Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Conservative Medical Care by Howard and Michael Veit
oh man, I can't stand to look at these pictures of beautiful blue sky and warm weather. what is your dreaded foot pain? I get that in long rides too. I don't know if it's the same. I can't wear shoes with toe clips anymore because it makes my feet hurt.
Barb,I get "hot foot" where the ball of my feet start to ache. It is like a tooth ache from my feet swelling in the confined space of the cycling shoe in hot weather. I wear cycling shoes that clip into the pedal making my foot stationery on the pedal. After about 25-30 miles the hurt starts. I then stop, take off my shoes and let my feet rest and reduce swelling. Starts up again after I start. I have tried everything, shoe inserts, ventilated shoes....nothing works.
I get something similar. I can't wear toe clips anymore. I have another question: Have you noticed your aerobic capacity has increased since adopting Furhman's diet? That's one of the biggest things I've noticed. Now it's just muscle fatique that gets me, but I don't get out of breath too much, unless I sprint as fast as I can for as long as I can.
I am not sure. My heart rate is much more steady. When I do sprints it feels about the same. Before starting Fuhrman my irregular heart beats cut my endurance somewhat, but that may have been psychological. I am wondering whether the salt free diet will lead to cramps when I get into the longer distances in hot weather. Joel says "no", but I am not sure any research has been done. To stay on Fuhrman's program I can't take protein supplements or Gatorade or anything like that...so we'll have to see about endurance on a Nutritarian eating style. I am hopeful.
I've wondered about the salt too. Fuhrman says your sweat loses it's salinity to compensate--which I've found to be true. If you notice a problem, you could lightly salt a snack just in case. That and orange juice ought to work as well as any sports drink, don't ya think?
Yes, Recently I read a book by Ruth Heidrick, who was a patient of John McDougall's several years ago. She survived metastisized breast cancer and went on to become a triathlete, which she is still doing at age 72. Ruth changed from McDougall's plan to raw foods. I corresponded with Ruth by email for awhile and asked he about electrolytes. She says she never takes salt or electrolyte supplements, but rather takes fruit along with her on the bike. She apparently has never had a problem with cramping. She thinks that eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables gives you all the electrolytes you need. So far, I have found that to be true also.
That's good to know! I read her "Senior Fitness" book. hmm, that would be a good one to recommend to a friend of mine.
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