May 24 2018
A registered dietitian drank beetroot juice for a week before running a half marathon to gauge how the nutrient-rich fuel would affect her.
I am three weeks into a 50-day vegan challenge. There are a few things I’ve noticed changing in my body/life—some are great and some are not so great. Some were surprises and some I read about. But here’s the thing: I don’t feel so great (and I’ll give some more detail below). Each week has been progressively worse when it comes to how I am feeling. I am going to need to make some serious changes or abort mission if I want to keep marathon training.
Just for some background, the majority of my meals are made up of some combination of: Quinoa, lentils, beans (garbanzo, black or cannellini) spinach, kale, carrots, peppers, broccoli, nuts, tempeh, tofu, Vega protein shakes, almond milk, soy milk, bananas, apples and hummus. I am using a service called Lighter (which is pretty fabulous) and they make sure I have more than enough whole vegan foods.
There are some pros, but unfortunately, not one has to do with how I feel.
I’ve learned a lot so far on this journey. A few things are for sure: I will include more vegan meals in my diet and I will cut out dairy. But there are a few foods I believe would make me feel better: fish and eggs. These are the foods I am contemplating reintroducing into my diet.