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The world's first and only vegan lifestyle TV series has been renewed for a second season. Plant-Based By Nafsika, the brainchild of host Nafsika Antypas, is a show that focuses on a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle, and it includes fun topics like food, fashion, beauty, health, and innovations. It airs weekly on A&E's FYI channel,
"If You Plant It, It Will Grow." That is Nafsika’s slogan, and it’s clearly working. She created the show to help change the world through food, and it piqued the interest of a mainstream audience in addition to her many vegan followers.
I had the pleasure of chatting with her about the show. When I asked about her favorite part of the first season, Nafsika explained, “I think it was just getting to talk with all these really cool individuals from all walks of life and getting to know them on a personal level.”
Nafsika originally became a vegan because of animals, first and foremost. Her vegan journey came full circle in the first season, too, when she got to interview one of the producers of Vegucated, a film that inspired her vegan journey. After seeing the film, she says, “I literally went vegan overnight. I was sure to interview one of the producers from that film in Season 1.”
“Even before this, I started to realize that cow milk is not meant for human consumption. And I got a dose of that reality with my first son. He suffered from chronic ear infections, high fever, and febrile seizures up to the day I switched him to almond milk at age two. Every doctor literally mocked me when I would ask them if it was the cow milk that had been making him sick. I made the mother's milk connection when I was breastfeeding my sons. My milk is for my babies. So, why would I consume another baby's milk?”
With the second season of Plant-Based By Nafsika, Antypas hopes to continue to spread the joys of a vegan lifestyle. She promises, “Stick around, we get better and better with every season.”
One thing she heard from fans is that they wish it was available in more countries. She hopes to accomplish that with an IndieGoGo campaign that empowers supporters to help fund the second season and also be a part of it in various ways. With the campaign, Nafsika hopes to “bring the show to more TV networks on an international level.”
You can support the campaign at different levels. A diverse array of awards for people who donate to the campaign include digital copies of the show, a personal safety app, an exclusive launch party invite, and a phone-based consultation. The price point for donating starts as low as $5, and the money goes directly to paying production costs.
The second season of Plant-Based By Nafsika will start again this summer. Nafsika announced that it will “air every Wednesday at 7:30 am in all regions across the US beginning July 26th for the duration of the summer.” If you miss it on TV, individual segments (but not full episodes) are uploaded to Nafsika’s YouTube channel and website a week after it has aired.
Robin Raven is the author of Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. She has written for publications such as The Malibu Times, Alabama Baby & Child Magazine, the official website of Melissa Gilbert, and USAToday.com. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now furthering her education. Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal. She’s a vegan foodie who blogs at RobinRaven.com and loves to connect with readers on social media. You can follow her @RobinRaven on Twitter.
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