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Race for Life by Ruth E. Heidrich
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Aug 23, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: vegetarians, vegans
Read in February, 2001

** spoiler alert ** If you're looking for inspiration to lead you to a healthier lifestyle, you'll find it in this book, an autobiographical account of Ruth Heidrich's amazing journey from breast cancer and a double mastectomy to radiant health through a low-fat vegan diet and extensive fitness training.

Contrary to medical advice, after her mastectomy, she immediately resumed running and refused treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. Instead, she chose to work with Dr. John McDougall on in experimental diet program. One of the first changes she noticed after starting a vegan diet was improved race times. She soon added biking and swimming to her regimen and in four years, she completed her first half marathon. Ruth's health and fitness level only went up from there to find her today as one the world's most impressive athletes.

She completes an unbelievable four triathlons a year (for a total of over 60 races annually!), was inducted into the Gold's Gym Hall of Fame and, in 1999 was included in Living Fit Magazine's list of the 10 fittest women in America. Ruth is in her 60's now, and she's in better shape physically and emotionally than most people half her age. She travels the world today, running races, speaking, and inspiring young and old to take food and fitness seriously. She is a glowing example of the healing power of the human body when it is treated with the utmost respect.
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