Chronic Planet was originally created as a platform to promote conversation about environmental and public health, plant-based living, and the direct connection between these. Because of my desire to normalize veganism for all ages, it is now primarily a place where families can come for support in transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. On the blog you will find thoughts and information about veganism and public health, and the occasional recipe from my own kitchen. Here, you will find ways to work with me, such as plant-based lifestyle coaching, speaking, and writing. Drop me a line anytime — I would love to get to know you!
Why the plant-based emphasis?
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan
Simple: Eat more plants, live a healthier, more connected life. Leading a plant-based lifestyle reaches far beyond diet or labeling someone/something as “vegan” or “vegetarian”. Living in a more Earth-centric way reconnects us with our personal state of health and natural surroundings, an awareness that is often derailed by the distractions of life and the acceptance of our current situation at any given time as “the norm”. We have forgotten how to use food in its purest form, to cook with our hands and reap the benefits of the finished masterpiece. Contrary to popular belief, this disconnection with our food doesn’t originate from societal laziness; much of the food available to us, advertised at us, and advocated for with controversial funding, is so often tainted by outside interests that it is no wonder America eats the way it does (and has the public health challenges it does).
Plant-based living is what I would call a “gateway lifestyle”. Without much effort, it makes you think twice about where food comes from, the social, environmental, and political issues that influence consumerism. Plant-based living teaches us how powerful individual choices can be, how we can actually use our diet as a tool to not only impact our personal health outcomes, but also the environment, welfare of animals, and state of the world around us. Plant-based living simultaneously exposes us to a network of issues in public health we may not have previously considered and, in turn, increases the personal value of our decisions. Whether you’re five, or ninety-five, you will find that these things are all connected.
Warning: Adopting a plant-based lifestyle may make you a more compassionate, present, and profound human being.
What does “chronic planet” mean?
“In nature, nothing exists alone.” – Rachel Carson
Today’s world is in a perpetual cause-and-effect relationship with its population. Humans destroy Mother Nature and drain resources at an alarming rate, we contaminate our water sources with our own agricultural and industrial waste, we seek and demand cheap and unsafe consumer products and convenience foods to be compatible with busy lifestyles, and we are constantly competing with a variety of interests at every level, often without knowing it. By allowing such an environment to endure, we, in turn, suffer from perhaps the most radial aspect of public health: preventable disease. Human behaviors are directly related to the condition of our environment and, ultimately, our resulting state of health. One could say that over time man has created, and now sustains, a chronic planet. What can we do? Go plant-based and rake in the knowledge – you will be amazed at the potential you never knew you had.
Together, we can change chronic disease, food overwhelm and dissociation into chronic compassion, wellness, sustainability, and connection.
What are you waiting for?