My Experience Attending the Plant-Based Prevention Of Disease Conference

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About a month ago, I heard about the P-POD Conference, a plant-based prevention of disease conference being held in Raleigh, NC. I immediately knew I need to go. I started looking at the speakers who would be speaking, and that just made me even more excited. If you know anything about plant-based nutrition, you know Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. He was going to be one of the main speakers there, and that just confirmed I needed to be there.

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Dr. Esselstyn sharing how he’s reversed heart disease in his patients with food alone!

On Thursday after my last class of the day, I headed down the mountain. I live close to Raleigh, so I just stayed at home and drove back and forth each day for the conference. It was great being home for a few days, because I got to snuggle with our pup Toby and see my family.

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My Experience Living Off Food Stamps

I am currently taking a Community Nutrition class for my undergraduate major. In this class we learn about the nutrition needs in a community. We have recently been covering food insecurity, as well as the government, state, and local programs/agencies that help with the huge population of people that are food insecure. As part of our course, we are required to participate in the SNAP Challenge. The SNAP challenge is essentially living off of food stamps. We are only required to participate in the challenge for three days. In these three days, we were only allowed to eat off of $4.10/day totaling $12.30 for the entire three days. We were not allowed to eat any food that we already had, or accept food from anyone.

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My Experience Going to Natural Chef School

This summer I attended Central Carolina Community College’s Natural Chef certification program in Pittsboro, NC. For a while I’ve been wanting to attend culinary school to gain a deeper knowledge and experience in cooking. But I knew that I didn’t really want to spend an entire two years going to culinary school to get an associates degree.

When I found out that I could become not only a certified Chef, but a certified Natural Chef in just one summer I knew that this was an amazing opportunity for me and my career. The program offered by CCCC is a certificate program, that is one of just three in the country. Also, it is available at a super affordable price.

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My Experience: Eating Vegan at Disney

Recently, my family and I took a trip to the magical world of Disney for Spring break. This included four days of all day walking, riding rides, hunting down characters, dancing through Mainstreet, catching monorails, and just having a blast. All of this left no time for cooking, which meant quick and easy meals/snacks throughout the day. Here are some ways I ate healthy and saved money while enjoying being on vacation at the most magical place in the world…

1. Find a grocery store, and stock up

The first thing I did when arriving, was find the closest grocery store, to buy snacks and foods to last the week. I had never been to a Publix before, so I was pretty excited to go to one.

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