A Plant-Based Life

Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body

A Plant-Based Life

Author: Micaela Cook Karlsen
Pub Date: July 2016
Print Edition: $16.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437070
Page Count: 352
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437087

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Making a Plant-Based Diet Socially Sustainable

Tips for Cultivating Relationships and Enjoying Meals with Like-Minded People

Embracing a plant-based diet is a personal choice. But it takes a community to get charged up about plant-based eating. “It’s important to make friends who are already committed to a plant-based diet, because we all need that kind of shared experience and support,” says Micaela Cook Karlsen, author of A PLANT-BASED LIFE (AMACOM 2016). “Close conversation, the immediacy of the energy in a room full of like-minded people, and the personal feedback and sharing offer reassurance and normalcy.” To find and build your own plant-based eating circle:

• Use the internet and social media to make new, plant-based connections in your own backyard. Vegan and vegetarian MeetUp groups are popular and growing so may be the fastest path to live connections where you live.

• Identify local plant-friendly restaurants and grocery stores. Check their bulletin boards for announcements of groups, potluck dinners, or other interesting events that might yield a plant-based community to surround yourself with.

• Take an inventory of your friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to assess who may be open to or curious about plant-based diets. Then, reach out and invite them to try a new recipe with you or join you for an event.

• Go to a local potluck dinner or gathering. Don’t let being solo hold you back; plant-based groups are typically welcoming to newcomers. Even if you don’t feel like fast friends with the others you meet for the first time, you’ll experience a deep pleasure in sharing food with a group that values and prioritizes plant-based eating. Plus, you’ll get to taste some delicious new dishes!

• Throw your own potluck dinner or themed party (the theme being all plant-based food, please). Invite your new plant-based acquaintances. Invite old friends too, explaining that you are hosting a get-together to try out some exciting new dishes and encourage everyone to experiment with new cooking. Serve a fabulous dessert to delight all your guests, including omnivores.

• Join the Community Supported Agriculture movement, connecting local farmers directly with consumers. CSA members purchase a share of the farm’s produce for the season, ready for pick up on a weekly basis. This offers an affordable way to buy local, fresh, often organic vegetables. You’ll know exactly where your food comes from and develop a relationship with the people growing it.

• Get involved with plant-based groups. Is there a vegetarian society in your area? A parents’ group working to improve school food? Volunteer to help!

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