Inspiration

Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis with Diet

on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis with Diet

Only in her mid-thirties, Emily was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (which is an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints). As a portrait artist Emily was devastated when the crippling pain had worked its way up from her feet, through her knees, hips, ribcage, shoulders, and hands. It got so bad she was having trouble doing daily things like sitting and walking. It was even uncomfortable to breathe and try to sleep. While contemplating her doctor's suggested to try prescription drugs Emily decided to focus on her nutrition first. It was the last day of February when she switched to a plant-based diet and began exercising more. By the end of that May she was nearly pain-free. "I was able to completely go off steroids, [naturally lost] fifteen pounds, [felt more] energized," and was able to paint again, she said.

Read more about Emily's inspiring journey on ForksOverKnives.com.

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

Chefs from all culinary backgrounds have been making news waves over the years as they and/or their restaurants get veganized. We have another one to add to the growing list of compassionate cooks, a one mister José Andrés. Andrés recently announced that the menu at his Greek restaurant Zaytina (in Washington, DC) is now vegan! With dishes like plant-based kabobs, olive oil poached artichokes, shiitake mushroom-topped flatbread, and Greek Mountain Tea Granita served with red grapefruit, orange confit, and mint, you can be sure José's efforts will not go unnoticed. We are continually inspired by those who can reach many, in their efforts to create more awareness about plant-based foods and how amazingly delicious they can be. Thanks, Chef!

Read the source article about this on VegNews.com.

Milan's Incredible 225 Pound Weight Loss Journey

on Thursday, 02 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Milan's Incredible 225 Pound Weight Loss Journey

The After nearly 20 years of struggling with losing and re-gaining weight, trying various diet and weight loss programs, and attributing his health conditions to genetics, Milan Ross gave it one more go. Through his employer, Whole Foods Market, Milan was granted an opportunity to participate in a plant-based immersion course created by Dr. Scott Stoll's. That experience has since led to a miraculous healthy weight loss, a book deal, and a passion driven by helping others address their health and dietary conditions too. "Looking back I realize all the gadgets, pills, and diets over the years were simply the means for me to feel, even if for the briefest of moments, hope—hope that one day my life and health would improve." Milan is now off all medications and continues to live plant-based.

 

Read more of Milan's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

As the topic of global warming continues to be at the forefront of discussions around the health of our planet, Oakland, California area schools have agreed to do something about it. In partnership with Friends of the Earth (FOE) an environmental group, Oakland Unified School District is taking action by reducing the meat and dairy on the school menus, and focusing more on plant-based options. "FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percent...If every school district in the U.S. followed Oakland, the reduced CO2 emissions would be equal to removing 150,000 cars from the roads," notes The DailyCaller. In addition to being better for the planet, the plant-based meals are healthier for the kids as well.  

Check out the full article on DailyCaller.com.

Denver Chefs Featured on ExtraCrispy

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Denver Chefs Featured on ExtraCrispy

It is always warming to see passionate vegans and vegan-friendly folk, who are making real changes in the world—through their unique skills and interests—being featured in popular media. Lifestyle Network's foodie publication ExtraCrispy recently showcased two long-time vegan chefs in Denver, Colorado who head up the delicious noms at popular eatery City O' City. The title of the article: These Chefs Are Making Denver's Carnivores Fall in Love with Vegan Food, is pretty fantastic on its own. But we also love the positive light shown on the efforts and persistence of Dave Grant and Nick Anderson, to create plant-based creations by way of memorable childhood meals from their midwestern upbringing and passion for animal welfare.

Read the full original article on ExtraCrispy.com.

Vegan Football (Soccer) Club in The UK

on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Football (Soccer) Club in The UK

Did you know that the England-based Forest Green Rovers Football Club (that we might also know as "soccer")—a professional football club of the National League—is 100 percent vegan? Yep, and it is because of the club chairman, mister Dale Vince. "Thanks to Vince, the club has been fully vegan since June 2014. That means no meat, fish, dairy, or other animal products of any kind...at the club, whether for players, visitors, or fans," notes a feature about Vince on the UK's Independent. A vegan and long time eco advocate, Vince explained his passion for providing healthy food to the football players. Surprisingly, or maybe not, the gradual transition has gone quite smoothly. Very cool, Vince! 

Read the interview with Dale Vince on Independent.co.uk.

Andy Lally: Vegan Racecar Driver Champion

on Thursday, 02 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Andy Lally: Vegan Racecar Driver Champion

Professional racecar driver Andy Lally was recently interviewed by Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) magazine wherein he shared his vegan journey and how he believes it helps with his overall strength. Lally was NASCAR's Rookie of the Year, has won five 24-hour Daytona races, and is a three-time Grand Am champion. "I respect all life and if I have the option to stay just as healthy and just as strong, if not stronger, by not torturing or enslaving or causing pain for other living things, then I'm all for it," Lally said. He also noted that he had been vegetarian for six years before becoming vegan in 2010 for ethical reasons. We love how people with "big" voices are speaking positively about their vegan ways!

