Vegan Fitness for Mortals: a New Book for Health-Conscious Vegans by Ellen Jaffe Jones

Hi all! Today I have a new book review and a giveaway for you: Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. In case you’re aspiring to be more active and get your health in check in the upcoming year, this book may be just what you need 🙂

If you’ve ever tried to research vegan nutrition and fitness tips, you may have experienced confusion since there is so much information out there. Focus on protein or carbs? Go short and fast or long and slow? And what about injury prevention? Navigating through all available information can present a challenge of its own since the more sources you research, the more opinions you will hear.

This is where Vegan Fitness for Mortals comes in handy. The book’s author Ellen Jaffe Jones has been a prominent member of vegan community for many years as a vegan fitness coach, book author, vegan cooking instructor, public speaker and an avid endurance and sprint runner. She has won multiple medals running in National Senior Games in the 60-64 age group, and placed in over a hundred 5K races in the past ten years. Before embracing vegan lifestyle professionally, Ellen had a long career as an investigative reporter.

Ellen has written multiple books to help veg-curious people lead a happier, more efficient lifestyle. Her Kitchen Divided book provides advice to vegans who share a household with non-vegan family members. Eat Vegan on 4 Dollars a Day gives tips on smart food budgeting. Paleo Vegan contains recipes for people who decided to experiment with the paleo diet without harming animals. Given Ellen’s investment into fitness, it was only logical that she eventually decided to write a book that combined her passion for veganism with her knowledge of best fitness practices.

In my experience with fitness, I’ve made a fair share of mistakes over the years trying to figure out the safest and the most efficient fitness routine for myself. Looking back, I realize that I could have saved myself a lot of disappointment if I had had proper guidance. Since a lot of people are still averse to consulting a personal trainer when first stepping on the path to fitness (or may have suffered from bad advice before), a common sense guide fit for beginners and intermediate-level athletes can be beneficial. Ellen’s new book does jut that – and gets extra brownie points from me for highlighting the benefits of veganism for athletes 🙂

The book starts with an introduction from Ellen followed by four separate parts:

– In the introduction, Ellen talks about her family’s lengthy history of various health problems, and how her decision to go vegan and stay active has helped her avoid falling victim to diabetes, heart disease, various types of cancer, etc. that a lot of her family members couldn’t escape.

– Part one talks about the benefits of getting fit for the long-term, and the reasons for why following a balanced vegan diet can be so beneficial to our health. Ellen explains why plant-based foods reduce exercise-induced inflammation much better than animal products, and lists a number of plant-based foods known for their great anti-inflammatory properties.

– Part Two of the book includes chapters devoted to various forms of exercise. From walking, running, biking and swimming to yoga and weight training, each chapter talks about ways to incorporate these activities into your life, from being a beginner to progressing to intermediate and advanced levels. Ellen lists types of exercises, tips for building a training plan, and makes an emphasis on staying injury-free. This part of the book concludes with a chapter devoted to dealing with ongoing injuries.

– Part Three is devoted to tips on incorporating a vegan diet into your active lifestyle. Ellen talks about various plant-based staple foods (legumes, grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) and their importance in a balanced plant-based diet. She also provides tips for weight loss and weight gain, dealing with food allergies and intolerances. In the final chapter of part three, Ellen talks about transitioning to veganism, and lists the exact breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks she’s been eating for years.

– Part Four is a final word of encouragement: Ellen gives tips to the new vegans on how to navigate this non-vegan world, how to talk to others about veganism, and how to find your community.

In my experience of talking to people who just made a decision to go vegan and start exercising for health reasons, the number one reason for why people sometimes quit this new healthier lifestyle is the lack of information on doing it sustainably. If we get injured from working out too much, too soon, or don’t know how to make nutritious, filling and tasty vegan meals, we are more likely to give up. This is why I find that Vegan Fitness for Mortals can be a great guide in embracing a healthier lifestyle.

Know anyone who’s trying to get healthy in 2017? This book can be a great gift for them, wink wink 🙂

On to the giveaway! Book Publishing Company (the publisher of the book) and Ellen Jaffe Jones have agreed to give away a copy of Vegan Fitness for Mortals to one lucky reader of Vegan Runner Eats! The rules are simple: feel free to enter the giveaway below as long as you are 18 years of age or older, and reside in the US or Canada (sorry international folks – I’ll be paying for shipping myself here).

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Terms and Conditions:

  • – The giveaway will start today and end on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, at 11:59 pm PST.
  • – The winner will be randomly drawn by Rafflecopter from all of the submitted entries, and emailed with further instructions the following day. I’ll also announce your name on social media.
  • – Don’t feel like testing your chances? You can always buy Vegan Fitness for Mortals for yourself (and as a gift for your loved ones!) on Amazon or directly from Book Publishing Company.

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Disclaimer 1: I was not paid or compensated to write this review and run the giveaway. I received one free copy of Vegan Fitness for Mortals for a review and personal use, and another copy to be mailed out as a giveaway prize. All opinions expressed are my own.

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13 thoughts on “Vegan Fitness for Mortals: a New Book for Health-Conscious Vegans by Ellen Jaffe Jones”

  1. this sounds great, Alina! Sounds like a complete guide, useful for my older sister and I, and even my brother who is sloooowly making his way into the healthy vegan life. If I don’t win, I’ll buy! thanks!

  2. This sounds like a great book and would be very helpful! I love to run, but need to branch out from that and do some sort of cross training in the New Year.

  3. Sounds like a great gift. Many of my family members are vegetarians, but not yet vegans. This could be helpful to take the next step.

  4. I have 2 of Ellen’s books and look forward to this one as well. My favorite type of excercise is anything involving dance or martial arts type of movements. Walking would be my next choice.

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