Most of us have heard of vegan icon, T. Colin Campbell, author of the controversial book The China Study, which has awakened a nation to the perils of a diet rich in animal protein. In virtually every plant-based venue, be it a vegan pot-luck, a lecture hall or a vegetarian festival, someone (more than likely several someones) will have a story about how reading The China Study was a pivotal point in their decisions to rid themselves of animal dietary products forever, embrace the restorative power of plants, and in the process have turned their flagging health around completely. The story is so commonplace it has become practically banal. We have flocked to his lectures, have attended his seminars and enrolled in his plant-based nutrition program offered by Cornell University. We follow him like star-struck groupies hoping he’ll see our raised hands in the audience and respond to our fevered appeals, “Dr. Campbell, Dr. Campbell…” LeAnne just calls him “Dad,” and commands his undivided attention.
Tallahassee Florida Celebrates First Annual North Florida VegFest April 4th In Cascade Park Downtown Tallahassee!
by CD Davidson-Hiers
Julie Sutton and I first met at 101 Restaurant in downtown Tallahassee. I had been put in contact with her as the coordinator for Tallahassee’s premiering VegFest, happening the weekend of April 4th. Julie, along with many other members of the Vegfest committee, were there that night as a social outing, a friendly gathering of vegans and vegetarians alike. The first questions asked were: how long have you been a vegan, and why did you switch?
Fourteen years ago Rich and I moved to Butler, Tennessee, a small burg tucked away in the mountains of Appalachia with a population of less than 800. The best place to eat closed down years ago. It was a gas station/restaurant where, from a row of booths sandwiched between the gas pumps in the front and the garage in the rear of the store, one could enjoy a chili dog and at the same time shop for spark plugs or tampons while breathing in oil and gas fumes. A lot has changed since we first arrived. Now vegans, we would not longer consider eating a chili dog and the restaurants that served them are long gone. There is neither a grocery store nor a gas station in the area.
by Kate Strong
Nutrition is a key building block for everyone. We really are what we eat!
In the past, when I ate more processed foods, such as bought patties, pasta, potato chips, biscuits etc. I noticed my energy levels varied quite dramatically: initially I felt a buzz from the processed food and full of energy. My thoughts, however, jumped around and quite scattered. Shortly afterwards, maybe 30-90 minutes later, I’d feel sluggish, tired and unmotivated. I’d also start feeling hungry again.
My old food was filling me, but not fulfilling me.
Today, with better knowledge and understanding how food can work with, or against, your body, I eat only plant-based wholefoods that are rich in all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and energy I require to maintain my active lifestyle.