Good Health Reads: Mikaila A. Ulmer

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Mikaila Ulmer reading her book, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid. Courtesy of Me & The Bees.

With so many health-transforming books being released, WholeFoods wanted to know what the experts are reading. Here, Mikaila A. Ulmer, Entrepreneur, Bee Ambassador, Philanthropist, Author and Founder & CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, shares her thoughts on three books that made an impact.

 

100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive from the Xerces Society

As a bee ambassador, this has been a very helpful book. After being stung by two bees in one week when I was just four years old, my parents encouraged me to do research about them. Instead of immediately being afraid of them, and I have made it my purpose to help the bees ever since. So, this is one of my go-to books for tips on how to help with the fact that the bees are in crisis, which threatens our global food supply. I like that it’s super easy to follow and gives all types of plants for different zones, all in one handy book. It features profiles of flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that support all sorts of pollinators. I have been able to use this information for our own family garden and I am referring to it for a project I’m doing at my high school this fall. The recommendations are simple: pick the right plants, protect the bees and other pollinators from pesticides, and provide abundant blooms throughout the growing season. This book can also help readers grow delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs that are great for the bees and delicious for humans too.

 

Living Lively by Haile Thomas

Because I’m a social entrepreneur and high school student, balance is something that I have to focus on. Haile Thomas, a black, teen, vegan author, wrote an amazing cookbook on how to incorporate healthy foods into your lifestyle. This is the exact book I’d been looking for, especially after staying home due to the COVID-19 quarantine, which initially threw us out of sync on our healthy eating routine. My family and I got on track again and we have been switching out who is in charge of meals. I’ve really enjoyed turning to this book for new food ideas inspired by Haile’s 80 vegan recipes. While we are not vegan, the recipes are still awesome and tasty! This is a book for those who want to take care of themselves and also want to make a positive impact on this planet. As a teenager, this book resonates with me and I think it’s a book for all ages. I find her advice on the 7 Points of Power motivating. They are: Wellness, Thoughts and Mind-set, Relationships; Social Media and Societal Influences, Education, World Perspective, and Creativity and Community.

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Mikaila A. Ulmer
Entrepreneur, Bee Ambassador, Philanthropist, Author and Founder & CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade. When Mikaila Ulmer was just four years old, she was stung by two bees in the same week. Her parents encouraged her to do some research on the bees rather than being upset with them. Upon discovering the important role that bees play in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them. Around that same time, she was inspired by her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed honey lemonade recipe to set up a lemonade stand from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009. She quickly expanded and bottled her product, started selling to Whole Foods Market and landed a deal with Daymond John on Shark Tank when she was 9 years old. Mikaila has since furthered Me & the Bees’ many business successes, selling more than one million bottles and counting across 40 states on 1,500 shelves. Distributed by United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) her all-natural ready-to-drink beverages are buzzing off the shelves of H-E-B, Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, World Market, among others. In 2016, Mikaila launched the Healthy Hive Foundation where she donates a percentage of the net profits from the sale of Me & the Bees Lemonade to help save all bees through education, research, and protection. Now 15 year old, she is celebrating “10 Years in Buzzness” and her first book, BeeFearless: Dream Like a Kid, debuts August 18, 2020.

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