EcoTrek, VegFest, Classes, Potlucks and MORE!

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We’ve teamed up with Cari Draft of EcoTrek Fitness to have some Plant Powered EcoTrecks and get us moving!  We’ve trekked through Grand Rapids and Lakeshore parks, and they have been a BLAST! More are coming up, so mark your calendars and plan to come together!

Whether the day is sunny, sprinkling or powdery snow, we will be walking in our beautiful West Michigan playground! Get your body moving, breathe the fresh air and continue our support of each other toward vibrant health!!

Ferrysberg Morning Trek (EARTH DAY!):  Sat April 22nd 10-11:15am @ Coast Guard Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook link HERE!

Grand Rapids Evening Trek:  Wednesday May 30th, 6-7:15pm @Johnson Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook link HERE!

A portion of the proceeds BENEFIT the PLANT POWERED FOR HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP!!
Drop-in’s welcome, but your RSVP is appreciated for planning!

All fitness levels welcome – email cari@ecotrekfitness.com with questions regarding your specific health/fitness level, the routes, what the workout is, etc!

LET’S DO IT!!!

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Food For Life class Tuesday!

How Foods Fight Heart Disease
TUESDAY, APRIL 24 | 6-8 PM

What you eat can have a major effect in helping prevent or reverse heart disease, and Sheri will show you how! Cooking demo and samples included.

This class is free to attend, however donations are gladly accepted! Space is very limited.  To reserve your spot email plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com.

Instructor: Sheri Orlekoski RN BS | Food For Life Instructor | Plant Powered for Health

Location:
Soulistic Sisters Studio
3303 Remembrance Rd NW Suite 3
Grand Rapids, MI 49534

About Soulistic Sisters Studio:  We’ve created a small (by design) space to host a variety of wellness classes and workshops for mind, body + soul. In our studio we offer Yoga, Mindfulness, Arts & Crafts and other opportunities to learn + grow into the best version of you.
Check them out!

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VegMichigan’s VegFest in Novi is right around the corner and the excitement is building!

Speakers include:

*The Detroit Lions’ starting running back Theo Riddick
*PBS favorite Dr. Joel Fuhrman
*America’s Healthy Heart Doctor Dr. Joel Kahn
*Caroline Trapp, DNP, who will discuss diet and diabetes
*Paul Chatlin, Founder and President of the Plant Based Nutrition
Support Group, and severe heart disease survivor
*Debby Knight Jones and Denise Kling Pelto of Plant-Healthy Gals
*Chef Amber Poupore of the Clean Plate and The Cocoa Tree Cafe

AND MORE!!!
Come and enjoy amazing restaurants, free taste samples, celebrity and expert presentations, cooking demos, cruelty-free shopping, fun for the kids, and more!. Get your advance tickets online for only $14 ( $17 on the day of event). Plus, your advance tickets will be emailed to you so you can conveniently print your tickets from home. For more information visit: VegMichigan.org  Held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Also Facebook Invitation HERE.
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Newsletter with more upcoming events, click here! Not getting this newsletter to your inbox?  Email Sheri:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Wed. Potluck TONIGHT, hear about Jim’s incredible health change; Eating You Alive THURS. NIGHT ONLY NATIONWIDE!

Reminder, TONIGHT, Wed. April 4th, Plant Powered for Health Meeting 6-8pm!

Tomorrow, Thurs. April 5th-National ONE NIGHT ONLY showing of Eating You Alive in theaters, locally in GR at Celebration Cinema North.  Also in Holland and Kalamazoo.  See today’s newsletter for more details and upcoming events!  https://mailchi.mp/4b7c4a78d732/ecotrek_jimb_eya-1383182

Did you receive this newsletter to your email inbox?  If not, please click the link above, and then “subscribe” to the newsletter (upper left hand corner).  Then ADD sheri@plantpoweredforhealth.com to your email contact list!

See you tonight!

EcoTrek TONIGHT! Jim’s Incredible Health, Movie Night and MORE!

