In May of this year I decided to switch my diet to 80% raw foods and fish. Since May I have been training 100-120mpw and I get stronger everyday. I owe my quick recovery and ability to train at this level to my consistent diet. After 2 weeks on the diet I went from 155lbs to 144lbs and I have been steady at 144 ever since. For reference I am 6 foot 3. One month ago I eliminated fish from my diet after reading the book Skinny Bastard (great book!) and that has improved my output and recovery even more. Another marathoner in town adopted this same diet and has dropped to his optimum marathoning weight.
What I eat is simple:
Breakfast: 60 ounces of smoothie- oj, pineapple, strawberry, mango and soy protein
9am-Raw Bar--Lara Bar, two if still hungry
Green tea all morning
10am-another raw bar
noon-32 ounce smoothie with soy protein-all fruit
cashews, almonds, dried figs
1 or two raw lara bars
green tea all afternoon
After run 50 ounce smoothie with pineapple, oj, strawberry, mango and soy protein
Dinner: First cooked food of day- whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, lots of veggies- mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, zuchini, asparagus, green beans, cucumbers, etc.
This diet has been essential for my training and recovery. Everyone should read Skinny Bastard and at the end of the book you will be suprised how many bad ass athletes are vegan, including Carl Lewis who adopted this lifestyle and then had his best year ever on the track!