Plant-Based Vegan News for 2015

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

I’m excited about 2015! I strongly feel that this is the year that more people will come to realize that the way they’d been eating is not only detrimental to their health and/or to people they love, that it is also devastating our planet and causing great harm to other living beings, but there is a better way forward! That this IS a Win-Win no matter which way you look at it!

2015

Here are some exciting things happening in the plant-based community:

Erica Meier via Compassion Over Killing writes, “Last week, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued its proposed nutrition policy for 2015 that has the meat industry crying foul — and the Washington Post is calling it the “meat industry’s worst nightmare.” You can read the rest of the article here: (It is short!)

Meat Industry Has a Cow Over Proposed Dietary Guidelines

Veggie Plate

Further, Dr. Michael Greger had the privilege to speak in front of the “2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which is responsible for making evidence-based recommendations on the next round of federal nutrition advice.” Definitely check out what he has to say and also watch the video that he’s got the link & password to. I can’t wait to watch this over the weekend! Good Stuff!

My Testimony Before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee

Please also check out his 14 part video series about the federal dietary guidelines. There is so much to learn! Further, I’d like to highlight a couple of books for you that I plan to read here in 2015. The first one was recommended by my friend Beth, a fellow PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) instructors. It is called “Comfortably Unaware”. If you have read it, perhaps you’d like to share your thoughts in the comments section with me and my readers!

Comfortably Unaware

Beth wrote, “IT’S MY MISSION to help as many people as possible transition to a plant-based dietary lifestyle and AVOID become a cancer statistic, a heart attack or stroke statistic, an MS statistic… you name it, a plant-based diet HELPS. All the protective nutrients are in whole plant foods… all of them. 
If you WANT chronic disease… animal products are for you.
But wait…
That’s what’s killing our planet (climate change, global warming, ocean dead zones, deforestation, air pollution, water pollution). Newsflash…. EVERYONE needs to be eating plant-based, globally. Or we won’t have a planet to worry about much longer.
Extreme?
Sadly, no. Read THIS book.”  
Convincing enough for me! How about you? Another book that I’d like to read it one that I saw JL Goes Vegan posting about and it is called, “The Modern Savage” by James McWilliams. 

The Modern Savage

Amazon has this to say about the book, “In The Modern Savage, renowned writer, historian, and animal advocate James McWilliams pushes back against the questionable moral standards of a largely omnivorous world and explores the “alternative to the alternative”—not eating domesticated animals at all. In poignant, powerful, and persuasive prose, McWilliams reveals the scope of the cruelty that takes place even on the smallest and—supposedly—most humane animal farms. In a world increasingly aware of animals’ intelligence and the range of their emotions, McWilliams advocates for the only truly moral, sustainable choice—a diet without meat, dairy, or other animal products.”

A colleague of mine just lost his younger brother…He was only 34 years old. He died from a heart attack! Yes, you read that right, 34 years old! In my book that is way too young to die! If we want to turn this health crisis around, we must first start to look at our own personal diets, as well as how our eating habits are affecting global health and sustainability, plus the animals that also inhabit our earth! 

Three Veggies

My birthday just happened in December and I have now been on a plant-based vegan diet for over three years! I can tell you that it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made! I’m excited for those of you who decide to join me this year! If you have any questions feel free to ask me!

Much Health & Happiness to you all!

Pete’s Shepherd’s Pie

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Good morning…God morgen…Guten morgen…& Buenos días,

Last night I promised a few Danes that I’d post and share Pete’s amazing shepherd pie recipe. The first time I had it I literally swooned. The pie came right out of Pete’s oven – warm and delicious! He even gave me a container of it to-go. I had it again for lunch over the next couple of days and it was still just as delicious and filling. Thank you, Pete for sharing this delicious recipe!

Pie On Table

~Pete’s Shepherd Pie on Charlotte’s beautiful table~

Ingredients:

4 lbs Red Organic Potatoes – halved and cut into quarters

3-4 Organic Carrots – cut into thirds and chopped into smaller pieces

1 Sweet Onion – chopped

8 large Cremini Mushrooms – halved and sliced

1 Bag “Meat” crumbles (Vegan)

2 tbsp  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

1 tsp Rosemary – finely chopped

1/2 cup Red Wine

1/2 Cup Vegetable broth + 3/4 Cup for Mashed Potatoes

1 tsp Black Pepper

Sea Salt to taste

2 tbsp Potato Flour – for thickening

1 – 12oz bag of frozen Organic Peas

2 large handfuls of Baby Spinach

1/2 stick of Earth Balance butter

5 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

Got all that? Great! Let’s get started on the process. It’s so easy to make, even a non-cook, or whatever you call yourself, can make this dish! Begin by washing the potatoes, followed by cutting off the spots/ends. Do Not include these in the dish!

