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by Bárbara
 
 

I never told you girls, but when I decided to change my diet and become vegan there was one thing that was a total nightmare to deal with: my skin. After I gave up all animal-derived foods (especially dairy) I started breaking out like never before, in an uncontrollable, kind of embarrassing way. It was so bad that I even considered Accutane. I felt frustrated, annoyed and worried that I was perhaps doing something wrong…I mean, where was the “vegan glow” everyone talks about?

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by Bárbara
 
 

Sorry for the disappearance last week. This whole marathon training thing is really taking a physical toll on me—more so this time because the number of miles we’re logging (and our speed) have increased by quite a lot. (My calves are on fire. I’m that sore!)**

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by Bárbara
 
 

Finding a restaurant that serves a decent brunch on a Sunday here in Guatemala can be a real struggle. For some reason, brunch wasn’t such a popular thing here until recently, so I guess most restaurants are still trying to figure out whether or not it’s something they should consider serving.

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by Bárbara
 
 

It’s hard to believe that the marathon is only 7 weeks away! This is when you start the “marathon preparation” and the training gets harder. Intervals and speed training will get more and more frequent, and the distances will get longer and longer.

The next couple of weeks are, for me, the hardest emotionally. This is when I start to wonder why in the world I signed up in the first place—when I just can’t wait for it all to be over. Doubts and thoughts of giving-up will cross my mind often. And I’ll be counting down the days until the taper weeks arrive.

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by Bárbara
 
 

Since giving up refined sugar months ago, I had to look around and research for better and healthier sugar substitutes that I could use in my smoothies, cereals and food recipes. I don’t like to use artificial sweeteners (please stay away from them), or the non-nutritive but yet “natural” kind such as stevia. (And as a vegan, honey is also out of the question.)

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