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Endurance athletes, what do you eat?


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Old 04-08-2014, 12:17   #1
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Pre-diabetic/diabetic since January. Not from lifestyle choices...have type 1 autoantibodies I am thin, eat well, and run fast and long. What do others eat before, during, and after long endurance events? It is probably too late to make changes now but I have Boston marathon in less than 2 weeks and the race starts late...about 5-6 hours after waking. No idea what to eat or when!!!! I have to carb load to perform. I was thinking sweet potato, GF pancakes/bread/whole grain rice cakes with Peanut butter, banana, egg whites. I would eat some at 4:30 and the rest at 8. Start at 10. Any thoughts?

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Hi Runnergirl,

its always so inspiring to hear of a diabetic that does endurance sport. I am really not sure when you should eat and how much you should inject.
I am not very active my self but know that any kind of exercise affects my sugar levels. Here are some of my ideas. Not that I am an expert or anything and maybe you should contact your endo, educator or doctor just so that they can explain things better.

If this is your first run, continue as normal and just test, test, test, and test some more in the days leading up to and after the event. Remember to test in the marathon to. You don't want a hypo or a hyper. The best thing about being diabetic is you get to know your body unbelievably well. So for now you will just have to go by trial and error.

Your Pre diabetic so I am assuming no insulin yet? What are your numbers like?

Be careful, an uncontrolled carbo load can make you spike and then the running may drop your levels. Possibly spread your carbo loading over a few days. small amounts of carbs all day??? My father is a endurance cyclist (not diabetic) and he says eating small amounts of carbs all day gives him more energy than one big carbo load the night before.

Any way, those are just my thoughts. Let us know how it goes.

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Yep, no insulin yet. I also do not test myself because I have a severe needle phobia (pass out or go into shock)...something I will have to deal with once I stop producing insulin. I plan to stay on a high fat diet up until the 3 days before. Then I will start eating carbs. I will probably have whole grains or sweet potatoes with meals and make my snacks more carb filled. During the race my only option is to do the liquid high sugar carbs. We will see.

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I was also scared of needles before i was diagnosed 2 years ago. Not to the point that I fainted, but as a child I tried to bite the nurses that gave me injections I hated them so much. Since diagnosis I am not even afraid of donating blood. Today I went for a flu shot and the nurse who administered it said she can see i am diabetic I didn't even twitch when she inserted the needle. It all gets better with time. I hope your plan works.

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Read Peter Attia, Phinney and Volek for ketogenic performance. Not sure how applicable for type 1s.

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Runnergirl, you may want to check out :

Art and Science of Low Carb - jeff Volek, PhD, RD & Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD

The book " The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance" may explain a lot for anyone interested in a ketogenic diet and performance.

Also as mbuster said, the blog of Dr. Peter Attia is full of useful information from a doctor that practices what he preaches :

How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us? « The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D.

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