Why I’m Saying No to Diet & Exercise-Related New Year’s Resolutions, and What I’m Going to Do Instead

Happy New Year everyone! ‘Tis the season for getting bombarded with messages about setting our New Year’s resolutions, particularly the ones that focus on getting healthier. And if you’ve ever watched TV or browsed the internet around this time of the year, it seems like our health aspirations will never be complete if we’re not aiming for weight loss. Crash diets and intense 4-week ‘full body transformation’ fitness programs have stuffed the pockets of various health gurus way before we realized that something fishy was going on – that is, those methods didn’t seem to work long-term, or made things even worse for us in the future, both physically and emotionally. To break the vicious cycle of mass media telling you that you’re not good enough unless you’re trying to reshape yourself via drastic diet and exercise routines, I’m inviting you to say no to setting diet and weight loss-related New Year’s resolutions! And since I don’t want to leave … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Fitness for Mortals: a New Book for Health-Conscious Vegans by Ellen Jaffe Jones

Hi all! Today I have a new book review and a giveaway for you: Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. In case you’re aspiring to be more active and get your health in check in the upcoming year, this book may be just what you need 🙂 If you’ve ever tried to research vegan nutrition and fitness tips, you may have experienced confusion since there is so much information out there. Focus on protein or carbs? Go short and fast or long and slow? And what about injury prevention? Navigating through all available information can present a challenge of its own since the more sources you research, the more opinions you will hear. This is where Vegan Fitness for Mortals comes in handy. The book’s author Ellen Jaffe Jones has been a prominent member of vegan community for many years as a vegan fitness coach, book author, vegan cooking instructor, public speaker and an … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Travel on the Big Island of Hawaii: Restaurants, Farm Tours and Beyond

A couple weeks ago Rob and I went on a long-needed vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii. A while ago, we both agreed that we wanted to go somewhere warm at the approach of the cooler season here in the Pacific Northwest. Even though Hawaii wasn’t our first choice (we just went to Maui last year, and this time around we were considering Caribbean), we were glad that we decided to give it a go. Today I’d like to share with you our experience with finding vegan food on the Big Island in the hopes that you may find it useful for your own future travels. Last year in Maui we stayed at a condo that we booked via AirBnB. My favorite part about that condo was the opportunity to make our own meals a few times, which was way cheaper than going out to eat three times a … Read the rest of the post

How to Be Vegan on a Budget: 15 Money-Saving Tips for Grocery Shopping, Meal Planning and Beyond

When Rob and I first went vegan, I was expecting to see our food shopping bill to go down since the expensive grocery store items like meat and dairy were out of the rotation. For the most part we started spending less on food, although buying pricier treats like vegan ice cream or cheese sometimes adds up. In the beginning of our vegan journey, we quickly learned the big rule of being vegan on a budget: cook your meals from scratch at home as often as you can, as pre-made food is always more expensive. More than 3 years have passed since I went vegan, and my list of tips for being vegan on a budget has expanded quite a bit. In preparation for today’s post, I also asked Vegan Runner Eats followers on Facebook to share their vegan budgeting tips, and combined our mutual vegan wisdom into a list of 15 money-saving tips for anyone. Hope that you’ll find them useful! … Read the rest of the post

Giveaway Time! Win Rawspiration E-Cookbook by Anne Meinke of The Raw Mama (2 Copies!)

Hi all! Today I’m excited to bring to your attention a new e-book by my friend Anne, a raw vegan chef, plant-based diet enthusiast and creator of TheRawMama.com – a website and a YouTube channel that guide new parents through raising their children healthy and happy on a raw plant-based diet. Anne is a mom of the cutest 18 month-old boy named Axel who makes frequent appearances in her work. In an effort to document her own transformation from a hard-partying twentysomething with failing health and disordered eating habits to a thriving raw vegan parent, Anne penned Rawspiration – an e-book that turned out to be a memoir, a cookbook, a raw vegan lifestyle and parenting guide all in one package. I met Anne and her son Axel at one of our local vegan potlucks on Whidbey Island a few months ago. I learned that Anne was following a mostly … Read the rest of the post

