Plant-Smart Living has seen some tremendous growth in our community and online offerings. In 2016, we renovated our website and began to produce a large quantity of high quality content intended to entertain and promote better health. Consider this a little retrospective of some of the most popular articles from the past year!
With the new year coming to greet us shortly, and as we become increasingly reflective on both the good and bad that came with 2016, I thought I would share some thoughts on the resolution for Plant-Smart Living for the coming year - 2017.
It is a common theme we all share - to try and make changes to our lives as we roll into a new year, as for many it gives us the sense that we have a "clean start" (so to speak). For some, the changes may be small - maybe you are already on a healthier road. For others, the resolutions might be far more significant - perhaps you are at your wits end and need a major change in your life.
For Plant-Smart Living and myself, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and would like to encourage you to set goals to reach a healthier state of mind and body.
In a detailed piece posted by The Washington Post regarding research originally published by the National Center for Health Statistics, it is made evident that the life expectancy in the United States is on the decline for the first time in two decades. It is a fundamentally powerful article because it speaks to every individual in the USA and the innate desire we all have to live – and not just live, but live in a fashion that is healthy, productive, and satisfying.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio fast approaching, it is interesting to hear all of the news stories about the state of this Brazilian seaside city and its ability (or possible inability) to properly house such a large sporting event. From ethical concerns pertaining to personal safety in the city to health concerns to all the hubbub surrounding whether or not Russian Olympians will be allowed to participate due to a doping scandal, it really puts a dent on the Olympics this year, which should really be a time for people of the world to come together to participate, and more likely, if your like me, just observe some of the top athletic competitors around the world together in one central location.
As you may know, I have been on a whole foods, plant-based diet for over 3 years now. The results on my health have been very significant. From a critical loss of 65 pounds to a reduction in pain and symptoms of other health conditions, it is hard to argue against the benefits of a plant-based diet when the positive results are staring me in the face. My diet has evolved over time to remove dairy products and oils as well. Of course, one of the struggles many face when exploring this lifestyle is being unsure of what to eat. Here is my May 2016 shopping haul from Trader Joe's to give you an idea of what you can put in your cart and pick up!
I wanted to wish you all a Happy Independence Day! This is a day that sits close to my heart for two major reasons:
- My son-in-law (who works tirelessly to help me with getting content put online for Plant-Smart Living) serves actively in the US military and has served multiple tours overseas and domestically.
- Independence Day serves as a reflection of the fact that we are "free." This freedom, of course, is representative of freedom from the chains of oppressive dictators and rulers. However, I think this translates to personal freedom, which is a part of the plant-based message we are consistently looking to spread.
With the Summer Olympic Games, set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5-21st, fastly approaching; I thought an interesting piece for today could be to discuss some Olympic athletes who are vegan. In fact, when you search the phrase "vegan Olympians" into Google, one of the first results you see is simply a question: "Is it possible for an Olympic athlete to be vegan?" Of course, the answer to this is an astounding "yes." With that said, we can acknowledge that vegans definitely make up a growing minority within the Olympic games.
I see the Olympics as an opportunity to open up discussion about this important topic, considering people from around the world are literally watching the sports unfold. In fact, I can imagine no greater opportunity to spread the message of living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle than this. To see vegan athletes perform within the top 1% of athletes across the world is incredible, and proves to be a testament that the food we eat can truly nourish our bodies.
Farmer Fred spent the day shopping at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's. Watch the video to see his grocery haul for April 2016!
If you like what you see, be sure to follow Plant-Smart Living on YouTube where videos are frequently added. Not to mention, the Recipe section of our site where you see how the food bought at the store and grown in the garden are put to use in a vegan friendly manner.