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 If in Berlin -- New All Vegan Grocery Store! ThinandFitEmily posted this link on another thread and I think it deserves a wider mention. <BR> <BR> There's a new all vegan grocery open in Berlin. The owner has plans to expand widely throughout Germany and other places in Europe. I still like to buy most of my food from farmers' markets (year round here) but this place would make life easier for so many people! <BR> <BR> Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-boss-of-worlds-fi... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 04:50:03 EST Thanksgiving 2015! Hiya! Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend and for the day before the big day I want to make a nice snack to wow the omnivores. At a party recently I had polenta fries with mushroom gravy and cashew "curds." I don't think I can make cashew curds. Although I really enjoyed the food, I don't usually like mushroom gravy. I love Jamie Oliver's vegan gravy. Do you think the flavours would pair well? It will be delicious to me I know, but will it wow the omnivores? The Italian polenta with these f... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:10:22 EST long time gone... Just found this forum and have been vegan for 26 months. Recently I have fallen back into bad habits and hope to get back on track. My husband and I have been doing a lot of snacking in the weakness is a glass of white wine and chips or crackers. 100% vegan, but not healthy. Maybe having others to back me up will help. <BR> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:40:58 EST New Forum Member Hello, I'm new to this forum. I've lost fifteen pounds in the past three months after embarking on what I initially dubbed my "vegan experiment." It's now becoming a way of life. While it is a work in progress, I'm almost there. I'm looking forward to sharing recipes and stories. <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:50:30 EST vegans go glam For what it's worth: <link><BR>gan-diet-lifestyle-recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> And: <link><BR>egans-go-glam-reporters-notebook.html </link> <BR> <BR> And: <link><BR>ere-is-the-vegan-julia-child-readers-r<BR>eact.html </link> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:00:52 EST Beet Basics <BR> I love beets, and ran I across this article with many obscure facts about them. Maybe you'll learn something like I did. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eets_facts.aspx?utm_source=zergnet&utm<BR>_medium=referral&utm_campaign=food&utm<BR>_source=zergnet&utm_medium=referral&p=1 </link> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:49:17 EST 2 ingredient vegan pancakes - gluten free This recipe has 2 ingredients plus water. It looks goooood. Video is fun. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>redient-vegan-pancake-recipe/ </link> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 05:01:00 EST China and U.S. Pledge to End the Ivory Trade China and U.S. Pledge to End the Ivory Trade <BR> <BR> Read it here: <BR> <link><BR>/<BR>ml?utm_source=em_blogfwd_092515&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_campaign=ivory </link> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 05:34:15 EST 7 Steps to Changing Your Habits This is a blog post written by Rosane Oliveira from the University of California Davis, Integrative Medicine Program. 7 Steps to Changing Your Habits based on a process created by Tony Robbins. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>09/changing-habits-listening-to-tony-r<BR>obbins/ </link> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:40:52 EST Dr. Gregor's Speaking Dates/Locations for 2016 Dr. Michael Gregor of just posted his speaking engagements for 2016. Dates for the rest of 2015 are also there. If you've never been to one of his lectures -- they are great! He will be throughout the U.S and in April has two speaking engagements in Berlin, Germany. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 03:26:08 EST Super Blood Moon Eclipse on Night of September 27 It's not truly a vegan thing. Rather it is a planet earth thing. We all share this moon. <link> </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:11:12 EST Top 10 Vegan Documentaries <BR> I've only seen one of them: #6. I want to check out the rest. Which ones have you seen? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cumentaries/ </link> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:07:13 EST animal "partnership"? <link><BR>76032 </link> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:12:22 EST Sustainable Living on 1/10th of an Acre This family in Southern California created a beautiful and sustaining farm on their 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles. They are vegetarian, not vegan, so eat eggs/dairy, but still - so impressed with what they've done I thought you might like to read about it, too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow-this-family-grows-6000-lbs-of-food-<BR>on-just-110th-acre.html </link> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:32:58 EST Restaurant becoming all Vegan 'cuz of "Cowspiracy" Owners of a Mexican Restaurant located on (or near) campus at the University of Texas - Arlington decided to change their menu to 100% vegan by Feb 2016 after they watched "Cowspiracy." They already have vegan options (and the owners are vegan), but it took that documentary for them to decide to make the change. a bold move for restaurateurs in Texas. Got to applaud them. <BR> <BR> Here's Cowspiracy's announcement, and following is the article from the campus newspaper ("The Shorthorn" .... