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Vegan Businessmen Collaborate on VeganSmart plant-based protein

on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Posted in Inspiration

Kareem Cook and Claude Tellis acquired Naturade (Naturade offers a full line of health products since 1926) in 2012.

Kareem and Claude meet in college and reconnected after business school. After moving to California, they were shocked at the rate of childhood obesity in the Los Angeles area and decided to help reduce that number. Thus began their journey to spread health and wellness. They decided to start a healthy vending company, then they acquired the contract for all the public schools in LA, were responsible for junk food being banned in LA schools, and are leading the state of California to banning junk foods. Still not satisfied, they wanted a larger platform to help African Americans prevent common illnesses that plague the community. Both Kareem and Claude’s families and many African Americans suffer from hypertension and diabetes, illnesses that can be prevented or managed by diet. Their passion lead them to develop a business plan to prevent illnesses like diabetes. Their plan involved the purchase of Naturade (Naturade offers a full line of health products). Once they purchased Naturade their efforts to educate the African American community about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle began in earnest. They were introduced to people who shared similar viewpoints. They paired up with Badass Vegan John Lewis to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein powder.

You can read Kareem and Claude’s story here and Naturade here.

One Woman's Journey from Cancer to Health

on Thursday, 11 January 2018. Posted in Inspiration

Bernadette Bohan calls herself “an ordinary woman whose life was turned upside down by two different types of cancer. The stomach-lurching experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer was terrifying. It was a painful way to learn the value of health and a lesson I was to learn the hard way.” After her second bout with cancer, Bohan made some sweeping changes to her life, including adopting a raw vegan lifestyle. Now, 15 years later and at age 60, Bohan credits her health habits and plant-based lifestyle with her youthful appearance and good health. “Look, there is no magic cure,” says Bohan. “You are going to age. But you can slow down the process by eating good food that nourishes the cells and strengthens the immune system.”
 

You can read Bernadette’s story at her website changesimply.com.
 

New Campaign: Animal Rescue Groups to Go Vegan

on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Inspiration

New Campaign: Animal Rescue Groups to Go Vegan

Animal welfare organization Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) noticed an increase in rescue work relative to floods, fires, and natural disasters. When they reached out to scientists and experts to determine the cause of this global shift, they discovered that the meat, dairy, and egg industries were driving climate change and causing a mass species extinction of epic proportions.

BWAR Executive Director Paul Magee Berry explains“Learning that, as of this year, we’ve already lost up to 70% of the world’s wildlife population since 1970, and that we’re on track to lose 90% of the world’s wildlife by 2025...that's less than ten years from now! It’s easily the most urgent crisis for animals in the history of the movement – and no one is talking about it, at least not with any real urgency.”

Since going vegan is the most powerful way to fight back against this force, BWAR has committed itself to raising awareness and getting other groups on board. They’ve created a Facebook page for the campaign and petition: Save the Animals, Save the Earth calls for animal group across the country to adopt a public vegan policy in order to prevent a planetary crisis.
 
You can read the full article by clicking here, find out more about the group here, and sign the petition here.

“...I count my blessings every day.” Man's Dog Saves His Life on The Daily.

on Thursday, 28 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

“...I count my blessings every day.” Man's Dog Saves His Life on The Daily.

It's that time of year wherein many folks seem to be more open to hearing and receiving messages of compassion. And this story is sure to leave you in a pile of tears. In this short video feature, we meet Andy who has struggled with heroin and crack addiction, as well as homelessness. On more than one occasion, he'd contemplated suicide as a resolution to feeling alone in a world that seems to discard those who struggle, like Andy. Everything changed when Bailey came into his life. Andy said, "[Bailey] looks to me for food, love, and play. [He gives me a purpose, a role. It's an incentive to stay clean and have a home]." It's kind of amazing to think about just how many wonderful and at times life-saving ways non-human animals can affect change in the lives of those around them. Here's to Andy for finding resolve in helping himself and to Bailey for helping him find it.

What the full video feature on the Channel 4 News Facebook page.

More Than 2 Dozen Schools in Los Angeles Add Vegan Lunch Options Per Request

on Thursday, 21 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

More Than 2 Dozen Schools in Los Angeles Add Vegan Lunch Options Per Request

It wasn't long ago that we'd gotten wind of some vegan shifts happening within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), but it wasn't until last week that the news broke: 35 LA schools are officially adding vegan lunch menu options by this coming January! After a successful test run resulting in more than 30,000 vegan meals purchased at lunchtime, the schools decide to go all-in. Food Services Director for LAUSD, Joseph Vaughn said, "The data clearly shows that a sufficient number of students desire vegan options in addition to the regular lunch menu." Earlier this year the New York City public school district also announced their commitment to including vegan options in all 1,200 of their schools too!

Learn more about this exciting news at LiveKindly.co.

