Rest days, good eating and small treats!

After my testing the knee ride so cycling is ok. Running not so much, probably time to get the knee supports on again.

Comrade Boris is cancelling all Christmas plans… I was suppose to be in the English Lakes for a few days camping and hiking but that’s not happening now so it’s stay at home activities…… 🤔

The Rapha Festive 500 it is then.

But first… rest the body, get some work done and relax

This is what that looks like:

Eating well

Start the day with a proper meal!
  • Sourdough toast
  • Avocado
  • Crushed pumpkin seeds
  • Vegan sausages
  • Poached eggs

OMG…. this could be the best thing I make! Well it’s certainly my favourite breakfast to make.

Evenings eating

  • Wheat tortillas
  • Vegan mince
  • Oinion
  • Pepper
  • Mushroons
  • Jalapeños
  • Lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Skin on fries
  • Sweet potatoes fries

Finish the day with home made vegan delights!

Evenings treat

A wee dram to warm the cockles!
  • Single malt
  • Cups made of horn!
  • Awesome!

And enjoy a warming drink….


Vegan delights

If you happen to be in Leeds at the right and hungry for some truly delicious food then I can thoroughly recommend eating at Punk Vegan. Links these guys food was awesome.

But ya can’t eat out every day, so inspired by the punk vegan “Nude Burrito 🌯 “ I decided to make my own… none nude version.

What’s in it I hear you ask?

  • Meat free mince, mixed with Fajita seasoning and bbq sauce
  • ice gem lettuce
  • Lime and coriander rice pack
  • Onion
  • Peoper
  • Mushroom
  • Spring onion
  • Tortillas
  • Skin on potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Jalapeños and chilli flakes
  • Guacamole

Now it was soo good… like I ate too much at once and had to have a lie down soo good.

Totally Vegan, most healthy and my god delicious!

Make it yourself it’s great food, kids loved it, e

Even the wannabe carnivore approved!

The staple dinner for intolerance to everything!

This is my experience with intolerances so far.

About a month ago I got the results of an intolerance test and that told me I’m intolerant to the list of goodies.

I know right…

So I’m spent the last four weeks trying to change my diet to remove these items and see what the results are.

The results are…. by the gods I feel better!

Seriously if you think you have IBS or have some intolerances get a hair test done and find out.

By removing these items from my diet I’ve had a huge change in how my gut feels, bloatedness gone, to the point when I’ve eaten I’m now like…

“What’s wrong….. oh I feel fine.. normal… that’s strange…. I like it!”

So if you can get this test, because it’ll inform you about something that will make you feel better 😁

The meal – rice and stuff!

Chop veg… any veg whatever you have red cabbage and aubergine were tasty in mine today.

Add herbs, spices, garlic, chillis (always chillis for me) and fry in a little oil (not coconut 🥥, see the list) and fry for about 10mins in a medium heat. Onions should be soft when it’s all cooked.

Nuke the rice for 2mins, or boil from dried

Mix in together and fry for 5 more mins

Serve and inhale!

This is basically my home dinner every day, yes that’s boring but until I’ve got the intolerance thing under control this will do fine.

I’m giving my body a rest from dealing with things it doesn’t like and it’s been dealing with them for god only know how long so it needs a break.

Anyway rice with stuff! Yum! 👍

Home made or industry made?

After a long ride, during and before for that matter nutrition (fuel) is as we all know important, the body can do so much for so long on what’s available but for endurance, multi hour exercise then you’ve got to feed the beast.

Off the shelf

So I’ve been back training hard for 2 months now and for the long runs and rides I take water, and energy gels, they are easy to carry and swallow and give me a good boost for 20+mins about 10mins after taking one.

But I’ve read the ingredients list and don’t know what half of it is! So the 80% vegan in me says don’t be eating that! Get something natural. Which is where the recipe for the energy balls came from: see post

Now I know theirs needs to last on shelves for ages so preservatives are a must there, but mine don’t, mine need to last in the fridge for maybe 5-7days.

I know how the branded stuff works for me when I take it, regularly taking protein following gym sessions. But I found the energy balls just as good (if not better) on a long run and ride.


Can I swap out the industry stuff for natural stuff and does that affect me? Is it better or worse? Cost more or less?

The plan

1. Get some recipes

2. Go shopping

3. Get prepared (making and baking)

4. Give it a try

5. Blog the results

Will keep posting on the progress. Oh and a 80% vegan what I call myself as I eat eggs daily and fish once a week. It’s just my diet.