Plant-based meal delivery service expands to our area

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One of the most common questions I get asked is, "Where can someone find a quality whole food, plant-based meal delivery service in the local area?"

When I tell someone that I don't know of any such services, then the next question is will I cook for the person? And the answer to that is a resounding "No."

For me, the less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I can have behind a camera, outside enjoying the wonders of nature that we have here in the Lowcountry, or being with my grandchildren, or helping myself and others to achieve good health and physical fitness.

But, there's good news! Flux Nourishment, a Savannah-based operation offering a whole food, plant-based meal service, now has a kitchen they are using in Riverwalk in Okatie to serve clients in Beaufort County.

I really like Flux Nourishment also because its purpose is to fund nonprofit work that its founders, Megyn Jefferson and Dr. Kathleen Benton do. The nonprofit focuses on underserved populations, regardless of income or socio- economic status, to help people eat more healthful foods.

The meal service now offered in Beaufort County, through its website, fluxnourishment.org, is built around providing food from all local sources that is 90 percent organic, contains no preservatives and is packaged in sustainable, 100 percent biodegradable packages.

In addition, the meals they offer have no gluten and no peanuts and no refined sugar. Meals are also either no oil or minimal oil.

Flux Nourishment got its start after Jefferson completed a course of studies through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Those courses inspired her, a marathon runner, vegan and mother of two, to grow a health coach business that targeted women in every season of life.

Meanwhile, Dr. Benton, a former university and medical school adjunct professor, author of two books and currently employed as a medical ethicist, saw a need for more education among underserved populations.

A major reason that Flux Nourishment expanded into Beaufort County is because Dr. Daniel Ripley, a whole food, plant-based family physician in Port Royal has been recommending Flux Nourishment's meals to his patients.

Between his patients and the approximately 500 members of the Sun City Eat Smart Live Longer Club, and Bluffton-Hilton Head's Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, Jefferson and Benton saw a need for their kind of services in Beaufort County.

Meals ordered by end of day on Wednesday each week are picked at the farm on Friday, cooked on Sunday and delivered on Monday.

J Lanning Smith is a local freelance writer focused on healthy lifestyles.

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