You may also purchase this priceless cookbook from our new, small but growing, vegan shop. Be sure to get it in time for Christmas because this is going to be the gift that keeps on giving life! It’s perfect for family, friends, and even that local restaurant owner you’re trying to convert 😉
Changing the World for the Better!
Sure, we’re all going to die at some point. But, we don’t need to be the reason why! And we don’t want our loved ones parting prematurely either, much less be part of the reason. Knowing that taste is acquired, we have a choice. So it makes the most sense to make the healthiest choices possible, not only for ourself but for others as well, especially the ones we love.
It is my life mission to learn as much as I can and teach to as many as I can. Of course I want to role model and inspire my family in the healthiest ways possible. And what we eat has the biggest impact on our overall health. I don’t want to potentially cut my life in half. Furthermore, I don’t want to be the reason my loved ones, friends, and all those I influenced come down with chronic, debilitating diseases that ultimately result in their premature death.
Then there’s the ethics and environment that’s equivocally as important. Everything we do ripples into not only those you have contact with but far beyond into the world. Your day to day food choices impact the environment and ultimately determine whether or not another precious, sentient creature is forced into a world of torture and slaughter. You can learn more about health, ethics, and environmental impact and more on our site VeganWalk.com.
Evolving Curiosity Toward Nutrition
I first really became interested in nutrition back in the early 90’s. I was taking a college class called Stress Management and we touched on how nutrition can affect our mental health. We were encouraged to read the labels and to stay away from certain additives, to say the least…
During my time in college I was working at a gas station. I was thoroughly annoyed by the complete dearth of healthy options. The grocery store wasn’t much easier. I became very frustrated by this and wanted to do something about it. But, at the time, in college this really wasn’t my focus.
Another college course that I think about often was called “Death, Dying, and Living”. This was definitely one of my favorites. The professor stated a prediction, which is a lot of what science does. He shared that in the near future the leading causes of death will be behavioral. He was absolutely right.
Post grad I worked in human services for 15 years. Never once did any of the many companies I worked for and came in contact with encourage healthy eating. This bothered me and became something I wanted to do something about one day. First I had to practice before I could preach, so I began studying nutrition and learning to cook in the kitchen.
In the Kitchen
I never have been much for doing anything in the kitchen, at all. Much less did I ever even know what to do in that scary place! So the last 7 years of being vegan mostly consisted of depending on my wife to cook, nominal options in restaurants, fast food establishments, and processed foods.
In October of 2017 I decided to start using my spare time to take control over my diet by first learning all I can about nutrition. This lead me to incredible doctors like Dr. Barnard, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Garth Davis, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Pirtikin, Dr. Ornish, Dr. Milton Mills, and my all time favorite if I had to have one that pulls it all together most magnificantly is Dr. Greger at NutritionFacts.org! And when I discovered the Daily Dozen app I was finally able to start confidently taking total control over my diet.
I also started walking for exercise around the same time I began learning from these doctors. During that time I would saturate my brain full of as much knowledge as possible from their speaches. I became obsessed with the desire to share this somehow with everyone and this basically lead to VeganWalk!
I started doing more and more in the kitchen. This of course began with me doing all the grocery shopping and driving my family a little nuts with all the information I couldn’t resist sharing. Every spare moment I was learning and building this site. Then I heard about Dr. Greger’s cookbook coming out. This was perfect timing for me in so many ways. So I was instantly anxious to purchase and receive it.
On the Side
I always have been a bit of a workaholic. After work I would always find myself learning new things. I started delving into computers in the late 90’s doing a little database work, then websites, then digital work like video production, photography. This brought me to the music and food industry.
Around 2000 I met an aspiring restaurateur that would eventually become very successful. I shared my growing media and marketing skills with him to help his business as much as I could. I learned a lot about the restaurant industry in the process. Now I’m hoping to take what I’m learning and apply it there.
Learning helps us advocate most effectively. It helps us become more active in actualizing our utmost potential. It in turn inspires others to do great things. Let’s take this journey together and make the most of life!