Welcome to Better with Veggies!
A food & fitness blog with online coaching for run & multisport athletes. Sharing workouts, recipes, tips, & reviews.
I’m Heather, a 30-something athlete and coach fueled by a mostly plant-based diet. I live in Denver, Colorado and am enjoying "mile-high" living with my husband (Kirk) and two big dogs (Abbott & Zurie). During the day, I’m a Digital Strategy Director at a medical device company. At night, I’m a wife, chef, coach, writer, and athlete!
I love good food – and most of it is plant-based.
What does that mean? Sometimes I explain my eating habits as “pescatarian, but no eggs or dairy”. Or you could describe me as “eating a vegan diet, but with fish and seafood”. It’s hard to fit me in a box.
What a mostly plant-based diet means for me is no meat (except fish/seafood), no diary, and no eggs.
Why? I made the change after reading about the treatment of animals and then learned even more about the health benefits! After being 100% plant-based for a year, I added fish & seafood to my diet. You can read more about my experience as a plant-strong athlete here and my decision to eat fish & seafood here.
No matter how you eat, I think you’ll enjoy the plant-based creations I share here – it’s definitely not just for vegans & vegetarians! I love creating new recipes, experimenting with other people’s recipes, or enjoying a delicious meal out!
I really just love to eat.
I also host a weekly food challenge called "Meatless Mondays from A-Z". You can read more about it here and join the fun at any time!
Fitness is a big part of my life – it helps give me energy to enjoy daily adventures! What started as a goal to run a 5K in 2002 turned into a love of running and multisport (duathlon & triathlon). The feeling of finishing a hard workout is amazing – a sense of accomplishment and strength!
My love of running & multisport led to the introduction of coaching in March 2012 – something I’ve been dreaming about for years! With a focus on balancing your training with your life, Kirk and I love helping people of all abilities achieve their goals. We offer affordable, personalized coaching plans for running, triathlon, and duathlon – from beginners to veterans.
You can achieve the impossible, no matter where you start.
Although most of my posts are food or fitness related, sometimes I just share about what’s going on in the rest of my life. I’m happily married to the best guy around – Kirk – and we enjoy traveling as often as possible! He’s also just as crazy about fitness as I am, although he was a competitive swimmer through school and actually enjoys the pool. You can read more about his fitness experience here.
We both graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!!), so in the Fall we spend a lot of time watching our favorite football team play between the hedges.
Our awesome dogs keep us entertained while home. Abbott is a Black Lab/Husky mix and the “old-man” of the family. Zurie is the “baby”, a Great Pyrenees who just wants you to love on her. Zurie loves getting her photo taken, but Abbott is hard to catch in action.
I’m so glad that you’ve found Better With Veggies and I hope you’ll join the conversation here! I read each and every comment you write and respond as often as possible.
I love to hear from you, so please give me your feedback, ask a question, offer a suggestion, or just share what’s on your mind! You can connect with me using the contact form, [email protected] or on any of the social media platforms below!