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creseis 04-10-2013 09:35 PM

I'm back to maintenance. By maintenance I mean that I mostly still eat very low carb, but now I can have an orange. I love oranges :D In short, now I am up to something like 50-75g carbs per day unless I don't feel like eating carbs, in which case I don't. I'm just not worrying about ketoadaptation. On race days I am eating more carbs because I will be eating maltodextrine-based gels and protein recovery drinks. It's probably not as good as being ketoadapted, but I have a hard time staying in ketosis long enough to be ketoadapted for sure and I get terrible stress related ulcers on race days because I am a headcase, so I can't eat real food and have to eat protein drinks or gels.

I just thought I'd let you all know that :) I have NO desire to eat grains, pasta, bread, or anything like that.. yick!

Charski 04-11-2013 01:55 PM

Maintenance is a kind of fun time, adding back in foods to see how you do with them. We eat fruit (oranges, apples, clementines, watermelon, strawberries, occasional banana), and I've been sprouting my own whole wheat berries, then dehydrating/grinding into flour/making bread. No problems with it and it's good stuff. Sweet potato fries too.

Good job finding what's working for you!

Punkin 04-11-2013 04:56 PM

you're an athlete, you need carbs! Feeding your brain with ketones is all fine, but if your blood sugar drops and you don't have enough ketones circulating you will go unconscious. How do I know this? Because it happened to me in the grocery store recently. People not engaging in endurance sports don't have to worry about this, but endurance athletes do.

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