Welcome to Compassionate Fitness, a website dedicated to whole-food, plant-based nutrition and wellness. This blog advocates a holistic approach to achieving optimal wellness by incorporating a whole-food, plant-based diet with mindfulness based meditation, moderate exercise and natural medicine. Compassionate Fitness isn’t just about practicing compassion towards animals through a plant-based diet. I believe compassion towards others and towards ourselves is an integral part of achieving our ideal level of fitness and well-being.

Hi, I’m Heather! I started CF as a way to document all that I have learned during my journey dealing with chronic pain after hip surgery. In 2009, after competing in my first sprint triathlons, and spending a year running, biking, swimming, and kickboxing, I experienced a significant labral tear. After my surgery, where I had four anchors implanted to keep my cartilage in place, I still experienced chronic pain on a daily basis. For four long years, I tried everything I could to heal my hip and cope with chronic pain. I went to massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, yoga classes, mental health professionals, and tried countless other options for coping with the pain. Along the way I learned a lot about myself, and realized just how toxic our society’s obsession with body image and fitness can be. My goal is to show a healthier, supportive, more compassionate approach to health and fitness.


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