Happy Earth Day!
I hope you enjoy my new series: What I Ate Wednesday & Training for a Marathon on a Vegan Diet
Let me begin today’s post by wishing you all a happy Earth Day.
Today Everyday is a day to be mindful of what your daily actions do to help or harm the planet. If you eat a whole foods plant-based diet, your food choices are making the world a cleaner, healthier, and kinder place to live. You’re doing your part to put factory farms out of business. You’re consuming less packaged foods, which means less waste and pollution. Your diet will make you healthy, which means you won’t be contributing to the rising costs of health care.
Here are some other things you can do to celebrate Earth Day. Today, and everyday:
Plant a tree, or two, or more.
Buy seasonal and locally grown foods when you can.
Grow your own food if possible. I just started growing food last summer and it’s awesome.
Take mason jars to the supermarket and buy in bulk. It will save you money and help to reduce waste.
Turn off the lights, appliances, and televisions when you’re not using them. And, turn down (or off) the furnace or AC when possible.
Purchase high efficiency bulbs and appliances.
Don’t let the water run when you’re not using it.
Limit the use of gas and wood burning fire places.
Limit the use of outdoor lighting, or use solar lighting.
Walk or bike instead of driving.
Take public transportation.
Adopt your next furry family member.
I’m sure I’ve missed so many other ways to help make the planet a healthier and happier place to live. I’d love to hear about what you do, so share with me.
In case you missed the news, I’m running in the 2016 Chicago Marathon for the Alzheimer’s association. You can read all about it in this post.
Training for a marathon has increased my already intense exercise schedule ten fold. I have one active rest day a week, and that’s active, not sit on the couch and shove chips and bon bons in my face. Because I’m burning more calories and putting more stress (in a good way) on my body, I get to eat more. Yay! The perks of being physically fit.
Here’s the thing, eating more doesn’t mean eating whatever I feel like eating. It means being even more mindful of what I’m putting in my body, and when. Having said that, I feel pretty amazing, because I’m getting all of the protein, carbs, and nutrients that I need to stay fueled, hydrated, and strong.
Starting today I’m going to show you what a day in the life of marathon training looks like. Every Friday you get a sneak peak into my world. Some of you may not care. I get it. And some of you have already told me that you love living vicariously through others. That’s cool. My reason for sharing my food choices and work out for the day is to let you see how a whole foods plant-based diet can get you to, and through, something as intense as running 26.2 miles. Let’s get to it.
Oh yeah, I’m not going to focus on Wednesday every week. You’re going to see what Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday looks like too. But today, we start with what I ate Wednesday.
Breathe, rise, and stretch.
I like to take five minutes before I get out of bed and take deep cleansing yoga breaths. I breathe in through my nose and then blow it all out through my mouth. Then I get up and do some gentle stretches.
I drank a tall glass of water with lemon juice and enjoyed my delicious Nespresso (affiliate) coffee with frothy almond milk. This is the time of day when I answer my email and blog comments, check my social media accounts, and work on the blog.
I took a break from sitting at the computer, drank a glass of water and ate a banana. Started the laundry, played with the dogs, and got back to blog work.
Interval training. I’m obsessed with Shaun T’s INSANITY MAX:30 and Tony Horton’s P90X3 (affiliates)DVD workouts. They live up to their names and kick my arse so bad. I used to take classes at my club but my body got so used to the same routine that it was stagnant. Insanity and P90X keeps my body confused, and that’s a good thing. Everything is higher, tighter, and stronger, if you know what I mean.
After interval training I needed a half hour to cool down so I took the dogs on a two mile walk. Before I did that I had a glass of water and a handful of salted almonds. I needed to replace the sodium that I lost while sweating and I needed protein for muscle repair. After walking the dogs I had a bowl of steel cut oats with spinach, tomatoes, and a little sea salt and pepper.
At this point I had been up for five and a half hours, I did two and a half hours of blog work (sitting) and seventy five minutes of exercise, plus a few loads of laundry. Back to more sitting at the computer and blog work, plus a snack because I was hungry!
Experimenting in the kitchen. I love to play around with different flavors and see how they work together. I spent an hour combining spices and herbs to see how they worked together. Then I wrote down ideas for foods that would pair well with the combinations. I had a cup of green tea while I played.
I was really hungry so I whipped up a giant salad filled with spinach, tomato, leftover refried white beans and veggies from taco Tuesday’s dinner, some vegan parmesan cheese made with cashews and nutritional yeast, and salsa. Oh yeah, and a big squeeze of fresh lime juice. After lunch I did an hour of weeding in my garden.
Back to the computer and blog work. I’m hungry again so I had two WASA crackers with a bit of blueberry jam and a glass of water.
Logged off of the computer and took the dogs for a one mile walk. Came home and ate an orange.
The Breakfast King is home, he worked out, he showered (TMI?) and we’re both ready to eat dinner. I made a quick broccoli, carrot, and ginger stir-fry over brown rice. and I had two glasses of champs, because I read yet another study that says that champagne could prevent Alzheimer’s. Now, there’s actually no hard evidence that champagne can prevent this dreaded disease, but hey, we’re talking bubbles, and I would rather be safe than sorry. 😉
And that my friends, is what I ate, and did, on Wednesday.
What I did:
I did an intense interval workout. It was my run free day, next week I’ll share a run day with you.
I walked my dogs a total of three miles.
I did some laundry and housework.
I experimented with herbs and spices.
I cooked dinner.
What I ate:
I drank a lot of water.
A lot of fruit, veggies, whole grains, and protein.
All of the whole plant foods that I ate added up to the following:
65.2 grams of protein. The CDC recommends 46 grams per day for an average woman.
800+% Vitamin C
As you can see, I’m getting more than enough protein, iron, and important vitamins and minerals in my vegan diet. I could have calculated a dozen more vitamins and minerals for you to see, but I thought you’d get the picture with the few I listed.
If you have any questions about food or exercise, please email me or leave a comment below. I’m happy to answer your questions.
Have a wonderful and active weekend my friends. Tomorrow is my long run day, and every week after this is going to get more physical. Yee Haw!
Have you ever run a half or full marathon?
Are you eating enough whole plant-based foods?
Are you doing anything fun this weekend?
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