Plant-Based Nutrition for Cyclists!

Happy Earth Day!!

Among the many reasons to adopt a plant-based diet, environmental sustainability is one of the more popular. For athletes choosing to shift to eating more plants, some more planning and awareness is needed. In case you missed our podcast episode, Coach Isaiah and I break down the fundamentals of eating a practical vegetarian or vegan diet as a cyclist, and how we approach doing it correctly. Listen in here: https://fascatcoaching.com/tips/plant-based-nutrition-for-cyclists/

-Jackson

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I thought this was a great podcast and I am interested in fueling with more fruit based bars. My questions concerns fiber. IS that something to worry about and at what is the tipping point for too much fiber if fueling on the bike with fruit based bars?

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Hey @Trikitten! Thanks for checking out the podcast, stoked you enjoyed it. Fruit based bars are great, but fiber is definitely a concern with on-bike nutrition (and even in the days leading up to a race or big training day).

This is something that is super individual to everyone, but in general you want to limit fiber as much as possible while on the bike because a) it creates a feeling of fullness b) doesn’t provide any energy and c) can cause GI distress as it’s being digested and while you’re working hard. But the gut can be trained to handle it to a certain extent, so do a little self experimentation in training. I really like date-based bars because the fiber content is typically a little lower and easier to digest for me (such as Larabars or similar). But I would probably avoid the dried fruit based bars while racing and doing hard rides. Hope that helps!

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I’ve been using the Veloforte bars here in the UK. They are really something quite different but technically only one of them is true vegan friendly; most contain honey.

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@Adam - nice! We just started carrying those bars at Rapha here in Boulder, and people are stoked about them. Pretty solid ingredients and great flavors.

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Hey Jackson, when you are in Asheville, I highly recommend you make it over to Plant Restaurant in Asheville. The owner, Jason, is also the main chef. The restaurant is 100% plant-based and absolutely one of the best vegan restaurants in the country. It’s very close to the hotel you’re staying at. Word of warning, make reservations as soon as possible. It’s a very small place and books days in advance. With the events going on next weekend, I wouldn’t wait to book. https://www.plantisfood.com/
828-258-7500

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Jackson, one additional word of knowledge, there’s a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s across the street from Plant and less than a mile from your hotel. Enjoy.

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@david.rafeedie Thank you! We’ll try and check it out!

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Glad that you got to enjoy Plant. It’s one of my favorite places.

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It was phenomenal! I think even Frank liked it :joy:

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