SparkPeople Vegan Fitness and Nutrition Team Messageboard For those of us who do not use or eat any animal products. Find nutrition and fitness info, recipes, ideas, fun, and camaraderie. SparkPeople Vegan Fitness and Nutrition Team Messageboard Check it out: The Vegan Minstrel The Vegan Minstrel: <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:55:16 EST orthotics - pros and cons Hi! <BR> <BR> My group insurance will pay for at least part of the cost for me to get custom orthotics. I do have flat feet. <BR> <BR> A clerk at the Running Room told me she doesn't always advocate for people to get orthotics, because they become dependent on them. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:59:09 EST The Millennium ~ San Fran Vegan Restaurant closing The Millennium, a decades old vegan restaurant within the Hotel California in San Francisco will be closing this Spring as new hotel owners no longer want a restaurant on the property. <BR> <BR> The Chef (who is one of the co-owners) and one of the General Managers are considering opening a new place, possibly in the East Bay -- they'll be launching a Kickstarter Campaign in the near future -- now could be your chance if you've ever wanted to own a restaurant. <BR> <BR> Interesting New It... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:19:53 EST Viva La Vegan! Top 10 Articles from 2014 <link><BR>s/1024-top-10-articles-for-2014-on-viv<BR>a-la-vegan.html?utm_content=buffer4a63<BR>6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=faceboo<BR> </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:49:38 EST How To Care For Yourself If You Get The Flu Here's a video and blog post by Heather Nicholds on ways to care for yourself if you start feeling under the weather or have the devil of a flu. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-flu?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=3kxKJrhG5wcO_ZW </link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:23 EST A Terrifying Look at McDonald's French Fries I don't eat this stuff, know they're not health food, and am pretty convinced McDonald's doesn't care anything about people's well being, but I was still awed and appalled to see what goes into their french fries. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, what could be in there? Potatoes, oil, salt, ...? Check out these 19 ingredients. Hydrogenated oils anyone? This is McDonald's attempt to calm the masses...somehow it isn't working on me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Oops, I had to use a different link. The video I'm re... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:01:53 EST How to transform your bad habits Interesting article,covering key pinters from Alexandra Jamieson at<BR>hange-bad-eating-habits/ <BR> <BR> I'm particularly familiar #2,especially when so tired that I have no motivation to engage with others. I am, however, swapping the couch with the gym when I can (although not if I have to work late, in which case the couch, or even better the bed it is) <BR> <BR> Are any of these bad habits yours? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:44:09 EST sunchoke What an extraordinary tuber is the sunchoke! Crunchy and very slightly sweet. My mother has been dreaming of them for weeks having grown them for years but a long time ago. The gal who lives with my folks, reared on a farm in the Himalayas, had not yet eaten them in this country. They arrived in the box today. Quiet reveries amidst the munching. Does anyone else enjoy the sunchoke? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:04:47 EST DNA Protecting Spices Here's a blog post on spices that are highly protective of DNA and some that have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has both! But...cooked turmeric protects DNA best, and raw turmeric is the way to go if you're looking for anti-inflammatory help. <BR> <BR> Aww, but you should read it yourself; it's pretty interesting. At least I think so <em>224</em> <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:38:30 EST slow cookers Hi! I know some of you have and love a slow cooker! I don't have one but heard about this free Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook for Kindle: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pensive-Recipes-Life-ebook/dp/B00S54JP<BR>2C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&q<BR>id=1421947861&sr=1-1&keywords=vegan+cookbook </link> <BR> <BR> Anything else you have to say or ask about slow cookers can be in this thread, too! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:23:34 EST Magic Bullet hacks and tips Hi! <BR> <BR> The best blender I have is a Magic Bullet. It isn't as powerful as a Ninja, Vitamix or Blendtec, so I'm kinda limited for making smoothies. I'll get a better one soon I think, and I do have a few smoothies I'm happy to keep making.....just wondering if anyone else is in this situation and has anything to share! <BR> <BR> The two smoothies I make most: <BR> <BR> - bit of orange juice with ice cubes and frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries <BR> - vegan milk with scoop ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:13:01 EST plant-based living tips Do you have any tried and true tips to share? <BR> <BR> I haven't tried any of these yet but thought I'd share this chart. It gives suggestions on how to use coconut oil as shampoo, shaving cream, makeup remover.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uty_uses_for_coconut_oil_copy_13552763<BR>17.jpg </link> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:58:04 EST the value of a good, brisk walk I enjoyed this! I was asked to stop running for awhile and do brisk walking instead, and I actually quite love it! So clip on your pedometer and pick up the pace! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-a-brisk-walk-is-better/?_r=0 </link> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:53:44 EST Late Night Snacks Sparkpeople published an article re: late night snacks that are 150 calories or fewer. It's nice that some are vegan and the rest can be easily modified to be vegan. Way to go Sparkpeople. Here's the article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=10_late_night_snacks_for_150_calori<BR>es_or_less </link> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:44:50 EST Are you eating the best carbs for weight loss? Are you eating the best carbs for weight loss? [Podcast] <BR> <BR> I thought this was great ....I soo tiered of hearing ...don't eat an orange or sweet potato cause its high in carbs...or someone will say i can't an orange cause the carbs will make me fat as they some bread on a sandwich <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-loss-podcast?utm_source=Email+Access<BR>+List&utm_campaign=c72899ddb6-Weekly_E<BR>mail_2015_01_161_15_2015&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_term=0_8688509... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:45:36 EST Food Recall <BR> Amazingly, there are several recalls since January 1st. I just learned of these. <BR> <link><BR>calls/2015/default.htm </link> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:53:34 EST Favourite vegan places in Seattle? Wondered if any of you had been or live in Seattle and had a shortlist of favourite (favorite I guess, hah!) vegan places to recommend? <BR> <BR> I've been before and checked out some places that friends had recommended or I read about online. I remember Cafe Flora and the cookie stand at pike place market that does vegan snicker doodles but wondered if there are any must-try gems? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:06:34 EST most nutrient-dense vegan milk? Howdy...I'd like to start adding milk to my smoothies for added protein and calcium. Do you know which brand has most? I'm in Canada and many of you are American, we might not have the same brands. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:16:52 EST Vegan A to Z! just for fun Hiya! <BR> I thought I'd start a game a word or phrase or brand that has to do with some aspect of veganism for each letter of the alphabet! I'll start: <BR> <BR> A is for animal rights! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:46:00 EST 10 Vegan Habits to Adopt for the New Year This article from everyday health is excellent. Especially suitable for new vegans... <link><BR>n-habits-everyone-should-adopt-without<BR>-giving-up-meat/?pos=1&xid=nl_Everyday<BR>HealthHeartHealth_20150114#07 </link> Forget the not giving up meat part. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:59:38 EST Fullyraw kristinas 21 day challenge Hi, <BR> Is anyone else out there trying the fully raw 21 day challenge? I have found a few of her recipes to be keepers. I am not fully raw but I am enjoying the challenge. Love to hear from anyone who is participating now or even last year!! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:01:29 EST Protecting Against Computer Eye Strain With Diet Dr. Gregor of "" posted his latest blog on computer eye strain and how to protect those precious orbs from long-term damage. Diet plays a large role, and the foods that help are vegan and delicious. It's a good read. Check it out at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>for-computer-eye-strain/?utm_source=rs<BR>s&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foods-fo<BR>r-computer-eye-strain&utm_source=rss&u<BR>tm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foods-for-c<BR>... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:37:03 EST Eggplant Burger <BR> This looks delicious. I'm going to make it this weekend, with a few minor alterations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ecipes/the-vegan-eggplant-crunchburger/ </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:51:19 EST How Would You Like to Lead Our Team? Team members, a new year has started, and after four years of being co-leaders, Shivamoon, myself and Live2ride have decided it's time to move on. Live2ride has a new business she needs to spend time with and Shivamoon and myself have books in the works. We would like to close VF&N at the end of the month (January 31st). I know many of you belong to other Vegan/Plant Strong teams, but if any of you would like to take over as leader, we would be glad to turn the team over and not shut it down.... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:29:58 EST free climbing El Capitan This is not a vegan oriented post rather it is about something extraordinary that is going on right now. Perhaps there are climbers or climbing fans on the team who have been following this. <BR> <BR> "Professional climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are days away from reaching a new height: the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. <BR> <BR> Since December 27, Caldwell and Jorgeson have been scaling the 3,000-foot rock formation. Now, it appears the duo will reach the summit... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:03:21 EST Have your friends converted to veganism? Have any of you converted friends or family to a vegan life or assisted anyone deciding to go down this path? <BR> Recently, two friends of mine have decided to try Veganuary - not because of me although I'd like to think that the more of us there are, the more people realise it's not an extreme lifestyle. <BR> I personally don't preach, or force my views on anyone but like I'm sure many of you experienced, often get questions when people realise that I'm vegan. Happy to answer those questio... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:00:49 EST Inspiration and Ideas Per Favore I've not seen as much meaningful interaction with this team as we had in years past and am looking for ways to make it more fun and interesting. Any ideas you have are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Do you want to step in and become more involved? <BR> Start your own posts? <BR> Become a co-leader? <BR> Send your brilliant ideas out to the rest of us? <BR> <BR> Are there games or challenges you'd like to do, topics you'd like explored? This is your team -- please jump in and let us know.... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:26:17 EST Good Deal on Bundle of Vegan E-Books VeganCuts is offering 12 Vegan E-Books/Publications for $19.00. I'm not advocating for them but think some people might be interested in this. You can check it out below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>resolution-kit </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:03:40 EST Cranberries versus Cancer I just went to a store where they were selling bags of fresh cranberries for 99 cents each -- because we've stepped out of the holiday season and people are no longer buying them. So cheap, I bought 4 bags. What did I do with all of them? I froze them in the bag. I will take a few out at a time, wash them and throw them into smoothies or other concoctions because they are just so good for you/me/us. I might also use a whole bag to make cranberry relish, but the 4 bags will not go to wast... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:42:56 EST Cooking With Jackfruit In a previous post, Shivamoon mentioned cooking jackfruit for the first time. One Green Planet has some great-looking recipes for you to try if this is new to you. I had a jackfruit "pulled pork" sandwich before the holidays and it was delicious. It is something like tofu - it takes on the spices you mix it with. <link><BR>ve-you-tried-cooking-with-jackfruit-ye<BR>t-get-started-with-these-recipes/?utm_<BR>source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_<BR>campaign... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:09:59 EST NMA Wake Up Did anyone buy this? It's a PDF, I think it's a mini-book about creating goals for a 31-day period. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:58:42 EST Vegan running shoes Hi <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions on which running shoes are vegan, ie non leather and animal friendly glues etc? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 04:21:38 EST Walking or Jogging a 5k Spark has some excellent walking, jogging and running programmes for getting back into your fitness routine. This is just one of them... check out the others if you like, simply put your goal into the Spark search engine... <link><BR>-program.asp?p=4 </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:02:45 EST Cutting Out sugar If you struggle with cutting sugar out of your diet, or cutting down, this article from Everyday Health may be of interest... <link><BR>alth-story/how-three-years-with-no-sug<BR>ar-changed-my-life/?pos=1&xid=nl_Every<BR>dayHealthWomensHealth_20150102 </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:55:49 EST Angela's Best Recipes for 2014 For all of you new members who may not have discovered this vegan chef, Oh She Glows cookbook author Angela Lidden has posted her best recipes for 2014... I have never made one of her recipes that I didn't like... <link><BR>ar-healthy-recipes-of-2014-vegan-gf-news/ </link> My favourite - the caesar salad. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:51:50 EST Small Changes - Spark challenge Day 1 the challege (yesterday) was to tell at least one person about my goals. I have a lovely Accountability Partner (from here!) and I've told her...and now I'm telling this team! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hanges.