A List of 10 Common Questions Newly Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 2 of 2.

Today  we continue with the list of questions that are most often asked by active people who are transitioning to a plant-based vegan diet. The answers to these questions can also be beneficial to established vegans who are interested in adding more exercise to their daily routine.  Our previous post with the first five questions and answers can be found here. Whether your idea of exercise consists of a 30-minute walk every day or training for an Ironman triathlon (and everything in between), we can all agree that exercise is beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Today’s post (as well as its first part from a couple days ago) will help you answer some questions about vegan diet and exercise, so here we go: Vegan Athletes’ Top 10 List of Questions and Concerns (Questions 6 to 10) 6. I feel tired all the time after physical activity. Is my diet … Read the rest of the post

A List of 10 Common Questions (Newly) Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 1 of 2.

Whether you’ve followed a plant-strong vegan diet for a while and recently decided to get more active, or you’ve been athletic for some time and are thinking of switching to veganism, you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about how to do it right. Today’s post is going to cover 10 most commonly asked questions by newly vegan athletes. First of all, let me bring on some good news: you’ve got nothing to fear on your plant-strong athletic journey! Luckily, people all over the world have been reaching amazing athletic achievements while eating the vegan way. There are a number of successful professional athletes who follow a vegan diet.  Like Scott Jurek, the  pro endurance runner who held the American record for the longest distance run in 24 hours (165.7 mi), and who won Western States 100 Mile Ultramarathon seven times in a row (Scott talks about his transition to … Read the rest of the post

Week 6 of Marathon Training. 5 Tips About Nutrition Every (Newly) Vegan Athlete Should Know.

When it comes to nutrition and athletic performance, we’ve all heard so much information – often contradictory – that it’s hard not to get puzzled sometimes. And for those of us who has made a switch to a vegan diet while staying physically active, figuring out nutrition for optimal performance might seem like an even more difficult task. Today I’m going to cover some basic facts about nutrition for vegan athletes. It doesn’t matter if your idea of exercise is a half an hour walk every night, 2 hours of weightlifting at the gym every day, or something in between: optimal nutrition is a key to optimal performance. But first, let me update you on my marathon training. Week 6 went by very quickly, especially with all the prep for the Labor Day weekend! I was glad that all of the holiday activities didn’t derail my training, and I managed … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Pantry: 10 Essential Foods That Make Your Plant-Based Diet Nutritious And Healthy

Whether you are new to a plant-based vegan diet, have been plant-strong for a while, or just stumbled upon my blog out of curiosity, you’ve probably wondered how to stock your pantry and fridge with foods that are the most beneficial for your health. So what are the essentials that can be found in pantries of almost all vegans? And is it true that you’ll have to start cooking at home, even if you’ve never been a fan of it? Yes, it’s a well-established fact: if you want ‘thy food to be thy medicine’, as Hippocrates proposed, you’ll have to cook the majority of your meals at home from whole, fresh ingredients, takeout be damned. If your average at-home cooking adventure used to include microwaving a store-bought frozen pizza, and now you’ve decided to become a vegan out of health concerns, you’ve probably noticed that there are very few options … Read the rest of the post

How to Go Veg without Going Crazy: Article 4. Why Going Meat and Dairy Free is Better for Us.

Okay, I finally decided to get into the hottest subject that concerns both pro- and anti-veg people: is it better for us humans to ditch animal foods, namely meat and dairy, and if so, what are the reasons? There is so much info about this all over the internet that if you start digging, you might get easily confused and frustrated. Especially if you are very new to the idea of living meat and dairy free. There are plenty of individuals, groups, and organizations that seem so passionate about the subject that when they shower newcomers with information,  they scare them away with their enthusiasm (Those guys are crazy! Salad-eating freaks! Anyone giving up animal products must be going insane!). I know, I know. Yes, it’s easy to get carried away when you truly believe that your way of living is the only right way to go, and everybody should … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy: Article 3. Scientists and the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet.

I’ve always been very interested in nutrition and how it affects our wellbeing, and the more I read up on the subject, the more evidence I found suggesting that ditching animal-derived foods and consuming lots of unprocessed, “whole” plant-based foods can make a drastic change in how we feel and perform. Practice shows that in many cases, low-fat whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet can even prevent and reverse certain diseases! In today’s post, I’d like to talk about the scientists and doctors who have been studying nutrition for decades, both in theory and in practice. They were able to determine the goodness of WFPB diet through many years of scientific research and medical practice. Oftentimes, their views on nutrition made them quite unpopular among their more mainstream scientific peers, but that never discouraged them to continue on their own path in search of truth. And truth is exactly what they found … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy. Article 2: Vegetarian, Vegan, And Other Meat-Free Nutritional Approaches

In the previous article, we covered the differences between species according to their preferences in food sources. If you watched the highly informative video in which Milton Mills, M.D., delivered a speech for the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, you might have gotten an idea of where we humans fall in this paradigm. However, there are so many approaches in nutritional science that each claim to be the one and only way to go! If you started doing your own research and came across all these confusing terms, names, articles, diets… well, trust me: I know how confusing this can be. In this article, I’d like to break down some of that information for you. So what’s a good word to denote someone who has decided to stop eating meat, either to gain good health or to ‘save the planet’? Vegetarian Vegetarian is the word that first comes to mind. A … Read the rest of the post

How To Go Veg Without Going Crazy. Article 1: Omnivore, Carnivore, Herbivore.

If you’ve never given much thought to your nutrition before, and then just recently came across the idea that eating well can do wonders for your health, you must have noticed: it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the existing approaches and terminology that comes with them. I’m going to put together a few articles to help you get an idea how everything works. Please note: I’m not a nutritional scientist, and oftentimes I’m learning along with you while researching this stuff! That’s why I recommend that you do additional research if you wish to learn more on any subject. In this article, I’d like to focus on the terminology that explains the difference between meat-eating and non-meat-eating species, and find out where we humans belong on this scale. So here we go: An omnivore ( ‘all-eater’ in Latin), according to Wikipedia, is a consumer of a variety of material as significant … Read the rest of the post