Training When Sick, Weight Gain to Build Power, Anemia and much more – Ask a Cycling Coach 232

Pizza Egg Recipe

1 day old piece of pizza
1 egg
1 slap of butter
Salt and pepper to taste

1, barely

Time to make:
10 minutes tops


  1. Heat up a pan real good.
  2. With a knife or spoon slap some butter into pan.
  3. Crack an egg into pan.
  4. Salt and pepper that thing.
  5. Put the pizza on the egg CHEESE SIDE DOWN.
  6. Let it cook 3 minutes or so or until egg is how you like it done more or less and cheese is melty.
  7. Turn over the pizza egg with a spatula or fork whatever you got.
  8. Cook another 4 or 5 minutes.
  9. (Important) Eat the pizza egg directly out of the pan.
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Any links that these food sensitivity tests actually work?

Everything I’ve ever heard or read, has suggested no, and the results will show “sensitivity” to food you’ve recently eaten (as then they’ll be IgG’s)


In conclusion, food‐specific IgG4 does not indicate (imminent) food allergy or intolerance, but rather a physiological response of the immune system after exposition to food components. Therefore, testing of IgG4 to foods is considered as irrelevant for the laboratory work‐up of food allergy or intolerance and should not be performed in case of food‐related complaints.


To paraphrase Coach Chad, when it comes to training while sick, nothing is stopping you but good sense.

Do not “push through” a chest infection


Please enlighten us, what incorrect statements about allergies were made during the podcast? Some of us are really suffering from URTIs almost daily and we are willing to take almost any advise because we are desperate to get over this thing.

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:100:, it’s not an allergy, just measuring an IgG reaction. I tried to make that super clear.

Sometimes people eat foods and they get a runny nose. I hope that this test might help identify those foods.


cheers man, yeah common sense prevailed and the fact I got weaker as the day went on will just have to catch up on my training over the coming days

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My non-expert interpretation of what the experts I listen to and trust say is, that using for an IgG reaction to establish this doesn’t work. Only exclusion and reintroduction.

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IgE is what needs to be measured in regards to allergens. IgG does not necessarily correspond to an acute immune response


Yes, we’re going to cover this next podcast episode and clarify.


Allergen specific IgG has actually been shown to play a role in induction of food allergen tolerence, so the opposite of increased sensitivity

Always love Nate’s straight talk!

Please change TrainerRoad Strava activity ranking to time, not distance! :wink:

:syringe:Vampires :joy: feel your pain! Calls everyday!


Semantics a little bit @chad but (in Australia at least) general practitioners are specialists. Yes, I realise the title is more than slightly misleading. (No, I am not a Dr of any kind.)

On blood tests, I’ve had 2 surgeries this year and still feeling tired, so took some private blood tests that showed low B12 and Vit D. Started on some supplements for both and feeling loads better! Will re-test in 2-3 months then go see Dr if B12 hasn’t risen up. Very impressed with the speed and quality! I ordered Sunday night, pack arrived Wednesday. I did the test Thursday, posted it back Thurs morning and got the results back Friday afternoon.

Hopefully it is ok to post this referral link for the UK company I used? I do get something out of this as it says. Invite friends using your unique link, and they’ll get 50% off their first test. As a little thank you, you’ll also get £10 credit.

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No, these tests DON’T work. The moment people start mentioning IgG in the context of allergy, you know that some BS is involved. Almost all Allergy/Immunology boards across the world have position statements about these (expensive) massive panel tests, and it is not supported by any of them.


Thanks, I’ve just used your code!

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No, not if you have normal nutrient stores and bone marrow function

IgG testing is NOT the way that allergy, sensitivity or intolerance is tested or measured. If you really need to figure out if it’s an allergy, you either do a specific IgE test for the SINGLE thing you suspect of causing the symptoms, do a skin prick test, do a CAST test if you suspect a non-IgE type allergic reaction, or a (double blind placebo controlled) food challenge. Large panels of tests, even panels of IgE tests have very little value in diagnosing allergies.

The mentioned issue around mucus is also questionable. Egg allergy (and yes, it’s almost always the white, because it’s the PROTEIN part) is a serious condition, not just a minor inconvenience. It’s also quite rare in adults.

Unfortunately most of the allergy symptoms adults experience, and especially the upper airway symptoms you’re mentioning, are due to aeroallergens or direct irritants (NOT so much food items) and apart from modifying your environment or exposure to these allergens and taking your specific meds, there’s not much to do but grin and bear it. It is just not possible to have all patients COMPLETELY symptom free.


On the subject of Blood donation, what’s the theory around donating platelets…?

The platelets are filtered from the whole blood, so in theory it shouldn’t affect the O2 carrying ability of the blood, but it takes me a good few days post donation to be back on it.

I’m also a very rare donor, and my platelets generally go to VERY sick kids (in the UK you get a text when your donation is issued telling you which hospital got lucky), so I’m keen to donate when I can, but it wrecks my training and racing.

I’m a doctor and was very sad to hear about your blood testing for food allergies and interest in raw milk… I could rant about getting tests without a pre-test probability but I’ll leave that alone. Basically, 5% of blood tests will be abnormal in a perfectly healthy individual depending on where the company sets their abnormal levels. There are companies that set their levels to “diagnose” more people with illnesses to sell them stuff.

I will mirror other posts here and also say that blood testing for food allergies or sensitivities is pretty much useless. Here’s a review article:
If people limit the variety of food they eat based on these tests that could negatively affect their health.

And also that illness and death from listeria dropped substantially when milk was pasteurized. People have died from drinking “raw” milk. Here’s the CDC section on listeria.

I love TrainerRoad and just got a Saris H3 because it’s touted as the best trainer for TrainerRoad workouts. I also love the podcast. I hope this doesn’t become another Ben Greenfield podcast.


@Nate_Pearson @Jonathan

I was very intrigued by the Everlywell test and then found this video? Any validity to what he’s saying? I figured Chad may be able to answer. Thanks.

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