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Plant-Based Vegan Interviews

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Happy Friday,

I’m honored to be featured on PCRM’s Food for Life News for May 2015, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some AMAZING AMAZING people whom I’ve had the privilege of interviewing my first two years on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet! These incredible people not only shared their personal stories of transformation with changing their diets, but adopting this lifestyle! You don’t want to miss out! Simply follow the link below: 

You can Heal Your Life

Two Years Of Plant-Based Vegan Interviews

Happy Vegalicious Reading!

PS. I get to hang out with this lovely woman, Ms. Kayle, this weekend!

Link to PCRM’s Food for Life May 2015: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/newsletter/food-for-life-in-the-news-may-2015

Vegan Dining in Charlotte, NC

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Who would travel across the United States on their day off to rendezvous with a European friend? Well, of course I would! I left Seattle Friday morning and arrived in Charlotte, NC to just in time for dinner. At first, when this trip was presented to me, I hadn’t expected to find any vegan restaurants in this part of the country, but I was pleasantly surprised! Actually, there are three or more vegan restaurants in Charlotte. They have more vegan restaurant options than in the city I currently live in. However, I believe that it is a growing trend everywhere in this country as demand for cruelty free and healthier dining options become more of the norm and more people start realizing that it is not only better for their health eating this way, but also for our precious planet! Not only is it a win-win situation, it is simply also smart business for the future!

Luna's

We studied the menu’s for each of the three restaurants in Charlotte (Bean, Fern, and Luna’s Living Kitchen) and settled on going to Luna’s Living Kitchen. We were definitely not disappointed. First, we started with an appetizer of  Sweet Potato Sushi roll with red bell peppers, cucumbers, arugula wrapped with sweet potato rice and nori leaves, garnished with lightly spiced chili sauce. This appetizer was incredibly delicious and the dipping sauce simply outstanding! My friend, who isn’t a vegan, had a look of sheer delight on his face after the first bite, which was priceless! He said, “I had no idea that vegan food could taste this good!”

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Then it came time for the main meal. I had ordered the “Skinny Witch” burger “wrapped in collard leaves w/ cucumber, greens, an bill’s local ‘piccleville’ pickle relish”. My friend got a kick out of the title, but it was just as delish! Seen here with a raw beet salad. We shared! 

V Burger

Modeling V Burger

My friend went for the Pad Thai, which consisted of crisp zucchini and sweet potato noodles, bean sprouts, purple cabbage and bell peppers served with almond butter pad thai sauce – garnished with fresh cilantro and a dash of their spicy sambal sauce. YUM!

V Pad Thai

The interior of Luna’s is quite spacious and very relaxing! I was impressed with the style and decor. Have a look!

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Luna's II

The picture below was after everyone had left. We were among the last to leave.
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I had to convince my friend that we should have dessert despite the fact that we were both full after this meal…and it certainly did not disappoint. Here is the Lemon Berry “Cheese” Cake…

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…and which I, of course, had to model! The “cheese cake” was perfectly balanced in all its flavors and so delicious that it should have been illegal! SO, Vegalicious ones, if you make it out to Charlotte, North Carolina one day, Luna’s Living Kitchen is one place you don’t want to miss! 
Have a Wonderful Vegalicious Week!
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Dessert

Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Süße Hummelbiene!

Plant-Based Vegan News for 2015

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

I’m excited about 2015! I strongly feel that this is the year that more people will come to realize that the way they’d been eating is not only detrimental to their health and/or to people they love, that it is also devastating our planet and causing great harm to other living beings, but there is a better way forward! That this IS a Win-Win no matter which way you look at it!

2015

Here are some exciting things happening in the plant-based community:

Erica Meier via Compassion Over Killing writes, “Last week, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued its proposed nutrition policy for 2015 that has the meat industry crying foul — and the Washington Post is calling it the “meat industry’s worst nightmare.” You can read the rest of the article here: (It is short!)

Meat Industry Has a Cow Over Proposed Dietary Guidelines

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Further, Dr. Michael Greger had the privilege to speak in front of the “2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which is responsible for making evidence-based recommendations on the next round of federal nutrition advice.” Definitely check out what he has to say and also watch the video that he’s got the link & password to. I can’t wait to watch this over the weekend! Good Stuff!

My Testimony Before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee

Please also check out his 14 part video series about the federal dietary guidelines. There is so much to learn! Further, I’d like to highlight a couple of books for you that I plan to read here in 2015. The first one was recommended by my friend Beth, a fellow PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) instructors. It is called “Comfortably Unaware”. If you have read it, perhaps you’d like to share your thoughts in the comments section with me and my readers!

Comfortably Unaware

Beth wrote, “IT’S MY MISSION to help as many people as possible transition to a plant-based dietary lifestyle and AVOID become a cancer statistic, a heart attack or stroke statistic, an MS statistic… you name it, a plant-based diet HELPS. All the protective nutrients are in whole plant foods… all of them. 
If you WANT chronic disease… animal products are for you.
But wait…
That’s what’s killing our planet (climate change, global warming, ocean dead zones, deforestation, air pollution, water pollution). Newsflash…. EVERYONE needs to be eating plant-based, globally. Or we won’t have a planet to worry about much longer.
Extreme?
Sadly, no. Read THIS book.”  
Convincing enough for me! How about you? Another book that I’d like to read it one that I saw JL Goes Vegan posting about and it is called, “The Modern Savage” by James McWilliams. 

The Modern Savage

Amazon has this to say about the book, “In The Modern Savage, renowned writer, historian, and animal advocate James McWilliams pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous world and explores the “alternative to the alternative”—not eating domesticated animals at all. In poignant, powerful, and persuasive prose, McWilliams reveals the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and—supposedly—most humane animal farms. In a world increasingly aware of animals’ intelligence and the range of their emotions, McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice—a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.”

A colleague of mine just lost his younger brother…He was only 34 years old. He died from a heart attack! Yes, you read that right, 34 years old! In my book that is way too young to die! If we want to turn this health crisis around, we must first start to look at our own personal diets, as well as how our eating habits are affecting global health and sustainability, plus the animals that also inhabit our earth! 

Three Veggies

My birthday just happened in December and I have now been on a plant-based vegan diet for over three years! I can tell you that it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made! I’m excited for those of you who decide to join me this year! If you have any questions feel free to ask me!

Much Health & Happiness to you all!