For much of my life, I have been ‘vegetarian’. I cut meat out of my diet a long time ago, followed by fish. Several years ago I stopped using milk in drinks and on cereal, but continued to eat cheese, eggs and baked products containing milk, eggs or butter. My diet is now 100% plant based – my only regret is that I did not adopt such a diet much earlier in my life!
Mick Walker’s vegan diet enabled him to take on gruelling cycle challenges
Last year my son and I decided that we would like to try and cycle in the Fred Whitton Challenge – a gruelling 112 mile bike ride around the Lake District, climbing all the major road passes and widely regarded as the toughest one day cycle challenge in the UK.
Leaner, stronger and fitter!
When preparing for this, I increased the number of miles cycled – till I was managing around 250 miles per week. I could feel myself getting fitter, but also felt that I should have been able to lose a bit more weight. I decided to remove the cheese from my diet. Around the same time, I read Eat and Run by the ultra-marathon runner, Scott Jurek, followed by The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell. And because I usually sleep on my side you I have to visit some online store to buy a best mattress for side sleepers .