Read Lally's magazine interview on GQ.com.

True Stories: "Veganism Saved My Life" (via VegNews)

on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in Inspiration

True Stories:

In an inspiring new interview series featured inVegNews Magazine, real people will share stories of how switching to a vegan diet quite literally saved their lives. The vegan media publication gives us a look into their new series with their first story published last week on their website as well. Storyteller, Andres Vallejo talks of his cancer diagnosis about six years ago and how, with the support of his family, he was able to put his rare form of cancer into remission - and so it remains today. "Six years after his diagnosis, the cancer is at bay, and his most recent medical exams have been totally clear of any signs of cancer. Ironically, Andres reports that he's much healthier overall now then he was before his diagnosis—having lost 40 pounds, reduced his cholesterol, and normalized his blood glucose levels," notes the article. So awesome!

Read Andres' story and learn more on VegNews.com.

Dallas Family Restaurant Goes Vegan

on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Dallas Family Restaurant Goes Vegan

After a scare with heart failure a few years ago, Aurelio Arias and his wife Lily began shifting their food choices primarily to plant-based. It started when Aurelio was struggling with his post hospital medications. He stumbled upon a book his wife bought a while back; "The book's first chapter talked about the harmful effects of animal-product-based diet," notes Dallas News. Aurelio said, "Immediately—from there—I made the decision to not eat animal products." Since then the family has transformed their Mexican restaurant into a fully vegan one, including traditional eats like enchiladas, flautas, tortas, and tamales. 'El Palote' (Spanish for a type of rolling pin) was born and has been thriving in Dallas, Texas ever since. Amazing! 

Learn more and read the full article on DallasNews.com.

Professional Athlete Runs On Plants

on Thursday, 05 January 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Runs On Plants

During a feature on MTV Fit Session professional athlete Morgan Mitchell, a 400 meter track runner, said that she "became vegan for [her] health, obviously [because of] the animal agriculture—that was quite horrible, I watched a few documentaries and it just changed the way I saw the world." She continued, "I guess it just came down to the fact that I didn't want to my career before anyone's life." The 22 year old hails from Australia and competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, coming in 8th place in the 400 meter relay. We first "met" Mitchell about five months ago she was preparing for the Olympics. It is so cool to know she is steadfast and physically strong in her plant-based endeavors. We love it, Morgan! Thank you for sharing your journey. 

Watch the short video about Morgan here on Facebook.com.

Texas Officers & Their Tofurky Roasts

on Thursday, 29 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Texas Officers & Their Tofurky Roasts

When the story of police officers in Fort Worth, Texas, handing out turkeys "instead of tickets", hit major media outlets it didn't take long for some action to make the gesture even more compassionate—swapping turkey carcasses for vegan Tofurky roasts. PETA reached out to the district and teamed up with local vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner, to provide cruelty-free holiday roasts in lieu of handing out the animals themselves. "The Fort Worth PD, we want to reach out to our community," Sgt. Povero of the FWPD said. "And that's basically one part of our community that we really never considered to reach out to." Every little bit helps! Bit thank you to Fort Worth PD, PETA, ad Spiral Diner!

Watch the short video clip featuring Fort Worth PD on CW33.com.

Vegan Food & Supplies Drive (Portland, Oregon)

on Monday, 19 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

We could use your help in inspiring others to keep going and to stay strong during a time of year that can often be difficult for those struggling. If you are in Portland, Oregon or know anyone who is, please help spread the word about our food and supplies drive. We have bins set out in front of Food Flight! Grocery, Vtopia Cheese Shop, Blossoming Lotus, and Thirsty Sasquatch for collecting pantry staples, canned foods, clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies for children. The items will be donated at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization on Monday, December 22nd. 

Join the event page here on Facebook.com to learn more.

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

You may have heard of TV shows like The Biggest Loser, Bar Rescue, and Extreme Weight Loss but did you know that the producer of these shows is vegan? And that he has decided to launch a plant-based version of the famed, The Biggest LoserThe Big Fat Truth will aim to have participants eat a plant-based diet—while under the watchful eye of the amazing Dr. Michael Greger. In an interview with VegNews, Roth said, "a group of six diabetic participants featured on the show completely ceased taking medication after the initial 10-day, plant-based transition—just from eating plants!" The show is set to air in April 2017 on the Z Living network. Plant-based TV shows by 'big deal' producers? Yes please!

Read the source article on VegNews.com.

