Carbohydrates or Fat: Which One Makes Us Pack On the Weight?

Ever since I developed an interest for nutrition, I’ve had so much contradictory information pass through my brain that I’m surprised that my head hasn’t yet exploded. Fat doesn’t make us fat, carbohydrates do! – Carbs are good, eat more of them for more energy! – Olive oil is good for your heart! – Cut out all oil for better health! These days, it’s easy for an average person to get confused while trying to figure out what type of eating behavior is the healthiest. For as long as I remember, I’ve always had a notion in my mind that eating lots of carbohydrates (breads, pasta, potatoes, etc.) could make me gain weight. The proponents of low-carb diets said that all of the carbohydrates we consume turn into sugar, and sugar then turns into fat in our bodies. Early in my twenties, I even tried the famous Atkins diet for a month but soon quit after my … Read the rest of the post

10 Quick and Easy Plant-Based Meal Ideas for When You’re Short on Time

Ask just about anyone what keeps them from switching to a plant-based/vegan/healthier diet, and one of the most common answers (besides ‘I love my cheese/bacon too much’) is likely going to be, ‘I just don’t have the time to make those elaborate meals’. Okay, I understand that making a fresh, wholesome plant-based dinner every night sounds like too much work, especially if your schedule runs crazy, you work long hours, you’ve got kids, etc. So today I’ve made a list of 10 meal ideas that will show you how to have a quick and healthy homemade meal even when you’re pressed for time. Nothing fancy or complicated, just 10 meals that’ll keep you from making a bad decision even when all else fails. Staying on track with your plant-based diet has never been easier – after all, where there is a will, there is a way, right? 10 Easy Plant-Based … Read the rest of the post

10 Healthy Food Combinations to Maximize the Benefits of Your Plant-Based Vegan Diet

A few months into my near-constant research of the plant-based vegan diet I developed a list of easy food tweaks that allowed making my newly adopted plant diet even healthier. Since I was constantly on the lookout for ways to eat better, I was glad to find out that we can bring out the healthy potential of some foods by combining them with certain other foods (I’m going beyond the protein-combining myth here!). Today I’m going to share with you my list of 10 plant-based food combinations that made a difference for me. Interestingly, I use these tips  almost on autopilot these days because they are so easy to implement in my daily routine. Even if you’re not a vegan and just randomly stumbled upon this post, you can still reap the benefits of these little tweaks! 10 Healthy Plant-Based Food Combinations 1. Beans and lemon juice. Think it’s an odd combo? Quite the opposite: … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified. Natural Liquid Sweeteners: Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup and Molasses.

Welcome to the second episode in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are talking about such natural liquid sweeteners as agave nectar, maple syrup, and molasses. Why these liquid sweeteners? If you’ve ever expressed interest in eating healthier, you’ve probably wondered about the alternatives to the common white sugar and corn syrup that are widely used in mass-produced foods and in the conventional home cooking. (I’m not going to talk about artificial sweeteners today – the bottom line with those is that most of those have a chemical makeup not known to our bodies, thus making artificial sweeteners harder for us to process than regular sugar, which is not always worth the trouble of using them.) Agave nectar, maple syrup and molasses all come from natural, plant sources. Does this fact make them healthy, whole foods? Yes and no: while these sweeteners have more trace nutrients and minerals than regular white sugar … Read the rest of the post

Announcement: Two New Series to Launch at Vegan Runner Eats!

