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.

Best Sandwich Ever

For my birthday my brother gave me a sample pack of four hot sauces. Ranging from smokey mild to fiery hot. And I have to say they certainly enhance a vegetarian sandwich. I know that meat eaters think we're crazy and lack any taste bud, but I love a good sandwich. And I never had a better sandwich than the ones I've had since I began eating meat free. No turkey or roast beef can compare.

The trick is in layering the flavors and textures. I've never enjoyed my sandwiches more.

You must first start with delicious bread. Something hearty. Like whole wheat, rye or a chewy kaiser roll.

Once you have a great bread you need to slather it with hummus. Choose your own favorite flavor. then load your spreading knife up with some smokey hot sauce. About 1/2 teaspoon. And spread that evenly into the hummus already on your bread.

Use a fork to add a light layer of beans to your saturated bread. Black or Kidney beans work really well. Pinto and Red are also good choice. A sparse layer works best. Then add some roasted garlic slices. A generous helping. Then some sliced raw yellow onion. A slice of your favorite cheese. Pepper jack or cheddar work really well. Then some romaine or iceberg lettuce on top of the cheese. And finally close the sandwich with the other slice of bread. Pressing to insure everything stays together. And slice in half.

I've eaten countless sandwiches in my lifetime. Of endless varieties. Everything from a turkey club, to a hot pastrami, to a Reuben slathered in Russian dressing and Cole slaw. and a myriad of other sandwich options in between. But none of them eclipse this simple meat-free incarnation. The layers of flavor and textures are to die for. I don't care how must you love turkey cold cut or roast beef. This sandwich will seduce you. Give it a try. You have my personal guarantee that it will blow your mind.