5 Things: 5 Days of Eating – Food Diary of a Vegan Runner

Being vegan – esp. being a vegan athlete – this is something I get asked a bunch: “What do you eat?” Well, the long wait is over. Here is my 5-day food diary. Everything is vegan (except honey if you’re super strict vegan)!

Sunday

Post-13 mile run Refuel/Breakfast
Rockstar Smoothie from Beaming Cafe: freshly sprouted almond milk, coconut water, banana, date, coconut butter, Beaming vanilla protein, E3live Blue Majik + Fit Matrix

Clif Builder’s Protein bar (chocolate peanut butter)

Lunch
Beyond Meat burger patty and veggies

Matcha with Raw Honey

Snack #1
Kind bar (dark chocolate mocha almond)

MM-2

Dinner
Brown rice, veggies, tartar sauce, seaweed

Snack #2
Vega snack bar (chocolate caramel)

Snack #3
Lara bar (key lime pie)

Monday

Breakfast
Clif Builder’s Protein bar (chocolate mint)

MM-1

Lunch
Mrs. Winston’s Salad: kale, royal kale, swiss chard, mixed greens, spinach, arugula, sprouts, edamame, carrots, steamed beets, two small wedges of tomatoes in oil (or kalamata olives), A LOT of avocado, Foods Alive Sweet Mustard Organic Superfood Dressing, balsamic vinegar, sesame seeds, turmeric. Then I add in one vegan sausage.

Matcha with Raw Honey

Dinner
Baked potato wedges (?). Not quite wedges, not really fries. Dipped in ketchup (Whole Foods 365). And veggies.

Snack #1
Kind Bar (dark chocolate mocha almond)

Snack #2
No Cow Bar (carrot cake)
Sleeve of water crackers spread with Earth Balance (stop judging)

Tuesday

Breakfast
MUSH Overnight Oats (Wild Blueberry)

MUSH

Lunch
Mrs. Winston’s Salad with vegan sausage

Matcha with Raw Honey

Dinner
3 Eat Gud (I’m not searching for the umlaut) meatless meatballs with marinara sauce

Snack #1
Clif Builder’s Protein bar (chocolate peanut butter)

Snack #2
1/2 a Lara bar (key lime pie)

Wednesday

Breakfast
MUSH Overnight Oats (Wild Blueberry)

Lunch
Mrs. Winston’s Salad with vegan sausage

Dinner
Potato wedges with ketchup and tartar sauce. And veggies. (Veggies are usually cauliflower which is baked and eggplant/zucchini which has some light olive oil and is microwaved.)

Snack #1
Elemental raw superfood seedbar from Beaming Cafe (cranberry almond + lucuma)

Snack #2
Lara bar (key lime pie)

Thursday

Breakfast
MUSH Overnight Oats (Wild Blueberry)

Lunch
Mrs. Winston’s Salad with 1 more Eat Gud meatless meatball

Dinner

Potato wedges with ketchup. And veggies

Snack #1
Elemental raw superfood seedbar from Beaming Cafe (cranberry almond + lucuma)

Snack #2
No Cow Bar (Chocolate fudge brownie)
Brussel sprouts

Summary

I know, I know, this is horribly boring. But listen, those meatless meatballs were a new item. Thought I’d be adventurous and have something exciting to put on my food journal…Nope, not doing that again. My tummy — nay, my whole body — just felt *blech*. They had too much going on in them; I prefer simple foods. I was never someone who was into rich foods, but now that I have to watch my blood pressure (genetic), I stay away from spicy/salty/rich foods.

Also, as you’ll notice, NO fruit. I don’t like fruit. Correction: I don’t like fruit in the U.S. I will eat mangoes and all other types of fruit abroad. The genetic engineering that goes on with the food here has made these frankenfruit tasteless and weird to me. Also, real talk: If I want something sweet, I’m going to have sugar. Why mess with this stuff. It’s like drinking near-beer or vaping.

And yup, a lot of bars. I’m not interested in cooking and food prep, so I try to eat the bars with the best ingredients. Lara bars have 3-5 ingredients, all fruit and nuts. (Are you happy now, fruit fans?) The seed bar is filled with superfoods, and the Kind bar is pretty robust with solid ingredients. The worst thing I eat is probably the Clif bars and the No Cow bars (not usually in the rotation) because of the sugar and a few other ingredients, but they both have 20 grams of protein, and sometimes I just want to make sure I’m eating enough protein. I train hard, and this is an easy and yummy way for me to just get that stuff in.

Lastly, I’ll say this. I used to feel weird about how I eat. Trust me, I get it. There are like five people in the world who I can go out to eat with. But (1) I’m 52 years old, and who cares — not me; and (2) Eliud Kipchoge the world’s fastest marathoner and other Kenyan runners eat a diet similar to mine. Not too much protein, very simple, plain, not processed. Same thing over and over. Here’s a link to the article about what these elite runners eat.

Enough said!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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