Thanks for any willingness to glean information, try a new diet . . . let me know if you’ve any comments:


Welcome to Day 14 of the Global

15 Day Plant-Rich Diet Challenge!

We hope that you’re enjoying your plant-powered week of 100% plant-based lunches and/or dinners. You’re doing great!

Today’s email is a long one, but we encourage you to read to the end since we’re sharing important environmental information and fantastic resources to help you achieve your optimal health!

Week 2 Main Course Challenge –

Eat a Plant based Lunch and/or Dinner.


Plant-Based Recipe of the Day: Vegan Sloppy Joes

A sweet, savory, smoky sandwich which is sure to delight the whole family, including the kids!


By Minimalist Baker


  • How-to Video

  • Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes

  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes

  • Total Time: 30 Minutes

  • Servings: 6

Fact for the Day: Environmental and Social Injustice

In many instances, global animal agriculture is devastating Indigenous peoples and communities (especially communities of color) around the world with annihilation of natural areas and toxic pollutants – both water borne and airborne – in the interest of grazing more cattle; growing more animal feed; and raising more pigs, chickens and farmed fish to meet the world’s growing demand for meat, dairy, eggs, and fish. This issue is too vast and multifaceted to cover in a brief email blurb, so we will suffice with several real life examples of the harm (and even MURDER) that animal agriculture is inflicting on our fellow human beings in marginalized and vulnerable communities around the world. The stories at the link below elucidate some of the consequences of our consumption. Why is this happening on our watch? Is now the time for all of us to stand in solidarity with our fellow human beings and the earth and say NO to such injustice and atrocities?

Read more

Industrial Animal Agriculture’s Impact on U.S. Poultry Farmers: Under Contract

Industrial Animal Agriculture’s impact on U.S. Workers: Oxfam Investigation

Bonus Tips & More: Chronic Illness and Plant-based Diets

We’ve learned a lot from our speaker series about the power of plant-based diets to prevent and, in some cases, even reverse chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.


To learn more, here are some excellent resources from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ( and, two of the world’s leading organizations in sharing evidence-based research about diet and health with the world:


Type 2 Diabetes:

  1. 5-minute video: The Best Diet for Diabetes from

  2. 10-minute video: What Causes Insulin Resistance and Diabetes? from

  3. 20-minute video: Neal Barnard, MD | A Nutritional Approach for Reversing Diabetes from (at minute 18:38, Dr. Barnard makes a small mistake in his wording. He’s talking about hypotension (or low blood pressure), but instead of saying low blood pressure, he accidentally says “low blood sugar” and then “high blood sugar.” He meant to say “low blood pressure” and “high blood pressure.”)

  4. 8-minute video: Does a Ketogenic Diet Help Diabetes or Make It Worse? from

  5. Diet and Diabetes: Recipes for Success Fact Sheet (including recipes) from


Other Conditions & Resources:

  1. PCRM’s website is a treasure trove of information about a myriad of health topics. Click HERE to access brief, easy-to-understand articles about diverse health topics. Click HERE for PCRM’s Nutrition Guide for Clinicians which provides overviews of most common health conditions, including a discussion of Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Nutritional Considerations.

  1. PCRM also offers an extensive collection of Fact Sheets (some of which are translated into Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and Portugese) and Infographics which will educate and inspire you. Here are just a few:

    1. Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

    2. Healthy Weight Loss With a Plant-Based Diet

    3. Foods for Cancer Prevention

    4. Breast Cancer: How to Reduce Your Risk

    5. Foods and Arthritis

    6. Health Concerns About Dairy

    7. Thyroid Health

    8. Protecting Your Bones

    9. Healthy Snacks for Kids

    10. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)


  1. Here are a couple of our favorite books and additional websites that will help you to achieve your optimal health:

    1. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

    2. Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

    3. Mastering Diabetes

    4. Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families

    5. The 30-Day Alzheimers Solution

    6. Forks Over Knives (Website)

    7. The Starch Solution

    8. Dr. McDougall’s FREE Program Online (Website)

    9. The China Study

Speaker Series Day 14 – Nicola Kagoro, “Chef Cola”

An African Vegan in Rural Zimbabwe

Nicola Kagoro aka Chef Cola, is a pioneering Zimbabwean vegan chef at the helm of African Vegan on a Budget, an organization that shows people how to thrive on a healthy, plant-based diet on a budget. She also serves an all-female anti-poaching ranger group with vegan meals and ration packs. The group was featured in the documentary, Akashinga:The Brave Ones. 

Learn about her pioneering work to demonstrate that traditional and plant-based diets and lifestyles can be the answer to better rural sustainability in Africa.


That’s it for Day 14!

One more day to go!

Warm regards,

The ESRAG Plant-Rich Diet Task Force

(P.S. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions and/or comments.)


This Task Force resides under the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) and operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, nor controlled by, Rotary International.