The following is excerpted from m y new book “How America Can Bike and Grow Rich“
Having been Car Free since 1989, instead of having to train many
weeks or months for a long distance ride, my body now always
feels conditioned for the long distance road. So much so that I’ll
get out and occasionally roll the big miles without doing any
advance preparation. Staying keen in such a way, however,
requires more than just my hundred plus miles a week bike to live
habit. I am very conscious about diet. My disciplined (discipline
gives me freedom) weight lifting practice, not to mention the daily
yoga or the dance that I also regularly engage in, demand that I
be even more careful about how I nourish myself..
And it has been pushing the physical envelope in this way
that once forced me to begin taking vitamins when my long time
vegan version of the Macrobiotic diet forced me into a meltdown.
The lack of bio available protein in my ever higher concentrations
of seaweed, soy products and other legumes, and grains had left
me with arthritic elbow and shoulder joints. Finally, however, I
discovered that instead of spending a hundred dollars a month on
supplements, that animal proteins such as eggs, fish, whole
organic milk and the occasional range fed chicken made my body
whole once again.
With the exception of milk, these are suggested as occasional
foods in the macrobiotic diet, but I have found that when you are
pushing the body to perform at higher and higher levels, one
needs to increase their frequency and amount. However even
those augmentations started to lose their effectiveness over time.
The fact that this was due to our depleted and
compromised planet made sense to me. I knew however there
was a work around. So I kept looking for answers as I prepared to
take the Eagle across America, Fortunately my prayers were
answered when I discovered Sunfood. And talk about rocket fuel.
A company begun by David Wollfe, the nation’s leading voice in
the field of super nutrition, Sunfood’s products are rewriting the
rule-book about our understanding of nutrition. And as such, they
are now being discovered by those athletes looking for an edge.
And as I use their products, it is through Sunfood that I am also
constantly learning about new power foods.
On the training rides I did for my 2011 ride I hydrated myself with
a powdered drink mix they make called Sun is Shining. A specially
formulated seaweed mix, it not only quenched my thirst but it
supplied the electrolytes that the sun leached from my body. It
was by not replacing them that my urine had blood in it when I
cycled the deserts of Nevada and the Bonneville Salt Flats on the
Eagle in 2009.
In addition to what I drank while on the bike, I began my day the
same way I ended it – with delicious superfood shakes. And
because they tasted so great and reenergized me so much, I
drank them mostly with Sunfood supplied ingredients as much as
i could. To make them, I added:
While cacao may not have specific performance enhancing
properties like some of the others foods I mixed it with, it, when
viewed as a food, in its raw form, it is loaded with vital nutrients. It
is the highest natural source of iron, magnesium and chromium.
This not to mention that it has the highest concentration of
antioxidants of any food in the world. In addition, it is the only food
that contains the endorphin Anandamide that relaxes the body
after exercise. As such, it was my nightly RAW chocolate bar that
rewarded me well for some of the punishment I pushed myself
through. This can be further illustrated by the fact that for 40
years, starting in the 1930’s, heart attack sufferers were injected
with theobromine, the smooth muscle relaxant found in chocolate
that also dilates blood vessels.
To get all the benefits above, while I can use fruit juice and the
Royal Jelly to neutralize the taste of the cacao and maca, I add
cocoanut juice and bananas to fully supercharge a drink that
actually keeps me from thinking about what I can eat next for
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