Fork Over The Planet

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Yesterday  a friend sent me the following article called, “6 Terrifying Reasons Why It’s Time To Stop Eating Meat”. I thought, “That’s quite the title!” But once you take five minutes to read it, you will see that it is quite fitting and this is not just a “Meat is murder” kind of article, in case you’re a skeptic. If we don’t take these issues seriously, we may just as well  fork over the planet!

meat & butcher knife

Funny enough, this first article was sent to me by a friend, who also happens to be a restaurant owner and who definitely is not a vegan. He simply wrote, “More ammo for you!”  I wrote back, “Thank you, I appreciate it!” 

6 Terrifying Reasons Why It’s Time To Stop Eating Meat

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/29/6_horrifying_reasons_why_its_time_to_stop_eating_meat_partner/

Today on Facebook, my friend David added this article, just published by Moby today titled,

Save the Humans

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/moby/moby-meat_b_5889850.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000044&ir=Green

My friend David wrote, “He’s been passionate about this for many years and I have learned much from him. Glad to see this article from him–It’s been a while. Moby knows what he’s talking about here.” I responded, “Right here on my coffee table, next to me, is his book that he co-wrote called “GRISTLE” – it touches on it all! Excellent book!”

gristle-moby

Enjoy the articles and feel free to share! They are excellent!

Whether you’re a meat eater or not, we should all be very concerned about these important issues, as well as what is happening to our planet and food sources!

hands planet

Vegalicious Portland

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On our third day in Portland, following the “Plant-based Conference in Portland” (see previous post), Veg Fest was happening! I was really excited to go to it. I had been to Seattle’s for a couple of years now, so I was curious to see the difference. Veg Fest, like the conference, was also held at Portland’s Convention Center. What an amazing location! It is spacious and you can freely move about without bumping into people. My friend Jenelle made the comment that this is one thing that Seattle’s Veg Fest could improve upon because it gets a bit crowded! I agree. Let’s get back to the vegalicious people that we knew would be attending. First one we ran into was JL Goes Vegan. She was with the Organic Sunshine Burger company. It was so much fun meeting her in person! She also just went through PCRM’s Food for Life program and has started to teach these life saving classes back in Colorado. Way to go!

J.L. & Me

Urban Vegan Chic & JL Goes Vegan

JL just came out with a new cookbook, by the way called “Vegan Pressure Cooking”. Her other book is called, “Vegan For Her”. Hey, Christmas is fast approaching! They’d be a nice gift to give to someone! Below is her latest book.

Vegan Pressure Cooking

The other person I was excited to run into was my FaceBook friend Mikael, who also happens to be Danish! He works for Mercy for Animals and as some of you know, I greatly admire the work that they do on behalf of animal welfare and protection! This is a cause that I’d highly recommend that you sponsor or send a monetary gift token to this holiday or any time of the year!  These people do amazing things each and every day in trying to educate people on what is happening in Factory Farms! Here’s Mikael and me. Proudly wore the “I <3 Mercy for Animals” that he gave me! What a fantastic human! Please check out the Mercy for Animals link at the end!

Mikael & me

Mikael wasn’t the only Dane that I ran into at the convention. I got to meet the owners of Krustavita, a Danish rye bread company. They were so busy helping that we didn’t get to take a photo, but here’s a picture of their AMAZING bread!

KrustaVita

Krustavita – Bread of Life

This is the kind of bread that we eat daily in Denmark. It is full of fiber and has so many healthy benefits. I remember when I first moved to the United States, my Dad would say to me, “Nina, Americans don’t eat enough fiber! Make sure you do!” He was absolutely right! Taking fiber in a capsule or as an artificial drink is not healthy, to say the least, as in comparison to eating a slice of this on a daily basis! Check out the health benefits section! Link provided at the end!

The Sudra

Another place that Jenelle and I ate at is a vegan restaurant/bar in Portland called The Sudra and trust me this place did not disappoint with its Indian inspired dishes. Swoon, we were in heaven! Here’s the Chickpea Cutlet Plate that I ordered

Chickpea Cutlet Plate

This dish came with Ginger-Molasses root vegetables, kale in tahini dressing, roasted red pepper-cashew chutney, cilantro-lemon sauce, pickled Anaheim chilies served with brown basmati rice. And this was a small plate…A lot of vegalicious bang for your buck, if I may say so! Jenelle ordered the Kofta Plate – seen below.

