Meet a Vegan: Chef Janay

This week, I interviewed Chef Janay Jones about her experience becoming vegan. Janay is a passionate advocate for the plant-based lifestyle and runs Rooted Delights, a company whose mission is to provide affordable, vegan cuisine that everyone can enjoy. Read below to discover how switching to plant-based brought Janay clarity of mind, more passion in her cooking and a new life purpose.


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Tell me about yourself.
My name is Janay and I am a vegan chef! I started a food truck in Baltimore, Maryland. I moved back to Virginia to continue my dream of making delicious plant-based meals. We started Rooted Delights cheese line last year.

What makes our vegan cheese so unique is that we use gluten-free, homemade oat milk and allergen-free ingredients. There isn’t any dairy, soy, gluten, or tree nuts in our products, making it easy for anyone to enjoy. We are currently trying to expand into other cities and states with hopes of getting the word out about Rooted Delights. Aside from the cheese business, I enjoy reading and being in nature. I try and go outside and ground myself every day to reconnect with self and release.

What’s one thing you wished people told you about becoming vegan?
I wish people told me how clear my mind would be. I did my research on the benefits of veganism beforehand, but I didn’t realize the huge impact it would have on my consciousness. I would have cut out meat and dairy sooner! My vision is so much clearer, and I am just overall in a happier space.

How has becoming vegan changed how you approach cooking and eating out?
I am one of those people who used to LOVE eating out. A few years back I was eating out almost every day and any time of the day. Now that I eat a plant-based diet, I would much rather cook myself. I’ve gotten to experiment with so many different veggies, seasonings, and herbs that I didn’t know about before. Overall, it’s just a fun experience in the kitchen. I encourage everyone to cook a good vegan meal at least once a week!

What’s your favorite thing about being vegan?
There are so many! I love how I feel overall (mind, body, and soul), but I also love how you can take any food and make it vegan. Anybody can be an artist in the kitchen!

What advice would you give to people considering becoming vegan?
Get a bunch of easy vegan recipe cookbooks, follow a bunch of vegan recipe pages on Instagram or Facebook. Keep things simple. I think people struggle with going vegan because they don’t know what to cook. If you find easy, go-to meals to eat during the week, you’ll find this new lifestyle is easier than you thought. On the weekends, or whenever you have free time, you could experiment with different and complex meals. Follow @damgoodvegan on social media. She can help make your transition easy.

Summer Newsletter: Web Edition

Welcome to the summer and the inaugural edition of Eat Bright Living’s newsletter! Read below for fun summer recipes, fitness tips and a special discount on vegan cosmetics!


It’s summertime and you know what that means…barbecues, picnics, fun, and fireworks! If you’re plant-based and looking for last minute meals, try these nine recipes from our friends at Live Kindly. You may even fool a few meat-eaters!

 


Summer is the best time to get in shape, and it’s not too late to get beach-body trim. Check out our interview with the owner of FitMego, Adam Saez, on the creation of his online coaching platform. Plus check out the special deals on his website.

 

 


Heard of VegKitchen? Well, we interviewed the founder, Nava Atlas, and had a rocking cool conversation about the role of women in veganism. Listen to the podcast interview by clicking the picture above!


If you haven’t joined us on Facebook, what are you waiting for? We just started a new group called “What’s Vegan At…?” to talk about the despicable lack of vegan options at restaurants. Seriously, head on over to exchange notes on vegan options at popular restaurants.


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5-Day Vegan Soup & Juice Cleanse (400-800 calories per day) – great way to jump start your weight loss program!


 

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Households Find Fruits and Vegetables in Home Juicing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The home juicing trend is undergoing a resurgence as more people recognize the benefits of a diet bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables.

According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, it’s estimated that only 6 percent of individuals eat the recommended daily servings of vegetables, and only 8 percent achieve the recommended servings of fruit. Data like this are only heightening the urgency for more home juicing.

The benefits, however, go beyond simply meeting recommended daily values. The boost of antioxidants from fresh fruit and vegetable juice helps filter out built-up wastes and toxins. Raw juice strengthens cells, offering a wealth of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients, making it easier for the body to run more efficiently on a diet that’s rich in leafy greens and fruits. Benefits range from improved skin to less inflammation to stronger immune systems. Not to mention, eating fresh produce lowers the risk of diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer.

