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What's the Paleo equivalent to carbo loading before an endurance event?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 26, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Is the recommendation to consume a bunch of animal fat the night before? I'm relatively new to Paleo (6wks). Bring a bunch of nuts & seeds with you?

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on February 26, 2011
at 11:20 PM

add the banana if you want a crash. go for fats and MCTs if you want steady energy. Kerrygold Fuel.

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:37 AM

Awesome. I am doing a Tough Mudder in May

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

loading up on white potatoes, sweet potatoes or some other glucose=rich tuber

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Disclaimer: "Endurance event" is a relative term. For some people it's a triathlon, for others it's a 5k.

For me - recently it was a 10 mile Tough Mudder (most distance I've run to date). I ate almost nothing "different" other than a banana.

The night before I had a regular dinner ... steak and some kinda veggie (don't remember), for breakfast I had bit of roast beef and veggies that we had going in a crock pot (odd timing, but normal meal), and then I had banana about an hour before the run, which was at noon.

I did well on the run; I had one sore-stiff recovery day, and then I was fine. I didn't eat anything unusual in the days after the run either, though my appetite did pick up and I ate a LOT of good food in the next few days.

Edit/addition: It seems that, what I'm noticing more and more as time goes on is that I don't need to prepare to do something strenuous anymore. I have the energy to break into a long run or many hours of labor at just about any time no matter what I've eaten. Afterward, I'll be hungry, and I may be more hungry than normal for days - but the energy I need for an endurance event seems to be prepped and ready to go within me.

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:37 AM

Awesome. I am doing a Tough Mudder in May

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Just eat a normal Paleo meal the night before....some sort of lean mean, mixed veggies with some sliced almonds (no butter) and the morning of the run, eat 2-3 eggs with a banana.

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on February 26, 2011
at 11:20 PM

add the banana if you want a crash. go for fats and MCTs if you want steady energy. Kerrygold Fuel.

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on February 26, 2011
at 02:32 AM

I'm not sure exactly where I read this (maybe MDA?) because it was a few months back, but in the course of reading on doing endurance events - and this was in the context of something very long, like a marathon - I read about an athlete carrying soft baked sweet potatoes injected (as in with something like a meat marinade injector) with honey, rather than down the "energy gels" and other gimmicky glucose-imparting athletic junk foods.

I'm no endurance athlete, and I'm not sure about whether I'd add the honey, but thought that having soft baked sweet potatoes along for the ride on a long event is about as simple and effective as it could get.

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on February 26, 2011
at 09:47 PM

Most people wont consider trail riding or motorcross as an endurance sport but it is one of the toughest and physically demanding things that I have ever done and I have been doing crossfit for a long time. I feel that I do my best on an empty stomach and have no changes to my diet. Anyones body can push through you will always have reserve energy and your brain releaseing hormones, just remember the water.

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