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Feeding a Vegan Athlete

fruit-dietMany will attest to the idea that counting calories and ratios are the keys to success, but that really isn’t my style. My typical daily intake is composed of lots of carbs; mainly from fruit but also from veggies and starches (rice, potatoes, oats). One problem many vegan athletes like myself face is just how to go about getting enough calories in. The dieting industry has taught us that frequent eating will make you gain weight, which is so incredibly untrue when you move around as much as many athletes do. More food, more frequently will keep you going.

Now how can I be so sure? Duhn duhn duhn...the dreaded bonk. “Bonking” is that sudden onset of fatigue and general sluggishness that comes along with NOT EATING ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE during prolonged exercise. Your body’s glycogen stores (muscular fuel tanks) are now running on fumes, bringing with it a cascade of lovely symptoms such as nausea, dehydration, and some pretty nasty indigestion that can last up to 2-3 days afterwards. These little muscular fuel tanks need constant replenishing of carbohydrate, even if you aren’t exercising, in order to keep you up and running.

For years I struggled with “filling my tank”, per say. I STILL don’t have it all the way down. Until I adopted a high-carb vegan lifestyle, I couldn’t ever get myself past mile 50 on the bike. No amount of low-carb, high protein, animal based food could ever get me as far as fruits and grains have, and I am eternally grateful.

Have any questions about making the transition to veganism? Wanna see what carbs can do for you? Hit me up on Instagram at @madelinepearce and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Ride on.


~ Madeline

Fig Bar Inspired Oatmeal Recipes!

January is National Oatmeal Month! Did you know oatmeal is one of the best things to eat for breakfast? Here’s why:

  • It’s a great source of fiber
  • It can lower cholesterol
  • Oats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium

To celebrate National Oatmeal Month, we decided to spruce up our oatmeal with different variations of fruit and fig bars. Fig bars aren’t just great alone… they’re also amazing in oatmeal. Don’t believe us? Give it a try! Be sure to let us know how...

SAFE AS Clinics 2015

For the fourth year in a row the ladies of SAFE AS Clinics have been helping educate other ladies on how to be smart and safe in the mountains! For the 2015 season we traveled to Squaw Valley, CA., the site of the original stop in 2012 then over to Copper Mountain, Colorado. We had four sold out stops, two at each location. We awarded 17 full and partial scholarships thanks to Live Like Liz, SheJumps and Coalition Snow. With the help of our wonderful attendees we raised over $5,500.00 for The High Five's Foundation, The Sierra Avalanche Center...

Gluten Free Fig Bars Take Home a Win

"Every year, as students of all ages head back to school, parents inevitably find themselves searching anew for the latest, better-for-you, healthy school snacks that their kids can pack into their lunchboxes and backpacks—snacks that feed their minds, as well as their bellies. They’re searching for foods that their kids will enjoy, but that they feel good about serving them." Read more here

Nature’s Bakery and Honest Tea Present: On the 12th Day Giveaway


Here at Nature's Bakery we like to keep it simple, have fun and achieve balance in life through nature, activity, nutrition and community. This year, we teamed up with the awesome folks at Honest Tea to offer three fantastic prizes for our fans.

Enter to win here: On the 12th Day Giveaway

We are giving our fans 12 days to enter to win a Ski Package, Yoga Package and Danica Patrick/NASCAR Package. The giveaway will run from December 11 through December 22. Each fan can enter to win each package once. Fans...

Wellness at Home: Keeping your Lungs Healthy

Did you know that last month was National Healthy Lung Month? If not, no worries, I didn't either! But, I just became aware of it and thought to myself, hmmm.. there are so many ways I am probably not keeping my lungs healthy. It's easier to think about the heart and brain and keep in tip top shape through exercise, nutrition, and stress management techniques. However, the lungs are important too!

So today's post focuses on the lungs and how we can keep them healthy. It all starts with your home!


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