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Old 06-05-17, 10:01 AM
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The Lunch Problem

What do you do when you
A. need to eat a good big lunch but B. then need to ride and C. aren't at home to make good stuff. I'm way out working remotely and need to find a good lunch that won't bog me down.
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Buy a cooler. Bring whatever with you.
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I'me not one for big lunches. A couple of simple sandwiches that can travel with out a cooler and something to drink is all I need. (I do take breakfast seriously.) Then, after work I can eat an energy bar or two and go ride.

Now, in my racing days, I ate big lunches but I trained early before work on no or a very light breakfast (usually most of 50 miles). A quick breakfast when I got home. Used to go to an open salad buffet for lunch. I think I was a primary cause of them not staying in business long!

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peanut butter sandwich, apple, banana
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don't eat it all in one sitting. have 1/2 then another 1/2 an hour later

Purdue makes precooked breaded chicken cutlets 4 pack in refrigerated section. they're like big chicken nuggets. toast one up in the am in toaster oven 10-15 min, let cool in fridge, season w salt & pepper. make sandwich with iceberg lettuce & cheese (or whatever). cut in half & wrap halves separately. granola bar & yogurt covered raisins for snacks. put it all in a cooler or cooler bag w a freezer pack. for drinks I like the juice of 1-2 lemons in a big thermos of cold water. very refreshing.

EDIT: I often skip the bread & just have 1/2 cutlet with small lettuce wedge (x2 spaced out by an hour)

an alternate lunch is a banana and a PBJ on wheat bread. but after 3-4 hrs of hard labor you might need a snickers bar to finish your shift strong

another alternate is a 6" subway sandwich w lots of veggies. eat half then an hour later eat the other half

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Ride enough miles and it doesn't matter what lunch consists of. I've washed down a platter of bacon cheese fries with a chocolate malt for lunch mid-ride before. My mid-ride dietary restriction comes down to one question: will this give me heartburn? If not, lets do it. Could be two slices of pie. Might be pancakes. After 80 or 90 miles, everything tastes amazing.

A banana and an apple? If you're 15 miles from home, maybe.
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I always try to ride before eating lunch...and real food is probably best, but you might try out some meal replacement shakes. I've been enjoying the convenience of an occasional shake when I don't bring my lunch to work and am in a hurry. You could pre-measure the powder in a shaker bottle and just add water to mix. I throw in some ice cubes to chill and help it mix at the same time. Easy and quick.

My favorites so far:
Super Body Fuel ? Your ideal diet. In one shake.

(no affiliation with either)
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Real food. Sandwich, fruit, nuts, etc. Ride, eat lunch. Don't overthink it.
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