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

Healthy, Skinny, Fit: My Long and Winding Road to Body Acceptance

Ooh, things are about to get real. As I grow more and more dissatisfied with the be-perfect-or-get-out nature of social media presence of countless health and fitness celebrities and #fitspiration gurus, my desire to raise my middle finger to this culture of perfection has grown proportionately. Today I want to talk about the battle that I’ve quietly fought for years, and why the time has come to put an end to it. If you’ve ever experienced anything similar, I hope my message reaches you. If you met me in real life, you would never think that I am one of so many people in our Western society who has had history of struggling with their body image. I’ve never been particularly large, nor have I ever gotten so skinny that it would have invoked concern from friends and family. I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia (although today … 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

Vegan Kitchen Simplified. How to Cut Soy out of Your Plant-Based Diet if You Decided to Go Soy-Free.

Once again, welcome to the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today’s post covers the aspects of going soy-free. While soy remains a polarizing subject among healthy eating specialists, you’ll see that cutting it out of your plant-based diet is not very complicated if you choose to do so. Whenever I have a conversation with non-vegan people about our respective diets, I often hear from them the idea that being vegan must require eating lots of soy products (at least in their opinion). I personally don’t have anything against soy as long as it’s organic and non-GMO, but I often find it hard to convince my non-vegan friends that eating soy is not at all a requirement of a vegan diet. I might make tofu or tempeh a few times a month, but if all soy products mysteriously disappeared tomorrow, I know for sure that my husband and I would definitely not starve to death. Every now … Read the rest of the post

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 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