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Veggin’ Out and About

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2013
Veggin’ Out and About

These spring rolls are just some of the more delectable items Bussone has included in her works.

Photo submitted



Two years ago, Danielle Bussone was battling a life-threatening illness, along with multiple surgeries and debilitating side effects.

After researching the benefits of plant-based nutrition, as outlined in T. Colin Campbell’s book, “The China Study,” Bussone decided to attempt a radical diet.

“With nothing to lose, (my husband) and I removed all the animal products from our house,” said Bussone, who divides her time between east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

The results of eliminating animal-based protein from her diet have been remarkable, she said.
Since then, she has not had another experience of gastric pain. She has also lost 65 pounds.

“Within three weeks I was able to discontinue taking blood pressure medications (that) I was on for 13 years,” she said. “My cholesterol has dropped from 189 to 128, an astonishing low. I no longer have acid reflux.”

Her husband, Rich, has also embraced Bussone’s life-changing appetite.

To encourage vegans and promote a healthier diet, Bussone has since launched a blog,“Veggin’ Out and About!”

“We do restaurant and market reviews and post them, so that vegan vegetarian travelers can find relatively healthy places to eat while traveling,” Bussone said.“We focus on the major highways and thoroughfares.”

After realizing the pressures of a high-mileage, on-the-road lifestyle, the Bussones began recruiting other writers and contributors to the blog.

“Realizing that two people can only accomplish so much, I sent an email to a small sampling of the graduates of Cornell’s plant-based nutrition program, asking for volunteers to participate in our blog by writing restaurant reviews in the areas they live and travel,” Bussone said.“Within an hour, I had seven responses. By the end of the day, I had a dozen people agreeing to write reviews for my blog.”
Bussone’s blog also goes beyond simply providing a list of good places to eat.

“I not only review the restaurants, but I talk to the owners and encourage them to use locally grown organic produce and eliminate the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which can be devastating to one’s health,” Bussone said. “I have been amazed at the response and positive actions taken by some of the restaurants I’ve reviewed.”

Bussone is also working to dispel some preconceived notions about a vegan lifestyle.

“I have also discovered that most people believe that vegetarians and vegans have a limited diet, with only boring options, such as salads and wheat grass,” Bussone said. “I rarely eat salads, and I never eat wheat grass. The deliciousness of a plant-based diet is, at least, satisfying and as varied as a diet based on animal protein. One great difference is that when you eat plant-based, the food doesn’t make you feel bad, what many professional food-writers refer to as ‘food comas.’”

Bussone explained that a vegetarian diet is principally a diet of vegetables with the inclusion of dairy, eggs and sometimes fish. A vegan diet is based on the ethical principal of protecting the lives of animals.

“The overall goal of my blog is to assist those already actively engaged in a healthy plant-based lifestyle, as well as promote the products and services of those working in the growing area of plant-based nutrition,” Bussone said. “I feel it is important that we educate the public as to why eating a plant-based diet is so beneficial. We are working towards creating a healthy population who can look forward to aging gracefully by avoiding an unnecessary decline into infirmity and early death due to poor food choices. So much disease and suffering can be cured by a simple change in lifestyle.”

To view Bussone’s blog, visit http://www.vegginoutandabout.com.



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