Mary MacVean

Writer

Mary MacVean is the Mind & Body editor at the Los Angeles Times. She also writes about food and health, among other topics. She’s a runner and a cook, and has worked at The Times as morning assignment editor, web liaison, food writer and copy editor. She was a national editor and writer focusing on food at the Associated Press and a features editor and a columnist in Moscow, where she also ran a children’s cooking school. Her husband is an assistant foreign editor at The Times.

Recent Articles

  • Cutting down on meat for health: More people are trying it
    Cutting down on meat for health: More people are trying it

    Former President Bill Clinton, whose voracious appetite was legendary, went vegan in 2010 to protect his health after heart surgery.  And while cutting out animal products is no guarantee of a healthful diet, research shows eating plant-based foods is good for humans.

  • Study finds plant-based diets lead to weight loss
    Study finds plant-based diets lead to weight loss

    Evidence that vegetables – the more the merrier – are good for you is legion. And here’s more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than seven pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans.

  • So, how do I become vegan?
    So, how do I become vegan?

    I’ve heard from many people motivated to become vegan by animal welfare issues. Health and the environment are other reasons to discuss, but this week, about halfway through my month chronicling my vegan ways, I’m going to turn to some practicalities.

  • Gym Rat: Sharp-eyed teacher enhances Body Sculpt class at SC Fitness
    Gym Rat: Sharp-eyed teacher enhances Body Sculpt class at SC Fitness

    A reader recommended Sandy Campanella's classes to me, praising her for a couple of the things that make fitness classes great: Campanella, she says, can watch everyone and make corrections throughout class. And the students occasionally meet at a restaurant serving healthful food to share tips...

  • Getting through the lobster feast as a vegan
    Getting through the lobster feast as a vegan

    On Sunday, four days into my monthlong vegan diet, I went to dinner with dear friends – 10 people who’d planned for many weeks to share a Chinese seafood feast.

  • A month without yogurt; giving the vegan life a try
    A month without yogurt; giving the vegan life a try

    There have been years when by the third day of January, my resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. Often, that’s when they’re wiggly: promises to be more patient, be nicer. That hasn’t stopped me from vowing to be more patient, but I am mindful of how hard it is to...

  • Add 1-month vegan challenge to New Year's resolution list
    Add 1-month vegan challenge to New Year's resolution list

    There have been years when by the third day of January, my resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. Often, that's when they're wiggly: promises to be more patient, be nicer. That hasn't stopped me from vowing to be more patient, but I am mindful of how hard it is to judge what,...

  • The Gym Rat: No-nonsense body sculpting at the Studio (MDR)
    The Gym Rat: No-nonsense body sculpting at the Studio (MDR)

    The Studio (MDR) offers Pilates-inspired — meaning generally tougher — workouts called the Lagree Method, using a pretty complicated machine called a Megaformer. It is indeed a full-body workout and a strenuous one, but it's low- to no-impact — perfect for people with knee...

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