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08 Apr Adventures With Ami: Fueling An Awesome Machine

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Helping the new 2013 USA Boxing Elite Men’s Super Heavyweight National Champion become plant-strong last year is one of my proudest accomplishments.  He’s a fine student, who doesn’t try to work the angles or find the loopholes.  He follows the program and has made it work for him, in and out of the ring.

This past week, my husband and I stayed in Spokane, WA with Cam – fueling the machine to make sure he was in optimal condition for boxing 3 days in a row.  Our trip started with securing a condo instead of a hotel.  We always do this when we travel.  If we don’t get a condo or some other private accommodations through Airbnb.com or Vrbo.com, we find a hotel that at least has a refrigerator and microwave.  With a 2 bedroom condo secured in Spokane, I researched our grocery options and settled on two stores I wanted to check out.  Huckleberry’s Natural Market and the Main Market Co-op.  We shopped at both over the course of the week.  We love a local co-op when we can find one.  We liked the Main Market Co-op but found more variety at Huckleberry’s.

Shopping at Huckleberry's Natural Market - Cam and Bill with a haul of plant-based goodness to cook this week!
Cam and Bill with our plant-strong haul of groceries from Huckleberry’s.

For breakfast Cam likes:

Rip’s Big Bowl made with raisins and oil-free dried cranberries and a sliced banana with almond milk. We subbed out the Grape-Nuts for Brown Rice Crisps and subbed out the Uncle Sam’s for some Nature’s Path heritage O’s on this trip. At home he usually does the standard RBB, but he uses a store brand of Grape-Nuts that hasn’t changed their recipe like the brand name has.

Cam also had for breakfast this week:

Buckwheat Raisin Banana Pancakes

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Tofu Scramble with Cajun Potatoes

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And a new favorite, Brown Rice, Kamut & Oats for breakfast with Bananas

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Lunch was filled with big salads loaded like burrito bowls, one of Cam’s favorite things to make.  Pick your greens, Cam chooses a whole bag of baby spinach, add a grain, Cam likes Brown Rice or Red Quinoa, add your beans, Black Beans are Cam’s favorite then load up on all the veggies you want, low sodium salsa too, a squeeze of lime and you have a great plant-strong lunch – eat as much as you need to feel comfortably full. Crackers and avocado are optional. …this was my salad – Cam thinks avocados are gross :P.


For dinner each night, we made Cam’s favorite meals.


Jeff’s Burgers & Fries with Ketchup & BBQ is one of Cam’s favorite meals.

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Cam LOVES sweet potatoes roasted with a salt free Cajun seasoning. Served here with kale and peppers and black beans.

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Cam Loves Pasta!  We had Creamy Mac N Cheeze served with a huge plate of steamed broccoli.

We also had a version of HH Italian Sausages that I make with peppers, onions, zucchini and steamed kale on the side.


For snacks, Cam loves fresh pineapple or bananas and he likes peanut butter with a 100% fruit spread on Ezekiel Bread.  This is what he usually has a couple of hours before a bout, or before long sparring sessions.  He drinks plenty of water throughout the day.  He eats when he feels he needs the fuel and he eats to maintain his weight for his division in boxing.  He fights at the amateur super heavyweight of 201+ lbs. He doesn’t follow a particular time schedule, he listen’s to his body and plans for the day ahead.  He always has food with him and in a pinch, even at a gas station recently he picked up some peanuts and a banana while driving to a sparring session. Cam eats a lot!  More than I can by far and maintain my weight.  He burns a lot of calories per day, more than the average person as he trains full-time these days.

Cam brought home the gold medal at the USA Boxing Nationals. He heads to Colorado Springs, CO for training camp next and a long list of camps all over the world in preparation for the World Boxing Championships this October.

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Rileen
    Posted at 12:25h, 08 April

    Thanks for this example! This has been one the things missing from the E2 literature (if one may so call it) – a meal by meal example of what someone eating for strength and fitness may consume. Does Cam consume anything besides whole food, plant based dishes, e.g. protein powders, bars etc.?

  • Marykegg
    Posted at 13:43h, 08 April

    What were Cam’s reasons for going plant strong? It would be great to hear his reasoning and how he learned about Engine2.

  • Aaron Kay
    Posted at 17:52h, 10 April

    Good looking food there!

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