just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Eh? Have a look at this:
The word "glycemic" does not appear in this document.
Like it says, you want to eat a balanced diet. The most important thing I can say about that is that when you sit down to dinner, 1/2 your plate should be vegetables. Bought fresh and then prepared however you like them. Then 1/4 starch and 1/4 protein.
I keep track and find I average 14 servings of fruits or vegetables/day. This is possible because of the tiny portions that are called "1 serving."
OTOH, I and the type 1s I ride with don't care a fig, as it were, about glycemic index before and during rides. I don't know of any type 2s I ride with, because duh, if you ride a lot it's not an issue.
The object of the riding game is to keep your blood sugar even, diabetic or not. The way to do that is to eat small quantities frequently while you ride. You might try not eating breakfast before a long day's ride. That helps. Don't stop and eat a big lunch. Etc. However, high glycemic index foods are the best to eat while riding. You want to have what you eat go across the stomach wall and into your cells as quickly as possible. The trick is frequent small quantities.
When not riding, the point is to just eat a balanced diet. Michael Pollan says, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants
." Also, don't eat anything you see advertised. I suppose milk was an exception, but carrots don't have their own website. Don't eat ingredients you wouldn't find in your kitchen.
When I do very long rides I don't follow Pollan's advice. I eat all sorts of weird stuff. But I follow the "eat small quantities frequently" guideline.