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We have teamed up with Cari Draft of EcoTrek Fitness to have some Plant Powered EcoTrecks and get us moving!  We’ve had Grand Rapids and lakeshore treks, and they were a BLAST! More are coming up, so mark your calendars and plan to come together!

Whether the day is sunny, sprinkling or powdery snow, we will be walking in our beautiful West Michigan playground! Get your body moving, breathe the fresh air and continue our support of each other toward vibrant health!
 
 Next up:

Evening Trek:  Thursday March 29th, 6:30pm @Richmond Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook link HERE!
 
A portion of the proceeds BENEFIT the PLANT POWERED FOR HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP!!
Drop-in’s welcome, but your RSVP is appreciated for planning!

All fitness levels welcome – email cari@ecotrekfitness.com with questions regarding your specific health/fitness level, the routes, what the workout is, etc!

LET’S DO IT!!!

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Plant Powered for Health
Potluck and Meeting Wednesday April 4th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm! 

Potluck! Food Demos! Success Stories! 

Our meeting will feature Jim Balla, who will share his incredible story of health recovery! On a recent podcast, he was described as a “literal walking miracle”. After surviving a near-death crisis and possible long term care, he took control of his heath through the McDougall Diet!! Diabetes, Arthritis, high cholesterol and more GONE, and he lost some weight too… he’s “half the man he used to be”!! Come hear him share his journey to health!!

**Suggested theme for the potluck is McDougall style recipes if you’re game!**

The address is:

GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

If you aren’t sure what to bring, see the Facebook invitation for ideas or just bring yourself!

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com

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Can’t wait to see you there!!

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EatingYouAlive

The highly anticipated plant-based documentary Eating You Alive will play on more than 560 screens across the United States April 5th!.

This feature-length documentary looks at why so many Americans are in ill-health – and how that can be changed.

Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and erectile dysfunction.

Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before.

Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.  (Watch the trailer)


Join us Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now!!

Grand Rapids:  Celebration! Cinema North
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Holland: Goodrich Holland 7
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Kalamazoo:  Goodrich Kalamazoo 10

We have ONE NIGHT to make a difference!!!

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Meet Up, Eat Up and Support Plant Powered for Health!!

Plant Powered for Health, your local plant based nutrition support group, would love to see you at Pieology for dinner meetup **Tuesday April 10th from 4-8pm!!** (note date change)

Pieology has delicious wood fired pizza with an array of beautiful toppings and salads, so do not miss this chance to enjoy great food and help support Plant Powered for Health from 4- 8 PM. Dine in or take out, vegan, gluten free and oil free options too. Just tell them we sent you!!

Plant Powered for Health is collaborating with Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG.org) and all sales will help to fund our group meetings and events! Bring everyone you know!

This is located across the street from Knapp’s Corner at the Knapp’s Crossing complex in front of D&W Grocery store.

Please SHARE this event with ALL your friends!! Thank you for your support and SEE YOU THERE!!

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In the Grand Rapids Area
– Other locations noted in parenthesis-

Save the Dates!
*Thursday March 29th 6:30-7:45pm:  Plant Powered EcoTrek Adventure at Richmond Park!  Facebook invitation HERE! Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Wednesday, April 4th, 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health potluck and meeting! Special guest: Jim Balla, a literal walking miracle!  Facebook invitation HERE! Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 pm: (Nationwide, Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo locally)

The highly anticipated plant-based documentary Eating You Alive will play on more than 560 screens across the United States April 5th!
Grand Rapids:  Celebration! Cinema North
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Holland: Goodrich Holland 7
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Kalamazoo:  Goodrich Kalamazoo 10

*Tuesday April 10th 4-8pm: Meet up/Eat up/Fundraiser at Pieology! (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!)  Facebook invitation HERE

*Monday, April 16th, 5:45pm (Holland):  Meatless Monday Vegan/vegetarian, but a few WFPB no oil people attend. Spring renewal theme.  Facebook invitation HERE! 
*Sunday April 29th, 10:30am-5:00pm (Novi Michigan): VegMichigan’s VegFest Facebook Invitation HERE

*Sunday October 7th 10:30am-5:00pm:  Our own local Grand Rapids VegFest!!
More to come!!! More food meet ups, and fun coming up!  Join us TONIGHT for our April meeting to plan!!
 

