When I transitioned to a whole food, plant-based diet six months ago, I immersed myself into Google searches, YouTube Video binge watching and reading as many blogs from leading experts as I could find. I just couldn’t seem to get enough.
One person who kept showing up on my radar was Ellen Jaffe Jones. I was intrigued to learn more about the woman they dubbed, Vegan Runner.
I joined her Facebook Group, checked out her website and bought her book, Vegan Fitness for Mortals: Eat Your Veggies, Be Active, Avoid Injury, and Get Healthy for Life
Ellen Jaffe Jones was voted the 2014 PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegan over 50 after a global contest that included hundreds of contestants. She has placed in 117 (so far) 5K or longer races for her age group since 2006 (including 6 Senior Grand Masters Awards), was 1st in her age group in FL in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach. Ellen spent 18 years in television news as an investigative reporter and has eaten a vegan diet for most of the past 40 years.
Ellen just improved her national ranking by competing in all track events at the 2017 National Senior Games.
As an avid runner, and a running coach, Ellen will be the first to credit her diet to much of her success.
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. Her family was part of the original breast cancer gene studies. 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 is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a personal trainer, and is a running coach.
BOOKS BY ELLEN JAFFE JONES
Eat Vegan on $4 A Day https://amzn.to/2U4aRNj
Kitchen Divided: Vegan Dishes for Semi-Vegan Households https://amzn.to/2HzgQ7b
Vegan for One: Hot Tips and Inspired Recipes for Cooking Solo https://amzn.to/2FxVfZx
Vegan Sex https://amzn.to/2JzPrUz
Vegan Fitness for Mortals: https://amzn.to/2UR12jb
Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes https://amzn.to/2WctgVC
Facebook Group Vegan Runners