Cutting Potatoes

Cut the potatoes in half, then into quarters. By now the water is boiling in a large pot. Cutting them this way will save time. Add a bit of salt and a little olive oil (or not) to the boiling water to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

Potatoes

After you got the potatoes going, work on the carrots. Cut them into thirds and then chop them into smaller pieces – like so.

Carrots

Then chop the sweet onion and cut the large Cremini mushrooms in half and then slice them. Add to the carrots.

Mixture in bowl

After all the chopping and slicing is done, get out a large pan and add either a little olive oil or some vegetable broth (if you’re on a “no-oil” regime) and heat it up. Add the meat crumbles and stir them around.

Boca

Afterwards add the carrots, mushrooms and onions to the mixture and blend together. Add Bragg’s Aminos, Rosemary, half a cup of red wine and stir it in. The alcohol will cook out, but add flavor. Also add half a cup of vegetable broth, black pepper and sea salt to taste.

Mixture in pan

Keep stirring all the ingredients together. Letting it cook for a little while (10 minutes or so).  Then add the potato flour, stirring rigorously. Next add the peas, stirring them into the mixture and finally two large handfuls of baby spinach. The peas and spinach go in last because they don’t need to be cooked as long. Put the vegetables and “meat” mixture over into a large casserole dish. The one I use is made of glass from Pyrex (9 x 13″ = 22.5 x 33 cm).

Pie with Mixture

~ Pre-Heat Oven to 350 ~

Time to work on the potatoes. You have drained the water, keeping the potatoes in the large pot that you cooked them in. You could, after they have cooked leave them sitting in the hot water. Add 3/4 cup of veggie broth + half stick of Earth Balance [vegan] butter, plus nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Using a potato masher, mash together until it the potatoes are nice and smooth.  When they are ready, spread the mashed potatoes on top. You may have extra mashed potatoes left over. Wonderful right!? It’s one of my weaknesses!

Pie with Potatoes

Plop this baby in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (at 350)…and Voila! Dinner or lunch is ready!

Enjoy!

Bon Appétit and Happy Holidays!

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Pete’s Pea Salad

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Happy Holidays, Vegalicious Readers!

It’s almost Christmas and I haven’t written since November. I’ve been so busy with work and getting my students ready for their holiday concert that there hasn’t been time, but I promise to make it up to you. I have some vegalicious recipes coming, including this one and have a few interviews lined up with some great people – so please check back! This first one is my friend Pete’s Pea Salad recipe. It’s seriously easy peasy to make! We are attending a Danish holiday party together and this is one of the dishes that we are bringing. Here’s a look at the finished product first.

Pete's Salad

First chop the sweet onion, then dice the water chestnuts and add seasoning.

Mixture

Water Chestnuts

Thaw two bags of Organic Sweet peas. First let them sit out for a while. Then put the bags in warm water and finally rinse under warm water in a strainer.

Peas

Add Veganaise to the mixture of onions & water chestnuts and add to the peas, which you will need a larger bowl for! While the peas were thawing, cut up the “meat” into crumbles and then let it brown slightly in a small pan. We couldn’t find Vegan Bacon, so we used Tofurky’s Hickory Smoked Deli Slices instead. Just so you know that you’ve got options!

Meat Crumbles

Tofurky

Ingredients:

2 – 12 oz bags of frozen organic peas

3/4 cups of Sweet Onion diced

1 can of water chestnuts sliced

1/4 cup of diced vegan bacon or Tofurky Hickory Smoked

3/4 cup of Veganaise

1 tsp of Braggs Organic Sprinkle 24 Herbs & Spices Seasoning

1/4 tsp of black pepper

1/4 tsp of dill – fresh is preferred – chopped

Final note: Mix the ingredients well, add Veganaise if you feel it needs extra. Refrigerate before consuming for at least an hour. Then mix together before serving!

ENJOY and Happy Holidays!

