Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures – How a Plant-Based Lifestyle Changed My Life

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures – How a Plant-Based Lifestyle Changed My Life

I am not sure where the old saying comes from, but I know it holds a lot of truth.

Sometimes, we can feel very desperate in life. Situations can be out of our control – in extreme situations the desperation can be the result of feeling like you are literally facing a life or death situation – as could often be experienced by soldiers at war. For your average person, these life or death situations will not be so extreme – rather, life can feel like it is being taken away from you as a result of some chronic illnesses – both diagnosed and undiagnosed.

Do You Have to be a Professional Chef to Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

Do You Have to be a Professional Chef to Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

If you have spent any amount of time researching the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and lifestyle, you have probably come face-to-face with an abundance of recipe guides catering to every niche of the plant-based lifestyle. Not to mention, thousands of free recipes available online. Plant-Smart Living even provides both a recipe guide and free recipes online as well.

But, being so exposed to recipes constantly in this lifestyle can have adverse effects too.

10 Kitchen Tools to Make a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Easier!

10 Kitchen Tools to Make a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Easier!

Having the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to your success or failure in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet for good. There is a perception by many that this is a difficult lifestyle to take on, and in some ways it can be if you are well adjusted to the easy (and lazy) ways of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. Learning how to make the plant-based life a simple and pleasurable one will help you make the transition far easier. 

What follows are a list of kitchen tools, appliances, aids, etc. that I frequently use to make meeting my dietary needs. These range from simple and sometimes obvious recommendations, to products that are more "out of the box" that I make work for me.

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

"Genetics" have become a scapegoat for all sorts of diseases - obesity, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, allergies, arthritis - basically, if you can think of a disease, it is likely you have heard someone refer to it having a genetic link. Genes are really just the coding of our individual bodies. Of course, some of this information is passed from generation-to-generation. This is obvious when comparing a newborn child to his/her parents. 

While it is possible to share some of this "code" for diseases, in a vast majority of cases your genes do not define your performance in life. Just because your father and your grandfather have had histories of heart disease, does not mean you have to carry the torch like an Olympian. Most illnesses that can be chalked up to genes and "cured" by a doctors prescription are entirely avoidable through simple lifestyle changes. 

You Should Buy a Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

You Should Buy a Instant Pot IP DUO60, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

One of the best decisions I made for enhancing my plant-smart kitchen was the investment into an Instant Pot IP DUO60. The Instant Pot brand name is easily recognizable, and in the world of kitchen appliances has started to become "timeless" much like KitchenAid mixers. 

Anyone who knows me personally (or through my YouTube videos), will know that I do not typically make decisions lightly. I would rather not spend hard earned money over and over again because something is not reputable - or, in the case of kitchen appliances, because they start out working great but end up breaking down after just a few months (or years). I have had my Instant Pot for a year now, and it continues to work well, bringing to life with ease some great vegan dishes ranging from simply slow cooked beans to more complex dinner meals and everything in between. 

How to Loose Weight Fast with a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Lifestyle

How to Loose Weight Fast with a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Lifestyle

The theme for today is about learning how to break loose from excess body fat. Learning how to loose weight fast is a fundamentally simple thing, but for many people difficult to implement to the extent that you can see real life changes. Often, researching how to lose weight fast will lead you down a slippery slope of misinformation and the sale of expensive weight loss supplements like the Forskolin belly buster and Medifast. In this article, I would like to suggest a better, far more natural approach to weight loss that I have actually put into practice - that won't cost you an extra dime. Through this method, I have seen significant results as exemplified in the loss of over 60 pounds, taking me from significantly overweight (borderline obese) and unhealthy, to within a reasonable BMI and feeling healthier than ever.

The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The result of having a massive industry dedicated to promoting weight loss supplements and fad diets is the prevalence of many half-truths and downright lies that pervade our perception of losing weight.

The struggle to lose weight is a real one, and one I experienced first-hand myself. Do not get caught up in the lies about how you can lose weight quickly, but instead opt to learn about the simple, natural ways you can trim the fat from your body with some simple lifestyle changes and a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The China Study - 8 Principles of Food and Health and How to Eat Right

The China Study - 8 Principles of Food and Health and How to Eat Right

I have been rereading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD as it is a dense book that I seem to be able to pull valuable information from each time I refer to it. Chapter 11 is titled: "Eating Right: Eight Principles of Food and Health." In the process of reviewing this chapter, I felt it would be conducive to a simple article for the website where we can have a conversation about these 8 Principles and how they apply to our lives. Having the educated insights of The China Study paired with my own personal story of how I changed my life on a whole foods, plant-based diet will hopefully be fuel for your own changes towards a healthier you!