A Day in the Life of a Plant-Based Surf and Wellness Retreat, by Julia Murray, VCLE

posted February 27, 2024 Have you ever dreamed of going on a 7-day plant-based surf and wellness retreat? Your Nicaraguan adventure and ocean await for a memory-making week at an eco-resort in Nicaragua. Where: Casa La Aventura, Nicaragua When: May 17-24, 2024 Dive into the perfect fusion of plant-based living, surf, adventure, and wellness with a […]

6 Nifty Ways to Get Dinner Done in 20 Minutes, by Debra Shapiro, MD, VLCE

posted February 20, 2024 I don’t like to cook or bake. There, I said it. Learning how to prepare whole plant food meals that tasted good but didn’t require hours in the kitchen, was imperative. If you love to cook, you can just skip this post. I’m writing to those like me who don’t enjoy […]

Creative Ways to Get More Beans in Your Diet, by Deborah M. Gonzales, LCSW, VLCE

posted February 13, 2024 Beans! The humble, often maligned and belittled bean is having a moment. From celebrity chefs, environmental groups, animal rights activists, Whole Food Plant-Based/Vegan influencers, to nutritionists—everyone is talking about beans. As they should. Beans are nutritious, affordable, sustainable, and delicious. I have always loved beans, but my journey to Bean Connoisseur […]

An Inconvenient Diet, by Victoria Moran

At a hotel cafe in Aspen, I saw a man order a coffee to go. It came in a Styrofoam cup, and he asked if there was any alternative. He was told there wasn’t and, as an environmentalist, he refused the coffee. I was impressed. Most coffee drinkers need that morning Joe, but his principles […]

5 Steps to Becoming a Likeable Vegan, by Cherie Hans, MVCLE

posted January 30, 2024 We know the word vegan conjures up all sorts of imagery for non-vegans, mostly negative. As the joke goes, “How do you know if someone is a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know.” So how do we overcome this bad rap and be a likeable vegan? Step One: Practice What […]

Vegan Breakfast 101, by Debra Shapiro, MD, VLCE

posted January 23, 2024 Growing up, my standard breakfast was eggs and cheese, white toast and margarine. I even ate Spam cooked in fake maple syrup. My dad could whip up some tasty buckwheat pancakes on weekends, but his oatmeal was always lumpy, and I hated it. I wanted Lucky Charms or Cap’n Crunch. Looking […]

5 Fab Vegan Desserts in (Almost) No Time, by Jessica Langenhan, MD, VLCE

posted January 16, 2024 I admit I often make meal-planning decisions based on the number of dishes I have to wash afterwards. So, I appreciate having a few quick and easy vegan dessert recipes on hand. But relying on cookbooks or Google searches to find such recipes is overwhelming. And the definition of easy varies […]

The Plant-Powered Path Through Perimenopause, by Anna Pelzer, VLCE

posted January 9, 2024 Menopause is a transition half of the world’s population will experience. It can be difficult and stressful, with wildly fluctuating hormones, a host of unpleasant symptoms, and a sense of loss or anxiety around aging. This stage occurs when one year has passed since one’s last menstrual cycle. Natural menopause usually […]

Resolved, by Victoria Moran

New Year’s is a big deal. It comes smack in the middle of Christmas (which for me goes through Epiphany, January 6), and it’s maybe the only holiday that lasts a month. You can say “Happy New Year” on January 31 and still be okay. I think of January, its first days and weeks in […]

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