Ellen Jaffe Jones was 28 when she realized she needed to make a dramatic change if she was going to escape her family legacy. "So many people in my family were sick with cancer and heart disease, we joked that we had family reunions in the hospital, and I thought, 'How do I avoid this?' "
For Ellen, now 58, the answer was an ultra-healthy lifestyle featuring a plant-based diet and plenty of exercise. Today, the former TV news reporter is an author and certified personal trainer known as the "Veg Coach."
Ellen says that eating a plant-based diet makes sense, particularly in this tough economy. She was watching the news one day when she saw a grocery shopper talking about how hard it is to buy healthy food on a budget.
"I thought, 'That can't be,' " Ellen said. She knew this from doing the family food shopping for years, but she set out to thoroughly document the prices and nutritional value of whole grains, nuts and vegetables, and compare them to those of animal-based foods. The result is her new book, Eat Vegan on $4 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook.
Read more about Ellen here and visit her website at www.VegCoach.com!