All in Food Relationships

When I peruse the gluten-free portion of the menu and take out the items which contain dairy, I'm usually left with scant options that are appealing to me or that align with my plant-centered food choices.  On my list of prohibited items: gluten, meat (by choice not biology), many sauces, all forms of dairy, eggs, and three kinds of beans (black, kidney, and navy). This makes me both sad and angry simultaneously…

When I peruse the gluten-free portion of the menu and take out the items which contain dairy, I'm usually left with scant options that are appealing to me or that align with my plant-centered food choices.  On my list of prohibited items: gluten, meat (by choice not biology), many sauces, all forms of dairy, eggs, and three kinds of beans (black, kidney, and navy). This makes me both sad and angry simultaneously…

For the better part of the last decade and a half, I’ve spent my work days representing a company that takes what you see on the screen and puts it on paper. Computers are blank screens that come to life by being filled with colors in what is called an additive color process.  Conversely, printer paper are white spaces that become filled with color in what is referred to as a subtractive color process…My supposition is that the way we talk about food and nutrition is much the same way.

This is absolutely the #1 question I get as a personal trainer when I tell people about my plan to transition to plant-based. It’s funny though, I’m not really sure where the idea of being protein deficient came from. Somehow we’ve got it in our heads that if we can just get enough protein, everything will be ok. But what really is protein? How does it work and how much do you really need?

Loss of a loved one is an unpredictable, emotionally bloody, chaotic experience that is shared by all of humanity.  I am describing all kinds of loss: death, divorce, long-term separation or estrangement, mental illness, etc.  In this post, I share my observations and suggestions, from my own personal experience and my health coaching practice, on successfully navigating the loss of a loved one .

When I tell people about my plant-based journey I often get the response “I need meat” or even better, “humans need meat to survive.” But that’s not true, now is it? If that were actually true, vegetarians and vegans wouldn’t exist...because they would all be dead!…Why can’t we just accept plants as plants and meat as meat without trying to make plants meat?