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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Vegalicious October

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What’s new in your world? Well, here in mine I’ve been up over my ears in grading papers and doing report cards. If I was a full time write or blogger…and paid to do so, you’d be hearing a lot more from me! I work A LOT just like most of you who take the time to read my lil’ blog. Thank you for that! I really appreciate it!

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That could have been me in the comic…except I have 508 students at the moment which came out to about 2,540 entries!

Me at start of class today

I’ve also managed to squeeze in and teach a free introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer. Here’s a shot of me from the beginning of class. Don’t I just have the coolest classroom/work space? I think so! Very grateful for it!

Well, it hasn’t all been work and no play in this month of October. I’ve also been out and had some amazing food. Listened to some great music around town. Plus a new vegan restaurant opened up in my city, so of course I had to go. My friend Matthew invited me and this is what we had for dinner. First the appetizer.

Appetizer

These are Mushroom “Scallops” served atop a delicious pine nut dill spread. Very Yummy! After that we share two main dishes. First the Portobella & Tofu Tacos. It’s Three handmade purple corn tortillas filled with a savory sautéed portobella & tofu mix, cabbage, avocado, salsa fresca, & cashew sour cream.

Tacos

We also had the veggie pizza, which was oh so delicious! We both hadn’t had pizza in a very long time. He went vegan over a month ago and was really missing pizza. Well, Pizza we got and YUM, it was so good!

Pizza

After all this food you would think that we couldn’t fit another bite in, but we had to sample their dessert.

Dessert

Someone…AHEM, me….got a little too excited and ate the front of this amazing piece of mocha and peanut butter vegan cheesecake delight before Matthew could snap a photo! This cheesecake was absolutely divine!

Tonight a friend of a friend is making dinner! I love it when a man wants to cook for me! That’s very attractive! He’s even sent me full details of what he’s making. Do you think he might be trying to impress me? Listen to this! Here’s what he wrote:

Here is the menu:

1st Course

-Crispy kale and mixed green salad with cranberries, roasted acorn squash seeds and petite yam cubes all dressed with aged balsamic vinegar.

2nd Course

-wok seared spicy green beans with pickled ginger – roasted acorn squash, caramelized sweet onions and red peppers green curry served over jasmine rice with raw leek shaving garnish.

Wine pairings will be a New Zealand sauv blanc for 1st course. 2nd course will be a pinot noir that runs a little spicy to keep up with the curry.

Well, I’m excited to see what this turns into. He did have some thoughts about changing the second course to something else. Either way, this is delightful! My friend Matthew and this man definitely knows that…

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

Veggie Lovers Growing In US

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Exciting news! According to The Raw Food World there are now 16 million people in the US who are vegan or vegetarian! That’s awesome! I really enjoyed reading the article about it, which includes the numbers and why the United States is going more veg. Well, the time is NOW! It’s capital F U N and DELICIOUS…and exciting to be a veg head, if I may say so! If someone had taught me what I know now twenty years ago, I would have gone vegan in a heartbeat! I just didn’t know!

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Well now there’s SO much information and help out there if you’re considering going vegan! If I had known about PCRM’s cooking classes I would have signed up in a heart beat! There are instructors ALL over this country (the United States) and even in some outside the US. These classes are reasonably priced and not only do you get to learn about staying healthy, but you get to learn while watching the instructor cook, then sample the food (or eat a full meal) and at the end you take the recipes home! What’s not to love about that? Anyone who can read can do this! We need to get away from eating out all the time and take the power back to our own kitchens! Not only will it save you a lot of money, but it will save your health. You will know exactly what goes into your food! When you eat out at a restaurant you really don’t know unless you of course work there or run the restaurant!

 

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In Sweden they’re even further ahead than the United States with one in ten Swedes being either vegetarian or vegan! Way to go! This positive trend is not going away, that’s a fact! There’s a massive shift going on towards Veganism with greater awareness of it being better for ones health, for the planet and for the animals! It is so exciting to watch! Here’s to hoping that it will occur sooner than later, especially for the sake of future generation and for the planets survival!

 

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Here’s a link to the articles:

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/16-million-people-us-now-vegan-vegetarian/

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/one-in-ten-swedes-is-vegetarian-or-vegan-according-to-study-9212176.html

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Find a PCRM instructor in your area – go to:

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/ffl-the-power-of-food-for-health

 

 

Fasting for Farm Animals

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Today I’m joining 11,000 people worldwide in fasting for farmed animals against the needless suffering and inhumane treatment that they suffer each and every day – ending in their slaughter!

Michelle Forbes

Farm Animal Rights wrote, “Michelle Forbes, star actress from True Blood, The Killing , and the upcoming The Hunger Games sequel, is taking a #FastAgainstSlaughter on October 2nd, World Day for Farmed Animals. Michelle went vegetarian 35 years ago and has been #vegan for the last 6 years! Thank you, Michelle, for adding your voice to raise awareness on farmed animal suffering!” I thank her as well for joining! A little help from the celebs never hurt anyone!

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Today is also Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday! What a wonderful way to honor this man! If you want to join, it is not too late. I plan to fast for 12 hours. This is how long many farmed animals are kept without any food or water before slaughter. Will you join me, please? Take the pledge below if you do. It’s not too late!

 

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http://www.dayforanimals.org/pledge

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!

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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!”

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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!

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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!

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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

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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! 

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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