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Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast!

July 17 2017 Meatless Monday 

Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast!   We are excited to announce that one more community has joined the Meatless Monday bandwagon! Last month, the District of Sechelt issued a proclamation to announce its commitment to the Meatless Monday campaign in recognition of the positive impact on the environment and our health. With the help of Sunshine Coasters for Meatless Mondays, a local volunteer group, Sechelt will now offer up their vegetarian best! With Mayor Bruce Milnes announcement, Sechelt joins Vancouver, North Vancouver, Port Moody and New Westminster in the growing Canadian Meatless Monday community. Citing the three most important reasons to go meatless - improved health, environmental concerns, and the humane treatment of animals - the proclamation is a call to action for local offices, restaurants, and schools to offer meatless meals on Mondays. It states: [R]educing our consumption of animal products and increasing our intake of fruits, vegetables, and legumes have been linked to a host of health benefits and may reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Sunshine Coasters for Meatless Mondays were instrumental in getting Sechelt to adopt the campaign. On their Facebook page, they celebrated the first Monday by listing restaurants participating in Meatless Monday, offering 25 percent discounts on vegetarian and vegan specials. In additional to inviting restaurants, delis, and other local businesses to participate, offices and schools have also been challenged to join the campaign. In order to help Sun Coast citizens go meatless at home, Sunshine Coasters posts recipes and updates on their Facebook page to keep the momentum going. Welcome to Meatless Monday, Sechelt! We cant wait for vegetarian poutine! The post Sechelt Brings More Meatless Monday to the Sunshine Coast! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

A First Taste from Meatless Monday

June 26 2017 Meatless Monday 

A First Taste from Meatless MondayGet Ready for VegReady - Delicious New Plant-Based Meals Delivered to Your Door     Flavorful, Nutritious and Convenient Imagine being able to enjoy a delicious, ready-to-eat vegan meal whenever and wherever youd like. Thats the whole idea behind VegReady, a unique new food concept thats launching July 14 th on Kickstarter. VegReady is different for a number of reasons. First, the meals dont need refrigeration, defrosting or cooking. Theyre pasteurized and shelf-stable. So they can be eaten anytime and easily stored at room temperature. Next, theyll be sold online directly to you, rather than through retail stores. This is intended to develop a more personal relationship with each customer. Each meal will cost $7.50 and are ordered in quantities of 10 meals at a time. The meals arrive at your address in reusable pizza boxes. Initial VegReady Meals Sourced from Peru The first VegReady dishes will come from the mountains of Peru, where Quinoa is the traditional high protein dish. Quinoa was referred to as chisaya mama or mother grain by the ancient Incas. The meal will contain deliciously cooked Quinoa, sautéed greens and savory vegetables. Peru was selected because its the first country in the world to have a complete ban on GMOs. Following the initial launch, additional meals will be added with Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, India and Pakistan cuisines. Meals Optimized for Your DNA VegReady plans to work with doctors to offer custom meals created to meet your specific health needs and taste preferences. Theyre also partnering with a DNA analysis firm called 23andme, so your meals can be matched to your individual DNA makeup. Better Health for You - and for the Planet At Meatless Monday, we always welcome new ideas that encourage more plant-based eating. Choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, like on a Monday, decreases your risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and other preventable chronic diseases. Whats more, it reduces your carbon footprint and promotes more sustainable food practices. For you - and the planet - its a win-win. Click this LINK to get on their launch list and save 40% or more! The post A First Taste from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday

June 19 2017 Meatless Monday 

Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday Summer is just around the corner, so break out the grill and round up your friends for a great cook-out get-together. But dont bother with the beef, weve got you covered. Weve put together the most amazing collection of burger recipes youve ever tasted. Best of all, none of them use meat.   Top 10 Meatless Burger Recipes - Free Download your free copy of the Monday Burger Cookbook now. Inside youll find 10 scrumptious ways to make burgers using healthy, plant-based ingredients. Enjoy the rich, satisfying flavor of our Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger. Or settle back with our yummy Mini Portobello Mushroom Burger Sliders. And for those who crave the zesty taste from South of the border, check out our Mexican Lentil Burger. All in all, there are 10 mouth-watering meatless burger recipes for you to explore. So get your buns in gear!   The Monday Burger - Skip the Meat, One Day a Week Americans consume nearly 50 billion burgers per year, thats three burgers per person each week. By choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, you can improve your health by reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. In addition, youll help preserve our planets resources. To get a better idea of the environmental implications, read this article from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.   Fresh Fruits and Veggies, Hot Off the Grill As long as youve got the grill out, dont forget all the other fresh seasonal produce thats perfect for outdoor cooking. In fact, weve got a special article on this very subject coming up soon. So look for it and let us know which meatless burger recipe in our Monday Burger Cookbook you like best on Facebook. Well announce the recipe that gets the most votes! The post Get Fired Up! 10 Sizzling Meatless Burger Recipes from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style

June 12 2017 Meatless Monday 

Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style Fathers Day is next Sunday, less than a week away. For your family celebration, why not surprise Dad with some tasty meatless dishes that are sure to satisfy. After all, June is Mens Health Month. And by getting Dad to eat less meat - even skipping it just one day a week - he can significantly improve his health. Reducing meat consumption has been shown to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And that works not just for Dad, but for your whole family. So enjoy a wonderful Fathers Day and help keep Dad healthy and happy. Here are a few recipes hes guaranteed to love more than a new tie or a pair of socks. And please send us your favorite Fathers Day meatless recipes. You never know, they may end up in our collection. Quinoa Chili Fries Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna The post Make Dad’s Day — Meatless Monday Style appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday

May 15 2017 Meatless Monday 

Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday   The global travels of Master Chef Jean-Christian Jury inspired him to write the ultimate kitchen companion on vegan cooking, Vegan: The Cookbook. It features 450 delicious recipes from more than 150 countries. But before Jean-Christian delved into the world of vegan cuisine, he received a startling wakeup call - a heart failure, twice. Years of running several restaurants at the same time, 16-hour work days and a poor diet had finally caught up with the French-born chef. After a few months of recovery, he visited a detox center that specialized in healthy food, fresh smoothies and juices. This enlightening experience transformed his diet and lifestyle. Interestingly, this is the same idea behind Meatless Monday - eating plant-based foods to improve your health. By choosing not to eat meat just one day a week, you reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.   Vegan: The Cookbook - for vegans, non-vegans and omnivores Jean-Christian promotes vegan foods, cooked with fresh ingredients, as a way to keep healthy, age gracefully and prevent many common diseases. His new cookbook offers recipes to satisfy all tastes, representing the cuisines of France, Greece, Italy, Vietnam, China and India. In addition, he explores less familiar fare, such as flavorful dishes from Timor and Papua New Guinea. There is no reason why vegan food cant be as delicious as non-plant-based cuisine. International Master Chef Jean-Christian Jury In 2007, Jean-Christian Jury opened his first vegan restaurant, La Mano Verde, in Berlin, Germany. He received an award for Best Vegan Restaurant on the Planet and was listed as one of Germanys 500 Best Restaurants (Der Feinschmecker 2015-2016).   Expert Guidance, Step by Step For his new cookbook, Jean-Christian specifically crafted his recipes for accuracy and ease of use. He intentionally selected ingredients that are readily available and provides simple step-by-step instructions as well as prep time and cooking time. To help you plan your meal, his book is neatly organized into chapters that cover Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Courses, Grains and Beans, Pasta and Noodles, and Desserts.   Get a Taste of Jean-Christian Jurys New Recipes To whet your appetite, heres a delectable sampler of five recipes found in the Vegan: The Cookbook. Go on and pick your favorite. At Meatless Monday, heres the one we cant wait to try.   Five-Spice Stir-Fried Soba Noodles The post Vegan: The Cookbook — 450 Recipes to Savor on Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday

February 13 2017 Meatless Monday 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday Tomorrow is Valentines Day, a windfall for cards, roses and chocolates. And on this special day, wed like to suggest another way to express your love - Meatless Monday. By choosing not to eat or serve meat just one day a week, youre giving you and your loved ones a valentine 52 times a year. This one simple gesture can have profound health benefits. For instance, eating less meat lowers your risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among women. In addition, diets with less meat also help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. All of which can help you and your loved ones live longer.   So tomorrow, enjoy plenty of hugs and kisses. And dont forget to show some love each and every week with Meatless Monday - for your family, yourself and the planet. The post Celebrate Valentine’s Day Tomorrow — and Each Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month

January 30 2017 Meatless Monday 

Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month This Friday, February 3rd, marks the American Heart Associations 14th annual National Wear Red Day. This life-saving event raises awareness of heart disease - the leading cause of death among women - by encouraging people to wear red and discuss ways to prevent this chronic disease. At Meatless Monday, we take this issue to heart. So much so, we believe that attention to heart health should be kept top of mind all year-round. And participating in Meatless Monday is an easy and effective way to do just that. According to doctors, one of the top ways to decrease your risk of heart disease is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. For many, this means reducing the amount of meat consumed each week and replacing it with vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. In fact, eating less meat and more fruits and veggies also lowers your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. To get an idea of your current heart health, you can take a simple online test from the AHA called Lifes Simple 7 . In addition to diet, you can also help prevent heart disease by controlling your cholesterol, managing your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your blood sugar and, of course, quit smoking. Well also give you a hand. Want to really bring home the message of heart healthy eating? Then download our free Comfort Food Heart Healthy Cookbook . Inside youll find 11 deliciously satisfying meatless recipes. Comfort food so good, youll love it with all your heart! The post Show Some Love in February, ‘Go Red’ for American Heart Month appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Happy New Year from Meatless Monday

January 2 2017 Meatless Monday 

Happy New Year from Meatless Monday Strong Growth for the Movement in 2016 By all accounts, 2016 was a banner year for the Meatless Monday movement. Currently Meatless Monday is active in 44 countries and in over 20 languages - from Croatia to China, Brazil to Bhutan. People from all walks of life are embracing a diet that reduces their meat consumption one day each week. Theyre eating healthier and helping to preserve the resources of the planet – one plate at a time. More chefs and restaurant owners are also realizing the advantages of serving Meatless Monday options, which in turn is good news for you! Be on the lookout for restaurants in your neighborhood that are getting creative with vegetables. Or even better, try to convince your favorite local spot to participate in Meatless Monday. Hospital, university, school and business cafeterias are also introducing Meatless Monday menus. The health benefits are simply too great to ignore. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables help prevent obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Whats more, major cities have begun to officially declare their support of Meatless Monday. In the last year alone, Indianapolis, Sacramento and Pittsburgh have all joined the movement. As more people become aware of Meatless Monday, the enthusiasm, support and commitment continues to grow - in the U.S. and around the globe. We thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy New Year. The post Happy New Year from Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

#PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals!

September 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

#PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals!  At Meatless Monday, we often talk about the research that demonstrates why eating less meat and more plants is a great choice for your health. Studies consistently show that diets low in meat and high in plant foods are associated with reduced rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes and the scientific community is constantly providing new evidence to fuel the plant-powered revolution. The latest evidence that supports the health value of reducing the amount of meat in your diet is a study from Harvard School of Public Health. The study, “Dietary Protein Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in US Men and Women” found that substituting 5% of the calories in your diet from plant protein (legumes, peanuts, peanut butter, other nuts and whole grains) for an equal amount of animal protein resulted in a 19-23% reduced risk of diabetes. So why #PickPeanutProtein for your Meatless Monday meals? In the study, whole grains and peanuts and peanut butter were the most commonly consumed major food sources of vegetable protein. And we think we know why! Peanuts and peanut butter are a delicious, affordable and convenient way to pack protein into your day. Additionally, the researchers found that substituting a serving of peanuts or peanut butter for a serving of processed or red meat, once per day, reduced diabetes risk by 11-21%. To celebrate this great news, Meatless Monday has partnered with The Peanut Institute, and NYCs Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) for an Instagram recipe contest this fall. Cook up a delicious and creative Meatless Monday meal featuring peanuts and you could win a new Vitamix blender from The Peanut Institute and a hands-on cooking class at NGI! Visit the Natural Gourmet Institute for more information.   The post #PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts With Your Meatless Meals! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday Gives a New Bite to Men’s Health Month

June 6 2016 Meatless Monday 

Meatless Monday Gives a New Bite to Men’s Health MonthJune is Mens Health Month, heightening awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. At Meatless Monday, we care about our men-young and old--and were excited this month to feature friends and partners who are inspiring others to go meatless at least one day a week in order to create health-driven lifestyles. Is it manly to go meatless? For years, a macho chow-down included a groaning hamburger or a big slab of steak. But these days physicians tell us that meat consumption is associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. By just going meatless one day a week, you can not only impact your arteries in a positive way, you can even help the planet. And you wont be alone. Some of our biggest supporters are among the most successful chefs in the world, like Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. So get on board, celebrate Mens Health Month on Wear Blue Friday, and check your neighborhood for screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. Why? Because youre our men, and we love you. The post Meatless Monday Gives a New Bite to Men’s Health Month appeared first on Meatless Monday.

One Ingredient, Three Ways: Beets

January 29 2016 Vegetarian Times 

One Ingredient, Three Ways: BeetsWe asked our friends at the National Gourmet Institute to weigh in on popular, healthy ingredients and cooking methods. Vegetarian Times has partnered with the renowned New York-based culinary school to create a  comprehensive new online course, Foundations of Plant-Based Nutrition. Whether you’re a new vegetarian, an avid cook wanting to expand your skills, or contemplating a career in the food industry, you will find this course helpful. Sign up to receive discounts and information about this awesome course.   Have you noticed a number of new beet products on store shelves lately? From beet hummus to beet-infused sports drinks, beets are now in the spotlight, and for good reason. A 2015 review in the journal Nutrients found that beets and their concentrate hold promise in treating oxidative stress and inflammation. But the health benefits associated with beets dont stop there. They’ve also been shown to lower blood pressure, slow the progression of dementia, enhance exercise performance, lower blood glucose, and increase insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. This chenopod packs fiber, essential minerals, vitamin C, and more. Here are three easy ways to integrate beets in your  diet: Beet Salad: Albeit a more traditional avenue, nothing beats (unable to resist the pun) a fresh salad with citrus, goat cheese, walnuts and herbs for flavor. Note that golden, or yellow, beets have a mild flavor compared to their red counterparts, so consider incorporating some to broaden the flavor profile of a salad. Sauce: Beets are versatile, and can be part of a simple beet and horseradish sauce–like that served as part of a Seder--or replace some of the tomato in a non-traditional beet marinara. Embrace a root-to-frond mindset and use the beet greens to create a pesto sauce, or simply sauté them with garlic. Chocolate beet cake: While beets dont always replace a single ingredient in cooking, their water content can help add moisture to baked goods. Try adding some to your next chocolate cake! Kayleen St. John is the resident nutritionist at NYCs Natural Gourmet Institute. Kayleen has a Masters degree in clinical nutrition from NYU and is a registered dietitian. Her research examines the relationship between diet and inflammatory conditions. Kayleen is an avid runner and believes smart nutrition contributes to optimal athletic performance. Our new course, Foundations of Plant Based Nutrition, led by Kayleen, covers essential plant-centric professional cooking techniques, health-focused topics including allergens and inflammation, and how to separate nutrition fact and fiction in a vegan and veg diet. 

