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Old 05-23-08, 01:08 PM   #1
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Can food make you feel crappy?

One word: YES. Had a "working" lunch at a bar, and kid you not, had to be the most unhealthy menu I've ever seen. I decided oh what the hell, I'm hungry, and had a swiss mushroom burger.

Now, an hour later, I feel like complete crap No energy, brain can best be described as "depressed", and just overall not good. No motivation to do anything, etc etc. This is basically the first time I've eaten something like this in.. a long time. I had a burger the other night, but it was home-made with 93% lean - I can assure you the "sports bar & grill" didn't use 93% lean...

Anyway.. anyone else had this happen? This sucks, I wish I could bail out of work right now and get on the LHT...
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oh, HELL yes, big gureesssy cheez burger.....or pizza, makes me not only feel like crap, but then, well as the kids would say TMI dad TMI
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Old 05-23-08, 01:33 PM   #3
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Yep, I went to Burger king and got a whopper with cheese and fries. For the rest of the day I felt like crap. No energy, half sleep and just did not feel like doing anything but sitting down. I went out to do a 25 miler later the evening, got 2-3 miles into the route, turned around and went back home.

I ate a good dinner and around 9 pm I felt better. The next morning I had a good breakfast (at home) and for lunch I had left overs from dinner . I went out for a ride that evening and had plenty of mental drive, energy and power to do my training ride as I normally do. I have a garmin 305 which has the virtual partner feature which is actually a clone of my best time and not only did I keep up with him, I actually passed him on the flats.

So yes food does make a big diffrence in your performace. Crap for fuel=Crap performance period...

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In a previous life the wife and I were over-the-road truckers. You might have called us "Long Haul Truckers". And I'm sure there were times when we were in a poor mood that we might have come across as "Surly"! Ha Ha Ha
Get it? Surly Long Haul Truckers!

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We would stop and feast on Truck Stop food and promptly need to get on the road. About half an our after leaving I would start to feel horrible. I attributed it to the stomach/digestive tract taking a larger than average supply of blood at the brain's expense. It was tough making miles when you are blood deficient in the brain.

Now, since we eat much more healthy, a heavy/fatty meal really kicks us good.
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[QUOTE=DTSCDS;6748953]In a previous life the wife and I were over-the-road truckers. You might have called us "Long Haul Truckers". And I'm sure there were times when we were in a poor mood that we might have come across as "Surly"! Ha Ha Ha
Get it? Surly Long Haul Truckers!

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In a previous life the wife and I were over-the-road truckers. You might have called us "Long Haul Truckers". And I'm sure there were times when we were in a poor mood that we might have come across as "Surly"! Ha Ha Ha
Get it? Surly Long Haul Truckers!

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We would stop and feast on Truck Stop food and promptly need to get on the road. About half an our after leaving I would start to feel horrible. I attributed it to the stomach/digestive tract taking a larger than average supply of blood at the brain's expense. It was tough making miles when you are blood deficient in the brain.

Now, since we eat much more healthy, a heavy/fatty meal really kicks us good.

I take it you didnt stop to be a long haul trucker to start being a stand up comedian?
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Sure. Fatty greasy food tastes good, but immediately weighs you down. Sugary foods keeps you peppy for awhile, but you soon crash below the level you started at.

Another consideration is constipation. Not only is that food making you feel crappy now, but it tends to sit in your colon for a day or so ruining the next day
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Sure. Fatty greasy food tastes good, but immediately weighs you down. Sugary foods keeps you peppy for awhile, but you soon crash below the level you started at.
Fatty greasy I can handle. Sugary I can not. I crash really bad after a couple of doughnuts.
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One word: YES. Had a "working" lunch at a bar, and kid you not, had to be the most unhealthy menu I've ever seen. I decided oh what the hell, I'm hungry, and had a swiss mushroom burger.

Now, an hour later, I feel like complete crap No energy, brain can best be described as "depressed", and just overall not good. No motivation to do anything, etc etc. This is basically the first time I've eaten something like this in.. a long time. I had a burger the other night, but it was home-made with 93% lean - I can assure you the "sports bar & grill" didn't use 93% lean...

