For one week, I’ve been following the Engine 2 Eating Plan. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could survive a week with no meat, chicken, fish or dairy products. Engine 2 was written by Austin Firefighter and former Pro Triathlete Rip Esselstyn (i.e. resident bad-ass). I knew this book was for me when in his acknowledgements, he thanks Adam Reiser for his core class…Yep, that’s Adam from Jack and Adams and he’s speaking of his “corture” class that I love (and miss) so dearly. I’ll hit it again after Ironman for sure. Right now there just aren’t enough hours.
The premise of the book? We get all of the nutrients and protein we need through whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies…Animal protein is fatty and harder to digest. This isn’t rocket science. So far, so good. Not craving meat at all. I have genetically high cholesterol (thanks Dad) 🙂 and this plan is supposed to make the points plummet. I’m anxious to see what happens after 30 days. I definitely feel “cleaner” (the fiber helps) and am never starved. Not sure if it’s a lifestyle I could sustain all of the time. Me loves sushi way too much to every deprive myself of that goodness permanently. And who knows…you just may see me at the Salt Lick BBQ or Mangia Pizza if the cravings become unmanageable. I am human afterall (as much as I try to deny it) Until then, I’ll stick with the salads, beans and quinoa.
This week, I’ve been indulging A LOT in hummus (oil free), salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, whole grain pastas, brown rice/veggies/tofu, sweet potatoes and soy meat products (veggie sausages, etc). It’s certainly not a diet of calorie deprivation!
I wasn’t sure how well I would hold up during the workouts, but all systems seem to be running well…
Thursday— AM Swim workout, PM Spin Class
Friday–AM Pilates Video, 8 mile recovery run in the afternoon with Alisa and Erin
Saturday–63 Mile Pedal Through the Pines ride in Bastrop (windy AGAIN, but averaged over 17 mph on the last half)
Sunday–11 mile run (1st 6 miles 7:53 overall avg pace…last 4 miles 7:45 overall avg pace, last mile was cool-down back home)
This week–Week 2 of Cross Fit Training. I’m sure my arms and legs will be hating me tomorrow.