Home juicing, however, isn’t always the most convenient option. One problem is that juicing machines tend to be expensive — oftentimes several hundred dollars. Another hangup is that many adults can barely fit coffee into hectic mornings — let alone the mess after a homemade smoothie.

This is where super premium packaged juice can come in handy. These juices can be consistent with a healthy lifestyle for those on the run and who don’t want the fuss and hassle of juicing themselves.

For example, one premium juice, Naked Juice, offers one pound of fruit in every bottle. Or, if you need a boost in vegetables instead, the Power Garden line boasts ingredients like carrots, chickpeas, beets and sweet potatoes. That’s two servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit per bottle, plus tons of vitamins and fiber. Have a picky palette? That’s no excuse either. The bottled smoothies come in a smorgasbord of fruit-forward flavors.

Convenience, taste and nutrition, though, aren’t the only reasons people are drinking Naked Juice. To date, the brand has donated 75,000 pounds of fresh fruit and veggies to underserved families through a partnership with the nonprofit Wholesome Wave — a program that strives to improve access to fresh produce in products known as food deserts.

Fitmego: Personal Training, Online Coaching & Nutrition Coaching

My name is Adam Saez.

I run a personal training and online nutrition coaching business called Fitmego. I specialize in helping busy professionals improve their health, physique, and performance.

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I also encourage and teach individuals how to live a plant-based lifestyle through their eating habits while also enjoying all of what life has to offer, what I call ‘flexible dieting.’

I have been vegan since October 2017, and not only have I found no negative impact on my training, I’ve found an improvement in my overall strength and muscle size. I also experienced a reduction in pain in my lower back.

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My original motive for going vegan was watching the negative impacts of animal agriculture on our environment. I see the atrocities of what humans are doing to animals and their own health.

My goal is not to convert anyone to veganism, but rather lead by example and show others that you can lead healthier lives without causing suffering to others.

My motto is No Restrictions & No (intended) victims. Which roughly means, enjoy life to the maximum, but don’t harm others in the process.

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Visit Fitmego online!

Honest Pastures: Alternative Meat Manufacturer

honest pastures cheese plateHonest Pastures has been in the alternative meat industry for over six years, as a manufacturer and distributor of vegan goods. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the company sells to consumers, restaurants and retail locations, with new products added periodically.honest pastures kebab picture

Products include: Grillable Beaf Steaks, Signature Beaf Roasts, Corned Beaf, Gyro Beaf, Smoked Deli Slices, Veggeroni, Grillable Jackfruit Beaf Ribs, and Teriyaki Beaf.honest pastures gyro

Honest Pastures ships throughout the United States including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Visit Honest Pastures online at www.honestpastures.com!

Four Ingredients to Maximize Weight-Loss Success

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – There is no single factor that causes weight gain, and there is no single secret to weight loss. Instead, the most successful weight-loss plans target multiple factors that may contribute to weight gain.

A weight-loss plan should include eating healthy, balanced meals and getting regular exercise, as well as regular supplements. The makers of Diet 360 tablets provide a multidimensional approach to weight loss through four key ingredients:

  • Ashwagandha extract. An herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that can help regulate cortisol levels in the body. High levels of cortisol contribute to stress, which can contribute to weight gain.
  • Fucoxanthin. An antioxidant derived from brown seaweed that may help to improve metabolism, which can help the body burn more calories.
  • Blueberry leaf/bayberry bark extract. The combination of these two plant extracts has been associated with maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and promoting glucose metabolism.
  • Slimpure. A trademarked green coffee extract that is designed to help increase lean muscle mass.

In addition, these ingredients can help promote weight loss by targeting many of the factors that contribute to weight gain. Some common factors that can contribute to weight gain include:

  • Stress. Stress has been associated with binge eating, carbohydrate cravings and poor sleep, all of which can play a role in weight gain.
  • Low energy. If your metabolism is slow, you may burn fewer calories, and you may be more susceptible to weight gain.
  • Lack of lean muscle mass. A lower percentage of lean muscle mass can foster weight gain; increasing lean muscle mass can help with weight loss.
  • Unhealthy blood sugar. Unhealthy blood sugar may be associated with weight gain by promoting the creation of new fat cells.

For more information about how to simplify your weight-loss plan, visit the Diet 360 Web site: www.thebetterhealthstore.com/diet360. To order Diet 360 quickly and easily, visit the Better Health Store: www.thebetterhealthstore.com.

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