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.

Embrace the Bean

I am currently seeking a job as a food creator at any nationwide chain restaurant. I have absolutely no experience working behind the scenes of the food service industry, but am infinitely experienced consuming the so called fruits of that labor.

As a non-meat eater I am so sick and tired of the truly pathetic choices offered to me when I decide to dine out.

I have created some truly delicious sandwiches sans meat. The restaurant industry really needs to embrace the bean. Black beans, red beans, pinto, lentil and more. The bean is a mighty and powerful bit of food. Cheap, tasty and easy to manipulate. Meat eaters will love the bean too if done right. Black bean lasagna is the bomb. Imitation bacon bits, black beans, pickle and Swiss cheese is an awesome Cuban vegetarian sandwich. Peanut butter and pinto beans and red onion. Hummus, curry lentils and cucumber. Cream cheese, garlic and red beans. Restaurants can charge less for bean sandwiches than they do for meat ones and people will still feel full and satisfied. The trick is how you market it. You've got to make it sound like something everyone will want, including meat eaters. Don't call them vegetarian sandwiches. Call them gourmet options.

There are endless bean sandwich possibilities. They are way better than meat sandwiches. There's also the faux meat cold cut option. But that stuff isn't as versatile. With beans you can use them in other ways as well. Bean salad. Beans in a regular salad. Beans in a pasta salad. Beans in soup. Even if no one orders the bean sandwich, but people will. But even if no one does, you can still use them up in other ways. Beans go in pretty much anything. There is no bad place to add beans.

After that happens I'd love to see the nutritional yeast topping option. It's called evolution. Let's try to keep up with it.