Greetings fellow and aspiring cyclists,
It is a cloudy but glorious morning on the Long Beach Bike Path. I fly like the wind and time 27 minutes. The morning is brisk and I am in great spirits. For the second full week I log 50 bicycle miles on my daily commute--me the on-again, off-again runner, the one who has hardly ridden a bike since she was a kid. Now that I seem to have buckled down an exercise regime, I've decided to work on more healthful eating.Mobis Transportation. We have never met face-to-face and so we agree to meet "for coffee" at a Belmont Shore coffee shop. When she arrives Andrea informs me that she has become coffee free since we made our date, and she has already had her smoothie. I drink my high test coffee and eat my overly processed breakfast alone as we talk. With that, she reminds me by example of my own recently forgotten food standards borrowed from the author Michael Pollan. His food plan is quite simple. "Eat food, not too much, mainly plants." When you think about it, those seven words are the basis of most healthy diet plans. If you've read his books you know the tricky part is his definition of food which he explains at length as whole and unprocessed, without growth hormones, synthetic additives, mercury... You know the drill. I used to enjoy smoothies every morning. What happened to that? This morning I prepare a strawberry, banana, mango, orange and flax seed smoothie. Mmmmm. I will not, however, give up my morning coffee in this lifetime.