This past Saturday I ran in a road race, for the first time as a vegan! Before this race, I had all sorts of anxiety because I didn't know how it would go. Living in a world where society tells us we need meat and animal products to survive as normal people, never mind being an athlete made me question how well I would perform on a vegan diet. Luckily when the race started I was able to put all my anxiety aside and execute my race well. I finished in second place with a time of 17:15, only 5 seconds off of my pr!

I was so proud of myself because so far this summer my training has been conservative. I have been doing easy runs and long run, no workouts, and taking a day off once a week. My race this past weekend proved to me that everything I am doing is working. I was successfully able to run a near personal best performance on less training while eating a vegan diet. I think the take away from all of this should be that you do not have to beat your body up every day to be a successful athlete, AND being vegan is suitable for everyone, including athletes!

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I personally love hearing about how people found veganism because everyones journey to this lifestyle is different! For me, it took a few attempts to make it stick, but every time I strayed away from veganism I knew what I was doing was wrong and felt like I needed to return to living a plant based lifestyle.

In the fall of 2015 I re-watched the documentary "Forks Over Knives" and watched "Cowpiracy" for the first time. After seeing the health and environmental reasons for going vegan presented in both of the documentaries, I was sold (temporarily). I was trying vegan recipes and primarily eating vegan but did eat some dairy and eggs so I was technically vegetarian. After about a month of eating primarily vegan, I gave into a craving and ate meat. The reason I could not control my cravings was because I was not eating enough! I was eating extremely healthy, but I just wasn't eating enough food to satisfy my body. I was craving meat because my body was trying to get me to eat something calorically dense. I then returned to eating meat for a few months completely forgetting about everything that had brought me to the lifestyle; the health and environment reasons for veganism were not enough to make it stick with me.

In the spring of 2016, I revisited veganism by making myself watch "Earthlings". I think I cried for the entirety of the documentary. I had to pause it multiple times to collect myself. It was in that moment that I found my reason for being vegan.The ethics behind veganism resonated more with me than the health or environmental reasons. I knew that I no longer wanted to contribute to the suffering and death of innocent beings just because of a taste preference. I immediately took meat out of my diet and over time removed dairy and eggs. This dietary change was met with resistance from my family of course, only because they care. I have had eating disorders in the past and they were concerned about me adding "dietary restrictions" to my life. Going vegan has helped my relationship with food so much! I don't see food as good or bad but rather vegan and non-vegan. As a result, nothing is off limits, as long as it is vegan. My family has come to accept my lifestyle change because they see how well I am doing as a vegan! On top of the dietary changes, I have switched all of my make-up to cruelty free brands as well as using cruelty free shampoo, condition, tooth paste, etc. Veganism is a lifestyle, it goes far beyond just removing animal products from your diet! It is about viewing the world through a more compassionate lens and doing everything you can to reduce suffering.

I can not wait to write the rest of "My Vegan Story" as I continue to live this amazing lifestyle!

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Grilled Corn and Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 Ears of Corn
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 1 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a Red Onion
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • 2 limes

Directions

  1. Heat gill to medium heat
  2. On tin foil grill the corn, peppers, and onion
  3. In a grill pan or skillet add cherry tomatoes and put on grill
  4. Grill for 5 minutes then squeeze 1 lime over all of the vegetables
  5. Grill for 5 more minutes, rotating the vegetables so that they are evenly cooked
  6. Take vegetables off of the grill and let cool for 5 minutes
  7. While vegetables are cooling, juice the other lime and chop the cilantro for the dressing
  8. When vegetables have cooled, remove the corn from each ear and chop the rest of the grilled vegetables
  9. Add sliced avocado and cilantro lime dressing to the rest of the veggies
  10. Toss and serve!!!!

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After the relaunch of my new instagram handle @Runs_On_Plantss I figured it would be good to give the whole blogging thing a go again. I want this blog to serve as platform for me to educate about veganism, talk about the effects of being vegan on my running, and share some of my plant based recipes! 

Really looking forward to sharing my journey with you as @Runs_On_Plantss 

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