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From 12 Protein Shakes a Day to Whole Plant Foods – Think He Lost Muscle?

We know it can be scary to move away from protein supplements to whole foods, and to eat more carbohydrates when one’s goal is to gain muscle…well, that’s practically against they gym rat religion! A recent graduate of our group online training transitioned from 12 protein shakes per day to whole plant foods. His results[…]

Plant-Based Summer Chowder

Oil-Free Plant-Based Summer Squash and Corn Chowder

  Summer Squash and Corn Chowder   Who says you can’t have a chowder in summertime?! The key to creating a summer soup that packs a punch of flavor, as well as that familiar comfort we experience in winter is incorporating fresh elements such as garden herbs like basil, thyme, and scallions.     Another[…]

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Prehab and Rehab Class

We’ve just returned from another great Vegetarian Summerfest – thank you to everyone who attended our presentations! Our most popular class is always Prehab and Rehab, and we think it’s wonderful that so many are interested in incorporating this simple routine into their weekly (or daily) fitness to improve posture and range of motion and to[…]

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Crustless Low Fat Pumpkin Pie

Pie crust, although delicious, is often what turns an otherwise healthy fruit pie into a gut bomb of fat. This is the most recent update to a pumpkin pie recipe I’ve been sharing here for years – so far, it’s been the firmest, most delicious incarnation of all! And the best part is that it’s[…]

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Training for Life: Preparing My Body for a Major Athletic Event

We’re expecting our second (vegan) child any time now after a second, so-far successful vegan pregnancy. But this post isn’t just about training for pregnancy or childbirth – even though that in itself is kind of a novel idea! Derek and I both have completely transformed our approach to fitness, both for ourselves and clients,[…]

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream

We eat banana ice cream every singe day, for real! There are some special occasion ice creams shown in my little meme up there: sweet potato-banana with Ricemallow fluff and pecans, rocky road with vegan marshmallows and chopped dark chocolate almonds, strawberry with fresh strawberries a date-cashew topped whole wheat, fat-free cupcake, and mint chocolate[…]

Running and Caloric Restriction Go Up Against A Plant-Based Diet for Obesity and Cancer Prevention: Three Enter, One Leaves

  Some recent research is supporting the (to us obvious) conclusion that a plant-based diet is superior to other methods of obesity and cancer prevention. Why is this information important? By 2030, over 50% of the US population is expected to be obese, and obesity-attributable disease is projected to rise by 6-8 million cases of diabetes,[…]

Quick (and Cheap) Dinners

I haven’t posted a recipe in a while and that’s partly because everything I’ve been making is so simple I’d feel silly posting about it. And the quality of the food pictures is terrible. But I’ll share anyway, because simplicity, although unimpressive, is a good thing. Fast, cheap, easy – those things are important when[…]

Raw ’til 4 Helped My Rheumatoid Arthritis

As someone who’s been vegan for thirteen years, and who’s eaten a whole foods diet for half of that time, I never expected to deal with a chronic disease  at my age (I’m 32). Yet, a few months after my bodybuilding competition in the late summer of last year, I started to feel crappy…then the[…]

Vegan Pregnancy and Vegan Kids

  My long overdue article on vegan pregnancy and childhood is up! Building Vegan Bodies from Scratch: 3 Myths About Vegan Pregnancy and Raising Vegan Children Dispelled, Part 1 can be viewed at the website of our sponsor Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: Given the importance of these issues, there is a surprising dearth of information, as I[…]

Gluten-Free Fig Bar Muffins (with a PB&J variation)

One morning we were out of oats and just about everything else that I could make breakfast out of. There was, however, half of a pre-baked sweet potato in the fridge and a frozen banana that I could defrost…and some random bags of whole grain flour. The result: these delicious muffins! The whole-graininess of the[…]