Anyway.. anyone else had this happen? This sucks, I wish I could bail out of work right now and get on the LHT...
I had the same thing happen today. Except I decided to add to it by consuming dairy - I'm mildly lactose intolerant, and I can get away with it some days, but not today. After a few hours and a healthy meal - tuna fillet with green beans - I began to feel better. Lesson learned.
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I had the same thing happen today. Except I decided to add to it by consuming dairy - I'm mildly lactose intolerant, and I can get away with it some days, but not today. After a few hours and a healthy meal - tuna fillet with green beans - I began to feel better. Lesson learned.
Thankfully the similar happened with me. A nice long ride home, even with the wind, felt good. Not great, not awesome, just good. Some time with my baby, wife, and kids. Getting better. Dinner of "tuna rice cheese" (trust me, it's great), even better. 90 minutes of DVR'd last comic standing with the wife after the kids were in bed, and I'm cured.

I'm with you, though. That's the last time I ever do that, just ain't worth it. I can't believe that it affected my mood so much. My wife said the same, she's been working on her post-pregnancy weight loss and caved today and had some golden arches with the kiddos. Apparently by 4pm she was pretty much in the same boat as I.

Absolutely amazing what this stuff does to you. I wonder if it's the mass-produced hormone-infused beef, the fat, or some combination of?
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Thankfully the similar happened with me. A nice long ride home, even with the wind, felt good. Not great, not awesome, just good. Some time with my baby, wife, and kids. Getting better. Dinner of "tuna rice cheese" (trust me, it's great), even better. 90 minutes of DVR'd last comic standing with the wife after the kids were in bed, and I'm cured.

I'm with you, though. That's the last time I ever do that, just ain't worth it. I can't believe that it affected my mood so much. My wife said the same, she's been working on her post-pregnancy weight loss and caved today and had some golden arches with the kiddos. Apparently by 4pm she was pretty much in the same boat as I.

Absolutely amazing what this stuff does to you. I wonder if it's the mass-produced hormone-infused beef, the fat, or some combination of?
I think the fat is the culprit. (I don't buy into the food paranoia these days, so I won't comment on the pedigree of the beef.) Fat takes longer to digest, diverting blood to the stomach.

I'm going to need to watch what I eat on tour next week. All that fried food at the trail diners. And ice cream and milkshakes - too much of that and we'll have to rename the trail the Great Alimentary Passage!
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I think the fat is the culprit. (I don't buy into the food paranoia these days, so I won't comment on the pedigree of the beef.) Fat takes longer to digest, diverting blood to the stomach.

I'm going to need to watch what I eat on tour next week. All that fried food at the trail diners. And ice cream and milkshakes - too much of that and we'll have to rename the trail the Great Alimentary Passage!
I go back and forth on the food paranoia, but I agree on the fat likely being the culprit. The beef I had the other night at home was nothing special aside from being 93% lean, and didn't cause me any ill effects. In fact, the night before that I stopped at a local market sitting on the MUP and picked up some ground beef for meatballs - it likely wasn't anythign special, either.

I'd imagine that the culprit here was the fatty beef + swiss cheese + french fries. Wow did it ever throw me off! And I'm sure the two or three 32oz diet pepsis I guzzled probably didn't help matters...
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I take it you didnt stop to be a long haul trucker to start being a stand up comedian?
Actually, I quit long-haul-truckin' to go back to school and become a pastor.
Some folks would say that's just about the same thing!
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Fatty greasy I can handle. Sugary I can not. I crash really bad after a couple of doughnuts.
Ditto. I can tough it out after a greasy meal, sure. But I have blood sugar problems and the sugar destroys me. I'll feel fine immediately after consumption, but about half an hour or so later I will crash. The more sugar I eat, the harder I crash.
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I have a friend who has type N Hepatitis. This is caused by a fatty liver. If he eats a meal like you described he has bad stomach problems and energy problems.
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