/8 mile away, unload, build, go get more. The only time I can do this work is the hottest part of the day -- between noon and 5 PM. It's been 103+ all week with high humidity. The thing that's helped me power through this (besides lots of water) is a super-rich smoothie made with 2 bananas, 2 dates, and about 20 soaked almonds. It's a lot of food but I feel I need it and I feel nice and strong and energetic for all five hours.
So maybe you should eat more concentrated foods like these, with a nice, high fat content?
Hope you find a solution. :)
PS: I'd once planned to add cocnut oil if this wasn't dense enough to keep me going, but it hasn't been necessary. Maybe for a marathon, though?
08-05-2006, 11:22 PM
When I started exercising (running) and cut out my carbs I also craved cheese. Then I went vegetarian and turned to nuts.
Now all I need after a long run is a handfull of cashews or almonds with maybe some nutbutter (often not even that). I think my body wants the fat and the protein, and with nuts he gets both (as he did with cheese before).
This morning I thru some almonds, walnuts, and dates in the food processor and ground them up. I poured it into a ziplock sandwich bag and tossed it in my running belt. It did not look pretty but tasted great. Easy to make and not messy to eat! Sure tasted better than the gu gels I used to use!
Just an idea, if you wear a belt give it a try.
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