Hi everyone! I’ve got an exciting announcement to make today! When I started this blog, my main concern was to provide lots of valuable information for people new to a plant-based vegan diet and interested in exercise and staying active. I tried to stick to the plan by documenting my training for a marathon and posting recipes I was developing along the way. While this plan mostly worked, I was constantly thinking of finding new ways to make this blog even more interesting. And this is how I came to an idea to start two new series on Vegan Runner Eats: – Vegan Kitchen Simplified: a series of posts about various vegan-friendly ingredients and their use, or different kitchen techniques that can make plant-based cooking even healthier. A lot of people get confused in the kitchen once they make a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, so the posts from Vegan Kitchen Simplified … Read the rest of the post

Why Low-Carb Diets Have It Wrong

Have you noticed that in the past few years low-carbohydrate diets have become very popular? We can open just about any popular health-related magazine and see recipes and articles targeted to the followers of low-carb lifestyle. We often hear about this or that celebrity dropping lots of weight on a strict Atkins diet. TV shows invite ‘experts’ that give you advice on how to cut more carbohydrates out of your diet: I recently saw a bit on Today show where their guest suggested replacing pizza crust with a grilled chicken breast (!) – yep, just pile all of your pizza toppings and cheese on a piece of meat on your way to those skinny jeans! And yet, the obesity levels in the US alone are at their all-time high, and we are even more sick than we’ve ever been. What’s going on? When it comes to health and wellbeing, our priorities have undergone a … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Runner Eats Blog is 6 Months Old! 6 Things I Learned about Plant-Based Diet Since Starting This Blog.

I looked at the calendar the other day and realized that this week marks a half-a-year anniversary for Vegan Runner Eats blog! What started as a way for me to document the training for my first marathon since I went vegan has now turned into something bigger and better: the marathon turned out to be a success; my story was shared on Forks Over Knives site; people have been reaching out to thank me for the inspiration on their plant-strong journey. Best of all, I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to do next with the blog to make it useful to anyone who’s interested in plant-based diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned, and if you haven’t yet, please subscribe to the updates via email (the box on the right), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Since starting Vegan Runner Eats, I’ve learned so much about the plant-based (vegan) diet that today I’d … Read the rest of the post

White Potatoes – A Nutritional Powerhouse That’s Seriously Underrated. Plus: Why Potatoes Are Not Fattening.

I never get tired saying that potatoes are one my favorite vegetables: I cook them at home a few times a week, plus I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on this blog. White potatoes were a big part of my menu while I was training for a marathon last November, and later during my running streak that lasted from Thanksgiving till New Year’s Day. So whenever I hear someone declaring that a white potato is a starch-laden vegetable with hardly any nutritional benefits that will make us all fat and devoid of energy, I shake my head with disappointment at yet another expert who didn’t do their basic homework. Carbohydrates have gotten a lot of bad rap lately. New low-carb diets keep popping up every day with claims of turning us into slender, energetic machines if only we stop consuming all carbs altogether. And yet our society is growing fatter and unhealthier year by … Read the rest of the post

First Steps in Going Vegan: Where to Start, What to Expect, and How to Stick with It

I’ve had the idea for today’s post for some time. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties on their journey, especially at first, so I decided to put together a post that could help them reduce their troubles. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion for animals, environmental concerns, search for better health – you should know that you’ve made a noble choice, and sticking with being vegan will only get easier for you with time. It’s easy to get confused in your initial research about the vegan diet and lifestyle: internet is full of contradicting information; the reaction of friends and family might be less than approving; settling into a new shopping and cooking routine can challenge even the most determined types. However, your transition will go more smoothly if you keep your eyes on the big picture. There … Read the rest of the post

8 Ways to Set Better Goals/Resolutions in the Upcoming Year, and Then Reach Them

As the year is approaching its end, it’s only logical for us look back at the last 12 months and make a mental check of our accomplishments. Remember the resolutions you might have set at the beginning of 2013? Yeah, those were great… Oh, you didn’t set any? Well, you’re not alone: I didn’t set them either. In fact, I’ve avoided setting New Year’s resolutions for many years, all after a rather unfortunate experience back when I was a teenager. Here’s the story: When I was around 13, my biggest obsession was to grow tall. (Most kids of that age have something to obsess over; usually it’s about some aspect of their appearance, as sad as it may sound. Mine was my height.) New Year was approaching, so I decided to write down everything I wanted to happen to me in the upcoming 12 months. Getting tall, like 6 feet … Read the rest of the post