Young Vegan Cyborg speaks on Plant-Based Nutrition and Daily Fitness

Sometimes the wellness inspiration comes from our seeds. For example, 11-year old Kaiyana Rawlins — the daughter of Fit Father’s founder Kimatni D. Rawlins — breaks down her love for sports, why she feels good on a daily basis, where energy for her four activities comes from (soccer, basketball, competitive jump rope and volleyball) as a vegan kid and minor challenges she faces amongst her peers. She also runs in between strength training and eats cruciferous green veggies like candy. So remember, always eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life!

Undefeated Vegan Arm Wrestler Kimatni D. Rawlins

5-0 at the Auto Show for the Vegan Pro!

The is the look of despair when you’re about to lose an arm wrestling match to a Vegan Cyborg, a Fit Father, and a member of the Eagles’ Bird Gang. I didn’t hold back at the Washington Auto Show against five challengers that were half my age of 44 or much bigger as I heckled them on plant-based health and fitness during consecutive defeats just to prove how superior veganism can be. One dude came back to try the left arm and met the same fate. Muscle endurance is key in such competitions in addition to plant consumption. I’m always open for more and ready to defend my honor if I have any challengers? Dilly Dilly!

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Plant-Based Diets Lower Cholesterol

Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets reduce cholesterol levels, according to a review and meta-analysis authored by Physician Committee researchers and published in Nutrition Reviews. Researchers reviewed 49 observational and intervention studies that compared vegetarian and vegan diets with omnivorous diets and their effects on plasma lipids. Vegetarian diets lowered total cholesterol levels as well as LDL and HDL levels when compared to omnivorous diets. The greatest benefit on lipid levels was seen in those who followed vegan diets. Plant-based diets typically reduce body weight and saturated fat intake, which may benefit cholesterol management. These findings support previous associations of decreased cholesterol levels and vegetarian, especially vegan, diets.

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Meatless Monday Movement Celebrates Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to honor our planet we call home. For those who want to make a positive difference on the environment this week, and every week of the year, there’s an easy delicious way: join the Meatless Monday movement. Meatless Monday is a grassroots movement organized and promoted by advocates around the world who inspire individuals, schools, restaurants and even entire governments to get involved. Currently, there are home-grown initiatives in more than 40 countries, pledging to “one day a week, cut out meat” for their health and the health of the planet. [Read more…]

A Visit to the Barnard Medical Center

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

So I made it to the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for my first plant-based doctor’s appointment and a tour of the facilities. Thanks to publicist Jessica Frost and Dania DePas, M.A. I was also able to connect with friend and associate Neal Barnard, M.D. and Dr. Steve Neabore to discuss the state of American health. With chronic diseases so prevalent in our culture and growing daily, the number 1 solution we have control over is to correct our diets and eliminate S.A.D (Standard American Diet) entirely. It’s amazing how the plant kingdom is taking over 360.

However, the journey continues since 1.6 million Americans alone die annually from premature death resulting from the top 15 chronic diseases with heart disease being number 1 at 400,000 yearly deaths. According to “How Not To Die” by Michael Greger, M.D., 20 million Americans are diabetic which can lead to amputations, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes or death. As it relates to cancer, the three digestive cancers — colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal — kill 100,000 Americans yearly. Yet, the number one diminishing factor in the majority of these cases are the types of foods eaten and lifestyle choices made. How we nourish or degrade our bodies is the key to life enhancement or degradation. It’s time to focus on prevention from smart and positive choices opposed to reaction from negative diagnoses. Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. One Love.

For more information on the Barnard Medical Center or to make an appointment visit www.barnardmedical.org.

5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016 4th floor
202-527-7500

 

It Was Written: Running, Eating, Thinking

IMG_0676Hello friends, family and Fit Fathers.

Well, it’s here, my first book experience. I would like to thank many of you such as Sally Eastwood, Warren Brown, Brian Armstead and a few more who kept me encouraged to write and share my passion for health, life enhancement and family strengthening. But of course it all wouldn’t have been possible without friend and publisher Martin Rowe who created the editorial opportunity. So if you are based in NY or the surrounding areas please do join Lantern Books, Fit Fathers and Vegan Pro at BookCourt (163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201) Sept 24th at 6:30 pm for an evening of food and fun in celebration of the launch of Lantern’s new “Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology.” [Read more…]

Eating on a Plant-Based Diet

food_heart-1024x901When my two daughters ask me why we decided to go plant-based, I think back to dinnertime when I was growing up in the 1970s in Camden, New Jersey. Keeping the fridge and cupboards stocked was problematic for my mother, so my two younger sisters and I would take a vote on what was ideal based on the limited ingredients. Three out of seven days we had “breakfast for dinner,” since there was always a carton of eggs, milk, pancake mix, and a few slices of bacon lying around. On special days we would have BLTs on toasted Wonder Bread—yes, that white bread that turns into paste when wet—layered with mayonnaise and a yokey fried egg. Other nights, my mother would serve fried liver with mashed potatoes or white rice or macaroni. [Read more…]