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Famous Actor, Rainn Wilson, Ditches Meat When He Realizes What It's Made From

on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Famous Actor, Rainn Wilson, Ditches Meat When He Realizes What It's Made From

Okay, we get it, every few days it seems another celebrity is claiming "vegan" only to get a bunch of praise from the veg community and then suddenly they're back on the cruel "meat train." So why share another celeb-goes-vegan story? Well, being grateful for the positive media coverage is one thing, but also being super duper hopeful this one will stick is another! Rainn Wilson of the popular TV show, The Office announced on the Conan show that he's become vegan after realizing that bacon is made from pigs. Wilson's wife rescued two potbelly pigs who live in their backyard. "[One] morning [the pigs] hadn't gotten up yet, and I was microwaving some bacon, chomping on it, looking at these adorable little pigs. So it was just heartbreaking to sit there looking their beautiful little faces, staring at them. It was macabre and terrifying, so I went vegan," said the actor. w00t. You go, Rainn!

Check out the full story and see the video on TeamCoco.com.

New Documentary Follows Former Pig Farm Turned Veganic Veggie Farmer

on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in Inspiration

New Documentary Follows Former Pig Farm Turned Veganic Veggie Farmer

After ten years honing his pig farming practice and business, Bob Comis slowly began experiencing tremendous amounts of guilt around his form of income. Despite once being proud of his work, being one of a few small batch "humane" pig farmers in the country, Bob still struggled every time he dropped another set of pigs at the "humane" slaughterhouse. His journey throughout his final year as a pig farmer is beautifully documented in The Last Pig, which was completed in early 2017 and is currently showing at various film festivals around the world, as well as locally hosted screenings throughout the country. Join or host a screening by checking out TheLastPig.com and share with those in your community the courage and strength Bob demonstrated in choosing to phase out an otherwise lucrative business model and move to a completely veganic vegetable farm, Inline Farm. 

Learn more and support the film today at TheLastPig.com.

From Cancer Prostate Diagnosis to Full Remission, Thanks to a Plant-Based Diet

on Thursday, 30 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From Cancer Prostate Diagnosis to Full Remission, Thanks to a Plant-Based Diet

During Six months before his 50th birthday, Dick Sloane was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After his "second opinion" doctor suggested surgery, Sloane opted for a lifestyle change. He kicked his health into high gear by going full plant-based, doubled down on his exercise regime, began a daily meditation practice, and added immune-boosting anti-inflammatory supplements to his diet. Once also adding in tips from Forks Over Knives, Sloane dropped 30 pounds, and his prostate-specific antigen levels stabilized. "My journey to wellness changed my life. Through that lens, I look back on my diagnosis in September 2013 as a blessing; it motivated me to make changes that I probably would not have made, change which helped me to recover my physical, emotional, and spiritual health," said Sloane. We're so happy to hear your inspiring, story, Sloane! Thank you for sharing.  

Read more of his story at ForkesOverKnives.com.

In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

on Thursday, 16 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

In an Effort to Promote Compassion for Animals, Vegan Bicycles Across India

Inspired by fellow vegan and challenge-taker, James Aspey, Rohit Ingle decided to bicycle 12,000 miles across India in order to create more awareness around animal suffering and to encourage compassionate choices, among those he met along the way. In an interview with Ahmedabad Mirror, Ingle said, "It's easy when you listen to your heart, not your habits." Rohit explained that he's met many people along his journey who he now believes are committed to trying a vegan lifestyle after talking to him about it. Rohit joins the likes of Joshua Entis of 'This Little Vegan' who is currently on a 365 around-the-world compassion tour for animals, and Disney star Dan Richardson who kayaked for 21 miles to raise money for animal rights groups, among others who are taking on out-of-comfort-zone challenges to raise awareness and increase compassion. Go, "team!" w00t!

Learn more about Rohit's endeavors at AhmedabadMirror.IndiaTimes.com.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

You know times are changing when a highly specialized, super niche, vegan-focused company expands as rapidly as Cinnaholic has and continues to do. First opened in 2009 in Berkeley, California, the customizable cinnamon roll shop quickly gained massive traction after appearing on a 2015 episode of Shark Tank. Currently, with more than a dozen locations throughout the U.S. and a whopping 70 new franchise locations planned to open throughout Canada in the new year, Cinnaholic is taking the cinnamon roll world by storm. Starting in Edmonton, Toronto, Regina, and Winnipeg, Canada is about to become a lot more vegan-friendly. "There's no doubt veganism is on the rise," said co-founder and Shannon Radke. And we're so glad for all the Radke's (AKA vegan power couple) are doing to help make the world a more compassionate place. It's so inspiring to see what a little idea and a lot of hard and dedicated work can do. We can't wait to see where you open next! 