Reminder, our main meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events!  We also have a Facebook group where we can visit and share between meetings, click here and request to join.  You may also follow our blog, plantpoweredforhealth.com for news and events! Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Would you like to be a financial supporter in any amount?  We appreciate all help big or small!
Paypal:  paypal.me/PlantPower!

Can’t wait to see you!

Food, Friends, Science and Support!!

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Plant Based Superstars in Detroit and current Grand Rapids Events!

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Get your tickets at the door for this fantastic night with PBNSG.org!  LET’S CARPOOL to the event TOGETHER!!
Sheri’s car still has 1-2 seats available and if we have more we can caravan!  Email:  plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

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Plant Powered for Health
Potluck and Meeting Wednesday March 7th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!

The address is:

GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

If you aren’t sure what to bring, see the Facebook invitation for ideas or just bring yourself!

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com

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Can’t wait to see you there!!

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We are teaming up with Cari Draft of EcoTrek Fitness to have some Plant Powered EcoTrecks and get us moving!  We’ve had one in GR and one on the lakeshore, and they were a BLAST! More are coming up, so mark your calendars and plan to come together!

Whether the day is sunny, sprinkling or powdery snow, we will be walking in our beautiful West Michigan playground! Get your body moving, breathe the fresh air and continue our support of each other toward vibrant health!

Morning Trek:  Sat March 24th 9am @ Johnson Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook link HERE!

Evening Trek:  Thursday March 29th, 6:30pm @Richmond Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook link HERE!

A portion of the proceeds BENEFIT the PLANT POWERED FOR HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP!!
RSVP and reserve your space today!

All fitness levels welcome – email cari@ecotrekfitness.com with questions regarding your specific health/fitness level, the routes, what the workout is, etc!

LET’S DO IT!!!
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*Wednesday, March 7th, 6-8pm:    Plant Powered for Health potluck and meeting! Facebook invitation HERE!Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Saturday March 24th 9-10:15am:  Plant Powered EcoTrek Adventure at Johnson Park! Facebook invitation HERE!Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Thursday March 28th 6:30-7:45pm:  Plant Powered EcoTrek Adventure at Richmond Park!  Facebook invitation HERE!Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Wednesday, April 4th, 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health potluck and meeting! Facebook invitation HERE!Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com

*Thursday April 12th 4-8pm: Meet up/Eat up/Fundraiser at Pieology!  Facebook invitation HERE

*Sunday April 29th, 10:30am-5:00pm (Novi Michigan): VegMichigan’s VegFest Facebook Invitation HERE

*Sunday October 7th 10:30am-5:00pm:  Our own local Grand Rapids VegFest!!

More to come!!! More food meet ups, and fun coming up!  Join us for our March meeting to plan!!

Reminder, our main meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events!  We also have a Facebook group where we can visit and share between meetings, click here and request to join.  You may also follow our blog, plantpoweredforhealth.com for news and events! Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Would you like to be a financial supporter in any amount?  We appreciate all help big or small!
Paypal:  paypal.me/PlantPower!

Can’t wait to see you!

Food, Friends, Science and Support!!

Plant Based Discussion Panel, Potluck, Group Hike and More!

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Plant Based Diet Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 23rd
5:30pm to 7pm
Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus

 

Have you been wanting to learn more about a plant-based diet and its health benefits? Do you want to take control of your health, gain energy, lose weight, and feel better? If yes, we hope you can join us for a Plant Based Diet Panel discussion on January 23!

We have four incredible speakers who will discuss the health benefits of a plant-based diet and touch on some of the frequently asked questions about following a plant-based diet!
*Kristi Artz, MD, Board certified Emergency Medicine physician and Physician Lead for the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine Program, Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist through Tulane University, Certified Plant-based Nutrition through Cornell University and Volunteer Physician Moderator for NutritionFacts.org, Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

*Greg Stacey, MA, RD, Heart and Lung Transplant Dietitian

*Sheri Orlekoski, BS HCSA, RN, Registered Nurse in Stroke Rehabilitation, Founder of Plant Powered for Health Support Group, Certified Food For Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM.org, Certified in Plant-based Nutrition through Cornell University

*Paul Chatlin, Founder & Chairman PBNSG.org

*Moderator – Kaylee Swanson, MSB, Senior Foundation Specialist at Spectrum Health Foundation, Volunteer at Plant Based Roots

Whether you are already plant-based or want to learn more about how to eat more plants, we hope you can join us!

