Articles tagged with: healthy living

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

After watching friends and family come down with seemingly sudden and life-threatening health issues, some even passing away without warning, Allan Kalmus decided that his weight and health weren't just hereditary but something he could and should take control of. At the age of 58, Allan committed to researching how foods affect our bodies and well-being. Before long he began questioning his own medical training and the fact that his family doctor never really talked about how big an impact our food choices have on our health. Now, three years later on a whole foods, plant-based, and oil-free diet, Allan is down 100 pounds, off all blood pressured and cholesterol medications, his sleep apnea has completely gone away, and he runs 5k three times a week! Way to be, Allan! w00p!

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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 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!

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RECIPE: Simple Kale & Brown Rice Salad

on Monday, 29 August 2016. Posted in Recipes

RECIPE: Simple Kale & Brown Rice Salad

Sometimes simple is best. We've got a throwback recipe for you from the lovely Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes food blog, featuring a quick and easy kale and brown rice salad. Since we're simply massaging in the flavor to fresh, uncooked kale, you'll be getting the most nutrition from this delicious leafy green! As you may know kale is packed with fiber, is great for digestion, and contains many nutrients and vitamins. As always, feel free to throw in some of your favorite extras!


1 cup brown rice + 2.5 cups water
Large bunch of kale, leaves removed from stalks
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup raw hemp seeds
Salt, to taste


1. In a sauce pan, bring water to boil and cook brown rice according to package instructions.
2. While rice cooks remove kale leaves from stalk and roughly chop.
3. In a large bowl combine garlic with spicy brown mustard and whisk together. 
4. Add the chopped kale to the garlic mustard mix, and massage with hands until kale softens and is fully coated; about 2-5 minutes. 
5. Add cooked brown rice to the bowl and mix well. 
6. Add hemp seeds and mix again. Season with salt and serve!

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From 350 Pounds to 190 Pounds in 10 Months: Phillip Henderson

on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in Inspiration

From 350 Pounds to 190 Pounds in 10 Months: Phillip Henderson

Phillip Henderson, also known as 'The Chocolate Vegan' on social media has recently shared his story of shedding an incredible 190 pounds in only 10 months, through eating a healthful vegan diet. 

"Now my life is amazing. My kids are following what I do...and my mind feels cleaner than it was. My body feels amazing. Life is great...Veganism saved my life and paved a better future for my two kids. Not only my life but countless...animals lives are saved as well," Phillip said on his Facebook page.

Phillip's sister introduced him to veganism and after doing some independent research he began his vegan journey. Pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing your transformational story with us, Phillip. Keep saving animals, living healthfully, and being amazing! ::smiles::

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Alex Payne: Investing for Social Impact

on Thursday, 12 March 2015. Posted in Inspiration, News

Alex Payne: Investing for Social Impact

From a recent exposé in Oregon Live, we were delighted to learn of Alex Payne and his interest and investments in the growing vegan movement. 

Payne, one of Twitter's first and former engineers, is veg and was enjoying a meal at Next Level Burger in Bend, Oregon when he overheard the owner discussing expansion. Payne jumped into the conversation and into investing in what's rumored to be two new Next Level Burger locations, in Eugene and Portland. 

"What we're looking to do, and I think what Alex saw, is an opportunity to affect people's health positively," said Matthew de Gruyter, owner of Next Level Burger.

The article goes on to talk of Alex Payne's choice to excuse himself largely from the tech industry and focus on "investing for social impact."

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How Childhood Obesity & Overall Health is Impacted by Vegan Diet

on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

How Childhood Obesity & Overall Health is Impacted by Vegan Diet

A volunteer-based study out of a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio recently revealed its findings—published in the Journal of Pediatrics—around a group of children and their families who were split into two groups. One group was tasked with eating a plant-based diet and the other with eating the American Heart Association's diet (which permits dairy and seafood).

"The kids eating the vegan diet...showed significant improvements in systolic blood pressure, body mass index, total cholesterol, total low density lipoprotein (LDL), c-reactive protein (another marker of inflammation), and insulin levels to their baseline," notes an article on

The piece goes on to talk about how dietary choices (or changes) are more often talked about and studied with adults, and how shifting the focus to children will ultimately help them grow to be healthy adults for themselves and their future families as well.

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Consuming Animal Meat = Toxic Immune Response

on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. Posted in Health, News, Tips & Ideas

Consuming Animal Meat = Toxic Immune Response

Dr. Ajit Varki, a Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California has recently shared findings linking chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis, cancer, and diabetes with meat consumption.

According to the research, when humans eat red meat their body triggers an immune response to a foreign sugar that's found in the meat. Naturally carnivorous animals' bodies already produce this sugar, which is why they are able to break it down—unlike humans and other herbivorous animals. Due to repeated exposure to the foreign compound, the body reacts in such a way that causes the aforementioned diseases, chronic health issues, and illness.

The article closes by sharing decades of research that has, time and again, demonstrated how harmful meat consumption is for humans. Though the article notes "moderation" as a way around the issue, we say, if we can live healthier WHILE saving the lives of millions of sentient beings at the same time, why not just cut it out altogether?  Now that makes sense. 