Farmacy Vs Pharmacy

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Last week I spoke to a woman whom I hadn’t seen in years, so we gave each other the “Cliff Notes” of what’s been happening in our lives. I told her about my diet change to a whole foods plant-based diet and the reasons why. She told me that she has tumors growing up and down her arms. When I told her that this diet could help her, she replied, “I don’t drink dairy, but I could NEVER give up my meat!” I then asked her, “How many medications are you taking?” She replied, “I’m on 30 different medications!” Wowsa! Did I really hear that right? 30 Different medications? Yes, 30!!! I don’t know about you, but if I was battling tumor growth and on 30 different medications, then I’d have to take a hard look at why is this happening? Why do the tumors keep appearing? What can I do to change that? Is my diet possibly to blame for this? Could changing my diet help reverse this?

Sickness is a choice

The good news is that there are solutions and that we each can make different choices and significant decisions towards health and wellness each and every day…and with each and every bite & drink we put into our bodies!

The Solutions Are Here Food Does Matter!

 

After having had this conversation with this woman, I was at my dentists office for three and a half hour this week having a crown replaced and a cavity fixed, and while I was in the chair I passed the time watching TV, which I seldom do since I only subscribe to Netflix and my friends station over at Food Matters TV. Thanks to them for their excellent Quotes, which I’m borrowing today!

Good Health

As I was laying in the chair, one of the drug commercials popped up. This one was for Enbrel, but it could have been any other drug for that matter. Enbrel, by the way, is used to treat long-term inflammatory diseases such as: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, adult chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and a few others of the kind. My favorite part, however, is when the side effects are listed…you know, right after they’ve painted a rosy picture for you of what your life could be like. For ENBREL some of the side effects include:

  • Risk of Infection – “ENBREL can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Some people have serious infections while taking ENBREL. These infections include tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that spread throughout their body. Some people have died from these infections.” ~Enbrel (etanercept)

  • Risk of Cancer – “People with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, especially those with very active disease, may be more likely to get lymphoma.” ~Enbrel        AHEM, isn’t this what this drug is meant to cure?

  • Heart Failure - “including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. New or worse heart failure can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, like ENBREL.” ~Enbrel

  • Psoriasis - “Some people using ENBREL developed new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had.” ~Enbrel

  • Autoimmune Reactions, including 

    • “Lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include a rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun.”

    • “Autoimmune hepatitis. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, including ENBREL. These problems can lead to liver failure and death.” ~Enbrel

Well, at least the drug companies are kind enough to let you know what the risks are should you choose to take their drug, right!? This is also called, “We are covering our a$$es!” I don’t know about you, but I know that if I can avoid taking any of these drugs I will! This morning I came across this great quote via FMTV from Dr. Ian Brighthope

The Medical Profession

A nurse named Jen Jen commented on it saying, “As a Nurse I can tell you that most people don’t WANT to hear about the “primary cause” of their disease. They KNOW why they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, liver disease, etc. They don’t want to do anything different in their lifestyles. It’s much easier to just take a pill. It’s not JUST the fault of the medical profession. It’s the fault of the people much of the time as well.” Hear! Hear! Jen Jen! People want an easy fix, but god forbid that you suggest that they change their diet and lifestyle. Another woman named Debbie commented this on my page, “Whatever “it” might be, whether it’s sugar, fat, alcohol, cigarettes, etc., it’s literally “to DIE FOR!” And, that’s their choice. But for the rest of us, we need doctors who are knowledgeable about nutrition & a healthy lifestyle without pharmaceuticals & all their nasty side effects!” Again, truth be told! Your health is really in your own hands and once you realize this then you can start making some serious positive changes! This does not mean that you shouldn’t consult with your doctor, but if he’s clueless in regards to diet and health…then perhaps it is wise to seek the information somewhere else. A friend told me that one of her colleagues is 250 pounds, but her doctor tells her that she is “just right!” AHEM, seriously! 250 pounds is considered “normal”! Wow! Something is seriously amiss here! I will end with this brilliant quote from Dr. Charlotte Gerson.

Charlotte Gerson

Feel free to leave me a note with your thoughts on these matters.

What healthy changes are you currently making?

What would you like to change?

How can I support you in making these changes?

 

 

Milk and Mortality

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Have you been reading the news lately? Well, finally some major studies have been coming out in regards to dairy consumption. It won’t be long before the whole system cracks and most people will have to face the hard reality, that dairy does No Body No Good…nor was it ever meant for us to consume in any way shape or form!

not-your-mom

Listen to this from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), “High cow’s milk intake is associated with increased risk for bone fractures and death, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers followed 61,433 women and 45,339 men for more than 20 years and 11 years, respectively. Among women, those who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day had a 60 percent increased risk for developing a hip fracture and a 16 percent increased risk for developing any bone fracture. These results are similar to previous studies showing no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.

