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Where Healthy Eating Begins

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Mission Statement

My goal is to help others by sharing  My God-given gift with others. I want to show the world that eating healthy is not boring and that eating plant-based meals may eliminate the need to diet. As such, we continually explore more ways to help our families, friends, and surrounding communities to live a healthy lifestyle and improve their health and well-being.

Promoting Healthy Eating and Lifestyle

Vegan-For-Life is all about preparing and eating healthy food. We offer recipes from Mary Muhammad’s cookbook Mary's Healthy Vegan Kitchen, which is designed to create healthy, low-fat, and plant-based meals for anyone wanting to change their eating habits and create a better, healthier lifestyle. All of the recipes are dairy-free and 100% vegan while some are gluten-free.

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Well, I want to tell you a little story about myself and my husband and how we became vegetarian  then later vegan. We started our life change after hearing a health coach talk about meat and how unhealthy it was and how long it takes to digest. At that time we were vegetarians so we were still eating dairy. We were also eating a lot of junk foods, candy, sodas and cake Etc. I started to do some research on changing how we ate. I started asking questions in health food stores and reading health magazines on health and experimenting in her kitchen.

 It took time and a lot of messed up meals and dirty dishes to wash ( Glad i had a dishwasher) for the change to get me where I am today. my husband reflux stopped and i lost weight and have more energy. That’s how I started our journey into veganism for better health. So I encourage everyone that want a change for better health to start small maybe incorporate more plant based foods and fruits in the diet 2 or 3 times a week until they become a familiar habit and also have a meat out day during the week and eating your favorite beans for meat.

About Mary

Mary Muhammad is the author of the cookbook Mary's Healthy Vegan Kitchen, which she worked on for about 10 years after testing her recipes on her family and friends.

Mary graduated from Hartford Public High School in the GED program. She worked as a substance abuse and eating disorder technician at Decatur Hospital and studied nursing at DeKalb Technical College in Decatur, Georgia. She earned her certification in nursing from New Britain Memorial Hospital in New Britain, Connecticut as well as various addiction treatment certifications from Decatur Hospital.

Mary loves to cook so much that she decided to write a vegan cookbook that can benefit people who want to shift to a new way of eating that could help them lose weight and have more energy. Her cookbook was published through Amazon. She is currently working on a new book.

Mary Muhammad resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband.

Changing Their Eating Habits

Mary was inspired to write her cookbook because of her husband and herself. He was suffering from reflux problems, and she was overweight, weighing almost 200 lbs and was tired and lack of energy most of the time She had to find a new way to prepare their meals. for better health for us. She then started to do some research after her husband had a reflux attack that landed him in the hospital.

Mary has always liked to experiment in the kitchen, and her husband would jokingly ask her “What’s cooking in Mary’s kitchen?” She never went to chef school, but she had some great teacher in the family.. 

Becoming Vegetarians/ Vegans 

In 1992, Mary and her husband decided to officially become vegetarians. She converted her recipes to vegetarian-style and started to read magazines on becoming a vegetarian.

Mary started to experiment with tofu, and later on, she tried textured vegetable protein (TVP). She tried different bean dishes and different kinds of soups. Then one day, her friend told her about using cream of wheat to make bread because it is easier to digest than cornmeal. So she started using cream of wheat. Since then, she would ask questions to people who were vegetarians, especially in health food stores.

Mary uses spices from around the world that are healthy and good for the body, such as fennel, turmeric, ginger, curry, and cayenne pepper, to name a few. She uses cold-pressed olive oil and grape-seed oil in her cooking and many of her recipes are gluten-free.

She stopped buying items that had hydrogenated oils in them and started to make her own salad dressings so she could control the ingredients. In addition, she started buying natural and organic foods whenever possible.

Mary likes the way organic farmers work in harmony to maintain healthy fertile soil without chemicals and additives, so she buys organic ingredients most of the time and natural at other times. But the main thing is to eat a variety of fruits, green leafy vegetables as well as whole grains such as quinoa, whole wheat Israeli couscous, millet, and various seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, celery seeds, and flaxseeds.

Mary and her husband began to eat raw almonds, raw walnuts, and a variety of other nuts for protein. She also started to read the labels before buying an item. Gradually, their health began to improve. She lost weight and her husband’s reflux condition improved as they began to eat healthy.

They have been vegetarians for 6 years before becoming vegans in 1998. This was more than 12 years ago. 

Some Tips on Healthy Eating

Buying organic and natural food, fresh vegetables, and fruits are easy today because there are numerous health food stores, farmers’ market, and grocery stores that carry healthy items. Go ahead and feel free to explore and experiment with Mary's healthy vegan kitchen cookbook.

Most importantly, read and check the labels before buying your food. If you’re not familiar with the words you read on the label, it’s safe not to buy it. Always remember that to be healthy is to be wealthy!

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