Famous Actor, Rainn Wilson, Ditches Meat When He Realizes What It's Made From

on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Famous Actor, Rainn Wilson, Ditches Meat When He Realizes What It's Made From

Okay, we get it, every few days it seems another celebrity is claiming "vegan" only to get a bunch of praise from the veg community and then suddenly they're back on the cruel "meat train." So why share another celeb-goes-vegan story? Well, being grateful for the positive media coverage is one thing, but also being super duper hopeful this one will stick is another! Rainn Wilson of the popular TV show, The Office announced on the Conan show that he's become vegan after realizing that bacon is made from pigs. Wilson's wife rescued two potbelly pigs who live in their backyard. "[One] morning [the pigs] hadn't gotten up yet, and I was microwaving some bacon, chomping on it, looking at these adorable little pigs. So it was just heartbreaking to sit there looking their beautiful little faces, staring at them. It was macabre and terrifying, so I went vegan," said the actor. w00t. You go, Rainn!

Check out the full story and see the video on TeamCoco.com.

New Documentary Follows Former Pig Farm Turned Veganic Veggie Farmer

on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

New Documentary Follows Former Pig Farm Turned Veganic Veggie Farmer

After ten years honing his pig farming practice and business, Bob Comis slowly began experiencing tremendous amounts of guilt around his form of income. Despite once being proud of his work, being one of a few small batch "humane" pig farmers in the country, Bob still struggled every time he dropped another set of pigs at the "humane" slaughterhouse. His journey throughout his final year as a pig farmer is beautifully documented in The Last Pig, which was completed in early 2017 and is currently showing at various film festivals around the world, as well as locally hosted screenings throughout the country. Join or host a screening by checking out TheLastPig.com and share with those in your community the courage and strength Bob demonstrated in choosing to phase out an otherwise lucrative business model and move to a completely veganic vegetable farm, Inline Farm. 

Learn more and support the film today at TheLastPig.com.

From Cancer Prostate Diagnosis to Full Remission, Thanks to a Plant-Based Diet

on Thursday, 30 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From Cancer Prostate Diagnosis to Full Remission, Thanks to a Plant-Based Diet

During Six months before his 50th birthday, Dick Sloane was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After his "second opinion" doctor suggested surgery, Sloane opted for a lifestyle change. He kicked his health into high gear by going full plant-based, doubled down on his exercise regime, began a daily meditation practice, and added immune-boosting anti-inflammatory supplements to his diet. Once also adding in tips from Forks Over Knives, Sloane dropped 30 pounds, and his prostate-specific antigen levels stabilized. "My journey to wellness changed my life. Through that lens, I look back on my diagnosis in September 2013 as a blessing; it motivated me to make changes that I probably would not have made, change which helped me to recover my physical, emotional, and spiritual health," said Sloane. We're so happy to hear your inspiring, story, Sloane! Thank you for sharing.  

Read more of his story at ForkesOverKnives.com.

In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

Inspired by fellow vegan and challenge-taker, James Aspey, Rohit Ingle decided to bicycle 12,000 miles across India in order to create more awareness around animal suffering and to encourage compassionate choices, among those he met along the way. In an interview with Ahmedabad Mirror, Ingle said, "It's easy when you listen to your heart, not your habits." Rohit explained that he's met many people along his journey who he now believes are committed to trying a vegan lifestyle after talking to him about it. Rohit joins the likes of Joshua Entis of 'This Little Vegan' who is currently on a 365 around-the-world compassion tour for animals, and Disney star Dan Richardson who kayaked for 21 miles to raise money for animal rights groups, among others who are taking on out-of-comfort-zone challenges to raise awareness and increase compassion. Go, "team!" w00t!

Learn more about Rohit's endeavors at AhmedabadMirror.IndiaTimes.com.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

You know times are changing when a highly specialized, super niche, vegan-focused company expands as rapidly as Cinnaholic has and continues to do. First opened in 2009 in Berkeley, California, the customizable cinnamon roll shop quickly gained massive traction after appearing on a 2015 episode of Shark Tank. Currently, with more than a dozen locations throughout the U.S. and a whopping 70 new franchise locations planned to open throughout Canada in the new year, Cinnaholic is taking the cinnamon roll world by storm. Starting in Edmonton, Toronto, Regina, and Winnipeg, Canada is about to become a lot more vegan-friendly. "There's no doubt veganism is on the rise," said co-founder and Shannon Radke. And we're so glad for all the Radke's (AKA vegan power couple) are doing to help make the world a more compassionate place. It's so inspiring to see what a little idea and a lot of hard and dedicated work can do. We can't wait to see where you open next! 

Learn more and see their website launch today at Balanced.org.
(photo by 'Happily Eating')

Young Father-of-Two Eats More Food to Get off Medications and Lose Weight

on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Young Father-of-Two Eats More Food to Get off Medications and Lose Weight

In a recent health-related success story over on the Forks Over Knives blog, Anthony Masiello shares his journey from devastating health conditions when he was only in his early 30s, to transitioning into a thriving, active lifestyle wherein he now enjoys a medication- and pain-free time with his family. "I focused on eating more, lots more. More fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds—and less of everything else. I let the good stuff crowd out the bad stuff I used to eat," said Masiello. Two years later and 160 pounds down, Anthony felt strong, was running regularly, and had the stamina to keep up with his young kids. Now, ten years later, Anthony maintains his plant-based diet and is living proof that change is possible and health goals can be totally achievable!

