Running on Real Food


Hi! I’m Deryn. I live in Vancouver, BC and I do all the writing, recipe development and photography here at Running on Real Food.

I started this blog in January of 2013 so I could share my experiences in healthy eating and fitness, and to motivate and inspire a healthy lifestyle in others.

Since then, Running on Real Food has grown. It is now my full-time job and I love what I do more than anything. Every day, I can’t wait to get up and continue sharing all the plant-based recipes and information with you.

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What does Running on Real Food mean?

Running on Real Food means fueling your “engine” with real food. It’s all about using whole foods to fuel a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

My hope for this website is for it to be a complete resource with everything you need to eat a plant-based diet and feel great while doing it.

That being said, we make room for plenty of treats too and are all about balance so you’ll find a wide variety of plant-based recipes to suit your needs.

About the Blog

Running on Real Food is a vegan food blog that focuses on simple, healthy plant-based recipes anyone will love. You’ll also find a wealth of free workouts and articles on health, wellness and nutrition.

Running on Real Food Recipes

All the recipes you find on Running on Real Food are plant-based and I try to keep my recipes as simple as I can by using everyday, easy to find ingredients.

It’s important to me that healthy eating be realistic and doable for everyone and that anyone who wants to improve their health can find resources at Running on Real Food to support them.

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How I Eat

I eat all foods but I like eating mostly plant-based. I am not vegan. You can read more about my food philosophy here.

To get started with some of my most popular recipes, resources and healthy living posts, check out my Start Here page.

Although I enjoy eating a heavily plant-based diet and love eating whole foods, I also love enjoying life, traveling and just having as much fun as I can while I’m here, so along with all that healthy food, there’s plenty of chocolate, cookies and treats!

Food to me is can be both functional and pleasurable and while I mostly eat for function, I always make room for pleasure.


I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness. I grew up with competitive swimming and over the years have competed in triathlon, running and CrossFit.

Over the last 10-15 years I’ve done just about every kind of strength and conditioning. CrossFit, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, functional bodybuilding, bodybuilding and loved it all. For the last few years, it’s been 5-6 days a week of functional bodybuilding and before that 7-8 years of CrossFit with recreational competing.

I’ve signed up for a half-marathon, marathon and two triathlons in 2023. Endurance sports are new territory for me (it’s been nearly 20 years since I did a triathlon so we’re calling it new), as I’ve mostly been lifting with a bit of running for more than a decade.

I will be continue to lift as I take on these new challenges and it is going to be an adventure fitting everything in. Come follow along on Instagram as I attempt to become a “hybrid” athlete!

I also love walking my dogs, hiking, swimming, yoga and generally moving my body in any way I can.

You can follow me on Instagram if you’re interested in my workouts or check out my collection of workouts on the blog.


I’m a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, I have a Bachelor of Science degree and I’ve taken many courses on nutrition, personal training, sports nutrition and wellness.

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I’m the author of 5 ebooks and guides:

You can view all my ebooks here and check out my bundle to get all 4 and save.

Get in Touch

Please give me a shout anytime, you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or feel free to shoot me an email at the address below. I love connecting with you guys more than anything, that’s what it’s all about!

Contact me by email at deryn {at} runningonrealfood  {dot} com, or visit my Contact page for more information.

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