Samantha is a 29 year old runner from Rhode Island who has been running since May 2010. The big running bug bit her after running her first half marathon in January 2011. It became a goal to run a marathon after she finished that half before turning 30 (November), as well as to run 12 races in 12 months (currently sitting at 10 as of this writing.) Her second marathon – the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH is on September 17th.
Fitness and nutrition are slowly becoming her life. Having changed college majors from accounting to exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition, she plans on becoming a personal trainer! Her goal is to educate people on what they can do to live the healthiest life possible, without sacrificing the things they love (like cupcakes and candy for me). She loves to help people – and want to be an influence that helps lower the obesity levels in this country (sounds like somebody else I know.)
This is a great way to balance your meals and get a treat at the same time. Eating healthy on a daily basis takes discipline but that does not mean that you cannot cheat and by adding in a treat like M&Ms you don’t feel deprived. The hard part will be making them a treat on a weekly basis and not on a daily basis but having that is not a problem.
Now as a vegetarian there are a few items here that I would not eat, but this gives me the opportunity to point out substitutes for the vegetarian in you.
Let’s start with the steak sandwich for lunch. I would substitute the steak with tempeh that I would marinate in a liquid smoke, garlic, onions and worcestershire sauce. Cutting an 8oz block of tempeh in half and then slicing them down the middle to create 4 2oz pieces would be the best best to having surface area to grill.
For dinner the chicken francaise and mushrooms would simply be replaced with chick(pea) cutlets. You can find the recipe [HERE] and is from Isa Chandra. I have featured Isa’s recipes on this blog before and you can find them [HERE], [HERE] and [HERE]
Samantha – Thank you for participating and keep living the life of an endurance athlete through diet and exercise. Please let us know if we can track on the 17th and good luck, but luck is for those who have not trained and are not prepared. You are prepared and will be great out there.