Kofta Plate

The Kofta Plate was an amazing variety of  Zucchini & Squash Kofta balls, bell peppers, onions, corn, Anasazi bean curry, kale in tahini dressing, cilantro-lemon sauce, tomatillo chutney, pickled Anaheim chilies, served with brown basmati rice. By the way, we shared our dishes! Each was amazing! The Sudra would definitely be a place that I’d frequent often if I lived in Portland! Here’s a look at the inside of the place

The Sudra I

Inside of The Sudra

I hope to have inspired you to venture to Portland! In my opinion it is the vegan mecca of the United States. There are so many great restaurants and shops to try out! I’ve only touched on a handful of them on my site in the last couple of years!

Below are the links to the sites:

JL Goes Vegan

http://jlgoesvegan.com

Mercy For Animals

http://www.mercyforanimals.org

KrustaVita – Royal Rye

http://www.royalrye.com/krustavita/index.php

The Sudra

http://thesudra.com

Plant-based Conference In Portland

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Hello Vegalicious Ones,

I’m still buzzing from my recent trip to Portland! Thursday, my friend Jenelle – blogger at York & Spoon and the creative mastermind behind “Your Vegan Punk Pinup” on YouTube – and I headed to Portland to attend the Plant-based conference, “Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition: A Professional Conference for Health Care Practitioners.” The Presenters were Dr. Kent Thornburg, PCRM’s Caroline Trapp, Sharon Palmer – author of  The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life, plus others! They were all excellent and we met some wonderful new people! The last presenter was Dr. Joel Fuhrman, one of my personal heroes. I  meet him before he started speaking. Also so he could sign a couple of books that I had brought.

Dr. Fuhrman & me

Let me tell you, Dr. Fuhrman, in case you haven’t experienced him live, is on fire when he starts presenting! His talk was called, “Combating Obesity and Treating Disease with a High Nutrient Diet.” As intense and passionate as he is, he is also very humorous and engaging! My favorite joke he fired of was…

Dr. Fuhrman

“We’ve got it down to a science how to kill people here in America.” When talking about how poor the diet and nutritionally deficient the Standard American diet is. Another joke he fired off was, “Americans are on a race to see who can die first.” Who can argue with him? No one! The statistics for this country are pretty grim with 29 million people affected with diabetes alone. The health of the U.S. population has gotten increasingly worse since the 1990’s. Why is that? Well, that’s when pizza with cheese made its big debut! Now it seems they’re putting cheese into everything! But that is only one issue! Here are more caused by the dairy industry. And, no, I did not come up with this brilliant poster! I wish I had! 

Evil Dairy

After the conference, we headed to my favorite vegan restaurant in Portland – Blossoming Lotus. My friend, that I’ve known for more than twenty years, Greg,  picked us up and joined us for dinner. He just happened to be in Portland at the same time! 

Jenelle & me

Here are the dishes that we decided on to split and share. Here is the “Raw Golden Beet Ravioli with sunflower seed-cashew pate with a mixed green salad with fennel, heirloom tomato and pesto dressing”.

Raw Golden Beet Ravioli

We also shared the “Maki Roll – 8 pieces of live sushi, made with cauliflower rice, pickled plum, carrot salad, and cucumber, served with tamari and kimchi”. YUM!

Vegan Sushi

And we had to try the “Baked cashew brie with fingered fig jam under a puff pastry lid, served with baguette and fresh fruit.” It was very yummy! Totally had the texture and bit of taste of real brie, but with the delightful twist of the fig jam!

Vegan Brie

For dessert the three of us shared this Chocolate & banana “cheese” cake with berry ice cream. All non-dairy, of course!

Dessert

The three of us were stuffed by the time we got done! After dinner, Jenelle met up with another friend and Greg and I headed out into Portland’s nightlife and went to a jazz club downtown where this lovely group was playing. It was the first time for both of us to hear a woman play the saxophone. She was very talented!

Portland Jazz

Part Two of my Portland adventure will be posted tomorrow or later this week! Here are a few links to check out!