 

Additionally among women, for each glass of milk consumed, risk of dying from all causes increased by 15 percent, from heart disease by 15 percent, and from cancer by 7 percent. For the women who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass, risk of dying increased by 93 percent. Men had a 10 percent increased risk of dying when consuming three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass.”

 

Casein

I have said it before and will say it again, if you have a cancer cell looking for action and you pour on dairy – the growth is explosive in just a matter of a few weeks! Having lost my close friend to breast cancer, I believe that dairy was part of the problem during her second bout with it. However, I didn’t know this at the time and neither did she. Her doctor didn’t either! Most of them aren’t going to tell you because this is not what they’re in the business to do! It’s not because they’re necessarily a bad physicians, but simply because they were never taught nutrition nor are most doctors into preventative medicine. Casein is, by the way, the main protein in cows milk, making up about 80% of it. Today I saw a man sitting in his car guzzling milk from a jug just like this guy. I was itching to knock on his window and give him “the talk”, but I refrained! However, the other day when I was at the grocery store and was passing the frozen foods isle,

 

Man & Milk

I saw a guy loading his cart with Tillamook Ice cream. I just couldn’t help myself! I showed the guy the non-dairy options and talked to him about the ill effects of dairy. His name was Mike. He’s a father of a three-year-old and has a wife! I said, “Look, Mike, the statistics are grim enough as they are! You want to be around for your child, right? Well, It’s time to ditch the dairy!” Funny, I’m an excellent sales person, but when it comes to THIS, I am really bad for sales, unless it’s of course,  non-dairy milk! Well, it’s not just me spewing stuff all over the page to give milk a bad wrap. Another study also came out from Uppsala University in Sweden which suggested “that consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher mortality and bone fractures in women and higher mortality in men.” I have provided a link to the article, from the Washington Post, at the bottom of this page.

 

Milk & Mortality

Another informative and excellent article came out by Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s son) called “12 Frightening Facts About Milk”. I have included that one as well. Seriously, with all this information out there, why in the world is it still being produced, you may wonder? Well, that’s a great question! I walk into a newly remodeled grocery store in my city and they have dedicated the first large section to cheese. Why? Because it is addictive! As Dr. Neal Barnard will ask his captive audiences, “What is dairy’s job? Dairy’s job is to get that calf to grow large within a short amount of time.” Well, think about it. Cancer grows as well, like I mentioned earlier, in a short amount of time, thanks to dairy! Plus dairy contains addictive enzymes that  are supposed to make the calf drink it’s mother’s milk….unless, of course, it is born in a factory farm and ripped violently away from its mother right after birth to then be made into veal.  Okay, you’ve now heard me again talk about the ill effects of dairy…if you’re new to my blog, you can scroll down and click on the post that contains all my posts about dairy called, “My Cow With Dairy”…because seriously,

don’t be a fool…dairy ain’t so cool!

frightening-milk

http://nutritionstudies.org/12-frightening-facts-milk/

http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/more-milk-more-problems/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/10/31/study-milk-may-not-be-very-good-for-bones-or-the-body/?tid=pm_pop

http://urbanveganchic.com/2013/09/27/my-cow-with-dairy/

Intuitive Recommendation

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A few months ago, I learned of Rusty Lee Winsea – Appley through a friend of mine. I was a bit skeptic. It’s not like I haven’t spoken to a psychic before, but my experience has been – with the exception of two – that most of them are “cold readers”. They ask you a bunch of questions and “read you” from how you look, talk, walk, etc. Well, I took the plunge and called Rusty. I figured what did I have to lose. I especially wanted hear if there was a possibility of connecting with one of my loved ones, after losing six people in the last three years. So I sent Rusty all of their names, but didn’t tell him anything about them other than they had passed and which ones were my parents. I wasn’t disappointed! Frankly, I was surprised that he had a message from each one of them which fit perfectly on five out of the six people. Not bad, right! So I was curious to find out more about Rusty’s gift and so I asked if I could ask him a short set of questions. He said yes.

Touch of the Divine

UVC: How did you get started on this path?

