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

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

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

Holiday Running Streak is Over: What I’ve Learned from the Experience of Running Every Day through the Holidays.

Before I sum up my Holiday Running Streak today, I’d like to share great news with you: the story of how I decided to become vegan has been published on Forks Over Knives site! I am beyond excited to receive recognition from Forks Over Knives – the amazing documentary that was the key inspiration for me to go plant-strong back in the day. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it: you can get it through FOK site, buy a DVD on Amazon, or find it on Netflix. Thanks Forks Over Knives for giving me a chance to tell my story! (You can read it here.) Right before Thanksgiving 2013, I decided to commit to a new running challenge – to run every day, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day, for at least a mile. I was hoping to achieve a few goals: 1) To stay motivated to run after all … 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

More Holiday Running Streak: Weeks 4 & 5 (Days 19-32), Plus How I Managed to Keep Running Every Day and Eat Vegan While Traveling

Christmas morning in Huntington, NY Wow, I can’t believe how fast the last couple of weeks flew by! As I continued my Holiday Running Streak making sure to run daily for at least a mile (usually more), I also got a chance to get out of my comfort zone during our trip to New Jersey and New York for Christmas to visit my husband’s family. What was so “out of my comfort zone” about our trip? Well, I’ve gotten very used to my daily routine at home where I could go for a run in the morning in fairly warm South Alabama winter weather, and then follow it with the enjoyment of playing around in my own kitchen fully stocked with plant-based vegan ingredients to make whatever foods I felt like… yep, quite an enchanted lifestyle indeed 😉 . During our six-day out-of-state trip, I wasn’t the one making the rules about our … 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

Pensacola Marathon Recap: What I Learned from Running My First Marathon Since Going Vegan

Wow – I can’t believe Pensacola Marathon is already over! This past Sunday, 11/10/2013, I’ve completed my Vegan Marathon Challenge – something that I’ve been working on for sixteen weeks as I trained for my first marathon (my second overall) since going vegan to show that regular people like myself can accomplish serious athletic goals like running a marathon just fine on a vegan diet. Another little milestone: I started this blog on the first day of my marathon training, and I can really see how it got better week after week, and now it even kind of looks like I know what I’m doing 😉 . The Vegan Marathon Challenge is over, but I’ve got some great ideas to keep this blog going! At the start line of 2013 Pensacola Marathon, 6:25 am. So how did it go? Here are my official stats: my time for the full marathon was 4:08:18, average pace 9:29 min/mile, I … Read the rest of the post

Weeks 9,10,11 of Marathon Training. Staying on Track with Race Preparation when Traveling.

Wow – It’s been three weeks since the last update on my ongoing marathon training! It’s no wonder there’s been a pause: all of the traveling of the past couple weeks took its toll on my dedication… but all is not lost! Sure, I’ll admit that it’s been a challenge to stay on track with my training while hopping all over the continent from Florida to Georgia to South Carolina to Washington state, but I promise I’ve been trying! So let me recall how I’ve managed to maintain my training routine in the last three weeks. Hmmm… my running shoes are getting beat up… WEEK 9 Week 9 was the last week I spent at home in Alabama before we left. I was kind of stressed out knowing that we would be gone for a month, and I wouldn’t be able to keep the same schedule with all of my daily activities (especially … Read the rest of the post

Think You Have No Time to Exercise? Think Again! Time Management and More. Also: Week 7 of Marathon Training.

In this day and age, the importance of exercise in our life is hardly a secret. Yet so many of us still find it hard to incorporate working out into our daily routine. The main excuse? Lack of time! Are we all doomed to be unhealthy, tired, and overwhelmed, or is there a way out? Every now and then this happens to me: I meet new people, and when they find out that I enjoy working out and participating in running races, they tell me that I must be some kind of superhuman, and they could never do that because their lives are too busy to squeeze in time for exercise. I know that trying to convince someone in what I believe within just one conversation is usually a lost cause, but I can’t help but feel bad afterwards that people don’t realize how beneficial exercise is for their wellbeing. There should be a way to … Read the rest of the post