About REAL


Responsible Eating And Living (REAL), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, was founded by cancer survivor and vegan activist, Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei.
Hartglass, who has been spreading the message about the benefits of a plant-based diet for over 2 decades, including 9 years as Executive Director of the nonprofit EarthSave International, founded by John Robbins. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, Geraldo At Large, 20-20 and CNN and is the host of It’s All About Food on the Progressive Radio Network. An engaging public speaker, using her diverse talents, she combines science with practical knowledge from real life experiences to help others. Caryn Hartglass can multitask, showing your group how to make healthy, delicious foods, while inspiring you to do so. Have Caryn Hartglass speak at your next event. For more information send email to info@RealMeals.org or call 657- I M 4 REAL (657-464-7325).

Caryn Hartglass talks about REAL

REAL demonstrates how enriching it can be when, as individuals, we make it our responsibility to nourish, protect and support ourselves, our families and the Earth with whole, plant-based foods and planet-friendly products.  REAL takes the message globally – to inspire and motivate real people around the world to adopt this simple and economical lifestyle.  Focusing primarily on urban areas in the developed world, REAL educates about eating and living responsibly by providing easy to use, factual information and services through its website, social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), television, radio, print media and local events.   Using Caryn’s common sense approach, REAL shows that this lifestyle is not only healthy and environmentally-sustainable but a joyful experience as well.

We now know that a nutritious plant-based diet, exercise and having the love and support of family and friends is the recipe for a happy, healthy life.  Yet the majority of Americans find themselves eating poor quality food, from restaurants and fast food establishments or prepared foods from convenience stores and groceries.  These foods, high in calories, low in nutrition, containing potentially harmful ingredients along with a sedentary lifestyle are the foundation for illness. Taking medications to relieve the symptoms of a poor diet and lifestyle does not solve the problem and often brings on many negative side affects.  People stuff themselves with empty calories, yet their bodies are sick and undernourished and their spirits are drained.  Like robots we are programmed into supporting a system that is literally killing us and our planet.  Our food system, dependent on animal agribusiness, is depleting our resources at alarming rates, destroying the planet and is simply unsustainable.

The solutions exist and are relatively simple to incorporate in our personal lives.  People need real information, real inspiration and the real tools to move forward.  That’s where Responsible Eating And Living comes in.  REAL offers entertaining, informative audio and video programming including food shows, talk shows and news features with experts in the fields of health, nutrition and the environment.

It is time to make Responsible Eating And Living a national priority and the national pastime.