There Are No Additional Health Benefits from Eating a Plant-based Diet | The Divine Hostess

“Are you a vegan?”, someone asked me this weekend, as they served themselves a plate of not so vegan-friendly food.  I get asked this question a lot when I am out and about– it could be the grocery store, a party, or in the workplace. When you choose to abstain from certain foods, people get curious and want to know why.

 

I happen to be vegetarian, and have been for almost 11 years now. As of late, I’ve started to lean more towards plant-based. I have stopped buying eggs and I am really getting into vegan cheeses.

 

Even still– I am not so sure I will ever be a card-carrying member of the vegan community like some others. For me, the title comes with much weight and controversy, and there have sadly been many times I have witnessed people forcefully try to teach others to be compassionate to animals, all while showing no compassion for the human being with whom they are conversing. I believe I can eat in a way that suits my needs and values, without a title.

 

But as I quietly went back to sipping my water, someone said:

 

“There are no additional health benefits from eating a plant-based diet. It doesn’t make you live longer and it doesn’t fight illnesses. There is no point.”

 

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Now, I know better, and I am not one to debate– especially when I do not see people bringing any scientific facts to the argument. At this point in time, I believe it is quite obvious whether a person is vegan or not– they will benefit greatly from a diet made up of a large amount of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

When eating intentionally, one can find that not only does food heal, but it works as a preventative measure before ever getting sick in the first place.

 

I want to share a few of the benefits, but keep in mind this only works if you actually eat plants.  It’s possible to be unhealthy as a vegan, just like any other diet. So when I share these benefits, I am assuming you eat more than lettuce and tomatoes and soy veggie patties.  That’s always the argument– that not all vegans are healthy.

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Some of the benefits of a plant-based diet are:

  1. It can lower blood sugar levels
  2. A diet rich in phytochemicals, which helps prevent cancer.
  3. Lower risk of heart disease.
  4. Prevention of diabetes.
  5. Higher intake of fiber, potassium, magnesium and folate.

 

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If you’re curious about a plant-based diet, I would encourage you to check it out by doing your own research, visiting a restaurant, trying a new recipe, or talking to someone with experience. One great way is stopping by a food fair in a major city near you. When I went to Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles, many visitors were not vegans, but simply were curious about this lifestyle or thinking of making major changes.

 

In my latest vlog, I share a little of what we tried. I am not a fan of fairs because they are usually very crowded and I don’t really like to walk and eat at the same time. Nonetheless, I find a way to have fun wherever I go! Click below to watch.

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Hiking Adventures and Entrepreneurship Networking Apps and Meeting Shaun, Owner of OURA | Divine Hostess

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you probably know hiking is a favorite pastime of mine. It’s not the work I love or even the heat from direct sun– it’s reward. I love being rewarded after the work of the climb with an amazing view, cool breeze at the higher altitude, and the sense of achievement.

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Walker Canyon Reserve, Lake Elsinore

Although I do enjoy solo hikes, I’ve already learned hiking is wonderful activity to share with friends or even people you’re getting to know.

Recently I joined a networking app called Shapr which connects to your LinkedIn account and you can find like minded people to collaborate with, hire, be a mentor, etc. I’ve made a solid handful of great connects including Shaun, co-founder of OURA.

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After learning a bit more about his social enterprise, I had to share more about their mission with all of you. OURA makes a  sleek, sporty baseball cap which is uniquely designed to remain clean while granting the wishes of pediatric cancer patients.

 Hats are filthy. They’re one of the few things we wear but rarely wash. OURA’s hats have millions of microscopic minerals infused directly into the thread, so their hats are self-cleaning while being completely sustainable and environmentally friendly. Their hats have 9 other healthy features which you can explore here.

“My brother, Keane, and I started OURA after Keane survived childhood cancer”, said Shaun. “We wanted to create a healthier hat but we also wanted to give back to pediatric cancer patients. For Keane, having his wish to meet President Obama granted completely changed his outlook towards treatment and propelled him towards survivorship. We wanted to help other young patients in their recovery journey as well.”

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Now it’s OURA’s mission to grant a wish each time 1000 hats are sold, and they are well on their way.

OURA is named after origami.

There is a Japanese legend that folding 1000 origami cranes results in a wish. With every 1000 OURAgami hats sold, we grant a pediatric patient’s wish and bring healing hope to their recovery. Every hat is a part of that wish. It is 1000 people coming together to help a child in their fight against cancer.

What I love most about meeting new people is the reminder of how connected we all are– even before we meet. I too have have family members diagnosed with cancer, and if you’re reading this you may have as well.

Now when I hike, I’m super excited to wear my OURA hat while knowing they’re just one step closer to granting a wish. To support this amazing company by purchasing a hat, you can visit their website and use the discount code: DIVINEHOSTESS for 10% off.

If I’ve learned anything in my life it is that we are all connected, and knowing this makes the journey a little easier, and lot more enjoyable.

What to Do When You’re Feeling Totally Uninspired | Wonderfully Made

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

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Sometimes it goes beyond a simple moment of writer’s block. Sometimes we are feeling totally and completely uninspired. What can we do in times like this? I share a few tips of how to work in and through this process in my latest episode of the Wonderfully Made podcast.

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When you do take a moment to step away and gain clarity, make a mental note of what worked. Was it getting out in nature, hanging with family, taking the dog for a walk, or listening to one of your favorite songs?

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Remember: it may not be convenient, but these things happen, but they cannot last forever. Inspiration will return to you and you will be able to create!

I hope you enjoy this episode! You can listen below or via Apple podcast. Wonderfully Made is also available on Stitcher, Spotify, and all other podcast platforms.

 

 

 

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Cast Away | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

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In  this episode, I share a quick story about the movie Cast Away, then I share 5 tips for dealing with the difficult feelings that often come with being found in difficult circumstances.

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Acclimation | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

Being able to adapt and adjust to any environment is sometimes not an advantage. In my latest episode, I share a story about times when adjusting and finding comfort could be dangerous. Sometimes we need to pay closer attention to  changing conditions and reconsider our position.

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Act Like a CEO The Wonderfully Made Podcast

Does you presence and behavior on social media help or hurt your business? Let’s talk about how small business owners can use social media to either leverage, or harm their business goals.

Rise | The Wonderfully Made Podcast

A new day requires new encouragement. I believe so many of us start out with intentions of being positive and ridding ourselves of fear and self doubt– but then circumstances come. Sometimes we are so focused on circumstances, we are unable to see a clear path from where we currently are, to where we know we want to be.

I tweeted something recently:

If we can change our perspective, we can find ourselves fueled by faith and self-love rather than fear and self-doubt.

I created my most recent podcast– Rise Up to remind all of us (myself included) that if we have breath in our bodies, we have a mission that is not complete. I hope it encourages you!

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