My 14-year-old daughter recently became Vegan. Her rationale was that she wanted to be more healthy, inspired by watching the documentary Forks over Knives. Before swearing off of animal-derived food forever, I asked her to dig a little deeper and analyze why she was making this life choice. This meaningful gesture probably is multi-faceted. According to Stanford Professor/Author Emily Smith, there are four pillars to meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. Rather than focusing on her inward goal (health), I asked her to think about her connection to all other vegans (belonging), the negative environmental impact of animal production (purpose), the idea that her actions could improve a lot of humans and other animals in the future (storytelling and transcendence). Now, these are reasons to be Vegan, whether it was her original intent or not! We can quibble about whether identifying meaning post hoc is as substantive, but in my humble opinion finding meaning at any time is important, whether at inception or not. In this week's Loupe, we explore living life with MEANING!
This device allows you to beam anything (photos, images, GIFs), as long as it's on your phone. It reminds me of a political pin collection I grew up with that had one that said: "I Like IKE!" The novel feature is that you can change the cause; in fact it will scroll through all your causes. The interesting thing is how strangers approach you (almost like having a dog) to talk about your Beam and/or the cause.
PlantLab is a wellness lifestyle movement. Founder Matthew Kenney is a celebrity chef who is a leader in plant-based culinary innovation. He has developed a curriculum, both online and offline, where individuals can pursue both personal enrichment and/or professional training. They even have courses in wellness which educate people on living a plant-based, sustainable lifestyle. PlantLab has also partnered with the Aman hotel group and offers immersion experiences to kick-start your sustainable lifestyle. Of course, there is a cookbook and blog so that you can sample the offering before diving in!
Chef Solla Eiríksdóttir is the owner of Gló in Reykjavik – Iceland’s most famous vegetarian and raw-food restaurant.
Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor
Kathryne Taylor is the personality behind the hugely popular blog Cookie + Kate, named after her crumb-catching dog Cookie. In six years, the vegetarian and all-natural food blog have grown from a hobby to a full-time project, and now garners over two million visits per month. Kathryne researches, develops, cooks, photographs, and writes every recipe on the blog and now shares many of them in this book.