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.

Moist Vegan Cookies

Here's a neat little trick I came upon quite accidentally one day when bringing my home made lunch to work with me. I had made a nice sandwich of whole grain white bread, beans, hummus, onion and lettuce. I packed it inside a rather oblong reusable plastic container. So I also put a few cookies in there too.

These were your typical cripsy, crunchy, eggless vegan cookies. Which is fine by me. A crispy cookie is sometimes just the thing.

When I went to eat the cookies they were no longer crunchy at all. They had turned chewy and soft. The moisture from the bread and sandwich ingredients had been absorbed by the cookies. Neato.

I've tried it on other occasions with other moist giving foods and other varieties of moisture stealing cookies. It has worked with soft bread, cooked rice, roasted potatoes and donut holes as donors. It has worked on oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip and it's even worked to make wheat chex soft. If you eat wheat chex you understand what an amazing thing this is. Those little buggers stay crunchy for hours in a pool of milk.

The only trick to making this curious phenomenon work is the two items need to be confined for at least a few hours inside a plastic container or plastic bag. It's that simple.