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Plant Based Fuel – Food for the Body, Mind and Road May 4, 2014

Filed under: Blogs/Articles,Carbs,Fats,Food,Food-Fuel — bigfootmarty @ 9:16 pm
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As an athlete I have focused on food and fuel through all of the fun. It was all fun and games when I was a teen and 20 year old football player. Just grab a plate and FILL IT UP ( 8-9 meals a day) . Football ended and life began.

After college I became a runner for fun, fitness and adventure and I also continued to EAT but it was for life and not to Play. After many years of careful eating and training I had some problems and looked at my diet. For reasons related to my body I switched to a plant based diet some years ago. It has been pretty good for me and I have enjoyed the trip.

My Vegetarian history:

A number of years ago while struggling with inflammation and the pain in my feet [plantar fasciitis] – I did some research that led me to realize that dairy was a contributing factor to the foot pain and lack of healing. I made the decision to drop dairy from my diet [bye bye cheese/cracker, pizza, yogurt ice cream- I THOUGHT] .

This change had amazing results – in 5 weeks from the switch I felt relief from the pain that tortured me for 14 months. {AND I have been pain free in my FEET ever since that time}

A few years after going dairy free I went all the way to a plant based diet. This has had great lifestyle and comfort benefits. Hard to tell how or if it is helpful as an athlete since I am having fun and staying fit and no longer pushing it at a competitive level.

 

 

WHAT QUESTIONS DO / DID I HAVE AS A PLANT EATING ATHLETE:

A] Could I get enough calories to be satisfied and have enough fuel?

B] What about all the talk about PROTEIN?

– How much protein is in plants?

-How much protein do I REALLY need?

C] What athletes are vegetarian/vegan?

D] Where can I eat?

E] What about recipes and cookbooks?

 

 

The following websites and blogs are some that I visit regularly for info, entertainment and of course recipes.

http://meatfreeathlete.com/index.php/about

Loaded with fun info from a meat free athlete for new and experienced athletes on a plant based diet.

** From the BLOG ABOUT page- “Hey, I’m Anne-Marie Campbell, the founder of Meat Free Athlete. Welcome! MFA is the result of my passion for sports, fitness, nutrition, and veganism. It’s a vegan resource and blogging community to share and learn about the advantages of vegan nutrition and how it will benefit you in an active and compassionate lifestyle. Everyone is welcome!”

http://www.vegetarianrunner.com/

 

From the site:   “Vegetarian diets are more and more common every day. People choose to eat a vegetarian diet for a number of reasons such as cultural, moral or health reasons. As a runner, your diet is important not only for maintaining good health, but also to ensure top performance. Proper nutrition and hydration can make or break a workout or race, and also greatly affects how runners feel. A nutritionally sound vegetarian diet is possible if enough nutrients are consumed from a wide variety of foods but a runner who consumes a poor vegetarian diet may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies as well as poor physical performance. 

 

http://www.veganfitness.net/home/

As a lifelong athlete and now a 50+ fitness/health focused person I love the variety of conversations on this forum and the site.  Hop in join and share/learn.

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/

This site has a lot of great information on running, diet, fitness, gear and other topics related to a healthy performance based lifestyle.

There is a valuable focus on education and shared knowledge.

From the ABOUT page- “No Meat Athlete is about giving you tools, not preaching. We’re all about training tips, recipes, advice on how to transition, and the occasional dose of inspiration — so that even if now isn’t the time for you to start eating less meat (but especially if it is), you’ll know you’ve always got someone in your corner to help you out.

 

http://www.greatveganathletes.com/

This site is loaded with great stories and information about several athletes who are vegan and continue their pursuit of health and performance.

From the site: “Many of the most successful sportspeople worldwide are now vegan. While they may differ in that they have decided to go vegan to avoid animal cruelty, for their health, to reduce environmental impact, or other reasons, they have one large similarity. They have proved that excellence and veganism often go together.

Myths still persist that state that it is not possible to be vegan and be successful in sport. These myths do not have a foundation in science, and athletes build muscle, endurance and ability on plant sources and many go on to achieve great things. The performance of these athletes is proof that veganism can and does enable excellence.”

http://thriveforward.com/

From the site:

  • Learn from experts on how to eat, train and cook to promote optimal health
  • Explore video lessons relevant to you—be it energy, sleep, body composition, strength and endurance training, easy ways to prepare plant-based meals at home, or even how to eat more sustainably
  • Dive into recipes, meal plans and a wealth of supplemental materials

A variety of sites for and about Plant based diets:

http://plantbasedresearch.org/articles/fueling-vegetarian-vegan-athlete

http://vegweb.com/

https://www.vrg.org/

http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html

http://www.veggieboards.com/

 

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