These drinks and foods make my life so much better

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readDec 26, 2021
  • Beer. This list is not in any order, but, nonetheless, there is a reason why I’m placing beer at #1. If you’re following me, you’d know that I’m passionate about running. Let me give you an example. I’m currently in Southern Florida. Today I ran 9.5 miles in Delray Beach. It was my “baseline” run — nothing too strenuous. I finished around 3 pm. My wife and I then went to grab some food and a drink. I just can’t describe the pleasure I experienced sipping the IPA whose name I can’t remember. That pleasure I experience on many other days.
  • Coffee. Putting coffee on a list like this one is a little uncomfortable. You fear you look like you have an addiction. I don’t think I do. It’s not that I can’t wake up or “function” without a coffee. But the pleasure of starting my morning with freshly brewed coffee is so-so great. It’s similar to beer. I don’t start my morning with a beer! But the pleasure aspect is similar. I love my coffee in the morning like I love my beer after my runs. I prefer black coffee that fills a few cups; no milk, certainly no sugar. My wife prefers espresso-based coffee, like cappuccino, but I like straight black coffee. Sometimes coffee replaces a meal for me. I avoid overeating at all costs (and I still do, sometimes!) to stay lean for my running. Grabbing a coffee during the day suppresses my appetite.
  • Oranges. I just realized I haven’t had one for a while, perhaps because I’ve been moving and traveling. This is very uncommon for me. I love oranges. Sometimes an orange can replace an entire meal for me. I usually have two, not three meals during the day; usually breakfast and dinner in the evening. During the day I snack. Oranges can be that snack.
  • Arugula. My favorite vegetable. I make a super simple salad with arugula almost every other evening. I wrote about it in this story.
  • Brussel sprouts. Roasted Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite meals. I like my sprouts heavily roasted — when their leaves turn dark and crispy.
  • Honey. This is a more recent addition to my “favorite foods” list. I avoid adding sugar to my meals (for example, black tea or oats). Instead, I add honey. Sometimes, when I crave sugar, I just eat a few teaspoons of honey. I like the thick and creamy kind. I always add honey to my oatmeal.
  • Greek yogurt or kefir. I have multiple uses for these lovely products. I use them for cereal, oats, or on their own (with honey usually!).
  • Almonds. Raw or roasted. Multiple uses again. I can add them to my oats or use them as a standalone snack, for example, on a road trip.
  • Snack bars. I wrote about them here. I eat snack bars to avoid overeating.
  • Sparkling water. Perhaps, a somewhat random entry in this list. My wife buys a box of S Pellegrino cans at Costco and they disappear quickly! I like them on their own or I mix them with other drinks, like juices.

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/