Plant Based Nutrition Movement (PBNM.org) was founded in 2018 because of an obvious need for more information on the value of a plant-based dietary pattern. We started out holding education immersions designed to help our community take back their health. We created a 5k walk/run, potlucks, and other social gatherings for support and idea-sharing during that first year. Then the pandemic hit. We took that time to look carefully for what was missing that, if it was present, could really make a difference.
Day by day, we're surrounded by conveniences and temptations that may direct us away from our health goals. For example, when rushing out the door in the morning, it may seem easier in the moment to grab a fast-food drive-through breakfast than to prepare and enjoy a healthful and nourishing whole food plant-based meal.
...at no time in my life have I received more questions, concerns, anger, confusion, and frustration from other people about what I eat than after declaring myself a vegan. Students frequently share with me how others chastise, debate, or downright become hostile as they share their new lifestyle with friends and loved ones.
In last month's Food For Thought, we touched on the subject of how Big Food grooms us for consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD). We know that SAD marketing is deep, wide, and robust. Training to want food-like substances starts very young. Big Food designs food-like products to be craveable, with the goal being skyrocketing sales and massive returns on investment.
As a cardiovascular nurse in a hospital, I see day in and day out what a devastating impact the Standard American Diet (SAD) has on people’s lives. Along with the SAD comes a dramatically increased risk of standard American chronic diseases and disease risk factors
Since I started writing Food For Thought articles, there have been many times when I have been challenged to find a topic. I like to keep the subjects positive and informative. I prefer the articles to have a new spin, even if it may be on an old idea. However, I have to admit that sometimes I am at a loss. When I find myself struggling to write, I like to ask the universe for help before I go to sleep for the night. Then usually, I awake with an answer provided. Often it is in the form of some long-forgotten song that pops into my head when I wake up.
PBNM proudly hosted presentations by and discussions with Dr. Soham Patel and Dr. Ashwani Garg regarding several chronic diseases that plague many of us, but are particularly endemic in the Asian/Pacific communities. View entire presentation on YouTube here!
And Now This... The last 20 months have been absolutely incredible. Ok that’s a miserable understatement, but I am at a loss for words to describe most of it just about always. Between a worldwide public health crisis, questions about individual health autonomy, social disruption, civil unrest, economic upheaval, the political juggernauting to manage it all, and the bumbling responses to it, I'd say this has been a stretch like no other.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, I took that phrase from a Christmas song, but late summer is also a wonderful time of the year. It is the height of the farmer's market season with a bounty of beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits.
Nutrition is arguably one of the most controversial and charged subjects in lifestyle medicine. Food plays such an integral role in our lives—not only physically, but socially, emotionally, and even spiritually for some. Regardless of an individual’s particular situation, however, there is consistent and compelling evidence to support healthy eating patterns that are whole food, plant-based (WFPB) for preventing, halting, and often even reversing disease.