255: Vegan Health Pack
with Andrew Alexander
Andrew Alexander is the Founder and CEO of www.VeganHealthPack.com where he helps fight the risk of nutrient deficiency for those on a Plant-Based diet.
Vegan Health Pack provides a monthly subscription box that contains all-natural plant-based sources of B12, Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc, Protein and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. "No Pills. Just Plants" is their motto.
In this episode, Andrew talks about a new type of business model he is creating where for-profit Vegan businesses use their profits to fund the launch of more than 100 different grassroots Vegan organizations each. This way, passionate Vegans who want to make a positive difference in the world will no longer have to delay working on their mission due to a lack of funding to get started.
The first one they helped start is The Brave New Life Project which helps workers transition out of the animal agriculture industry and into more humane, sustainable, and prosperous jobs. Next, they are working on releasing a documentary called "Creating a Vegan World" which will bring more awareness to the Vegan Movement.
More about Andrew:
After being Vegan for three years, I was diagnosed with multiple nutrient deficiencies as well as high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. This was primarily caused by being vegan for the animals and environmental reasons all the while neglecting my health. After getting the diagnosis, I immediately gave up processed vegan meats, vegan cheeses, pasta, sugar, gluten, and fried foods and began replacing them with more Whole Foods Plant-Based meals.
At the time, I was about to create a new business that sold Artichoke Leaf Extract as a natural hangover remedy. Right when I packed my first 600 units, the FDA ruled against hangover cure businesses unless they went through the lengthy process of registering as a drug. I've since learned that Artichoke Leaf Extract has been clinically shown to reduce cholesterol in double-blind placebo-controlled studies. Using that to help me through my own condition and getting myself off of prescription medications, I decided to shift directions and that's where VeganHealthPack.com was formed.
In addition to the Artichoke Leaf Extract, I created a monthly subscription box that is shelf-stable and can be delivered anywhere in the country. It contained many of the foods that I used to help clean up my diet, replenish my nutrients, and lose 25 pounds of weight in the process. Mushroom Jerky for Vitamin D. Water Lentils for B12. Broccoli Powder for Calcium. Chia Seeds for Omega-3s, etc.
Before starting Vegan Health Pack, I was a digital nomad entrepreneur for many years and discovered how to make an impact in the world through business. With many of our non-profit friends relying on government grants and donations to get their organizations up and running, I came up with the idea that instead of using the profits we make for personal gains, what if we used our business as a platform to help accelerate the transition to a more vegan world by helping passionate Vegans get their grassroots movements off the ground?
The first one we helped create is the Brave New Life Project, which helps workers transition out of the animal agriculture industry and into more humane, sustainable, and prosperous jobs. For just a couple hundred dollars, this is enough to help them get started, cover registration costs, build their website, as well as print flyers and other promotional materials online. Once they get the momentum to grow on their own, we repeat the process until hundreds of organizations like this are birthed into the world to help create a more humane and sustainable planet.