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Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook Paperback – June 7, 2011
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Ellen is currently 7th in the US in her age group (National Senior Games '13) in the 1500 meters, 10th in the 400, 16th in the 200, and 19th in the 100 meters.
She was 3rd in State (FL) in 2012 in the 200, 400 and 1500 meters, 4th in State in the 100 meters. She had to finish in the top 3 locally, then the top 4 in State to qualify for Nationals. Her 100 meter times were :06 slower than NCAA girls' personal records listed in the University of Southern California Track & Field Media Guide.
She has currently placed in 84 5K or longer races for her age group since '06 including 4 Senior Grand Masters awards. She has finished 2 marathons (5th oldest female at '10 Palm Beaches Marathon), 8 half marathons, placing in one of those. It is rare for anyone with her sprint times to have ever finished a marathon. She reports plenty of energy and easy recovery on a plant-based diet, even though many tell her at races that running vegan is impossible/difficult.
Ellen has won the highest awards in broadcasting, including two Emmys and 1st Place for the National Press Club's Consumer Reporting Award. After leaving television, she earned high returns for her clients as a financial consultant at Smith Barney, where she was dedicated to socially responsible investing. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach. After a New York Times reporter wrote how her marathon time improved greatly after vegan coaching from Ellen, Ellen now coaches clients all over the globe in vegan and athletic pursuits.
As the only healthy person in her immediate family, Ellen's passion is helping others avoid the pain and suffering she's witnessed since early childhood. Her mother, aunt, and both sisters had breast cancer, and much more. After nearly dying from a colon blockage at age twenty-eight, Ellen was told by her doctors that she needed to do things differently to avoid her family's fate.
The media have reported on the significant weight loss (up to 120 pounds) and improved health that Ellen's students have experienced after taking her cooking classes affiliated with The Cancer Project, part of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit. As a trained cooking instructor, Ellen taught as many as 2 cooking classes a day, 5 days a week during her 6 years with The Cancer Project. The media have called Ellen's life "an experiment to beat the odds."
Ellen races frequently...once placing 1st in her age group in a 5K race in Bradenton, FL, then 6th in age group the next day in a half marathon...just to show you get plenty of calories, energy, calcium, protein and anything else you need to do all this. Recently she raced 5 weekends in a row. One of them, the marathon in Celebration, FL, followed by a weekend of the local Senior Games where she was the overall female finisher in the 5K, then went on to place first in AG in the 50, 100, 400, 800 & 1500 meters.
Ellen is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a personal trainer, and by Road Runners Club of America as a running coach. Ellen blogs at VegCoach.com and her monthly column, "Running Fitness," appears in the Running Journal. She is the "Veg Koach" on the social media health site, "Kurriosity." Her "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" Facebook page has 36,000 fans and growing. She teaches cooking classes on Anna Maria Island, FL.
Ellen wrote "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" after watching too many news stories that said food stamp recipients could only afford Twinkies and mac & cheese. She wrote "Kitchen Divided-Vegan Dishes for Semi-Vegan Households" after asking her audiences, "How many of you live in mixed marriages," and hearing many groans. The popular "Paleo Vegan," was the first book in print to give vegans the option to follow the popular paleo diet, if they so chose.
Visit Ellen's website at www.vegcoach.com.
Top Customer Reviews
In a way, it did help me. The first 29 pages of the book are very helpful - packed with info on shopping inexpensively for vegan food. The rest of the book contains a 7 day menu [3 meals per day] and recipes. The author is clear and concise without being preachy. I found her writing easy & enjoyable to read.
But, in another way, I felt kind of ripped off. The first 29 pages were full of info and were great reading, but they weren't worth the price of the book by a long shot. The recipes were OK - some of them are extremely simplistic [like the one for oatmeal: water, oats, salt. Put it in a pot and cook it]. I did not find many recipes that I found appealing - in fact, I doubt I'll try any recipes in the book [other than oatmeal, which I already eat on a regular basis....]. So, it was kind of frustrating - it took me less than 45 minutes [literally] to read this entire book [it is a slim volume, even padded with simple recipes]. I really did not feel I got my money's worth out of the book - I could have done better spending one hour on the internet googling vegan meals and tips.
I also felt that the claim that you can eat vegan for $4 a day was a bit exaggerated. For one thing, the portion sizes she gives are extremely small - for example, on day one you are supposed to eat half a cup of oatmeal for breakfast [and that is it.] For most people, one half a cup of plain oatmeal would not be enough to get them through till lunch. Can you imagine a 180 lb guy trying to get by on that?Read more ›
I have been a "Healthy Lifestyle Advocate" for the last nine years after my family of four participated in Dr. John McDougall's "Total Health Solution" ten-day clinic.
For the last four years I have communicated frequently with Ellen as a fellow volunteer "PCRM Heart Health Speaker". She is also a PCRM Cancer Project Educator and Chef.) Her just-published book is all that you need to quickly and cheaply put into practice what the many "Healthy Lifestyle Educators" practice and teach. Besides lower food costs, your medical costs will be much less
-- Examples: type-two diabetics and high blood pressure patients usually can reverse their food-caused maladies and get off of medications that only treat symptoms.
For best health, you need optimal human nutrition and good exercise. We all have to eat, and lucky for us, 80% of the health and long life benefits come from good foods and only 20% comes from better exercise. So first and foremost, learn much better eating from Ellen.
You don't need to become the high-level running athlete that she is, but do increase your strength and aerobic efforts.
Making changes in life is difficult. Eating out is a big habit. It would be so great if someone else in the family would take the recipes in this book and run with them for the whole family! Don't expect that - get started yourself and make it exciting, fun, MONEY-SAVING, and so much easier using these recipes.
EAT VEGAN ON $4.00 A DAY: A GAME PLAN FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS COOK is a book I can confidently recommend with pleasure because I know that it will be extremely useful to readers. The author guides the reader step-by-step in learning to shop wisely and plan great meals (recipes included!)that don't feel like budget meals at all.
I highly recommend EAT VEGAN ON $4.00 A DAY to anyone, vegan or not, who is interested in creating healthy meals on a budget and in learning about the benefits of the healthy, cruelty-free vegan way of eating. I didn't get my copy through Amazon but wherever you get it from, this book will pay for itself thousands of times over as you learn how to eat well for much less money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with great info. Only reason I did not give 5 stars is there is no nutritional info such as calorie count with recipes.Published 3 months ago by penelope's Porch
Waste of $$if you know how to cook. If not, it's a decent buy with no pictures.Published 4 months ago by Heather M Haas
Great book. Made it home promptly, and very well packaged. Many thanks.Published 4 months ago by marie lecomte
I've tried this diet and it doen't work well. Vegans are hard to find, difficult to cook and, when I am able to catch and cook them, not very tasty or nutritious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Math Teacher