Virgen: It’s time to try plant-based diet

This could be the worst time to start a diet. Or, it could be the best time to start a diet.

It’s a matter of perspective. Right?

At least that’s what I’m telling myself, that July is the best time for me to take on the plant-based diet.

I’ve tried various diets, including the Whole 30 and intermittent fasting in my attempt to lose weight.

Now, it’s not really about losing weight. It’s more about the soreness and aching of muscles and bones since I became a runner during the coronavirus pandemic.

I’m a runner.

It’s bizarre to have that label after I had such disdain for running. But with so few activities to perform during “these challenging times,” I fell in love with running.

Recently, I watched the documentary, “The Game Changers,” which features athletes who have excelled while on the plant-based diet. I was fascinated by the claim that a plant-based diet alleviates inflammation, in addition to other mind-boggling benefits. The diet reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Rejecting meat in my meals is also good for my mental health, apparently.

For the past month, I have gone back and forth on deciding if I should do this while indulging my comfort food, including pizza, hamburgers and tacos.

Whenever I visit California, where I’m from, I always have to go to In N Out for the best burger ever.

That could be gone for me.

It’s time to say good-bye to those meals — well, the meat. I want to run more and hurt less. Losing more weight would be an added bonus, as I’ve had the goal of getting down to 170 pounds from 180, last I checked.

No more bacon? Yikes!

No chicken?

What am I thinking?

When COVID-19 struck us back in March, I challenged myself with the question: what if I came out of this a better/healthier person, with positive habits?

Daily walks transformed into running about 7 miles per day, six days a week. I enjoy it, but I yearn for quicker recovery, less pain.

Now, meat-filled foods will turn into plant-based meals.

You can follow me on Instagram: virgeniswriting; and Twitter: @SteveVirgen as I take on this challenging diet — through July, at least.

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