Does Arsenic in Rice Make it Totally Off Limits?

October 21 2015 Vegetarian Times 

Does Arsenic in Rice Make it Totally Off Limits?     Headlines screaming poisonous rice might have you ixnaying the widely eaten grain from your meals, but it can still be a beneficial part of your dietary repertoire. Arsenic is found naturally in the environment, but it can also enter the air, water, and soil from mining and arsenic-containing pesticides. Plants take up arsenic as they grow, and eventually it works its way into your grocery cart. Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic has been correlated with greater risk of cancer and heart disease. For most people, food is the primary source of arsenic exposure. Rice seems especially efficient at absorbing arsenic from water and soil, and leaving the bran intact, as with brown rice, increases the grains arsenic content. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation linked higher intakes of rice and rice products, such as rice cakes and rice milk, with increased urinary arsenic levels. Still, there is no federal limit for arsenic in rice, and without hard evidence associating rice intake with poor health, the FDA has yet to recommend that Americans change their consumption habits. In fact, a study involving more than 200,000 people published this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition failed to find an increased risk for heart disease in those consuming up to five servings of white or brown rice weekly. Additionally, Harvard researchers determined that eating brown rice twice a week can help protect against type 2 diabetes. The benefits of consuming whole-grain rice, such as increased intakes of minerals and fiber, could outweigh the risks of arsenic exposure. Opt for brown basmati rices from California, India, or Pakistan, which a Consumer Reports investigation found have lower arsenic levels than other brown rices. And rinsing rice before cooking and boiling it in a larger volume of water--6 cups water to 1 cup rice--can help slash arsenic levels. Because babies, infants, and toddlers can be more susceptible to arsenic, parents are advised to limit their childrens consumption of rice drinks and also to frequently offer alternatives to rice cereal. Good Grains Rotate these nutrient-packed (and gluten-free!) grains with rice to further limit your potential arsenic exposure. Buckwheat Toast the hulled, crushed kernels of this rhubarb relative in a skillet until golden, and then sprinkle over salads for some nutritious crunch. Check out our Buckwheat recipes. Amaranth These tiny grains cook up into a gelatinous consistency, perfect to try as a porridge. Check out our Amaranth recipes. Millet This type of cereal grass adds a toothsome, nutty flavor to soups and veggie burgers. Check out our Millet recipes. THE REALITY Just how much arsenic-containing rice youd have to eat for it to negatively affect your long-term health remains unknown. The FDA is in the midst of conducting a risk assessment to try to answer that question. Until those numbers are in, theres no compelling reason to banish rice from your diet. But do vary the grains you consume in order to keep your arsenic intake in check. Investigative Nutritionist Canada-based Matthew Kadey, RD, sets us straight on misleading nutrition claims.

15 Reasons You Need To Eat Breakfast (and 10 Delicious Recipes)

August 13 2015 Vegetarian Times 

15 Reasons You Need To Eat Breakfast (and 10 Delicious Recipes) You’ve heard it a million times – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Countless studies have shown the health benefits of starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal. Not convinced? Check out these reasons why you and your kids should be eating breakfast: Adults who eat breakfast are... ...Eating more vitamins and minerals than those who dont eat breakfast. ...Avoiding heart disease (according to Consumer Reports, a recent study says those who dont eat breakfast are 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease). ...Controlling their weight better. ...Improving their memory and attention. ...Improving their reasoning, creativity, and learning. ...Eating less fat and cholesterol. ...Lowering their risk for type 2 diabetes. ...More physically active during the day. Children who eat breakfast are... ...Less likely to be overweight. ...More likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers. ...More likely to have higher math and reading scores. ...More apt to meet the daily nutrient requirements. ...Missing fewer days of school. ...Having diets with less saturated fats. ...Improving their ability to pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improve memory. 10 Tasty Meat-free Breakfasts to Try Today Chorizo y Papas Breakfast Burritos Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes   Maple Raisin Oatmeal   Crispy Breakfast Bars Morning Muffins with dried fruit Breakfast Egg Nests   Arugula-Ricotta Omelet for One Tempeh Bacon Vegan Blueberry Muffins Tempeh and Potato Breakfast Patties Sources: USDA; Mayo Clinic; American Academy of Pediatrics; Consumer Reports  

Spread of Western Diet Puts Global Health at Risk

July 13 2015 Meatless Monday 

Spread of Western Diet Puts Global Health at RiskRecently CNN reported on a high-risk trend: around the world, communities are adopting the so-called Western diet. Ian Myles of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases describes the hallmarks of the Western diet as “...overconsumption of over-refined sugars, highly refined and saturated fats, animal protein and a reduced intake of plant-based fibers.” Globally, more and more people are living and working in cities and adopting a Western lifestyle – a trend thats starting to negatively affect diet and exercise habits. City life can lead to a larger income, but it leaves little time for exercise and supports convenient, rather than nutritious, food choices. “People around the world, as incomes go up, choose more calories and meat in their diet,” says David Tilman, professor of Ecology at the University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, as the Western diet spreads, so do the risks and diseases associated with it. Eating larger quantities of meats, processed foods, and refined sugars can lead to increased obesity and diabetes rates, higher cancer risks, and problems with the natural gut bacteria that aid in digestion. The diet packs a problematic one-two punch, simultaneously increasing health risks while decreasing fiber and nutritional value. The good news? According to Tilman, maintaining health while communities develop more Western appetites will be based on the “... voluntary choices people make.” Making conscious changes in diet can have an immediate impact on health; removing foods that strain the digestive system will start reducing inflammation right away, lowering the risk for many related concerns. Making healthier eating (less meat, fewer sugary/­­processed foods, more plants) a habit has even more long term health benefits. While the dietary habits of the West are becoming an international trend, making conscious choices about what and how much we consume is small, sustainable step we can make to keep ourselves and the planet healthy. The post Spread of Western Diet Puts Global Health at Risk appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless Monday

June 5 2017 Meatless Monday 

Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless MondayWelcome to June: longer days, fresh garden veggies and Mens Health Month. If youre a man, this month is your yearly reminder to make sure youre healthy and fit. And if youre someone who cares about men, then this is your month to apply some friendly persuasion to make sure the guys in your life schedule a doctors appointment pronto - and maybe suggest a few changes to their eating habits. Lets dig in! Foods that Help Keep Men Healthy Show most men a juicy, fresh-grilled steak and watch their eyes light up. In fact, show some men a fast food drive-thru window and their mouths start watering. And its alright to treat yourself every now and again, but be warned. Overconsumption of meat (red and processed) as well as other unhealthy choices (fried foods, dairy and excessive alcohol drinking), can lead to serious health issues. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. Now its no secret that fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains and nuts are a healthier way to go.  And you can always start with a few simple changes. For instance, begin with the classic fare thats always tasty and satisfying, but switch out the meat ingredient - like a hearty bean burrito or a rich meatless chili. Next, fire up that grill and serve some sizzling portabella mushrooms, roasted bell peppers and hot, juicy corn on the cob. And dont forget some zesty side dishes. How about a flavorful three bean salad drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinegar olive oil dressing? Before you know it, men will be eating healthier - and not missing the meat!   Wear Blue, Support Mens Health Mark your calendar. June 16th, the Friday before Fathers Day, is Wear BLUE Day. Break out your favorite blue jeans, blue shirt or stylish blue attire to show your support. Urge the men in your life to make healthy choices in diet, weight and exercise. And be sure they get checked out by a doctor for a clean bill of health. Lets make it a guys thing. And since were using blue to support Mens Health, heres one of our favorite blueberry recipes. Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins   The post Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless Monday appeared first on Meatless Monday.

