We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Furman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, how does your business help the community?
Mainly Plants is all about helping people see the importance of eating a whole foods plant based diet, as well as expanding that same philosophy into the rest of their lives, for the betterment of the own health, the betterment of the plant’s health, and the betterment of billions of animals worldwide. Imagine if everyone was 50% healthier; 50% better at fighting off viruses and diseases – especially right now. There’s no substitute for optimal health, and that’s what I try to guide people towards. A healthy community, no matter if it’s small scale, or a global scale, serves every living thing, planets or animal, in a positive way.

What should our readers know about your business?
It’s simple, really; eat whole foods, mostly plants. Mainly Plants is all about eating a whole foods plant based diet. It’s completely up to you in terms of how big of a base that is, so long as you constantly strive to eat better. If you want to go 100% plant-based then that’s great! However, if you don’t, that’s perfectly cool too; just keep pushing yourself to eat healthier. You only get one body in this lifetime (as far as we know) so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible. Respect yourself and your body and fuel it with the best foods that nature provides. There’s no reason to feel lethargic, achey, and unhappy. Mainly Plants will help you reduce and get off those chemical medications that cause more damage than most people realize. With a little guidance, you can have the healthy, fit body that you crave, both inside and out. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating smart.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them food-hopping to all my favorite little vegan-friendly joints; Green, Simon’s, True Food, Obon, Second Story, Alien Donuts. I’d also make sure to take them to the Musical Instrument Museum. Maybe grab some cocktails at Bitters. We’d walk around Out Town and check out the funky art galleries and local shops and, if it’s spring time, hit a Giant’s game. A day trip to Sedona is a must, no doubt hopping on a Pink Jeep Tour. The valley has a million things to do; sometimes having no plan is the best plan. Just wake up and decide if you’d rather go for an epic nature hike, or have bottomless mimosas at a patio bar and people watch.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is dedicated to my friends Marco and Lyndsy; without them I may never have given plant-based a try. It’s also dedicated to my family, who have been nothing but supportive of Mainly Plants, despite maybe not agreeing 100%. This is also dedicated to the billions of animals, worldwide, who suffer everyday due to a lack of human education about consuming animal products.

Website: mainlyplants.com

Instagram: instagram.com/mainlyplants

Facebook: facebook.com/mainlyplants

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-yvmuhrxX-PHJ84ez1UkuA/featured

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