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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!).

DSC_0043There 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 the legendary ultramarathoner Scott Jurek. I’ve managed to find answers to all questions – big and small – that arose in my head as I went on in my exploration, so now I consider myself doubt-free and eager to embrace my new lifestyle!

And here I’ve outlined a new challenge for myself: I’m going to train for and complete a marathon – all while eating the vegan way. I am positive that it is doable because so many outstanding athletes have done it before, and since I don’t consider myself all that outstanding he he 😉 I want to prove that anyone can do it – and do it well!

I’ll admit: this is going to be my second marathon. My first one happened in November 2012 in beautiful Pensacola, FL, while I was still eating the standard American way. I did pretty well – actually, I did better than I had expected for my first attempt at marathon: I was shooting for 4:20 – 4:30 finish, and yet I managed to finish at 4:04:45! I’ve signed up for the same Pensacola Marathon this year, so we’ll see if eating the vegan way is going to be an advantage this time!

My disclosure: while I love talking about food and fitness, I am not a specialist in these fields, i.e. I don’t have any culinary school education or fitness certifications. All of the experiences I talk about on this blog are my own, and while they may work fine for me, they might not be completely suitable for you. I’m a real human being just like you, but it’s always nice to use your own discretion.


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Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats
Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Eventually she embraced veganism as a way to be kinder to fellow living beings and the environment. Alina hopes that this blog helps its readers on their path to becoming vegan and making this world a better place.