JL fields is a power house of vegan activism. This powerful, open minded, loving, energetic, passionate, and hard working plant-based woman taps into a sector of the vegan conversation that seldom focus on, but is extremely important. There is a harmful stereotype in the mainstream consensus that vegans are supposed to look a certain way. People associate veganism with a petit, very skinny body type, which is not the way all people are built. JL is the co-author of the 2013 book Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet and has her own book coming out this January of 2015 called Vegan Pressure Cooking. JL is a vegan lifestyle coach, Food for Life instructor, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. JL is also a local in my current town of Colorado Springs, and writes the vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. JL studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute and Organic Avenue, in addition to competing the Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies. She is certified by – and on the faculty of – the Main Street Vegan Academy, is certified as a Food for Life Instructor by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and holds a Master of Science degree. She is on the fitness faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, the online strategist for The Soyfoods Council, festival outreach coordinator for Sunshine Burger, the Education Coordinator for Nourish Organic Juice, and served as the Plant-Based Team Leader for Attune Foods. There is really not THAT much that JL does not do to try to educate people on the benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. JL also runs the Colorado Springs Vegan and Vegetarian Meetup Group, whose members attends my Colorado College CC Plant Strong events. I am fortunate and blessed to have JL in my life as a mentor, and so close to me geographically. JL is a buddhist, and redefines what it means to be a proud, confident, healthy, sustainable, and compassionate woman.
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