A phrase that once was a form of verbal arsenal as child has a whole different meaning to me as an endurance athlete. I remember when I first started seriously running in college, I really just had a crush on the sport that was turning into something more. I was drastically uneducated in the sport and the well practices. I also have a love for all things edible. So I was under the false pretense that if I was going to go out and run for 2 hrs on a Saturday, then I was free to go eat my weight in chips & salsa after, right?
One of my favorite things after a long run during the winter was to finish my run with some stretching and then down a stack of pancakes, greasy sausage and a full pot of coffee. To be honest I still love pancakes, really all things bread related. Well I recently came across the story of Ultra runner Scott Jurek.
Jurek, is a self proclaimed grillmaster, meat consumer. However he is actually a dedicated Vegan. Or as he prefers to phrase it”plant based”eater. You see Scott realized finally the reason he was not winning races but always finishing second was because of what he was fueling his body with. He learned that a plant based diet could fuel his body completely and even give him an edge.
After reading his story, my wife and I have been researching the idea of plant based living. First let me say this, I love meat. I love to grill. I enjoy a good baked good. I also like cream in my coffee. However I realize the importance of truly caring for your body. If I am going to pound it, push it to limits, and drain it dry of liquids. I owe it proper nutrition and fuel.
We have decided to slowly implement different items into our diet, such as oatmeal products(we both love oatmeal)black bean burgers(WE LOVE BURGERS)soy milk, and of course a lot of fruits. Nutrition has become very important to me and my family however I understand that plant based eating is not for all and certainly not everyone needs to, I do support it and recommend it though.
I would love to hear advice and thoughts on plant based eating, and certainly recipes and favorite foods.
Thanks & Keep Training!!!
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