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I have lots of big changes I'd like to make, but I'll make them in small steps. The areas of my life I'm focusing on are: <BR> <BR> body - I've been losing weight and gaining muscle for a few months, I will continue with t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:44:10 EST Recovery drink Hey! I wanted to share my post-workout recovery drink: chocolate soy milk <BR> <BR> The recipe I use: <BR> 8oz Silk organic unsweetened soy milk <BR> 1.5 tsp vegan granulated sugar <BR> 0.5 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder <BR> <BR> Blend or stir together- it's perfect :) SP shows it sits around 110 calories (42% carbs, 31% fat, 27% protein) <BR> <BR> I've been reading a lot about how chocolate milk is really great for after running or intense cardio and I figured I'd check it out. So far so g... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:27:06 EST vegan friendly assisted living for my ancients It's happening very quickly. There are many considerations but a vegan diet is a big one. One centenarian and one nonagenarian. Any ideas? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:05:46 EST Roasted Veggie Pie by Heather Nicholds Here's another one of Heather's great recipes, perfect for this time of year. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-ginger-roasted-vegetable-pie-recipe?<BR>awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=3XNehraNDAcO_ZW </link> <BR> <BR> She suggests celery root as an alternative vegetable to the one in the recipe. Oh, that sounds good to me. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:24:53 EST Healthy Chocolate Cookie Recipe - gluten free Still in that cookie mood? Heather Nicholds has some easy vegan Chocolate Cookies. They use almond butter and cocoa powder, but otherwise have no added fat...and for those of you that need it, they're Gluten-Free. Here's the recipe with a short video demo. Have fun. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>olate-cookie-recipe?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=<BR>3XNehraNDAcO_ZW </link> <BR> <BR> Note: this recipe uses some coconut flour (can be substituted for another flour.) Cocon... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:05:33 EST Heavy Metals in Protein Powders Studies by Consumer Reports have shown a huge percentage of protein powders contain dangerous amounts of heavy metals -- Yikes. Protein with a side of lead? You really don't need that extra shot. <BR> <BR> Here's the video: <BR> <link><BR>s-in-protein-powder-supplements/ </link> <BR> <BR> Keep safe and Happy New Year! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 07:36:31 EST Canada Ditches Dairy! Yay, Canada!! <BR> <link><BR>/canadians-dairy-industry_b_6280934.html </link> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:47:26 EST Zero Waste For those of you cutting back on processed foods, this blogger takes eliminating waste to the next step... <link> </link> I have great intentions, but I am not sure I could be as on track with this as she is. What do you think? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:06:26 EST Spark Updates from Coach Jen Just got this: looks great... <link><BR>st=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streak<BR>s_and_photos_with_status_updates </link> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:23:50 EST A good guide to eating in a airports I like to bring my food with me, but have often wondered what beside salad I could eat at an airport. Here's a really good guide to how we can eat healthy food at U.S. airports from the folks at PCRM: <link><BR>4/2014-airport-travel-guide </link> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:46:25 EST Eggplant Wraps This recipe from One Green Planet looks interesting. They tell you how to prepare eggplant as a wrap. It looks good, and for those who care it's gluten free. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>guide-to-making-eggplant-roll-ups-quic<BR>k-and-easy-tips/?utm_source=Green+Mons<BR>ter+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=aa30fcd0<BR>c8-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-aa30fcd0c8-105926217 </link> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:00:25 EST Advice for Surviving the Holiday Buffets The Engine 2 post today is full of common sense and a bit of humour which we need this time of year. I have already had to navigate a couple of non-vegan luncheons. Rip has some great advice for surviving. I'd forget about the sparkler in the vegan dish though - unless you want little bits of black soot all over the table. <em>40</em> <link><BR>ther-side-of-the-table/?utm_source=fee<BR>dburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>Feed%3A+TheEngine2Diet+%... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:09:47 EST Mushroom Walnut Pate It's that time of year when friends pop in. Just have a batch of this pate ready and some raw veggies and vegan crackers and you are good to go. And like the author says, leftovers are good on pasta... <link><BR>m-walnut-pate/ </link> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:27:05 EST Vegan Protein Explained by Heather Nicholds This is a 4-part series. You may have signed up already, but if not, I'll post the links here. Classes one and two are out. Check back later for the rest. These are really good! <BR> <BR> Video 1: <BR> <link><BR>n-protein-1?awt_l=J6q3k&awt_m=3zEmajfF<BR>D82J7ZW </link> <BR> <BR> Video 2: <BR> <link><BR>n-protein-2?awt_l=J6q3k&awt_m=40YRK8Hx<BR>.82J7ZW </link> <BR> <BR> Video 3: <BR> <link>www.heathernichol... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:56:36 EST Why Some Breakfast Cereals No Longer Have Vitamins This is something I never really thought about -- but it's pretty interesting (and I do like Grape Nuts.) Some of the big cereal manufacturers dropped vitamins from their cereals because they didn't meet non-GMO certification standards. <BR> <BR> Check out the NPR story (blog form) here: <BR> <link><BR>/368248812/why-did-vitamins-disappear-<BR>from-non-gmo-breakfast-cereal?utm_sour<BR><BR>campaign=npr&utm_term=npr... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:46:11 EST Herbivorous Butcher Shop Okay, this won't be for everyone, but some people will like it. Two vegan siblings are opening a vegan "butcher" shop with imitation meats in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in Spring 2015. <BR> <BR> The NPR radio podcast is here: <BR> <link><BR>/369069078/siblings-build-a-butcher-sh<BR>op-for-meat-loving-vegans?utm_source=f<BR><BR>aign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202607 </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:36:53 EST Menus for Vegan Athletes One Green Planet has sample menus for the athlete that you might want to check out. Now I don't know about you but I do know that when I am doing serious training, time for cooking sort of gets shoved aside... I do know that I eat better, because I treat food as fuel and not comfort, but my recipes are much simpler ... <link><BR>h/sample-meal-plans-for-the-female-veg<BR>an-athlete/?utm_source=Green+Monster+M<BR>ailing+List&utm_campaign=dfc0a1a33f-NE<BR>WS... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:29:43 EST Are You Vitamin D Deficient? Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem, even in sunny Hawaii. Vit D helps in the absorption of calcium so is important for bone health and many other things. Heather Nicholds talks about deficiency symptoms and what to do about it. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 02:29:08 EST Advice you didn't think you needed - how to ... Here's a quick easy way to peel an orange without having to dig your fingernails in. Not rocket science, but why not? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 02:16:40 EST Superfood Bargains On a budget? Here's how to get all the antioxidants your body needs on the cheap: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>argains-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Dr. Gregor of explains why we might not get all the antioxidants we need even if we eat plants all day. Not to worry though, you just have to know which plants serve us best. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-get-enough-antioxidants-each-day/?utm<BR>_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&u... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 06:34:59 EST Another terrific Vegan Athlete Surfer girl, 16 year old Tia Blanco. She doesn't talk about being vegan in the vid, but she is one. <BR> <link><BR>6-year-old-vegan-surfer-qualify-for-th<BR>e-world-tour-|-paddling-out-with-tia-b<BR>lanco-ep-1/271627 </link> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:16:43 EST Why We Need More Antioxidants Here's a thought-provoking blog post from -- really interesting. Dr. Gregor explains how digesting food uses up antioxidants -- which is okay if we are eating foods rich in antioxidants. If we're not -- not eating enough plants, our bodies will become antioxidant depleted and eventually susceptible to disease. I'm paraphrasing, of course -- he says it much better than I. Check it out here: <BR> <link><BR>ason-we-need-more-antioxidan... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:09:36 EST How to Preserve Lemons If you want to make your own preserved lemons , here is the step-by-step from Beard and Bonnet... <link><BR>reserved-lemons/?utm_source=Beard+%2B+<BR>Bonnet&utm_campaign=12f343da46-RSS_EMA<BR>IL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=<BR>0_06c8425ce4-12f343da46-117891797 </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:49:32 EST Weird Vegan News It's Portland, so you know it's weird: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vernment-regulations-led-to-portlands-<BR>vegan-strip-club-2013-9 </link> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:48:15 EST Vegans & Protein - sign up for 3 part video series Heather Nicholds, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist is offering a 3 part video series on vegans and protein. If you have any questions about this or wonder what to say to the endless questions people pose about protein, this might be for you. <BR> <BR> To take part, you need to sign up -- the link below will get you where you need to go. <BR> <link><BR>n-info?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=3VX1MbdmrkcO_ZW </link> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:30:34 EST Lower Cardiac Mortality with Tomato Seeds! Check out this short informative video from Boy, Dr. Gregor keeps them coming, doesn't he! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>platelet-activation-with-tomato-seeds/<BR>?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_cam<BR>paign=inhibiting-platelet-activation-w<BR>ith-tomato-seeds&utm_source=rss&utm_me<BR>dium=rss&utm_campaign=inhibiting-plate<BR>let-activation-with-tomato-seeds&utm_s<BR><BR>c0def49138-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_m... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 03:13:10 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Check out the Vegan Fruit Turkey in the team photo section. I'm going to two parties tomorrow and am going to assemble a fruit turkey for each. I hope they come out looking as good as the one in the photo. Wish me luck! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:01:25 EST Enjoy some festive and super healthy holiday foods Check out the guest blog entry written by Vesanto Melina at, where she talks about plant superfoods which can add vibrancy and health to your holidays (instead of the tradition of unhealthy heavy foods that leave revelers feeling overstuffed and lethargic.) She includes some fun recipes: a kale and red bell pepper wreath salad and a winter squash filled with a delicious quinoa stuffing. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Vesanto Melina is an internationally known nutrition consultant and... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:16:33 EST Protect Eyes from Age Related Macular Degeneration Here's a How To video on how to protect your eyes from age related macular degeneration. In less than 5 minutes gain insight on maintaining your sight far into the future. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vention-of-age-related-macular-degener<BR>ation/ </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:53:06 EST Walnuts and Arterial Function This is really interesting...the case for adding walnuts to your daily diet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-artery-function/ </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:40:50 EST The Case of Whole Foods vs Vegan Junk Foods Diets Check this out. On average, peeps in developed nations eat and drink tons of sugar (and if you and I aren't imbibing in all that it means someone else is taking up the slack.) Maybe you're still hooked on sweets or that daily soda. No sense in beating up on yourself. Instead, learn what it can do to your precious body, the only one you get to get, at least in this lifetime. Then make decisions going from there...habits on the one hand, knowledge on the other. A little of this and a litt... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:52:12 EST Thanksgiving Menu from My Vega This set of recipes from My Vega sounds really, really, good. I will have to try them out... <link><BR>-plant-based-thanksgiving/?utm_source=<BR>bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Learn<BR>+More+-+Can+you+really+manage+stress+w<BR>ith+diet&utm_content=2014+-+Nov+21+-+V<BR>ega+News+-+Tumeric+Spice+Smoothie&utm_<BR>campaign=2014+-+Nov+21+-+Vega+News+-+T<BR>umeric+Spice+Smoothie&_bta_tid=3.ZbM.B<BR>vUE6w.DM5A.AdKsvA..AmPw-w.s.RXo.l.BgOy.a.VG_dgA.VG_dgA.ihOi2A&_... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:42:16 EST Cranberry Ginger Cookie Ice Box Cake Isn't this an elegant-looking dessert? It would grace a holiday table quite nicely. Not sure how replacing the honey with maple syrup or rice syrup would work if you don't eat honey. <link><BR>erry-ginger-cookie-ice-box-cake/?utm_s<BR>ource=Beard+%2B+Bonnet&utm_campaign=e6<BR>8dcfe9bb-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_term=0_06c8425ce4-e68dcfe9bb-117891797 </link> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:18:41 EST Veggieto ials~Raw Vegan Walnut Salad I found this exciting new Vegan Food Prep site on Youtube. This is Cobi Kim from Oahu. Her videos and food ideas have zing & zest! You're gonna love this ... oh yes, I mean You. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:34:09 EST All hail thee, NYT, for a featured vegan recipe The fact that this is in the NYT with a link to her blog in the article is good, good news. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/18/vegetarian-thanksgiving-vegan-mac<BR>-n-cheez/?ref=health&_r=0&referrer </link> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:31:37 EST Cheesy Coconut Bacon Fries This recipe from "thatwasvegan" is not diet - just a comfort-food treat on a cold day... <link><BR>sy-coconut-bacon-fries/ </link> O.K. - don't make it - just look at the picture... <em>4</em> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:30:24 EST Thanksgiving Tian I just saw this recipe on Beard and Bonnet and I thought that it looked really amazing. It could easily be veganized with cashew cream and vegan Parm. What do you think? It's too late for our Thanksgiving up here, but maybe Christmas for the Canadians. The presentation is awesome and it would make a great dish to take to a potluck. That's what I am going to make it for when my knitting group gets together in December. I will let you know how it goes... <link> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:01:10 EST And a sauce to go with the potato tacos <link><BR>taquitos-with-roasted-jalapeno-and-avo<BR>cado-cashew-cream/ </link> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:01:57 EST Leftover Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes? Here is a really delicious-looking recipe for those leftovers... <link><BR>d-potato-tacos-gluten-free-and-vegan/ </link> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:00:41 EST Fitbit to Track Food I know you can track food here on Spark and it is a great tool to keep you on track healthy foodwise, but this idea from Treehugger today looks interesting... <link><BR>automatically-logs-food-data-create-ef<BR>fortless-food-diary.html </link> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:49:33 EST I'll have some balsamic on my paint chips, please. <link><BR>news/lead-in-vinegar </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:00:52 EST Beets Wellington I can't remember the thread where we got talking about beets recipes and their taste, but this elegant presentation of beets would grace a Thanksgiving buffet quite nicely... <link><BR>t-wellington/ </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:49:50 EST Good Morning! Hi everyone I am Maisie from MO, I'm new to the vegan lifestyle but after seeing a few videos that I have seen I know without a doubt that this is the right choice for me. I look forward to getting know everyone and maybe making a friend or two. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:53:20 EST The True Shelf Life of Cooking Oils Cooking oils become rancid and build up oxidation products if stored improperly or kept too long. Check out this short video showing how long some popular culinary oils keep. Note, it's not necessarily what's listed on the packaging. The dates given assume the oils are stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight dark container. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elf-life-of-cooking-oils/ </link> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:03:01 EST How to Sprout Grains Here are instructions from One Green Planet. Many of us are familiar with sprouting seeds. It might be fun to try something new and sprout grains. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-to-sprout-and-eat-raw-grains/?utm_so<BR>urce=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=0e64d1c9b9-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAM<BR>PAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf6<BR>2ddf34-0e64d1c9b9-105926217 </link> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:30:33 EST Trail Mix Recipe from Heather Nicholds I often mix up a batch of trail mix for my long walks for mid-walk fuel and I often take it along on a canoe trip...This recipe has a few different ingredients from gorp (good old raisins and peanuts): <link><BR>l-mix-recipe?awt_l=DaGuE&awt_m=3WDRtn0<BR>eSUcO_ZW </link> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:27:05 EST So - I guess we do get plenty of protein! Check out these wonderful vegan athletes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gan-athletes-that-prove-you-dont-need-<BR>meat-to-compete/ </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:51:39 EST Matcha Green Tea I first heard of this in Brendan Brazier's Thrive book. If like me, you know it's supposed to be good for you, but you tried it and didn't like the taste, this recipe from One Green Planet, might make it more pallatable... <link><BR>tcha-green-tea-a-superfood-to-supercha<BR>rge-you/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mail<BR>ing+List&utm_campaign=e0ef027a31-NEWSL<BR>ETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&<BR>utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-e0ef027a31-102162241 </link> There's... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:18:37 EST Handmade Gifts Jillee has published some great ideas for handmade gifts in her blog today. If you like to make that something special, a lot of these are quite creative. I especially like the child artist's tray of goodies and the personalized mugs. I can see them gracing a holiday table with vegan hot chocolate ( and candy canes in them... <link><BR>/simple-handmade-gifts-round.html?utm_<BR>source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_campaign=o... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 06:29:07 EST Turning Vegetables into Noodles This article has some great links to noodle recipes using vegetables and you don't necessarily need a spirilizer... but I would like one for Christmas... <link><BR>w-to-turn-any-vegetable-or-fruit-into-<BR>a-grain-free-noodle-and-the-best-ones-<BR>for-the-job/?utm_source=Green+Monster+<BR>Mailing+List&utm_campaign=a873bf03d1-N<BR>EWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-a873bf03d1-102162241 </link> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:52:53 EST The Ultimate Vegan Burger I know we are all looking for that perfect vegan burger, and there are lots of recipes out there. Here's another one from One Green Planet: I don't know if I would pile the sweet potato fries on this burger, but the ingredients look great. <link><BR>the-ultimate-vegan-burger/?utm_source=<BR>Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaig<BR>n=a873bf03d1-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN<BR>&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf3<BR>4-a873bf03d1-102162241 </link> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:46:54 EST Setting Attainable Goals Today Sensible advice on setting goals. Yesterday doesn't count. Today is important... <link><BR>ly-goal-getting-tip-youll-ever-need/?u<BR>tm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_cam<BR>paign=weekly_20141103&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWW<BR>fF9wsRonvaTIZKXonjHpfsX67OspUaWxhIkz2E<BR>Fye%2BLIHETpodcMTcpnNq%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7DBLM153N8QXRTg </link> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 04:56:45 EST Why Runners Need Carbs A good article on fueling your runs... <link><BR>/why-runners-need-carbs/?utm_source=mf<BR>p&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly<BR>_20141103&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvaTI<BR>ZKXonjHpfsX67OspUaWxhIkz2EFye%2BLIHETp<BR>odcMTcpnNq%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7DBLM153N8QXRTg </link> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 04:54:01 EST Cutting Down on Sodium This article has an interesting point on the amount of sodium in sandwiches... <link><BR>/the-secret-sodium-bomb-youre-eating-e<BR>very-day/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=weekly_20141103&mkt_t<BR>ok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvaTIZKXonjHpfsX67Os<BR>pUaWxhIkz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMTcpnNq%2BTF<BR>AwTG5toziV8R7DBLM153N8QXRTg </link> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 04:51:28 EST Good afternoon! Hello, my name is Colleen and I'm a 42 yo divorced empty nester. My daughter will be 20 this month. I'm a long time lacto ovo vegetarian of nearly 30 yrs and have been a dietary vegan since 10/23 of this year. I'm slowly making the transition to a vegan lifestyle. There is so much for me to learn from the more seasoned vegans here and I'm hoping for the opportunity to do so. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking and may all your choices be positive ones! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:42:43 EST vegan cohousing I recently got this in my inbox: <BR> <BR> "Valley Veg has formed a committee to explore the possibilities of establishing a vegan cohousing community in the Pioneer Valley. Cohousing is a planned residential community composed of private homes on a large community-owned property with shared facilities. The community would have multi-family and clustered dwellings, including residences suitable for older vegans. It would include a common house with a dining room and kitchen, and other shared... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:44:34 EST The Lost Lectures from Nathan Pritikin Not sure if someone posted this already. <BR> From Dr. McDougall. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>podcast/nathan-pritikin/ </link> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:01:00 EST Vegan Vitches' Brew ... Happy Hallowee eeeeeeen Eye of Potato <BR> Ear of Corn <BR> Head of Lettuce <BR> Heart of Artichoke <BR> Hand of Bananas <BR> Can you think of more? <BR> <BR> Check out the new team photo and be safe out there. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:11:27 EST The Role of Diet in Declining Sperm Count Here's an interesting video. Sperm count is a marker of overall health. This one is for everybody. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-diet-in-declining-sperm-counts/?utm_s<BR>ource=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=<BR>the-role-of-diet-in-declining-sperm-co<BR>unts&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm<BR>_campaign=the-role-of-diet-in-declinin<BR>g-sperm-counts&utm_source=NutritionFac<BR><BR>EO_DAILY&utm_medium=emai... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:55:49 EST Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes This one for stuffing was posted on savvy vegetarian today. Too late for we Canadians, but the american Thanksgiving is not far off. <link><BR>ecipes/vegan-stuffing.php </link> Any other favourites out there you'd like to share with us? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:16:43 EST Snappy Comebacks I got the protein question again yesterday. I would be rich if I got a loonie for every time I've heard that one. Here are some snappy comebacks for those questions we get all the time from One Green Planet... <link><BR>h/vegan-snappy-comebacks-to-common-att<BR>acks/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing<BR>+List&utm_campaign=1fca2d8c0e-NEWSLETT<BR>ER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_term=0_bbf62ddf34-1fca2d8c0e-102162241 </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:45:55 EST Mummy Dogs/Hallowe'en Treat These look fun... <link><BR>m_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_campaign=Feed%3A+vegandotcomrss+%28<BR> </link> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:29:00 EST strong bones Do we not have a thread about bone health? <BR> <BR> More science proving that we don't need dairy to have strong bones, and in fact dairy might harm bones: <BR> <BR> "Those who had a high milk intake also had a 50% higher risk of hip fracture” <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:18:02 EST Hey there I'm 34 and just had my second baby. So I'm just trying to lose those extra pounds and I lost weight with spark people before. So I'm back ;) Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:30:48 EST Vegan Chili There is a chili cookoff at Church this weekend. Every recipe I have found is full of bell pepper. I'd like to try something different this time. I plan to cook it in a slow cooker and start with dried beans. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:19:58 EST Food Recall: Vegan Ginger Snaps Whole Foods Market is recalling “Vegan Gingersnap Cookies” due to labeling error that resulted in undeclared tree nut, milk, soy and egg allergens. The product has a “Sell By” date of October 28, 2014. Apparently these are only sold in the Melrose, Massachusetts area. Read more here: <BR> <link><BR>.htm </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:01:15 EST Why You Have A Right To Know (GMO) - TED Talk This was such an impressive talk given last year by Rachel Parent, who was then only 15 years old. If she's such a powerful speaker now, what will she be when she grows up? <BR> <BR> About 13 minutes long <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:11:39 EST How to Make a Collard Wrap - Dreena Burton Video Collard Greens are loaded with Calcium, having over 350 mg per cup (For adults, the daily recommended amount is between 1,000 and 1,500 mg.) <BR> <BR> Even Kale, which is calcium rich, is shown to have just 180 mg per cup. Collard Greens and Kale are both cruciferous vegetables and are low in oxalates. <BR> <BR> Oxalates can bind with calcium, making it difficult to absorb, so greens such as spinach, which are high calcium - AND - oxalates, are not the best source for our calcium. Do ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:59:27 EST Tired of feeling crappy Hi, <BR> I am leaning towards a plant based diet. Everything I read leads me in that direction. I need a change. I have lived my entire life doing all kinds of fad diets. I am ready to stop the roller coaster. I want to feel healthy and strong. <BR> It is unbelievable how what we fuel our bodies with affects our health. For my health I am ready for this. I need this! <BR> All of your wisdom and thoughts are welcome. <BR> Help me become a better me! <BR> Thanks <BR> <em>249</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:29:25 EST Tu-No Casserole This recipe for a no tuna cassserole looks like it would be a hit on a cold fall day... <link><BR>10/tu-no-casserole/ </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:13:14 EST How to Talk to Others About Being Plant-Strong Happy Herbivore has a good article today on promoting the plant strong lifestyle. This would be a good response for plibby's post. Not sure where she posted. <link><BR>living-plant-based-lifestyle/?utm_sour<BR>ce=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_cam<BR>paign=Feed%3A+HappyHerbivore-Blog+%28H<BR>appy+Herbivore+-+Blog%29 </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:20 EST How to lose weight without losing your mind Here's a great lecture Doug Lisle, Ph.D., author of "The Pleasure Trap" gave almost two years ago. The lecture is just under 1 hour, 15 minutes, but he's fun to listen to and is full of inspiration and good ideas. The link below will take you to Lani Muelrath's site (she's known as a plant-based fitness expert.) Scroll down to get to the lecture. I might have posted this when it first came out, but it's worth putting it here again. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:30:05 EST Six Unhealthy Things you Shouldn't Say I am guilty of a few of these verbal habits... <link>408/unhealthy-things-you-should-stop<BR>-saying-now.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Everyday<BR>HealthWomensHealth_20141021 </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:36:55 EST Make Spooky Stuff From Garbage This is from One Green Planet, just in time for Halloween. The toilet paper roll monsters are my favorites. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-make-spooky-stuff-from-your-garbag<BR>e-and-other-eco-decorations/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campa<BR>ign=76addc2772-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAI<BR>GN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62dd<BR>f34-76addc2772-105926217 </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:35:38 EST The Effects of 7 Days on a Low Fat Vegan Diet 1,615 patients after a week on the McDougall diet were studied and showed remarkable health improvements in that very short period of time. While on the diet they could eat until they were satisfied, so even though there are restrictions they would be more likely to stick with this diet. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, there's an article about it in Nutrition Journal at this link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:09:30 EST Vanilla Yogurt I just read this recipe on Dreena Burton's website and thought that it looked good... Mix it with some frozen fruit and Angela Lidden's ( granola recipe and some fruit and you have a great breakfast or snack... <link><BR>?recipe_id=6064845 </link> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:07:44 EST wildlife decimation We've wiped out half the world's wildlife since 1970: <link><BR>rld-has-lost-half-its-wildlife-since-1<BR>970-wwf-says </link> <BR> From the article: "Hunting and fishing ("exploitation") and habitat loss are still the biggest threats to wildlife." Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:18:37 EST I Just Read the Forks Over Knives Plan This is a great book for the novice vegan. Someone who hasn't read a lot of the theory behind the healthiness ( a word?) of the plant-strong lifestyle. It brings together the publishings of many learned vegan proponents. The recipes in the back are good and easy for the beginning vegan or transitionning cook. It isn't really a plan in that it doesn't set out what you must eat day-to-day, but it does give you alot of pointers on dining out and stocking your fridge. This one is a keeper. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:54:37 EST Easy Couscous Recipe for the Weekend I got this link this morning... <link><BR>ta-couscous/ </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:48:48 EST Vegan Hallowe'en Treats The Engine 2 Diet website today has some great ideas for Hallowe'en treats... <link><BR>-or-treat-give-me-something-plant-stro<BR>ng-to-eat/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheEn<BR>gine2Diet+%28The+Engine+2+Diet%29 </link> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:45:48 EST New Spark Trophies FYI Coach Jen just announced that new trophies have been added beyond 100 000 Spark points. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:20:19 EST Vega One - how long does it keep? Hi! I'm wondering if anyone knows how long I can keep using Vega One after I've unsealed it? The tub is so big, it's taking me months to get through it. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:54:17 EST Still Addicted to Cola? Check this out... <link><BR>o-meat-purge-and-cola-have-in-common/?<BR>utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_camp<BR>aign=what-do-meat-purge-and-cola-have-<BR>in-common&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rs<BR>s&utm_campaign=what-do-meat-purge-and-<BR>cola-have-in-common&utm_source=Nutriti<BR><BR>S_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term<BR>=0_40f9e497d1-f7fa7a8e48-21937729 </link> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:45:24 EST Lecture by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Dr. Esselstyn is the author of "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". In the video (linked below) he talks about his work with critically ill heart patients and how those who were compliant with his diet were able to turn their health around. He tells you specifics of the diet. In the last section of this video, his funny, sweet wife, Ann, talks food prep. She's fun to watch. <BR> <BR> The entire video lasts almost 2 hours -- don't be turned off by the time. This is a totally free class a... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:20:02 EST The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture <link><BR>014/10/the-amish-farmer-replacing-pest<BR>icides-with-nutrition/380825/?single_p<BR>age=true </link> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:42:04 EST Moringa - a superfood I just read this article on One Green Planet. I have never heard of moringa, but it's health and nutritional benefits seem amazing... <link><BR>h/all-about-moringa-the-uber-nutritiou<BR>s-superfood-that-could-combat-malnutri<BR>tion/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing<BR>+List&utm_campaign=2ea0c81135-NEWSLETT<BR>ER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_term=0_bbf62ddf34-2ea0c81135-102162241 </link> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:46:17 EST 10 Simple and healthy vegan meals My top 10 list of favorite simple and healthy vegan/plant-based meals: <BR> <link><BR>-healthy-meals/ </link> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:04:25 EST Crafty Baking Soda Dispenser Jillee has a neat idea for dispensing baking soda with a mason jar. I just poke holes in the lid of a regular jar, but this seals it when your're not using it... <link><BR>/diy-mason-jar-dispenser.html?utm_sour<BR>ce=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=onegoodthing&utm_content=[[rssitem_title]] </link> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:40:46 EST Regular Exercise is Part of Your Job Found this article by "accident" today and really liked it. I find when I exercise at lunch my thoughts are clearer in the afternoon. The raised self-esteem from knowing I am taking care of myself works, too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>se-is-part-of-your-job/ </link> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:44:59 EST What to Eat - Marathoners For those of you tackling marathons, James McWilliams' blog post today has suggestions for improving your times. He's actually running faster in his forties than he did in his twenties thanks to a nutrient-dense plant-based regimen... <link> </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:50:58 EST Can vegan athletes still build muscle and compete? The Globe and Mail, a major newspaper in Canada, says yes! We knew that already! but I like to see it said in the mainstream <BR> <BR> <link><BR>and-fitness/health/can-vegan-athletes-<BR>still-build-muscle-and-compete-in-spor<BR>ts/article20945720/ </link> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:37:44 EST How to Make Your Own Tofu It looks so easy! I've never done it but Must Try Soon. <BR> <BR> The instructional vid is less than 81/2 minutes long. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:32:11 EST Make Your Own Soymilk ~ Tutorial Here's a fun video tutorial from Everyday Dish, showing how to make soy milk using a traditional Chinese Recipe. It uses sugar, which you could probably eliminate without messing anything up. It also uses pandan leaf (asian vanilla) which you might be able to find in a Thai or Chinese grocery. Other than that it's just organic soybeans and water. Video Time: under 6 minutes. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 01:15:29 EST The New Girl Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been vegan for almost 10 months now. I was vegetarian for a little over a year starting back in 2008. Then I started dating the man who's now my husband and because I wanted it to be easier for us to go out, I started eating fish again in 2010. I gave up the fish in 2012, and took the full plunge into veganism last December. I didn't want it to be another New Year's resolution that I didn't keep, so I made sure to start before New Year's. <BR> <BR> Physical... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:51:36 EST Hey everyone Hello, my name is Izzy. I'm 22 and going vegan has been kind of difficult. It's not the ''but I love cheese and meat'' stuff, it's that I have some health problems that make it hard for me to absorb nutrients right. I've also had a history of disordered eating, making diet changes especially hard for me. I currently live with my parents, and neither of which are vegan (or even vegetarian). <BR> Sometimes it is difficult being the only vegan in the household. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've b... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:18:07 EST Of Meditation and Telomeres Those who meditate will love this. But even if you don't or won't, there's some interesting info here on how stress versus calm affects the length of our telomeres and our lives. <BR> <BR> Video length = just over 3 minutes. <BR> <link><BR>tion-affect-cellular-aging/?utm_source<BR>=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-<BR>meditation-affect-cellular-aging&utm_s<BR>ource=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=<BR>does-meditation-affect-cellular-aging&<BR>utm_sou... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:18:49 EST Foods You Shouldn't Eat Ocean Robbin's website today has a list of 10 foods you shouldn't eat and why... <link><BR>ods-americans-stop-eating/ </link> Vegans are a step ahead of the game. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:56:57 EST Snacks! One Green Planet has some delicious-looking snack recipes posted today... <link><BR>bust-out-an-epic-vegan-snack-platter-s<BR>auces-and-dippers/?utm_source=Green+Mo<BR>nster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=71df33<BR>275a-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-71df33275a-102162241 </link> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:28:29 EST Canadian Thanksgiving Recipes While Americans won't be celebrating for another month, we Canadians celebrate it October 13th and here are some great vegan recipes from Vegetarians in Paradise... <link><BR>html </link> so that you can get a head start on your menus... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:29:53 EST Leading a More Conscious Life in 7 Days One Green Planet had a nice article today on living more consciously. Wednesday could be the day to check out Shivamoon's nutrition posts, or whatever you are into at the moment. <link><BR>-to-lead-a-more-conscious-life-in-just<BR>-seven-days/?utm_source=Green+Monster+<BR>Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d2891a3530-N<BR>EWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-d2891a3530-102162241 </link> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:37:16 EST Cashews to Replace Dairy Most of you know that cashews can be used to replace dairy, but if you haven't tried this, this article from Whole Foods has several uses for cashews to make recipes dairy-free... <link><BR>nuts-cashews?utm_source=email&utm_medi<BR>um=&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaig<BR>n=2014_10_01_Specials </link> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:48:39 EST Essential Oils One Green Planet today has a great article on essential oils. If you are like me, and have no clue what you are supposed to do with them... <link><BR>ential-oils-every-green-monster-needs-<BR>in-their-home/?utm_source=Green+Monste<BR>r+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=697dbdcaa8<BR>-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-697dbdcaa8-102162241 </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:19:06 EST Walking the Super Food of Fitness I just read this article and as a walker, it is a great endorsement for walking... <link><BR>od-fitness-experts-say-2D80181838?cid=<BR>eml_idt_20141001 </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:23:42 EST Pumpkin Pie With Thanksgiving coming up, here is a link to a pumpkin pie recipe that sounds good... <link><BR>abbys-vegan-pumpkin-pie-with-a-pecan-o<BR>at-crust/ </link> <BR> I have a great cheesecake recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake from my vegetarian days. Does anyone know if I can substitute tofu for cream cheese? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:46:19 EST Looking for vegan friends Hi, <BR> I am looking for some friends. At the moment I only have sparkguy. I would love to hear from any of you and I would love some vegan recipes or any feedback on new vegan products. <BR> Does anyone live in Sydney? <BR> I am extremely unfit and would love to hear any ideas that have worked for you to ease into fitness. <BR> <BR> I hope to hear from all you soon!!! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:07:58 EST Pumpkin Waffles This was in my inbox this morning. I think I will use homemade pumpkin puree in it though. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:30:21 EST Mexican Salad This was waiting for me in my inbox this morning. <BR> <link><BR>xican-cauliflower-rice-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the one for the Cauliflower Rice <BR> <link><BR>wer-rice/ </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:54:41 EST Dr. Michael Gregor's Speaking Dates in US/Canada Dr. Michael Gregor of is a tremendous speaker. His speaking dates/locations are posted here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:00:27 EST Vegan Donuts I got this recipe in my inbox today from 40 Aprons. They look really good so I thought I'd share the link. <BR> <link><BR>s-with-pomegranate-glaze-vegan/ </link> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:06:07 EST First National Child's Yoga Conference To me, veganism and yoga go hand in hand. I don't do yoga like I did, but I still do a couple poses daily to help my back. Any fitness is good as long as it works for you, but doing yoga is also very calming. So it's great to see more people taking classes on how to teach kids yoga. I do hope to do more once the weather changes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>14/09/23/the-first-national-kids-yoga-<BR>conference-will-tackle-every-childs-po<BR>se/?wpisrc=nl_leanfi... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:12:25 EST An interesting comparison of Paleo & Plant Diets An interesting comparison of Paleo & Plant Diets from Dr. Gregor's Nutrition Blog, referencing information from the esteemed authors Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-real-paleo-diet-please-stand-up/?ut<BR>m_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campai<BR>gn=will-the-real-paleo-diet-please-sta<BR>nd-up&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&ut<BR>m_campaign=will-the-real-paleo-diet-pl<BR>ease-stand-up&utm_source=NutritionFact<BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:42:05 EST Preventing Premature Birth With Diet Garlic and Raisins? Who knew? Check out this video from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>raisins-to-prevent-premature-birth/?ut<BR>m_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campai<BR>gn=garlic-and-raisins-to-prevent-prema<BR>ture-birth&utm_source=NutritionFacts.o<BR>rg&utm_campaign=0e97941cbb-RSS_VIDEO_D<BR>AILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e<BR>497d1-0e97941cbb-21937729 </link> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:35:59 EST Exercising But Not Losing Weight? Dr. Gregor of talks about exercise, weight loss, and how we often overestimate how many calories we've burned. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ercise-to-sustain-weight-loss/ </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:31:20 EST If you have a hard time giving up cheese... If you have a hard time giving up cheese, this might help. Dr. Gregor of explains how some cheeses are made (gross out warning.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-and-maggots/ </link> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:56:13 EST Nice to see a hospital getting the message <link><BR>ution-hospital-patients-to-get-organic<BR>-fruit-and-veggie-prescriptions-as-par<BR>t-of-new-project/ </link> <BR> <BR> Nothing like a good news article on a Friday. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:47:37 EST Finding Strength in Caregiving Those of you who have followed this team for some time, know that I advocate for mental health and fitness as well as physical fitness. Like many of you, I am a caregiver. This article is a good one about carving time out for yourself. After reading about those of you dealing with past and upcoming surgeries, this might be relevant for you as well... <link><BR>strength-in-caregiving/?xid=nl_DrSanja<BR>yGuptasHealthMatters_20140919 </link> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:27:44 EST Getting Your Car Ready for Winter Absolutely nothing to do with the vegan plant-strong lifestyle, but good advice for those of us who live in the cooler climes... <link><BR>/12-tips-to-get-your-car-ready-for-win<BR>ter.html?utm_source=getresponse&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_campaign=onegoodthing&u<BR>tm_content=[[rssitem_title]] </link> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:50:36 EST Good Links from Angela Angela Lidden has posted some great links on her site today... <link> </link> As you know, she is in the final stages of her first pregnancy and there are some baby links that those of you who are younger might enjoy as well. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:44:27 EST Choosing Healthy at a Restaurant The Mayo Clinic today has some good tips for choosing healthy at a restaurant... <link><BR>althy-choices-at-any-restaurant?xid=nl<BR>_MayoClinicDiet_20140919 </link> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:42:19 EST going under the knife Oct. 1. It's minor; local anesthesia. A wrist/thumb injury I've been battling one year now. Any food/herb/general regime suggestions for healing and recovery? Thanks. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:41:25 EST And again! Where does he get his protein???? This is yet another example of vegan bodybuilding. <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n </link> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:35:05 EST short term accountability partner? Hi! I'm looking for an accountability partner for a few weeks. I'm thinking it would be good to message each other EVERY DAY to say what we've been doing to keep on track. This is not a long-term commitment, just for a few weeks while we solidify some healthy habits! I'm pretty committed and think having to report to someone else who knows what I'm going through might help me keep on the plan when I get distracted by a busy life. <BR> <BR> I only have about 15 pounds to lose overall, I'm veg... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:22:53 EST Importance of Good Posture Good posture and alignment are important for our overall well-being. This short article reminds us of that and shows 5 pictures to illustrate the good, the bad, and a couple of easy exercises to work on improvement. Do you remember mom telling you to stand up straight? It's not too late to listen. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-the-move/good-posture-basic-good-hea<BR>lth/#15677 </link> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:39:54 EST More on the October Runner's World The cover person, Micah True, is not a real feature of the magazine. <BR> <BR> There's a feature they have called Street Style, and she gets a page in the magazine with quotes from her. <BR> <BR> She's my kind of shopper: She buys a lot of things at Forever 21, Target, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's. <BR> <BR> She's got a tattoo that says PMA, which stands for Positive Mental Attitude. She's got lots of tattoos, but talks about that one. <BR> <BR> And why she wears her socks: "I wear thes... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:01:17 EST Vegan Corn Dogs Remember a while ago, Magnolia said that the Vegan Fest people were giving away corn dogs to promote their Veg Fest in Toronto? I came across this recipe on Pinterest that I thought that you might like to check out... <link> </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:50:39 EST people's climate march This September, world leaders—including President Obama—are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. This will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media. The last time world leaders met to discuss climate change, five years ago in Copenhagen, the talks failed. September 21 is scheduled the People's Climate March: <link> </link> On that day there will be ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:11:56 EST vegan on cover of Runner's World Hi! Have you see the new editor of Runner's World? It's a nutrition special issue and Micah Risk is on the cover (hadn't heard of her before) wearing kneesocks that say VEGAN on them! I have VEGAN kneesocks but they're ugly brown and green, hers are black with white. Very cute! Lighter says they're soon going to be selling those socks. <BR> <BR> Every time I see a magazine stand I look for it, but it's not out here yet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>014/09/05/loc... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:06:26 EST vegan book chat Hi! Want to start a thread about the good vegan-ish books we're reading? Or cooking from?! <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> I'm reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It's so well done! I just started the section when he visits chicken farms, it's horrible. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:55:38 EST Yoga Journal Vegan Challenge The October issue of the Yoga Journal has another version of a 21-Day Vegan Challenge if you are interested. The recipes look easy for those of you new to this do-no-harm, plant-strong lifestyle.. <link> </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:26:39 EST another B12 question I take a vegetarian vitamin from Sweden called MittVal Vegetarian. It has 600% the RDI of B12. Why do I need 6x more than the recommended? I'd think the RDI would include a margin for how much is absorbable? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:07:09 EST October Unprocessed Challenge Here is a link for any of you who are thinking of trying the Unprocessed Challenge for the month of October... <link><BR>ocessed-2014/thanks/ </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:47:04 EST homo sapiens, diving, & the sea I loved this article: <link><BR>ter-switch-of-life#29239nu </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:19:20 EST Soy speeds up beast cancer growth. Wow, read this to learn more. <link><BR>y-Accelerates-Breast-Cancer-Rather-Tha<BR>n-Prevent-It.shtml?utm_source=090714&u<BR>tm_campaign=090714&utm_medium=email </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:37:14 EST Happy Herbivore Esselstyn Cookbook Giveaway! Go to <link> </link> for a couple of recipes and a chance to win the cookbook. <BR> <BR> For a chance to win a copy of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook leave Lindsay a comment on her blog saying which of these two recipes you're most excited to try! <BR> <BR> Nice! Right? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:48:29 EST Question Hi everybody <BR> Question, I have been having bough's of being light headed since July my Dr's have not been able to figure out why they keep asking me if I am still a Vegan, Has anybody had this happen when you were a new Vegan and suggestions please Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:30:43 EST Take Time Out This is a timely topic for me. I am enjoying a "staycation" after a particularly hectic summer and I am sure I am not alone... <link><BR>/take-a-time-out-before-you-burnout?xi<BR>d=nl_DeniseAustinsMorningStretch_20140905 </link> I know I need to learn to say, "No," more often. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:35:22 EST Why Athletes Should Eat Nutritional Yeast This is to accompany Bonidale's 'Fueling Your Morning Run' post. Here's is a short blog post from explaining what happens to our immune system after exercising -- to include the slump that happens after sustained and intense exertion. The bonus, mentioned in the title, is what happens after an athlete eats a small amount of nutritional yeast. Pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hletes-should-eat-nutritional-yeast/?u<BR>tm_source... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:47:51 EST Fueling for Your Morning Run As you all know, if you follow this team, my goto fuel in the morning before my long walk or before a race is half a bagel with peanut butter and jam and half a cup of black coffee. Runner's World has posted some other options on their website today... <link><BR>rs/how-do-i-fuel-early-morning-run?cid<BR>=NL_Nutrition_1823146_09042014_HowtoFu<BR>elforanEarlyMorningRun </link> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:17:04 EST Johns Hopkins University's Refusal to Be Humane Normally, JHU is something Baltimore is proud of. <BR> <BR> This is an egregious exception to that rule. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hysician-led-demonstration-urges-johns<BR>-hopkins </link> <BR> <BR> And not on a vegan note, but JHU also didn't report a sexual assault that occurred on campus. My guess it was "accidental" to make sure they didn't lose any prospective students. <BR> <BR> Two huge strikes against them of late. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:58:40 EST Yep, new here Hello friends! I've been avoiding red meat forever - 25 years? And I've eaten the occasional white meat just because it has seemed necessary and more socially acceptable (to be honest). But I recently took the plunge to Vegan and I'm excited about it. My 40th birthday is looming next year so I have really been thinking about my health and how to become healthier, as well as being a better advocate for animals and the environment. <BR> <BR> In addition to cutting out all dairy/meat/eggs - I'... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:19:18 EST coach/trainer to set up my Spark goals? Hi! I'm getting serious about losing weight and getting stronger. I'm wondering if anyone here knows of a vegan-positive coach-trainer-nutritionist type person, professional or not, who could help me set up my Spark goals? Like how to adjust calories for the amount of exercise I get. I've lost just a few pounds in a few weeks with calorie tracking and not too many indulgences, and I feel a bit of space in my clothes! I'd like a bit of guidance for setting things up, with someone who knows abo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:23:02 EST Mediterranean Spaghetti The Engine2Diet website published this recipe from Ann and Jane Esselstyn's new cookbook: <link><BR>terranean-vegetable-spaghetti/ </link> and if you go to today's (Wednesday) post, check out the "fruit shots" such delicious and easy-to-make by the looks of them, hors d'ouevres. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:51:11 EST Five Habits to Break Now Good morning team! I just got this link from the Mayo Clinic and it has some good advice. Ignore number four - we all know that meat and dairy aren't good for us... Since we are starting off the fall season and going with Baltimore's Challenge, these are ideas we can incorporate into our day. <link><BR>-habits?xid=nl_MayoClinicDiet_20140902 </link> And my favourite vegan smoothie bar has closed for the season. Bleh. Back to making my own. I hope they did... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:49:49 EST night moves I'm intrigued. Has anyone seen, "Night Moves," Kelly Reichardt's latest? She is one of my very favorite film directors. A simple description: <BR> <BR> "Three environmentalists' homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. As organic farmer Josh, high society dropout Dena and ex-Marine Harmon plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits teste... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:33:48 EST where, how, huh? This is an area I know nothing about. I don't know how to begin to research and I don't even know what subject heading to give this post. My father is turning 100 years old this November. It seems that folks, not my father so much, would like to celebrate. Ten of us. My parents live in the center of San Francisco. We thought at first to make a big pot of vegetable soup, my father's homemade bread, get a vegan cake, and celebrate the day at the homestead. Now thoughts have turned to having sou... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:17:06 EST Beans Beans - Good For Your Heart Beans beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you... (can lower your cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower risk of diabetes, and more.) <BR> <BR> Another intriguing video from <BR> <link><BR>-theyre-good-for-your-heart/?utm_sourc<BR>e=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bean<BR>s-beans-theyre-good-for-your-heart&utm<BR><BR>n=98962aadb6-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:46:15 EST Veg Food Fest in Toronto! I am so excited! <BR> <BR> Since transitioning to a WFPB way of eating I have been learning so many new things, mostly online, about what foods are available to me. Now I get a chance to taste a bunch of vegan foods, and this is happening so close to home! An entire 3 day festival dedicated to plant based foods! <BR> <BR> I am so excited I get to go! <BR> <BR> Leti Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:50:08 EST Doping with Beet Juice Another great vid from This is part of a series about using nitrate rich foods to boost athletic performance. Just in time for BaltimoreWriter's September challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-beet-juice/ </link> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:08:28 EST Today on Spark People I am not the most observant person on the planet. It took a poster on the team leader board to alert me to the Today on Spark People link at the top of your screen. Lots of interesting stuff there, if like me you've never noticed it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:27:10 EST The 15-Day September Challenge "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> I am making this challenge last an extra five days because it's an entire half of the month. <BR> <BR> That Eleanor Roosevelt quote applies to me especially this month, as I am giving up something I really, really don't want to give up. <BR> <BR> But, I need to, so for September it's NO almond "ice cream" and no soy "ice cream" either. I'd given up the soy ice creams but substituted the almond ones instead. S... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:23:27 EST Almond and Peanut Butter Recalls Quite a number of almond and peanut butters have been recalled because of possible contamination with Salmonella. These include MaraNatha, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and some other brands. Here is the full list <link><BR>.htm </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:37:04 EST New Vegan Recipe App for iPhone & iPod touch. Forks Over Knives has just released a Recipe App for iPhone and iPod touch, with professional images, easy instructions, shopping lists, etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pp-now-available-for-iphone-and-ipod-t<BR>ouch/ </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:45:48 EST Raw Food Diets & Which Foods Should Be Cooked Here's an almost one hour long lecture by Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., one of the authors of "Becoming Raw". Vesanto and Brenda Davis (co-authors) are considered authorities in the field. This lecture was given at The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii a couple of years ago. You'll save a minute or two if you scroll right past Lorraine's introduction. I like the approach ... looking at the science behind a raw vegan diet. She also speaks about which foods should be cooked and why. Underneath the ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:19:49 EST index your cookbooks with this Well this is neat! You can put 5 books in your "library" for free but after that there's a monthly charge of $2.50 USD. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-eat-your-books-creates-an-index-to-al<BR>l-your-cookbooks-20140819-story.html </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:24:28 EST An unexpected advantage of being vegan A few years ago, I read an article where Simon Baker, who has been in movies including "LA Confidential" and on CBS's "The Mentalist," talked about not wearing deodorant because he drinks enough water that he doesn't need to. <BR> <BR> I thought about this, and realized that I drink only water and herbal teas, and I eat clean, so I decide to give it a try. <BR> <BR> I don't stink. Today, for example, I took a walk in Baltimore's huge humidity and walked up and down a lot of staircases--... