The Spectacular Plant Based Runner

I am living proof that a plant based diet is orders of magnitude better than one that includes meat or dairy.

I took up running when I was 43 years old. It was a not too terrible transition from cycling.

I excelled at distance running. Increasing my mileage up to about 10 miles for long runs.

The thing is, I drink 4 beers most every night. Yet, still, I'm able to achieve this higher level of fitness.

I"m not fast. But I have endurance.

I've been running a couple years now. There's been some decline as I surpassed age 45, but overall, I'm still doing okay.

I've never been a stellar athlete. Even when I was young and sober. But I'm stronger now, even as I age, even as I drink. It says a lot about how our choice of diet affects our overall health.

I should stop drinking. If I did, I'd probably be superhuman.

So what could a plant based diet do for those who are already young and sober? It would probably be spectacular.

Pasta with Broccoli Garlic and Olive Oil

Admittedly, this one isn't really very low fat, but it's definitely good for your arteries. It can be low fat, if you're careful not to use too much olive oil.

Ingredients

Half a box of pasta
7 cloves garlic cut into big chunks
1 box frozen broccoli (defrosted in microwave and chopped into bite size pieces)
2-4 tbls extra virgin olive oil (2 tbls will taste really good. 3 is moderation. 4 is decadence. decide depending on occasion and mood)
salt pepper and oregano
grated Parmesan cheese


Use a non-stick pan to cook your pasta. You'll save a lot of stirring and stuck noodles. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add a few shakes of salt to boiling water before stirring in your pasta. When pasta is done strain into a colander and set aside in the sink.

Return your pasta cooking pot to the same hot burner and add 1 tbl olive oil, then your broccoli. Stir and cook broccoli for about two minutes then add garlic. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Once the garlic begins to really give off its aroma add back your pasta and an additional 1-3 tbls olive oil. Stir everything together and cook for a few minutes more. Add your oregano last. Stirring it in and cooking for only a minute or two. Serve piping hot sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese as a whole meal or side dish.

Make lots. Remainder keeps well in fridge and reheats well later.

Onion and pepper make a great additions.