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    This may be silly, but....Baby Food for mid ride snacks?

    (or I may be late to the party - maybe this is something that everyone knows)

    I have terrible bouts with cramps.
    Before a long ride, I make sure I am well hydrated.
    I cannot eat bananas for potassium mid rice, as I am allergic to bananas.

    I am going to start taking baby food sweet potatoes with me on over 30 mile trips.
    Sweet potatoes have a bunch of potassium. The plastic aseptic package for the baby food should keep them good in my rear pack.
    I usually carry dates, dried apricots and nuts to eat, coated with no-salt. Some rides that is enough. Some rides, my calves cramp.
    I think a good supply of water, including hydrating the day before, the dried fruit and nuts, and BABY FOOD will keep me cramp free.

    I do carry the electrolyte/salt tabs, and Gatorade powder for extreme emergencies....however, if I am far enough into cramps to take a salt tab, or all the salt in Gatorade, I am usually in trouble for the rest of the ride.

    Silly, or Sound?

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    You lose mainly soduim through sweat and very little potassium. If you're getting enough potasium in your diet, it's usually not necessary to need extra during a ride. What is needed is sodium to replace what's lost in sweat. The current recommendations are 500-700mg/hr if you're sweating a lot. FYI, a 32 oz bottle of Gatorade has 400 mg sodium.
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    REad the label first...most babyfood is high in fat and especially high in sugar.

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    Electrolytes work for some riders, but not at all for others. There seems to be multiple reasons for cramping.

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    Sweet potatoes… I guess I'm darn glad I'm not allergic to bananas!

    Good luck on your ride.

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    Why not cook a sweet potato and put it in a zip lock bag in your jersey pocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Why not cook a sweet potato and put it in a zip lock bag in your jersey pocket?
    This, also, try getting a copy of Allen Lim and Bijou Thomas book there are several recipes for carry along snacks. Potatoes, sweet potatoes and others. Cook your own up to the taste you like and what your allergies allow.

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    My husband likes one water bottle with plain water and one with electrolyte replacement (nuun brand). He will get calf cramps if he drinks just plain water.

    I don't cramp, but I do get quite hungry on long rides, but I also get side stitches easily. I suppose those are a sort of cramp.
    So I take along a mixture of 1/4c brown rice syrup, tablespoon or so of cashew butter, heated and a scoop of whey powder and a pinch of salt mixed in. It goes in a squeeze tube and is easy on my stomach, gets me a little energy, and replaces some of the salt I lose sweating.
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    Very interesting - I will try all the ideas. Thank you. I fight cramping all the time.
    This food allergy sucks - but not as bad as some other allergies - Bananas, Avocado and Pineapple.

    Gatorade makes my stomach turn if I drink too much.

    I really struggle with cramps - I cramp normally just sitting at home at night. Hand and foot cramps - sitting watching TV or reading.

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