Learn more and see their website launch today at Balanced.org.
(photo by 'Happily Eating')

Young Father-of-Two Eats More Food to Get off Medications and Lose Weight

on Thursday, 02 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Young Father-of-Two Eats More Food to Get off Medications and Lose Weight

In a recent health-related success story over on the Forks Over Knives blog, Anthony Masiello shares his journey from devastating health conditions when he was only in his early 30s, to transitioning into a thriving, active lifestyle wherein he now enjoys a medication- and pain-free time with his family. "I focused on eating more, lots more. More fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds—and less of everything else. I let the good stuff crowd out the bad stuff I used to eat," said Masiello. Two years later and 160 pounds down, Anthony felt strong, was running regularly, and had the stamina to keep up with his young kids. Now, ten years later, Anthony maintains his plant-based diet and is living proof that change is possible and health goals can be totally achievable!

Read Anthony's full story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Young People of Our Future Would be Happy for a Meat-Free Future

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Young People of Our Future Would be Happy for a Meat-Free Future

In a recent survey of 13,000 people spanning 14 countries, Vodafone (a popular, global communications company) found that people—particularly those 18-24 years old—felt better about living in a "futuristic" world that didn't include using animals as a source of food or protein. Within the survey participants were presented with scenarios like switching from meat- to plant-based proteins, how this relates to global carbon emissions and human health conditions, the inclusion of 3D buildings, cleaner cities, faster transport, and artificial intelligence. As a whole survey participants said they felt positive about a future that involved these things, and that the planet and our happiness would be better for them.

Learn more about the survey and its results at Metro.co.uk.

Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Arizona's 62-Year-Old Record-Breaking Female Powerlifting Vegan

"Armed with ambition and fueled by foliage..." How great is that opening line in AZFamily.com? So good! It's true though, Rocky Luedeker of Oak Creek, Arizona made waves last week as her inspiring fitness accomplishments (and the fact that they were completed on a plant-based diet) made national news. Rocky holds 13 world records and 26 state and national records as well. In the interview with the local publication, Rocky talks about protein and her vegan ways. "A common myth is we don't have enough protein, and we have more than enough protein," she said. You tell 'em, lady! ::smiles::

Learn more about Rocky and her journey on AZFamily.com.

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Iconic publication Forbes Welcomes Vegan Journalist as a Regular Contributor

Katrina Fox, a Sydney, Australia-based journalist and vegan entrepreneur took the initiative to pitch Forbes herself, noting the global increased interest in veganism. They agreed! "I'm really pleased and excited that such a renowned business media outlet is keen to feature regular coverage on the vegan plant-based sector," she said. Katrina is the founder of Vegan Business Media and will be featured as a speaker at the inaugural Plant-Powerd Women Leadership Conference Series in March, in Sydne. "I hope [this news of working with Forbes] encourages existing entrepreneurs to veganize their businesses and inspires anyone considering starting a business to run it on vegan principles," said Katrina. Nice work, lady!

Learn more about Katrina's work at VeganBusinessMedia.com.

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

In a recent video NBA comeback star and forward for the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler shares his vegan journey. The video by Sentient Fitness (a vegan wellness group) focuses on Chandler's story of finding his way to veganism in 2016, after watching documentaries on the topic and doing independent research. He now credits his faster recovery times, higher energy levels, ability to wake up feeling refreshed, and overall having a clearer mind, to his plant-based diet. "Especially in the black community, a lot of the things we eat affect us," said Wilson. So cool to see these big-time athletes rockin' and reppin' cruelty-free living!

Watch the Sentient Fitness video featuring Chandler at Stack.com.

"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Bull rescued from Hurricane Harvey and brought to a sanctuary to live out his life.

Among those who responded to some in need post, Hurricane Harvey was Mike Stura. Mike is the founder of New Jersey based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue and has spent decades working toward a more compassionate world through animal activism. Without any clue of what or who he'd encounter when arriving to assist anyone possible, he crossed paths with a cattle rancher who asked for Mike's help in finding any of his surviving herd. Upon a successful rescue attempt of one of the farmer's bulls—out of a six-foot deep water-filled gully—and eleven more animals that day Mike asked the farmer if he could take the bull back to his NJ sanctuary. The farmer agreed and newly named 'Babe' will now live out his life at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue for his remaining days. So awesome!

Read the full story about Mike's rescue on OneGreenPlanet.org.

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a Terminal Prognosis to Recovery & Now a Health Specialist: Kate's Success Story

In 2007 clinical supervisor and mother to three, Kate McGoey-Smith received heartbreaking news that would forever change the course of her life. After experiencing bouts of sluggishness and fatigue testing revealed that Kate was suffering from severe right-sided heart failure, severe sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and a terminal prognosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH, level 3 out of 4). After stumbling upon the documentary Forks Over Knives, Kate attended a 5-day intensive program at Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center. She began changing her dietary choices, taught herself how to cook healthier meals (she'd been vegetarian for a while and at the time of prognosis), and before long was on the road to health and wellness. "Fifteen months later my eyesight was fully restored, I was off the lung transplant list...and no longer required diabetic medications. My right-sided heart failure was gone and so were symptoms like neuropathy, dizzy spells, and fainting." Kate had also lost more than 100 pounds and has since become a Certified Food for Life Instructor.

