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.

Veg in a Sea of Carnivores

The hardest part about being vegetarian or vegan is when those around you aren't. The ones we love. The ones with whom we share our meals may not share our food choices. It can be difficult to reconcile. Especially on holiday occasions or when dining out.

The natural urge is to want to convince those closest to us that they too should stop eating meat. We love them and want them to eat healthy. But in reality that's probably the worst thing we can do. To push our beliefs on those around us will only sour them on the whole idea.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Or if you're vegan, the proof is in the soy pudding. Show your friends and dear ones eating vegetarian or vegan tastes great and feels good by preparing delicious meals for them. It doesn't need to be fancy. Just tasty and filling and good for you. Use the recipes you can find here and everywhere else all over the Internet to fix just a few really good veg meals for them once in a while. They may start out thinking they won't like it, but once they taste it, they're sure to change their tune.

The point isn't to convert your loved ones into vegetarianism or veganism, but just to show them how great it can taste and how satisfying it can be. Even if they just cut back on animal consumption that is still a major victory.