Vegan Model Leaves Fur Photo Shoot

on Thursday, 08 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Model Leaves Fur Photo Shoot

After arriving at her booked photoshoot in Australia a few weeks ago, model Ruby Jean Wilson realized it was a shoot for fur-focused 'look book.' Ruby is 23 and from Scotland, she has been vegan for about a year now. While she was in the makeup chair she decided she couldn't go through with it. On a public Facebook post she said, "I don't believe that being in the fashion industry means that you are at the whim of designers or whomever is paying you...We have to collaboratively decide what's not cool anymore." What a great and encouraging example to set for other models who have maybe been afraid to speak up. Let's hope this trend continues!

Read Ruby's original post here on Facebook.com.

Chik-fil-A Owner Cures His Own Diabetes

on Thursday, 01 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration

After living with with a diet focused on chicken and soda, it was no surprise when Robert Kluttz was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, suffered a stroke, and developed blood pressure three times higher than average. At the time he owned two Chik-fil-A fast food restaurants and was consuming chicken for breakfast and fried chicken for lunch, almost everyday. After trying a few other remedies Kluttz eventually met Sven Jonsson, MD who introduced him to the idea of an animal- and oil-free diet. Within nine months Kluttz had stable blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lost some weight. "I am 61, but I feel like I am 30," he said. 

Read the source article on VegNews.com.

Off All Medications + Natural Weight Loss

on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Off All Medications + Natural Weight Loss

We have been inspired by yet another plant-based success story shared on the Forks Over Knives blog. This one comes from Melissa Dodd-Ruesing who had gone from meat-centric food choices, to a failed LapBand surgery with complications, to eating vegan. The latter of which helped her to naturally lose more than 80 pounds and drop all of her prescription medications! "I can now keep up with my kids...have more energy than ever...love to ride my bicycle, play golf, walk, run...and plan to run a 5k with my kids; I am also raising money to [run] in the St. Jude Marathon this year," said Dodd-Ruesing. So awesome of you to share your story, Melissa! Thank you for inspiring us all!

Read Melissa's self-told story on ForksOverKnives.com.

New Deadlift Champion Sets Record in Iceland - And She's Vegan!

on Thursday, 17 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration

New Deadlift Champion Sets Record in Iceland - And She's Vegan!

With a record-setting deadline of 452 pounds, Iceland native Hulda B. Waage says it was her vegan diet that helped her pull out the win. "You can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts," she said. "I've reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this, and I recover more quickly after practices." Hulda has her sights set on the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships. Awesome, Hulda! Way to represent vegan athletes in a most wonderful way. And thank you for all you do to help inspire and forward a cruelty-free world. 

Learn more about Hulda's achievements at IcelandMonitor.mbl.is.

Morrissey on Ending Live Animal Export

on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

Morrissey on Ending Live Animal Export

Death from starvation, dehydration, and disease are common among animals that are routinely transported between countries, for slaughter. Long time animal rights activist and celebrity, Morrissey recently submitted a letter to Barnaby Joyce (Deputy Prime Minister of Australia) pleading for the end of live animal export. Morrissey wrote, "The horrific cruelty in the live-export industry is heavy enough to sink a ship...yet you insist on condemning millions of animals to this fate every year...If meat is murder, then live export is the slow boat to hell." Keeping with our 'news from abroad' theme of today's newsletter, we want to thank Morrissey for his decades of support for animals. May we all be inspired to do the best and most that we can for those who cannot speak.

Check out a copy of Morrissey's letter on PETA.org.au.

Vegan Food Sales Up 1,500% in the United Kingdom!

on Wednesday, 09 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

Vegan Food Sales Up 1,500% in the United Kingdom!

While it is always exciting to know how cruelty-free products and vegan lifestyles are growing in mass, in the United States, it is also encouraging to hear that veganism is making headway in many places around the world. One example of this is a recent article sharing just how much vegan food sales are growing in the United Kingdom alone. "Consumer appetite for vegan-friendly foods in the UK is showing no sign of slowing down...we have listened to our customers and have hugely expanded our vegan selection this year, adding new and exciting products each week to become one of our strongest categories,"said Jacquest Thurichum, Buying Manager for Ocado (a British online supermarket). With sales up by 1,500% in the past year alone, it sure is exciting to know that change is in fact happening, on a global scale.

Read the source article on TheLondonEconomic.com.
(photo by Will Travel for Vegan Food)

World's Happiest [Vegan] Man

on Thursday, 03 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration

World's Happiest [Vegan] Man

A 12 year long study conducted by neuroscientist Richard Davidson (at the University of Wisconsin) has found Matthieu Ricard (a French-born Buddhist monk) to be the happiest man in the world. And, he is vegan! Ricard participated in the study that recorded his brain signals with more than 200 sensors. Researchers found that "when Ricard was meditating on the topic of compassion, his gamma ray readings—which are connected to learning, memory, attention, and consciousness—were off the charts," notes VegNews' coverage of the story. In a recent blog post about his decision to live vegan, Ricard says, "We can find means to survive without causing suffering to others." Well said, Ricard! ::hearts::

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

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