• KristenfromMA

    Michael Greger! A former co-worker is vegan and we’ve had lots of talks about food and Michael Greger always comes up. He’s great.

  • Heather Armstrong

    These are amazing recommendations! I’m staying near the finish line and need all the help I can get finding food while I’m in town. THANK YOU!

  • americanrecluse

    Man! I read this and was slightly turned off by the defensiveness/”for ME” stuff, because why, right? Do whatcha wanna, you’re not hurting anyone! And then I read Kim’s comment and it alllllll came into focus.

    (For the record, I don’t care about anyone’s diet beyond mild curiosity – if I try to eliminate a food group I “eliminate” it right into my face because self-sabotage is my superpower.)

  • Miss lee

    I love veggie burgers!

  • Laurel

    May I please have your salad dressing recipe?

    P.S. You rock. Thank you for sharing your journey, and all its twists and turns, dietary or otherwise.

  • Kate

    I’ve been a vegetarian for about 7 years and recently I’ve been thinking a lot about eating (mostly) plant-based. I’m getting increasingly uncomfortable with eating animal products. I’ve already gone off dairy for the most part, but I do not currently really have the budget to eat a ton of fresh produce (which is really what I would want to switch to – not processed vegan foods). I would love for you to share some of your favourite recipes!

  • Melissa

    I have long been a fan of eating less meat and in the past 2 years, thanks in part to your posts about food, I have been working on reducing the amount of animal products I eat. I’m so proud when I see how much fresh produce my family consumes and how little meat. Right now dairy is the one thing we really struggle to eat less of. I have managed to introduce almond milk and my kids love it. They are learning to embrace lentils. This is a great post. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. :)

  • Jancave

    I have changed my eating based on two events; watching the documentary “Forks over Knives” and a PBS cooking show review of various brands of store-purchased chicken broth. My jaw dropped when they pointed out there was no actual chicken in any of the broths, even in those marked “Organic.”

  • Meegs

    Thanks, this sounds great!

  • sunbruz8

    As a non-meat eater and someone who deals with depression (though mine isn’t exacerbated by not eating meat), I just wanted to thank you for such a gracious response. :)

  • Ashevillian

    Although I eat fish and eggs (from a friend’s backyard happy hens) occasionally, I suffered from a B-12 deficiency which caused neurological problems. After a couple of monthly B-12 shots and now a daily (vegan) B-12 supplement taken sublingually, I am much better. Please keep consider supplementing with B-12.

  • http://www.stemandbloom.com Lana

    I can so relate to this, having gone vegan at around the same time that you did, for many of the same reasons (though NOT about to run a marathon, or to the end of the block, for that matter). I read The China Study at the urging of a close friend, and pretty much immediately had almost zero interest in eating animal products. I’m definitely interested in checking out How Not To Die, especially if it presents the information in a non boring/scientific way…if only so that I can have something easier to recommend to people that ask me why I made this big change. I just want everyone to have this information. Like you said…should be required reading.

    For those asking about vegan recipes or looking to make a big change in their diet (to vegan or even vegetarian/gluten free) I HIGHLY recommend Platejoy. You can input any dietary restrictions that you want to follow, and they will give you recipes and shopping lists for as many or as few meals per week as you want to make. The recipes have introduced us to ingredients, preparations, and cuisines that we wouldn’t have necessarily tried on our own or known about seeing that most of our home cooked meals before revolved around meat. It’s made the transition to a plant based diet a lot easier! They charge a small monthly fee for the recipes and shopping lists (no food delivery unless you’re in SF, I think) but for us, it is SO worth it.

  • Amy

    I LOVE so hard that you posted a link to Cowspiracy! Corny title aside, it is one of the most powerful films I’ve seen in awhile. Everyone that eats animals should be required to watch it. Even if you don’t change your diet you should be able to see where it comes from. Kudos to you for being brave enough to post this. I showed it to my class of 50 college biology students and was amazed at the intelligent and compassionate reception it received. (I was expecting outrage!) Way to go, and best of luck in the marathon!!

  • KathyB

    Counting down to your marathon, Heather. So proud of you.

  • mairin raisdana

    I was vegetarian for the past 10 years and recently went vegan, finding that my workouts and stamina are much higher than ever before, so good for you! If you want to talk grains that are good protein sources, also check out freekah, farro and bulgur. I throw these into my salads to cut down on the legumes (which I don’t digest easily) and then add some seeds. I am healthier than most people I know, and back when I was not veg but ate a lot of processed foods and other crap, NO ONE was concerned about where I was getting my protein.