January 23 from 5:30pm to 7pm at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus in the East Auditorium located at 100 Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

The event and parking are free. Please park in Ramp 7 located at the northeast corner of Michigan and Coit Ave.

Contact Kaylee Swanson: kaylee.swanson@spectrumhealth.org for more information

SHARE-SHARE-SHARE!! Facebook Invitation HERE!

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The award-winning film Forks Over Knives examined how a whole-food, plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

For the first time ever, we will be streaming Forks Over Knives free, all weekend long January 26–28, 2018. Click the link below to gain access: 

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Plant Powered for Health Potluck and Meeting

Wednesday February 7th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!

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Our friend and group member Nikki Rankin went on adventure to the True North Health Clinic in Santa Rose California! At our next meeting, she’ll tell us about her experience with the experts!

 

 

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EcoTrek Fitness expert Cari Draft will join us to lead us in some simple stretches and warmups! We are going to learn about upcoming Plant Powered EcoTrek adventures to get us moving!

 

 

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Food For Life Instructor and Registered Nurse Sheri Orlekoski will lead a hot topic discussion about different types of fasting, and explore what the benefits and risks associated with ketogenic diets!

The address is:

GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

If you aren’t sure what to bring, see the Facebook invitation for ideas or just bring yourself!

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com


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Let’s get moving friends!

We’re going to have Plant Powered EcoTrek adventures in West Michigan!

We’re teaming up with Cari Draft for some outdoor walks/hikes/adventures. Get your body moving, breathe the fresh air and continue our support of each other toward vibrant health!

Thurs Feb 8th 6pm @ Richmond Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person.

**SPACES ARE LIMITED, and a portion of the proceeds BENEFIT the PLANT POWERED FOR HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP!**

RSVP and reserve your space by Paypal today! paypal.me/PlantPower

Richmond Park Facebook invitation: CLICK HERE 

PS-Sheri’s Birthday is Feb 10th, and for her birthday, she is requesting your presence as a great birthday present!

Other upcoming events:

Sun Feb 11th 1pm @ Coast Guard Park (Ferrysberg) EcoTrek workout, $10 per person  Facebook invitation: CLICK HERE

Sat March 24th 9am @ Johnson Park EcoTrek workout, $10 per person (date tentative)

Let’s DO IT!

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In the Grand Rapids Area
– Other locations noted in parenthesis-

Save the Dates!

Snip20160904_12*Tuesday, January 23rd 5:30-7:00pm: Plant Based Diet Panel Discussion at Spectrum Health!  Facebook Invitation HERE, and please contact Kaylee Swanson for more information! kalyee.swanson@spectrumhealth.org
 

FOK*Friday-Sunday January 26th-28th (Online):  Forks Over Knives free streaming watch & win event!  https://wn.nr/4GpgKF

 

Snip20160904_12*Wednesday, February 7th, 6-8pm:    Plant Powered for Health potluck and meeting Facebook invitation HERE!

 

Snip20160904_12*Thurs, Feb 8th, 6-7:15pm:  Plant Powered EcoTrek Adventure at Richmond Park! Facebook invitation HERE!
 

Snip20160904_12*Sun, Feb 11th, 1:00-2:15pm (Ferrysberg):  Plant Powered EcoTrek Adventure -Coast Guard Park! Facebook invitation HERE!
 

Snip20160904_12*Monday, Feb 12th, 4:00-8:00pm (TENTATIVE):  Pieology-Meet Up and Eat Up Fundraiser!  Eat delicious pizza and salad while helping to support our group! Mix and mingle with friends too!  What a great deal!  Facebook invitation HERE!

f35c43e5-ce10-4788-a35f-87602e203fdb*Monday, Feb 19th, 5:45pm (Holland):  Meatless Monday Vegan/vegetarian, but a few WFPB no oil people attend.  Info HERE!

