My new motto is 3.14159265358….
Let me explain.
That number is the number Pi.
An extraordinary number… because it is a number that continues forever.
And I mean, forever.
Similar to our pursuit of a healthful plant-based lifestyle, it’s important to remember that some things don’t have an ‘end point’—they are meant to continue on forever.
Just like Pi.
Pi symbolizes continuity and longevity—just as a plant-based approach should.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one crazy about Pi. March 14th is International Pi Day.
A great excuse to celebrate the marvel of mathematics and the magic of forever.
What Is Pi?
Celebrated worldwide on March 14th, Pi Day exists to pay tribute to the mathematical phenomenon that is Pi.
Pi (π), the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, stands for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. (π = c/d).
What is most interesting is this…regardless of how big or small the circle is, Pi will always work out to be the same number.
Considered an irrational number, Pi goes on forever (it is what is known as an infinite decimal).
And What About the History of Pi Day?
While Pi itself has been around for a long time (it was first studied approximately 4,000 years ago), Pi Day is fairly recent.
Physicist and inventor of Astrojax, Larry Shaw, was the first to commemorate Pi Day with exuberant celebrations in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium.
However Pi Day wasn’t officially considered a holiday until March 14, 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to usher in the very first Pi Day.
Not Into Numbers? You Can Still Celebrate Pi Day!
Pi Day isn’t just for those who love numbers or mathematics. It’s for all of us.
So how can you celebrate Pi Day?
- Have a ‘Pi’ Baking Contest. Why not organize a (healthful) pie baking contest with friends and family? See who can bake the tastiest pie, and set a small reward for the winner.
- Eat “Pi” Related Foods. If you’re not into pie, you can still partake in food-related festivities by eating foods that begin with the letters “pi.” For example, you could eat pineapple, pine nuts or plant-based pizza (see my recipe below!) to honor the day.
- Get in Some Pi Exercise. On March 14th, go for a 3.14 mile run (just a little bit further than a 5K). And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, organize a “Pi Run” with friends and family so others can participate with you!
- Try a Healthful Recipe. We’ve chosen a special Pi Day recipe just for you. Pi as in Pizza…or specifically Grandma’s Gluten Free Pizza! This is my adaptation of my very own grandma’s pizza crust, which I first learned to make when I was 12. But here it is ‘new and improved’; I’ve changed every single ingredient to ensure the pizza crust is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and wholesome. A recipe that will nurture you perfectly—just like my grandmother who inspired it.
Pi Day Take Away
Pi Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the marvel of mathematics as well as the concept of ‘forever’.
Forever healthy. Forever living the most vibrant lifestyle possible.
So what will your ‘forever’ look like?