I’ve posted several times previously that raisins given the choice of raisins or energy gels for athletic performance, choose raisins. As a cyclist I was particularly interested in the LSU, study Sun-dried raisins are a cost-effective alternative to Sports Jelly Beans in prolonged cycling. Self hypnosis for cycling is also critically important before, during and after the ride for strength, speed, endurance and safety. Hypnosis for cycling can make the difference in your ride.
Raisins vs. Energy Gels for
As I explain in my 3-min video Raisins vs. Jelly Beans for Athletic Performance, athletes are so heavily marketed to that they may be left with the impression that specially designed supplements are essential for optimal performance. Yet cheaper, healthier alternatives may be overlooked. A research team at Louisiana State University tested low-cost, natural food products rich in carbs such as sun-dried raisins to see if they had the potential to improve performance to a similar degree. Raisins are described as a nutritious, convenient, palatable, cost-effective source of concentrated carbohydrates. But do they work as well?
The researchers found they work just as well. Trained cyclists and triathletes put raisins to the test against sports jelly beans and arrived at the same competitive times and achieved the same power output. San Diego State University researchers stacked raisins up against commercial sports gels and arrived at the same conclusion: same respiratory exchange, carb and fat oxidation, and energy expenditure. In fact the only significant difference was in “hedonic scores.” In scoring the pleasantness of the contenders, raisins beat out the jelly beans. Compared to jelly beans with flavors like “extreme watermelon” there was a greater preference for just plain raisin-flavored raisins.
Raisins are low-cost, natural food products rich in carbs, such as sun-dried raisins that have the potential to improve performance to a similar degree. Raisins are nutritious, convenient, typically palatable, and are a cost-effective source of concentrated carbohydrates. And they work exactly as well as energy gels. Same time, same power output. Same thing comparing raisins to a commercial sports gels–same respiratory exchange, carb and fat oxidation, and energy expenditure. In fact the only significant difference was that in “hedonic scores” pleasantness scoring of raisins beat out the jelly beans.
I love long distance cycling and I count on having raisins in my jersey. And, before I leave for spin class and immediately after spin class I eat a handful of raisins. Personally, I prefer the white raisins, but either one works great. Years ago when I ran marathons, I discovered how well raisins worked to give me the energy for my run and they were easy to eat as I ran. I also make sure that when I’m backing packing I have raisins in my pack.
With any activity such as hiking, running or cycling I use self hypnosis before, during and after the event. While cycling, the steady rhythm of pedaling creates an amazing trance and with eyes open it is very powerful to give yourself hypnosis suggestions and affirmations that propel you over the hill and safely across the finish line. Give me a call or send me an email so that you to can learn hypnosis for cycling.
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