 

e09099ca-86f9-4325-87a5-fb68dc86f9af*Wednesday, February 28th, 6:30-8:30pm:  PBNSG presents Dr. Robert Ostfeld and Tim Kaufman (Fat Man Rants)!  Details coming to PBNSG.org

 

Snip20160904_12*Wednesday, March 7th, 6-8pm:    Plant Powered for Health potluck and meeting!
 
More to come!!! More food meet ups, and fun coming up!  Join us for our February meeting to plan!!
Reminder, our main meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events!  We also have a Facebook group where we can visit and share between meetings, click here and request to join.   Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com

Would you like to be a financial supporter in any amount?  We appreciate all help big or small!
Paypal:  paypal.me/PlantPower!

Can’t wait to see you!

Food, Friends, Science and Support!

 

Jumpstart Your New Year-Together!

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Potluck and Meeting Wednesday January 3rd, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!

Jumpstart your New Year’s goals, and support each other to be our best!!

 The address is:

GRCC DeVos Campus-Steward Edward White Hall Dining Room

415 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We have permission to park for free in the parking lot of the administration building! Need directions? plantpoweredforhealth.com/about

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com
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PBNSG Presents:

Kicking Off Your Best Year Yet with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD

Wednesday January 10th, 2018

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
(Beverly Hills Michigan)

PBNSG is so excited to have Dr. Joel Fuhrman return to speak at their biggest meeting of the year on January 10th, 2018. What a great way to start the New Year right!

He is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher, specializing in preventing and reversing disease with nutrition. Dr. Fuhrman will draw on his incredible wealth of nutrition information and medical knowledge to help us understand the health risks associated with processed and fast food consumption. Always a favorite, we look forward to hearing about his latest research and his new book, Fast Food Genocide. Fast food is more than just the burgers, fries, and burritos; it is also the engineered products found in every grocery store.

To reserve your spot, click here or visit PBNSG.org!

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Plant Based Diet Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 23rd
5:30pm to 7pm
Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus

Have you been wanting to learn more about a plant-based diet and its health benefits? Do you want to take control of your health, gain energy, lose weight, and feel better? If yes, we hope you can join us for a Plant Based Diet Panel discussion on January 23!

We have four incredible speakers who will discuss the health benefits of a plant-based diet and touch on some of the frequently asked questions about following a plant-based diet!

*Kristi Artz, MD, Board certified Emergency Medicine physician and Physician Lead for the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine Program, Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist through Tulane University, Certified Plant-based Nutrition through Cornell University and Volunteer Physician Moderator for NutritionFacts.org, Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

*Greg Stacey, MA, RD, Heart and Lung Transplant Dietitian

*Sheri Orlekoski, BS HCSA, RN, Registered Nurse in Stroke Rehabilitation, Founder of Plant Powered for Health Support Group, Certified Food For Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM.org, Certified in Plant-based Nutrition through Cornell University

*Paul Chatlin, Founder & Chairman PBNSG.org

*Moderator – Kaylee Swanson, MSB, Senior Foundation Specialist at Spectrum Health Foundation, Volunteer at Plant Based Roots

Whether you are already plant-based or want to learn more about how to eat more plants, we hope you can join us!

January 23 from 5:30pm to 7pm at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus in the East Auditorium located at 100 Michigan Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

The event and parking are free. Please park in Ramp 7 located at the northeast corner of Michigan and Coit Ave.

Contact Kaylee Swanson: kaylee.swanson@spectrumhealth.org for more information
 SHARE-SHARE-SHARE!! Facebook Invitation HERE!

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Are you interesting in trying a plant based diet, but need a challenge and guidance to get you started?

Join more than 550,000 people who have participated in PCRM’s free online program to kickstart your health!

The free 21-Day Vegan Kickstart begins every Monday and runs for 21 days.

