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Old 02-16-13, 05:22 PM
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Food cravings on tour

Following on from the pancake thread, I find that during long tours, I get serious food pangs, not just "hungry: need food" but very specific ones. I would have killed for a meat pie on one tour, steak and mushroom with an beer sauce, encased in a puff pastry that ranged from crispy to soft and doughy. mmmmmmm pies .
I don't get this on short , 1-2 week tours.

Anyone else get this feeling? What is your craving?
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I get those sorts of cravings on Randonnees ...

If my body needs protein, I'll usually crave chicken. Chicken sandwiches, roast chicken ... Any protein will do, but the craving is quite specific.
If my body needs salt, I'll usually crave potato chips.

Living here in Australia, I find I crave food I can get in Canada. And yet, around the 7 month mark of our tour, I began craving food I can get in Australia.
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Late in the evening, if I'm still feeling hungry, I'll want a cappuccino or a hot chocolate. This is only the case when I'm touring, not when I'm at home.
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During the course of figuring out how to eat for extended hiking trips, I went through many cravings and eating binges. Those aren't good, I figured, so I worked carefully at it. I worked out a diet that's high enough in fat that it's satisfying and has enough complex carbs for me, with ingredients available at grocery stores. Vegetarian, too--rolled oats, nuts, cheese, fruit, veg, bread, and ice cream of course. I ate that way on my last bike tour and it worked for biking as well--no cravings or binges, no excessive weight loss, plenty of energy. I'm talking about extended touring--Randonees would be different.
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Must be doing something right in the food department when touring as no 'cravings' come to mind. Well, maybe pinto beans and cornbread. Overseas might be a different matter. They got peanut butter and pepper jack cheese in Asia?
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For some reason, I craved pizza when I entered the state of Texas. Went out of the way to find a Cici's pizza in Beaumont. Big mistake stuffing myself like that as I found when I had zero energy to keep riding.
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Cycling across Canada I craved greasy fries and root beer.
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I and other companions from San Diego got horrid cravings for Mexican taco stand tacos and burritos when we were deprived of them for a couple of weeks. Not every place has them in every shopping center and minimall as we do in Southern California, and Taco Bell is absolutely not the same thing.
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Mine are always the same and simple to fulfill. Ice cream, chocolate milk, cheese and caffeinated sodas with an occasional desire for something that tastes like chicken. Chicken will do in a pinch.

My wife has to have fresh produce daily or she practically melts down. When we were riding back east and then along the Blue Ridge Parkway all the food seemed to come from cans. Then we walked into a restaurant along the parkway that had a salad bar and my wife and our friend practically had orgasms when they saw it.
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I've seen a lot of posts about people eating on tours, but does anyone other than myself have absolutely no appetite when riding for most of a day? I ride for 10-15 hours with no more than a banana and a few handful of nuts which I had to force myself to choke down. My appetite usually mades a brief, mild appearance about 5 hours after I've stopped pedaling. An odd contrast considering how hungry I am when not riding for such long stretches.

The only time I've eaten something on an extended ride was when I stopped to take a self-guided tour through a castle and the scent of fresh Belgium waffles pulled me into the little cafe on the ground floor.
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Originally Posted by aenlaasu
I've seen a lot of posts about people eating on tours, but does anyone other than myself have absolutely no appetite when riding for most of a day?
I've noticed this about myself and thought it really strange. On tour, I often eat on purpose, not because I'm hungary. OTOH, when I get home, and for several days afterwards, I'm famished. Any weight lost is quickly regained.
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Cheeseburgers. Not everyday, but at the end of a long, hilly day nothing beats a juicy cheeseburger with some lettuce & tomato.

I've never had to force myself to eat on a tour, but I did during a 24 hour mtb race that I did a few years back. We had brought all sorts of food, but the only thing I could choke down was Fig Newtons and chocolate milk.


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