Read more about Kate's story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

on Thursday, 31 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Six-Year-Old Australian, Vegan Activist Taking Internet (and our hearts) by Storm

Evan LeFevre broke onto the vegan scene in 2016 when he was named that year's 'cutest vegan kid' by PETA Kids. Since then the Melbourne native has taken to social media to keep his fans in the loop on his many activism endeavors, including attending our latest National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. early this month. At the age of 4, shortly after joining his mother in veganism, Evan designed his own t-shirt, which says, "Don't eat cows because they suffer & die. They don't like it & neither do I." Through attending events, designing t-shirts, participating in chalk challenges, visiting farmed animal sanctuaries, and freestyle rapping, Evan is making a name for himself as a young leader in the vegan movement. What's more, Evan is part of the Animal Hero Kids network, a not-for-profit organization that supports and encourages acts of compassion in children, while providing vegan education programs. Keep up the great work Evan! We support you all the way! 

See What Evan is up to on his Facebook page: VeganEvan - Animal Hero.

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

"There's no right way to do a wrong thing" - Goat Dairy Farm Turned Sanctuary

on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Despite setting out with the best intentions—aiming for the most "humane" goat cheese farm possible, owner Andrea Davis soon came to realize there was truly no such thing as humane animal farming practices. After witnessing ongoing and extremely stressful separation anxiety between moms and babies (because in order for us to use their milk for cheese or other products the babies can't be allowed to consume it of course), among other inherent cruelties in the business, she decided to turn her farm into The Sanctuary School at Broken Shovels Farm. It will be an educational center for veganism and a forever home for many former dairy farmed goats as well as other animals like chickens, cats, and dogs. "I came to terms with the fact that there was no right way to do a wrong thing...at some point, I found vegan educations, and though initially stubbornly resistant to the idea, everything I was reading made undeniable sense," said Davis. Thank you for all that you do, Andrea! 

Learn more about the sanctuary and support today at BrokenShovels.com.

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

on Thursday, 27 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

In a joint effort by vegan actress Mayim Bialik, author Jana Kohl, musician Matisyahu, and vegan non-profit community VegFund, rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz will select and award five US/Canadian Jewish houses of worship a $5,000 grant for "hosting at least one vegan event every month for one year," noted VegNews' coverage of the announcement. "There's not one vegan synagogue in America...It's very hard to make changes, and we have to make it easier for people...The synagogue should be a place of education, where people can learn the health benefits of going vegan," said the 36-year-old Yanklowitz. Vegan for 6 years, Yanklowitz is a founding member of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute (which means “heaven and earth” in Hebrew). The Institute was formed with the aforementioned celebrities as an educational center advocating for animal-rights within the Jewish community. Way to take action and demonstrate ways in which we can help promote compassionate living, rabbi!   

Learn more about the rabbi's Foundation at Shamayimvaretz.org.

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

In a surprising move by one of the fashion industries biggest players, Vogue has taken a very public stance on their position of fur in fashion. Their August issue is dedicated to some aspects of animal rights while highlighting some of the best designers that are creating faux fur fashions. The issue also features famed supermodel Gisele Bündchen on the cover, wearing a faux fur coat.“So happy that @vogueparis dedicated this issue to animal protection, sending a strong message that wearing real fur is never an option," Bündchen said in a recent Instagram post. Gisele and her husband, professional football player Tom Brady have noted their plant-based diet ways as of late, attributing their good health to their food choices. Vogue's stance is inspiring because having the support of those with big platforms is huge for forwarding more compassionate lifestyle choices; helping to pave the way for further conversation about such topics. Thank you, Vogue Paris!

Read more about it at Fashionista.com.

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

Long before vegan or even vegetarian was a relatively understood and common term in the restaurant world, Marshall "Mickey" Hornick helped spearhead what would become a steady rise in the development of the vegetarian and vegan food scene in Chicago, Illinois. As their slogan goes, "Meat free since '83" Mickey opened the first of their vegetarian diner locations in the Boystown neighborhood of the city. In an interview with Chicago Reader Mickey said, "The banks and investors thought I was absolutely crazy not to do chicken or fish or something." In an effort to combat his own bouts of asthma and hypertension Mickey started eating more veggie foods. He wanted a place he could go out to eat at and so sprung the idea for The Chicago Diner. Now with their second location in Logan Square and being one of the longest running veg restaurants in the mid-west, it's truly inspiring to see just how far Chicago has come—and to learn the roots of it all—with Mickey Hornick.

Learn more about Mickey's journey at ChicagoRead.com.
*Pictured: The Chicago Diner's classic vegan Reuben sandwich

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

In an effort to make plant-based meal preparation easier for families with young children, founder Ashley Gilday (a vegan mom herself) is set to launch Little Harvest meal delivery service. Intended for children between four months and two years old, the company (a subscription-based program) will be made up of locally sourced, organic, and allergen-free meals. Based in Illinois the initial release will be available throughout the Chicago area with intentions to expand throughout the Midwest within the first year of operation. As a former Business Developer for Daiya Foods vegan cheese company, Gilday is perfectly suited to bring this game-changing service to the masses. Thank you for your hard work, Ashley. We're rooting for you!

Learn more and check out meal plans at LittleHarvest.com.
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