Andrea has worked tirelessly to provided quality restaurant reviews for Veggin’ Out and About!
Hi. My name is Andrea Medalie, a.k.a. VeGAL (Vegan Girl AthLete) I am an endurance athlete, more specifically, a distance runner, having completed 27 full marathons, 1 ultra, and countless shorter races over the last 20+ years. I live by the interchangeable phrases…eat to run/run to eat! Who says vegans can’t be foodies??? I adhere to a highly structured paradigm by maintaining a whole-foods, plant-based diet while upholding a strict set of ideals with regards to animal welfare and our planet! VeGALs train with a conscience, as we are firmly planted.
That said, it is of utmost importance to utilize clean-burning fuel prior to each run/fitness activity, especially racing events. However, as all vegans know, it’s not always easy finding the proper nutrition, especially when traveling to new and unfamiliar cities. Luckily, as veganism rises steadily in popularity, so do vegan-friendly establishments. Although my running partner (did I mention he is my significant other, too?) is not by any means vegetarian, he is indeed veg-friendly. He loves vegan cuisine, which is a bonus considering he has high cholesterol and must watch his animal trans fat intake.
My taste buds seem to becoming more refined now, replacing deep fried french fries with fresh guac and a few chips! Never mind the calories/fat associated with it, it’s the “good fat” AND it’s green!!!! Remember, I run to eat! I must run for now!
Catch you later! Work hard, train harder, play hardest!
Andrea earned an MS degree from The University of Florida and is a mom to 3 incredible sons. She works as an independent Speech and Language Pathologist within a diverse population in the Northwest Broward County, FL area. She LOVES to plan destination marathons (when budget allows) where she get to visit new cities and discover fab vegan/veg friendly restaurants/cafes/markets. Andrea has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, vegan for about 10.
“It’s very exciting to see how society is beginning to truly embrace veganism for improved health, animal welfare and a greener environment!” she exalts. Andrea has developed a blog (book in the making) for vegan female endurance/hard core fitness athletes a.k.a.VeGAL (Vegan Girl AthLetes).
Andrea’s territory is all of South Florida! Contact Andrea to review your favorite veg-friendly restaurants within her territory.