Running And Safety: Why We Need To Talk About Harassment Women Experience Outdoors

In the fall of 2013, I was training for my second marathon – my first one since I went vegan. I was documenting every week of my training here on the blog, sharing my ups and downs so that other female vegan runners had something to relate to. Yet there was one incident that I didn’t write about. I was doing my weekly 10+ mile long runs in a quiet neighborhood across the street from our apartment complex in our then-home of Daphne, Alabama. The neighborhood funneled into a long, scenic road that was even quieter but oh so beautiful, with old live oak trees forming a tunnel over the roadway. Running along that road, with not a soul in sight, was very peaceful, and always cleared my head from busy day-to-day thoughts. There were also plenty of challenging hills, which I found beneficial for my marathon training. So one day, I … Read the rest of the post

10 Fitness Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21

As someone who’s been working out for over half of her life, I have to admit that over the years, I’ve made a fair share of mistakes in how I approached fitness. I used to rely on tips from various fitness magazines aimed at women, bits and pieces of information I’d find on the internet, my own experimentation in attempt to defy conventional wisdom – all of this on top of my dietary manipulations (read: working out on an empty stomach, waiting to eat for at least an hour afterwards, and wondering why the heck my muscles weren’t growing). Am I the cluster of fitness wisdom today? Of course not – I still discover new information all the time, which includes learning about things I’ve been doing WRONG since the beginning. I’ve doubled down on my fitness aspirations about ten years ago, so today I’d like to share ten things … Read the rest of the post

Fat Shaming is Never Cool, Even Coming from a Famous Plant-Based Blogger.

I recently had to stop following a popular female blogger (I’ll call her The Blogger here) who was a big inspiration to me since the beginning of my vegan journey. Here’s what happened. The Blogger (who will remain unnamed because I still have respect for her and her privacy) was one of the very first plant-based writers and cookbook authors who showed me through her work that cooking tasty, oil-free plant-based meals was easy and fun. I own almost all of her cookbooks, and have recommended those on multiple occasions to people reaching out to me for advice on transitioning to veganism. I stood by this girl when she was fighting off bullies accusing her of focusing too much on the food and not nearly enough on the plight of animals, and respected her decision when she announced that she was no longer calling herself ‘vegan’, going entirely with ‘plant-based’ … Read the rest of the post

2016 Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Portland, OR: Comfort Food, Banjos, and More Beer Than You’d Ever Need

Imagine a situation in which lots and lots of vegan people came together to eat delicious food, drink vegan beer (or non-alcoholic beverages), and listen to great music on a breezy summer day. That’s exactly what Rob and I experienced last weekend when we went to the 2016 Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to go to this festival last year in September, but at that time I was in the middle of what turned out to be a failed attempt to train for a bikini competition (dieting and all-you-can-eat-and-drink scenario of the festival didn’t mix well). So as soon as I found out that this year it was scheduled for mid-June, I jumped on the opportunity. I asked Rob for a trip to this event as a birthday gift, and that’s exactly what he arranged. Thanks, sweetie! This also happened to be our second trip to Portland – I wrote about … Read the rest of the post

Exploring Western Olympic Peninsula: the Pacific Coast in La Push, Vegan Food in Forks, and Giant Trees in the Olympic National Park

Recently Rob and I realized that the daily grind was getting a bit too unbearable, so we made a decision to take a quick overnight trip to the Western Olympic Peninsula in our home state of Washington. I’ve been so grateful that two years ago we decided to move to the Pacific Northwest, which turned out to be more beautiful that we ever hoped for. In the two years that we’ve lived here, we’ve discovered so many amazing places, and continue to find more every month. The Western Olympic Peninsula turned out to be quite a gem! On Saturday morning, we took an early ferry from our home ground of Whidbey Island towards Port Townsend on the Eastern Olympic Peninsula. The ferry ride takes about half an hour going across Puget Sound. Once we arrived in Port Townsend (a lovely place, by the way, deserving its own separate post), we … Read the rest of the post