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20 Jan Adventures with Ami: USA Boxing Nationals

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Today I am in Spokane, WA for the USA Boxing National Elite Championships. I am here helping Cam F. Awesome get ready to win his 4th title at this event.  We flew in on Saturday night and headed straight to the grocery store to pick up our plant-strong fuel for the week.  Like last year, we rented a house in Spokane, so we would have a kitchen to cook a bevy of Engine 2 meals.  Believe it or not, we rented the house for less than it would have cost to stay at the host hotel for the event.  Next time you are planning a trip, consider renting a house or condo instead of a hotel.  Not only do you get more space to move about, you also get a kitchen and generally other perks like flat screen tv’s, wifi, and more.  From jacuzzi’s to gym equipment, renting a house is the way to go.  We use Airbnb.comVrbo.comHomeAway.com to search for properties at our destination.

At the grocery store we picked up all of Cam’s favorites for the week.  He loves having oatmeal with bananas for breakfast, big salads with beans for lunch, a hearty pasta dish with spinach, zucchini, kidney beans and garlic for dinner and Engine 2 crackers with hummus for snacks.  Having the kitchen in the house means we spend less money dining out as well.

Fueling a plant-strong athlete isn’t any different than fueling a typical person.  Cam just needs more calories because he trains full-time.  He burns more energy than the average person, so he just eats bigger servings and a few more snacks.  Some days his burrito bowl is in a mixing bowl, a base of greens topped with rice beans, corn and salsa.  He always has snacks with him for before and after training sessions too.  When he feels like he is running out of steam, his favorite snack is a peanut butter and banana sandwich on Ezekiel bread.  A quick way to refuel the 201+ super heavyweight champion.

So this week, my husband and I will be making sure Cam has everything he needs.  Between media appearances, weigh-ins daily, multiple bouts in the tournament and strength and conditioning, it takes a lot to keep this awesome machine moving.  Cam tells us he has never felt better.  Nearing his 2nd year anniversary being plant-strong, he says he can’t imagine ever eating the standard American diet again.  In 2013, Cam had a 28-2 record.  That is a lot of boxing in a year, considering pro boxers usually only fight once or twice per year. He won 3 gold medals and a silver medal in international competition plus taking the title in Kansas City Golden Gloves, USA Boxing Championships and Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. 2014 will be no different.  Winning this tournament will give Cam the opportunity to travel with the USA Boxing International Team once again.  He reports that a full schedule of international tournaments will keep him busy all year.

It’s been a pleasure having the opportunity to work with Cam as his Food Coach.  I look forward to watching his progress in and out of the ring.  Spokane is in for a treat this week as the best amateur boxers in the country are here, prepared to put on a great show.  You can keep up with Cam via his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CamFAwesome

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Ami Mackey
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is a food coach at Engine 2 Extra and has been plant-strong since 2011. She is also the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Leah

    I love these updates! Awesome! And Airbnb is great! Have fun in Spokane Ami!

  • Ramona Kennon

    Thanks for the update, and wish Cam the best, he is an inspiration on many levels.

  • justme

    Good luck and thanks for the housing tip.

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