"Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Engine 2 Diet: Day 1

I mentioned last week I would commit to blogging more frequently.  I'd like to say that I will blog every day for the next 28 days, but I'm not going to promise that.  Today marks the first day of the Engine 2 Challenge.  I am participating in this challenge with Jeremy, my co-workers Shannon and Deanna, and a group from Whole Foods in St. Paul.  The Engine 2 Diet is based on the research provided from The China Study, and further research from Dr. Esselstyn suggesting the positive impact of a plant based diet.  At first I was skeptical as to whether I could get enough protein, as an athlete, from plants!  However, after doing more research I've learned I can get enough protein to fuel my body through plants, beans, and whole grains.  We watched the movie Forks Over Knives, and were blown away by the research showing proof that a plant based diet can actually reverse heart disease, certain types of cancer, and diabetes!  I was also shocked to learn that the U.S. is the number one consumer of milk, yet we have the highest rate of osteoporosis and bone fractures, suggesting that milk is not keeping our bones strong like we originally believed. 

So for the next 28 days, Jeremy, Deanna, Shannon, and I have committed to eating only vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains (oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, etc).  No meat, dairy, eggs, or oil.  If we notice a positive difference in how we feel, Jeremy and I may commit to a similar lifestyle going forward.  But for right now, let's take it one day at a time.

We spent most of today traveling, so eating was tough, but we did it.  Here was our dinner tonight:
Salad with cucumbers, onions, peppers, black beans, mango salsa, and nutritional yeast

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