Fitness Friday: Plant-based Whole Foods Diet
I’ve gradually changed my eating habits over the last 6 months. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a long-time vegetarian who occasionally eats fish. As long as I can remember, I have had no taste for meat. In 2000 I stopped eating it outright.
Too much ice cream or cheesy pizza never agreed with me (except my taste buds).
This past year, I noticed how much better I’ve felt when I don’t eat milk products at all.
I’ve also started incorporating tons more vegetables and leafy greens into my diet.
With much education and reading, I would say that I’m now a mostly-plant-based whole foods eater (the mostly being home-made cookies and other delicious baked treats).
Here are some things I’ve learned over the last few months:
- I can maintain my energy level on much less food. I do have to monitor calories on long run days because otherwise the next day I will be ravenous!!!!
- Milk products are out for me for the long haul. I have eliminated even hidden dairy and it made a huge difference. It’s not life-altering in the short-term, so if someone offers me something and can’t guarantee there are no whey ingredients, I won’t immediately turn it down, but I am so aware now.
- I love coffee and it does not make that much of a difference to me so it is worth it.
- I love wilted kale salad with sesame seeds and a sesame oil, cider vinegar dressing.
- All plant foods in their whole form are made up of 10% protein.
- Sunwarrior protein is my favourite protein boost.
Though I do like animals and I personally do not like the idea of eating them, I am not a veg for ethical reasons. I don’t identify with the dogmatic vegan (read PETA) movement that often eats just as many processed foods as any other typical eater.
This is really about my personal decision to improve my well-being.
My family still eats meat and dairy, but hopefully more fruits and vegetables as a result of my influence. We don’t eat the same food but we eat together. I have read that kids eat what they know. Hopefully having seen, smelled and (sometimes) tasted almost every vegetable variety in the produce aisle will mean that at some point, they will know them too.
This Week’s Running Rundown
Everything is posted in km. For those of you who only do miles, 1 km = .625 mile OR 1 mile = 1.6 km
Saturday – 17 km run – part with group and part on my own
Monday –8 km fun run on the treadmill
Tuesday – 10 km tempo run on the treadmill in the evening; might not have run if I didn’t have the gym membership
Thursday – 12 km run
Wednesday: Hips focused vinyasa yoga
I’ve got 5 classes left in my yoga class package and 9 days till I leave the country for 6 months. That’s a lot of yoga to fit in.
I hear my family coming in from soccer practice. It is loud and there is whining.
Enjoy the last weekend before Christmas/Hannukah!