Ellen Jaffe Jones

Athlete, Author, Coach

Ellen Jaffe Jones is the author of 6 vegan books including Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, Vegan Sex, and Vegan Fitness for Mortals. She is a former 2-time Emmy winning TV investigative reporter turned nationally ranked sprint athlete. She’s placed in 165 5K (3.1 miles) or longer races for her age group since 2006 “just” on plants. She is 3rd in the US 4x100 meters, 5th in the 800 and 7th in the 1500 and 400 meters. She is also 1st in her age group in all 6 Florida track events from the 50 to 1500 meters. 


Ellen's mom, aunt and both sisters had breast cancer. Her family was part of the original BRCA1/2 breast cancer gene studies. Ellen was the only adult female without it. She almost died of a colon blockage at 28 and avoided a hysterectomy going plant-based.


She’s a certified Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) personal trainer and Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) running coach.


Her own coaching program, Fitness Without Tears, helps those seeking gym culture alternatives to find a sustainable, positive, goal-appropriate fitness program while finishing without injury for the long-term. 


Her record for plank holding is 10 minutes at the Tampa Bay Vegfest in '17.