Getting a jump on the plant-based journey : this week on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies news

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

How exactly is it that taking a brisk walk not only improves your mood, it also elevates your ability to make better choices when it comes to what you put on your plate?

A little bit of exercise quite literally is the quickest and easiest way to get  a jump on the plant-based journey.

And it’s more than just those endorphins.

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In this article, published this week on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website, find out  how moving your body helps you advance your positive eating behaviors.

That means exactly what it sounds like.  What ‘eating behaviors’ do you strive for, that positively effect your health and your weight?

These behaviors are what we’re talking about.

Leveraging all three – food, fitness, AND frame of mind- is essential for lifestyle transformation.

And simply getting your body in gear generates positive results under the surface.  Crouching body, hidden dragon.

And this article literally gives you  a jump on The Plant-Based Journey - my next book coming out from BenBella Books in 2015 – for the article is excerpted and adapted from the manuscript now in production.

Behind the scenes

The fine folks at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies contacted me a couple of months ago asking for an article to headline in their June newsletter.

After earning my Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition via Cornell University a few years back, they have been extremely supportive and I’m thrilled to be published on the Center for Nutrition Studies blog this week.

And Dr. Campbell himself made time in his uber-busy schedule for an interview with him as part of my research for The Plant-Based Journey.

To get you started on the article:

Our collective consciousness understands that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Usually, this is viewed through the lens of improvements in physical strength, reduced body fat, enhanced vitality—and a better figure. This is all well and good, yet it buries the lead. For there’s a bigger story to tell when it comes to physical activity.

There is a lot more to exercise than building muscle and burning calories. Perhaps even more importantly, exercise inspires healthy lifestyle change because of the way it affects our brains. And unless you were born on a plant-based planet and simply need to adapt to the available food supply, learning the basics of a whole-foods, plant based eating plan—and putting them into practice–presents a decided learning curve. Here are two ways that exercise will inspire and ease your way to plant-based living.

Click this link to pop on over to the T. Colin Campbell blog to read the article in its entirety.

P.S.  I would LOVE your feedback on the article.  My manuscript is inches away from final submission and now’s your chance to provide some input and ask questions I can address in the book!  Please leave a comment directly on the article page on the Center for Nutrition Studies page, or by replying below.

P.P.S. While you’re over on the Center for Nutrition Studies page, sign up for the amazing newsletter that the Center generates every month.  The more fine resources, the better for you!  You’ll find the signup for the newsletter by clicking on the “Subscribe Now” link in the right sidebar on the page here.

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  • Lani,

    I love the different viewpoint you bring to things and this article is no different. You certainly inspired me to go out for a walk! Is simply walking enough to get some of these effects going?

    Can’t wait for your new book!

    Heather Leavenworth

    • Heather, thanks for getting the conversation going. And getting you out the door on a walk, who could ask for more than that? And yes, walking gets things going. For some people simply getting started walking is actually an exertion. For those more fit, putting one foot in front of the other builds the positive factors I describe in the article and pushing the intensity a little can accelerate the process.

      I appreciate your positive comments, too. Thanks!

  • Susan says:


    Thanks for the informative article, I learned some new details that are very motivating. I thought it was just the endorphins that made exercise a mood lifter and didn’t know about all the other brain information. What a great addition to your book and I can’t wait for it to come out!

    Also, thanks for letting me know about the T. C. C. Center of Nutrition website and blog. I just signed up for their newsletter as well.

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