Tod finishing the Comox Valley Half Marathon in March of 2013

While planning our meals I always have to keep in mind that I am feeding an athlete. My husband Tod, who runs 30 km for fun on weekends, is always training for marathons and lives off a plant based diet. He works out on his days between runs and always makes sure to take rest days in between.

Working a full time job, as an exterminator, Tod still manages to get in his exercise. Sometimes it's in between clients but he still does it. Tod does anywhere from 12km hill runs to 32 km trail/road runs. He seriously blows my mind. HOW!?

Tod is dedicated to his training. He follows the work out regimens of Branden Brazier, the vegan athlete who made Vega, and follows tips from other athletes such as Scott Jerek and Rich Roll. He wears minimal shoes and has special minimal shoes for his trail runs.

Tod and I have been listening to Rich Rolls podcasts in the evenings while we relax. Last night we listened to Podcast #68. Rich interviewed Matt Ruscigno, who is a plant based dietitian, and they discussed a lot on how vegans CAN get enough protein and iron without taking a million supplements. Matt said the 1 supplement he takes, as a vegan, is vitamin B12, which can be found in nutritional yeast and tempeh, but it's important as an extreme runner that you get an adequate amount.

It was nice to hear Rich and Matt talk about how you really can get enough nutrition to run marathons and to be #1 in the world, just by eating a plant based diet. Tod ran his first full marathon this year in Sept at the Goodlife Fitness Marathon in Victoria, BC. I am so proud. He got a metal and finished feeling great.

Tod after his first full marathon in Victoria, BC. Goodlife Fitness Marathon Sept 13, 2013

Our job is to fuel ourselves with the proper nutrients we need to have enough energy to run races like that. We focus on:

  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium
  • Electrolytes
  • Essential fats
  • Iron
  • Phytonutrients
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Omega-3s
  • Probiotics
through a lifestyle with mostly raw food. (In the winter months we tend to eat more cooked foods)

Our diet consists of LOTS of vegetables and fruit during the day. Fruit only for breakfast until noon, then hemp seed, nuts and seeds and sprouted buckwheat for lunch (the kids eat veggie sandwiches and other snacks at school), then raw veggies to snack on, then for dinner I'll make a large salad with my home made dressing and then dinner, which is always dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and packed with minerals and protein (from beans). After dinner we will have a treat (if I've made any) and sometimes popcorn.

We do take Vega one, maca powder, spirunlina and chlorella for an extra dose of nutrients.

Tod and his good friend DJ - After they ran the Color me Rad 5K race in Saskatoon. They ran it 3 times for fun

Our pre-work out shake can be found on my website here, which is an AMAZING energy booster. Thank you maca powder! I drink this shake before I work out as well. I do Zumba twice a week at our local gym. I absolutely love it and the shake makes me have so much energy. Ladies say I'm very bouncy. haha! Only at the gym. After Tod gets exercise he likes to eat fruit or my energy balls (when I make them) and have coconut water to drink. (Drink then wait 20 minutes before eating)

Foods that are important for nutrients:
  • Green and colourful vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Sea vegetables 
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Legumes (beans)
  • Coconut oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios
  • Brown rice
  • Dates
  • Ginger
  • Green Tea
  • Kombucha
  • Sacha Inchi
  • Palm Nectar
  • Unpasteurized honey
  • Acai berries
  • Chlorella
  • Spirulina
  • Coconut water
  • Maca powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Yerbe Mate
  • Stevia

Tod, me and Tod's parents before our Times Colonist 10km run in Victoria, BC. April 29, 2012

Me during the Times Colonist 10km run

 Tod, his mom and the kids at the Miracle Beach, BC 10km & 5km run. The kids did a fun 1km run. Oct 2012

Me, Tod's mom and Seth at the Miracle Beach 10km & 5km run. Tod did the 10km and we did the 5km run. I pushed baby Kyri in the stroller. Oct 2013.

The next race for Tod will be the Comox Valley Half Marathon in March and my next race will be the Times Colonist 10km in April. Super excited! 

Source: Whole Foods to Thrive by Branden Brazier


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