Welcome! I'm Stepfanie Romine, a writer and editor who specializes in food, natural health and wellness. I am also a health coach who focuses on compassionate, sustainable goal-setting. I live in the mountains outside Asheville, NC. More about me.

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Announcing: ‘The No Meat Athlete Cookbook’

The news is out, so I can officially announce the details of my next book! The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: 150 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts and the Rest of Your Lifewill be published by The Experiment in May 2017.

I spent a year and a half writing this book with my friend, running and goal-setting expert Matt Frazier, using the recipes I’ve developed since adopting a plant-based diet back in 2010.

You can read more about the book here, and I’ll update this post with a cover image and more info soon.

What’s Next?

It’s been a few months since I posted, and that’s not an accident. This summer has been a busy one, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I’m healthy, I’m happy and I get to do what I love.

I spent time in the newly renovated professional kitchen at my day job, helping our wellness chef cook up organic produce grown just down the hill on our farm. Week One we made wood-fired pizzas, and it was so fun to return to my cooking roots, aka the only professional “cooking” job I’ve ever had. (In high school, I spent a summer working at a pizzeria in my hometown. It was your typical small town greasy pizza, nothing even remotely resembling the cooking I do now, but it was so much fun to work there with my friends.) The hours were long, and I felt like I had run a (half) marathon after three days in the kitchen that first week.

Last Tuesday I finished the manuscript for my first vegan cookbook, which I’ll formally announce later this week. We ended up with 163 recipes and 69,000 words, so we have some cutting ahead of us. The book-writing process gets easier the more you do it, I’m happy to report. I complained a bit at the end, but it was nothing like the nerves I felt when writing the first three.

I signed up for my fifth half-marathon, which will be in October. I’m four weeks into training and feeling great. I’ve swapped in a new, dynamic warmup that’s made a huge difference, along with these Brooks Pure Grit 5 trail shoes. (The purple color is called Passionflower, aka my favorite herb!) Now that I’m no longer writing a cookbook for endurance athletes, I can actually go out and be one again.

The rest of the summer will be spent running, hiking and foraging. I love living in the mountains and being immersed in such a healthy, active lifestyle. You don’t have to go out and find it! I promise to be back in days not months — with news on the book.