For a few years, some friends have been saying I should write a book, or a cookbook. Recently, I began to think seriously about doing it. So, when my friend, Kimberly Winters, posted that she was starting her new Ultimate Blog Challenge, I decided it was time for me to join, too. Making a commitment to write daily seems like a good step toward a book, and will be a way to coordinate information with my YouTube channel, Instagram and other social media posts.

While I may include some recipes in my book and in some blogs, the focus of these blogs will take a broader look at health and longevity based on my personal experience, my trainings and the science that supports a long healthy life.

The food we eat has a direct impact on our health, but it’s only part of the picture. It is a part that we generally have control over, so it is a place where we can create results, sometimes rather quickly. I personally have found great benefits in switching to a whole foods plant based/vegan diet. Not only physically, but also being more in integrity with my desire to help preserve the Earth and do the least harm to all her inhabitants, animals, humans and the total environment.

Having spent a large part of my adult life as a wildlife artist, my concern for the environment started back in the 1970s. However, our cultural programming is strong, and it was not until 2011 that I broke through the cognitive dissonance and made the connection between how we are raising and consuming animals and the devastation we are causing to our planet.

In 2012 I watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives”, based on T. Colin Campbell’s book “The China Study”, and knew a whole food plant based/vegan diet was the path for me. I realized saying I loved animals while still eating them was completely out of alignment. I had been looking at the science for health and longevity for several years before that, but after reading “The China Study”, I enrolled in Dr. Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition Course through eCornell University and received my certification.

Besides the food we eat, we have other lifestyle factors that contribute to our long term health, including movement, water, rest, and relationships. We have the opportunity to make conscious choices in these and other areas that can contribute to our personal health as well as those around us. Tai Chi and Qigong are my favorite forms of conscious movement, but I also love dancing.

So, over the next thirty days, I will be sharing some of my insights on creating a conscious and healthy life, and a few fun adventures along the way.

Stay tuned!

You can also find more of what I am up to on my Instagram pages @cechealth18 and @stoneart2wear and my YouTube channel (Conscious Eating Consulting)  @consciouseatingconsulting3135