EU Last Law: Ham Sandwiches to be Banned in Schools Hospitals

April 1 2017 World Vegetarian And Vegan News 

EU Last Law: Ham Sandwiches to be Banned in Schools HospitalsHam Sandwiches to be Banned in Schools and Hospitals Embargoed until April 1st In an uncharacteristic liberal style move the Govt has been in secret talks to ban ham, burgers, sausages and other processed meats in NHS hospitals and schools by 1st April 2018. In a 9th hour move the EU managed to sneak this new vegan law into the statute books before article 50 was invoked this week by PM Theresa May and thus automatically uploaded into our statute books via The Great Repeal Bill  New EU Vegan Rules on Meal Deals April 1st Until relatively recently ingredients such as testicles, rectum and udder were allowed in school sausages but regulations have been tightened up. A typical recipe for school/­­hospital sausages ("pork product" made "down to a price" to win a local authority contract - Guardian May 2003) now looks something like this; ?         50% "meat", of which 30% is pork fat with a bit of jowl ?         20% mechanically recovered chicken meat ?         17% water ?         30% rusk and soya ?         soya concentrate ?         hydrolysed protein ?         modified flour, dried onion, sugar, dextrose, phosphates, preservative E221 sodium sulphite, flavour enhancer, spices, garlic flavouring, antioxidant E300 (ascorbic acid), colouring E128 (red 2G). Casings: made from collagen from cow hide In the light of the World Health Organisations re categorisation of processed meat products (Risk: Highest -  Processed meat causes cancer IARC. WHO. BBC Oct 2015) and perhaps fearing resultant legal action from parents and school governors, heads of education and health departments have been discussing banning processed meat products. Ham Sandwiches become Vegan Hahm Sandwiches from 1st April The proposed plan is to replace all processed meats with like sounding plant based vegan products reveals junior health minister Ms Simmo Lay Leading Nutritionist Dr Bin MaFoud says In reality most of any beneficial nutrients in typical local authority purchased processed meat products comes from soya anyway so a move to plant based alternatives makes sense The food industry is now awash with very realistic processed meat alternatives that have same or better taste, texture and protein content than existing products. Patients and schoolchildren probably wouldnt even realise they are being given plant based alternatives. Menus would need to be re written with just omitting or adding one letter for trade description reasons so thus sausage becomes sossage, chicken becomes chikken, mince and burgers stays the same as does Hot Dog, ham becomes hahm and chorizo becomes Chorriso Says professor of food psychology Professor Joe King Many sandwich providers are ahead of the game already offering Vegan options School Packed lunches will not escape in case children swap food and schools risk being held responsible for future cancer risk. Ham sandwiches will join the school ban on chocolate and crisps that already exists in schools along with salami, sausages, bacon, beefburgers and hamburgers, chicken nuggets and pepperami. Ofsted will have the policing of new health standards in schools added to their list of responsibilities but it is not yet clear who will police the standards of food in hospitals as currently hospitals dont appear to have many standards for the quality of food. A Daily Mail reader, Ivor Beef, 68, from Barking, Essex said "If the EU thinks my son is going to eat more vegetables then they've go another think coming. Eating sausages and bacon and ham is a basic British human right along with bent bananas and blue passports. If  British citizens want to increase their risk of heart disease, stroke, cancers and diabetes than that's their sovereign right and the Euros can bog off back across the channel with their daft liberal ideas about saving the planet and national health. Karin Ridgers Founder of VeggieVison TV adds, Luckily there is a plant based version of everything nowadays so no one need miss out on taste and texture, the animals and planet will thank you and you could live longer too. http:/­­/­­www.cancerresearchuk.org/­­about-cancer/­­causes-of-cancer/­­diet-and-cancer/­­how-healthy-eating-prevents-cancer Date:  April 1st More Vegan and Vegetarian News at Vegan News - Health, Diet and Nutrition News

