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New Year, Who Dis? Here's Why NOW Is the Perfect Time to Go Plant-Based

2018 is wrapping up, and it's been a wild ride for a lot of us! Here at Seed we celebrated our fifth year, launched an LA arm of our festival, and ranked in the top wine fests according to USA Today!

It's been a roller-coaster ride, and I'm sure the same is true for so many others. For us, now that the new year is creeping up on us, it's time to start thinking about what we want to do differently in 2019.

For many, diet and lifestyle is number one on their list! That's where delving into plant-based living is a major win -- one that Seed founders Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber learned several years back. The health benefits of eat more plants is what inspired them to start the world's first-ever plant-based food and wine festival in sunny, sexy Miami.

We won't bore you with too much scientific jargon, but according to a study published in the National Institutes of Health, here's what docs have to say about plant-based diets: "Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity."

Also, they're better for the environment, and animals. WIN!

If you're new to the idea of a plant-based lifestyle -- don't panic! It doesn't mean abandoning all the foods and products you're used to in one fell swoop.

You can ease into it, and explore different ways to incorporate more healthy, plant-strong, non-toxic products and foods into your daily life.

Here are three tips for getting started on the plant-based path. And if you need more help, check out Seed's Facebook and Instagram pages! You can get advice from thousands of others, find recipes, and look at droolworthy photos of amazing food and events that'll inspire you.

1. Start following some folks. Checking out bloggers/Instagrammers/podcasters who have tons of recipes, suggestions, and info is a super easy and helpful way to get started. A few of our fave content creators include triathlete Rich Roll, cookbook authors Lauren Toyota, Caitlin Shoemaker, and Jackie Sobon.

2. Check out plant-based eateries wherever you live. Yelp, Happy Cow, and just O.G. Google are awesome resources. If you're in South Florida, hit up spots like Planta South Beach, Plant Miami, Soul Tavern, Manna Life Foods, Love Life Cafe, vShops Food Hall, GLAM Vegan, and so many more.

3. Hit the grocery store. Whole Foods is our #1 fave choice, as they have an AMAZING array of plant-based products and prepared foods. Ask a staff member for some guidance, or just browse. Check out The Whole Foods Diet Cookbook by the company's vegan co-founder John Mackey! Regular grocery stores have tons of choices, too. Again, ask for guidance if you're confused, but there are tons of brands and options at every store, from upscale chains to discount outlets.

Start small. Explore. Be creative. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.

It's gonna be a happy, healthy new year.

Remember, hit up our Facebook and Instagram pages with questions, comments, or suggestions! We're here to help you make 2019 a plant-based party.

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