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Top 10 Children’s Books about Health & Animal Compassion

Besides modeling healthy and compassionate living yourself, one of the best ways to teach children about both healthy eating and kindness is through reading together.  Here are our favorite children’s story books about both healthy eating and animal compassion. Top 10 Children’s Books about Health & Animal Compassion Children’s Books about Healthy Eating The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach by Hillary Feerick & Jeff Hillenbrand, in Collaboration with Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Illustrated Read more […]

Current Global Food Production Trajectory Won’t Meet 2050 Needs

Crop yields worldwide are not increasing quickly enough to support estimated global needs in 2050, according to a study published June 19th, 2013 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by research associate Deepak Ray and colleagues from the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. Researchers note that in addition to increasing crop yields, additional strategies such as reducing food waste and changing to plant-based diets, can also help reduce the large estimates for Read more […]


Healthy Vegan Trip to LA and Disneyland 2013

I recently took a 5-day vacation to southern California with my son, William and his Dad, Damon.  Damon and I separated in the fall of 2012, but decided to take this trip together so we could take William to Disneyland for the first time.  We both love William so much and wanted him to have a fun trip together with the two of us. We decided to make it a road trip and enjoy eating at several wonderful vegan restaurants along the way.  Southern California has lots to offer in the way of plant-based Read more […]

Crate of Vegetables

Kaiser Permanente Promotes a Plant-Based Diet

In Kaiser’s Spring 2013 Permanente Journal, Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, Philip J. Tuso, MD, Mohamed H. Ismail, MD, Benjamin P. Ha, MD and Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD advise, “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such Read more […]


The Secret Powers of Time

How the Secret Power of Time can Transform Your Health and Your Life Life is temptation.  We are continually seduced, pressured and influenced in all facets of life.  New research by famed social psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, PhD tells us that our perspective on time is perhaps the most important influence on how we resist or fail to resist temptation.   In the famous Marshmallow Experiment conducted by Dr. Zimbardo’s colleague, Walter Mischel, PhD, children were offered one Read more […]

William enjoying vegan pizza and cake at Chuck E. Cheese's

How to Eat a Vegan Meal at Chuck E. Cheese’s

My son was recently invited to his friend’s 6th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s.  He was quite excited, as this was one of his best friend’s parties and we never go to Chuck E. Cheese.  This proved a bit of a challenge from a dietary standpoint.  Naturally, all the kids would be eating pizza and cake and I certainly didn’t want my son to feel left out.  I wanted him to enjoy the fun with the other kids.  He is well aware of why we eat a healthy vegan diet – for our health, the animals Read more […]


The Valentine’s Day Meal as an Expression of Love

Throughout the history of humanity, people have prepared food on special occasions for friends, family and romantic partners as an expression of love.  It has been this way for millennium.  However, if we consider the foods we use today to express this love, we would discover that most of us are inadvertently harming those we love most by cooking or providing our loved ones with foods that promote disease.  Consider a traditional Valentine’s dinner at an elegant restaurant – salad with blue Read more […]

Happy New Year 2013 with Healthy Kids’ Lunchboxes

If one of your New Years’ Resolutions is to eat healthier, a deliciously easy and thrifty way to begin is to pack plant-based lunches for you and your family. Three of my recipes for healthy sandwiches including Eggless Tofu Salad on Pumpernickel, Save the Oceans Salad on Marble Rye and Vegetarian Wrap along with my Wonderful Fat-Free Vegan Black Bean Brownies are featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Kidaround Magazine. You can view the magazine, featuring a photo of my adorable Read more […]

William at Cool Greens in Oklahoma City enjoying his hummus pizza topped with lots of fresh vegetables

Eating a Healthy Vegan Diet While Traveling

The Healthy Family Road Trip How Easy it is to Enjoy Eating a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet While Traveling with Your Spouse and Kids I often hear from people who don’t eat a plant-based diet or who are new to the plant-based or vegan lifestyle that while it might be doable to eat a healthy diet at home, it’s either difficult to do so while traveling or that they just don’t know how to do it while away from home. Traveling with kids seems to make a healthy plant-centric diet nearly unimaginable Read more […]

Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve had a happy and healthy 2011. As we look forward towards 2012, I’m guessing many of you, like me, list health and fitness goals among your New Year’s Resolutions. One of my resolutions is to get in shape and lose 5 pounds. I changed my diet almost 10 years ago and lost 40 pounds by adopting a healthy whole foods plant-based diet, but exercise has always been a bit of a struggle.  Over the years, I have joined gyms and have quit.  Last year, I finally started going to the gym on a Read more […]

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