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.

Grilled Baked Potatoes

Baking potatoes on your outdoor grill is a great way to get delicious baked potatoes without turning on the oven and heating up the house during warm weather. It's easy, cost effective and environmentally conscious.

Now, if you search the Internet for recipes, everyone will tell you to wrap your potatoes in aluminum foil. Don't do it! Don't listen to them! They are wrong!

You should bake your potatoes naked. Wash the skins thoroughly under cold running water. Pierce each tater a few times with a fork and cook foil free on direct medium heat for about one hour. All potatoes as close to the center of the grill as possible. If all don't fit in the middle, place the smaller guys further out. Rotate which ones occupy the prime heat position. On a small grill you may have to cook those on the outside longer than an hour after the ones from the middle are done and have been removed.

Turn each potato over after 30 minutes to crisp both sides of the skin.

Knowing when your baked grilled potatoes are done to perfection is easy. Use a pot holder to pick the tater up and squeeze it to test doneness. It should be fairly soft when you give it a gentle squeeze. Like a stuffed teddy bear enclosed in a crisp skin.

Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do not wrap your potatoes with aluminum foil. This will steam the tater with its own moisture and create a slimy and limp skin.

The same holds true if you are baking potatoes in your household oven. Wash, pierce, cook naked directly on the oven rack in a hotbox preheated to 450 degree F.

Do right by your potatoes and they will do right by you.

Cut open and garnish with cracked pepper, salt and nutritional yeast.