This month on the LIVE 88.5. Startup, I spoke about some of the fascinating research regarding diet and exercise for managing depression and the winter blues. While winter blues and the depression can be debilitating illnesses, there's lots we can do to combat them, including exercise and a plant based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading Fighting the Blues with Diet and Exercise, Dec 07, 2015 LIVE 88.5 Startup
One of the primary reasons I started PlantKind was to provide simple strategies to help vegans stay vegan. Sadly, roughly seventy percent of people who go vegan go back to eating animal products. The majority of these ex-vegans say that they go back for so-called, “health reasons”. I must disagree with vegans who argue that the … Continue reading Book Review: How Not to Die!
The world runs on carbs! Of over 50,000 edible plants on earth, only 15 of them provide the majority of caloric energy to the world’s population. Over 90 percent of all of the calories eaten on this planet come from carbohydrate rich staple foods such as corn, rice, wheat and potatoes. Carbohydrates are the currency … Continue reading Eating to Win: Plant Based Energy for Sport, Work and Life
I mostly maintain the ultimate simplicity when it comes to breakfasts. While I usually favour a fruitarian breakfast of fresh fruit, 10 banana smoothies, or pear banana and kale smoothies, occasionally I'll whip up a hot breakfast of oatmeal or pancakes. Fruit is the ultimate high carb, low fat breakfast. It is quick digesting … Continue reading Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.
The Everyday Energizing Rice Bowl We made this delicious meal and brought it to Pink Lake in Gatineau Park. Dinner and a hike! Yielded Servings: as many as you need. No instructions for amounts of base or veggies so that you can decide for yourself based on a big family, wanting to prep … Continue reading Sweet Potato and Sprout Rice Bowl
Completing the 2,180-mile trek at the top of Mount Katahdin.It’s been just four days since Scott Jurek completed, what he calls, his “masterpiece”. Leonardo had the Mona Lisa, Beethoven had the 9th symphony, so what would the most dominant ultramarathoner of his time consider his crowning achievement? Running a long, long way! On Sunday, Jurek … Continue reading Why Scott Jurek’s Appalachian Trail Record is a Win for Veganism
Each month I have the good fortune of being on the LIVE 88.5 morning Startup as their health and nutrition expert. I do my best to bring the plant based message to the listenership. This morning’s topic was “The Best Diet For Weight Loss”. With low carb, paleo and ketogenic diets being all the rage, … Continue reading This Morning’s Live 88.5 Startup Segment, “What’s the Best Diet for Weight Loss?”
We all want to make big changes in the world. Vegans are acutely aware of the injustices and damages caused by food and lifestyle choices. Not only do we choose not to participate in a system that causes incalculable suffering to food animals, environmental destruction and chronic illness, we seek to expose these injustices to … Continue reading Big Doors Swing On Small Hinges: Supporting Others On Their Steps Toward a Cruelty Free Life
My husband and I decided to escape the cold to beautiful Costa Rica this February. What we discovered there was an irreplaceable experience. I am definitely someone who, you could say, enjoys the small things. I have often said: “give me sun, a coffee, a park bench and some great conversation and that’s all I … Continue reading What a Great Holiday Can Do For Your Spirit: Finding True Life in Costa Rica
I read an article recently that analyzed the diet of a group of elite Kenyan distance runners. It didn’t surprise me that the diet is largely plant based. In fact, animal sources only comprise a mere five percent of their daily caloric intake. As such, the diet is very high in healthy carbohydrates for energy … Continue reading Simple Staples: Learning from Elite Kenyan Runners