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Hello my beautiful plant-eaters, I love this month's topic.   It has been said that alkalinity could be the key to living a long and disease-free life, and that disease and disorder cannot take root in a body that has a balanced pH. That’s no small feat! This could be something that has a life-or-death impact on us. How do we ensure we have a balanced pH? I have amazing news. Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods, which are fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed plant-based sources of protein, result in a more alkaline pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. (2) In fact, a 2012 review from the Journal of Environmental Health found that balancing the body’s pH though an alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments. (1) That is how we get this right  — by eating plants! Simply

Hello my beautiful plant-eaters, We are tackling a big topic today. I’m excited about it. This particular topic impacts energy levels, sleep, comfortable, pain, mood, and more. According to a Harvard Medical School report, it plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s. Do you know the ailment to which I’m referring? It’s inflammation. Now, inflammation isn’t all bad. The human body is designed for homeostasis and self-healing. Inflammation is intended for that. It is a cellular response to injury that helps the injury heal, in partnership with the immune system. The key difference here is that the inflammation can morph and persist for months or even years even when there is no specific injury or disease. The importance of this issue is very meaningful to me, as my goal

I have good news. Your veggies are packed with Calcium! So you can definitely put down the cow’s milk (if you haven’t already, and you’ll automatically reduce inflammation when you do). Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and 99% of it is stored in our bones and teeth. Calcium does a lot for us — it helps build bones, supports nerve conduction, heartbeat regulation, muscle function, and weight maintenance. Since we need other nutrients to help us digest and absorb Calcium (like Magnesium i.e., avocado, Vitamin D i.e., mushrooms, and Vitamin K i.e., broccoli) it’s best to get the Calcium we need from real food sources. What are some of these sources? There are plenty! Such as: Chia seeds Kale Okra Bok Choy Almonds Broccoli Rhubarb Amaranth Watercress Soybeans/Edamame Tofu Tempeh Tahini Figs White Beans Navy Beans Lentils Almond Butter Cabbage Collard Greens

"Local" has become a bit of a buzzword, hasn't it? More and more people are realizing the benefits of local, organic produce, as well as the importance of knowing where their food comes from. Have you ever noticed the little signs or stickers in the grocery store produce section that show the food's country of origin? Here’s the thing, locally grown foods contain more nutrients. Here’s why — food picked while in season, from nearby farms, has a shorter travel time to you, which means more nutrients are retained by the time you eat it. How local is local, you ask? Let’s just say, the closer the better. It could come from your home state or region, or within 50-100 miles, or maybe from farmers that you personally meet at the market. Local is really about small-scale, community-based values. We are especially fortunate being in California and

Hello my fellow plant lovers! I am personally very thankful today to have the opportunity to write to you about how your body appreciates and responds to you eating more plant-based, whole foods. It’s a subject that is near and dear to my heart, considering how many people are lost to heart disease In America every single day. By choosing more plants, you are choosing a path to a longer life with more natural energy and vitality — and you’re setting an example for those around you. Thank you! In my line of work as a Wellness Coach, I am lucky enough to see people transform, and then I get to see their family members transform as well, and then I get to hear about how their family friends and colleagues are starting to as well. I hear about them ordering Planted Table for their

Name: Adam Massey Lives in: Lafayette, CA Occupation: Dad, Husband, Fierce Athlete and Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships at a small company called Google :) Q: Why did you chose Planted Table? What drew you to the idea of a plant based meal delivery service, specifically Planted Table? A: My dear friend had heard about Planted Table just before the launch, and told my wife about it. I was 40 at that time, and recovering from a recent heart attack which was a total shock and had me highly motivated to change my diet and lifestyle. I was lost, trying to find a way to get my nutrition on track and I was looking for help so the timing could not have been better. Q: What were your personal goals for a healthy lifestyle and how did Planted Table fit into that? A: I desperately wanted to make a full

Hello my fellow plant eaters, Let’s talk about vitamin B-12. It’s a hot topic! B-12 helps us with our cells, brain and nerve functions, and supports the central nervous system. It’s super important. This can impact mood and energy levels and a deficit can cause a lack of energy, confusion, mood swings, a quick and intense response to stress, and more. Have you heard that plant-based eaters might be at risk for getting too little B-12?  Well, here’s the reality. What a lot of people don’t realize is that vitamin B-12 is not only sourced from animal products, but is actually solely bacteria based. It is synthesized by bacteria so it is found in areas of bacterial growth, like dirt and soil. For 1000s of years human beings ingested bits of much needed soil while eating their vegetable roots, but today we wash that

In the work I do, people often tell me that they want to truly feel their best. They also tell me they want to be educated about how various foods affect their body and how to use them to their advantage. Enter one of the most powerful foods on the planet: MICRO GREENS. Sometimes referred to as sprouts (which have a slightly longer grow time), these baby herbs are a nutritional powerhouse. Although they are physically smaller than a mature vegetable green, micro greens contain the highest nutrient levels because their vitamin, mineral, polyphenol and antioxidant content is concentrated! One study found that levels in micro greens were 40 times higher than mature leaves. Most micro green varieties are rich in Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Copper. These minerals are crucial for our health, considering the Standard American Diet is greatly lacking. Recent research

Soy has been a highly debated topic. Here are some quick points around the pro’s and con’s for you. As a rule of thumb, it needs to be organic. In Japan, one of the healthiest places on earth, soy is a prevalent staple because it is non-GMO. GMO soy kills off good bacteria and could lead to a lot of the diseases we are trying to avoid. The healthiest form of soy is fermented soy, such as natto, miso, and tempeh. These are each rich in probiotics as well as fiber, iron, magnesium, protein, and zinc. They are known as a “powerhouse of nutrition” for their benefits of increasing immunity, treating gastrointestinal conditions, and fighting cancer (1). Non-fermented soy, like soy-milk and tofu, contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones. According to Michael Greger, M.D., soy seems to have both anti-estrogen and pro-estrogenic effects (3).