Reflections + New Year's Intentions

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Intentionally Doing Less has been my practice for the past two years. While I can't say that I've achieved this as often as I'd like, it is regularly in my consciousness, which is the first step to making something a reality. I still endeavor to have time to just sit and look out the window even if I discover that I don't really want to do that with my time.

I remember as a teenager watching a friend's mom rush around with her busy schedule, talking about friends she was seeing and...

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Ruby Roth Inspires Kids to Live with Compassion and Choose Healthy Options

Artist, educator, and pioneer, Ruby Roth, has changed the way many parents introduce a message of compassion for animals to their children. In her beautiful children's books, she illustrates for young readers why it's so important to protect and love animals. Kids possess a profound level of curiosity and intrigue for animals, so it's only natural that when children learn they are sometimes harmed, they ask "Why?" and what they can do to help the animals. Ruby's books are...

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Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine

From appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Oz, and TED talks to publishing 15 books and countless journal articles, Dr. Neal Barnard has, for decades, brought a message about the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet to mainstream audiences as well as others in medical professions. Dr. Barnard is the founding president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. He's a clinical researcher, an adjunct professor, author, and one of the leading advocates for health,...

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Animal Activist Extraordinaire Bruce Friedrich

Bruce Friedrich is a seasoned activist having spent 15 years running campaigns for PETA, including overseeing the production of Meet Your Meat, a documentary that introduced many people to the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses. His masterminded creativity and fearlessness have gotten a lot of attention for the plight of our animal friends. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to chat with him about how he's making a difference for animals–and how you can,...

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Where do you get your protein?

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I've been asked this question so many times since becoming vegan (heck, even when I became vegetarian!) that I've lost track. This seems to be such a big concern that I want to touch briefly on a few of the issues and possibly allay some fears. A friend of mine recently answered this questions by saying, "The short answer is 'everywhere'!" In fact, you may be surprised to know that most plant foods contain protein.

If you eat high-quality, nutritious, plant-based foods in standard portions,...

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Grilled Tempeh Reubens

Easy to prepare and relatively quick to make, these flavorful Reubens take about 40 minutes from prep to assembly.

I recommend serving these hearty sandwiches with a crisp, fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Grilled Tempeh Reubens
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Tempeh
1/2 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
16 ounces tempeh, sliced width-wise, and then into thirds to make 12 thick sheets total

Caramelized Onions
1/2 teaspoon...

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Dr. Michael Greger Empowers Others to Make Science-Based Nutrition Decisions

Whether presenting ways to reduce chronic disease risk or discussing the potassium deficiency inherent in almost 98 percent of American diets, Dr. Michael Greger provides us with well-researched and empowering nutrition information through his videos on NutritionFacts.org. As a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker, Dr. Greger has a knack for presenting complex nutrition topics in a way that everyone can understand. Dr. Greger also serves as the Director of...

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Actress, Producer, and Animal Activist Emily Deschanel

Recently joining the Board of Directors of Farm Sanctuary, actor and producer Emily Deschanel has a powerful presence in front of–and behind–the cameras of her hit television show Bones. Through her leading role as Dr. Temperance Brennan, Emily has used the platform to bring animal rights issues to the screen, having produced shows that touch on topics such as dog fighting and factory farming. Off-screen, Emily is a loving wife and mother who faces the same challenges all of us...

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President and Co-founder of PETA Ingrid Newkirk

Since its founding in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been a powerful force in the animal rights movement. Their investigations, media campaigns, celebrity ads, videos, and overall advocacy effectively grab the attention of millions. As co-founder, president, and all-around champion for animals, Ingrid Newkirk has been at the helm of it all. Ingrid joined me to talk about where it all began -- and the miles we have left to go to protect animals.

Allison...

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Nutrition Researcher, Speaker, Author, and Leader Brenda Davis

Wouldn't we all love to look this good in our mid 50s? As registered dietitian Brenda Davis shows us, it's definitely possible! Brenda is a leader by all definitions of the word. She led amazing work on diabetes intervention research projects in the Marshall Islands, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, and the co-author of nine books! Her work in the field of nutrition is beyond inspiring, and the impact she has on so many lives will soon be as vibrantly clear to you as it is to me....

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