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.

What Is Vegan

what is vegan and what does it mean to you? strictly speaking vegan means eschewing all animal derived products. including meat, milk, eggs, honey and anything which contains such ingredients.

Essentially a vegan is someone who wishes to avoid the use and/or mistreatment of animals. Often during the manufacture process animals are cruelly treated and abused.

A vegetarian usually has a similar motivation. But vegetarians still eat milk and egg products.

why is veganism good? there are many reasons beside limiting animal cruelty. veganism is a very green lifestyle. raising food animals uses up far more resources than raising vegetables and grains. the bulk of grains cultivated in the united states are allocated to feeding animals that will eventually become food. avoiding the middle man is the obvious answer to conservation. why feed the cows corn, when we can simply feed the corn to people. cow don't even want to eat corn. cow are natrually designed to eat grass. the meat industry feeds them corn to fatten them up. shouldn't we take all that excess corn and feed it to hungry people instead.

it's not necessary to be a strict vegan to make a difference. even minor changes in your eating habits can have a huge impact of manufacturing and consumerism. if every american ate just one less hamburger a year millions less cattle would be required to feed us. if americans switched form cow's milk to almond or soy milk millions of cows would cease to suffer.

even if you don't care about the treatment of food animals, surely you must be concerned about the future of the earth. unless you have a swank condo on mars, you need this planet. a meat-free diet is environmentally friendly. cutting out the middle man (food animals) we can save tons of work and land and resources. instead of growing the grains, feeding them to chicken, cows and pigs and then consuming them. if we just eat the grains ourselves there is so much less waste. not to mention all the land saved not housing food animals. raising and slaughtering them. land that can be used to grow directly usable food for human consumption.

the simple analogy is that eating meat is like having a mortgage on all your meals. you're constantly making payments, but never reducing the debt. cut out the lender and get your nourishment direct from the source.