Sarah Bs Balinese Gado Gado

February 5 2017 My New Roots 

Sarah Bs Balinese Gado Gado First of all, hello you. Its been a while. I can hardly believe that the holidays are behind us and even the whole of January. What happened?! Well, before I launch into the recipe, I just wanted to update you all on a couple things. I need to start by saying that the Wild Heart High Spirit Bali Retreat was, without a doubt, one of the coolest projects Ive ever had the pleasure to work on. Mikkala Marilyn Kissi and I welcomed and held space for 16 women to totally transform, and come out on the other side of seven days, new humans. We all landed back into our physical bodies, rediscovering the euphoria of movement and breath, the taste of real food, the feeling of laughter in our cells, sun on our skin, smiles in our hearts. I could go on forever about how deeply moved I feel about the whole thing, but I will just say thank you to everyone who came, and that we are going to do another one very, very soon. There are a few photos from the retreat at the bottom of this post - I hope you enjoy, and join us next time. Also. Cookbook tour. Its happening. Naturally Nourished officially lands in North America February 14th and I am close behind. Ill be visiting New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. There are more details at the bottom of this post and on my Events page, so please have a look. For all other countries, please stay tuned! Now, its recipe time. If youre a vegetarian traveling through Indonesia, gado gado will save your life. Its the dish that is on every single menu, a veggie-loaded, protein-rich salad drenched in the most flavourful, luscious peanut sauce that youve ever tasted. Combining raw and slightly steamed or blanched vegetables and bean sprouts, it is typically served with fried tofu or boiled eggs and prawn crackers, but so easily made vegan. The first time I traveled to this part of the world, I ate gado gado so often, that I almost grew tired of it. Almost. What was my initial meal to celebrate the return to the magical island of Bali this time? Naturally, gado gado, and it did not disappoint. There is something incredibly satisfying about the dish, something that grabs a hold and makes you coming back for more - I believe it is the exquisite balancing act of flavours and textures. The veggies are light and tender (never mushy!), the sprouts are crunchy and fresh, but the true magic lies da sauce. It hits all the notes with its creamy, rich, salty, sweet, acidic, toasty and spiciness. While eating it youre coming up with ways to justify pouring it on everything (Rice? Yes! Spring rolls? Obviously! Roasted veggies? Of course! Bean salad? Why not?!). Of all the dishes I taught during my retreat cooking classes in Bali, this is the one that the ladies really went wild for. Because sauce. I will mention that I am taking major liberties with the traditional recipe, keeping my version vegan and soy-free, and switching out the peanuts for more health-supportive almonds. I realize that this is akin to making pasta out of vegetables (i.e. not at all pasta), but we often and readily make allowances for the promise of something healthier, so just roll with me on this one, okay? Thanks. But Sarah, whats wrong with peanuts? You may recall me tackling this subject before, but for those of you who are hearing just learning that peanuts and the things made with it are less-than-awesome, lets recap! Although there are a lot worse things you could be eating, there are also plenty of healthier choices than peanuts, and heres why. First of all, peanuts are a bit of an odd duck plant. Not a true nut, but a bean in fact, peanuts grow underground in their thin-skinned pods, which come into direct contact with the surrounding soil. Because this soil is often moist and warm, it presents the ideal environment for fungus to proliferate. Now, its not the fungus that is the issue in this case, but the poison it releases, called alflatoxin, which is a cancer-causing agent that attacks the liver. What is the most shocking news, is that the highest levels of alflatoxin arent found in big brand peanut butters, but in the peanut butter ground fresh in health food stores. Second of all, conventionally-grown peanuts are sprayed with very high levels of pesticides and are one of the most contaminated crops in the North America. They are also often genetically modified. Thirdly, peanuts contain very high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, an essential fat that we consume too much of in general. Ideally, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats should be consumed in a 3:1 ratio (like the ratio found in hemp seeds!), otherwise inflammation erupts in the body. If youre a serious peanut and peanut butter lover, there are a few things you can do. For starters, find a brand of peanuts that have been grown organically in a dry environment (New Mexico for instance). Dry environments mean drier soils, which means less fungus. Make sure the nuts you are buying are very fresh and raw, since the word roasted cruelly translates to deep fried. Dry-roasted are okay since they dont use oil in the cooking process, but these nuts are typically old. But the best alternative of all? Other nuts! Like almonds. Almonds are high in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that makes our skin look radiant, and helps protect again heart disease. Almonds have been proven to help lower cholesterol, the risk of weight gain and diabetes. They have about half the amount of Omega-6 fats that peanuts do, along with fewer calories. I snack on almonds and almond butter whenever I can, and have successfully replaced peanuts with this healthier option. I hope youre inspired to do the same! The cool thing about this dish is that you can make it any time of year with seasonal veggies and prepare them the way that suits you and the outdoor temperature, while keeping the sauce exactly the same. I like to eat veggies almost entirely raw in the summer, and include things like cucumber, green beans, radish, and lettuces. In the winter however, gado gado is truly the prefect cold-weather salad since everything can be slightly cooked and enjoyed warm. For this version, I chose two kinds of cabbage, kale, carrots, sweet potato, and freshly sprouted mung beans. An improvement Ive made since teaching this recipe at the retreat was tossing the still-warm vegetables in virgin coconut oil - best decision. This adds a whole other layer of flavour and creaminess, plus adds even more richness, which need this time of year. Did I mention theres also sauce?! There are a couple ways of making my version of gado gado sauce. The best method, for sure, is roasting your own almonds and making your own fresh nut butter. The flavour will truly blow your mind if you go in this direction. But! If you are pressed for time and /­­ or dont feel like going through the rigmarole, you can totally use store-bought almond butter. Just make sure that it is unsweetened and made from roasted almonds, not raw. We want the full depth of flavour here - raw almond butter is too mild and will be overwhelmed by the other sauce ingredients.     Print recipe     Sarah B’s Balinese Gado Gado Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. cold-pressed coconut oil 1/­­2 small head savoy cabbage, shredded 1/­­2 small head red cabbage, shredded 6-7 lacinato kale leaves, ribbed and sliced into ribbons 2 medium sweet potato 4 carrots, julienned or spiralized 2 cups packed /­­ 180g mung bean sprouts (or any sprouts!) 2 shallots, sliced into rings 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped a few pinches flaky sea salt limes for serving, optional Almond Gado Gado Sauce 350g almonds = 1 cup /­­ 250ml almond butter 1 small chili, to taste (use as much or as little as you like) 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp. tamari juice of 1/­­2 lime 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar 1/­­3 cup /­­ 85ml full-fat coconut milk 1/­­3 cup /­­ 85ml water, to thin as needed Directions: 1. Make the almond gado gado: preheat oven to 350°F /­­ 175°C. Spread almonds out evenly on a cookie sheet and roast until fragrant and golden, about 10-15 minutes. Check often - they burn quickly! Remove from oven and let cool. 2.  Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse to chop them up, then remove a good handful for garnish. Blend the remaining almonds on high, scraping down the sides every so often, until the mixture becomes smooth and liquid. Depending on your food processor, this may take up to 10 minutes - be patient, it will work! 3. Roughly chop the chili and garlic, add them to a food processor, along with the tamari, lime juice, coconut sugar and coconut milk. Blend on high and add water to achieve the correct the consistency: the sauce should be thin enough to pour, but not water-y. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Store in a glass jar with an airtight lid (keep leftovers in the fridge). 4. Wash and prepare the vegetables: cut the sweet potato into wedges, spiralize or julienne the carrots, shred the cabbage and kale. Set a steamer over boiling water and place the sweet potato inside first, cover, and set a timer for 6 minutes. If the sweet potatoes are tender at this point, remove them from the steamer and set aside and toss with a little of the coconut oil, then cover to keep warm (if they are still raw, continue to steam until tender). Next place the carrots and cabbage in the steamer and cook for 2-4 minutes until tender-crisp, then toss with remaining coconut oil. In a large bowl combine all the steamed veggies with sprouts, shallots and cilantro. Sprinkle with salt and toss. 5. To serve, spoon a generous portion of sauce onto each plate. Lay the salad on top (or arrange it neatly as I have), sprinkle with chopped, toasted almonds, more cilantro and shallots, as desired. Top with more sauce, if desired. Dig in.   Here are some shots I took during the retreat in Bali. It was beyond magical. If you’d like to stay updated about the next one, please sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know once we announce! And now for the book tour! I am so insanely excited to get on the road with my latest cookbook, Naturally Nourished, which you can preorder here. I’ll be in New York City and Toronto first, and tickets for the events in those cities are now available. Check the Events page, Instagram and Facebook for the remaining cities, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. See you soon! February 20th My New Roots x The Aerie Collective: WisdomShare “Turning Your Creativity Into a Career” Spend an evening with Sarah for an inspiring presentation about how she has grown her food blogging passion into a thriving career. Her book is available for purchase & signing. Click here for tickets and more details February 21st My New Roots + Food52 Livestream Tune in to Food52’s Facebook at 3pm EST, for a live broadcast of Sarah Britton demonstrating two of her favourite recipes from her new cookbook Naturally Nourished. Live event link: www.facebook.com/­­food52 February 21st My New Roots + Jessica Murnane + Julia Turshen A very special night of inspiring conversation + a celebration + great women in food! Join us for the launch party of two beautiful & brilliant new cookbooks: Sarah Britton’s Naturally Nourished and Jessica Murnane’s One Part Plant With the conversation led by the highly acclaimed author & chef, Julia Turshen. Come for the bites, drinks, and book signings by all three women – stay for the good times & (selfies)! Click here for tickets and more details February 22nd My New Roots + Amy Chaplin + The Finch: Plant-based Dinner Celebration We’re thrilled to invite you to a very special dinner collaboration at Michelin-starred restaurant The Finch, celebrating two fantastic women in food. Join us for this inspired & intimate gathering. Click here for tickets and more details TORONTO February 24th My New Roots x The Aerie Collective: WisdomShare “Turning Your Creativity Into a Career” Spend an evening with Sarah for an inspiring presentation about how she has grown her food blogging passion into a thriving career. Her book is available for purchase & signing. Click here for tickets and more details February 25th Naturally Nourished Book Launch at Appetito! We’re very happy to welcome you to join us for an excting interview with Sarah, Q&A, recipe tasting from the cookbook, book purchasing & signing. Click here for tickets and more details February 26th My New Roots + The First Mess: Cookbook Celebration Gathering Together with Sarah, Laura and an incredible community we would love to invite you to meet, feast & celebrate in their cookbook launch! Click here for tickets and more details The post Sarah B’s Balinese Gado Gado appeared first on My New Roots.

An Inspiring New Advocate for Plant-Based Eating

January 5 2017 Vegetarian Times 

At only 15, Haile Thomas is an enthusiastic advocate for plant-based eating. It all started when her father was diagnosed with diabetes and the whole family decided to cook and eat more healthfully. Through her website, cooking classes, TV appearances and work with Sweetleaf Stevia Sweeteners, Haile inspires kids and adults to eating nutritious, delicious, plant-based food.

Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle

December 12 2016 Meatless Monday 

Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle   Mark another milestone for Meatless Monday. Last week, the City-County Council of Indianapolis, home of the famous Indy 500 race, passed a resolution in support of Meatless Monday. This new resolution encourages city residents and institutions to enjoy a meat-free day at the beginning of each week. The goal of the resolution is to raise awareness about healthy eating and to reduce the citys environmental footprint. Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the U.S. Nearly two-thirds of the adults and approximately 40 percent of children and teens are overweight or obese. This preventable condition has been linked to heart disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis and cancer. By substituting fruits and vegetables for meat, growing evidence suggests it reduces the risk of heart disease. In addition, people on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. Indianapolis now joins other forward-thinking cities, such as Sacramento, San Diego and Pittsburgh, in advancing the Meatless Monday movement. The locally based Vegan Meetup Group has seen an 800 percent increase in membership over the past four years. Whats more, many city restaurants are now featuring meat-free dishes. To learn more about the Meatless Monday activities in Indianapolis and to get involved, visit their Facebook page. The post Indianapolis Joins Meatless Monday Winner’s Circle appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue Cure

June 6 2016 Meatless Monday 

Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue CureWhat does it mean to be a hero? In Meatless Mondays terminology it means having the courage and wherewithal to turn challenge into change. Former marketing and PR exec Gabe Canales did just that. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 35, he set out to discover why and how he got sick, then brought those answers to thousands of men and boys across America. Today he is the founder and president of Blue Cure, an organization that empowers males to embrace an anti-cancer lifestyle, including Meatless Monday, as early as possible. Each year, another 240,000 of our brothers, husbands, and fathers are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Gabe Canales is making sure that number diminishes, one brother at a time. Check out our recent interview with him below. Gabe, you were diagnosed with prostate cancer at such an early age. It’s usually considered an “old man’s disease.” What was your first reaction? I thought: “Am I going to die? I dont have a family history of prostate cancer so I wondered, How did I get it?” What changes did you choose to make in your diet and lifestyle? I grew up in Texas where I ate lots of Mexican food, smoked barbecue, and country food like chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy. After I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, a doctor (one of many) in New York asked me to radically alter my dietary habits. So I ditched beef and pork, adopted a mainly plant-based diet with lots of cruciferous vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. I also eliminated dairy and reduced my sugar intake. I used to drive a big Chevy Tahoe but almost three years ago I got rid of it, bought a bicycle, and made a choice to walk, jog, and bike everywhere in Houston. It was the best decision for me. When its raining or if I have to dress in a suit, Ill take an Uber. In addition, I exercise at the gym five to six days a week for an hour. What motivated you to start Blue Cure and whats at the heart of the Blue Cure message? When I was diagnosed, I got active in more ways than one. Heres a short video about my story:   I started Blue Cure to be the blue side of the womens pink movement for breast cancer, but for prostate cancer. Most men dont start thinking about screenings till age 55, but Blue Cure reaches out to men and youth decades before screenings start. The substance behind our blue is education--to empower men, youth. and families with knowledge on ways to prevent, reduce risk, and improve outcomes of those diagnosed with prostate cancer. One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer, one in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer; however, only one in 10 cancers are due to an inherited genetic mutation. There is so much we can do to reduce our risk by changing diet and lifestyle habits, eliminating/­­reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, managing stress, and sleeping more. How is Meatless Monday part of your program? Blue Cure promotes Meatless Monday. That one day of the week has served me and the Blue Cure community well. Most guys and youth I meet love fast food, are big meat eaters, and have very little if any fresh fruits and vegetables. We have to meet people where they are without hitting them over the head with judgment. So I encourage them to consider Meatless Monday as an opportunity to make small changes which will lead to healthier habits. Behavioral modification doesnt happen overnight and Meatless Monday is a great jump-starter which can lead to bigger changes. Via Blue Cure, you have started youth sports camps and basketball teams (elementary, junior, and high school levels) across Texas to prevent and reduce prostate cancer through lifestyle changes. Why should youth be thinking so early about prostate cancer and how do you convince them to change their soda-guzzling, sugar-consuming, cigarette-smoking habits? Youth care about the NOW, so we let them know that by adopting healthier habits now, they can positively affect their athletic performance while reducing their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The education is age-appropriate and varies. Blue Cure promotes physical activity, eating more plants, sleeping more, managing stress, and removing environmental toxins. Its important we plant these seeds at an earlier age. Young people often give us their attention when they realize we have support from professional boxers, football, basketball, and baseball players. They want to be like them! What are the obstacles men face (socially, culturally, physically) in eating less meat? Where I live (Texas), many friends celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions with a steak. A lot of marketing from restaurants and fast food hits us with the message of meat as a reward. Eating meat is part of our culture and identified with masculinity. We have to change perceptions. In 2012, the first year Blue Cure sponsored a Meatless Monday on a college campus, I made sure that college basketball players were involved in serving the meatless options we offered. The idea was to have more male students line up to try the delicious meatless options. Try Blue Cure’s “Bacon” and Ranch Salad Again, my encouragement to men and youth is to add fruits and vegetables to each meal. Would it surprise you to know that Ive spoken with many men on college campuses who share they dont eat any fruits and vegetables? Start off with Meatless Monday, and on another day, remove it from another meal, and so on. These small changes will lead to bigger changes and soon you will find that you are reducing meat consumption and eating more plants--easily. You have amazing support from athletes, civic leaders, corporations, major cancer centers, etc. Who are some of these entities and why have theyve signed on with you? I believe Blue Cure receives support from a growing number of influencers because they believe in the received support from professional athletes like NFL players JJ Watt, Owen Daniels, Chris Myers, celebrities like Roger Moore, Bob Saget, and Fran Drescher. Our #LightitBlue initiative has received support from cancer centers and hospitals like Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Memorial-Hermann Health System in Houston, and others. Im grateful for the support weve received from professional athletes, celebrities, business, and political leaders, and the growing number of advocates who support our mission. Whats your next biggest goal? We just launched our nationwide #LightitBlue initiative, with the goal of lighting blue 100 landmarks, city halls, stadiums, and cancer centers for one evening during Septembers National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. We are asking supporters to go to LightitBlue.org and  nominate a landmark in their city. We will work behind the scenes to secure a commitment. We would also like The White House to light blue one evening, just as The Peoples House has lit up pink one evening during Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We must change the conversation with a greater emphasis on prevention. Heres a recent television interview about #LightitBlue with me and former NFL player and Blue Cure board member Chris Myers.       The post Men’s Health Month Hero: Gabe Canales of Blue Cure appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Q & A with The Vegan Woman Founder and Director

