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May 17, 2022
186: The Humongous Benefits of Vegfest Events and Health Coaching to Your Plant-Based Journey with Melissa Furman

Are you wondering how to start adapting plant-based foods? We’ve got this episode that will lead you to the path of a healthier lifestyle! Today, Melissa Furman joins us to share the importance of attending Vegfest events, he...


Are you wondering how to start adapting plant-based foods? We’ve got this episode that will lead you to the path of a healthier lifestyle! Today, Melissa Furman joins us to share the importance of attending Vegfest events, health coaching for overall wellness, and the sense of getting involved in a plant-based community. 

Key takeaways to listen for

  • Tulsa Vegfest: How it started and what’s this movement for?
  • Impacts of being exposed to the kitchen in learning about plant-based foods
  • False beliefs about plant-based foods
  • How things in Vegfest events are changed by the global pandemic
  • Interesting things about health coaching and its significance on people’s lives
  • Building a supportive community for people adapting a plant-based lifestyle

Resources mentioned in this episode

About Melissa Furman

Melissa Furman is the CEO of MAF Health Coaching, Founder of the Second Youth Wellness Method, is the Co-Founder and event organizer of Tulsa VegFest and the Co-Founder and President of the non-profit organization Plant-Based Green Country. She has a Communication Studies degree from the University of Kansas, earned the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies  and eCornell as well as the plant-based cooking certificate from the Rouxbe culinary school. She earned her Master Certified Health Coach certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Melissa is a life-long learner with a compassionate entrepreneurial spirit and a heart for spreading the message of the plant-based lifestyle to help others achieve better health.  

In 2019, the first Tulsa VegFest was held which hosted nearly 5000 people, many of whom kept asking “how?” They believed the science the festival speakers conveyed, but they didn’t know how to implement this new eating pattern in their lives. That day changed the trajectory of Melissa’s life. Wanting to help people integrate the plant-based diet into their unique lives, she sought formal education by earning certificates in plant-based nutrition, plant-based cooking and health coaching. 

She is an accomplished equestrian of over 35 years, and earned her second degree black belt in  TaeKwonDo as an adult while training with her husband and two children. 

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