The past few months I’ve tried a few different diets, Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Pescetarian.
All of which have turned my insides out and made me feel amazing… However I lacked the willpower to stay away from foods I loved… And to look at every ingredient in products I bought. A good example of this was during my “No Lactose” diet… I ate half a packet of Digestive biscuits which I thought tasted really strange before reading the ingredients… Whey Protein… In biscuits? Really? Needless to say the next day was filled with bathroom breaks…
So, the point of this post?
I’m going vegan… Properly.
I’m not doing it to save the animals, I really don’t care. That issue has been around for a very long time and will continue to rage on even after we’re all gone… That’s the reality of the situation. I’m doing it for health. I’m doing it for my insides, I’m doing it because its the right diet for what I do in my life. I’m doing it for me.
I couldn’t give a fuck what you’ve heard, seen or done… I’ve seen the facts, I’ve looked into this for a very long time, dipped my toes in slowly. Now its time to jump in. I don’t need anyone telling me what I’m doing is right or wrong, I’m not doing it for you!
In my short stint as a vegetarian I noticed I definitely felt better as a person, but I was still eating the same food I could eat as a carnivore, biscuits, crisps… . As a pescetarian I felt better, but as a vegan I felt amazing. The food I was eating tasted better, it was better for me and most of it was cheaper… (I mainly ate fresh fruits and vegetables, which when bought in bulk and portioned for the week work out a lot cheaper than spending £5-10 per evening on one meal like I used to)
One of the biggest influences in making this decision has been Harley Johnstone.
If you don’t know who he is I suggest you check him out, he is the definition on Vegan, Cycling and Eating.
I’ve been watching Harleys videos on YouTube for nearly 2 years now, If you’re interested in either cycling or the Vegan lifestyle he is the man to go to for advice.
Check out his Blog durianrider.com
This is the day I decided that this was the way forward. I had a great Hummus, Beetroot and Rocket sandwich for lunch and then this for dinner!
4 Radishes. 2 Spring Onions. 1 Pepper. 1 Chili. 1 Large Beet. 1 Handful of Peas. 1 Avocado. Hummus. Slice everything, put the bread in the toaster whilst you mash the Avo. Spread Avo and Hummus on the toast and add the Veg on top. Boom.
I had work today, time travelled quickly. I had been looking forward to the evening for a while. A staff get together, food, drink and good company. It’s nice to spend time with people you don’t often get the chance to talk to. It was also nice as a new vegan to go to a party and there be a lot of food I could eat! I ate loads! I drank a few ales and I felt amazing. Life is constantly getting better!
Before I went to the do, I made a dessert with my colleague (Who has had this dessert before) and watched my housemates make crepes, which I couldn’t eat. This made me sad, but at the same time, I was resisting the urge to eat certain foods.
The end of the evening was pretty chilled, I was laid down on the floor by the fire with a beer staring up at the stars. Perfect.
When I arrived home, I was starving, although I had just eaten loads? So I made myself another Avocado, Hummus and Vegetable Bruschetta. It was heaven!
So to start the week…
I went to buy some new bib shorts, I hopped on the Allez and rode to town. All was good, It was sunny with a slight breeze. I grabbed the bibshorts and put them in my bag, walked to the road and sat on my throne. I started riding towards a roundabout with the intention of turning right…
The next thing i see is a taxi coming at me from the left… I shout and shout as he continues to come at me, I shout louder as he hits my left leg, and rear wheel. I continue to shout as I throw the bike down to the ground, drop my backpack and start running towards him… In the middle of a busy road. I shout again and see him turn to look at me, he knows I’m shouting at him and he knows he just hit me… He drives off. I chase him for a while on foot but he just speeds up and disappears around the corner.
Considering this all happened in a busy town, next to a train station in traffic only one person came over to check if I was ok! Fortunately this person also got half of the taxis registration number and the Taxis Council number. A phone call to the police was in order. I was involved in a hit and run.
Not exactly the best way to start the week eh?
I had a nice chilled slow ride/catch up with Dale in the evening after going out in the afternoon to try the new bibs. We talked about the hit and run, we discussed what we would do in those situations, we’re always cautious when out riding, we shout warnings, use hand signals for slowing and directions, but this time something different, I was actually scared. Everytime I saw a car at a junction I jumped as if it was very unexpected to even see a car on the road, I was very vocal about the distances between myself and cars passing me… I don’t want to be in an accident again.
So today was really just a chill out day, I really had nothing planned and just didn’t want to do anything, so as always I ended up at work having a coffee. Whilst sat there drinking a beautiful Ethiopian brew I read the latest issue (#26) of Cyclist Magazine which had turned up in the post the day before. I found interest in an article about Bananas, a fruit I love and a fruit which can be used for different things over time.
So the thing I took away from the article was… Depending on how long you leave a banana can change its benefits, the easiest way to work out when it’s best to eat depends on when you eat it and why you eat it at that time.
We all know the stages bananas go through… Green, Yellow and Black. At each of these times the banana can be used for different nutritional gains. Depending on whether you want a slow release carbohydrate energy source or a quick fructose sugar hit when riding/exercising… Will require you to know what type of banana you need to eat.
After reading the article I rushed home got my kit ready and headed out on the bike.
Tuesdays ride. Killing it.
I felt great! I was climbing well and keeping a good average pace… Then the weather decided it was going to change. The whole ride I had been going towards the rain, as I reached the top of a climb the sky was a different colour. Black. Great! Now I have to deal with this. As I rode under the cloud the temperature changed, but it felt great. Small rain drops hit my arms and helmet, it still felt good. Fortunately that was about it, no heavy downpour. I was relieved.
Rest day! I needed this so much after yesterdays performance. I had done myself in, I slept in, I ate so much food and just hurt all over. I should have thought ahead because I was supposed to ride to Wales today! What the hell was going through my mind? Absolutely ruined my week!
So instead of riding to Wales I ended up at SoCoCo with Faith having coffee and a chat. It’s nice to spend time with people you don’t get to see all the time, especially when, if like Faith, they’re a genuine friend, someone who can give and take advice, someone who can talk you through things as well as listen. I am grateful for friends like her.
I headed home and saw a link on Facebook, the Tour of Britain Stage 7. I flipped inside, it’s coming about an hour ride from my house! I get to see the pros! So i searched for the timings and the best place to sit to see the most action. So I have something great to look forward to at the moment. If I’m lucky I might even end up with a few bidons!
Dinner was cool, Vegan Burritos!
1 Handful of Peas, 1 Cup of Rice, 2 Red Chilies, 2 Tomatoes, 1 Red Pepper, 1 cup of Kidney Beans, 4 Radishes. Cook rice. Chop Veg. Throw it all in a pan and stir until everything’s done. That’s a wrap!
I had 3 of these, Don’t judge me. They were pretty good, I love chillies so the heat was great, you might want to use just 1?
Rest day 2! Legs were still on fire.
Yes, Tom is licking my toes… Cramp is a bitch.