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.

Vegan Potato Salad

Here's a re imagined potato salad that's sure to please. It's vegan and it's delicious. While traditional potato salad relies on fatty and non-animal friendly mayonnaise, this version goes a more salad truee route.

My vegan potato salad is just as the name suggests, a salad with a base of potatoes. It's dressed not with mayo, but with a sweet and tart balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

We start with oven roasted potatoes that have chilled for a while in the fridge. We add them to the bottom of a bowl. Then we top with some diced raw onion, diced red pepper, sliced black olives, chopped lightly cooked broccoli and a spoonful of black beans. We drizzle with vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and lemon pepper seasoning. Top with some almonds and toasted panko bread crumbs. It's the tastiest and healthiest potato salad you'll ever eat and it's also 100% vegan.

Variations might include roasted garlic, roasted peppers, cilantro, garbanzo beans and italian dressing instead of vinaigrette.