Runners' Cravings...

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    Aug 27, 2008 9:09 PM GMT
    Are there any runner's out there who have insatiable cravings?

    Do you give in to the craving or resist?

    I can't seem to get enough rain bran the last few weeks, like 5 or 6 bowls in a row! My diet is healthy and my training the same.

    I am just giving in, thinking my body is craving it for some reason. My weight hasn't changed either, just find it rather bizarre.





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    Aug 27, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    Oddly enough, I hardly ever crave anything after running, except water. Once, long ago when I would run 10 miles I craved Coca-Cola SO BADLY I actually considered killing myself because I was in the middle of a park with no access to stores. Seriously.
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    Aug 28, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Ha, Ha. Yeah I can usually measure the intensity of my cardio training by the presense or absense of cravings. When it's intense I crave citrus and grapes. There have been some studies showing that cravings CAN but DO NOT ALWAYS have realisitic biological aspects to them. For instance in my case I suspect when my training is most intense the body is generating tons of free radicals during exercise so the body produces cravings for oranges and grapes, berries and tomatoes in order to increase antioxidant stores to help offset the damage caused by training and speed the recovery process. With running there are often high levels of carbohydrate cravings which can be from the running or else from the carbs themselves. Bran is particularly high in all sorts of micronutrients, the type easily depleted by running and intense exercise. Allthough I would watch quantity, I would allow yourself to indulge in cravings that persist as long as the craving is for something healthy. For example, it would be pretty damn hard to get a calorie excess from oranges. You are going to get tull from oranges long before they can do you any harm. So go for it. The body has a natural inherent intelligence and if we are in tune enough with it, the body will often tell us exactly what it needs.
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    Aug 28, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    I constantly crave salt....or salty food...however when I'm running, I've always had this odd craving for grape soda....which I've not had to drink since I was a kid....I'm constantly telling myself (in my mind) when I'm running...."okay, if you can just go X further, you can stop @ 7-11 and get a grape soda".

    I never do. (stop and get one)icon_redface.gif
  • ASH557

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    Aug 28, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    Not a hardcore runner, but I often crave spinach.

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    Aug 28, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    I cycle now and crave. When I used to run, I also had cravings. I don't give in necessarily. I start making a light dinner right after my workout, but have to resist eating something immediately. I obviously want water but resist having too much, otherwise I'll feel nauseated.