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John Salley's Betta Life Challenge

on Tuesday, 30 December 2014. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

John Salley's Betta Life Challenge

According to a recent article on, retired NBA star and outspoken vegan, John Salley, has launched a 22-day vegan challenge program called the BettaLifeChallenge.

"[I wanted] to give people small, easily digested information to live a better life all the time... I want to help as many people as I can," said Salley. 

Program members will be eligible for vegan meal delivery services, discounts on vegan products, daily email support, and will be given access to Salley's wellness retreats. 

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Butler Soy Curls

on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Products

Butler Soy Curls

Super versatile Butler Soy Curls are not only easy to flavor—using your favorite sauces or broths—but they're great for a variety of meals including sandwiches, stir fries, and fajitas. They're also great in soups and casseroles, as salad toppers, and more!

Plus, they're super easy to store. Simply keep them in the refrigerator or freezer for long lasting freshness. 

Made of delicately textured select soybeans, Butler Soy Curls have no preservatives or additives. They are non-GMO and grown without chemical pesticides. 

A vegan pantry staple, one serving of these soy curls provides ten grams of plant-based protein. And when rehydrated an 8 oz. bag equals approximately 1.5 pounds of fiber! 

Pick up a bag of Butler Soy Curls today by ordering them online from Food Fight! Grocery

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The Impact of Being Vegan - Brittany's Story

on Tuesday, 18 March 2014.

The Impact of Being Vegan - Brittany's Story

I’m not going to lie; going vegan may be the best choice I’ve ever made, but it didn’t come without struggle. I’m talking family and friends here. I went vegan five years ago after picking up a copy of Skinny Bitch and being moved by excerpts from Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed by Gail Eisnitz. If you haven’t read either book, check them out because they’re magnificent. I knew that I would feel some backlash when I announced it, but I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught. Friends that I’d known for years reverted to grade school behavior and waved bacon in my face and my mother told me I’d never get enough calcium or protein in my diet (she’s a nurse no less!). Luckily, I’ve always been a strong-willed lady so I took all of these things in stride (mostly – there may or may not have been a few screaming arguments).

Fast forward five years. I have continued to live as compassionately as possible. I look back on my first [vegan] Christmas with my family and chuckle. They scoffed at my decision, made fun of my “weird” foods and refused to taste anything. However, this year all of our sides were vegan and the only animal products at the tables were the turkey and ham. This shift is important.

At first, I constantly published animal rights related articles to Facebook and got very soap-boxy on any negative comments. After awhile, I felt like I was pounding my head against a wall and still making no difference. However, that’s exactly when it happened. One of my acquaintances private messaged me saying that she had decided to try veganism and wanted help with vegan products and recipes. I was ecstatic to help her transition to an animal-free diet and felt all the better when she reported that she felt great, lost weight and planned to remain full vegan, especially after her husband joined her! I didn’t think it could get better than that…until it did.

More and more friends, or even friends of friends, have contacted me over the years to talk about veganism and get food recommendations. The pendulum is swinging in favor of veganism as its health and environmental benefits become more known in the mainstream.

Nevertheless, even with all the people I’d helped go vegan, I never anticipated anyone in my family joining me. My older brother is a flexitarian and has always been open to vegan foods, but never would give up his meat completely. Then my older sister, a nutritionist with many food allergies (corn, wheat and soy), decided to give veganism a try. Within three months, her chronic eczema was gone, she no longer felt “gut-bloat” and she even dropped a pant size without trying. My sister has always struggled with her weight so this last result cemented her dedication to veganism.

My sister is married with five children. While the entire family has not undertaken an entirely vegan diet, they do have vegan dinners and are what I like to call conveniently vegan. They do not seek out animal products but also don’t complain if their muffins are made with dairy.

Lots of vegans see this as some sort of failure, but honestly I’m just happy that they replace at least one meal a day with a vegan option. The thing is that each of these small changes makes a difference. Five years ago, my sister couldn’t fathom leaving meat off her plate but thanks to seeing me do it day in and day out, she’s had a change of heart and mind. For that, I am truly grateful.

In the end, I think it’s easy to feel discouraged in this meat-centric world. Between the McDonalds ads, steakhouse billboards and celebrity milk mustaches, it’s easy to feel like nothing is changing. However, I’m here to tell you that’s not true at all. The vegan movement has grown vastly even in the five years that I have been a part of it. Each day more people see how harmful dairy and meat is on their health and the environment and make compassionate choices. It’s the little victories that we must luxuriate in for each small change leads to another.

Sometimes the best thing you can do to convince someone to go vegan is merely to be yourself and show others how easy and wonderful it really is!


Brittany Breithaupt was born and raised in a very small town.  She moved to California to go to film school then join the film industry. She's worked at major talent agencies and production companies, but found something lacking.  Once she went vegan, she realized that her heart was in animal rights so she went to work for PETA.  Now she enjoys helping plan amazing vegan events while raising her animal family of 5 with her wife Becca.

9 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled

on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in News

9 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled

Last week the US Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall of almost 9 million pounds of meat because it came from "diseased and unsound" animals, and was not properly inspected. 

This incident comes just days after Tyson Foods announced a recall of 34,000 chicken products containing salmonella that has sickened seven people and hospitalized two. 

Avoid risking your health and the health of those you care about by choosing to thrive on plant-based foods. It's quite simply better for you, for the environment, and for the animals.

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