Location: Inside Tiffany's head, Los Angeles
|San Francisco: Coming into Aid Station 7 at mile 30.4|
Here is another post for the Green Your Plate blogging carnival! I would like to introduce you to Tiffany Guerra. This amazing woman loves to run 50k marathons! Proving that you can be in an ultra impressive physical shape while living on a vegan diet (not that there should be any doubt about this in the first place!).
Here is a little bit more about this power woman....
I have always loved animals and became an impassioned animal rights activist at a young age. At the age of 12 I would call cosmetics companies and ask them why they chose to test their product on animals when there were alternative tests that were just as effective.
I became a vegetarian when I was fourteen, and became a vegan about a year ago. I resisted veganism for a while in part from fear that it would be too hard a lifestyle to maintain - not only did I think it would take more time to grocery shop for vegan meals, but I wasn't convinced that I would be able to maintain the level of activity of my current lifestyle on a vegan diet (I am an ultrarunner and frequently run anywhere from 30-60 miles in one week).
After reading about the diets and lifestyles of some highly successful ultrarunners, however (one famous example is Scott Jurek), I came to understand that it is possible to maintain a vegan diet and a high activity level at the same time. Also, due to an increasing market demand for vegan food, it's getting easier and easier to find vegan alternatives, especially in Los Angeles! It was after realizing this and taking more time to consider where the food I eat comes from that I made the switch to veganism.
It also became a no-brainer to switch when I realized it was a pretty low-risk decision... if I found the diet wasn't working for me or it was just too hard to maintain, well, I could just switch back! No big deal. So, I decided to try it for a week or so... and I've never looked back.
|With daughter Sevilla|
When eating out, international cuisine often offers the most variety in terms of vegan food. Thai, Indian, Greek, and Chinese restaurants often have a wide range of choices for vegetarians and vegans, with generous servings so you don't feel like you are skimping. In contrast, American restaurants often have as few as 1 or 2 vegan choices, or sometimes none at all unless you have a dish specially prepared.
Another little secret I've found is... being vegan isn't such a big secret, at least in Los Angeles. If you Google "vegan cuisine" or "vegan restaurants" in your area, you'd probably be surprised at the number of choices that come up. And, most of them do take-out... even better for those of us with kids.
|Running in her Vibram's Five Fingers|
I try to minimize this by being very non-overt about my veganism - I don't think it's that big a deal, so that's not hard to do. When people see I'm not there to try to wrestle them over to my way of thinking (and eating) they tend to lay off.
|Running in the Santa Monica Mountains (50K!!) with friends|
Thank you so much Tiffany! You have just inspired me to leave my house and get moving ~ im off to the beach...