Never in my life did I ever think I would be at this point. I am about to start some heavy training as I get ready for my first 50 mile race. I am in the best shape of my adult life, and getting healthier every day. I love myself, and am not looking to lose weight, but rather get healthier and more efficient.
For the past 30 days, I have been eating plant-based whole foods (well mostly whole). I can’t believe the differences I am seeing and feeling. It’s remarkable. Especially since I could never have imagined life without cheese and yogurt. But, I don’t even miss them!
I am learning more and more tips and tricks for healthy eating and more importantly, how to eat a plant-based diet successfully. For example, did you know that you can sauté vegetables in any liquid, not just oil or butter? All these years, and I had no idea!
One great resource for me has been the No Meat Athlete blog and podcast. The podcast has been great, as I can listen to it while commuting and it’s always informative. I’ve also been lucky to tap into a wealth of knowledge from my many friends who already do not eat animal products.
I also found a super amazing app called Yummly, which is a great tool for anyone who cooks. The app allows you to filter recipes based on food preferences, including a vegan option. I have found some delicious and family approved vegan recipes on there, and definitely added some variety to the meal plans.
I also learned about tempeh, which has become my egg scramble replacement for my big post long-run breakfast. I water sauté zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and any other left over veggies, along with a 1/3 of a brick of tempeh diced. Heat until warm all the way through, remove from heat and add avocado. Perfect protein-packed recovery breakfast!
I am still not sure if this will be a life-long diet change, but if I keep feeling so great I think it just may be.