Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

My Saturday Morning at the Farmers’ Market

Braving the temperate weather and early-risers Saturday morning, I ventured downtown to Republic Square Park today to check out one of Austin’s farmers’ markets. No matter your location, farmers’ markets are a great way to sample local produce and get the freshest, tastiest ingredients onto your table. Using fresh, local food also reduces your exposure to preservatives and gives you greater control over your diet. In short, it’s a great idea! Austin also happens to have a great selection of local farmers who bring their products directly to consumers every Saturday morning.

I borrowed a friend, and her phone, so I could take pictures of some of the great produce at this week’s market. Forgive the poor photography, I make no claims of being a professional:

The artichokes looked great.

And:

...so did all the fresh herbs!

Aside from produce, local entrepreneurs bring all sorts of home necessities, including some meat and seafood for sale. There’s also a fair amount of vendors selling preprepared food for your culinary delight, and, being Austin, there’s usually good coffee and breakfast tacos around.

Lucky for us, there was also some entertainment on hand Saturday morning:

A local six-piece string band playing at the Republic Square Park farmer's market

There’s even dessert:

It tastes even better than it looks

If you’re nearby and have the inclination, check out next week’s farmers’ market, 9am at Republic Square Park!

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My Vegan Adventure: Pt I

Hello world. I’m writing from a hotel in Missouri as the Texas lacrosse team takes a two-game roadtrip up north. We lost to eleventh-ranked Colorado State 12-6 today but get a shot at No. 18 Lindenwood tomorrow.

Enough of that. Lately, a good friend/running partner of mine made the jump from long-time vegetarian to full-fledged vegan. She’s an avid runner and has a marathon in her sights, which led me to ask whether a vegan diet would affect her performance.

Little did I know how many world-class athletes are vegetarian/vegan. I recently spoke with Olympic gold medalist Garret Weber Gale and he told me that he consumes meat just two or thee times per week. He also keeps his dairy intake relatively low, another characteristic of vegan diets.

There are many more full vegan/vegetarian athletes. Here are some examples:

I found numerous other examples, mostly in endurance sports. I chose the above examples because they are sports that require much more short-burst strength. Just goes to show you how any lifestyle is sustainable on a vegetarian diet.

Stay tuned for more updates on my research into the vast world of veganism.