My triathlon training has been moving along pretty nicely. I’m happy to report I had some progress with my swimming. Nothing to jump up and down about; but some small progress. For the past few weeks I have been working on getting my nutrition right. I was feeling very tired after my workouts and sometimes nauseated. I realized that I was not eating enough and I wasn’t hydrated enough. It took a while for me to discover this because I though I was eating and drinking a lot. I knew I needed to get this problem under control quickly or else my workouts were going to suffer, so I bought this book.
I wanted advice from a professional athlete who ate a plant based diet. Although I am not vegan, I do eat mostly vegan and I didn’t want to rely on animal protein. Brandon Brazier’s book was the obvious choice. Things turned around pretty quickly for me after I started reading it. I started keeping a fitness journal where I recorded my workouts, what I ate and most importantly how I felt. This helped me to see how little I was actually eating. I started to increase my food intake by switching to smaller more frequent meals. I made sure I carried a water bottle everywhere I went and reduced my caffeine intake. I also cut back dramatically on my wine consumption. I didn’t need anything contributing to dehydration.
Here is a typical breakfast. A sprouted grain english muffin with avocado, kelp flakes and lemon. Normally I would have stopped there, but now I would eat this and eat a another small meal two hours later.
I also always carry extra snacks with me even if I think I will not be out long. These granola bars are made locally and have very few ingredients so I like having them around for a quick snack.
I still love to eat salads but now I add hearty ingredients like hummus, roasted veggies and squash. I also always pair a salad with something more filling like soup.
Once in a while I’ll eat a vegan cashew cheese burger piled high with greens if I want something really hearty.
My favorite thing to eat is brown rice loaded with vegetables and roasted squash. It’s so satisfying without being too heavy. I ate this yesterday before my spin class and I felt really good. The portion looks small but this was part one of my dinner. I made sure to drink a protein shake when I got home plus I had a small meal a few hours before eating this. I still do eat some animal products but I keep those to a minimum. I feel much better running on plants, I have more energy and focus. Figuring our what to eat while training for this triathlon was extremely important. I feel so much better during my workouts and after them.
I’m really enjoying this whole process of training with a team, raising money for the Leukemia and lymphoma Society and getting in better shape. It has been such a positive experience.
It was an exciting day when I got this shoe tag.
I want to thank everyone who has donated to my fundraising page because without you I won’t reach my goal. If you haven’t donated yet please do, it will make me very happy and it’s tax deductible.
This is proof that your donation will save lives.
I hope you all have a fantastic day.