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.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Nutritional yeast flakes are something every vegetarian and vegan need to know about. They are a source of complete protein. They are fortified with the elusive B12 vitamin amongst many other vitamins and minerals that do bodies good. Most vegetarians and vegan are well aware of the power of the yeast flakes. They need to be. Diets that eschew meat and or animals products need nutritional yeast to fill in those gaps.

The last time I went to buy some the cashier asked me how I used it. To which I replied that I sprinkle it on top of things like cheese. She was quite enthused with my answer. She agreed that that was how it was meant to be used. Although she noted that she was vegan and did not actually eat cheese. Which made me a little jealous cause I wish to be vegan but am weak when it comes to cheese. Cheese is just so good.

She said her friends mix it with water or milk and make shakes which she thought was disgusting and I agreed wholeheartedly. Yuck.

I once tried adding my yeast flakes to my coffee, which I normally take black. I couldn't really taste them through the strength of the java, but a lot of it sat at the bottom of the cup and I didn't really ingest it at all. So I've been sticking with the sprinkle like cheese method ever since. I particularly enjoy it over pasta and vegetarian chili. But it's also great on bean sandwiches and makes an awesome salad dressing mixed with white vinegar and some salt and pepper.

How do you use your nutritional yeast?