The Vegan in Season II – Indiana

Indianapolis Road Trip (June 7th-June 9th)

We embarked on a quick early season road trip last week to Indianapolis for what would be a huge test for our team.  This is my first season as a Vegan and what complicates things even more for me on the road is that I am a Raw Vegan on game days.  I researched Indy and the surrounding areas for Vegan friendly establishments.

In the airports I don’t have too many options for food so my best bets tend to be salad places or Mexican places.  I had some black beans and rice with guacamole for lunch on our layover in Detroit.  I also carry snacks with me and I was fortunate enough to have a few of Heather’s amazing bars  on the trip so I snacked on one as we were landing in Indy.

We stay really busy on the road.  After the bus dropped us at the hotel, we had about 45 min before we had to be back downstairs to board the bus again for practice.  Film, shooting, Fever game plan, then ice.  By the time we got back to the hotel I was STARVING!  I went upstairs to the Concierge Lounge (perks of being on the road a ton) to see what was available.  They had a bunch of snacks and I decided to nosh on some raw veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers and broccoli) to hold me over.

I found a Vegan Café’ online that was within walking distance of our hotel, called the Earth House Collective.

The Café’ has a cool ambience. It’s in part of an old church.  The seating around the perimeter of the establishment are old church pews.  I happened to visit on Open Mic night as well so local bands were playing Live Music while everyone ate dinner.  I settled on the Seitan Gyro and as you can see from the picture, it was delicious.  Home made flatbread, seitan, and cucumber dressing, spectacular.

The Raw Vegan commitment on game days takes a little more planning.  I make sure that I stop at a grocery store to pick up some organic fruit or veggies to have in the room in case I need a little extra.  Breakfast is usually fruit and they had plenty of it in the Lounge the next morning.

I lifted weights after eating breakfast and found I was still a little hungry.  On a normal day I will try to eat something every 3 hours, but I find on days I eat Raw that I have to eat every 2 hours.  I walked to a juice bar  to curb my appetite before shootaround.  In the morning is a great time to have a fresh, vegetable juice.  You can lock in your vegetable allotment for the day in one drink.  Natural Born Juicers tries to be as local and as organic as possible.  I had an Ultimate Greens juice.  I’ve never been a coffee drinker but fresh green juice gives me a huge jolt of energy every time.

I actually returned to the juice bar right after shootaround to get two smoothies.  The Black Mamba smoothie had blueberries, banana, cacao, spirulina and almond milk.  I drank one with my lunch and put the other on ice in my room for later.  Lunch was a salad.  I love those salad places where you can “create your own”. I’m picky with my veggies so I like to decide the combinations.  The more colorful the better, I think I did a pretty good job with this one.

I took the requisite afternoon nap and woke up to the smoothie I put on ice from earlier in the day and my new game day must have, the PB HeatherBar!

All of this beautiful nutrition planning and execution, was clearly the main reason we beat the Fever for our 2nd road win of the season! I played well, scoring 12 points in the 3rd quarter and 18 points in the game.

Post game I like to go out to eat with my friends in different cities.  Since I’m no longer under the raw restriction after the game, I’m a little more flexible and can almost eat anywhere.  I had some steamed veggies and brown rice for my postgame meal and some much needed sleep.

We had an early wake up the next morning and recovery is such a huge part of performance so I always try to get back to hotel at a decent hour in order to start that process as soon as possible.

2 thoughts on “The Vegan in Season II – Indiana

  1. Hey Kara,

    Great post, I love your dedication to eating well on the road. I wish I had this knowledge when I was playing and when I was coaching. Heather’s amazing bars sound great! There are a few raw/vegan bars out there that I like to take when traveling and I almost always carry chia seeds with me! They come in handy big time when traveling :) Check out Picky Bars by Lauren Fleshman, former Stanford track star and current USA distance star.
    Good luck, hopefully you are having a positive influence on your team and helping to bring awareness to sports/nutrition!


  2. Pingback: The Vegan In Season IV – Back to Indiana «

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