First here are some links to my friend, Jenelle’s YouTube Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/results?q=Your+vegan+punk+pin+up

Sharon Palmer’s website. Jenelle highly recommends her books, so they are next on my reading list:

http://www.sharonpalmer.com/book.php

And of course Blossoming Lotus’s website:

http://blpdx.com

Shocking Facts About Low Testosterone

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Happy September!

My friend, Doctor David Friedman, has published a compelling article about the cause of low testosterone in men. Not only what causes it, but also what to do about it. If you’re a man or have a man in your life – please read and share the link to this! Ladies, this is a great article for you as well!

 

man with laptop

 

Enjoy! It’s a great article!

Here’s the link:

http://www.doctordavidfriedman.com/low-testosterone-could-your-cell-phone-or-laptop-be-to-blame/

Are You Reading The Signs?

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Heya Vegalicious Readers,

Signs are everywhere. All around us and it gets confusing, I know! Which signs do we follow? If you watch TV, you’re constantly blasted with advertisements that tell you this or that is good for your body. I have been going through a program with more than a hundred nutritional theories. I can see why people are confused about what to eat, how much, etc. etc. So I totally get it! However, I thought I’d share some of the signs that I follow and have enjoyed seeing posted via FaceBook lately. One thing I asked my friends is, “Are you ignoring the signs or are you paying attention?”

 

Dr. KahnFantastic sign from Joel Kahn, M.D.

If that sign was not enough Drs. Pulde and Lederman put out this one

Nutrient

Then this brilliant one by Jon Gabriel. Many people are nutritionally starved in their diets. They eat lots of food, but it is not the “right” kinds of foods. I am thinking here of people who are eating fast food high in salt, sugar and fats! However, when you’re eating a plant-based diet your stomach, because it is nutritionally dense, fills up faster!

Eating

Are you eating enough fiber?

 

Fiber

 

Plant-based foods provide a multitude of benefits. Julianna Hever, The Plant-based Dietitian, shares that,

Not only does fiber make you full faster and keep you full longer, it also:

  • Reduces your risk for colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, and promotes gastrointestinal health.

  • Promotes a healthy bacteria profile in your gut to improve immune function and overall health.

  • Removes excess cholesterol from your blood, helping to moderate and lower lipid profiles. 

  • Removes excess sex hormones, heavy metals, and other toxins from your blood and pull it out of your body through the bowels.

  • Controls blood sugar and insulin levels to promote steady energy, without peaks and valleys, and reduce risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • Reduces risk for cardiovascular disease.

  • Helps with weight loss and healthy weight maintenance by promoting satiety. 

You can find all your fiber in fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods and legumes (beans).

What’s more extreme?

Extreme?

In all humor there are nuggets of truth…

Big Corp

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Okay, this final one not only made me smile, but I laughed out loud when I saw it!

I am certain my single female  vegan readers can relate to this one…

…and with a few more words added, this sign would almost be perfect!

Haven’t met him yet, but I am certain that I will one of these days…

…and if he’s a WFPB vegan, or open to eating healthier, that would be a dream come true!

She's vegan

What signs have you seen or read lately that have made an impact on you?

Health & Happiness,

Nina, UVC

Spiralize It!

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Do you ever buy something only to receive it in the mail and not use it? You were certain when you ordered the item that you would use it, but you just never did.  Well then you’re certainly not alone! Earlier this year I had bought a Paderno Spiralizer thinking, “This will make my vegetables look amazing!” I am sad to say that it sat in the box for months and months until I finally pulled it out and put it together, which, by the way, wasn’t hard at all! Here is the picture of it below. 

 

Paderno Spiralizer

I am just crazy about my new Paderno Spiralizer. It is just the coolest thing ever! I have been spiralizing everything from zucchini to apples to cucumber. Here’s a sample of a raw zucchini, mushroom, and kale salad that I made. 

Raw Salad

 

Oh my, did I wish I had gotten it out of the box sooner! When I posted this to my Facebook account one of my friends said, “I’ve had one sitting in the box as well, but you’ve inspired me to get it out.” Several others got on line and ordered one and I can only say that you will not regret it! It is a F U N kitchen toy for grownups!