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 04:09:17 EST Vegan couple in the news The Honolulu Star-Advertiser picked up this inspiring story out of Oregon and posted it on their website -- "Vegan Lifestyle Transforms Couple's Life." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/20150920_Vegan_lifestyle_transforms_c<BR>ouples_life.html?id=328429381 </link> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:40:57 EST Sweet and Tart Baked Apples Sweet and Tart Baked Apples, or you could just call them Stuffed Apples. The perfect thing today since it's International Eat An Apple Day! <BR> <BR> This recipe looks so good, I'm thinking of making it for Thanksgiving. Um yum! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/sweet-and-tart-baked-apples/ </link> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:57:31 EST The New York Times Wants Your Recipe! <BR> The New York Times is seeking submissions of your best veg Thanksgiving recipes. I know lots of you have some great treasures. I hope you consider sending something in. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6989&catId=1 </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:27:07 EST cooking appliances Hello! <BR> <BR> Other than a Vitamix, what cooking appliances do you have and recommend? I think I'm going to put spiralizer on my holiday wish list. I'm also wondering if a quesadilla maker/sandwich press/George Foreman Grill might be fun. They might not be worth the space in my tiny kitchen because I don't eat bready meals every day. Just wondering what you vegans like for tabletop cooking appliances! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:29:38 EST Vegan Athletes in the News Meet 300-pound Vegan Football Star, David Carter. His 300 pounds is mostly muscle and his game is American football. He was just signed by the Chicago Bears: <BR> <link><BR>9/meet-the-300-pound-vegan-football-st<BR>ar-david-carter/ </link> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:48:20 EST Vegans in the news! Two of my friends in Honolulu have been in the news lately. Check out these articles. <BR> <BR> Dr. Ruth Heidrich (you may have seen her in Forks Over Knives) in an article by <BR> <link><BR>h-heidrich-is-on-a-mission-to-heal-the<BR>-world-one-run-at-a-time/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mama T Gonsalves' vegan chili wins the 2015 Chili Pepper Festival Chili Cookoff Contest in Honolulu against omnivore contestants. One of her secrets...her chili... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:33:35 EST This makes me sooooooo angry. <link><BR>p/06/usda-american-egg-board-paid-blog<BR>gers-hampton-creek </link> <BR> <BR> Totally going to treat myself to some hampton cookie dough. I'm on a search to support them. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:55:40 EST Fun Chef AJ Cooking Class Video Bet you'll really love this. Here's a super fun Chef AJ Cooking Class video -- about 1 hour long. <BR> You'll be laughing and learning throughout. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 20:23:24 EST Now and Zen Burgers Here's a great sounding veg burger recipe by Chef Miyoko Schinner. Yum - enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/now-and-zen-burger/ </link> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 03:32:16 EST Just Joined Is anyone else here vegan only for health reasons and doing the Eat to Live program? Looking for support while making this program a permanent part of my life. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:17:29 EST Question About Vegan Sweet&Sour Sauce Good Afternoon Everybody: <BR> I'm interested if you all have any special recipes for making a sweet and sour sauce. I want to make some to serve with my brown rice, tofu, and mixed vegetables. How do you all make your sauce? I typically use juice from a pineapple, vinegar, water, and corn starch to thicken. I just want to try for something different. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:38:15 EST September Fitness minutes Hi! Another month is about to start so here's a fresh thread to tally our collective fitness minutes! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:23:31 EST Hello, my name is Christina. I have been a semi-vegetarian for about two years and began taking an interest in veganism earlier this year. Currently, I am reading the books Eat to Live and Skinny B*tch, which are completely changing the way I view food and the food industry. These two books were my tipping point. As of yesterday, I swore to myself to live a vegan lifestyle. Never again do I want to go back to eating meat, dairy, or eggs. They are simply not worth it. I am not too worried about the transition—before, I wa... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:08:24 EST Zucchini Tater Tots <BR> I just saw this recipe that looks awesome. It's also quite simple. I am definitely going to try it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4-ingredient-zucchini-tater-tots.html </link> <BR> <BR> Zucchini Tater Tots <BR> Prep time: 45 mins <BR> Cook time: 30 mins <BR> Total time: 1 hour 15 mins <BR> <BR> Recipe type: Side, Gluten Free, Vegan <BR> Serves: 40 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled <BR> • 2 zucchinis, about 2-3 cups shredde... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:49:20 EST August fitness minutes hi! I've been slacking with my online life! August is well underway. If you logged your exercise you can tally up what you've done so far this month....collective fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> 279 cycling <BR> + <BR> 147 jog-walking <BR> + <BR> 35 swimming <BR> + <BR> 120 yoga <BR> + <BR> 301 brisk walking <BR> = <BR> 882 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:25:58 EST homemade tofu! I made tofu today for the first time!! Some time ago in some thread on this team, Bilby shared a link: <link><BR>html </link> I used this combined with this one: <link><BR>part-2-tofu </link> While in SF, I got some liquid nigari. Both recipes in the links use powdered nigari. Not knowing how much of the liquid to use I added a little at a time until coagulation began then I ended up adding quite a bit more. It was ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:01:06 EST The Latest Annual Review (video)nutri Here it is, Dr. Gregor's latest annual review (1 1/4 hours). If you're not familiar with Dr. Gregor, these are among the greatest (my opinion) nutrition videos ever. Every year he does a new review -- spend a little time to learn a lot! He's fun to listen to, too. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>icine/ </link> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:05:44 EST bamboozled by Almond Breeze Only 2% almonds in their 'almond' milk: <link><BR>/07/your-almond-milk-has-no-almonds </link> <BR> <BR> P.S. I take exception to the last sentence. Deceptive yes. Water wasting no. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:45:44 EST Reintroducing Myself Hi everyone, <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for a while but I haven't really been taking advantage of this great site but just got back about 2 weeks ago. However, I haven't been as active as I would like because I had a very stressful few weeks. So I'm reintroducing myself again. <BR> <BR> My name is Tam and I've been trying to be a full vegan since 2009. I've been a part-time vegan for much of that time, mainly because I have binge eating issues and when I binge, I go for a lot of dairy-bas... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:34:48 EST Hi everyone!! I'm very excited to be part of this group. :) I've been vegan for well over a year now, and am absolutely loving it. In the process of becoming vegan, I actually discovered that I'm lactose intolerant, which likely explained all the headaches and nausea I was having before. Oops. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm looking to lose around 140 pounds through diet and exercise - which would put me at 125 lbs, which is generally healthy for my height (5 foot 7.) This isn't the first time I've tried to lose w... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:53:57 EST 110 day pursuit of an illegal fishing vessel "For 110 days and more than 10,000 nautical miles across two seas and three oceans, the Bob Barker and a companion ship, both operated by the environmental organization Sea Shepherd, had trailed the Thunder, a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher. <BR> In an epic game of cat-and-mouse, the ships maneuvered through an obstacle course of giant ice floes, endured a cyclone-like storm, faced clashes between opposing crews and nearly collided in what became the longe... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:13:00 EST cilantrophobic? "... Some people may be genetically predisposed to dislike cilantro, according to often-cited studies by Charles J. Wysocki of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. But cilantrophobe genetics remain little known and aren’t under systematic investigation. Meanwhile, history, chemistry and neurology have been adding some valuable pieces to the puzzle..." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>curious.html </link> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:21:00 EST the 300 pound vegan I am so taken with David Carter. He is a defensive lineman. He can bench 470 and squat 660. He played football for UCLA and in the NFL has has played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys, the Oakland Raiders, and most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has a website that looks pretty new; there isn't much on it: <link> </link> I learned of him listening to a Rich Roll interview with him. I found the interview fascinating. <BR> <BR> RR begins the inter... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:30:59 EST Chef AJ's Indiegogo Campaign Chef AJ has an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for the next 6 episodes of her Healthy Living Show on Foody TV. She paid for the first 6 episodes out of her savings. There are 7 days left for her to reach her goal. She's giving some nice perks, too. I gave a donation and am looking forward to getting some special recipes. <BR> <BR> Chef AJ's recipes are amazing. I learned a dessert recipe in a live class with her and already made it three times for large gatherings (each a different ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:35:54 EST Your Best Advice for New Vegans Hi! Let's have a reference thread to share our very best ideas for people who are transitioning to become vegans and would like some good ideas! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:27:06 EST Green Bronx Machine Stephen Ritz is amazing. I am in awe. <link><BR>ens-features-green-bronx-machine/ </link> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:00:00 EST A tip when using an iPad Don't start writing a post on Safari and temporarily close the browser. It seems that sometimes your draft disappears when you reopen Safari. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 03:35:22 EST Social media Hi <BR> <BR> What social media platforms other than Sparkpeople do you use and what for? <BR> <BR> I'm using Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. FB to connect with people I know, Pinterest to save ideas and organise by theme. Instagram and Twitter to connect with other vegans etc. <BR> <BR> Lysi77 Sun, 19 Jul 2015 03:33:08 EST July fitness minutes Hello! A new month is here! Add your exercise minutes to the previous poster! <BR> <BR> <BR> 60 yoga <BR> + <BR> 30 biking <BR> + <BR> 24 running <BR> + <BR> 10 physio and weights <BR> = <BR> 124 Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:06:32 EST I'm back!:) I've been gone a long time (three years or so), but I'm back. Falling off the vegan wagon always means falling off the healthy train. I'm not here just for weight loss, but I'm definitely hoping to lose some weight. I am here to stave off illness and ensure longevity. <BR> <BR> For summer I'm eating a low fat raw diet of fruits and vegetables. In the fall I'll slowly bring back some cooked foods, but maintain high raw. Well, that's my plan anyway. :) <BR> <BR> I see some familiar "face... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:17:39 EST Hello Hi, I just joined spark people the other day. Currently trying to be more mindful of what I eat and cut way back on sugar. I have been vegetarian for years and just recently went fully vegan at home. I still do eat cheese sometimes when I go out, but not often. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:00:02 EST all-vegan culinary & sightseeing tour. For some people, travelling in a vegan group might be a great way to make new friends. For people new to this way of eating, the support - as well as being away from the 'old' environment - might be just the thing to help you consolidate. And, have a vacation :-) <BR> Otis Beanery has just announced an all-vegan culinary and sightseeing tour for the Pacific Northwest of the USA in fall 2015: <BR> "Otis Beanery is proud to offer you a fantastic opportunity to sample the sights and savour the f... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:18:50 EST Whole Grain Mustard I just learned today about whole grain mustard. I'd never heard of it before. Don't know if you all know about it. I'll be looking for it and giving it a try. If you have tried it before, let me know your thoughts, its taste, how you like to use it, etc. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:20:56 EST arctic animules, mostly: photo essay <link><BR>y-arctic?utm_source=crm&utm_content=bu<BR>tton&curation=ebrief </link> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:02:53 EST Gorgeous Vegan Food & Lifestyle Site This is such a beautifully presented site and the recipes look delicious -- created by <BR> Jenne&#769; Claiborne. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 03:05:32 EST Amy’s Kitchen to Launch Vegetarian Restaurant <BR> If you hadn't heard, Amy's Kitchen is opening a restaurant in Cali featuring many of it's popular food items. This sounds very exciting. <BR> <BR> Amy’s Kitchen to Launch Vegetarian Drive-Thru Restaurant <BR> <link><BR>6710&catId=1 </link> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:30:15 EST standing desks It's taken me so long to get around to doing this, putting a milk crate upside down on my drawing table and putting a few yoga blocks on another high-ish surface. What delight, liberation, and energy I have as a result. Unbelievable. As a child I always drew standing up. I also played woodwinds standing up. I can raise the height of my drawing table up 10" more so I won't need the crate. It shouldn't have been a surprise. Does anyone else use a standing desk? Huffington Post has a slideshow... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST June Fitness Minutes Hello! A new month is here! Add your exercise minutes to the previous poster! <BR> We got more than 10,000 collective fitness minutes in May....what can we get for June? Sun, 31 May 2015 19:42:45 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:45 EST Yogivore - easy 21-day yoga challege Hi! Did you read about the Happy Herbivore Yogivore Challenge? <BR> <BR> I'm doing it, I'd love a thread to keep me motivated! It's free and it's going to be easy poses because she's drawing in people who haven't done yoga yet too. The challenge for me will be to actually do it every day! <BR> <BR> It starts Monday, June you have a few days to think about it and figure out a space to do it. My apartment is pretty small but I can do some simple yoga. <BR> <BR> <link>happyherbivor... Fri, 29 May 2015 08:58:09 EST Log in, bonus and team points Here you can post your log in points on the wheel, your bonus points on the wheel then your team points which helps highlight your team and also adds points to your total points for the day. Tue, 26 May 2015 11:01:19 EST Superb lectures offered by Chef AJ I found this wonderful site hosted by Chef AJ offering a host of magnificent lectures with all sorts of interesting and knowledgeable people. Check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eleclasses.html </link> Tue, 26 May 2015 05:39:18 EST 3 Mindset Secrets in Getting to a Plant Based Diet Rosane Oliveira is a veterinarian, a researcher, and a professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. She writes a blog on living plant based. Check out her inspiring work at: <BR> <link><BR>05/get-to-plant-based-with-these-3-min<BR>dset-secrets/ </link> Sat, 23 May 2015 00:24:54 EST Free Lectures - Live Vegan Vibrantly Beginning May 27th there will be a series of free on-line lectures to those who sign up here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There are 23 different speakers, including Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Dr. Neil Barnard, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, and Chef AJ. The description (after signing up) says they will send two links per day, so it sounds like that means 2 lectures a day -- which means it would run for almost 2 weeks. I don't know anymore th... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:19:56 EST vegan soccer players I've been getting excited for the Women's World Cup starting this June in Canada. <BR> <BR> Amy Walsh, a former member and captain of the Canadian women’s national soccer team (1998-2009), and is a former professional soccer player and Olympian, has been a vegan and is a yoga practitioner and teacher. I understand she teaches yoga to soccer players, men and women. <BR> <BR> Kara Lang is an Olympian and former member of the Canadian women's world cup soccer team. "She competed at the Beij... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:43:41 EST lovage At last night's supper I was served the most delicious grated carrots I have ever eaten. I thought I tasted lime juice, parsley, and cardamom. The cook told me, no. I was eating fresh mint, parsley, and lovage. The lovage was growing right outside. Whilst writing this note I'm gnawing on some fresh lovage. This plant is utterly new to me. Do you use lovage in your cooking? Sat, 16 May 2015 11:41:53 EST 25 Supplements That May Not Be Vegan Nice to see the Vegan True line by Source Naturals. I've always trusted that brand. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-animal-ingredients-in-supplements-tha<BR>t-arent-vegan/?utm_source=bronto&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_term=Read+More+%3E&utm<BR>_content=Source+Naturals+Top+Sellers+S<BR>ale&utm_campaign=Source+Naturals+-+May+2015 </link> Wed, 6 May 2015 11:05:15 EST How to Make Your Own Fruit & Veggie Wash Here's something a little unexpected. I plan on trying it soon! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-your-own-fruit-and-vegetable-wash/ </link> Wed, 6 May 2015 03:45:45 EST May Fitness Minutes Hello! A new month is here! What exercise have you been doing? Let's try to collectively get more than 6000 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> 45 bike <BR> + <BR> 63 walk <BR> + <BR> 50 jog-walk <BR> + <BR> 48 walk <BR> + <BR> 10 weights <BR> + <BR> 90 walk <BR> = <BR> 306 <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 09:52:13 EST TRIVIA CHALLENGE In the list of points you find trivia. You learn so many things there. In the new challenge we will copy the first two lines which is the daily and monthly. As we go we will learn as the questions repeat themselves. Please join me. Mon, 4 May 2015 04:57:06 EST Hi There:) I just joined spark mid april, to track my calories and activity level as I am trying to shred about 50 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have been vegan since Sept 2014! Although a bit of a junk-food vegan ;-P <BR> Working on changing those habits and trying to cut down on the amount of processed foods in my diet <BR> (I type as my daiiya cheeze lovers pizza in the over HAHA) <BR> <BR> I am 25 and from Pennsylvania, live with my two loves : fiance and a little 7 pound fluff ball named Tori we rescued... Sat, 2 May 2015 20:51:35 EST PlantPure Nation I attended a screening of this excellent movie today! It's not the final cut, but it looks great. It wasn't as inspiring as Forks Over Knives, for me, but maybe the final edit will have more. Actually, Nelson said the final edit will have 2 powerful parts added to to. T. Colin Campbell was there too for a q&a! <BR> <BR> Watch for prescreenings like this in your city, and for it to hit theatres in July! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:46:35 EST zero waste gal How cool is she? <link><BR>aste-lifestyle-shreeves/index.html </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:02:45 EST produce water footprint guide <link><BR>roduce-wont-make-drought-worse/ </link> <BR> <BR> And more graphics and information including animal derived products: <link><BR>-water-hungry-foods-20150406-story.html </link> <BR> and <BR> <link><BR>print/ </link> (refresh to get different random plates) <BR> And to see in details beyond my understanding exactly how much water animal agriculture uses from UNESCO I... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:52:16 EST Hi, I'm new to this group but I've been a vegan since July 1991. <BR> <BR> This is unrelated to this group but does anybody know where to set the weight loss ticker at the bottom to pounds? Mine is in kg and my bathroom scale is in pounds! <BR> <BR> It says I've lost 3kg but I've lost 3 pounds, not kg! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:26:21 EST Ultimate Summit for Plant-Based Enthusiasts From Thursday Apr 23rd to Sunday Apr 26th there will be a "Nurture Your Health Forum: Ultimate Summit for Plant-Based Enthusiasts" on-line. It's free if you sign up and videos will be available for 7 days after each lecture. The first day starts off with Chef AJ, then Juliana Hever, and Chef Ramses Bravo. <BR> <BR> This is very different from the "Food Revolution Summit" (Mon Apr 27th to Fri May 1st) which definitely has some great speakers but is a mix of many different food philosophie... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:27:37 EST Artisinal Vegan Cheeses I came across this interesting bit in NPR's The Salt, about Artisinal Vegan Cheeses made from nut milks cultured with lactobacillus acidophilus. They sound like something I'd actually want to eat, unlike the oily-plasticky vegan cheezez I've seen on the market. <BR> <BR> It would be fun trying to make this kind of cheese at home, too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/397860392/hold-the-mammal-daring-to-m<BR>ake-dairy-free-cheese-from-nuts?utm_so<BR>urce=facebook... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:21:27 EST Forks Over Knives giveaway To celebrate the launch of the Forks Over Knives Android App, is giving away lots of free goodies, including a Samsung Galaxy S6 or a Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE. Samsung is not affiliated with the giveaway. <BR> <BR> If interested, you can sign up here: <link><BR>n-a-samsung-galaxy-s6-packed-with-fork<BR>s-over-knives-goodies/?lucky=53243 </link> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:24:58 EST Changing the World from the Bottom Up Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his son, Nelson Campbell, have started a grass-roots campaign to get the word out about the power of eating plants. The campaign is called PlantPure Nation. They have a new documentary and started a Kickstarter Campaign to support it (I became a minor contributor! If you want, you can, too.) <BR> <BR> "The Latest Vegan Plant-Based News" published an article about the campaign yesterday. It has links to their website and also to the Kickstarter Campain site: <B... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 20:02:39 EST The Feds Agree--Vegan is Best for the Planet When did you ever expect to see a headline like this???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>diet-best-for-planet-federal-report-says </link> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:35:54 EST Watch "Cowspiracy" on-line Earthday for $1 On Earthday, April 22nd, the makers of the excellent documentary "Cowspiracy" will be offering it for viewing on-line for just $1.00 (U.S.) I've seen this film twice and was glad to watch it the second time around. -- Eye-opening even for people who feel like they're pretty well informed. <BR> <BR> The announcement page is here: <BR> <link><BR>4052-watch-cowspiracy-on-earth-day </link> <BR> <BR> Use this link to go to viewing site on the day: <l... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 03:41:21 EST food revolution summit 2015 Last year's had several speakers interesting to me. This team had a thread about it with a link that will work for this year's as well: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x486x57480722 </link> Myself, I'm most interested in Raj Patel and Will Allen. There's all kinds of stuff to choose from. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:28:42 EST movement & fitness: information & videos There are various vids and writings I've gathered from the ether which have motivated me, informed me, made me laugh, moved me ... What has been relevant to me has not necessarily been vegan specific. <BR> <BR> Here is Carson Dean's Uptown Funk Treadmill Dance: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have anything which you would like to share? Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:11:40 EST April fitness minutes Hi! We rocked March! How many collective fitness minutes can we rack up for April? <BR> <BR> Post here with the activity you did and how many minutes you did it for. Add your minutes to the total posted by the previous team member! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:12:08 EST capturing vitamin D with mushrooms "We evolved living in more sunlight than today. We make our own vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin cells. Many people living in the northern hemisphere, however, suffer from lower levels of vitamin D during the fall, winter and spring. Fortunately, you can make your own supply of vitamin D-enriched mushrooms by simply exposing them to sunlight. You can sun-dry or UV-zap store-bought or homegrown shiitake, maitake, button, and many other mushroom species. My personal preference is home grow... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:42:08 EST Earth Hour Did you honour Earth Hour yesterday? If yes, how? <BR> <BR> I went to candlelit yoga, like I have every Earth Hour so far. Namaste! <BR> <BR> (I know, the WWF isn't exactly a vegan-supportive organization but I love the idea of Earth Hour and there are worse organizations to support...I gave the minimum $10 donation) Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:55:16 EST Recipe Box Do you have a tried and true recipe to share? Or a link that looks promising even if you haven't tried it yet? <BR> <BR> This isn't new, but I'm liking it because I'd like to change up my salad a bit and different dressings will add some zip: <BR> <link><BR>egan-salad-dressing-recipes.html </link> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:01:33 EST Snack Time Hi! Whatcha got for your snack today? <BR> <BR> A few raw pistachios here for me. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:47:41 EST Dinner Party What's for dinner at your house? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:47:04 EST Lunch Break Hi! What did you have for lunch today? <BR> <BR> I had quinoa with shredded carrots, edamame, tempeh, slivered almonds, shredded cabbage, bok choy and lime dressing. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:46:32 EST The Breakfast Club Hi ho! What did you have for breakkie today? <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:45:18 EST Peanut Butter Oat Rollups Made these over the weekend - substituted honey with maple syrup and chocolate chips with cocoa nibs (since i had no choc chips in the house). Yummy energy balls <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nut-butter-oatmeal-energy-bites.html </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:16:33 EST 60 Great Vegan Recipes from The Vegan Experience WillBoyWonder originally posted this in the Weekend Coffee Break thread. It looked so good I thought I'd post it here for those who don't do coffee. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cipes-mains-soups-salads-breakfasts-sa<BR>ndwiches-appetizers.html </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:10:22 EST Free Vegan Meal Plan Heather Nicholds is a vegan nutritionist. Right now she's offering a free three-day vegan meal plan -- a sample of her work. She also offers free on-line cooking demos and recipes. To sign up for the meal plan, here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:57:20 EST Famed Bollywood Actor Goes Vegan Famed Bollywood Actor Goes Vegan <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aspx?eid=31821&articlexml=Aamir-goes-t<BR>he-vegan-way-11032015026010 </link> <BR> <BR> He made the change after watching a video. You can watch that same video here: <BR> <link><BR>he-leading-causes-of-death/ </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:53:27 EST Yogic Meditation & the Boosting of Your Telomeres Telomeres cap off and protect our DNA strand ends like aglets for shoelaces. The longer the telomeres, the better the protection from cancers and other ills caused by the break down of DNA. Check out this video explaining study results showing things that break down and those that build up telomeres (you already know one of these, from the title of this post.) <BR> <link><BR>tion-affect-cellular-aging/ </link> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:18:52 EST Healthy Habits Reset Challenge Hiya! I just noticed this challenge. Who wants to join? Add your email and I guess you'll get a daily reminder about the challenge. <BR> <BR> Day 1: Welcome <BR> <BR> The entry talks about having an ongoing health goal and says we need to break it down into small steps. I have to many goals, I don't know yet which one I'll focus on! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=30_days_to_a_more_balanced_you </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:28:51 EST Improving the Vegeterranean Diet Here's a great new vid from The Mediterranean Diet is good. A Vegan Mediterranean Diet even better. What? - you say you can improve on it still? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-the-mediterranean-diet/?utm_source=r<BR>ss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=improvi<BR>ng-on-the-mediterranean-diet&utm_sourc<BR><BR>5911b1-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-2f965911b1-21937729 </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:50:00 EST It might be time to start planning your garden It's March! Still bitter cold and blustery in much of the world (Spring will be stretching, yawning, clambering out of its nest soon), heading towards Autumn Down Under, and in my part of the world still temperate - becoming less rainy. Doesn't it seem a good time to dream about and start planning a garden?! <BR> <BR> This article Organic Gardener Phil Nauta ( wrote last year caught my imagination. I almost didn't post it because at the bottom he added in a transcribed... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:19:47 EST Fitness evaluation I've always suspected it, but now it's official: my core strength sucks! <BR> <BR> Did a fitness assessment recently and my stats were good to excellent everywhere but the sit up 'test'. I was almost of the chart bad on that one. I kind of suspected it seeing how I can't even do a proper sit up (trainer had to hold my feet down, haha). But now I know for sure. Trying to look for the silver lining, at least now I know what to focus on and push myself for improvement. <BR> <BR> As I don't nec... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:39:39 EST Do plants feel pain? In this video, Gary Yourofsky tackles this myth we've all be confronted with, by someone who eats animals: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r8oxrAg& </link> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:40:36 EST March fitness minutes Hi! We did a great job with this for February, let's do it again! <BR> <BR> Post here with the activity you did and how many minutes you did it for. Add your minutes to the total posted by the previous member! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:25:15 EST where everyone's a tightrope walker Not a vegan story in and of itself but the story and the photos delight this vegan: <link><BR>sian-village-everyones-tightrope-walker </link> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:00:48 EST Happy Herbivore March Steps Challenge Hey Vegans! <BR> <BR> Happy Herbivore has a steps challenge for the month of March. Sign up if you like and on March 1 she'll instruct us on how to log the steps I guess. <BR> <BR> She writes passionately about the value of being active, but ends with: "Remember: you can't out-walk a bad diet ;) What goes IN THE MOUTH is far more important." (how true! wish I could just go to zumba every day and eat whatever I want, haha) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eps-chal... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:57:20 EST bosco verticale <link> </link> and <link> </link> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:42:26 EST gym bag efficiency? Hi! Do you have any cool tips to share? <BR> <BR> I'm often in a rush to get to work after the gym and every minute counts in the mornings! <BR> <BR> I have a zippered pouch for toiletries, a zippered pouch for lock-Garmin-HRM, a drawstring bag for clean clothes and another drawstring bag for sweaty clothes. I also have to carry my lunch for later, and tea travel mug. And all the winter clothes for now. It's a little nutty in a crowded locker room before work! So many people trying to claim... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:44 EST do you write in your cookbooks? Now that I've finally started cooking more different things....I'm wondering if you annotate your cookbooks? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:32:32 EST the beet Reading this article <link><BR>its-beets/ </link> about the many ways in which beets are healthy for us, this caught my eye, "Anything we can eat that bleeds as red and readily as the beet deserves our immediate respect. In fact, this vegetable often leaves a veritable crime scene behind it, converting a spotless kitchen counter into a nutrient-dense blood bath in a matter of minutes." I always knew that beets were great. Aside from their nutritional acc... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:58:54 EST running/walking history graph? Hello! <BR> <BR> Wondering if there's something like this on SparkPeople or some other fitness site...though I don't really want to join many more sites! <BR> <BR> I'd like to have a graph showing how fast I walk-jog 5K over time....a nice visual to show my progress. I'm doing Cardiac Rehab now (had heart surgery ages ago) and I'm not running but power walking for now. I'd love to have a dot on a chart once a week for my best time that week and see it change over time. <BR> <BR> I can m... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:39:07 EST Finding the best B12 Supplement This article is by Ginny Messina, author of "Vegan For Her", and co-author of "Never Too Late To Go Vegan", and "Vegan For Life". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-best-vegan-vitamin-b12-supplement.html </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:03:52 EST just keep running Lovely short film about Ruby Muir trail-runner: <link> </link> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:37:14 EST Innovations in Food Science? Here's something that just came out on One Green Planet -- a new innovation in food science. As I began to read I thought, why not just eat plants? If you, too, are cringing, read down to the end. Regular tofu for me, please. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ealworm-insect-tofu-cornell/?utm_sourc<BR>e=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campa<BR>ign=fbd486fe7c-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAI<BR>GN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62dd<BR>f34-fbd486fe7c-105926217 </link> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:04:38 EST farmers use fresh food to fight racial injustice <link><BR>dical-farmers-use-fresh-food-to-fight-<BR>racial-injustice-and-the-new-jim-crow </link> Here are a couple of excerpts from the article: <BR> <BR> "...The Black Lives Matter movement has brought to national attention the fact that people of color are disproportionately targeted by police stops, arrests, and police violence. And once they’re in the system, they tend to receive subpar legal representation and longer sentences, and are less likely ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:32:09 EST What is Zoni, you ask? Zoni is a traditional Japanese soup that includes mochi and several other ingredients. It is a traditional dish eaten on New Year’s Day in each household in order to pray for the safety of the family for the entire year. Along with such traditional dishes such as osechi ryori (special dishes for New Year) and otoso (New Year’s sake), zoni is an essential on New Year’s Day. <BR> <BR> Read More: <BR> <link><BR>ail_16 </link> <BR> <BR> https://sg.sushian... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:46:18 EST VFN FitBit Activity Group Hiya! <BR> <BR> I just started a FitBit group for this team. If you have a FitBit, please join! <BR> <BR> It's pretty snowy and cold this winter here and I missed my daily target a few times in January so I'm hoping for motivation from a friendly competition. <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't work by clicking, try copy &'s not working by clicking for me? <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:11:39 EST Upcoming Races and Fitness Events Would you like to share you upcoming fitness events? Copy and paste the list into a reply post, and add your event, in chronologiocal order: <BR> <BR> May 5, 2015 - Colour Me Rad 5K, Toronto - MAGNOLIA416 <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:22:06 EST Team Goal Hi everyone, This may sound crazy to a diehard vegan, but.. how do you get 8.5 veggies and 3 fruits daily? Can you give me some examples on how you do this? I would like to join this team even if only to learn. Any help would be appreciated. Plus I have a 17 year old boy in the house who, of course, is not a very big veggie eater. I can get at least one a day down him but that <BR> is about it, if even that. Thanks <em>58</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:49:20 EST Baked Falafel If you like falafel like I do, try this baked version. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1383953&utm_content=buffe<BR>r35479&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pl<BR> </link> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:03:17 EST February Fitness Minutes Hi! Want to keep a tally of collective fitness minutes each month? <BR> <BR> Post here with the activity you did and how many minutes you did it for. Add your minutes to the total posted by the previous member! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:26:51 EST Hello! Hello, everyone! My name is Sharon, and I'm not new to Spark, but I've been away since the holidays and I need to get my spark back! <BR> I went vegetarian in November, and I'm working on going vegan. Really having a hard time giving up the cheese! <em>198</em> <BR> I'm looking forward to making some new vegan friends and learning a lot here. Have a great day everybody! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:10:50 EST 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