You’ll receive:

  • The 21-Day Meal Plan: Delicious and easy recipes with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process.
  • Daily Messages: Advice from nutrition experts delivered to your inbox.
  • Coach Tips: Celebrities, healthcare professionals, and athletes provide diet and lifestyle tips.

Sign up for the Kickstart and see how easy it is to improve your diet in 21 days! Click here: PCRM.org/kickstart

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Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

Splash of water
1 3/4 cups diced onion
1 cup diced celery
2 to 2 1/2 cups peeled and cubed (1-inch) orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 1/4 cups dry red lentils
2 1/2 cups water
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14-ounce) can black or kidney beans, rinsed
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime wedges (for serving)

Directions

In large pot on medium heat, add water, onions, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and spices, and stir through.

Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally; reduce heat if onions are sticking to bottom of pot. Rinse lentils. Add to pot with water, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf, and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in lime juice and serve portions with lime wedges.

 (Recipe via PCRM.org)

Holiday Potluck TONIGHT!

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Potluck and Meeting Wednesday December 6th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!

The Holidays are on the way!  Let’s practice and share our holiday recipes!

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Birmingham, MI

PBNSG Presents:

Doctors Teaching Doctors: Nutritional Information for Medical Professionals*

* This event is for health care professionals with prescription writing ability.

A Professional Seminar
Mounting research points to the Standard American Diet as being largely responsible for the epidemic of chronic diseases that we are experiencing in America, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, several cancers and more. Learn from local practitioners how a plant-based diet can help your patients prevent, arrest and, in many cases, even reverse our nation’s leading causes of disability and early death. By empowering patients and helping them to address the root cause of chronic illness, we can truly make a difference in their lives, while at the same time lowering health care costs, improving their experience of care and greatly enhancing outcomes.

Join us for this engaging and informative seminar on plant-based nutrition!
• Designed for and led by doctors
• Seminar is FREE but please register in advance
• CME credit available
• Featuring presentations by the following physicians:
Robert Breakey, MD, is a family physician who has practiced in Ann Arbor since 1985. He lectures extensively to lay and professional audiences on the benefits of plant-based nutrition. He is Chairman of the Board and Head of the Family Medicine Division of IHA in Ann Arbor.
Caroline Trapp, DNP, is a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes. Board certified in adult primary care as well as advanced diabetes management and education, Dr. Trapp works with and educates patients through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Premier Internists.
Elizabeth Swenor, DO, leads the Functional & Lifestyle Medicine department at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital System. She educates patients about whole-food, plant-based nutrition while using lifestyle and functional medicine evidence-based practices.
Joel Kahn, MD, is a cardiologist and author who believes that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventive medicine on the planet. A professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he lectures across the country about the benefits of nutrition and the body’s ability to heal itself.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

To reserve your spot, click here or visit PBNSG.org!

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Christmas Party December 13

Stir The Pot Holiday Supper (and Thank You Celebration)

 

Let’s thank Sue and Roger for many years of hosting the best dinner party in Grand Rapids.

 

When: Wednesday December 13th  From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Aberdeen Reformed Church 1000 Aberdeen St. N.E. Grand Rapids (Corner of Aberdeen and Diamond)
Details:  Bring a plant based dish (no eggs or dairy) to pass (with recipe), your table setting and any Non-Alcohol Beverage that you choose. We will supply napkins, cups, water, and some extra table settings in case someone forgets.

We are asking for $10.00 per person to cover expenses for the hall etc.

Sue and Roger in appreciation for the generous use of their home for the past 6 years. Roger said that they have had 65 dinners in their home.

Bring any sentiments, stories, or thank yous that you want to share with Sue and Roger and/or the whole group.
Questions? Call Linda @ 616-644-2666
RSVP’s are appreciated to help in planning. Do Not reply to this email. Please send them to Jkanto@gmail.com.

See You There!

Treats without the Tricks Monday and Potluck Wednesday!

Tonight!  Monday October 30th! Join us for Dinner and Dessert!PieologyANDMenchiesPromoimage

TREATS WITHOUT THE TRICKS! 

