Vegan, senior, and still running - New York News

Vegan, senior, and still running

Posted: Updated:
HOLMES BEACH (FOX 13) -

Fruits and vegetables. Nuts and seeds. We know they're good for you, and we should be eating more of them.

But what if that's all you eat?

No meat. No eggs. No dairy.

The vegan lifestyle is starting to catch on, with an increasing number of Americans eating this way.

But can you be a vegan and still be a top performing athlete?  Ellen Jaffe Jones of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island says absolutely.

Jaffe Jones said it's what she doesn't eat that keeps her winning races. Last summer, she placed seventh nationwide in the senior games, running a mile in 8 minutes 3 seconds.

Jones, who's 61, credits her speed and glowing health to her vegan diet.  She describes her diet this way: "No meat. No dairy. No eggs. Any by meat we mean, fish and chicken and pigs and anything that has a mother. Anything with a face."

Jones said she used to eat like most Americans, until a  serious colon blockage landed her in the hospital at the age of 27.  Acting on a warning from her doctors, she started making changes.

"My mom, aunt and both sisters would go on to have breast cancer," she said. "We were part of the original breast cancer gene studies. And doctors again said as this was happening, you need to do some things very differently with your life or you're going to end up like everybody else in your family. "

An Emmy award-winning TV reporter at the time, Jones started digging into the facts about what we eat.

"When you understand there's no money in broccoli, there's no company that makes it, there's no broccoli association or broccoli board – you have to be your own investigative reporter and figure out what works for you," she said.

She said most people mistakenly think you have to eat meat and dairy to get protein.  She showed us her impressive bicep. There's no protein deficiency problem there.

Jones gets most of her protein from the various beans and grains that line her kitchen counter, and she shows people how to cook them on her YouTube channel.  Her first best seller, "Eat Vegan on $4 Dollars a Day," set out to prove anyone can afford to eat this way.

"When I started comparing the price of beans with the price of meat and dairy, it's like such a bargain," she said.

Her next book, "Kitchen Divided," was inspired by her marriage. She's vegan. Her husband is not.

Now the woman who calls herself the "Veg Coach" is spending much of her plant-based way of life with others, counting on it to keep her on the beach for a long time.

"I hope I can run until I'm 100. That's the game plan," she said.

Jones' third book came out this week. It's called "Paleo-Vegan," taking on the paleo diets that are so popular right now. She also does local cooking classes, personal training, and you can keep up with her on her website.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:54:40 GMT
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
  • Scenes for "Girls" to be shot at SUNY New Paltz

    Scenes for "Girls" to be shot at SUNY New Paltz

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:51:27 GMT
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:52:29 GMT
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices