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Quick follow-up to 2014 cut plans…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by  
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I forgot about a couple of things in yesterday’s blog that will affect my 2014 cut…

With regards to my diet, I have amended it as follows (changes in bold):

– Clean, all-natural foods. The only processed foods I’ll consume are Nitrean protein powder, Clif bars and sauces like Sriracha. I’ll also consume energy gels and chews on rides.

Clif Bar

Clif Bar “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut” is my current favorite flavor.

A Clif bar (White Chocolate Macadamia Nut is my current favorite!), along with a banana has become sort of my “go-to” breakfast before a ride. Alternatively I’ll have a Nitrean + raw oats + banana smoothy. I used to eat a bigger breakfast before rides–especially longer ones–but I’ve discovered that I actually perform better with a much lighter breakfast. So you won’t see many–if any–egg white omelets with roasted red potatoes in my meal logs (my previous usual breakfast).

Clif bars are obviously a processed food item, but they are made from high-quality ingredients and I do consider them to be a “clean” food.

Here’s the ingredient list from the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bar:

INGREDIENTS: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Cocoa Butter‡, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Cane Syrup, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Organic Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter (Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soybean Oil, Salt), Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).

The other thing I forgot about is the Tour De Felasco mountain bike ride, which is on Saturday, January 11th. This is a fun, yet challenging, 62-mile endurance mountain bike ride. This is going to be a great day in the saddle with friends, and afterwards I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying some quality beer and great food. The after-ride social festivities is a big part of what makes mountain biking events like this so much fun, and I don’t want to miss out. Apart from this event, there’s nothing else on my ride calender during the couple months I’ll be cutting that should be an issue.

So, I have a choice to make: start my cut a week later than planned, or allow this single cheat meal. You guys know how big I am on momentum, so allowing a cheat meal (even just one) doesn’t sit well with me. I’m inclined to start my cut a week later than I indicated yesterday…

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