Archives for August 2013

Raising Vegetarian/Vegan Kids

Growing up in New Hampshire and  the Midwest, I was obviously raised on meat.

My mother’s Shephards Pie was a culinary force to be reckoned with.  Seemingly, there was always ground meat in some type of casserole.  As I grew older, I dropped the red meat

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons - Peg Greb

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons – Peg Greb

because it made my moods intense and my body sluggish. After researching vegetarianism, I knew I wanted to give it a try. My sister-in-law has been a vegetarian since she was 7. She and her husband came to visit and made us watch Food, Inc. and The Cove back-to-back. That was it. I was done. No more meat, fish or sushi….and it was easier than I thought.

I never felt better. After a year of being a vegetarian, our lifestyle naturally progressed to exclusively eating a plant-based diet (or being a “super hippie vegan that eats bark” as I have been affectionately called).

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How A Marathon Training Run Picked A Fight With Cancer

To be honest, when I first mapped out the route to what essentially would become the Happy Half Marathon course a little over two years ago, I was simply looking for a way to end a long run at a pub in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

At the time the pub I had in mind had one of my favorite beers on tap and since I’m a big believer in beer being a good recovery drink, I was all for having a beer or two after the run.

If there was anything extraordinary about that training run, the fact that we were going to end it by drinking a few good beers was it.
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