It has been about nine months since we first conceived the 6 Million Seeds project. Since then, so much has happened! SO much traction gained, so many supporters aligned, and so much support obtained! We think we should update you all on our progress with all that has already transpired.
Sherry Shrallow and Michelle Thall are teaming up to offer a weekly virtual support group through ZOOM for anyone who thinks he or she might benefit from talking with others on a regular basis on various topics as we navigate our way through these very different and challenging times. We know that social connection is key in making these times bearable. We will start each get-together with a brief check-in and then allow for conversation between members. It is up to the group to decide what they would like to discuss each week. Some examples of topics might be how to stay motivated to maintain our plant-based lifestyle or how the pandemic has affected our lives both emotionally and physically. Our group will be a safe and supportive place to come to as well as a place where confidentiality of all members will be honored. The groups will be small—no more than 10 people in total (including your facilitators).
Here at PBNM we are passionate about spreading the word about the health benefits of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. One way we have done so is through our hands-on cooking classes. As a result of the Covid-19 virus we have had to temporarily suspend in person programs and have transitioned to social media platforms to present classes during these challenging times. Education about the science behind a whole food plant-based lifestyle has always been an important component of our PBNM Coking Coach program. A golden opportunity presented itself to our talented coaches when I learned that they could apply for full scholarships from the Food For Life Foundation to become certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS). I received my certificate in 2013 from this program and have been singing its praises for years.
Hey, Chicagoland! We invite you to join our Meetup – https://www.meetup.com/Chicagoland-Plant-Based-Nutrition-Movement/ and feel free to join in on any events that are of interest to you! The events on our Meetup Calendar are very assorted and include such things as: Educational/support type groups (most are “voluntary potlucks” where participants are encouraged to bring a whole food plant-based no oil dish to pass. Bringing a dish is generally not required, but serves to both give participants some “practice” at preparing a WFPB-NO dish, but also to introduce a variety of delicious foods to other participants Cooking Classes Educational speakers Picnics/potlucks Documentary film screenings Health immersions …and more While most of the events on our Meetup Calendar are PBNM.org events, we are also pleased to help expose our members to events hosted by others, but which are aligned with our specific objective, which is, of course, to provide our members with as much useful information and as many resources as possible about the power of a whole food plant-based dietary pattern to promote optimal health. Such events will indicate who is actually conducting the event.
We are proud to celebrate one year of whole food plant-based (WFPB) service to the community. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to thank everyone that has supported PBNM in its infancy. Here is what we have been up to this past year: We held our very first event in August 2018, a potluck picnic at Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. We had about 100 participants who were thrilled to find so many other people who were excited about the plant-based way of eating. October and November 2018 were busy months! In October, Dr. Steven Lome spoke at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva as part of the “Kane Health Counts” program. The presentation focused on chronic disease prevention, management, and reversal using plant-based nutrition. Also in October, 15 members made a positive public demonstration to thank Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora for adding plant-based options to its hospital patient menus.