I’m am SO excited!! I met Megan Bert in one of my Facebook Groups, and am just in awe of her. She has an amazing passion for healthy eating through plant-based diets. Even better, she’s passing that passion on to her cute-as-a-button son, Walker (seriously, look at him, you will seriously fall in love). Megan is my very first guest blogger, and I couldn’t have found a better mom to feature. As moms, we face so many challenges. We juggle a crazy amount of balls… and we aren’t allowed to drop even one of them. We need to be at our best. The more plant-based foods we eat, the better we feel.
I want to express how excited I am to provide a guest blog for “High Heels and Homework!” Working moms need to support each other and together, we can make each challenge a little less challenging. By sharing our special tips and methods, we can help each other deal with all the multi-tasking and chaos in our busy mom lives! Each mom is a superhero with her own arsenal of skills and there is nothing better than a team of superheroes, uniting together and becoming our own Justice league of Moms!
What is my superhero power? My specialty is plant-based, whole foods nutrition and I believe that our food choices are extremely powerful. The foods we choose to feed our children not only affect their health but also their energy, emotions and even their focus. Plants are medicine and not only do they heal and prevent illness, but they also allow little bodies to perform and feel how nature intended: vibrant, full of energy, and without ailments. We all want what is best for our children and sometimes the information can be overwhelming, hard to understand and even contradictory. My goal is to help parents a.) Learn about the nutritional benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and b.) Provide guidance on meals, “real food” products and EASY plant powered recipes.
Who am I?
I am Walker’s mom, Megan, creator of Walker’s Way. Like most moms, my child’s health is exceptionally important to me. I have a passion for sharing the benefits of a plant-based diet and how these foods hinder the development of chronic and degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, inflammation, and diabetes.
Who else am I? I am a science teacher and certified to teach biology, chemistry and nutrition. Through those, and countless hours of research and reading, I have developed a knowledge base that is second only to my passion for plant-based nutrition. I have read 28 books to date and hundreds of articles, all written by doctors with impressive backgrounds on plant-based nutrition, (i.e., Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Barnard and Dr. Greger). My favorite sources are the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, the Cancer Institute, T. Colin Campell Nutrition Studies and articles submitted by prestigious universities such as Cornell, Harvard and Yale.
Through these sources, I have learned the role of macronutrients in the functioning of the body and also the role that nutrition plays in the development of diseases. I have also learned that even the containers, utensils and materials we use to prepare our food can be toxic to our children…as though we don’t have enough to worry and learn about! Just because it says BPA-free doesn’t mean toxin-free.
Who is Walker?
Walker is a Plant-Based Whole Foods toddler and is the inspiration behind Walker’s Way. At his 1-year old check-up, the doctor was astounded by his blood work and iron level. Using the exact words from doctor, “Walker’s blood work is perfect! His iron is the best I have ever seen at his age.” Walker has boundless amounts of energy, has the immunity of a shark (sharks almost never get sick), and is strong, vibrant, happy and focused. I credit all of these qualities to his diet and as a result call him my Plant-Based Warrior.
What I believe in!
The reason I use the word “plant-based”, rather than “vegan”, is because vegan does not necessarily mean healthy. Vegan can mean potato chips and licorice. To me, optimal health and disease prevention for our children is through real food and simple ingredients.
Why does this matter? Today, heart disease and cancer are the top two killers in the US. The sad part is they are primarily preventable! Approximately, 70% of cancer and heart disease cases could have been prevented through a plant-based diet. Heart disease kills more Americans than any other disease and studies recently report that heart disease starts in childhood. Research also shows that there is an astounding link between diet and psychological, mood and neurological disorders, such as ADHD and autism. In fact, studies report that at least 2/3 of all ADHD cases were preventable through diet! Pause for a moment and think about that. 67% of the kids being dosed with toxic pharmaceutical drugs to treat ADHD simply do not need them! This number is monumental. In the US alone, that represents an estimated 5 million children. In one notable study, when scientists switched children with ADHD to a plant-based diet, they were flabbergasted by the changes. Dr. Natasha McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome said, “After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior. They were no longer easily distracted or forgetful, and the temper tantrums subsided.”
It is for these reasons, any so many more, that I believe it is so important that we feed our children proper fuel from the start. Plus, there is the added benefit that we are setting the foundation for healthy food choices in their future.
What is Walker’s Way?
I created Walker’s Way to help busy moms learn to incorporate plant-based protein into each meal, by using foods such as hemp seeds, chia seeds and beans. Did you know that just 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds has over 5 grams of protein? Also, I want to show moms how to make quick and easy meals, since as all of us moms know, there just isn’t enough hours in the day! I am not a chef and I certainly am not a baker, but can I mix pureed bananas, apples and ripple pea milk in a bowl, sprinkle in some cinnamon, and bake in the oven? Yes, I can! Can I open a can of Amy’s organic mashed black beans and stir in some frozen organic spinach, quinoa and ground flaxseed? Certainly so! I am all about quick and easy and I feel gratified about every single meal that I feed Walker. I am confident that once any parent learns the rationale behind plant based, understands the alarming statistics, and sees how easy it is to do, it will be impossible to feed your child any other way.
How do you start?
Try some of Walker’s recipes! Whether it’s a nutrient packed ABC muffin, a plate of zucchini noodles topped with tempeh marinara, or a DOG smoothie, all of Walker’s kid friendly recipes include powerful plant ingredients, each with their own elixir of magical benefits. And, each is quick and easy, designed for busy moms! Sound interesting? I hope so because plant based can be and SHOULD be fun.
Here are some of Walker’s most favorite recipes to get you started!
Too busy for a recipe? Try these “easy ideas” to get you started…
We are all superheroes with our own mama powers and I want to share mine. I want to thank Michelle Carnes, creator of High Heels and Homework, for inviting me to share my story. Walker is my son, and he is my life, and he is my plant based Warrior. Together, we hope to create other little warriors one meal at a time!