June 3 2016 Vegetarian Times 

Q & A with The Vegan Woman Founder and DirectorVT got the chance to chat with Sivan Pardo Renwick, the founder and director of The Vegan Woman, an online platform dedicated to exploring the vegan lifestyle. Sivan was a recent presenter on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise. The tropical adventure was an ideal getaway for vegans, or anyone looking to explore a healthier lifestyle. In addition to all of the amenities of the beautiful cruise line, the trip also includes an abundance of knowledgable, respected presenters, fitness and yoga classes, special vegan meals, and social events. VT: Can you describe your experience at the Holistic Holiday at Sea. Sivan: 2016 was our third consecutive year on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise; and I find that each time we participate, the experience recharges and fuels us with positive energy. The incredible line-up of top notch lecturers and the opportunity to share such a unique vacation with likeminded people is truly wonderful. After our first year I was so impressed that upon my return I posted a three page review of the cruise on The Vegan Woman, to share my experience. On our second and third cruise we were already meeting friends that we have met in previous years, delighting with them at the wonderful opportunities this vacation offers, and meeting-up with The Vegan Woman community members. It feels like we have joined a vegan family of vacationers that we look forward to revisiting each year. Another aspect I admire is the beautiful mix of veteran vegans, newbie vegans and those who are considering going on a plant-based diet - the interactions that blossom during communal meals, lectures and workshops are beautiful and heartwarming to witness. VT: You led a class on difficulties in going vegan and how they can be overcome. What do you find is the most common difficulty for people and what advice would you give them? Sivan: The most common statement I hear from people who are considering going vegan is probably I want to go vegan BUT I dont think Ill be able for it. The reasons people think they wont be able for it are varied and usually revolve around food attachments. I cant imagine my life without cheese or I dont think I can be satisfied without meat are common statements that can easily be resolved following certain steps. My key advice to those who are interested in going vegan but are suffering from food attachments that keep them from taking the leap, is to do some research. Information is power; so if you are concerned that food wont be as satisfying for you without animal based ingredients, learn which high fiber foods can give you that feeling of fullness or what vegan comfort foods can satisfy you when you experience a craving. If you cant imagine your life without cheese - research the dairy industry and its practices; watch some of Dr. Neal Barnards lectures on what makes cheese addictive and how to break away from this addiction. Put in the research work so that when the time comes you too will be able to truly enjoy the beautiful plant-based options that are constantly growing. If you are not sure how and where to start you can always join some free online groups with vegan members that will be happy to assist and guide you, like Challenge22.com or our active Facebook group Vegan Women - Hosted by The Vegan Woman. VT: Tell us a little about your lecture, How Can I Spread the Message of Compassion and Good Health? Sivan: The idea for this lecture was born as a result of my first Holistic Holiday at Sea experience. While Im used to being asked for advice on how to help others go vegan, by the end of the cruise I also found people who were so excited and inspired by the information theyve learned from the lecturers and speakers, that they couldnt wait to go home and share this new found knowledge with their family and friends. The problem is, from my experience, that conveying knowledge to people who are not interested in being exposed to it, is not only challenging, but also ineffective. My lecture on How to Spread the Message of Compassion and Good Health is all about helping each and every one of us share a positive message in a way that is enjoyable and relevant for both sides, using real world and online tools, from social media to daily activities. My tips include ways of utilizing humor, positivity, and the ability to push the envelope. VT: Whats the best thing you ate on the cruise? Sivan: Now that is a tough question as there were so many dishes I enjoyed this year! If pushed I guess Id have to choose the creamy Seitan Stroganoff, the hearty Aduki Bean and Squash Soup, and the Peach Tart. Although there were many other dishes that are coming in as very-close seconds... VT: Who would you recommend this cruise to? Sivan: I think this cruise is best suited to two types of audiences. The first is vegans who are looking for an enjoyable, pampering vacation in which they dont have to worry about their food and can relax with likeminded people, knowing that all their meals are super healthy, nutritious, and plant-based. The second type of audience I would recommend this cruise to is anyone who is considering going vegan for one reason or another and needs the extra motivation, as well as and anyone who is experiencing health issues, such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, arthritis, Crohns disease, or cancer. This cruise can truly provide them with a life-line; not only for all the great information presented by highly esteemed MDs, but also for some inspiration from those who have recovered from difficult medical situations. If you have a challenging medical problem and decide to join this cruise, please dont miss the Recovery Panel, as it could truly be a life-changing moment for you. VT: What was your inspiration in creating The Vegan Woman?  Sivan: Being vegetarian for 18 years before going vegan, I always tried to avoid animal rights issues as I found the topic too painful to deal with. But as soon as I learned the truth behind the dairy and egg industries and went vegan, I realized how much I wanted the whole world to go vegan too. I also realized that most people wouldnt even be willing to consider it, thinking that going vegan will require them to deprive themselves from fine dining, high fashion, and certain types of activities they enjoy. The Vegan Woman was created with the idea of showing the world how enjoyable, fun, uplifting and rewarding veganism can be. Highlighting that you can delight in amazing food, high fashion, wonderful vacations, and all the beauty this world has to offer without betraying your ethics, and without supporting animal cruelty. The website focuses on vegan lifestyle guides, personal columns written by vegan women from across the globe, recipes, tips and advice on various vegan issues from parenting, to dating, and even tips on where to find your next fashionable vegan shoes. VT: Tell us your favorite VegetarianTimes.com recipe. Sivan: Having just published our mouthwatering vegan chocolate guide, Im still in chocolate mode; and since I have yet to make my own vegan chocolate truffles at home, this Decadent Vegan Chocolate Truffles recipe has my name written all over it...

A Healthy New Year’s Resolution: Go Meatless on Monday!

December 28 2015 Meatless Monday 

Looking for a resolution this new year? Try going meatless on Monday! Ditching the meat once a week can do your health, your bank account, and the planet a lot of good. So whether you’re interested in getting healthy, saving money, or trying to save the world in 2016, pledging to make Meatless Monday part of your weekly routine is a great way to get started with your new year’s resolution. Here’s why! Going meatless is great for your health Introducing a diet focused on plant-based foods - vegetables, fruits, and whole grains - has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and help prevent heart disease. Studies also show that diets focused on foods that come from plants can help curb obesity and lead to a longer lifespan. Some evidence even suggests that consuming large quantities of red or processed meats may lead to an increased risk of colo-rectal cancers. Plant foods also provide an array of vitamins and minerals that are crucial for health and well-being, both for growing bodies and for adult health. By eating less meat each week, you leave more room on your plate for plant-based meals that can help you get healthier and stay that way! Skipping meat once a week can keep you (and your wallet) feeling full Eating your greens can help save you lots of green! Not only is meat expensive and a big chunk of the average weekly omnivores food budget, but eating less meat can lead to fewer hospital and healthcare bills. Meatless sources of protein like legumes and other vegetables tend to cost less per serving than meat, so they make an economical (as well as healthy) choice. In the US chronic, preventable diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes account for 75% of the $2 trillion spent annually on medical care. Reducing the risk of these conditions by eating less meat is one good choice for your wallet and for public health bills in general. Its one way to take action on climate change Meat production incurs a massive environmental cost in resources like grain, water, and fossil fuels. Food and water for the growing of livestock, and then fuel for the processing, shipping, and refrigeration of meat, takes a toll on the environment and is rapidly evolving as one of the leading causes of climate change around the world. Livestock animals also produce a large quantity of greenhouse gases like methane, further damaging the earths atmosphere. By reducing the demand for meat by eating a little less each week, anyone can chip away at the environmental costs of agriculture right from the dinner table. There are lots of specific, science-backed reasons to try Meatless Monday; make one small resolution every week and have a happy, healthy new year! The post A Healthy New Year’s Resolution: Go Meatless on Monday! appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Food Day Celebration Urges Americans to Eat a “Greener Diet”

October 19 2015 Meatless Monday 

Food Day Celebration Urges Americans to Eat a “Greener Diet”October 24th is Food Day, an opportunity for Americans to think carefully about what they eat, how their food impacts the environment, and what policies would best support sustainable eating in the future. Be a part of the celebration by taking the Meatless Monday Pledge for Food Day 2015 Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, farmers, restaurateurs, and private citizens. It is a national movement designed to get everyday Americans involved and to start a conversation about specific US public policies regarding food, farming, and nutrition. This year, the theme for all Food Day is Toward a Greener Diet. One way to have a greener diet? Cut back on the amount of meat you eat each week! The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment. Projections from the Alternative Worlds report by the National Intelligence Council hold that the world will need 35 percent more water, 40 percent more energy and 50 percent more food to feed Earths population by 2030. Agriculture and the production of food consume a massive portion of Earths resources, and better allocating those resources means changing what we eat, how much we eat, and how we grow it. Meat is one of the most environmentally costly foods currently produced for human consumption, and with the global demand for meat increasing, it is clear that around the world we will have to change how we eat. Moving toward a greener diet means making your own personal diet more sustainable - eating foods that are healthy for you and for the planet. Interested in being a part of Food Day? - Join the Food Day conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. There are also #FoodDayChat Twitter chats on the 24th of every month. - Host an event or organize an activity with your family, coworkers, neighborhood, or school. - Coordinate Food Day activity - Attend events in your community. The post Food Day Celebration Urges Americans to Eat a “Greener Diet” appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Health Summit for Health Professionals at VegfestUK Vegan Festival London Olympia

