I am a 37 year old who has struggled with his health greatly since college. I did not grow up exercising or working out regularly, therefore most of what I have learned was self-taught, mostly trial and error. I was not blessed with overly athletic genes, and was cursed with extremely little speed, but I have always loved sports. My weight has gone up and down since college as has my enthusiasm for exercise.

A few years ago I made the commitment to run a 1/2 marathon. Until that day I had never run more than 3 miles at a time. I trained for a year and ran my first 1/2 on 12/5/10. That got me hooked on endurance events. My first major event was a sprint triathlon in September 2012, followed by a full marathon that December. Since then, I have run several other triathlons of different distances, including a half-iron in September 2013. My future plans are to continue with endurance events and triathlons.

In August 2011, after a lot of research, I made some major lifestyle decisions with my wife and kids as far as nutrition goes, the biggest change being to a primarily plant-based diet (see My Training page for details). The reason being that we believe the western diet (processed sugar, food, etc) are the main cause of most cancer, diabetes, illness, etc. Our diet consists of few animal products, minimal processed foods, refined carbs/sugar, etc. The overwhelming majority of our food intake consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. We have shifted our intake of various foods over the last few years, and continually change and assess due to results and research.

We believe that eating this way is the best way to be healthy, as well as train athletically. For more specific info on where we get most of our info, check out My Stuff page.

After the birth of our twin girls in 2014, I found it much more difficult to train and race like I had become used to. I allowed myself to stop working out and to fall into some previous habits, on a much smaller scale. I am not at a point in my life where I am trying to balance an active life with family. The struggle can be real.

 

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  1. Diane says:

    Hello I have been popping in every now and then to have a look at your postings. I saw your link on a post in the beginner triathlete forum. Was interesting in your diet and how you are managing it. I have been doing a lot of research about the primal paleo diet and its relation to endurance sports. I am not a scientist so it is all from a lay mans perspective. But i have similar issues to you regarding eating meat. Mine are from a cruelty perspective and from and environmental perspective. I have been vegetarian since I was 15, I am now 40. When I was pregnant with my second child at 37 I craved fish so I ate fish and still do to this day. I mainly eat mackerel, pilchards and sardines from a tin. I am with all the arguments about not eating grains, I follow this and I very much agree. I do have a problem about not eating the humble potato too. I am in the UK, potatoes are cheap and they are grown by the farmer on our peninsula, the gower. So they are locally grown and I feel that I need to eat my local produce, support our farmers….. They are cheap!!! The kids and i get a sack from the farm shop. So yes I tried this primal eating regime but could not tear myself away from the beautiful potato, sweet potatoes cost a fortune hear. I went to donate some blood last year and for the first time in my life they refused my blood as I was anaemic. My GP did full bloods and turned out that I was deficient in b12, iron and my white blood cell count was ridiculously low. I decided that now was the time to eat some meat. It was that or b12 injections and iron tablets…….no thank you. So we have found a farmer and his wife who raise beautiful deer in mid Wales. They slaughter the deer on the farm so there aren’t any issues with transport and cruelty there. They do not kill the animals in the breeding seasons. The meat isn’t cheap but it is beautiful, I do like the taste. I have raised my girls vegetarian and they will not eat it yet, but that is a whole other issue!!!!!
    So while I was trying out this whole primal thing , I found that I wasn’t too keen on the whole dairy stuff either. Milk has always been difficult, again an ethical issue for me, but heavy cream, wow I could drink pint of that if you put it in front of me. Friends and I at Xmas often slather it on to cakes at mince pies. How do you get on withe heavy cream. I notice that you have this daily? Are you trying for ketosis so having the heavy cream for the fats? Will they replace the animal fats that are so recommended on these ways of eating. Anyway, the whole primal thing made sense in some ways apart from the potato and the grok thing and they don’t do so much endurance.
    Sorry for my rant. I am enjoying reading your blog and will continue to do so. Keep going with your training. Are the rest of your family vegetarian? Kids too? I look forward to hearing from you regards diane x

    • super Stevo says:

      Hi Diana – thanks for reading! Sounds like we aren’t too different.
      I completely understand the meat thing. I started not eating it due to health reasons, but the more educated I become, the more I care about the ethical side of it as well. I have always said that if I do ever eat meat again, I would be much more likely to eat local, hunted, or meat that I know exactly where it came from (like the deer you eat).
      For the heavy cream, I added it into my diet a few weeks ago to help up my fat intake. I was doing this when I was focusing on the idea of ketosis. Although that is not my main goal right now, I will still use it occasionally. It is an easy thing to eat in the mornings that fills you up for a long time. I love it in my coffee, and live cooking spinach in it.
      Again – thanks for reading. Feel free to give me a shout anytime.

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