Interview with Melissa Johnston – a Vegan Pacific Crest Trail Hiker and Author of Forest Filth Blog

Hi all! Today I’m thrilled to bring to your attention my interview with Melissa Johnston – a vegan adventurer and author of the Forest Filth blog and the popular @forestfilth Instagram account who has recently finished the thru hike of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). At only 19, Melissa planned out her journey to cover the entire 2650 miles of the trail spanning from Mexico to Southern Canada, and successfully completed it by herself in the span of 5 months. Today Melissa has agreed to share her experience with the readers of Vegan Runner Eats, and give the aspiring PCT thru-hikers a few tips on how to do this as a vegan. To read more about Melissa’s Pacific Crest Trail experience, check out her blog where she logged her journey almost daily during the hike. For more of Melissa’s everyday adventures, follow her on Instagram. Desert section of the … 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

Vegan Girl Power Series, Episode 1: How Lacy Davis Overcame an Eating Disorder, Gained Strength and Started Helping Others Become Vegan Superheroes

Hi all! It’s been some time since I published a new post here, so I’m glad to break the silence today with a new series of posts that I’m going to call Vegan Girl Power! My last post about my experience with training for a bikini competition resonated quite a bit with you guys, which sparked a thought that it would be great to share stories of other vegan women who embraced lifting weights and shed the pressure of the society to look a certain way. I learned that weightlifting can give us a great boost of confidence while making us legitimately strong – a quite logical connection, in my opinion – so I decided to ask a few prominent vegan women who lift about their take on the subject. My first guest is the wonderful Lacy Davis from Portland, Oregon! I’m excited to have Lacy in the very first … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series: Sandy’s Journey of Going from Vegetarian to Vegan to Plant-Based, and Gaining Health and Wisdom on the Way

It’s time for a new episode in the Everyday Heroes series, and today I’m excited to introduce you to Sandy from California! Sandy’s story is particularly interesting because she became a vegetarian 40 years ago and then made a switch to veganism 20 years later, but still struggled with her health. Eventually Sandy took the leap and went fully plant-based. Not only did she lose a lot of weight since then, these days she also enjoys life to the fullest as an active hiker and a volunteer at an educational farm. Here’s Sandy’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Sandy and I live in Los Altos, CA which is in the middle of Silicon Valley. I am 68 years old. 2. What inspired you to go vegetarian, then vegan and eventually plant-based? I started reading about animal abuse and exploitation and became … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series: Meet Susan from Wisconsin, an Avid Hiker Who’s Passionate about Our Planet

I am excited to bring to you a new episode of the Everyday Heroes series, in which the readers of Vegan Runner Eats tell us about their journeys to becoming vegan/plant-based. Please meet Susan from Wisconsin – her journey began a year and a half ago, and while she’s not a 100% vegan yet, she’s been on the right track to make all of the important changes in her diet and lifestyle. In the last year and a half, Susan has lost weight and improved her cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Besides her motivation to become healthier, Susan is also driven by her love for our planet. An avid hiker, Susan appreciates the beauty of our planet and makes a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste her household produces. Here’s Susan’s story in her own words: 1. Introduce yourself: your first name, city, state. My name is Susan and I live … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series, Episode #3. What Being Vegan Is Like In Russia: Petr’s Story

Hi everyone! I am very excited to bring you the latest episode of the Everyday Heroes series, where people just like you tell their stories of how they embraced veganism. Today I have a special guest for you: please meet Petr from Russia! I’ve personally known Petr for years: we went to college together in the Russian city of Tula back in the day before I moved to the US in 2006. A few years ago I found Petr again on Facebook. I was surprised to find out that he and his wife were vegan – at the time, I was far from considering veganism for myself as I thought that vegan lifestyle was too hard to maintain. I suspected that in Russia, vegans must have an even harder time as the winters are very long and cold, and fresh produce tends to cost too much. Fast forward to this … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes, Episode 2: Meet Neil, the Vegan Cupcake Guy Who Runs an Organic Produce Farm, Leads a Vegan Potluck Group, Just Finished a Marathon – All while Having a Full Time Job!

I am extremely excited to introduce you to our second guest in Everyday Heroes series – Neil Frank from Michigan! I first met Neil through Instagram, where he’s known as vegancupcakeguy, and was very impressed by his ability to juggle so many interesting and time-consuming activities at once. See for yourself: he has a full-time job as an architect; he owns and manages an organic produce farm that brings affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to the people in his community; he regularly participates in running races and just ran his first marathon; plus he’s got some crazy cupcake skills! On top of that, he’s a dedicated vegan of fourteen years, and is raising two daughters. A few of Neil’s homemade cupcake masterpieces (all photos in this post courtesy Neil Frank) Naturally, I had to ask Neil to share his story with the readers of Vegan Runner Eats: we all could use some inspiration and … Read the rest of the post

Everyday Heroes Series, Episode 1: Meet Laura, a Newly Vegan Runner and a Busy Mom!

I’m very excited to announce the first episode of the Everyday Heroes series! You may remember that a couple weeks ago I’ve invited the readers of Vegan Runner Eats – that’s YOU! – to send me their stories about how they manage to combine their busy lives with following a vegan diet (even taking it one step at a time) and being active. Click here for more details, and to see how you can participate. Today I’m delighted to introduce you to our first hero, Laura. She recently embarked on her vegan journey to improve her health, and even successfully ran a half marathon! Laura tells us her story in her own words below (with a tiny bit of editing by me): Introduce yourself. I’m in my mid-forties, married with two awesome middle schoolers.  I live in Aurora, CO, right outside of Denver and have a desk job with an investment company. Why … Read the rest of the post