WHITE MARSH — Plant-based foods advocate Robin Coarts hosted a Plant-Based Eating and Food Prep: Holiday Survival session on Thursday to help people implement a survival plan for sticking to healthy eating during the holidays.
Eating plant-based is the act of avoiding anything that comes from an animal.
“The whole idea is that our bodies should be eating whole foods in their natural state, like fruits, vegetables and whole-grains,” Coarts said. “There’s a lot of science behind why certain meats aren’t good for us. You won’t find that with the vegetables and fruit. Even our anatomy is not set up to digest meat. Milk is created through a terrible process and it’s something that we don’t need.”
About a year ago, Coarts began doing presentations at public libraries on plant-based eating and this holiday survival forum was held at the White Marsh branch.
Coarts has a graduate degree in humane education, as well as a plant-based certificate through Cornell University.
The goal of hosting these healthy eating events is to answer questions that people have about what plant-based eating is, how to do it and how to get their kids involved.
“There’s research that really backs up the theory that plant-based eating is one of, if not the best ways for people to eat,” Coarts said. “It’s hard because healthy foods are not always advertised but what I like to do is to break it down, keep it really simple and answer questions, show off pictures of food and show them what they can do.”
This is the first time Coarts is doing a holiday survival learning event because “everybody’s going to be eating crazy during the holidays, so it’s teaching them how to still eat good food but in a healthy way.”
“With the holidays coming up there’s always those commercials with unhealthy food, so I thought this would be a really good time to show people the holiday food they can eat to be super healthy,” Coarts said.
Coarts says the people who attend her classes come from a wide range of different lifestyles. People who already eat plant-based, those who are transitioning and those who know nothing about it.
Check out the Baltimore County Public Library website to get information on when Coarts next plant-based education classes will be.