 

Below is a link to Amazon on the exact model that I ordered. Have Fun & Enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/Paderno-World-Cuisine-A4982799-Tri-Blade/dp/B0007Y9WHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408223936&sr=8-1&keywords=spiralizer

Eastsound Orcas Summer Fun

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This summer I took a short fun trip up to Eastsound on Orcas Island with a good friend of mine. Before taking the ferry over we stayed a night in La Connor to take the ferry over early in the morning. It is such a cute little town with some great restaurants, a few of which will do a great job for anyone on a plant-based vegan diet. My friend and I always have a lot of fun when we travel together! However, I would have been just as comfortable taking this trip on my own if one of my friends couldn’t go! It is that sort of place! I’ve always felt safe on the island. However, going with a friend, family member(s) or a significant other is always more fun! The San Juan Islands are an amazing  place to visit in Washington State – I’d compare these islands to going to Europe. I’ll give you my perspective of what one can do while on Orcas Island. First, here’s a picture from West Beach where we went to watch the sunset.

West Beach 1

Bringing along some champagne and a little chocolate (dark & vegan)  while watching the sun go down…Life really doesn’t get any better than this!

Me on beach

When the sun was setting it looked like this

 

Sunset West Beach I

 

I decided to play around on the beach with it while the sun was setting. Here are a couple of snapshots.

Sunset & Me I

My sweet dog decided to join in the fun too!

Sunset Pippa & Me

 

Once the sun had set this is a view back at the beach from the boat ramp of the cool cabins that are for rent at West Beach. Many families with children stay here. What a view to wake up to each morning!

West Beach

There are many great restaurants on Orcas. We went back to The Kitchen, which serves vegan and vegetarian food. After the amazing sunset and fun on the beach we went to New Leaf Cafe for dessert. Sitting next to us was Joe Walsh (The Eagles) and company. My friend knew who he was and really wanted a photo of the two of them. I wouldn’t have paid any attention, otherwise. No offense to Mr. Walsh or anyone out there who might be an Eagles fan. It wasn’t until later that I realized his connection to The Eagles and his amazing guitar solo in Hotel California. So frankly right before I had this picture taken with him I said, “I’m sorry I don’t know who you are, but I’m delighted to meet you.” He replied, “Well, you’re probably better off!” Hahaha. The man has got talent and a good sense of humor! He was also in company of Jeff Lynne from The Electric Light Orchestra.

Joe Walsh & me

One of my favorite things to do when on the island is to go hiking around Mountain Lake. It is SO incredible beautiful. Depending on where you park your car the hike can take anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours. It’s just stunning and not that difficult to hike, unless you have small children in tow.

Mountain Lake I

Orcas Island also has a wonderful center for the arts where we have gone to listen to music before. We went again this year! The islands all have rich arts programs with so many talented artists! It is definitely worth checking out, either before going or while there, to see what might be on the program. I have never been disappointed, plus it is a great way to meet some of the locals! Orcas Island also has many great shops. I personally love the local bookstore and believe in supporting small businesses. How sad it will be the day there are no more bookstores to browse because we all shop on line just to save a few bucks! Here are some books that we purchased. The top two are mine!

Orcas Books

There is also the Saturday’s Farmers Market which is really great and not to be missed with great crafts, jewelry, fruits and vegetables, and lots of other good stuff! In addition, there are many galleries, small boutiques and a history museum. Plus there are many beautiful flowers to snap pictures of. Here’s one that I’ve named “Firework Flower”.

Firework Flower

Another place that I’d highly recommend is to drive out to Doe Bay for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Cafe has great vegan options and the food is just amazing. Here’s a glimpse at what I had for breakfast one morning.

Breakfast

They were serving Huevos Rancheros vegan style with grilled tofu, topped with avocado and the yummiest corn salsa. It’s a lot of food, so go hungry! I also ordered a Thai tea with soy milk. Very yummy! Plus you can’t beat the view from Doe Bay! (I’m wearing my tennies because we just came from a hike!)

Doe Bay

Not only can you hike on the island, but you can rent bikes, boats and kayaks! One can also go whale watching. It must be unbelievable to see the whales coming through these waters at the right time of the year, I would imagine! This is my summer update. I hope yours has been fun as well, even if it was short like mine due to work and other obligations. Never underestimate the rejuvenating power of a short weekend getaway!

Orcas & Me I

 

What about you?

Where have you gone this summer that has refreshed your mind/body/spirit?

Feel free to leave a comment at the end! I’d love to hear what has inspired you,

even if it was just a trip to the park!

 

In best of health & wishing you a good rest of August!

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

~Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society