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Slow-Release Carbs?

Howdy there! What a great comm! I'm extremely new to running, and I'm finding myself stuck at week 7 of the C25K program.

I just seem to be running out of gas at that point and getting very weak. I'd love any advice on how to get that little boost to get me over the hump here.

Sadly, I have some nutritional/physical issues. I had gastric bypass surgery 9 years ago and have lost half my body's weight. Anything I consume needs to be extremely low sugar. Food is digested through my system in about 30 minutes, and not all nutrients are absorbed. I have extremely low energy post-bypass, so perhaps this is a hill I can't get over, but I'd like to try.

I know carbs = fuel. Does anyone know of a low sugar product I could eat or drink before I run that would give me a little help? Someone recommended Glucerna (a drink for diabetics) because it's a slow release carb and low sugar, but I'm not sure if that's the right answer. Is it the right kind of carb?

Any advice is helpful. THANKS!

Everyone keep up the good work!


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
My sister-in-law has always had issues with carb release because she's a type 1 diabetic. I have similar issues at times and she told me her secret is to eat some kind of pizza before a major activity. The dough and cheese break down at different points in time giving her enough energy to keep going. She usually makes her pizzas out of a flatbread with laughing cow cheeses. I think Glucerna might be a good option because of the tie-in with diabetes too.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Pizza! Wow, that's kind of cool (and tasty, too!)

I think the Glucerna *might* be a good option for me (not being diabetic myself) so long as it won't affect anything else in my system. I'd definitely check with a doc before trying it.


Edited at 2011-08-23 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I would try fresh fruit before a processed food (which Glucerna is). Fruit will give you a nice amount of energy without containing horrible sugar (strawberries and oranges are the best for energy from what I've been told, but any fruit will do). They do contain natural sugar, but that's HEALTHY for you.
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Ok, great tip! I handle all the fruits well, and natural sugars are OK for me to eat. I'll try a boost tomorrow night when I run!

Aug. 24th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
I had gastric bypass 7 years ago, and I drink Glucerna every morning for breakfast. It has a good hit of protein, and the carbs slow release so your blood sugar doesn't spike.
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Congrats to you on your surgery :-)

It's the slow release that is the most attractive option, I think. I know for a lot of people post-bypass, that your energy is just zapped after a while.

Thank you for the feedback, glad to hear more success stories!
Aug. 24th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Hrm. I usually have a PB&J sandwich about two hrs before my run because the PB and bread are dense and slow to digest. One hr before I have a banana for the sugars in it. That gives me immediate energy in the beginning of the run and slower digesting energy for the tail of my run and it's spaced out enough that it's not heavy in my stomach and bouncing around.
Aug. 24th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm not really sure how my body absorbs food, in terms of time, but I'm thinking it would be totally digested by that time. I'll have to do an experiment and see.

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