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Social Tips
  • During holiday dinners or parties, make and bring your own food.  

  • Eat at home before going out for drinks.

  • Don't let those who shame you steer you away from healthy plant-based eating. While others are dying longer, you'll be living longer. It is hard to know what you know and watch those who care about suffer, knowing its preventable.  Stay positive, feel empathy for those struggling with weight gain, disease, pain, and lethargy. Be there for them when and if they are ready.

  • When asked about your diet, down play your response. Example. "Well, I eat better because I needed to reduce my cholesterol and high blood pressure. I didn't want to pay for expensive medications, which had side effects, after all, the medications were only a band-aide, not a permanent solution." If they ask, what do you eat, again, down play it. "Oh, you wouldn't be interested. Granted, I lost 30 lbs in 3 months, without exercise, but, let's just say, I eat to live, I don't live to eat."  They usually keep pushing because they are intrigued about losing weight without exercise; then tell them, "really, its simple, I eat a lot of legumes, tubers, multicolored vegetables, grains, and drink plenty of water. I'm off all medication, my blood work is stellar, I have tons of energy, I don't crave food, and when I am hungry, it is mild, and I feel more mentally focused."  They may pose interest, wanting to know about books, videos, recipes, and if so, you simply say, "go to plantessa.com."

  • Read about the Biggest Challenge.

  • Just live the life, with the hopes that those you love will, to some degree, live it with you.

  • Don't believe everything you read. Do your best to check sources. Too often big business pays for short, randomized studies to help sell their products. They will pick one of the few positive results and highlight the "benefits" while neglecting to mention the full results of the study, which had many more negative results than positive. Example. Coconut oil. No matter how you slice it, Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat and saturated fat, clogs arteries.  Check your facts against these experts.

Which Celebrities Are Plant Eaters?
  • Bill Clinton: In 2004, Bill had quadruple bypass surgery and in 2010, stent surgery. After his last surgery, the 42nd President of the United Sates adopted a plant-based diet.

  • Carrie Underwood: Country Music's darling, winning 146 awards, started as a vegetarian and transitioned to plant-based eating in 2011.

  • Usher: In 2012 Usher turned vegan prompted by his father dying of a heart attack.

  • Woody Harrelson: For the past 25 years Woody Harrelson has been vegan. He co-owns a plant-based restaurant called Sage, in and around Los Angeles.

  • Carl Lewis: Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis switched to a plant-based diet in 1990, then in 1991 won the World Championships.

  • Ellen DeGeneres: She switched to a plant-based diet in 2008, along with her wife, Portia de Rossi.

  • Portia de Rossi: She switched to a plant-based diet in 2008, along with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres.

  • Mike Tyson: In 2010 Mike turned vegan, and as since lost over 100 lbs. He long longer has high blood pressure, inflammation, and is now lean and fit.

  • Natalie Portman: In 2012 the actress converts to veganism after her last pregnancy.

  • Alicia Silverstone: She has been vegan since the age of 21, and wrote a New York Times Best Seller, The Kind Diet. 

  • Russell Brand: In 2011 after watching Forks Over Knives Russell changed from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant-based diet.

  • Beyonce: In 2015 Queen Bee and Jay Z converted to a whole foods plant based diet and sponsored a plant-based book written by her trainer, Marco Borges, called The 22-Day Revolution: The Plant-Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits, and Change Your Life. 

  • For more celebrity plant eaters, go to: https://www.happycow.net/vegtopics/famous