Fruit Sushi: "Frushi"

The toasted coconut and rice taste great! As far as my rolling technique goes... I won't be able to get a job at Mikuni's or Blue Nami!

Thank you California Balsamic!

So excited to try out these new flavors sent to me by California Balsamic!! These are my favorite for my salads... rice... potatoes... and so much more!!

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Meet Twyla!

Twyla has been vegetarian, vegan and is now Whole Food Plant Based.

She is passionate about sharing the benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle with those who think it might be too late to go Plant Based.

Twyla has done cooking demos throughout the area at the local Farmers Markets, churches, private and public venues and several Veg Fests.

She teaches cooking classes at Chili Smith in Carmichael.  She has taught Plant Based Living classes at Sacramento State through the Renaissance Society for four semesters.  Each class has had approximately 100 students.

She provides a wealth of information and resources to all those interested in a Plant Based Lifestyle. Twyla successfully completed the Forks Over Knives Rouxbe Cooking Course. She has also taken several Vegan Cooking classes including Chef Bravo's class from True North Health Center.

She is also active in the area's Vegan Societies.

Twyla is a mom to two of the most wonderful daughters in the world and a grandma to the world's most adorable energetic and fun Plant Based grandson!


Virtual Plant Based Classes offer beginning February 8th!

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"From Ann... "You are doing a great job! So much so that I want to share a story with you. Early on in the class you told us the only “supplement” you take is B12. Even though I’ve had some nutrition classes I’d forgotten what I learned about B12, so decided I’d read up on it. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I have most of the symptoms of B12 deficiency! I have diabetes and take Metformin, so I think I’ve had the problem for some time without even realizing it. I bought some B complex supplements and took a tablet right when I arrived home, and felt better than I’ve felt in a long time after only a few hours! I am sleeping better with less nerve pain in my feet and am able to stay up longer in the evening. I’ve had my levels checked, but of course I can’t tell what the numbers mean, so I’ll be sure and check with my doc. I hope you are proud of the way you are changing people’s lives, Twyla - not only teaching us about the plant based lifestyle, but in other ways. You really are making a difference. - Ann"


"Stayin' Alive WFPB" (Whole Foods Plant Based)

Here are a series of Video Podcasts with Al Schmidt. When we reference a book or subject we have seen on the internet that link is provided in the description on YouTube or on our Links page. Be sure to click on the picture and watch on a larger screen on Al's YouTube Channel.


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"Thanks again for the great class today!  I really appreciate all your resources. I have so much to learn! Great info! Thanks again!"

- Joanne
"Twyla thank you for the email updates. Please keep them coming such great info.
Love hugs and blessings"
- Joan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Plants do have protein!  Additionally, beans, nuts, lentils, tempeh, and grains all contain plenty of protein.  Think of the strongest animals:  Ox, gorillas, elephants, horses, etc. - they don’t eat meat.  


For more information check out this article regarding Vegan Athletes and protein.


And here’s a link to the cookbook:


And watch the fantastic movie, The Game Changers!

Once you are a Renaissance Member - there is no charge.  Anyone from anywhere can join   Renaissance.  The membership fee is $100 per year or $60 for half the year.

Click here for more information:

No! Eating healthy is not expensive. Sure, it might be expensive if you are eating processed foods and only shopping at Whole Foods.  Eating a Whole Foods Plant Based diet does not mean you have to shop at Whole Foods.  There are so many delicious ways to enjoy rice, pasta, fruits, and vegetables--the cheapest ingredients on earth!


Think about eating like a POR person:  Potatoes, Oatmeal and Rice!


Here’s a link to help you:

And a link to Toni’s book:

It’s Never Too Late to Go Plant Based!  Here’s a great article about people over 60 switching to a Plant Based Lifestyle!

And a great youtube:  Vegan Over 60 - No Slowing Down

Be sure to read the comments!


And yet another book on this subject, too. 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

"Love your class. My son and his family are vegan, which is what prompted me to take this class. I was looking for info, recipes, best practices, etc. so that when they visit, I can prepare foods in line with their dietary needs. So glad the technical issues were resolved. The speakers were so inspiring. After last week, I ordered an InstaPot. Today we used it for the first time. Headed to Chili Smith's tomorrow. So... wine??? It IS plant based. If I'm giving up coffee, chocolate, dairy, and salmon...please tell me wine is ok. :-) "

Renaissance Student

From Twyla's Students:

If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. #readthatagain


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