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:22:58 EST Another doctor says yes to carbs! Here's what Dr. Garth Davis says: (I'm posting this around a few sp teams - he says it so well!) <BR> <BR> "What will it take to make people understand that carbs do not make people fat. Patients come in to see me for weight related issues. When asked what they think the central problem is, the answer is always carbs. Yet, every diet log I look at is loaded with animal protein and fat. Just about everybody is eating eggs and sausage for breakfast. I can't tell you how often Jimmy dean sausag... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:10:17 EST How to Cook or Sprout Dried Beans Here's a written piece by nutritionist Heather Nicholds on how to cook or sprout dried beans. It includes a video with some, but not all of the information. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-cook-dried-beans </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:29:59 EST Comparing Cooking Methods Below is a link to a class by nutritionist Heather Nicholds, who discusses various cooking methods and their benefits and downsides. She has a written script and video, as well as another video showing a new salad recipe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=462WJBfgD.cO_ZW </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:06:52 EST how can I get myself to wake up earlier? Hi! I usually go to bed at a sensible hour but I still have so much trouble waking up early. Do you have any way to motivate yourself to get up and at it early? I'm going to try some sleep hygiene starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I want to do more with my mornings before work. I was on a good streak for awhile but lately I just can't get enough sleep! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:10:27 EST Penne and Black Bean Salad I just finished eating Jazzy Vegetarian's Penne and Black Bean Salad. It is absolutely delicious. I used the Veganaise with the blue lid which is my favourite. <link><BR>up-123.html </link> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:58:18 EST Long Veg-Head, New Vegan Hi, I'm Debbie. New to the team and somewhat new to being vegan. I've been a vegetarian for a few years slowly transitioning into veganism. I finally took the plunge about two months ago, and I would l love support from this team during my cheese craving moments <em>41</em> . Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:40:47 EST Oregano Recall due to Salmonella. This is a very widely affected recall. <BR> <BR> STATES SHIPPED TO: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV <BR> INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED TO: Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Virgin Islands <BR> <BR> More details: <BR> <link><BR>.htm </link> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:25:26 EST August challenge Hi! How's everybody doing? I've been meditating almost daily and I feel more focused and less stressed. <BR> <BR> I haven't finished reading the Spark Solution intro yet, so I haven't started the plan, but I've been better about logging my food. I actually just started loggin it on MyFitnessPal, it's got some nice a note in friend feed "magnolia416 completed her food and exercise diary for 8/14/2014 and was under her calorie goal"... so if I'm committed to tracking everythi... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:28:28 EST Really super hungry--was it the fruit? I brought my usual vegan smoothie to the site where I am through today. As we're "hosting" the audit here, food items, including fruit, were brought in. <BR> <BR> Along with my smoothie I had some fruit--mostly pineapple and some berries and a bit of melon. <BR> <BR> By lunch I was starving. I was so hungry that my soup didn't do the trick as it usually did and I wound up eating a bagel (which was vegan). I hate having to eat bread, as I avoid gluten. <BR> <BR> So, was it my metabolis... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:09:36 EST WaPo article about a raw vegan juicing comedian The subtitle in yesterday's print version was all about how he was a raw vegan juicer. I love it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le/a-juicer-a-palm-tree-and-a-micropho<BR>ne-a-dc-comedian-heads-to-vegas/2014/0<BR>8/11/a52d01d2-1e82-11e4-ab7b-696c295dd<BR>fd1_story.html </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:34:42 EST How to Save Time in the Kitchen - video This vid is from Heather Nicholds: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-time?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=42E9Cw0Az.cO_ZW </link> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:03:21 EST raw till 4 high carb low fat I'm hooked on watching freelees YouTube channel and I was wondering if anyone has lost weight using this system.. its high calorie and I'm scared I'll gain weight Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:35:19 EST greenhouse farming future? One cool dude: <link><BR>en-source-farming-a-renaissance-man-ta<BR>ckles-the-food-crisis#startOfPageId25438 </link> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:40:44 EST 30th annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival If you're looking for a reason to visit Toronto, this is it! It's September 5-7. The schedule hasn't been released yet, but a few guests have been announced: Terry Hope Romero and the No Meat Athlete! <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:49:46 EST Day 8 of the August Challenge- --Checking In I've been doing my EFT--from scripts. But later today, I'm going to try doing my own. I've got adrenal fatigue. I figured out a few days ago I'm a classic case. I've had some weight gain around my middle even though I've been eating well, horrible fatigue, and the other symptoms. <BR> <BR> It feels so good to finally have a definitive answer. I don't know if the EFT had anything to do with it, but I'm doing my own EFT for my adrenal glands today. I've also realized NO soy. I'd given u... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:59:55 EST For Picky Eaters : How to Yum up Your Veggies Heather Nicholds created a mini class on 7 ways to yum up your veggies for your kids or any other picky eaters in your life. Sound advice. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tables?awt_l=74jpw&awt_m=40IljuY4z.cO_ZW </link> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:49:25 EST School lunch leaders at Capitol Hill Briefing Here's an update on the school lunch debate at Capitol Hill. There's a link for you if you're interested in getting involved with the school lunch debate in your local area (US only.) The photo of the "sample" lunch provided to event participants looked delicious. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hool-lunch-leaders-share-success-at-ca<BR>pitol-hill </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:21:52 EST Benefits of Running 5 Miles a Week Runner's World just published the findings of a study that says that there are huge benefits to running just as little as five miles a week and even if you are a slow runner - good news for runners like myself who are very, very, slow... <link><BR>arch-big-benefits-from-running-5-miles<BR>-a-week?cm_mmc=NL-Beginners-_-1797170-<BR>_-08062014-_-Big-Benefits-From-Just-5-<BR>Miles-a-Week </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:21:41 EST New company which sells vegan/eco friendly bags Here's a new company which sells vegan and eco/friendly bags. They look really nice. The woman modeling the bags is the same woman that started and runs the company. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:19:07 EST Easy & Healthy Beach Snacks <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon this and these look really tasty: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-snacks-2014.aspx </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:11:27 EST What to Wear for Your Run/Walk Runner's World has a great link to help you figure out what to wear on your next run or walk. I have always gone with the "wear clothes for 10 degrees cooler than what the thermometer says" rule, and keep notes in my running journal on what works but this link is good if you are just getting into running or walking... <link><BR>_mmc=NL-QOTD-_-1796082-_-08052014-_-To<BR>ol-3 </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:45:45 EST Sneaking greens into your family's diet Here's a simple recipe for making homemade apple sauce with kale. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ale-applesauce </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have other ideas to unobtrusively get greens into your recipes (so that your kids/spouses aren't picking them out or pushing them to the side)? If so, please post here. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:32:07 EST Great Cookbook Find I picked this cookbook up at the library last week and I have to say the recipes in it are amazing. It's "Jazzy Vegetarian" by Laura Theodore, but the recipes are vegan. Apparently she has a show on public television, but I have never come across it. The recipes are simple, the ingredients easy to find and this would be a great starter book for new vegans because she explains how to make stuff as well. Live2ride, she has pictures of how to cook and eat an artichoke which we had trouble tracki... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:38:24 EST Day 4 of the August Challenge- --Checking In So, I've been doing the EFT and enjoying it. I've been using scripts so far, but today I'm going to do scripts AND my own EFT words, as I have been waking up at 3 the past couple of mornings and haven't been able to fall back to sleep. I've been very angry today because I'm too zonked to exercise today as I'd planned. So today I'll be tapping over dealing with the lack of sleep. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, I made some healthful eating choices this weekend, and who knows? It may be the ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:44:50 EST Worried about making the transition to vegan? When I decided to become vegan, and shortly after that, eat only plant-based whole foods (no processed foods), I was overwhelmed. Would I be able to do it? How would I feed myself as I was learning to cook, and finding recipes? I had a full time job. I had to bring a lunch because there were no vegan options at work. How was this all going to work? <BR> <BR> I had the blessing of a friend of a friend who was plant strong, and I hired her to make lunches for me once/week until I could ge... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:38:21 EST The kind diet Has anyone read "the kind diet"? I just finished it and felt like it had some really valid points about combining a macro nutrient diet with a vegan one. Does anyone find they feel healthier because they base their diet around whole grains beans and vegetables? Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:59:27 EST From Table to Able: Dr. Gregor's latest annual vid "From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food", Dr. Gregor ( just released on-line today his 2014 annual video packed with the latest fascinating and thrilling nutrition information. It's just under one hour, packed with things you need to know, and completely free. That's what I'm going to be watching this afternoon. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-able/ </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:31:40 EST meditation Hello! I'm trying to incorporate meditation into my daily life. Anyone else? I chose that for the team's monthly challenge in another thread. <BR> <BR> I have some decisions to make and maybe a clear mind would help! <BR> <BR> 3 Reasons to Meditate <BR> <link><BR>tate?utm_campaign=SUMMER&utm_source=Ju<BR>ly%20Newsletter&utm_term=140731&utm_me<BR>dium=email </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:25:40 EST It's Day 1 of the August Take Up/Give Up Challenge OK, everyone--for the next 10 days (or longer, if you want to keep a good thing going) we stick to our resolutions. <BR> <BR> I'll be doing my EFT tonight and have the cheat sheet by my yoga mat so that after I stretch I can get tapping. <BR> <BR> I'm ordering my "reward" today--more essential oils, so I make sure I hold myself accountable for these 10 days. <BR> <BR> Once again, you can set yourself a reward--NON-food, please--a massage, that DVD set you've wanted--so you have something... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:00:31 EST Peaches and Cashew Cream Luminous Vegan posted this yummy recipe on her blog today and I just picked up peaches at the corner market... <link><BR>peaches-with-coconut-vanilla-cashew-cr<BR>eam/ </link> It looks soooo good. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:39:46 EST Vegan license plate name denied in Tennessee Thank you, oh gods and goddesses, for letting me live in a state that is above all of that, geographically and otherwise. Boggles the mind, it does. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ate-deemed-too-vulgar-for-te-1614032932 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:31:15 EST Create Your Own Yoga Mat Spray Jillee has a great recipe posted on her blog today for those of you who do yoga. An anti-bacterial spray for your mats, but I bet it works well for other pieces of furniture. This one is for you Live2Ride. <link> </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:44:06 EST The Documentary "Cowspiracy" soon to be released The documentary "Cowspiracy" is being released in August. In Honolulu we have to have 124 advance tickets purchased by Aug 4th before they will bring us this film. --100 tickets down and 24 more to go-- cross fingers we get it. If you would like to see the trailer, here it is: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:03:18 EST 1st Time Ivory Coast Cocoa Farmers taste Chocolate This is really interesting, a post from One Green Planet with a video showing a reporter interviewing poor Ivory Coast cocoa farmers. None of them really knew what their cocoa beans were used for. The reporter brought bars of chocolate to share with them. It was really something and lots of fun to see their reactions. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rmer-tastes-chocolate-for-the-first-ti<BR>me/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+L<BR>ist&utm_campaign=19a614a031-NE... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:24:55 EST Run a Faster 5k Runner's World has some tips today on improving your 5k times... <link><BR>un-a-5k-faster-with-these-five-fun-wor<BR>kouts?cm_mmc=NL-Womens-_-1787926-_-073<BR>02014-_-Five-Fun-Workouts-for-a-Faster-5K </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:08:39 EST Favorite vegan mac and cheese recipe? I am going to a picnic on Saturday and would like to make some vegan mac and cheese for the crowd. I have found a bunch of recipes, but most of them either are more like a cheese pasta primavera or depend almost completely on soy "cheese", which I don't particularly like. <BR> <BR> Any faves out there? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:26:26 EST Another new vegan Hi folks. I have been lurking for a while and just realized that while I've posted a few times, I haven't introduced myself. <BR> <BR> I am new to an animal product-free diet, although I have dabbled at being a vegetarian a couple of times in my life. I finally took the plunge when my endocrinologist, who treats my T2 diabetes, sent out information about a local study by Dr. Neal Barnard's Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine comparing the usual American Diabetes Association diet ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:46 EST PETA pays your water bill if you go vegan I'm not a fan of PETA as I think they use a sledgehammer where a light tap could do. And I'm also not sure what percentage of these people might say they'll try it and then won't. <BR> <BR> However, it might actually do some good (besides just paying the water bill). Someone might make more healthy food choices, even if they don't become vegan for life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ta-pay-water-bill-woman-vegan-article-<BR>1.1885156 </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:59:46 EST August Give or Take Something Up Challenge OK, a new month starts on Friday, so it's time to decide if you're going to participate and what you're going to do. <BR> <BR> Last month I gave something up, and this month I've decided to take something up: Emotional Freedom Tapping. I've had good luck with it in the past and want to do it for 10 days straight. <BR> <BR> My hairdresser is also taking part in this--she's not vegan, but she's giving up gluten. <BR> <BR> Your choice--if you want to do the same thing you did for the chal... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:09:07 EST Moby's article in Rolling Stone on being vegan Well written, too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inion-why-im-vegan-by-moby-20140318 </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:23:52 EST Sources of additional fiber? Good morning teammates! <BR> <BR> I am a relatively new vegan and am trying to add more fiber to my diet, hopefully closer to 35-40 g. I have in fact read that 50 g is optimal for diabetics to improve blood sugars. I have been eating lots of veggies, fruit, beans, and whole grains, but I am lucky if I reach 30 g most days. I am stumped about how to reach 40 g, much less 50. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate your input. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:48:19 EST Be Yourself Everyone Else is Taken The Engine 2 Diet blogger Anne, today has great advice for vegans who face criticism for their plantstrong lifestyle... <link><BR>e-thread/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheEng<BR>ine2Diet+%28The+Engine+2+Diet%29 </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:26 EST Just Say NO to GMO Potatoes -Urgent! I belong to a non-GMO foods page on FB. There is a vote on July 30th to allow GMO potatoes to be grown and sold here. GMO is harmful to our bodies and I won't do GMO foods just like I won't eat dairy, meat, fish, or fowl. I pulled this information off of their FB post. The vote is Wednesday, so make your voice heard NOW! <BR> <BR> Plant based should remain just that: PLANT based, not manipulated by science. <BR> <BR> <BR> POST On US Potato Board's FB Page: <BR> <link>https://www... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:38:34 EST How to Learn to Love Running Lauren Conrad has some tips on her blog today for learning how to love to run and some links to apps to help you along... Sorry - can't get the link to come up. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:14:49 EST Transitioning vegan Hello all! My name's Bethany. I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a couple year hiatus (and more than a couple pounds regained) and returning to vegetarianism (i was a vegetarian for about a year) with aspirations to transition to veganism. Eating mostly plant based nowadays and I'm open to any advice on becoming a vegan. In less than a month I'll be going back to school and will need to be committed to this lifestyle in order to maintain it at on-campus dining facilities. Thanks! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:37:02 EST Mango Ice Cream with Coconut (Vegan, of course) This Mango Ice Cream with Coconut recipe is from "" by Heather Nicholds. The recipe is simple, but the video is still fun to watch. Also, while there you can sign up for more of her free cooking/nutrition videos. Heather also does "". <BR> <BR> Recipe video: <link><BR>nut-mango-ice-cream </link> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:49:48 EST Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! I'm cross posting this to most of the /vegetarian teams. Please send this around the internet - blog about it - you know - let's get the word out! <BR> <BR> I may be naive, but I think the medical profession is actually figuring out that meat is not good for humans to eat! Now if they could also figure out about eliminating oil . . . But I bet that's coming soon. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the newsletter: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/editorial.cfm/... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:07:10 EST The Vegan Snub Strikes Again So, a couple of my coworkers have flown in and our team went out to lunch on Monday to a Mexican restaurant. Naturally, I had the house salad--no dressing. <BR> <BR> Today we're all back at base and the team (except for our boss) just picks up and goes out to lunch--except for me. Why? No invite. The Vegan Snub. Now, they did go to a deli, so of course there's no way I'm eating any of that stuff, but I'd have gone along for the sake of well, team spirit. I keep my mouth well closed abo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:02:40 EST free vegan e-books <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <link><BR>freebooks-20 </link> <BR> <BR> avaible for free for a limited amount of time only, so if yo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:32:21 EST New Cardiology College President goes Vegan Kim A. Williams, MD, who will soon be the new President of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, DC, has gone vegan after a high LDL cholesterol scare. Just when he got his cholesterol results he also saw a patient who reversed serious heart disease using Dean Ornish's diet and exercise plan. Dr. Williams plans to recommend a vegan diet to his patients. Read more here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ention/46860 </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:19:40 EST Food Recall Due To Listeria Contamination In case you missed this: <BR> <BR> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2014 - Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:49:08 EST Matt Frazier doing AMA right now Hi! <BR> <BR> No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier is doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit right now. Some of the questions are "where do you get your protein?" but some are alright. If you have a question for him, now's the time! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>j/i_am_matt_frazier_i_ran_100_miles_in<BR>_28_hours_on/ </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:47 EST Vegan RD Article on Almond Milk Hi Team! I thought I'd share this article that I got from the Vegan RD log today. <link><BR>ink-almond-milk-because-its-cruelty-fr<BR>ee-not-because-its-hip.html?utm_source<BR>=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campa<BR>ign=Feed%3A+TheVeganDietitian+%28The+V<BR>egan+Dietitian%29 </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:36:55 EST Nuts and Cancer Prevention - a video Another good vid from Dr. Gregor of <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ights-cancer-better/?utm_source=rss&ut<BR>m_medium=rss&utm_campaign=which-nut-fi<BR>ghts-cancer-better&utm_source=Nutritio<BR><BR>_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term<BR>=0_40f9e497d1-7fed9c4379-21937729 </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:07:52 EST salt vs salt I was raised on a no-salt, no-fat, plant-based diet. I blindly thought that salt was evil. Several years ago when I started a hot yoga practice that had me sweating buckets every day, I learned that I was sweating away electrolytes, minerals in my body which included sodium. I now take an electrolyte concentrate. I salt my food as well but not with regular processed table salt but with that wonderful pink Himalayan salt. This little article explains the differences between processed table sal... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:26:12 EST 5 exercises for your feet Here's a Spark post I thought worthwhile to share in case you missed it. Here are 5 exercises for your feet, some rather unique. They might be just what you need today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=5_exercises_for_stronger_more_flexi<BR>ble_feet </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:07:30 EST Vegan chef challenges self to eat on $1.50 a day Vegan chef Darshana Thacker challenged herself to eat a healthy (well better than SAD, anyway) vegan diet on $1.50 a day for 5 days. The food variety looks a bit bleak to me -- as there were few greens and only one piece of fruit, a lime, for the entire period. Also, she didn't mention if she used herbs/spices/condiments. If she did, it looks like the cost did not come from the $1.50. Still, it shows during desperate times it's possibly to get by. If someone was eating SAD on $1.50 a day... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:51:22 EST The Easy Way to Cut Grapes in Half This is interesting -- if you spend a lot of time cutting grapes, tomatoes, or other fruits in half (whole grapes can be a choking hazard for small kids), check out this link with video (lasting a mere moment) for the fastest way in town to get the job done. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cks-for-parents-cutting-grapes-in-half/ </link> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:05:52 EST Tart Cherries Matt Frazier (No Meat Athlete) posted an interesting article about how tart cherries boosted his performance. Has anyone else tried this? This link also has a basic " how to put together a smoothie". His recipe packs in the calories though... <link><BR>results/ </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:08:31 EST about "eco-terroism" "…not only does the FBI label animal rights [activists] and environmentalists as the number-one domestic terrorism threat — even though they’ve never harmed a single human being — but we have new legislation that singles these protesters out for felonies and as terrorists for what are, in some cases, nonviolent protests. " <BR> Will Potter <BR> <BR> His Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal to fund the purchase of a drone in order to take aerial photographs of factory farms. <BR> <BR> Wi... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:57:06 EST Burn Calories - Add these to your water Here is a link from ivillage - three things you can add to your 8 glasses of water to burn more calories... <link><BR>sm-and-burn-more-calories/4-a-546347?n<BR>lcid=td|07-16-2014|&_mid=7986132&_rid=<BR>7986132.96000.139337.1 </link> Not too sure about the cayenne. Anyone tried it? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:31:38 EST Daily Nutrition standards for vegans Good morning. I have just decided to remove animal products from my diet. I have read alot of material on vegan nutrition, including information about the need for vegans to add a Vitamin B12 supplement to their diet (or to get it from enriched foods). I am having trouble finding information about the nutritional standards for vegans, particularly B12 and protein. It seems that the usual standards are based on a diet that includes meat and dairy. Could anyone direct me to actual nutritio... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:38:14 EST Treehugger on Roosters Team, I thought that you might enjoy reading this article from Treehugger. Impotent roosters. What next? Another reason to be glad you are vegan or heading that way... <link><BR>nt-roosters-wreak-havoc-industry-s-alr<BR>eady-mess.html </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:58:01 EST to clear calcium confusion I recently discovered the <BR> <BR> Ginny Messina is a vegan registered dietician and blogs about veganism. <BR> <BR> I read that article which raised some alarm- and led me to the 2nd and 3rd one. <BR> <BR> If you are patient enough to navigate through the comments, you'll see just how important it is to clear the confusion on calcium absorption in the vegan community. <BR> <BR> Bottom LIne: Yeah you already know that; EAT YOUR DARN GREENS!!! <BR> <BR> turns out, Ca in grain... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:48:48 EST Very obese couple-- from junk food to vegan You can't even tell it's the same couple at first. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>691815/From-junk-food-addicts-vegan-ma<BR>rathon-runners-Meet-couple-shed-incred<BR>ible-280LBS-combined.html </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:17:28 EST Sunday Weigh-in Spark has a Virtual Weigh-In Team with weigh-in's for Friday or Saturday - your choice. If you like, we can start one here on VF&N for Sundays - sort of a way to keep ourselves on track and accountable if you like. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:27:06 EST Calculate your healthy weight This link calculates you healthy weight and also your current BMI. <link><BR>tcalculator/index.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Ev<BR>erydayHealthHealthyAging_20140712 </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:25:19 EST TED Talk: My philosophy for a Happy Life - Wow This talk is given by Sam Berns, a young man who had the terrible disease progeria, yet his attitude and philosophy for life were awe-inspiring. It's worth a listen (about 13 minutes.) Sadly, he passed away shortly after this lecture, but he left behind this gift of wisdom. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:58:41 EST TED Talk: Doug Lisle - The Pleasure Trap I'm pretty sure I've posted this in the past, but it's such a good lecture and I thought it would be worthwhile to put it up here again. Doug Lisle is a psychologist, but focuses a lot of his work on people's relationship with food, and he advocates a vegan diet. This is about 17 minutes long, it's engaging and goes by quickly. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:34:19 EST Day 9 of the 10 Day Challenge--One Day to Go Oh, when I get tired, I hear that soy ice cream hollering my name. Like yesterday. And today. <BR> <BR> But, I'm doing this challenge, and I'm going to stick with it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday as an early reward for making it--I can't quit now because I'm rewarding myself because I'm rewarding myself for having made it--how's that for a reason to stay with it--I ordered a dozen essential oils. <BR> <BR> I've begun making skin care products--creams, treatments and moisturizers--a silver lin... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:40:33 EST happy animals thread Hello! <BR> <BR> I visited an animal sanctuary for the first time a couple weeks ago. I was so moved by seeing the animals so happy and peaceful. Because I read animal rights stuff online, I'm exposed to a lot of sad and tragic animal news. I don't watch the gory stuff and try not to focus on the stuff that breaks my heart, but I also want to keep informed. <BR> <BR> So I thought we could have a happy animals thread! Please share happy stories or images you have! <BR> <BR> Here's a music v... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:12:21 EST SCAPES! Does anyone else think that scapes are the most delightful things ever - to look at, to touch, to smell, as well as to eat? <BR> <BR> (I couldn't resist and posted a pic.) Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:52:57 EST fresh herbs I have just been given masses of fresh sage, savory, oregano, and marjoram. Any ideas? Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:23:32 EST Meditation book discussion Magnolia416's post about doing meditation for the 10-day challenge last week struck a chord in me. I'm type A++++++ and always thinking about tonight, tomorrow, this weekend--you get the picture. I'm not living in the NOW. <BR> <BR> We've got a big project in August I need to be gearing up towards more emotionally than anything else as attitude is just about everything. <BR> <BR> I'd been reading about Dan Harris, who works for ABC News, and how he had a panic attack ON THE AIR one day. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:46:26 EST 10-Day Challenge: One Day Down, Nine to Go My first day was easy because I changed up my routine. I'm getting back to my routine today so it may be a bit of a challenge but I'm sticking with it, period. I can rewire myself for a new routine or two. <BR> <BR> Anyone else wants to comment on their first day of the challenge, here's the place to do it. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:55:59 EST Some Interesting Nutrition Graphs See how our consumption of certain foods has changed over the years. As vegans, you won't agee with some of the comments, but the graphs are compelling... <link><BR>t-show-what-is-wrong-with-modern-diet/ </link> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:02:33 EST Nanotechnology An interesting article on the use of nano particles in many products we use... <link><BR>logy/nanotechnology </link> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:36:09 EST Preparing yourself for the 10-Day Challenge I'm glad to see everyone who has come on board for this. My hair stylist and I are also going to do a challenge when she gets back from vacation. I'm thinking about doing a meditation challenge with that one. <BR> <BR> The best way to avoid my soy ice cream is for me to change my post-work behavior. Thankfully the U.S./Belgium men's World Cup soccer game is tomorrow so I'll be leaving work and headed to a bar and drinking seltzer water with a squirt of lime juice. <BR> <BR> And the oth... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:35:15 EST At the intersection of Chocolate & Cocoa Avenues Another interesting vid from about chocolate, cocoa and arterial function. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ate-and-artery-function/?utm_source=rs<BR>s&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dark-cho<BR>colate-and-artery-function&utm_source=<BR><BR>0b79-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&<BR>utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-85272d0b79-21937729 </link> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:58:46 EST New Dreena Burton recipe post Dreena Burton posted recipes for Lentil-Walnut-Apple burgers and "Almonnaise" (an almond sauce) which both sound really good. They can be made without the added oil. <BR> <BR> The burger recipe: <BR> <link><BR>?recipe_id=6064158 </link> <BR> <BR> The almonnaise recipe: <BR> <link><BR>?recipe_id=6064159 </link> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:02:09 EST 10-Day Give or Take Something Up Challenge I began oil pulling as part of a 10-day challenge and have stayed with it for months. <BR> <BR> So this July 1st I'm planning on giving something up for 10 days, and yes, that means over the holiday weekend. If you want to start/stop earlier than July 1st, go for it, but the "official" challenge runs from the 1st to the 10th. <BR> <BR> Anyone who would care to join me can state the one thing they are going to stop/start doing in the name of their health. <BR> <BR> In my case, it would be ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:11:15 EST Food Prices on the Rise published an interesting article recently that you might want to read on why food prices are rising and what you might want to do to compat the cost. I think most of us already use these practices... <link><BR>/food-prices-on-the-rise-4-tips-to-sav<BR>e-eat-healthy/ </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:29:07 EST 21-Day Vegan Kick Start every month The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine puts on a new 21-day Vegan Kick Start every month from the 1st to 21st. These can be really helpful to people interested in or just beginning a vegan diet, as well as old hats who want to see what PCRM is offering. If you're interested, you can sign up using this link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ename=21day_vegan_kickstart&JServSessi<BR>onIda003=upegog3qg1.app234c </link> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:40:11 EST Nature's antibiotics A nice list. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ful-antibiotics-that-dont-require-pres<BR>cription/ </link> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:58:43 EST Flavoured Waters HASFIT posted this article on flavoured waters that you might want to check out. Me, I just like plain water. I have trouble getting in the 8 glasses a day though. <link><BR>ition-articles/is-flavored-water-bad-f<BR>or-you/ </link> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:27:13 EST sharing a good laugh :) <link><BR>noying-things-about-being-vegan </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:54:57 EST Treat Skin Cancer Lesions Topically w/Turmeric Here's an interesting video from suggesting good results with treating some accessible cancers, such as skin cancer lesions, with turmeric. I'm going to put on an orange shirt (to avoid staining) and rub some turmeric mixed with Vaseline on my forearms. Too much fun at the beach during college days in South Florida. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lication-of-turmeric-curcumin-for-canc<BR>er/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_<BR>campaign=topica... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:59:23 EST For anyone who knows a salmon lover... ...send 'em this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ons-you-should-stop-eating-salmon.html </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:34:58 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder From the CDC June 13, 2014: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic SPROUTED CHIA POWDER. If you used the powder--read the info about the recall. The link below is continually updated. <BR> WHAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to heal... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:26:15 EST Chia Seed Powders Linked to Salmonella <link><BR>/321675080/salmonella-outbreak-linked-<BR>to-chia-seed-powders-cdc-says </link> <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:12:46 EST Spiralizer Hey, veggies! I'm looking for spiralizer recommendations: specific brands/models, or advantages of one style over another. Thanks! <BR> <BR> ***cross-posted to HH, McD, and FOK*** Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:35:33 EST Advantame As if we don’t already have enough artificial sweeteners, here’s yet another one that just hit the streets. <BR> <BR> The Food and Drug Administration gave their approval of a new artificial sweetener, Advantame, which is safe for use as a general-purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods. It may be used in baked goods, beverages, snacks, frozen desserts, and syrups. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>entUpdates/ucm397740.htm </link> <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:24:35 EST Small private school will go entirely vegan This article from NPR tells about a small private school in California that plans to go entirely vegan in Fall 2015. The school, started by Director James Cameron's wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, is unaccredited and quite small, but it's a start in the right direction. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/305860073/james-cameron-backed-school<BR>-to-terminate-meat-and-dairy?ft=1&f=1007 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:43:24 EST Exercise for gut health-- acteria, that is Good article about good gut bacteria through exercise. I didn't realize how much bacteria we had in us until I read this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ving/exercise-makes-your-gut-bacteria-<BR>more-diverse?cid=social_20140610_25701<BR>096&cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Prevention-_-hea<BR>lth-healthyliving-_-exerciseandgutbacteria </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:13:14 EST Big Dairy Strikes Again Really getting sick of the things done to "food". Looks like I'll be making our vegan milk from bananas, oats or whole almonds. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>"<BR>5/nanotech-food-safety-fda-nano-material" </link> <BR> <BR> What on earth are we doing to ourselves? Me, I'm sticking to whole food plants! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:54:37 EST A Sweet Alternative to Ibuprofen Another wonderful video from If you're a regular user of anti-inflammatory products, this might just be for you: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>matory-life-is-a-bowl-of-cherries/?utm<BR>_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaig<BR>n=anti-inflammatory-life-is-a-bowl-of-<BR>cherries&<BR>&utm_campaign=68a8e8dc90-RSS_VIDEO_DAI<BR>LY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-68a8e8dc90-21937729 </link> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:27:39 EST Artichoke hearts--easy recipes, please! OK, artichokes are good for you, and your liver loves 'em. So, I'm gonna buy some. Then what? Do they microwave OK? I'm working on a stovetop or in the microwave here--any simple dishes you like would work--emphasis on the simple. People in this group know of sites I've never heard of--links to sites with recipes are great, too. I'm going to hit up One Green Planet for starters. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:22:49 EST rice paper rolls I've been gorging on these. The recipe for 'fresh summer rolls with basil, avocado, kale + spicy garlic peanut sauce' was shared by a fellow SPerson: <link><BR>/fresh-summer-rolls-with-basil-avocado<BR>.html#.U35V7l5H1FJ </link> I used various kinds of sprouts instead of rice noodles. I admit that after all that vegetable slicing and preparation, then faced with struggling with roll making, after 3 I tossed sauce and vegetables together into a delicious ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:38:06 EST Potassium Rich Foods in order by amount-USDA Chart Here's a PDF doc showing potassium rich foods in order by rank. It's pretty interesting -- have a look. Something of interest...since everyone claims bananas are so high in potassium, they don't show up on this list until the middle of the 4th page. They're still creamy and delicious, though. <BR> <BR> Oops, my original link didn't work (it was https). Try this: when you open this page, click on "potassium-sorted by nutrient content" (highlighted in green.) It will t... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 20:43:41 EST Boiled soda revelations ~or~ How to ruin your pans Check out this revealing -- and unintentionally funny video on what happens when you boil soda, cola, pop (whatever you call it!) It's kind of gross but might help if you're trying to wean yourself from drinking them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-happens-boil-cola-video_n_5447354.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 19:41:40 EST Hydration, hydration, hydration I'm a soccer crazed World Cup addict so this is nirvana time for me. I'm reading anything connected to the World Cup that I can. This article, while talking about World Cup players, has some really interesting facts that talk about what dehydration does to the body for every percent you are dehydrated--death comes if you are only 11% dehydrated. <BR> <BR> I know that I went for walks during lunch Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and couldn't go my whole route both days because I was so d... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:35:20 EST A Longer Life Within Walking Distance For any who have a hard time motivating themselves to exercise, this might give you some incentive -- a new video from Dr. Michael Gregor of "Longer Life is Within Walking Distance". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-within-walking-distance/ </link> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:17:39 EST Panera Sheds Artificial Ingredients and Coloring <BR> I like their Veggie offerings, and this news is a welcome change. Read this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>a-swears-off-artificial-ingredients/20<BR>905393/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3<BR>%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D483538 </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:33:58 EST New surgical technique causes cancer to spread This article is mindblowing. It describes a new surgical technique that's taking cancer and making it spread. Dr. Amy Reed went from stage 1 to stage 4 cancer due to her morcellation surgery and is determined that others know about it. This Prevention article is well worth your time. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cerns/morcellation-surgery-when-cuttin<BR>g-edge-kills?cid=social_20140603_25180<BR>366&cm_mmc=Twitter-_-Prevention-_-heal<BR>th-healthconcerns-_-morc... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:30:18 EST Workout of the Day I just found some excellent workouts on Pinterest. If you go on Pinterest, and do a WOD search lots of pins come up for WOD's that you might want to give a try. I liked the plank workout for building core strength. Simple, just one exercise - the plank - just up the duration every day for 30 days. Wall sits??? I would fall off the wall in seconds. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:53:00 EST Vegan Poutine Those of you who are Canadian know that poutine is delicious but it is also a heart attack on a plate. Poutine which I discovered years ago in Montreal, Quebec is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. I used to scarf it down by the plateload. This recipe was posted in honour of the Stanley Cup Playoffs... <link><BR>nleys-vegan-poutine </link> A bit better? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:04:57 EST A vending machine that sells salads! Oh, this is really cool. Two of the choices are vegan. I'd love to see these in schools. And a lot of other places, for that matter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lad-vending-machine-chicago_n_4745201.<BR>html </link> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:46:42 EST Vegan Cashew Dill Cheese Recipe This recipe looks like it would be pretty delicious, and especially nice for people who have cravings for cheese. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vegan-cashew-dill-cheese/ </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 04:31:30 EST Breathing or Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn? Here's important info from Dr. Michael Gregor of for anyone who eats (or feeds others) butter flavored microwaved popcorn. Healthier options include air popping or using a paper bag to explode those popcorn kernals in the microwave on your own. <BR> <BR> Video: <link><BR>ored-microwave-popcorn-or-breathing/ </link> <BR> <BR> Blog Entry: <link><BR>butter-flavored-microwave-popcorn/?utm<BR>_sourc... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 04:11:31 EST general diet and fitness tips Lani Muelraeth's blog today has some great tips for staying on track both with your fitness and diet and the article has links to a downloadable plant-based diet sheet. <link><BR>ruth-about-weight-loss-that-lasts-your<BR>-relationship-with-food-eating-and-you<BR>r-body-dreaming-big-and-breaking-the-n<BR>umber-one-rule-of-marketing/ </link> Sat, 31 May 2014 06:15:10 EST