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Salad for Breakfast Trial

Forewarning, I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or anything of the sort. I am someone who often hears ideas, think the idea sounds legit, and decides to give it a try. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants so everything I write in here should not be used without consulting your physician as I have no clue who you are. This stuff just made sense in my head. So take everything written here with a grain of salt. I am up for any ideas, additions, tips, or guidance. My sole goal is to be able to run farther, run faster, recover quicker, and gain a better mood.

First day entry of salad eating
During reading/listening to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall a couple months back, I heard the idea of salad for breakfast reasoning and finally I decided to try it. I usually eat whatever for breakfast, which is a bad habit I am trying to break. And by whatever, I mean donuts, eggs, bacon, cereal, bars, steak, oatmeal, grits, and about anything else. I usually feel groggy in the morning, especially if I just ran and ate what I listed. Understanding I cannot keep eating randomly like that I decided to try this idea of a salad for breakfast, as honestly it is probably the only thing I have never eaten for breakfast. I will try and pack in easy starchy protein (beans and nuts), some simple carbs (fruit), a dose of random veggies (cucumber, peppers, etc.), anti-inflammatory items (olives, blue berries, ginger, tomatoes), and high fat (egg, olive oil, avocado, and walnuts, salmon). Hopefully leaving me feeling full, energized, and able to run without having to sit for 3-4 hours letting my normal protein digest. Essentially I want to always be ready to run!

The salad ingredients

  1. 4-5 leafs of green lettuce
  2. 1/2cup of pinto beans
  3. 2 grapes chopped
  4. .5oz of cashew nuts crushed
  5. 1 packet of Kalamata pit-less olives
  6. 1 egg over easy on top
  7. A lot of olive oil (did not measure)
  8. Lite Salt (2-3 pinches)
  9. Cucumber 3 slices “large” chopped
  10. Cheese – 2 cuts from small block

First day’s thoughts
Initially the salad was not bad for breakfast. It did not go too well with the coffee (1Tbsp of Heavy cream) but I did them both all the same. The salad took quite a while to eat, which I guess is a good thing as it gives your brain time to process what it is eating. After 15 minutes of eating the salad I felt like I could take a nice long nap (this is at 9:30 am). An hour later I felt energized to a point of wanting to go run, which I might just do right now and seemingly a good sign. The urge to run might be because I did not have any decaf coffee left and had caffeine this morning.

This afternoon, around 12, I had a spike of energy. I am not really hungry … at all. I am planning to go for a 3 mile run here around 1:45pm to see how it feels and how my knee feels. I do have a bit of a headache, but I am also fighting not getting sick with a mild sore throat and cloudy mental function.

Dinner time rolled around. Still not absurdly hungry but decided to eat some of my sourdough crackers, two of them, with some cream cheese spread. Then I decided to eat a Tbsp. of coconut butter on a small tortilla with about ¼ cup of pinto beans. Oddly enough it tasted pretty good warmed up. I am going to look into some rice, or rice like items that I can substitute for an easy burrito to have at dinner when I do not feel like eating meat. This is my first day without any red meat where I was not sick that I can remember. Also my first day without any processed sugar (just the sugar in the grapes from salad). Extremely proud and happy I was able to handle it all.

Side tracked notes
I got my new sandals today so I did a mile in them. They felt good but I can tell I need to ease into them slower. Do maybe .5 mile warmup to start before each run. My left knee felt good in the sandals, but then I went to my Altra King’s and after about the 2nd mile on my main run the knee started aching. Then a few hours later it was hurting pretty good. Not sure what to do about it other than keep running and maybe add some knee exercises into the mix. I did not feel drained during the run and even more so I skipped lunch completely, did not go upstairs to rummage for snacks like usual. I had string cheese after my run and that was it.
The evening community sauna was the icing on the cake and to help my knee feel a bit better. I will compress it tonight and hope for the best in the AM. I am planning on running no matter what tomorrow morning at #PlayGldn, so knee don’t fail me now!

Note I am not planning on going vegetarian or vegan, I am just changing up what I eat and how much I eat of it. Instead of meat every day for 2 or 3 meals, I am planning on switching it up with fish, eggs, and chicken once or twice a week and red meat once or twice a week. Two of the days I want to skip meat altogether or choose better meat to eat, such as liver. The ideal behind this is twofold, one I should save some money by not eating 1-2lbs of meat of a day (or more). Two, I currently feel fantastic, aside from being sickly from bowling this weekend. After how I currently feel I plan on continuing this journey.

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