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

Three Bean Barley Chili

Chili is supposed to be a wintertime meal, a perfect dish for those long, dark evenings when you’re all cozy on the couch with a hot steaming bowl of this velvety goodness … Well, I’ve never been a fan of limiting deliciousness, so why not give it a try in the summer? I first read about the idea of adding a hearty grain to a vegan chili recipe in Scott Jurek’s book, Eat and Run. In the book, Scott admits to never having liked chili before until he tried a chili recipe with grains. According to Scott, they can give a vegan chili that heartiness that meat chilis have. He provides a recipe that he calls Minnesota Winter Chili and suggests using bulgur wheat along with beans and other ingredients. I’ve had my own chili recipe for a few years when I was still eating meat. It always came out perfect … Read the rest of the post

Week 2 of Marathon Training. The Goodness of Carbs. Also: Hummingbirds!

I’m two weeks in into my marathon training, so in this post I’m going to recap how the second week went, as well as share with you a secret of my new favorite energy source! Hint hint: it’s been around all along! This week went by very quickly, and fairly uneventful. My running mileage isn’t very high these days – since I replace 2 days of short runs on my marathon training plan with strength training at the gym, it’s unlikely that I’ll hit really high numbers. (I do, however, run to and from my gym, so it adds about 2.5 miles of running to my gym days.) I followed this strategy last year when I was training for my first marathon, and I was very grateful for all of my strength training on race day: it turns out that being strong all over helps big time in a long … 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

Kale and Cannellini Bean Salad

I just love the combination of kale and beans, and find it extremely versatile, both for cold and warm dishes. They can be combined (along with other ingredients) in soups, stews, pasta dishes, salads – whatever your imagination suggests! Today I’d like to share a recipe for this lovely salad that I mentioned the other day. I like to eat it for lunch every now and then: This salad is chock-full of superfoods: the combination of kale, avocado, ginger, and miso paste can make wonders for our bodies! Also, the dressing doesn’t involve any added oil, which is exactly what the big-time plant-based diet advocates suggest. It’s also highly customizable: add or subtract just about any kind of vegetables you want, and you’ve got a new salad! The dressing adds a nice Asian twist to the flavor. PrintKale and Cannellini Bean Salad Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 1 as main … Read the rest of the post

Easy Recipe: Barbecue Chickpeas and Rice

When I first decided to commit to a plant-based vegan diet, I came across lots of recipes that required this or that rather exotic ingredient that I didn’t have in my pantry. I don’t like having to make a trip to a health food store every time I find an interesting-looking recipe, so whenever I come across a dish that’s simple and easy to prepare, it just makes my day! This recipe below falls perfectly into that category: I had some leftover vegan BBQ sauce, so I combined it with canned chickpeas and put the whole thing in the oven, and it came out lovely! Because of its simplicity, this dish is going to be perfect for anyone who’s new to the plant-based diet. You can easily customize this recipe to your own liking: use some other kind of beans, add more vegetables to the BBQ-bean mixture (some diced carrots … Read the rest of the post

Week 1 of Marathon Training

Okay, I think I’m finally getting a grasp of how to run this blog. Which makes me sooo excited! This week has been quite a whirlwind: between starting my marathon training, figuring out how to set up this website, testing recipes, and everything else, I haven’t even noticed how Friday has creeped up on us! And as it is in the beginning of any new road, I see that I’ve got a looong way to go… Hopefully it’s going to be just as bright and peaceful as this: Photo from stock.xchng My running has been pretty good this week, except for my right ankle kind of screeching after every run… don’t want to get discouraged by it yet, which means I should probably ice it more often. In fact, today I’ve skipped my run and decided to do a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout at the gym. This is what … Read the rest of the post

The beginning of a beautiful journey

So this is where it all starts: I’ve finally gathered all my courage and decided to start a blog on what I’m truly passionate these days, namely eating the vegan way and running. I’ve read so many awesome articles on all kind of blogs devoted to veganism/plant-based nutrition/nutritarian approach, watched numerous videos and documentaries on the subject, etc – that about two months ago (in May 2013) I finally ditched eating meat as well as almost all dairy (only when I go out to eat, and there’s no dairy-free option on the menu – I’m still working on it though!). There are many opinions on whether or not eating the vegan way is beneficial to us humans, and I’ve become convinced that this is THE WAY for me after watching the now famous documentary Forks Over Knives and reading the incredibly inspiring books Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat And Run by … Read the rest of the post