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HOW I SIMPLIFY PLANT-BASED MEAL PLANNING & COOKING

HOW I SIMPLIFY PLANT-BASED MEAL PLANNING & COOKING

Whenever things get busier in my world, it takes a little extra effort to maintain a healthy diet. I’m sure it’s the same for most of you, as well. It can be challenging to eat healthy plant-based when our schedules fill up and we spend less time at home, but there are ways to make it work. For this month, I thought I would share what I try to do to simplify a relatively healthy, plant-based diet on a busy schedule.

MAKING 2021 OUR YEAR FOR BETTER SLEEP

MAKING 2021 OUR YEAR FOR BETTER SLEEP

Now that we’ve started this brand new year, we get a clean slate! Many people out there are still feeling the effects of 2020 but I hope this year is a new beginning for us all with better things ahead. I also hope this will be your healthiest year yet. At the end of each year, I try to take time to reflect and set intentions for what I hope to achieve in the upcoming year. One significant, health-related goal on my list this year is to find out how I can get better sleep.

WRAPPING UP 2020: A SEND OFF TO A VERY UNUSUAL YEAR

WRAPPING UP 2020: A SEND OFF TO A VERY UNUSUAL YEAR

We have finally made it to the end of 2020. It has been a pretty difficult year and most of us have been through a lot of challenging stuff. Most people are just trying to maintain a positive outlook right now and do the best we can to ride this out. After the year we’ve had, I think that is good enough. For December, I have a few suggestions for incorporating healthy habits into the holidays. My hope is that we remember to do our best to take care of ourselves, but most importantly we enjoy the many great things about the season and stay hopeful for better things to come in 2021.

BRACING FOR WINTER: TIPS TO HELP GET THROUGH THE HARD MONTHS

BRACING FOR WINTER: TIPS TO HELP GET THROUGH THE HARD MONTHS

Welcome back, VegMichigan friends! I can’t believe it’s November already and the holiday season is right around the corner! In November, we also see the start of the cold, dark, long, wintery months. Ugh. All around us, our animal friends are instinctively busy preparing to endure the upcoming season. This poses an interesting question for humans: should we also be doing something to prepare ourselves for winter? Let’s discuss why bracing for winter is so important.

CHANGING OUR LIFESTYLES TO OPTIMIZE OUR MENTAL HEALTH

CHANGING OUR LIFESTYLES TO OPTIMIZE OUR MENTAL HEALTH

Hey, VegMichigan friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warm Fall days and our beautiful Michigan scenery. Warm days in October always feel like a gift from nature. I hope you enjoyed last month’s post about “The Blue Zones”. This month, I want to talk about mental health.

DIY VEGAN MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE

DIY VEGAN MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE

This recipe is about as Pure Michigan as it gets: gooey fudge that melts in your mouth and rich chocolate coats your palette as you bite into this perfect plant-based fudge. 
With only five ingredients, you are going to love this vegan DIY Mackinac Fudge. The texture is similar to fudge made with dairy and the flavor is phenomenal. Don’t worry, you will not be using those long paddles or folding your fudge for hours over marble. This recipe is straight from the double boiler to cool. 

CREATING OUR OWN “BLUE ZONES” IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD

CREATING OUR OWN “BLUE ZONES” IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD

This month, I wanted to write about some health and wellness specifics that are super important. Recently, I re-read the book The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, and I want to use some principles from his book to guide us through this post. Dan spent years doing research on five areas around the world where people are known to live exceptionally long, healthy lives. He discovered nine common patterns that we will begin to discuss throughout this post.

WELCOME TO DR.  JAMIE’S HEALTH CORNER

WELCOME TO DR. JAMIE’S HEALTH CORNER

Hey, veg-friends! I’m Dr. Jamie and I’m super excited to be able to have this new place to contribute some inspiring, motivating, and educational content every month for VegMichigan supporters. I thought I would use this first month to introduce myself and write a bit about my personal mission.

13 ACTIONS TO TAKE AGAINST RACIAL INJUSTICE

13 ACTIONS TO TAKE AGAINST RACIAL INJUSTICE

Millions of people around the world are rising up against police brutality and other acts of violence against people of color. Included are some actions people can take to help bring about racial justice and equity. There are many other things we can do; this list is just a start.

WHITE VEGANS MUST ACTIVELY SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER

WHITE VEGANS MUST ACTIVELY SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER

I do not profess to be an expert in issues of racial inequality. I would, however, like to speak to White vegans about the importance of expanding our activism. Haven’t we, as a vegan community, already learned how to see the destructive biases and injustices that lurk beneath beloved cultural institutions?

OUR VEGAN OUTREACH IS GETTING NOTICED

OUR VEGAN OUTREACH IS GETTING NOTICED

A special thanks to VegFund, a nonprofit that empowers vegan advocates worldwide through grant funding, for recognizing VegMichigan’s Plant-Based 101 presentations and food tastings as a successful form of outreach!

DELICIOUS LOCAL VEGAN OPTIONS

DELICIOUS LOCAL VEGAN OPTIONS

Many of our favorite local vegan restaurants are struggling during the coronavirus outbreak. Help support vegan restaurants and those with vegan options by ordering takeout at one of your favorite restaurants or purchasing a gift card for when they’re back up and running.