Rusty:  The spiritual path did not come fully until last year when I start the mastery of consciousness course offered by the school of metaphysics. At the school of metaphysics I’ve learned about the three divisions of mind, about intuition, kundalini energy, meditation, akashic records, reincarnation and hung sau meditation. This has led me on a path to find my real self. The person behind the thoughts, behind the ego, my higher self. Some offers a course that is very much Eastern religion based. I consider myself to be a Hindu because it makes sense to me, to stop the wheel of bad karma and become enlightened and to reach nirvana.

UVC: How did you know you had this gift?

Rusty: I have always been able to swerve away from danger. I was a very nervous kid. I feared ghosts, I felt uneasy and the hair would stand up on my body when I sensed one. I knew events before they happened I called it at the time “lucky guesses”. The when I met my first psychic and he gave me his ring to read energy from and I found the answer to the question, “Why do I feel there things?” Because I’m psychic.

UVC: Well, it is certainly a beautiful gift that you have! Were there some moment where you realized that this was your calling?

Rusty: More recently I had a realization I was here for a much bigger purpose than to just live a spiritual life. I am here to teach, to give to those willing to receive. This has taken my intuitive abilities to uneasy heights, I’ll explain.

Before my spiritual awakening it was cool to have this ability and it was fun to show off sometimes. But that was just it, it didn’t mean much. Basically it was divine intelligence without direction or purpose.

After my spiritual awakening and I formulated an ideal, purpose and activity for my intuitive abilities it has increased my sensitivity and intuition to a whole new level. The Divine intelligence is now directed with thought and purpose.

It’s pouring out of me and spilling out into my aura attracting me to people and them to me. My kundalini energy is awake and I am creating and manifesting much faster than before. With all of this new energy leaving me as I give it, I am receiving from the universe the Divine intelligence as it replenishes me. It has been a roller coaster ride to say the least.

UVC: Sounds like it! I asked you if you have people calling you, like me, who’d like to connect with their passed loved ones. How do you feel about that? May I share it?

Rusty: Actually because of you, I am opening myself up to it. There are boundaries and topics I will not discuss, I want to keep it loving and needed. I’m not a investigater I would suggest to contact the police in those matters. You are welcome to share it.

UVC: Thank you so much, Rusty! You truly have a gift! It meant so much to me to hear from my parents, especially, and to hear what they had to say. It was exactly like hearing them speak. Although, the messages were short, they were clear and precise! You left me with a confident feeling in regards to your capabilities and your amazing gift! Thanks again!

If you are interested in having a session with Rusty, his contact information is below:

http://www.rustywinsea.net

Rusty also has a Facebook page called Rusty Winsea 417 Intuitive Solutions

Farmacy – Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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Last night I went out to a wine tasting event and talked to a man and his wife who has some serious heart problems…I mean serious to the point that he’s already died once on the operating table. He’s only in his early seventies. His wife doesn’t cook and they eat out all the time because neither of them knows how to cook. This man was relatively healthy looking. Not overweight. Nor was his wife, but still. As I was talking to them it became very clear that their ideas about what was healthy was what the general population thinks is healthy, such as, “Chicken is healthy!” and “Olive oil is healthy, isn’t it?” NO, to both! These are not health foods! They are both disease producing! One is full of hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol and other problematic things. The other is artery clogging…just think about when you spill olive oil on the table and/or you get it on your hands. It’s hard to get rid of and it sticks. Now imagine what it does to the inside of your arteries. It sticks and clogs! NOT heart healthy by any means! (Watch one of Dr. Esselstyn’s talks on YouTube about it!) Today I watched Dr. Garth Davis on YouTube. He’s a Bariatric medical doctor and he delivers this brilliant and humorous speech. Check it out:

Listen, anyone can learn how to cook! I’m with Dr. Davis. I wasn’t a brilliant chef before I embarked on this adventure, but I knew how to cook a few things well. However, plant-based vegan cooking has changed my life and the way I look at food for life! It is not only exciting to cook with so many different ingredients and choices, but it is tasty and nourishing. I feel full longer. I don’t feel sluggish. My skin glows. I feel younger than my age! I will never go back to a Standard American Diet nor a Danish diet for that matter! Both are not healthy. Although a Danish diet may have a bit more fiber in it via the darker more grainier breads, but still it is laden with meat, salt, and dairy. Greens are expensive and there’s not as much of a selection over there as we have here. We really have no excuse, in this country, for why we’re not eating more greens! 

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

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