Truth: we're not vegans. We believe in the power of plants as a way to heal, correct, and improve overall health. We each have a personal health journey that was noticeably improved (i.e. better sleep, no congestion, more energy) by embracing a plant-based lifestyle.
We are here to provide you with resources, guidance, support and dialogue to enable & empower you to successfully transition and maintain a plant-based lifestyle and live your healthiest life yet.
When I first went to Dr. Sullivan, a naturopathic doctor in Washington, D.C., I sensed that something was wrong in my body. My stools were infrequent - once or maybe twice a week - and were painful and difficult to pass. I was feeling anxious and rushed all the time. We talked about everything that was going on with me at the time. I was newly married, I was spending 70 hours each month in my volunteer work while working full-time, I was the primary cook of a carnivore, and I was 26. Nearly everything about my life was new and demanding…By the end of the detox diet, I was going to the bathroom after every meal.
As someone who has done a lot of juice cleanses I also recommend starting to incorporate some cold pressed juices into your diet daily or weekly before and after a cleanse! If you are new to juices I also recommend trying juices that have more fruit than vegetables to begin with.
Have you ever noticed what happens when you have been sick and you pretty much stop eating your routine diet? You simply cannot bring yourself to consuming a full meal. As a result, your body doesn’t want the food and you begin to stave off the complex food and eat liquid or high water content foods, such as broth and/or fruit juices. Do you notice once you begin to feel better, you visibly look better, your skin and eyes look refreshed. That is your body detoxing itself of the toxins and waste your lymphatic system had difficulty doing on its own!
I was so busy trying to get over feeling poorly and get back to my busy schedule that I never stopped to consider the true cause of my respiratory distress and what I might be contributing to my repeated illnesses. As an American living in a fast-paced city, I hear myself and others talk about our busy lives and ability to push through a sickness like it’s a badge of honor…Learning to tune into what my inner self is trying to tell my conscious self has helped me realize what small changes might have a big impact on my mental, emotional and physical health.
Even in the dead of winter there seemed to be something in the air that would invade my nostrils, settle in my chest and take me down either in KY or shortly after my return. It got so bad that I knew where the Urgent Care and pharmacies closest to the hotel and our office were located without consulting my GPS. I feel like they should have given me a frequent visitor punch card so that I’d get my 10th visit with a Sinus or Upper Respiratory Infection or Bronchitis for free…Then, I made one change to my diet that ended the cycle.
The term vegan no longer refers to a healthy diet. Instead it gives you a reference for what you will not find in the ingredients list. “Vegan” in front of something could signify that you had better not get too excited because the contents might not be real and might not taste that good. It’s a warning label. A disclaimer. Is this the definition that we mean to express with the word “vegan”?
I am going to make a subversive statement: you can eat a plant-based diet, exercise regularly AND be unhealthy. Meanwhile, you can feel rather self-righteous that you check the boxes that modern medical wisdom tells us is good for us…what does it take to be truly healthy?
Are we afraid to try something new because we don’t think we can ’stick to it’? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mentioned the Jealous Vegan to someone and their immediate response is ‘I can’t give up chicken’ or ‘I love cheese too much to be vegan’ and maybe that’s sincerely how they feel. But why not take a moment to consider the possibilities of something and determine what steps we can take toward our goal? What’s the harm in trying, even if we discover we ‘failed’.
In 2015, my body burst into riotous acne. It was a breakout that appeared like an infestation. It was the same year that I experienced the most intense stress at work that I’ve ever known…Was my body talking? Absolutely.
I know that now a days carbs have become the enemy of anyone who is on a quest to lose a few pounds or tone. But before you go carb free lets go over some key things about carbs that might have you putting them back on your plate. Very simply, carbohydrates are energy. We need carbs to fuel our everyday activities.