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Last Post 01/27/2014 05:42 PM by Orange Crush. 9 Replies.
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11/19/2013 03:05 PM
i just finished scott jureks' book 'eat and run'. he's an ultra marathon runner and a vegan. not an especially good book but interesting in regards to his diet. i want to start leaning more towards a vegetarian diet but veggies make me bloated and gassy.  is there any way to reduce the gas? beano? 
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


11/19/2013 05:26 PM
a friend of mine ferments nuts such as almonds. I think he ferments other stuff too but I can't remember what all they have done. The guy has the stomach of a princess and he was a PITA to go backpacking with until he figured it all out and fermenting was a big part of the solution for him. I've tried the almonds and they are quite good.

Could be one avenue to pursue.

I'm quite happy with a "low-meat" diet and don't see the need to go the lengths that Jurek does.


11/19/2013 05:40 PM
Eat 'em often. Bodies adjust. The body that sees lots of beans will amp up the goodies that digest beans. I boosted my bean/legume consumption radically 10 years ago. In the beginning I stayed away from the high powered ones like kidney, red, pinto and the like. Black beans seem to be easier for me as well as the beans that do not require soaking; lentils, limas, adzuki, etc.

A trick for beans the require soaking: After sorting and rinsing, boil them in water for three minutes then let them stand in that water for two or more hours. (24 hours won't hurt at all.) Change the water and cook as usual.

My first big diet change was in April of my second season or racing when I read the book "Food For Fitness", Rodale Press in 1977. Didn't eat meat the rest of my racing days except very occasional fish. That year was the year of my best condition, health and well being, by far.

Cosmic Kid


11/19/2013 06:04 PM
If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them taste so good?

Seriously, I simply lack the discipline to go down the vegetarian, let alone vegan, route. Well, that and green veggies are a no-no for me on blood thinners....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


11/24/2013 10:17 PM
One of the many downsides, CK-- I could eat enough spinach to make Popeye envious, but it and several other veggies are on my 'must limit' list. Forkin' rat poison.


11/25/2013 03:38 PM
altho one can get gassy on a veg diet (i was a vegetarian for many years) the trick is more about food combinations; e.g. don't mix fresh fruit and vegetables, unless you want to blow up like a puffer fish. also, eat fresh fruits on an empty stomach and wait @ 30 minutes for them to digest before throwing something else down the pie hole. stuff like that.


01/27/2014 03:42 PM
after feeling like crap through the holidays, i started the vegetarian thing after the first of the year and i'm feeling 100% better. i've got a lot more energy and i can throw down some food like i used to back in the day. i don't know if it's translated to the bike but i feel more like riding or hitting spin class. i can also drag myself out of bed in the mornings which was getting pretty hard to do. now if i could just resist beer i would be golden.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


01/27/2014 04:04 PM
I've had more energy the past year since I stopped eating red meat and poultry -- still have fish, eggs and cheese occasionally. Another benefit is that it helps me keep my weight down. As regards going vegan, so far I haven't felt the need to go take that step.


01/27/2014 04:11 PM
I went nearly all veggie many years ago in my racing days and couldn't believe how much better I felt. I know start my day with a bowl of granola, fruit and yogurt; one cup granola, a tbsp or two of yogurt and say an apple, pear and a few strawberries. In other words, a lot of fruit and not a whole lot else. Lunch is usually pretty simple, pb & h plus a cheese and mustard sandwich. Dinner, veggies grain and beans. I get to eat snacks throughout the day. And 35 years since I last pinned a number on my jersey, I am still at my off season weight of my racing days and can still wear my old racing jersey (and it is synthetic and has not stretched).

Another plus? Bowel movements are easy and big. Get great bills of heath from the GI folk.

Orange Crush


01/27/2014 05:42 PM
My system is like a garbage incinerator. You can pretty much dump anything in it, it'll keep running smoothly. Was a vegetarian for ~10yrs but can't say I felt better/worse than the period before or after. Stopped vegetarianism cold turkey when I met, then married a butcher's daughter.

This is what I get to look forward to when visiting the inlaws

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