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.

Cold Combos

Here's an interesting little sandwich I had today. I had a lot of black bean salad lying around. I also had rye bread and macaroni and cheese with peas in it. So I did what any sane person would do in that situation. I put them altogether on the bread and topped with raw onion and pickle slices. I figured the mac and cheese would kinda act like the cheese in a normal sandwich. It pretty much worked out that way. There were some nice contrasts happening. All in all a pretty awesome sandwich. Another fun thing I did with my food was hard cooked egg and cheese and broccoli rice. Those quick cook flavored rice packets are super tempting. They have good flavor and are so convenient. When they put them on sale for a dollar it's impossible to resist. Great taste. Cheap. Easy. What more can you ask for from supermarket food. I always like to augment them though. They are mostly rice and they are small. Bulking them up with vegetables makes them go farther and much more healthful. I usually add some frozen veg. Broccoli, cauliflower, mustard green. Whatever I have lying about. Fresh garlic is always a great add in. I like to add some canned beans as well. Protein and bulk. Cheap as heck. Black bean, garbanzos, lentil. Any old bean is good. But if you're really looking for a protein boost some egg will really hit the spot and not add much cost. Hard cooked egg is any easy add in to any dish. I used just half an egg in my bowl of rice mix. It was quite satisfying. I eat almost all my food cold. It's very rare that I eat hot food. Dunno why. Just not that into it. Except maybe baked potatoes or roasted potatoes. Though I love them both cold as well. I hate microwaving my food. So instead I just eat it all directly from the fridge. It's suprisingly good that way. The microwave ruins flavors and textures.