Read Anthony's full story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Young People of Our Future Would be Happy for a Meat-Free Future

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Young People of Our Future Would be Happy for a Meat-Free Future

In a recent survey of 13,000 people spanning 14 countries, Vodafone (a popular, global communications company) found that people—particularly those 18-24 years old—felt better about living in a "futuristic" world that didn't include using animals as a source of food or protein. Within the survey participants were presented with scenarios like switching from meat- to plant-based proteins, how this relates to global carbon emissions and human health conditions, the inclusion of 3D buildings, cleaner cities, faster transport, and artificial intelligence. As a whole survey participants said they felt positive about a future that involved these things, and that the planet and our happiness would be better for them.

Learn more about the survey and its results at Metro.co.uk.

Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

"Armed with ambition and fueled by foliage..." How great is that opening line in AZFamily.com? So good! It's true though, Rocky Luedeker of Oak Creek, Arizona made waves last week as her inspiring fitness accomplishments (and the fact that they were completed on a plant-based diet) made national news. Rocky holds 13 world records and 26 state and national records as well. In the interview with the local publication, Rocky talks about protein and her vegan ways. "A common myth is we don't have enough protein, and we have more than enough protein," she said. You tell 'em, lady! ::smiles::

Learn more about Rocky and her journey on AZFamily.com.

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

Katrina Fox, a Sydney, Australia-based journalist and vegan entrepreneur took the initiative to pitch Forbes herself, noting the global increased interest in veganism. They agreed! "I'm really pleased and excited that such a renowned business media outlet is keen to feature regular coverage on the vegan plant-based sector," she said. Katrina is the founder of Vegan Business Media and will be featured as a speaker at the inaugural Plant-Powerd Women Leadership Conference Series in March, in Sydne. "I hope [this news of working with Forbes] encourages existing entrepreneurs to veganize their businesses and inspires anyone considering starting a business to run it on vegan principles," said Katrina. Nice work, lady!

Learn more about Katrina's work at VeganBusinessMedia.com.

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

In a recent video NBA comeback star and forward for the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler shares his vegan journey. The video by Sentient Fitness (a vegan wellness group) focuses on Chandler's story of finding his way to veganism in 2016, after watching documentaries on the topic and doing independent research. He now credits his faster recovery times, higher energy levels, ability to wake up feeling refreshed, and overall having a clearer mind, to his plant-based diet. "Especially in the black community, a lot of the things we eat affect us," said Wilson. So cool to see these big-time athletes rockin' and reppin' cruelty-free living!

Watch the Sentient Fitness video featuring Chandler at Stack.com.

"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

Among those who responded to some in need post, Hurricane Harvey was Mike Stura. Mike is the founder of New Jersey based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue and has spent decades working toward a more compassionate world through animal activism. Without any clue of what or who he'd encounter when arriving to assist anyone possible, he crossed paths with a cattle rancher who asked for Mike's help in finding any of his surviving herd. Upon a successful rescue attempt of one of the farmer's bulls—out of a six-foot deep water-filled gully—and eleven more animals that day Mike asked the farmer if he could take the bull back to his NJ sanctuary. The farmer agreed and newly named 'Babe' will now live out his life at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for his remaining days. So awesome!

Read the full story about Mike's rescue on OneGreenPlanet.org.

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

In 2007 clinical supervisor and mother to three, Kate McGoey-Smith received heartbreaking news that would forever change the course of her life. After experiencing bouts of sluggishness and fatigue testing revealed that Kate was suffering from severe right-sided heart failure, severe sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and a terminal prognosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH, level 3 out of 4). After stumbling upon the documentary Forks Over Knives, Kate attended a 5-day intensive program at Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center. She began changing her dietary choices, taught herself how to cook healthier meals (she'd been vegetarian for a while and at the time of prognosis), and before long was on the road to health and wellness. "Fifteen months later my eyesight was fully restored, I was off the lung transplant list...and no longer required diabetic medications. My right-sided heart failure was gone and so were symptoms like neuropathy, dizzy spells, and fainting." Kate had also lost more than 100 pounds and has since become a Certified Food for Life Instructor.

Read more about Kate's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

Evan LeFevre broke onto the vegan scene in 2016 when he was named that year's 'cutest vegan kid' by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans in the loop on his many activism endeavors, including attending our latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month. At the age of 4, shortly after joining his mother in veganism, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, "Don't eat cows because they suffer & die. They don't like it & neither do I." Through attending events, designing t-shirts, participating in chalk challenges, visiting farmed animal sanctuaries, and freestyle rapping, Evan is making a name for himself as a young leader in the vegan movement. What's more, Evan is part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs. Keep up the great work Evan! We support you all the way! 

See What Evan is up to on his Facebook page: VeganEvan - Animal Hero.

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.
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