Lucky me, I’ve been catching up on paying bills and bookkeeping in between exercising and working. Exciting, right? But in my spare moment, I have found why I’ve been craving Citrus like mad.
The perfect cup of coffee. Thanks to my mini french press
Coach’s Oats + Cottage Cheese <-- my current breakfast addiction. But I have yet to take a good picture of oatmeal. Always so bland looking. But taste heavenly. Especially Coach's Oats.
See. Citrus in my CHO! Sorry for the ugly lighting. But Blood Orange is a mighty good new flavor of Chobani’s greek yogurt.
Simple veggie salad. Yup, OJ. Although, I think I should clearly be craving Vitamin D – as much as I sit here at my desk taking pictures and not outside in the glorious sunshine. LOL.
Lately, I have had an insane craving for citrus. You might have seen me question or mention it on twitter. Like oranges galore (luckily I have been receiving bags of it from my neighbor and in my CSA box). And lemon + water with my meal. Alot. I have never liked the later before because the contents remind me of a finger bowl they put at your table after eating messy foods.
I discovered there are 2 possible reasons my body is intuitively craving Vitamin C:
- Old Wives’ Tales say I am having a girl
- Vitamin C is beneficial to exercise performance and my body wants more vitamin C so it can kick some ass
Since I am ‘fixed’, #1 is clearly out of the question. Number 2 it is!
According to ExRx.net:
Vitamin C and Exercise Recovery
“…A previously mentioned study found that vitamin C supplementation prevented muscle soreness … it is likely that vitamin C does not directly function in muscle recovery because post-exercise values in the previous study fell to values 20% below baseline within the first 24 hours of recovery. The possibility does exist that vitamin C may play an indirect role in exercise recovery. The vitamin has the ability to regenerate vitamin E. This means that any function vitamin E has within the body can also be linked back to vitamin C… The literature to date seems to imply that vitamin C probably has no direct significant role in muscle recovery from exercise, but may possibly play a significant indirect role in the process.
Depressed vitamin C levels can ultimately cause decreased performance. Vitamin C can regenerate other antioxidants and act as an antioxidant itself. Therefore the need for vitamin C is likely increased in those who exercise regularly. An intake of 100 to 500 mg seems to be sufficient to meet the needs of the exercising individual. This level can easily be obtained through a fruit and vegetable inclusive diet. As stated earlier these dosages would best be absorbed if taken in small quantities at multiple intervals…increased vitamin C may be beneficial to performance. The abundance of vitamin C rich foods establishes that inadequate vitamin C levels should be increased via food sources, not by supplementation, if possible.”
You can read the full article here.
Well, there you have it! Vitamin C plays a significant indirect role in exercise performance. And my body is intuitively telling me I need it.
Do you have any weird food cravings?