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A VEGAN’S GUIDE TO ANN ARBOR, DEARBORN, AND DETROIT

A VEGAN’S GUIDE TO ANN ARBOR, DEARBORN, AND DETROIT

Metro Detroit is full of an overwhelming diversity of food, especially vegan food. In metro Detroit there are three cities that really stand out for their culinary endeavors – Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Detroit. This guide will explore great vegan food in each city as well as a few things to do in between meals. The hardest part is deciding where you’re going to eat first.

VEGAN GETAWAY TO WEST MICHIGAN

VEGAN GETAWAY TO WEST MICHIGAN

The west side of the state is full of enchanting small towns lined with charming shops and fresh produce stands with a lovely feeling in the air to slow down and enjoy the views of Lake Michigan. Over the last few years, it has also become increasingly easier for vegans to not only enjoy West Michigan’s beautiful environment but also, the food.

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.

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS

Many of us are accustomed to thinking of farms as serene, placid, and peaceful settings. From a young age, children are taught to accept the illusion of farms as small family farms once were, with few animals, one or two farmhands, rolling green pastures, and a classic red barn that comfortably houses the animals, but this is a far cry from reality for the vast majority of the animals consumed today. 

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.

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.

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!