Now, I am no vegan by any means, but there are times in my life when my family and I will jump on the plant-based lifestyle. We cut the meat, processed foods, and sugar and go about our days. It usually works wonders for me. I feel better, I feel more clear-headed, and I'm living a better me. The issue is, I'm a carnivore at heart. It's hard for me to stick to a program like that when I could, and would gladly, live on meat alone. 



Now, some potential health benefits of a plant-based diet include: 

  • Lower risk of disease: Some studies have shown that a plant-based diet can lower the risk of cardiometabolic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Other studies suggest a plant-based diet can also lower the risk of cancer. 
  • More nutrients: A plant-based diet can contain more nutrients than the average American diet. 
  • Mental health: Some people say that eating a plant-based diet has improved their mental health, including helping them sleep better and feel calmer. 
  • Environmental benefits: Avoiding animal products can reduce an individual's carbon footprint. 


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Juicy Marbles

One thing I am going to check out next time I jump on the plant-based diet is Juicy Marbles. From everything I have seen, this might be the best alternative meat out there. They have thick-cut filet tender plant-based steak, whole-cut loin tender plant-based muscle, and one that really fascinated me: the bone-in ribs succulent plant-based ribs. Now, I have never cared for impossible meats very much, or veggie patties, but this company seems to be doing something different. It looks, smells, and tastes like meat, they say. I don't know if you are jumping on a health kick and want to try plant-based, or maybe you already are, but I, for one, am trying this the next time the mood strikes when I am on my plant-based kick to help keep me on track. 

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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