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Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

I find it fascinating how a plant-based diet can influence people around the world in different ways.

Late last year, I began chatting with Katie Simmons, "Chicago's Best Personal Chef," after stumbling across one of her excellent vegan recipes online and getting to know just by reading up on her background on her website - Plants-Rule.

Her story is a powerful one that has the ability to promote change - if you need some inspiration to make diet and lifestyle changes, seeing her own transition, loss of 50 pounds, and reclaiming her health is truly great. The "journey," as you will see, even comes with some scale not unlike the Lord of the Rings!

But, the story does not stop there.

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.

The Already Solved Mystery of Protein in the Plant-Based Diet

The Already Solved Mystery of Protein in the Plant-Based Diet

In order to grow larger muscles, it is important to have protein in our diets. Bodybuilders tend to load up on large quantities of protein, sometimes far more than the human body can really even handle. But even non-athletes have started to pay close attention to the amount of protein in their diets, because it is said to influence a range of things from emotional mood swings to providing strength to lift boxes at work. While there is no denying that protein is important, it is often over-emphasized as the solution to many of life’s woes. The reality is that protein is just a part of a larger diet – and without other nutrients being optimized, protein can’t save you. 

10 Great Vegan Milk Substitutes to Support Your Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet

10 Great Vegan Milk Substitutes to Support Your Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet

One of the most significant changes in the modern diet has been a relatively recent trend by companies to produce vegan milk substitutes. This is great for many reasons – whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or not at all. The simple ability to vary the taste of what you are consuming is great, and has likely led to some people simply exploring a vegan milk brand out of curiosity. A person may ask, “How does this taste compared to regular dairy milk?” While I have tasted some different varieties, and the taste can be distinctly different, I have come to enjoy the taste for what it is. Of course, for the vegans among us, you may be well aware of the negative effects of dairy milk, as well as the dairy industry which goes out of its way to lobby the government to promote its product. Social and environmental change starts with the purchases we make. If you have not moved away from dairy products, now is a great time to do so, especially given the many options that are becoming more and more readily available at your local supermarket.

Overeating on a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet is Your Weight Loss Secret!

Overeating on a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet is Your Weight Loss Secret!

Have you ever thought it could be healthy to overeat?

It is a common struggle for many. Overindulging in food may come easily for you, and may have heavily contributed to you packing on a few more pounds than you would have liked. You do not have to carry around this extra weight for the rest of your life, nor do you have to suffer with the poor health quality that tends to come with being very overweight or obese. As you may well know, there are two primary factors that impact your weight: the food you eat and your level of physical activity. A whole foods, plant-based diet holds the solution to your weight loss. This vegan weight mitigating method is simple, and allows you to eat as much as you please, so long as you are eating the healthy plant-based foods required.

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes by Dreena Burton - Book Review

Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes is a plant-based cooking guide geared towards families and children. This is a unique selling point given that it can be difficult to even get adults excited and interested in eating vegan, but it is crucially important that we start to raise new generations to better appreciate the bounty nature provides for us time and time again.

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

A whole foods plant-based diet at it's core is a diet derived solely from plant-life. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, tubers, starchy veggies and whole grains comprise the main dietary elements. Meat, milk, cheese, eggs and other animal products are not acceptable if you are eating a plant-based diet. Additionally, many people who live a plant-based lifestyle also try to minimize or completely remove the usage of highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

PSL Grocery Haul 2016: Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's (April 2016)

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.