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.

Hormel Vegetarian (Vegan) Chili

The label says 'vegetarian' and it is, but little does Hormel know that their meat free chili is actually vegan. It's got a pretty short ingredients list (by today's standards) and they all seem pretty wholesome.

Hot peppers, tomato, beans and yummy delicious textured vegetable protein. I'm not kidding. textured vegetable protein is both yummy and delicious. it's not the most eloquent name, but it tastes good and has a nice mouth-feel. they should call it vegetable derived faux meat or just vegetable meat. yeah, i bet people would like that. vegetable meat sounds really good.

Anyway, i cooked and tried hormel brand vegetarian (vegan) chili for the first time today and I thought it was pretty darn good. It was a very mild chili as I expected from a mass produced product. Still it had a nice chili flavor. It was just mild. Easily rectified with a few dashes of hot sauce if you prefer. After tasting it plain over rice, I also added nutritional yeast to mine. Not because it needed the flavor, but just for extra aminos and vitamins. They went well together.

I made mine a complete meal pretty easily. I first began simmering 1 cup white rice in 2 cups water. I let that cook covered until about 1/3 of the water still remained. Then I added some frozen collard greens. Spinach, kale or mustard greens would also work.

I let the rice and greens cook some more. Until nearly all the water was absorbed and then i added the chili into the same pot and continued heating my concoction for approximately 7 minutes longer. Just until any remaining water was gone and the chili contents were thoroughly heated through.

I added my nutritional yeast to my own bowl of chili rather than to the pot. This way individuals can control how much, if any, is in their serving.

It tasted really good. Was very easy to make. Decidely inexpensive. Hormel may say on the label that their meat-free chili is vegetarian and yes, it is, but little do they know, it's also totally vegan.