Can you make the leap?

"The foods we choose make a difference." ~ Michael Greger, M.D.

If I could change lives this year, I would encourage everyone to stop eating the Standard American Diet and start eating a plant-based diet. Consuming more plants has been the best decision I’ve made for my health. Plants have made me more energetic and healthier. The plant-based diet, commonly referred to as a vegetarian or vegan diet, does not include meat and generally consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds; and does not include eggs or dairy products. You may be thinking it would be too difficult to change your diet, but I believe when you learn about the dangers of animal-based products and the health benefits of a plant-based diet, you will be open to learning more about how a plant-based diet can benefit you and your family.

Based on research findings in books such as “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and “The China Study,” by Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell, a plant-based diet is touted as the best for optimal health, which means eating in a way that decreases obesity and lowers the risk of chronic diseases such as strokes, heart disease, diabetes, lower respiratory infections, and Alzheimer’s disease. After conducting my own research and changing my diet, I wrote the book, “LEAD Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition.” I talk about how I transitioned to a plant-based diet, the health benefits, sources of plant-based protein, and how to overcome obstacles. I also talk about surprising facts about animal welfare, and provide tools, tips and tricks on how to make the leap!

Ultimately, we are what we eat. Our goal should be to have a healthy body that can do whatever we want it to. Eating a plant-based diet is an excellent step towards that goal. When a plant-based diet is combined with exercise and regular checkups, full body health is easier to achieve because the body is getting exactly what it needs, whether through diet or supplement. Though nutrients are best absorbed through food, there are times when vitamin supplements are beneficial.

LEAD Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition” is available at

Note: This post is intended to be of general informational use and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis, or recommended treatments.

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