New World Discovery:

Healthy Living with Plant Pure Nutrition


Vegan Sailing offers an all-inclusive romantic healthy cruise vacation getaway for 1 couple aboard the sailing yacht Bel Ami, a 53 foot world class green (with solar and wind power) sailing vessel.  Captain Dave, owner and operator of Bel Ami and Vegan Sailing, is also Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and has a Master's Degree in Public Health. In 2012 he completed the eCornell University online course in Plant Based Nutrition, and is a Plantrician in every sense of the word.  He is licensed to practice medicine in the Virgin Islands as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

From Love of Hot Dogs to Plant Pure

Captain/Doctor/Accordionman Dave (oh yes, he plays a great squeezebox) was not always into Plant Pure.  Dave grew up in the push cart hot dog business in NYC, where his Dad Frank (no pun intended) was a distributor of hot dogs, hamburgers, and all their accompaniments.  And Dave grew up LOVING hot dogs.  Flash forward to 2012 when all those hot dogs caught up with Dave, resulting in coronary artery disease.  He underwent a single vessel by-pass operation (they operated on the beating heart--amazing), and while recovering hestarted to explore what could be done to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Doctors T.C. Campbell, Esselstyn and McDougall

Dave's exploration of what could be done to prevent further heart problems and reverse his coronary artery disease led him to discover a new world.  A new world of Pure Plant Nutrition.  He devoured the books written by his mentors Doctors Campbell, Esselstyn and McDougall. He  earned a Certificate Degree in Plant Based Nutrition online from Cornell University. His weight returned to his high school wresting weight and his strength, energy and vitality skyrocketed.  For Dave, it was like being born again.  Most importantly, he took control over his life and destiny.  He had previously lived with the certain knowledge that eventually he would succumb to heart disease, as had many members of his family including his mother and father.  Heart disease was something that was accepted as an inevitable fact of life.  However, his discovery of Plant Pure Nutrition opened up a whole new world for Dave, one of hope, strength, vitality and vigor.  No longer resigned to accept a fate of inevitable heart disease and decline, Dave embraced the new world of Plant Pure with open arms, and now looks for every opportunity to share the benefits of a Pure Plant lifestyle.

Benefits of Plant Pure Nutrition

Excerpted from The Permanente Journal, "Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods...Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.


The Birth of Vegan Sailing...Living the Dream

Vegan Sailing represents the natural extension of Dave's rebirth:  Providing all-inclusive healthy romantic cruise vacation getaways for 1 couple that emphasize health and well-being.  Vegan Sailing provides Captain/Doctor Dave and 1st Mate Bobbie Rae the opportunity to share their unique lifestyle with like minded individuals seeking a healthy sailing vacation.  Sail, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, explore, hike, and experience the paradise of the Virgin islands while enjoying Pure Plant meals.  Consult with Doctor Dave regarding your medical concerns while permitting Captain Dave to act as your tour guide and host in cruising the warm waters of the Caribbean.  Spend a week aboard Bel Ami and get a good dose of what its like to be "living the dream" while basking in sunlight and Pure Plant nutrition.  For your health and overall well-being, we hope to welcome you aboard soon!