Week two of the new year done.
The plant based diet had a lull on Sunday when I ate out, there was cheese in the vegetarian risotto. It was fine but was a bit ‘claggy’ after my week of a palate cleansed by vegetables. I haven’t been running for 4 days, due to being up at 5:30 for other reasons so haven’t had time to fit it in. This will pass, but in the short term I may not reach my 10 miles per week goal. Unless I go for a 10 mile run of course!
landmark for the week was trying something new, something that I had filed in my mental system as ‘weird’. I made and drank a green smoothie, complete with spirulina powder. Yup I drank algae. Funny thing was it was quite pleasant! I bought the spirulina powder from the health food shop, as I had read that it contained all the essential amino acids. I never opened it though as I didn’t really like the idea of it but when I noticed ( thanks to my fitness pal) that for most of the week I had eaten less than my daily reccomended amount of protein, I thought I should make the effort.
When I opened the packet, the powder was very dark green and matte. It looked nice until I spilt a bit onto the chopping board then it looked like mildew. I dipped a finger in it to taste and was instantly reminded of the crispy seaweed (which isn’t really seaweed) that you get in Chinese restaurants. I like that, so that was reassuring. Next I made a smoothie with apple, cucumber, celery and mint then added a scoop of the powder. It was pleasant to drink.
I never thought that I would drink a smoothie with algae out of choice! But then I never thought I’d run a half marathon. Never say never!