Pizza and Salad!  Sorbet and Fruit!  Meet up with your friends!

Plant Powered for Health would love to see you at Pieology for dinner and dessert meetup Monday October 30th, 4-8 pm! (Facebook invitation here)

Pieology has delicious wood fired pizza with an array of beautiful toppings and salads, so do not miss this chance to enjoy great food and help support Plant Powered for Health from 4- 8 PM.  Dine in or take out, vegan, gluten free and oil free options too. Just tell them we sent you!!

Menchies is adding to the fun with delicious sorbet and fruit options!

Plant Powered for Health is collaborating with Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG.org) and all sales will help to fund our group meetings and events!

This is located across the street from Knapp’s Corner at the Knapp’s Crossing complex in front of D&W Grocery store.

Please SHARE this event with ALL your friends!!  Thank you for your support and SEE YOU THERE!!

Potluck and Meeting Wednesday November 1st, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!

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The Holidays are on the way!  Let’s practice and share our holiday recipes!  Wednesday November 1st, 6 pm-8-pm!

And we will share from our visit to hear Dr. Doug Lisle on how to “Get along without going along” during the holidays!

Facebook Invitation HERE!

Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com

Veg Fest Followup and Potluck meeting 10/4!!

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We had a fantastic time at this year’s Grand Rapids VegFest!  Thank you to all who attended and organized this event! Extra love and gratitude to everyone who volunteered, and spread the word about good health through plant based nutrition!

We will be completing our drawing for Dr. Greger’s book at our December meeting, so there is still time to enter! Do you know someone who would like to join our supportive community?  Have them send an email to Sheri:  plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com to join our mailing list and they will be entered into the drawing!  Raffle tickets will also be available at our meetings in November and December!

Keep reading to find Sheri’s Mac -n- Cheese recipe below!
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Potluck and Meeting Wednesday October 4th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm!
  • Sooz and Mike Elwell will demo their air fryer “french fries” and home made ketchup!
  • Logan Jurgens will share a “bean of the month”…have you had beans and greens today?
  • Stacy Idema will lead a discussion on what you’d like to see for our Plant Powered group in 2018, what is most important to you and what we could do without.  As we are growing we want to know what is important to YOU!!
  • And as always, potluck, friendship, visiting and support for each other!

Facebook Invitation HERE!
Questions: PlantPoweredforHealth@gmail.com
Need directions?  Click “about” at the top of the page or here

(P.S. This meeting will be a team effort, run by volunteers.  Sheri will be out of town celebrating her Mom’s 75th birthday.  Please pitch in and enjoy!)

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Some of you may remember Cheryl and Greg Hutchings from a past meeting; their entire family changed their diet to WFPB following Greg’s melanoma diagnosis.  Now Cheryl has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be waging her own cancer battle.  Some of us have talked about how we can bring meals to each other in times of need, so I set up an account on mealtrain.com to see how it works.  Please check out the link and description, and see if there is something you can contribute to this effort.  Extra veggies in your garden?  Are you a WFPB cook? I’m hoping we can team up to help because most of our friends and family don’t know what or how to cook plant based.
My hope is that we can practice and all support each other when we are in need!  Check out the site:  Mealtrain.com .  No time to cook, but you’d like to help?  You can donate to our group effort through my Paypal:  paypal.me/PlantPower!

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CARPOOL ALERT! Dr. Doug Lisle at PBNSG in the Detroit area!

It’s easier (and more fun!) when we travel together!  Let’s go see Dr. Lisle and learn how to navigate social pressures to eat unhealthfully–and thrive!  THIS WILL BE AWESOME!! Wednesday October 25th!!  PBNSG event info HERE!

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TREATS WITHOUT THE TRICKS! 

Pizza and Salad!  Sorbet and Fruit!  Meet up with your friends!

Plant Powered for Health would love to see you at Pieology for dinner and dessert meetup Monday October 30th! (Facebook invitation here)

Pieology has delicious wood fired pizza with an array of beautiful toppings and salads, so do not miss this chance to enjoy great food and help support Plant Powered for Health from 4- 8 PM.  Dine in or take out, vegan, gluten free and oil free options too. Just tell them we sent you!!