August 4 2015 World Vegetarian And Vegan News 

Health Summit for Health Professionals at VegfestUK Vegan Festival London Olympia As part of the continuing efforts to Vegducate as many people as possible about the vegan solutions to avoidable world problems that threaten our planet VegfestUK is now hosting a Health Summit for Health Professionals at London Olympia on Saturday 10th October. Sadly there are still many health professionals that are unaware of the evidence based science that supports the solution of a healthier balanced plant based diet to common health problems and the vegan diets suitability for all age groups. Harley Street nutritional therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals "I am frequently contacted by mothers at their wits end because of pressure put upon them by Doctors to start eating meat and cheese and feed animal products to their children, like there is some magical ingredient that can only be found in meat and dairy. It reveals a lack of understanding about basic nutrition and the nutrients found in food" "Yes a person may fair better on a diet higher in protein, may have some health condition that requires extra omega 3 EPA and DHA, or vitamin B12 or vitamin D3 or probiotics but there are now excellent plant based versions of all of these nutritional tools." Earlier this year The Vegan Society reached a historic agreement with The British Dietetic Association. The Vegan Society and The British Dietetic Association have agreed to collaborate to bring  reliable plant based nutrition information to every community in the UK. Tony Bishop-Weston, executive consultant Vegan Chef and Author of The Vegan Cookbook,  has helped VegfestUK bring together some leading lights in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide a line up of distinguished speakers to provide evidence based science that backs up the argument for vegan solutions to the scourge of avoidable self inflicted health problems we face. Chef says "For too long many health professionals, GP's, midwives, dietitians, nutritionists, health workers have written off plant based diets as unnatural and exclusionary. This may be partly because of the way vegan diets were better known for what wasn't vegan, what they didn't eat rather than what vegans do eat - messages were full of negative messages, not this, don't eat that, no no no rather than yes yes yes and motivational provocative messages focused on delicious and dynamic vegan solutions. That's all changed. Bookshops are awash with beautiful vegan cookbooks with deliciously inspiring vegan recipes. The supermarkets now sell edible melting vegan cheese, vegan sausages, dairy free ice cream in fact everything from plant based caviar to vegan haggis. Thanks to 70 years of UK veganism there's now plenty of people to prove that a vegan diet can be far healthier than the average UK diet" Speakers at The VegfestUK Health Summit for Health Professionals include Professor Thomas Sanders  Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics Kings College London who will be talking about his CRESSIDA study and it's relevance to those on vegan diets Prof Tom Sanders Professor of Nutrition Kings College LondonDr Emma Derbyshire, PhD, is a registered public health nutritionist government adviser on nutrition and diet matters and award-winning nutrition and health writer.  Dr Emma Derbyshire NutritionistSandra Hood RD - A specialist dietician for the NHS Sandra runs education sessions on diabetes for patients and health professionals. Sandra is author of 'Feeding your Vegan Baby with Confidence' published by The Vegan Society and has had numerous articles published in magazines. She worked closely with Plamil Foods to produce Infant Case Histories to prove the efficacy and benefits of a plant food based diet for infants. Sandra is currently working on nutrition material for the Vegan Society and BDA collaboration. She will be joined by Nutritional Therapist Yvonne Bishop-Weston Sandra Hood registered Dietitian Dr Nina Bailey -BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, ANutr: Nutrition Scientist - Head of Clinical Nutrition Igennus Healthcare Nutrition - Dr Nina Bailey is a leading expert in marine fatty  acids and their role in health and disease. Dr Bailey holds a master's degree in Clinical  Nutrition and received her doctorate from Cambridge University and is a published scientist,  regularly featured in national health publications. Dr Nina Bailey Nutrition ScientistMikkel Jungersen - Scientific Advisor in Scientific Affairs at Chr. Hansens  Health & Nutrition Division where he is responsible for scientific issues for Chr. Hansens  probiotics Mikkel Jungeresen - Scientific Advisor  Other speakers include Paul Appleby from the Oxford University/­­European EPIC Study, Dr Tushar Mehta from Toronto, motivational expert Brian Jacobs and yoga guru talking about and demonstrating yoga as a tool to alleviate some of the effects of stress. http:/­­/­­london.vegfest.co.uk/­­prof-tom-sanders http:/­­/­­london.vegfest.co.uk/­­dr-emma-derbyshire http:/­­/­­london.vegfest.co.uk/­­sandra-hood http:/­­/­­london.vegfest.co.uk/­­yvonne-bishop-weston http:/­­/­­london.vegfest.co.uk/­­dr-nina-bailey SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Talks Room 12:00 - Dr Emma Derbyshire - Protein and Calcium Solutions on a Vegan Diet 1:00 - Prof Tom Sanders - King's College London CRESSIDA Study 2:00 - Sandra Hood RD Yvonne Bishop-Weston BSc DipION mBANT - Safer Vegan Pregnancy & Childrens health 3:00 - Mikkel Jungersen, MSc - Probiotics and Women's health 4:00 - Dr Nina Bailey - Essential Fats and Vegan Diets 5:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta - Vegan is the Answer: What's The Question? SATURDAY Health Professionals Health Summit Workshop Room12:00 - Paul Appleby  - Oxford Uni EPIC Study and Vegan Findings 1:00 - Debate - Raw food vs Cooked food 2:00 - Dr Tushar Mehta & Peter Gleave - Can you reverse Diabetes? 3:00 - Christine Bailey - Good Fats, Healing Fats.  Its time to Feel Good About Healthy Fats 4:00 - Brian Jacobs - Solutions for motivational strategies for encouraging healthy eating 5:00 - The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - Stress Management Free certificated CPD for Health Professionals will be on offer. Contact your professional body for more details. More Vegan and Vegetarian News at Vegan News - Health, Diet and Nutrition News

How to Get Enough DHA and EPA

June 23 2015 Vegetarian Times 

How to Get Enough DHA and EPAIllustration: Aleks Sennwald DHA and EPA affect every cell, every tissue, every organ in the body and cannot be replaced by other nutrients, says Richard Passwater, PhD, co-author with J?rn Dyerberg, MD, of The Missing Wellness Factors: EPA and DHA. The omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid--better known as DHA and EPA, respectively--support brain and heart function, maintain vision, improve mood, and control inflammation. Yet only 25 percent of the population consumes either of these vital fats on a given day, and even then the average intake is far below recommended amounts. Power Source The body can convert alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 found in flaxseed oil and walnuts, into DHA and EPA, but not efficiently. So, vegetarians should look to get DHA and EPA from supplements made from microalgae, which is the ultimate source of the omega-3s in fish and fish oil supplements. According to a report in Current Diabetes Reviews, getting omega-3s from either fish or microalgae oils results in increased circulation of both DHA and EPA and protection against cardiovascular risk. For a bonus, supplement makers often use sustainable microalgae grown in controlled environments, which avoids ocean-borne contamination as well as toxins such as the mercury found in fish. Use It Right For healthy vegans and vegetarians, Dr. Dyerberg and I recommend supplementing with at least 200 to 300 milligrams combined total DHA and EPA and preferably up to 1,000 milligrams combined total, says Passwater. Where certain diseases like arthritis are present, up to 3,000 milligrams is suggested. Watch Out For No adverse affects are associated with recommended doses. But do consult your health care provider if you take blood thinners or blood-pressure medications. Try Deva Vegan Omega-3 DHA-EPA ($29.99/­­90 200-mg combined total v-caps; devanutrition.com) Nature Made 100% Vegetarian Omega-3 DHA+EPA ($28.99/­­60 540-mg combined total v-caps; naturemade.com)


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