Menchies is adding to the fun with delicious sorbet and fruit options!

Plant Powered for Health is collaborating with Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG.org) and all sales will help to fund our group meetings and events!

This is located across the street from Knapp’s Corner at the Knapp’s Crossing complex in front of D&W Grocery store.

Please SHARE this event with ALL your friends!!  Thank you for your support and SEE YOU THERE!!

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And in case you missed the last blog post with my Mac-n-cheese recipe HERE IT IS!

 

 

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Upcoming Events
in the Grand Rapids Area
– Other locations noted in parenthesis

*Wednesday, Oct 4th, 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health October potluck and meeting!  Info HERE!

*Monday October 16th, 5:45pm (Holland): Meatless Monday-Fall/Halloween Potluck.  Vegan/vegetarian, but a few WFPB no oil people attend.  Info HERE!

*Wednesday October 18th, 6:30pm:  Stir the Pot GR Supper Club!  Info HERE!

*Wednesday October 25th (Detroit area): PBNSG hosts Dr. Doug Lisle, author of “The Pleasure Trap” and known for his contribution on the documentary “Forks Over Knives”.  Let’s carpool!! PBNSG info HERE!

*Monday October 30th 4p-8p: Treats without the Tricks!!  Meet up and fundraiser at Pieology AND Menchies!  Eat delicious pizza, salad and sorbet/fruit while helping to support our group.  What a great deal!
Details HERE!

*Wednesday, November 1st 6-8pm:  Plant Powered for Health Thanksgiving themed potluck and meeting Blog:  PlantPoweredforHealth.com  and Facebook invitation HERE! 

*Wednesday November 15th, 6:30pm:  Stir the Pot GR Supper Club’s Plantsgiving! Please note that Sue and Roger will be taking a hiatus for 2018, so this is the final for 2017, and no further are currently scheduled.  Stay tuned to Sue’s website for her plans, classes and adventures!  Info HERE!

 

More to come!!! More food meet ups, and fun coming up!  Join us for our October meeting to plan!!

Reminder, our main meetings are always the first Wednesday of each month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook Page, click here to “Like” and subscribe to upcoming events!  We also have a Facebook group where we can visit and share between meetings, click here and request to join.  You may also follow our blog, plantpoweredforhealth.com for news and events! Questions?  Email:  Plantpoweredforhealth@gmail.com
Would you like to be a financial supporter in any amount?  We appreciate all help big or small!
Paypal:  paypal.me/PlantPower!

Can’t wait to see you!
Food, Friends, Science and Support!

Sheri’s Mac-n-Cheese Full Recipe

You asked for it, so here it is!!

(g/f, nut free and soy free options too)

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1⁄2 cup raw cashews (or sunflower seeds)*

4 tbsp. nutritional yeast

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. salt
1-1/3 cup soymilk (or favorite non-dairy variety)

4 tsp. mellow white miso paste (or chickpea miso)

1 tsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. tapioca starch (or cornstarch)

1⁄2 cup roasted red bell pepper (packed in water)

1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

dash of cayenne pepper or pepper sauce (optional)

 
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy*. Transfer to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally and allowing the cheese to thicken. (Alternately, if you have a high power blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, it can be made completely in the blender – start on low, ramp up to high and blend until warm and thick.)

 
Cook your favorite macaroni as directed while making the sauce. Drain the macaroni and return to the pot. Add cheese sauce and mix well. Warm to desired temp and serve it up, preferably with a plate of greens!

 
Notes: *If you find your cashews/or sunflower seeds are not blending smoothly, you will want to soak them in water for several hours or overnight. Or try boiling them for quicker softening. Blender performance varies and you’ll want to experiment to find the method that is right for you!

 
Use this cheese sauce for anything you would like cheesy! Baked potatoes, chili cheese fries, broccoli, let your imagination be your guide!

 
Sheri demonstrated this on May 3, 2017 during the plantpoweredforhealth.com meeting. Adapted lightly from HappyHerbivore.com—check out her website!