SparkPeople Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53155 This team is a place to talk about a plant strong diet and the politics of food brought up in the movie "Forks Over Knives" and susequent articles and films. SparkPeople Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53155 Just for Fun: Millennium Restaurant Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58921627 Once in a while, we all need an extravagant meal. Not all cities have vegan fine dining restaurants. Those of you in CA are lucky to have several, and this is one of the finest. Enjoy the tempting menu, and come away inspired to create your own gourmet fine dining experience if you live too far away to bother calling for a reservation <link>www.millenniumrestaurant.com/menus/e<BR>ntrees.html </link> There are tabs above this menu for other courses. <BR> <BR> This restaurant has published ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:11:10 EST Almond and Peanut Butter Recalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58920745 Quite a number of almond and peanut butters have been recalled because of possible contamination with Salmonella. These include MaraNatha, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and some other brands. Here is the full list <link>www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410533<BR>.htm </link> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:32:45 EST Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920486 Looking for something light and cool for the end of summer - or maybe a dish to take to a Labor Day gathering? Zsu Dever's book, "Everyday Vegan Eats" has a lovely recipe for just such times- Chilled Sesame Soba Noodles. You'll find it at the end of this post, which has some mouthwatering photos of other dishes in the book to tempt you before you get to the recipe <link>vedgedout.com/2014/08/22/chilled-ses<BR>ame-soba-noodles-from-zsu-devers-every<BR>-day-vegan-eats-plus-review-and-giveaway... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:04:23 EST Tomatoes: Why Are They Classified As Vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920323 Botanically speaking, tomatoes, avocadoes, and a lot of other foods used in the kitchen as vegetables are fruits because they contain seeds. The story behind the tomato's classification for selling purposes is something that was decided by the Supreme Court in 1893 when it declared the tomato to be a vegetable. <BR> <BR> Walter C. Willett highlights this interesting story in his book "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy." A fruit importer sued New York's collector of custom taxes because he had to p... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:53:49 EST Miso: How Much Sodium Does Yours Contain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58920065 When my weight loss stalled and my blood pressure remained high, I started looking at the sodium content of the ingredients I use in my cooking. The Japanese brand of white miso that I have used for years is 900 mg/Tbsp or 300 mgm/tsp. That’s really high, so I started looking at other brands of miso. <BR> <BR> Sodium content varies according to the type of miso, but the lowest I have found so far is the delicious South River Sweet White Miso which contains 115 mg/tsp. Since few recipes call... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:28:47 EST Another doctor says yes to carbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58899391 Here's what Dr. Garth Davis says: (I'm posting this around a few sp teams - he says it so well!) <BR> <BR> "What will it take to make people understand that carbs do not make people fat. Patients come in to see me for weight related issues. When asked what they think the central problem is, the answer is always carbs. Yet, every diet log I look at is loaded with animal protein and fat. Just about everybody is eating eggs and sausage for breakfast. I can't tell you how often Jimmy dean sausag... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:11:03 EST New Esselstyn Cookbook Release Date Is September 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58893690 From VegSource: <BR> <BR> The Recipe Book You Have Been Waiting For! <BR> <BR> I recently received an advanced copy of Ann and Jane Esselstyn's new cookbook and have only two things to say -- WOW! and YUM! {The cookbook is titled “The How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook.”} <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that Ann and Jane put this book together to make living the Esselstyn plant-strong way that much more easy and delicious. <BR> <BR> Whether you follow Dr. Esselstyn's program or... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:15:43 EST Looking for traditional breakfast ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58819606 Hello all, have been away for awhile but am back and posting and tracking etc. again. Only tracking to get myself going, I am noticing that I am only picking up 1 or 2 proteins with my normal breakfast (kashi cereal, blueberries, almond milk) and while I don't think I need a lot more, I do think I need more. I could make a tofu scramble or something along those lines, but I'm looking for something quick during the week. Once the weather gets cooler, I'll switch to steel cut oats for breakf... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:54:13 EST Portobello Fajitas w/Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58800249 This recipe is from one of my new cookbooks, Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu Dever. This book is now one of my favorite "go to" cookbooks. It's full of wonderful recipes and tips. Zsu Dever is a chef, so you can trust the recipes. Here's a link to the yummy recipe for Portobello Fajitas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce <link>www.chicvegan.com/recipe-portobello-<BR>fajitas-with-roasted-poblano-cream-sauce/ </link> Hint: If you don't have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, soak the ca... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:05:54 EST Vegan Baking 101 - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58782376 Though it's still summer and cool treats are on every menu, the baking season never ends for some and is around the seasonal corner for others. Here is Rhea Parsons' advice for avoiding baking's most common pitfalls (or hockey pucks) <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/ho<BR>w-to-avoid-common-baking-mistakes/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:32:15 EST It's National Zucchini Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58782232 Did you know there was a National Zucchini Day? Neither did I before I read this article <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/<BR>zucchini-filled-dishes/ </link> I want to make all of these recipes, especially the savory Flourless Tofu Zucchini Muffins. I had to look up curcuma - it's turmeric. Whew! I have everything I need to make a batch this weekend. It's going to be like a tofu scramble in the form of a muffin, which means the possibilities are endless! <BR> Recipe notes: <BR> *... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:13:47 EST NYT: Advice from a Vegan Cardiologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58781159 Here's a New York Times commentary by Dr Kim A Williams, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology about becoming vegan and the reactions of his colleagues <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/ad<BR>vice-from-a-vegan-cardiologist/ </link> (I think you can read 10 articles/month for free on the NYT site.) Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:49:35 EST Tips on Cooking with Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58780583 Here's another article with some good tips for working with tofu <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/co<BR>mmon-tofu-cooking-mistakes/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:47:28 EST Mourning the loss of my favourite foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58779477 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I love to cook. I am "the" cook for all my extended family events, holidays, parties, whatevers. There are so very many events I am usually cooking some large meal every other week or so. I inherited all the family recipes and mastered them over the years. People look forward to my meals and especially my desserts. <BR> <BR> All this ended when I saw forks over knives. I did a complete 180 on nutrition and started the whole food plant based diet for myself and my hu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:22:24 EST Whole-food, plant-based diet while traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x58712224 I have had wonderful success with my whole-food, plant-based diet, which I began 2 months ago. I was a bit worried that it would be too challenging to maintain this healthy eating lifestyle while traveling, but I have overcome that challenge. Here is how I am doing it: <BR> <link>plibby.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/eati<BR>ng-a-whole-foods-plant-based-diet-whil<BR>e-traveling/ </link> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:23:24 EST Hi My New Team Mates; http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58672543 <BR> <BR> I've just joined this little family team so to speak, I think of my team mates as family & friends along the path on this journey through life. We all have value, we all have knowledge to share, experiences others can learn from, love to share, positive energy to share. I believe All You need is love. If you love yourself first then you can have enough love to give away to others in your life that might need a helping hand up into the light. <BR> <BR> I hope to figure out how to... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:56:16 EST Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58642586 I'm cross posting this to most of the /vegetarian teams. Please send this around the internet - blog about it - you know - let's get the word out! <BR> <BR> I may be naive, but I think the medical profession is actually figuring out that meat is not good for humans to eat! Now if they could also figure out about eliminating oil . . . But I bet that's coming soon. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the newsletter: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>healthletter.mayoclinic.com/editoria<BR>l/editorial.cfm/... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:15:36 EST Maybe TMI but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58578416 I love beans, all kinds of beans!!! <BR> BUT!!!! <BR> Beans give me the worst gas ever <em>2</em> <em>40</em> <em>15</em> <BR> And they make me feel horribly bloated!! <BR> I use canned beans & pressure cook dry beans. <BR> It doesn't matter what kind or how they are cooked. <BR> Does anyone know what will help with this??? <BR> I live in a musical world of my own making <em>36</em> <BR> It's usually the DH that's the gassy one, but not at my house!! <BR> Any advice?? <BR> Tha... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:15:20 EST Interesting Facts About Chia Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58465490 <link>www.dummies.com/how-to/content/10-fa<BR>cts-you-didnt-know-about-chia.html </link> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:26:20 EST New Recipes from Chef AJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58445119 Chef AJ is featured in the current McDougall newsletter <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2014nl/jun/<BR>140600.pdf </link> I plan to make the pumpkin raisin muffins and the red lentil chili later today. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:06:09 EST Vegan Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58429072 Are you tired of frozen bananas standing in for ice cream or watery tasting vegan ice cream from the frozen foods section of the grocery? You can make your own vegan ice cream using canned coconut milk and coconut cream <link>sweets.seriouseats.com/2014/02/how-t<BR>o-make-vegan-ice-cream-recipe.html </link> There are more recipe links at the end of the article. I'm interested in trying the avocado lime ice cream recipe soon. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:37:55 EST Vegan Meatloaf Cupcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58428983 This is a delightful recipe that uses tempeh, chia seeds, and oats as the base. If you're hungry for comfort food, try this recipe <link>www.forkandbeans.com/2013/12/28/vega<BR>n-meatloaf-cupcakes/ </link> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:19:30 EST Hi! New here and a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58378083 Hi, I'm new to the vegan and Engine2 world. And I'm coming off of a Paleo-type diet. My head is all turned around from all I've been learning. It's so hard to tell what's right and what's wrong in the nutrition arena! So far, I've come to the conclusion that many diet styles can be healthy, but the common things have to be "eat real food" and make vegetables the centerpiece. <BR> <BR> I actually have 2 questions. I'm 54 and post-menopausal. Is there anyone out there with some suggesti... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:47:08 EST A word about my absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58331409 Hi everyone! I haven't been around much for the past couple of months and just wanted to reassure you that I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I took on a temporary job at the end of March. About a week after I started, the person I have supported as a part-time executive assistant fell ill. By the end of May, he was so ill that I quit the temp job early so I could be available to help him with mounting paperwork and admin tasks. Over the 3 years I've worked for him, he has become a ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:58:23 EST What's your favorite hobby (non-workout related)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58277324 I like to read. A lot. (My screen name means "librarian") <BR> I play video games, but not as much as I used to since the toddler and grad school. <BR> I am an amateur photographer and I like to draw. I also like to tie-dye clothing and whatever else I can get my hands on. <BR> I'm actually thinking of taking up macrame because I love the plant hangers and wall hangings. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:52:03 EST What's your favorite workout/fitness routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58266474 I love walking (outside, but the treadmill gets boring for me). My favorite thing to do is strength training. I also love yoga and Tai Chi Chih, though admittedly I'm not doing as much of those as I'd like. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:35:58 EST Hello from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58250258 Hi I am so happy to find this team on SP. I am relatively new to the WFPB diet, but have been vegetarian for a very long time, but allowed myself to eat much that wasn't healthy or whole. I recently read T. Colin Campbell's The China Study and am in the process of reading whole. It is amazing and well thought out and related. <BR> sheryl Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:11:56 EST Tell Congress to oppose weakening school lunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58249600 I just got this from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine): <BR> <BR> "The House Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 4800) proposes to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a process for local school districts to waive all the federal school meal standards if their school food program experienced a net loss for a consecutive six-month period. Representative Sam Farr introduced an amendment to strike the waiver. PCRM supports Rep. Farr’s amendment." <... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:53:00 EST Airline Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58238720 What foods would you suggest to take on a plane to eat for dinner? I can think of several of my favorites but they're a bit sloppy. The only thing that comes to mind (other than bananas and raw veggies) is a hummus sandwich. Anything else? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:54:40 EST Multistate Salmonella Outbreak from Chia Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58216507 From the CDC June 13, 2014: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic SPROUTED CHIA POWDER. If you used the powder--read the info about the recall. The link below is continually updated. <BR> WHAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder. Chia powder is made from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to heal... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:26:51 EST Back for good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x58213820 Good morning all! Just wanted to say Hi and tell you a little of what's been going on. I have tried going vegan before and said I can't do this! Well it has now become a matter of health,T2 diabeties out of control! Dr. has had me on many different meds the past month,non of which worked and many made me pretty ill. I am using a non insulin pen now and working pretty well but after a few days of eating non starchy vegan my #'s have improved dramatically! So I CAN do this for me!! Diane Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:26:44 EST Spiralizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x58208860 Hey, veggies! I'm looking for spiralizer recommendations. Specific brands/models, or advantages of one style over another. Thanks! <BR> <BR> ***cross-posted to HH, McD, and VF&N*** Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:37:53 EST Dr Greger: Turning Back the Clock 14 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x58095752 Here's a link to Dr Greger's latest video <link>nutritionfacts.org/video/turning-the<BR>-clock-back-14-years/ </link> As always, it's filled with information that reinforces a healthy diet. This is a great video to share with friends and family who would benefit from a lifestyle change. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:47:25 EST Pad Thai Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58051125 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2747916 </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:52:43 EST Eggless Deviled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x58002604 Just in time for a warm weather holiday, here's a recipe for deviled potatoes <link>www.veganbreak.com/deviled-potatoes/ </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:10:31 EST Favorite Burger Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57991597 Spring and summer have arrived! Even here in MN where coats seldom seem to be put away, the weather is warm and lovely. Patties featuring plants and grains have grown in popularity over the past few years. I used to get excited about Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers. Now I know those are full of GMO's and are probably not vegan. Recently I bought "The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book" by Sarah Davies and Kristy Taylor. It's an excellent companion book to "Vegan Sandwiches Save the ... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:09:20 EST Nutella's 50th Birthday - and some vegan options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57950050 The Nutella chocolate and hazelnut treat celebrates its 50th birthday this week. It is not a vegan product, but the concept translates into some lovely vegan versions. <BR> <BR> Here's a basic recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/09<BR>/better-than-nutella/ </link> <BR> <BR> This version features dark chocolate <em>43</em> <BR> <link>arismenu.com/homemade-vegan-nutella/ </link> <BR> <BR> Brown Eyed Baker's version was featured in the May i... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:24:26 EST Overfed and Undernourished http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57911841 I recently saw that Joe the Juicer (of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead fame) is doing a new documentary called Overfed and Undernourished. Anyone else seen the ads? <BR> I looked on the website and there's no release date, but I'm sure this is one I'm going to want to see. My husband thinks I'm nuts how much I love these documentaries, but I do. After all, it was FOK that started our new lifestyle, lol! Sun, 18 May 2014 08:12:10 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57816319 The forks over knives is my new favorite cookbook! I've eliminated meat from my diet, but am still struggling with the dairy (cheese=weakness)--but I'm working on it. I'm looking forward to learning from y'all! <BR> Fri, 9 May 2014 13:49:04 EST Matfer 17360 Exoglass Bouillon Strainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57783865 If you make bouillon a lot, this is the best strainer you can buy at the best price I've ever seen <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00069ZUXW/ref=pe_<BR>385040_30332200_TE_item </link> Today it's $82.26; tomorrow -- who knows?? Tue, 6 May 2014 21:13:54 EST Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57783806 Cauliflower is a popular food item these days. Here are some recipes to try. Not all are vegan, but most are adaptable. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/ca<BR>uliflower-recipes_n_1943903.html </link> Tue, 6 May 2014 21:09:07 EST Taco Muffins (vegan, gluten free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57770094 It's a bit late in the day to make these muffins for Cinco de Mayo, but the recipe is going on my "make very soon" list. I'm ignoring one of my suggestions to make something from a blog before posting a link. This idea is so great that I thought the link was worth sharing even if the recipe might need some tinkering after the first batch. Lentils and taco flavoring -- what's not to love??? <link>myplantbasedfamily.com/2014/04/17/ve<BR>gan-gluten-free-taco-muffins/ </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 19:29:35 EST Cauliflower Lentil Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57758427 Ignore the parts of the recipe that use oil; bake or steam fry instead. Yum! <link>theshiksa.com/2014/04/30/vegan-lenti<BR>l-cauliflower-tacos/ </link> Sun, 4 May 2014 21:51:15 EST Protein Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57676059 So I make a smoothie every morning. <BR> kale or spinach <BR> 1 cup of berries <BR> garden of life raw vegan protein powder <BR> spirulina <BR> ground flax seed <BR> almond milk <BR> water. <BR> Sometimes I change the fruit up a bit <BR> Anyway, I was just wondering what you guys use in your smoothies as far as protein powders go? <BR> <em>550</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:02:48 EST Chemical Free Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57662830 HI guys, Becky here, plant based quirky, crunchy con, hiker kayaker and sustainable living girl. <BR> I eat an organic plant based diet but I also live chemical free. I don't use toothpaste, (baking soda and coconut oil is what I use) I use soap nuts and distilled white vinegar for laundry, aluminum free deodorant. I don't buy paper towels or paper plates. Most of my friends think I am a bit odd. <BR> <BR> My goal is to eat food in it's most natural state and sustainably as possible... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:33:46 EST Plant-Based "Meat" and "Eggs" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57650202 More people are beginning to realize how important it is to move away from animal products. For some, it's for health reasons. For others, there are ethical concerns. For yet others, it is the glaring reality that other quality food sources have to be developed to provide adequate nutrition for the ever-growing world population. Beyond Meat is receiving more and more publicity, and Bill Gates is one of the investors. Another company, Hampton Creek Foods, is working on egg replacers. <BR> <B... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:31:03 EST What would you say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57600662 Someone I love said to me yesterday regarding my weight, "I don't know why you didn't reach your weight loss goals years ago." They were right of course, it hurt of course but, I just couldn't even respond. <BR> Jeannie Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:41:35 EST New to plant based and loving it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57596109 Hi all! I am trying to lose weight for my wedding in July. I just started the plant based diet two weeks ago and I am feeling great. I have been working out and trying to improve my diet for a few months and I am finally seeing results. I am seriously sold on this right now since it doesn't require me to feel hungry all the time. I'm excited to have folks to talk to about this new eating lifestyle. In particular I'm looking for good recipes. I don't really know how to make good vegan food yet... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:03:35 EST Vegan Deviled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57581081 It's highly probable that some of your co-workers will bring deviled eggs to work this week. That's one of many ways to use up the Easter egg bounty. As a vegan, fret not. You can take your own deviled eggs to work and know yours are much healthier than your co-workers' eggs. <BR> <BR> Here are some recipes in case you don't have a favorite: <BR> <BR> <link>www.theppk.com/2013/03/devilish-pota<BR>toes/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>http://lagustasluscious.wordpress.co<BR>m/2011/12/26/maresa... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:51:10 EST View 5 Animal Documentaries for Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57580697 You can watch Earthlings, Off the Chain, The Last Lioness, Man's Best Friend, and One Hundred Thousand Hearts without charge from this article on One Green Planet <link>www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnat<BR>ure/5-life-changing-animal-documentari<BR>es-you-can-watch-for-free-right-here/ </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:02:24 EST Walmart Pledges to Drive Down Cost of Organic Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57580642 Walmart is the world's largest retailer, and half of its sales are from groceries. Recognizing consumer demand for organic food, Walmart is promising to drive down the cost with its new partnership with Wild Oats. Whole Foods Market bought the Wild Oats Market stores in 2007 but had to sell in 2009 after a court decision denied the merger. Walmart has now partnered with Wild Oats. <BR> <BR> This move might not be the best possible news for consumers or organic producers. What do you think? ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:56:26 EST Katie Couric Takes on the Sugar Industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57580377 Katie Couric's new documentary, Fed Up, opens May 9. It takes a hard look at the role of sugar in the obesity epidemic, the most preventable public health crisis ever observed. Here's a link to the website and trailer <link>http://fedupmovie.com </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:17:54 EST National Garlic Day (April 19) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57580171 Put "National Garlic Day" on your list of days to celebrate if you're a garlic lover like me. Though I only learned today (April 20) about this food holiday, I am celebrating it as though it were the actual special day. Here are some fun recipes that showcase this allium <link>www.peta.org/living/food/12-vegan-ga<BR>rlic-recipes-try/ </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:46 EST Getting Ready for Asparagus Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57569486 Here in the upper Midwest, we are recovering from our latest round of snow and looking forward to the first signs of spring. I love asparagus and joyously cook it as much as I can during its short season. Local produce always has more flavor than produce that has to be transported hundreds of miles. One of my favorite ways to have asparagus is in a salad with fresh tomatoes. I know the growing seasons don't overlap, but we have a wonderful source of delicious hydroponically grown tomatoes her... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:22:30 EST Mesopotamian Barley, Chickpea, Lentil, Tahini Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57569437 If cool weather still lingers where you live or if you just love soup, try this hearty recipe for Mesopotamian Barley, Chickpea, Lentil, Tahini Soup from Lisa's Kitchen <link>foodandspice.blogspot.com/2011/03/me<BR>sopotamian-barley-chickpea-lentil.html </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:16:07 EST 30 Day Challenge-Chef AJ's Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57485385 Chef AJ is shrinking like a snowman in summer (I want to too!). She has a couple article's/videos on VegSource.com explaining it and how she eats. <BR> <BR> <link>bit.ly/1hJsLGh </link> From VegSource.com - Scroll to bottom of page <BR> (15 min.) Read her articles if you have time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are notes I took: <BR> <BR> No sugar, salt, or oil <BR> No nuts, oils, or avocado <BR> Eat 2 lb cook green/colored veggies daily in addition to raw and fruits <BR> Eats calor... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:45:18 EST Lunch Ideas for Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57448900 I've been doing pretty good staying with all vegan. However, I have invited a couple of meat eating neighbors over for lunch next week and could use some suggestions on what to serve them. <BR> <BR> She refuses to eat potatoes or pasta. Any simple menu Ideas? I don't want this lunch to become a chore - - - Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:01:15 EST How to conquer the dairy addiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x57345581 I need some tips, I've been craving cheese and sour cream like CRAZY! I didn't even eat a lot before I gave up dairy but now I'm ravenous for it. Did anyone else have this problem? How did you overcome it? My children and husband still eat it so it is in the house. I've only had one setback with it but it is really consuming me. Ideas? Replacements? Do you think it's just fat craving? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:38:36 EST Definitely 100% plant based organic vegan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57304053 Yep, that about sums it up. If it grows, eat it! <BR> <BR> I was a 100% raw organic vegan following the 80/10/10 program by Dr. Graham. I love the 80/10/10 but being 100% raw didn't agree with me. I regained most of the weight lost and am starting to lose once again. <BR> <BR> I still do quite a bit raw but now I feel the whole world of veggies has opened up to me once again. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:15:43 EST Nuts for Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57284404 Though nuts are high in fat, using just a few can impart incredible flavor to a dish. Here's a great article with recipes <link>www.npr.org/2014/03/26/294339184/the<BR>-secret-to-these-sauces-is-nuts </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:29 EST FMTV (Food Matters TV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x57257888 You can watch the documentaries "Food Matters" and "Hungry for Change on the new site <link>www.fmtv.com/ </link> through March 31. There are some short films and interviews as well. If you're interested in subscribing, the price before the end of March 31 is $79/yr or $7.95/mo. After that subscriptions will be $119.40/yr or $9.95/mo. The documentaries are both very good. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:14:38 EST White Bean Dumpling Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57224076 It's still cold here in MN, and this recipe for White Bean Dumpling Stew was perfect for dinner. Like the recipe developer, I grew up eating delicious Southern food like dumplings, fried okra, etc. Here's a link to the recipe <link>forealslife.com/blog/white-bean-dump<BR>ling-stew </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:03 EST Tassajara Marinated Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x57224057 This recipe from Karla Oliveira's wonderful book Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics, and Appetizers is a treat. The marinade contains oil. I haven't experimented with substitutions yet. If you want something light and delicious, try this tofu salad <link>smilesarethesoulskisses.blogspot.com<BR>/2009/05/tassajara-tofu-marinated-with<BR>-parsley.html </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:30:41 EST Tech Woes Are Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57223294 Hello everyone! After what seems like weeks of tech woes, I am finally able to use my computer. I returned the laptop I bought. It had all sorts of problems. In the process, I decided that I hate Windows 8.1. Fortunately my original computer worked fine when I took it to a tech yesterday and has worked fine ever since. I uninstalled Google Chrome after I got a high usage alert. That was interesting since it was an app I never used. Anyway, tech woes are over for now. I going to order a backup... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:52:06 EST New here, from MN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x57214012 I'm here to be around like-minded people on my way to a healthier diet. I've already been on a 95% feingold diet (no chemicals, colors, additives, etc) but really want to remove animal based products, and jump on the engine 2, forks over knives wagon. My husband is very much not on board and therefore I do not have support for a healthier lifestyle. I also have fibromyalgia and am struggling to get in shape whiles avoiding flares. I look forward to being a part of this team! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:37:26 EST Need Some Encouragement Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x57075042 What's wrong with me? Vegan books & cookbooks are lining my shelves. All of them have been read - several times. I believe vegan is a healthy way of eating. Yet, I can only maintain it for a month or so before the smell of my husband's steak overcomes my common sense. Or we're out for the day and the only restaurants we can find serve high fat/animal based foods. I really don't enjoy cooking long winded recipes and prefer to catch something quick and easy. <BR> <BR> I've eaten SAD all... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:25:53 EST So happy to be back to Vegan!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56979387 Hi, my name is Lali and I'm am happily back with SparkPeople and back to my Vegan diet. I changed my eating when I got seriously sick and found out I was gluten sensitive. I ended up putting meat back in my diet and found that to be just as horrible if not worse! I'm ready for some clean living inside and out. I can already feel the difference in how I feel. Loved both Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 and I'm so happy that there are people like them, as well as the people of PCRM teaching us h... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:01:30 EST FOK 10 pound loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56867177 Plant-based SparkFriends, I went hardcore FOK on 1/11/14, and I have now lost TEN POUNDS! My cheeks are rosy, I have much more energy, I feel GREAT, and I'm even starting to look... well... pretty good, hahaha! <em>211</em> <BR> I am just sooo encouraged! This is the best lifestyle-- not a "diet"-- but a real, healthy way to LIVE. Oh, and my darling husband/best friend did end up joining me after all, and {{{drumroll}}}: he is down almost TWENTY POUNDS!!! So we are enjoying making p... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:06:57 EST Absent for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56736238 Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I won't be online much for the next few weeks. My computer had the blue screen of death yesterday, and I am scrambling to find some extra money to replace it and later to have it fixed. I haven't had hardly any hours at work since January, so $ is tight. I'm using a library computer today and will check in from time to time as I can. In the meantime, have plant-strong days and happy hearts! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:05:48 EST Must Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56736060 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I received this link in an e-mail from FOK this morning. <BR> <link> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/t-colin-campb<BR>ell/health-care_b_4719598.html?1391468504 </link> </link> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:40:53 EST "Zester"-- WOW! :-))) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56713473 Hi, FOK friends! <BR> <BR> We also ordered a zester the day we ordered our fine mesh strainer-- where's this handy little tool been all my life?! Hahaha! It's really easy now to get the zest from citrus fruits, and also to do up some fresh ginger for a dish. A friend of ours taught us this little tip, too: she freezes the fresh ginger, and then grates it right into the pot! It lasts much longer and is way less messy this way. <BR> <BR> It's so fun learning how to cook plant-based, and... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:45:02 EST Fun Olympic Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56695957 Dr. Esselstyn is an Olympic Gold Medalist and Dr. Fuhrman was a member of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team. Here he is (video): <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=n42SqiNoRGY </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:24:19 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56673680 Engine 2 has a challenge for February that started on the 3rd. I just found out about it on their Facebook page. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:43:13 EST Preparing Crispy Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56672028 Here's an excellent article on preparing crispy tofu for those hopefully rare occasions when you might want to use fried tofu. Warning: This is NOT an Esselstyn-friendly recipe. <link>www.seriouseats.com/2014/02/vegan-ex<BR>perience-crispy-tofu-worth-eating-reci<BR>pe.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:54:05 EST avocados, seeds, nut butters..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56663345 Hi, FOK pals! <BR> We got our fine mesh strainer from Amazon today, so I'm excited to cook up some quinoa! <BR> Also, I am wondering if I'm consuming too many nuts? I am crazy about peanut butter (all natural, no sugar added, the kind you need to mix up). I also enjoy avocado + tomato sandwiches on whole grain bread... aaand I like to much on pumpkin seeds. <BR> I fear that all of these yummy foods may be slowing my weight loss. It's not like I'm sitting around with a jar of peanut butte... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:20:07 EST Joining Forks over Knives team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56566643 I became a vegetarian when I was a teenager, not liking the idea of eating animals, and knowing the horrors of factory farming. I went back to eating meat from time to time but found it was hard to digest, and gave me body odor (sorry to be gross!). I was lacto-ovo for a long time but now have gone vegan. Having a family history of colon cancer I think this way of eating will be helpful. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:42:10 EST E2's Easier Grocery Shopping Tips and Kids E-book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56564410 The E2 National Challenge starts in a few days. To help newbies - and remind the rest of us - the team is posting some tips to make it easier to live plant-strong. This post is about grocery shopping, which is a painful task for many. If you're in that camp, this will help you see grocery shopping in a new light. <BR> <BR> Towards the bottom of the post is a link to their free kids eBook and kids series to help kids with plant-strong living. There's some fun stuff for kids to do in the 8-w... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:31:23 EST Make Your Own Vegan Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56564085 It's fairly easy to make your own vegan butter. If you like to bake, it's especially satisfying. Here are my favorite recipe resources for vegan butters. All are free of palm oil.: <BR> <BR> VeganBaking.net - Mattie Hagedorn developed several versions of vegan butter based on his 7 years of experimentation to develop a satisfactory formula. The basics include vegan butters made with refined coconut oil, cocoa butter, and virgin coconut oils. I haven't tried the Cultured European version yet.... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:02:58 EST Game Day Noshes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56563292 The Super Bowl is this weekend. It's a good excuse for a gathering whether you follow football or not. Consider it a respite from winter if nothing else. <BR> <BR> Here's a menu from Julieanna Hever: nachos, hummus, BBQ Tofu Wings, Lentil Chili, whole grain corn muffins <link>www.forksoverknives.com/recipes-for-<BR>super-bowl-xlvi/ </link> <BR> <BR> What's on your game day menu? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:58:47 EST Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56497214 How much weight loss is the norm after starting a vegan diet? I suppose it depends on cals in/cals out. I'm following Sparks recommended calorie allowance although the exercise is still a bit sketchy right now. Has anyone reached their goal weight yet eating vegant? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:05:05 EST Quinoa washing w/o mesh sieve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56477212 Well, tonight we tried a quinoa recipe from the Engine 2 cookbook. Our Trader Joe's quinoa instructions said to wash and rinse carefully before cooking. It's so teeny, it just goes right through our sieve. I looked online, and you need a very pricey mesh sieve for the small grains of quinoa. We aren't in a position to invest in one at this time. Does anybody know of a less expensive alternative for washing quinoa? Thanks! <em>41</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:58:52 EST E2 National Challenge Starts February 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x56458335 Engine 2 Diet is launching a national challenge on February 4; many Whole Foods Markets around the country are hosting their own challenges as well. If you don't live near a Whole Foods Market, fret not; you can do the entire challenge online. If you want to participate in an in-store challenge, contact your local store's webpage or FB page. For more info on the E2 challenge, <link>https://www.facebook.com/events/5242<BR>35741008687/ </link> and/or <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/ <... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:07:26 EST Kitchen Gadgets, Mandolines, and Gloves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56457374 Here's a fun list of kitchen gadgets <link>dailyburn.com/life/health/kitchen-ga<BR>dgets-healthy-cooking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Also, if you have a new mandoline or are thinking about getting one, you should take precautions by using, at the very minimum, a cut-resistant glove <link>us.microplane.com/microplanecutresis<BR>tantglove.aspx </link> I understand the sizing of this glove runs a bit small and is inadequate for large hands. If you have large hands, just search for Kevlar gloves a... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:40:45 EST What's for dinner tonight? :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56455787 Well, we re-watched the FOK film (instant streaming on Netflix if you haven't seen it yet!) and hubby is officially back on board-- <em>244</em> <BR> So we have been having fun planning our menus. Last night we tried a vegan Pad Thai recipe we found online-- it was soo good! <BR> Tonight I'm planning to cook the Eggplant Polenta Casserole from the FOK cookbook. It looks super yummy in the photo! <BR> I am down five pounds already, and hubby is down seven-- even though he wasn't /fully/ ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:31:58 EST Calorie Counting Eating Vegan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56376726 So - - - I've tried going Vegan for like a hundred times. Not really but sometimes it feels like it when I've stopped and started so often. I'm giving it another try and my question is: <BR> <BR> If I avoid the high calorie snacks/fat laden foods and only eat healthy, do I still have to count calories? All the books I've read say you don't have to but I find I lose weight the first few weeks and then it levels off. And that's when I start falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> Have any of you... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:59:08 EST Soy: Beyond the Myths and Misinformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56373944 Here's a very interesting article about soy by Holly Wilson, MD - "A Vegan Doctor Addresses Soy Myths and Misinformation" <link>freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/ve<BR>gan-doctor-addresses-soy-myths-and-mis<BR>information/ </link> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:06:07 EST E2 Easy One Dish Baked Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56373851 The E2 folks put together a small collection of simple, easy to make one dish meals. Put everything in a baking dish, no mixing bowls or other equipment required. Bake once. and eat for several days. <link>engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/1-dis<BR>h-baking-meals/ </link> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:58:03 EST Recipe Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56360959 Here's a great article about mistakes recipe writers make <link>www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/bl<BR>ogs/editor/2014/01/the-biggest-mistake<BR>s-recipe-writers-make.html </link> If you're new to cooking or working with an unfamiliar ingredient, it's really important to have clear guidance from the recipe writer. Many cookbooks have pages of errata issued post-publication because of missing ingredients, wrong measurements, poor directions, or proofreading errors. <BR> <BR> Do you have ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:32:16 EST Plant-based Redux :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x56348930 Last spring, my husband, Ricky, and I watched the film, and were very intrigued. We decided that our entire family (me, hubby and four young sons) would go plant-based for Lent. Ricky and I felt so great, we ended up staying hardcore plant-based/vegan for 4 and 1/2 mos. We lost a little weight, too, though I lost more than he did. <BR> <BR> I wish we had lasted longer, but it just got to the point where we were spending half our lives in the kitchen. And the four lads were not doing as ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:32:41 EST Young Scientist Proves Value of Buying Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56347250 Thanks to Boni from the Vegan Fitness and Nutrition team for posting this video of a young scientist's discoveries while trying to get sweet potatoes to sprout. If you have ever had second thoughts about buying organic, this short video will dispel them for many produce items like potatoes, blueberries, beets, etc. <link>www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/<BR>a-little-girls-experiment-will-change-<BR>the-way-you-think-about-food/ </link> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:58:09 EST The Future of Nutrition Conference Starts 1.27.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56279286 Billed as the world's largest online nutrition event, The Future of Nutrition Conference will be take place January 27 - 31. From the webpage: "Created and sponsored by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the Future of Nutrition Conference is a gathering of some of the most insightful and cutting edge thought leaders. Get ready for some powerful content and daring ideas that are designed to take us into a positive nutritional future. We trust you’ll enjoy these creative interviews and... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:26:07 EST Favorite Pressure Cooker Tips & Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56279028 Pressure cookers continue to gain popularity as new, safe models are introduced. Gone are the days of cringing in horror to the sound of mom's dinner exploding on the ceiling because she forgot the pressure cooker was on the stove. The electric models are basically idiot-proof. Stovetop models still require tending, but who doesn't have 8 minutes to spend in the kitchen while a batch of lentils cooks on the stove or 10 minutes to wait for vegetable stock to cook. <BR> <BR> If you're unfamili... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:08:21 EST Jason Wrobel's Vegan Cooking Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56273887 Jason Wrobel hosts a new Cooking Channel Friday evenings, "How to Live to Be 100." Jason is a raw, vegan chef who has many celebrity clients including Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the show's page <link>www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/how-t<BR>o-live-to-100.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to Jason's website <link>www.jasonwrobel.com/ </link> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:53:38 EST 21 Day Vegan Cleanse Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56264525 Amy Layne is offering her 21 Day Vegan Cleanse Challenge with a free ebook for those who sign up by January 14. After that, she's charging $14 for the ebook which contains an eating plan, recipes (links to her website), guidelines, motivation, etc. To learn more, follow this link <link>www.damyhealth.com/2014/01/21-day-ve<BR>gan-cleanse-challenge/ </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:25:35 EST Cold Weather = Time to Make a Pot of Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56260944 With much of the country affected by the Polar Vortex, it seems like a good time to dust off some favorite chili recipes and start cooking. When I make chili, I rarely follow a recipe but I use them for ideas. Some of my "go to" sources for chili are below. Please share some of your favorite recipes or some that you want to try. <BR> <BR> Chili con Lentils <link>www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/chili<BR>-con-lentils/ </link> <BR> <BR> Isa's Meat Beany Chili & Corn Muffins <link>www.thep... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:28:50 EST Original Cheerios Going GMO-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56198842 General Mills will start stocking shelves with GMO-free Original Cheerios soon. The change does not apply to the other Cheerios varieties - Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon. It's a start, especially after General Mills joined many other manufacturers that poured money into organizations set up to defeat the ballot efforts to require labeling products that contain GMOs in California and Washington. <link>www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/j<BR>an/03/original-cheerios-go-gmo-free/ </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:08:53 EST Easy Ways to Grow Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56185883 A Mason jar, cheesecloth and an O ring or a ring screen are all you need to grow your own sprouts. Be sure to buy organic seeds for sprouting at a natural foods store, a coop, or online. Here's a video that shows you how to grow sprouts <link>strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle<BR>/cooking/grow-your-own-sprouts/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can also make a small investment in a tray sprouter and grow several kinds of sprouts at once <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-vSi<BR>dx3moM </link... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:55:34 EST New Year Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56170053 Lots of folks like to start the new year with a challenge to get back on track or to refine their diets. Here's a short list of offerings you can sign up for or do on your own. If you need to sign up, I've put an S in front of the challenge; if you see a $, there is a fee. <BR> <BR> S - Veganuary <link>www.veganuary.com/ </link> Here's a link to the menus in case you want to do the challenge without signing up <link>http://www.veganuary.com/31-day-menu </link> (I think you'll be able to... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:28:05 EST Isa's New Restaurant Opens Spring 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x56126293 If you live in Omaha or near by or if you're taking a trip and can make a stop in Omaha part of your route, you're in for a treat this spring. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is opening her restaurant, Modern Love, The opening date hasn't been set yet. <link>www.omaha.com/article/20131113/GO/13<BR>1119483/1707#.UoYk3ZSFQ24 </link> If you can't make it to Omaha, travel vicariously through her new book "Isa Does It" or any of her other 7 books - but the new one is really, really good! You can also cat... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:52:06 EST Presoaking Parboiling Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x56125126 Recently I’ve read several cookbooks that have a seemingly forgotten method for presoaking tofu before using it in a dish. This does not apply to the shelf stable tofu in aseptic packaging, like Mori Nu; it is for water-packed tofu found in refrigerated packages. <BR> <BR> One method calls for a soak in salted water. Here are some examples: <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.oneingredientchef.com/how-to-co<BR>ok-tofu/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.thekitchn.com/the-simple-no-fai<BR>l-wa... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:11:53 EST My cardiologist recommended a plant-based life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x56095348 Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I'm so stoked by the email I just got from my cardiologist that I plan to share it on all my plant-based-lifestyle groups, and I will probably post it to my SP blog, as well. How awesome is this? Everything after this sentence, including the link, is quoted right from my cardiologist's email: <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> <BR> Hi Serene, <BR> <BR> The calcium score was low at 9 . A concerning score would be over 400. For this low score , we would recommend diet , exercise , life... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:15:02 EST Engine 2 Holiday Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x56080142 Here's a link to download this year's Engine 2 Holiday Book. It's packed with recipes, tips, and gift ideas <link>www.dropbox.com/s/hsbuq0t256jzpku/En<BR>gine2%20Holiday%20Book.pdf </link> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:04:48 EST Should We Avoid Eating Anything with a Face? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55968067 If you haven't tuned into NPR and listened to one of the debates on Intelligence Squared US, you should. It has become one of my favorite programs. Here's Tuesday's debate: Should We Avoid Eating Anything with a Face? Gene Bauer (Farm Sanctuary) and Dr Neal Barnard argued for the motion; Chris Materjohn (researcher) and Joel Salatin (3rd generation alternative farmer) argued against the motion <link>www.npr.org/2013/12/11/248999592/deb<BR>ate-should-we-avoid-eating-anything-wi<BR>th-a-face <... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:05:07 EST Stock Up on Sriracha - Really! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55958719 A Los Angeles court has ordered Huy Fong Foods, the maker of sriracha, to suspend operations partially until the cause(s) of alleged side effects of the odors emited from the facility are brought under control. No, this is not an April Fool's joke (but I sort of wish it were April since the weather here in MN is frightful)! <link>qz.com/151665/california-just-ordere<BR>d-sriracha-to-stop-making-hot-sauce-th<BR>at-inflames-its-neighbors/ </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:44:16 EST Vegan Worcestershire Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55958667 If you don't have a bottle of Annie's Naturals or Edwards & Sons The Wizard's Worcestershire sauce handy, you can easily make your own vegan Worcestershire sauce by using this recipe from Martha Stewart <link>www.marthastewart.com/258132/homemad<BR>e-vegan-worcestershire-sauce </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:37:47 EST Closed Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55908751 I forgot that I had asked about Butler Soy Curls in an earlier post. Sorry for any confusion! Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:10:05 EST Vegan Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55896401 Here are some tips for successful baking using vegan ingredients from Isa Chandra Moskowitz <link>www.theppk.com/vegan-baking-the-post<BR>-punk-kitchen-shows-you-how/ </link> <BR> <BR> Speaking of meringue (as Isa did in her post), try this meringue from Miyoko Schinner <link>http://www.artisanveganlife.com/inte<BR>nsely-baking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please share any tips you might have and maybe a recipe or two (or many). Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:19:19 EST Vegan "Cheese" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55855041 There was a recipe for vegan feta cheese in my inbox today that looked quite intriguing. Feta has a tang that the tofu-based recipes I've read don't have. This recipe has a couple of improbable sounding ingredients, but I'm going to try it - I think it might have just the feta tang I've been looking for <link>melomeals.blogspot.com/2011/01/fruga<BR>n-nutty-goat-cheese-easy-burger.html </link> <BR> <BR> After I read that recipe, I searched for some others. Of course, the undisputed expert... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:41:38 EST New vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55853666 Hi there. I just joined the team and am so glad to find a FOK group on SparkPeople! Who'dathunkit? I really want to do this as I believe it is the best chance of giving myself a long and healthy life. Also, the thought of consuming animals and their by-products is increasingly repugnant to me. I am 58 (!)...how did THAT happen? I am also relatively healthy test-wise (all are normal or even below but I do take a low dose cholesterol pill) but I cannot count on my natural health for much ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:08:36 EST The Vegg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55851178 Have you tried The Vegg? It's a vegan egg yolk. What was your experience? Share a recipe that you like. Is it just a curiosity or something you have added to your menus fairly frequently? <link>thevegg.com/ </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:39:22 EST Butler Soy Curls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55850361 Have any of you used Butler Soy Curls? Did you enjoy them? If so, do you have a favorite recipe? If not, what didn't you like about them? I've never used them and just ordered a package to try. Recently I've seen them mentioned on several blogs. They aren't available locally, so I added a package to my last Amazon order. They're actually cheaper (even including shipping) from Butler. If I like them, I'll order from Butler next time <link>www.butlerfoods.com/wheretobuy/order<BR>online.html <... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:27:54 EST Meatonomics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55815913 David Robinson Simon's book "Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much-and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter" will make you thankful you do not consume meat, fish, fowl, or dairy. Alas, even though most of us eschew such foods, we still pay a hefty price. From the book's website: <BR> <BR> "Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces o... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:53:06 EST Nutrition Basics from Ginny Messina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55796075 There are some basics that just about every expert agrees with when it comes to planning daily vegan menus. This article features Ginny Messina's recommendations. I have found it very useful to plan meals in advance to be sure I am hitting nutritional goals. Am I perfect? Absolutely not; but I learn more every day. Taking a Vitamin B12 supplement is very important for vegans, so don't take chances by avoiding it <link>veganireland.vegaplanet.org/live-veg<BR>an/nutrition/intro.html </link> <... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:30:58 EST Tofu - Pressing and Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55791603 This is the beginning of a new thread about using tofu. Most of the tofu available to us is packaged in water and refrigerated except for the Japanese-style silken tofu that is shelf stable. The type of tofu is specified in recipes: extra firm and firm usually refer to water packed; silken usually refers to tofu in aseptic, shelf stable packaging. Nasoya silken tofu is the exception; it is packaged in water. In most recipes, water packed tofu needs to be drained and pressed. A couple of year... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:56:03 EST Al Gore Goes Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55775172 Adding further commitment to his great concern for the environment, Al Gore has now embraced a vegan diet <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/al<BR>-gore-vegan_n_4340462.html </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:18:49 EST Guide to Going Dairy-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55774959 One of the hardest changes for many people transitioning to a plant-based diet is eliminating dairy products. Here's a useful guide with plant-based alternatives <link>freefromharm.org/food-products/your-<BR>guide-to-going-dairy-free-plant-based-<BR>milks-cheeses-and-more/ </link> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:02:03 EST Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55774486 Many people have never used nutritional yeast and have no idea what it is. It gives foods a "cheesy" flavor and is often used in ricotta replacements and any dish where you might expect some sort of cheese flavor. Many brands are enriched and are good sources of Vitamin B12 (read the labels). Many vegans refer to it as "nooch." You'll often see it in the ingredient list for vegan mac and cheese like this recipe from Angela Liddon <link>http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/03/but<BR>ternut-squash-ma... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:08:30 EST FAQ about E2 and Plant-Based Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x55762616 The Daily Beet, E2’s blog, featured a week of FAQ this fall. I added a nutrition FAQ by Jeff Novick from August and the FAQ entries from the E2 website. Knowledge is power. You’ll be armed with lots of information to help you succeed on your plant-strong journey after reading these posts. <BR> <BR> How do I cook without oil? <link>http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-bee<BR>t/a-week-of-faq-day-1-how-do-i-cook-wi<BR>thout-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> What about my kids? <link>http://engine2diet.com... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:44:26 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55757088 I've done the McDougall thing on and off in the past, but I have never needed it like I do now. I'll spare you the details, but I have a cardiologist now, and she wants me on new meds that I don't want to take. <BR> <BR> For the past 7 weeks, I've been successfully Sparking, but now I need to kick it into high gear and switch to a completely plant-based, no-added-fat regimen. I hope this team will help me with that. <BR> <BR> I'm sad and scared, but also hopeful. Thanks for being here. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:32:18 EST going back but with added veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55749279 Hello! <BR> Years and years ago on a planet far away....or seems like I was vegetarian and drove my Mom crazy. Basically there was no food to eat. I was 16. <BR> Then in college I did start eating meat again...anyway years later I was vegan and pregnant and that worked out fine. My pediatrician did say to add in meat- could be humanely raised for the kids and so I since I was cooking that for the family-and of course husband was happy with that and I did that for a few years. I followed Nou... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:54:12 EST Instant Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55741496 Electric pressure cookers have become very popular, but the inserts for most of them have non-stick interiors. Instant Pot has a stainless steel insert, and you can buy extras. <link>instantpot.com/ </link> The IP-LUX60 is at the lowest price I've ever seen it on Amazon right now. If you've been thinking about buying one, this is a good time. I think there is another model coming out next year, but I can't imagine there would be many changes. Be sure to buy the larger model (~6 quarts) bec... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:28:56 EST New website & APP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55741152 I found a new vegan website with simple delicious Vegan food: <BR> FettleVegan.com <BR> Amber uses some vegan butter & oil but, you can tweak the recipes & they are still delicious!! <BR> Also, there's an app for veg friendly & vegan restaurants: <BR> HappyCow VegIn <BR> Just type it into your mobile device & restaurants & reviews will pop up!! <BR> COOL!!! <BR> <BR> Jeannie Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:48:19 EST E2X Membership Holiday Pricing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x55728093 If you would like to take advantage of the paid membership side of E2, this is a good time to sign up. I got this e-mail today: <BR> <BR> "Engine 2 Extra Special Holiday Pricing <BR> <BR> Engine 2 Extra is an amazing support community with coaching, interviews with the top educators in plant-strong nutrition, exclusive eBooks, monthly challenges and more. Currently we are doing a Holiday Challenge that will take you through December 31st. The Holiday Challenge has new meal plans, a day-by-d... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:05:55 EST Chia Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55717838 There are many reasons chia seeds have jumped to the top of the super foods list. I did some digging, and here's what I learned. <BR> <BR> Evidence shows chia seeds were used as food as early as 3500 BC and were available to the Aztecs by 2600 BC. They grew it on “hanging garden islands” on suspended mats over marshy lowlands, a technique they learned from the Toltecs, their predecessors. It gows best in latitudes 15 degrees and up to 23 degrees on either side of the equator. Bolivia and Aus... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:08:25 EST Team Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55687770 Hi everyone! You might have noticed a new name for our team. The old Engine 2 Diet team has been closed to new members, and current members have been encouraged to join this team. There was a lot of overlap in membership and content. I felt the Forks Over Knives concept was broader, and the Engine 2 Diet team was inactive. It isn't possible to merge teams on SP, so closing the inactive team to new members was the best option. I hope this will spur members to be more active. Fingers crossed! <... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:51:07 EST Excited to make a change FOR LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55686583 I heard about plant based eating at a wedding I attended in September from a friend of my husband who has lost a lot of weight and no longer needs b/p or cholesterol meds because his numbers are great now. I was skeptical because I love to eat beef and cheese, but decided to watch forks over knives a couple of weeks ago. I was changed by the movie as a health care professional and an American. I felt both betrayed and inspired. <BR> <BR> I started a little plant based eating last week... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:12:07 EST Dr Joel Fuhrman: Eating for Incredible Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55683331 Dr Fuhrman has written several books and cookbooks; has published numerous articles in professional journals; has released several DVDs; and has appeared on numerous shows like Dr Oz. I'm not sure where this video originated; it's on YouTube twice with no originating credits <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqbMnK8zmOA </link> <BR> <BR> Dr Fuhrman has a robust website with a membership portal as well as lots of free access materials <link>www.drfuhrman.com/ </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:12:54 EST Vegetables Move to the Center of the Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55683233 It looks like vegetables are now appearing in steakhouses and not just as hidden afterthoughts <link>www.usatoday.com/story/money/busines<BR>s/2013/11/09/vegetables-culinary-trend<BR>s-restaurant-menus/3417879/ </link> That's good news for people who have meat eating friends and family; it makes it much easier to find a restaurant where everyone can order a satisfying meal. Remember, you can always ask to have your vegetables prepared without oil or butter. <BR> <BR> There was a great pie... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:01:44 EST Dr Michael Klaper: Digestion Made Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55682637 Dr Michael Klaper spoke at San Francisco Vegetarian Society on October 7, 2012: "Digestion Made Easy: Journey through Your Amazing Digestive System" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiLHGe9euuA </link> (51 minutes) <BR> <BR> Like so many of the leading plant-based lifestyle physicians, he grew up on a dairy farm. He was featured in John Robbins' documentary "Diet for a New Planet" on PBS. His is currently on the medical staff at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Here's a link to his... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:00:42 EST Dr Michael Greger on Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681719 Dr Michael Greger delivered the talk "Preventing the Most Common Diseases" at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh on 7.3.2013. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bcdCPOXm8o </link> It's a long presentation (1 hr, 40 min); so you might want to watch it in segments. The introducers share some inspiring stories, so don't skip them. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to Dr Gregers website <link>nutritionfacts.org/ </link> <link>nutritionfacts.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another lecture you might f... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:27:57 EST Melanie Joy, PhD, EdM: An Introduction to Carnism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681590 Dr Melanie Joy is the author of the best selling book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism." If you haven't read her book, I highly recommend it. This presentation is based on her book <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oOts7xqvIE </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:13:36 EST Jack Norris, RD on Vegan Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681522 From the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, this is a video of Jack Norris presenting "Vegan Nutrition: What Does the Science Say?" on December 12, 2009 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKa0kfN0LOY </link> <BR> <BR> One of the founders of Vegan Outreach, Jack is the coauthor, with Virginia Messina, of "Vegan for Life." It's a very useful reference that deserves a place on every plant-strong household's bookshelf. Here's a link to his website <link>jacknorrisrd.com/ </link> and here is a link t... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:05:13 EST Ginny Messina, MPH RD on Healthy Vegan Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681286 This is an interview with Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with host June Stoyer on The Organic View Radio Show <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URR-My8C6o </link> The interview includes a general discussion about plant-based along with Ginny's new book with JL Fields, "Vegan for Her." <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URR-My8C6o </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to her blog <link>www.theveganrd.com/ </link> <link>www.theveganrd.com/ </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:38:51 EST Brenda Davis, RD on Becoming Veganin Great Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681211 Becoming Vegan....in Great Health presented by Brenda Davis, RD at Northwest VEG's Portland VegFest on September 21, 2013. <BR> <BR> Vegan diets can provide numerous health advantages, but they are not fool-proof. Nutrients that may be of concern to vegans include protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids. This presentation provides detailed information on each, including practical guidelines to ensure that all nutrient needs are met. <BR> <link>www.youtube.c... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:31:26 EST Lani Muelrath on 3 Pillars of Health Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681176 Show me the Plants! How to Carve Your Figure with Your Fork presented by Lani Muelrath, MA at Northwest VEG's Portland VegFest on September 22, 2013. How to be full without being fat, amp down your fat genes, and disarm stress. Come learn the 3 rules of satiety and other secrets to lasting weight loss - without going hungry or working out like a maniac. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2aTRJ8m-A0 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:28:52 EST Susan Levin on Food Policy, Nutrition, and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681131 Food Policy, Nutrition, and Health presented by Susan Levin, RD, MS, CSSD from PCRM at Northwest VEG's Portland VegFest September 21, 2013 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YlPSmZy088 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:25:32 EST Chef AJ and John Pierre on your sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55681083 "Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Without Using Sugar" presented by Chef AJ & John Pierre at Northwest VEG's Portland VegFest on September 22, 2013 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=udgKzkgeMZc </link> <BR> <BR> Chef AJ's website (it needs some help) <link>www.eatunprocessed.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> John Pierre's website <link>www.johnpierre.com/ </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:23:13 EST Shop with Jeff Novick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680749 Jeff Novick RD, MS takes you on a healthy shopping trip <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXi998JX8YM </link> Fast food can be healthy food - you just have to know how to pick the right fast food. <BR> <BR> Here's a lecture (1.5 hours) "From Oil To Nuts, The Essential Facts of Fats, Oils, & Nuts" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcKwBzKJQSw </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:56:38 EST Dr Esselstyn at TEDxCambridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680676 Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr delivered a talk at TEDxCambridge, "Making Heart Attacks History" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqKNfyUPzoU </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a longer talk (just over an hour) from 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYTf0z_zVs0 </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:49:55 EST Kathy Freston at TEDxFremont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680594 This is another talk from that magnificent TEDxFremont conference on November 10, 2012 - Kathy Freston, "Leaning into Your Life" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRr1Dvt5ITI </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:43:44 EST Dr Neal Barnard on Reversing Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680564 We are fortunate to have access to events most of us were unable to attend on YouTube. The November 2012 TEDxFremont talks are a great example. Here is Dr Neal Barnard's presentation "Tackling Diabetes with a Bold New Dietary Approach" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktQzM2IA-qU </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:41:25 EST Rip Esselstyn at TEDxFremont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680528 Rip delivered an 18 minute talk, Plant-Strong & Healthy Living <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkEYcmCCCk </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:38:20 EST Julieanna Hever at TEDxConejo 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680488 The Plant-Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever, delivered a short talk about whole food, plant-based diets at an independent TED event last year <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgCSunBfREQ </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:35:21 EST John McDougall at TEDxFremont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680437 Dr McDougall spoke at TEDxFremont in November 2012. His talk is about the food we were born to eat <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5wfMNNr3ak </link> <BR> <BR> Here's another short talk from VegSource, "The Starch Solution" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PgBL8f87FE </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:31:18 EST Doug Lisle Talk at TEDxFremont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55680417 Dr Lisle delivered a shortened version of his Pleasure Trap talk at TEDxFremont in November 2012 <link>www.healthpromoting.com/learning-cen<BR>ter/truenorth-tv/pleasure-trap-douglas<BR>-lisle-tedx-fremont </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to his longer talk from January 212, "How to Lose Weight without Losing Your Mind" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:29:05 EST Veg Teacher in VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55671286 Hi all. I'm a teacher in VA and have been 99% plant based for 2.5 years. I started with ETL and Engine 2. I vacillate between no oil and the tiniest amount. I follow Dr. Fuhrman, Rip E. and his dad, T. Colin Campbell, Jeff Novick, Dr. McDougall, Happy Herbivore and more. <BR> <BR> My downfall is junk food. I like white potatoes I will rarely eat seafood when out with friends. I like to make a huge pot of veg soup on the weekend to take for lunches at school. I'm one of those annoying ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:41:51 EST Have you made yogurt or kefir at home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55669441 When Whole Soy & Company yogurt became unavailable, I tried Amande yogurt which is made from almond milk. I didn't care for it because it was far too watery for me. I love So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk. So Delicious produces Cultured Almond Milk, too; but I haven't seen it. My problem with So Delicious is the cost and the carton sizes. Yogurt is the one dairy product I really crave. I haven't found a vegan product that comes close to the taste and mouth feel of Stonyfield Farm Organic Fa... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:24:02 EST Virtual Vegan Potluck - 146 dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55658644 Today 146 bloggers published recipes on their vegan and vegan-friendly blogs for the 4th Virtual Vegan Potluck. The first event was in May 2012, and it has been held twice a year since then. It looks like a couple of the links aren't working, but most are live and will take you to some lovely virtual food. You can view previous potluck dishes by choosing the date under "Potlucks" at the top left of the page <link>virtualveganpotluck.com/november-201<BR>3/ </link> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:37:58 EST I'm here trying to unravel the confusion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55657819 Hi. I'm new! I'm almost 59 yrs old and live in the UK. I've been vegetarian since I was 18 - and a couple of years ago I got interested in raw vegan eating and did that for about a year - then slipped back again - have never been seriously overweight - but have spent my whole adult life trying to get rid of the spare tyre (apple shaped) and keep my weight down. I've done loads of different eating plans - most recently I've been on the low-carb vegetarian road - and although it has removed my... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:04:05 EST Hello from Alabama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55657549 <em>334</em> Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Debbie-NOT new to Sparks but new to this team! I'm in the process of changing to a (mostly) plant-based food plan. <BR> <BR> I was doing really well on what my family called my 'beans & greens' diet this spring/summer but then hit a major 'life detour' and have struggled to regain my focus but am determined to make it happen! <BR> <BR> Patt always has such great recipes and resources I decided to join here though I can't promise how active I'll be!!!! <BR... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:35:38 EST Favorite Dips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55645401 Dips and spreads are popular year-round. I thought it would be fun to collect some of our favorites on one thread. <BR> <BR> My favorite dip is Nutty Red Pepper Cashew Dip. I first had it at an Engine 2 Diet event at Whole Foods, and it was love at first taste. It's great as a dip for raw veggies, in sandwiches - especially roasted vegetable sandwiches, and as a sauce on pasta. It's so good that I sometimes just eat a spoonful. Here's a link to the recipe <link>wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:22:14 EST Meatless Monday e-cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55637903 Meatless Monday celebrated its 10th anniversary last month and released a 24-page celebrity chef cookbook to celebrate. To view and/or download the pdf, click on the link above the photos of the chefs <link>www.meatlessmonday.com/articles/meat<BR>less-monday-launches10th-anniversary-c<BR>elebrity-cookbook/ </link> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:47:50 EST Isa's Nirvana Enchilada Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55626682 Isa Chandra Moskowitz's new book, Isa Does It, is on bookstore shelves now. She has teamed up with Breville and created a "Make It Vegan" series of videos on Breville's YouTube channel. Here's a link to the video for Nirvana Enchilada Casserole <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHLVIta8a-Y </link> Click on "Show more" on the description under the video and you'll find a link to the recipe on foodthinkers.com. This is the link to download a pdf of the recipes in the Make It Vegan series <BR> ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:54:54 EST What's Vegan on the Grocery Shelves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x55552227 As everyone knows, not all vegan food leads to good health; but sometimes you're pressed for time -- or just have a craving for something. What you might not know is how many mainstream products are vegan. Here's an article that I found on Business Insider via a link on VegNews. It's short and worth the reading time <link>www.businessinsider.com/11-suprising<BR>-vegan-foods-2013-10 </link> <BR> <BR> There is an extensive list of "accidentally vegan" products on PETA. Here's a link <link... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:07:10 EST McDougall Star http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55552048 There are several directions you can follow that lead to a plant-based lifestyle if you want to lose weight and become healthier. Each one is different in terms of food, but the end result can be life changing. Dr McDougall shares some of his success stories on his website. One such Star McDougaller is Raymond; here's his inspiring story <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2013stars/s<BR>tarraymond.pdf </link> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:48:53 EST Vegan Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55551911 There are few things more irresistible to me than the creamy, silken luxury of ice cream. It's good to have some in the freezer when the urge for "just a couple of tastes" strikes. Here's an article that gives us 29 reasons to make our own. There are both coconut and banana based recipes as well as nut milk or butter and tofu. There's an ice cream for just about everyone. A batch of the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream will be in my freezer soon. <link>www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/amaz<BR>ing-ve... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:34:31 EST Cheese. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55529253 Help. I am doing SO WELL in going completely plant-based whole foods since this summer, I am doing fine with no oil, no yogurt---all is well. But I can't keep from craving cheese! No one else in my family is vegan or ever plans to be--they eat cheese. I do all the cooking. I make them something cheesy, and can't seem to keep myself from dipping into it. What am I missing, what can I try to replace or get rid of this stupid craving for cheese? I love my food--use a lot of Happy Herbivor... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:58:05 EST It's Time to Think About Holiday Menus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55528649 Here in Minnesota the weather is turning winterish, Leaves have been raked, and the yard furniture has been put away until spring. There is an abundance of squash and pomegranates in the stores. It's definitely time to plan holiday meals. Here's one dish I am going to make right away - Lasagna for Two - or Four from the Holy Cow blog. Since I adore butternut squash and have several on hand, I'll use that instead of pumpkin; and I'm going to use lacinato kale instead of spinach <link>www.hol... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:53:56 EST Vitamix Certified Reconditioned - Great Buy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55502858 If you're interested in having a Vitamix, this is the best deal I have ever seen. Reconditioned Vitamix blenders are usually from reps who used them in store demonstrations. They haven't been used a lot. Plus they're reconditioned, have new containers, and come with a 5-year warranty. I'm not sure how long this sale will last, so use the link fast to assure you can get a Vitamix 5200 for only $299. I bought a reconditioned one a couple of years ago and have been very happy with it -- but I pa... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:13:05 EST How to Peel a Head of Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55500268 Martha Stewart posted a video showing the easiest way to separate and peel the cloves in a head of garlic. Trust me when I say you'll never look at peeling large amounts of garlic cloves the same way ever again. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0abnwTGeAiM </link> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:33:43 EST Staybowlizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55500136 If you're a kitchen gadget fan OR if you have hand issues that make it difficult to hold a bowl steady, this is a product you will love. It's brilliantly simple. Here's a link to the website <link>staybowlizer.com/ </link> I couldn't get sound on the video, so here's a link to a different demo on YouTube <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFprvmsw2OU </link> I have a friend who has a severe tremor. It looks like I have found a perfect holiday gift for him. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:17:39 EST Vegan Food Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x55499868 There is a new on-line magazine to tempt your taste buds and foster your creativity. Subscriptions are free. The first issue of Vegan Food Magazine features interviews with Fran Costigan (the queen of vegan baking) and Isa Chandra Moskowitz (the queen of all things vegan) along with several other articles and lots of recipes. It's an ambitious first issue - 90 pages in a downloadable pdf. Here's a link <link>www.veganfoodmagazine.com/ </link> If you make any of the recipes, please share you... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 12:44:22 EST Hubby off meds!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55496433 I'm new to this team, my name is Jeannie. <BR> I am 53 & my DH is 67. <BR> When I met DH he was living off of microwave meals, Chick-fil-A & coffee. <BR> He had high blood pressure, triglycerides & cholesterol & was on meds for all three. <BR> I started him on the road to a healthier diet when we met & started dating. <BR> Soon after, I went vegetarian & he soon followed suit about 80% of the time. <BR> I moved in & started cooking for him & he had no choice but to eat vegetarian :) <BR> 18 m... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:49:43 EST Hello !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x55425132 I've been around on Sparkpeople for several year & have gone from 205 to 163 (today). <BR> I started out as a vegetarian & at the first of the year I went vegan. Although I was kind of a junk food vegan. I decided to dust off my Dr. Esselstyn book & eat only from that for a while, with a bit of PCRM & Unprocessed thrown in for good measure. <BR> Jeannie Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:36:15 EST Dr. Esselstyn - 5 hr intensive counseling seminar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x55353250 I'm considering doing a 5 hour intensive counseling seminar with Dr. Esselstyn. This includes 2 follow up visits and is considered a Wellness program (some insurance policies will cover this, some won't.) <BR> <BR> Has anyone done this? I'm looking for feedback as it's fairly pricey if insurance doesn't cover (approx. $1K) Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:01:46 EST Hi, I'm New :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x54983565 HI everyone, I'm Elizabella. I do fallow a plant based diet. A friend told me about forks over knifes this year, and it has really open my eyes. I'm still very new to the a plant based diet but since starting my blood pressure is down to a normal range, my headaches are gone, and I have a ton of energy and just feel better over all. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:11:10 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x54959216 Hi! <BR> I'm Nina from the Pacific Northwest. Accidentally came across the movie and it changed my eating dramatically. I have been loosing weight by eating more protein/very little grain for a couple of years. Not feeling great but sticking to it to keep the weight in check. <BR> Have now eaten plant based for about 2 weeks. Feeling great, lost some weight and are really enjoying the food. One of my goals is to get off the Cholesterol meds. The Dr. told me I did "inherit" my high cholestero... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:50:51 EST Hello! I am new :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x53695395 Thank you for the Welcome email! I am looking forward to being a part of this team! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Have a plant-strong, blessed day, everyone! <BR> Tomsgal85 (Susan) <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:18:46 EST Q&A with Dr Esselstyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x53681672 I hadn't read this Q&A for a long time, and I'm so glad I remembered it. It contains great information about following a plant-based diet. I recommend bookmarking it so you can refer to it often. Here's a link <link>www.heartattackproof.com/qanda.htm </link> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:37:29 EST Fathers (or any) Day Barbeque Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53639378 Here's a great menu with recipes from Vegetarians in Paradise. I'm going to make the Brassica Slaw recipe very soon, and the Dragon's Breath Barbeque Sauce looks pretty darn tangy! <link>www.vegparadise.com/cookingwith66.ht<BR>ml </link> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:35:50 EST Mark Bittman's New Book, VB6 (with recipe links) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53631224 Mark Bittman’s latest book is "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good" (forward by Dean Ornish, MD). I know some of you are rolling your eyes at the concept of only eating a plant-based diet part-time. For many people who are trying to eat healthier after a lifetime of consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD), this is a mainstream way to transition to what might someday become a full-time plant-based diet. <BR> <BR> There’s room at the table for e... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:39:54 EST Free Kindle Book - Vegan Indian Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53625423 Amazon is offering a free Kindle version of Anupy Singla's book, Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes. I've used both of her books and recommend them highly. I haven't looked at them for a while and can't remember how much you might need to modify the recipes if you're following an Esselstyn-friendly diet. I'm not sure how long the free offer will last, so download soon. Here's the link <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B008FOSJXS/ref=pe_<BR>245070_24466410_M1T1DP </link> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:14:26 EST Peeling Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53606399 If you ever need to peel a large quantity of garlic, this method is ingenious <link>showmethecurry.com/tips/tip-tuesday-<BR>peeling-large-quantities-of-garlic.html </link> It's perfect for batch cooking sessions! Tue, 4 Jun 2013 17:02:52 EST Forks Over Knives Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x53450126 The FOK website is constantly updated with articles, recipes, etc. Be sure to visit if often <link>www.forksoverknives.com/ </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:05:17 EST Forks Over Knives is NO LONGER free on Hulu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x53450086 You can watch Forks Over Knives anytime you want <link>www.hulu.com/#!watch/279734 </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:01:54 EST McDougall Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53428228 For over 11 years, Dr John McDougall and his wife Mary have published a monthly newsletter with interesting topics and many recipes. Here's a link to the recipe index for all 11 years <link>www.drmcdougall.com/newsletter/recip<BR>eindex.html </link> The October 2012 issue features Chad Sarno's recipes. To see a list of recipes by category and title, just click on Newsletter Recipe Index <link>www.drmcdougall.com/newsletter/archi<BR>ve.html </link> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:55:44 EST Kaiser Permanente Supports Plant-Based Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53413814 In its Spring 2013 journal, Kaiser Permanente - the largest managed care and hospital company in the US - published an article supporting a plant-based diet. One of the take-away quotes: "Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients ..." For a summary and commentary by J Morris Hicks, click on this link <link>hpjmh.com/2013/05/20/plant-based-for<BR>-all-patients-says-kaiser-permanente/ </link> To read the actual report "Nutritional Update for Physicians:... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:31:51 EST What's Going On In Your World? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53412849 This is a "check in" thread to share whatever you want - it doesn't have to have anything to do with nutrition/diets. I just read/watched this heartwarming story of loyalty, love, and the kindness of strangers; so it's my share for today <link>www.eclectablog.com/2013/05/wisconsi<BR>n-marine-reunited-with-dog-he-served-w<BR>ith-in-afghanistan.html </link> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:00:21 EST Brendan Brazier's Free "Thrive Forward" Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53354529 From the home page: <BR> "Developed by Brendan Brazier, Thrive Forward is a FREE, personalized online program to help transform your health and sport performance through plant-based nutrition. Starting with Clean Eating 101, Brendan guides your journey to optimal health and performance through customized topics most relevant to you—be it energy, stress, sleep, body composition, strength and endurance training, or even how to eat more sustainably. And every video lesson is enhanced with usefu... Wed, 15 May 2013 11:10:11 EST Happy Mother’s Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53319553 <link>www.diseaseproof.com/archives/inspir<BR>ation-happy-mothers-day.html </link> Sun, 12 May 2013 20:17:15 EST What Cookbooks Do You Use? Post Your Review. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53315868 This thread is a place to post reviews of cookbooks you've read and used. Post reviews of new releases or old favorites. It seems like there is at least one new cookbook on the market every week. It's hard to keep up with all of the vegan-specific titles, not to mention the cookbooks that have some tasty plant-based recipes or ones that can be easily modified. Some books have a lot of recipes but are more than cookbooks, like “Eat To Live.” It’s fine to post a review of books like that. <BR>... Sun, 12 May 2013 12:59:37 EST Almonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53314938 From The Cornucopia Institute's The Authentic Almond Project: <BR> "California-grown raw almonds are no longer raw, following enactment of a federal rule in September 2007. The USDA has mandated that raw almonds are to be sanitized using treatment processes that the industry generously describes as “pasteurization.” <BR> <BR> The rule requires treatment of raw almonds with a toxic fumigant or high-temperature heat. The scheme has imposed significant financial burdens on small-scale and organ... Sun, 12 May 2013 11:12:23 EST Imported Organics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53314846 Here's a link to an informative article from the Cornucopia Institute about imported organic foods, especially organic imports from China. There are links to some other useful articles on the sidebar. <link>www.cornucopia.org/2013/05/not-good-<BR>enough-for-pet-food/ </link> Sun, 12 May 2013 11:00:44 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x53306484 I just purchased the book, FOK yesterday. I had been eating fairly healthy, so I thought, for about 6 years when hubby was diagnosed with cancer at that time. <BR> <BR> So even before his diagonsis, we basically went from white to brown, no red meats, healthy oils so we thought such as olive oil, and basically no sugar, at least for him. It was because his trigs and cholesterol were outta sight. He became really healthy but alas, passed away about 8 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> We ate bascially th... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:30:42 EST BRAVO: Recipes from the TruNorth Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53304712 This link goes to an excellent interview with the book's author, Chef Ramses Bravo <link>bringyourownlentils.blogspot.com/201<BR>3/02/0-false-18-pt-18-pt-0-0-false-fal<BR>se.html </link> This is a terrific book; all the recipes are free of salt, oil, and sugar. Check out some of the other posts on this blog while you're there. Sat, 11 May 2013 13:36:56 EST This thread is closed. Please don't post here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53231597 <em>386</em> This thread is closed. Sun, 5 May 2013 17:57:13 EST Attune Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53231341 Attune Foods manufactures several products including the Erewhon organic line of cereals and crackers along with Uncle Sam cereals - delicious stuff! Yesterday I received a letter from Post Foods (the cereal company) announcing its purchase of Attune Foods. Evidently that happened in January. Post has committed to keeping everything about Attune Foods intact. Here's an article about the purchase <link>www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/201<BR>3/01/11/post-foods-buys-natural-and-or<BR>ganic.htm... Sun, 5 May 2013 17:33:01 EST Livestock's Long Shadow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53231064 In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a lengthy report titled "Livestock's Long Shadow." In that report, the FAO cited livestock production as a major factor in environmental problems ranging from global warming to water. This link goes to an excellent summary from the FAO's magazine, Spotlight. If you're interested in reading all or parts of the full report, there's a link to a pdf at the end of the article <link>www.fao.org/ag/magazine/0612sp1.htm <... Sun, 5 May 2013 17:04:41 EST "Burgers" and Other Summer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53205967 Summer will be here soon. I can hardly wait, especially since it is snowing here right now. I thought it would be fun to share summer recipes. Here's a start: The Healthy Librarian's Enlightened version of Chloe Coscarelli's Drive-Thru Burgers and Special Sauce <link>www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_h<BR>ealthy_long_life/2012/12/burgers.html </link> Fri, 3 May 2013 12:55:52 EST Food Labels - What Do They Really Mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53066182 There's a lot of consumer confusion when it comes to food labeling. Often, that's deliberate on the part of manufacturers. For example, do you know the difference between "organic" and "all natural"?" Organic foods have rigorous standards to meet for certification; "all natural" foods have undergone minimal processing but may contain preservatives and genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs). Buying food has become much more complicated over the past few decades, and staying abreast of infor... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:13:26 EST 2013 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x53065828 Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce that features the Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean Fifteen. Here's a link to the 2013 guides. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the lists if you don't want to download them. Sadly, kale/collard greens and summer squash has been included on the dirty list. For me, that's yet another reason to buy organic versions of everything on the dirty list. If you can spare some dollars, this group does grea... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:44:25 EST Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead - 2 year anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53065678 Two years after the release of "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead," thousands of folks continue to view the film and follow the program. Not everyone likes juicing, especially Dr Esselstyn. Joe Cross, the producer and subject of the film, still maintains that juicing saved him. Whether you juice or not, I think you'll find some good advice in Joe's latest post on the Reboot with Joe site <link>www.rebootwithjoe.com/joes-journal-g<BR>etting-ready-mistakes/ </link> If you haven't seen the film, it's r... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:34:35 EST Chad and Derek Sarno http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x53065490 Chad and Kevin Sarno are rock stars in the plant-based food world. Both are culinary experts, teachers, and restauranteurs. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Derek is currently Senior Global Chef for Whole Foods and works with the Health Starts Here program. Chad is currently Senior Culinary Educator and R&D Chef for Whole Foods' Health Starts Here program. He was featured in the film Planeat, has written and co-authored several cookbooks (most recently Crazy, Sexy Kitchen written wi... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:19:57 EST Vegucated - Free Viewing on Hulu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x53055083 The film "Vegucated" is available for free viewing on Hulu this week as part of Earth Day celebrations. Here's the link <link>www.hulu.com/#!watch/478858 </link> If you haven't seen it, it's really worth the time. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:00:08 EST Starting over from another Michigan member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x53040497 Hi, I'm from S.E. MI and have been a member of Sparkpeople for a few years. A few years ago, I read Eat To Live and it completely changed my life. I read many other books with similar philosophies and really like the Forks Over Knives. I did a great job changing my lifestyle and lost 80 pounds, got rid of my Type 2 Diabetes, lowered my cholesterol and BP significantly, and was loving every minute of it. I'm not quite sure what happened (well, yes I am intellectually, but not emotionally/me... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:14:54 EST Interesting Pinterest Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52992342 From a post on the T Colin Campbell Foundation <link>pinterest.com/expeditionWell/ </link> There are many delicious recipes - just click on the website name, not the photo, to get a recipe. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:01:16 EST Eden Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x52991981 We all have our political agenda, and I don't want to turn this into a debate --- but I thought you might be interested in this (to me, quite surprising) article about Eden Foods <link>www.salon.com/2013/04/11/organic_ede<BR>n_foods_quiet_right_wing_agenda/ </link> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:22:00 EST Food Revolution 2013 Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52926665 John and Ocean Robbins are interviewing an incredible assembly of experts April 27 - May 5 at their Food Revolution 2013 Summit. You can access the event free. Participants include Dr Neal Barnard, Kris Carr, Dr Joel Fuhrman, Dr Dean Ornish, Mark Bittman, Dr Michael Klapper, Kathy Freston to name but a few. Here's a link for more info <link>www.foodrevolution.org/summit </link> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:46:55 EST Food Waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x52926521 Americans throw away a lot of food. I confess that I throw away far too much myself. Here's an interested article on the topic <link>www.goodfoodworld.com/2013/04/food-w<BR>aste-in-the-21st-century/ </link> <BR> <BR> What can you do to reduce your own food waste? If you're of the few who manages to use everything you buy or pick, please share tips. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:30:13 EST NYTimes Magazine Food & Drink Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x52925482 Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine was the Food & Drink Issue. There's a great piece by Mark Bittman about vegan fast food (along with a couple of excellent Bittman recipes). Here's a link <link>http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazin<BR>e/index.html </link> (I think you can still view up to 20 articles a month without having to pay.) Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:46:21 EST favorite menu ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52896229 I am kind of new to this and want to get some menu ideas. What are your favorites for breakfast? I think the only thing that is hard about changing your lifestyle is to get bored with the same stuff over and over. I saw the recipe posting. I am just having a little trouble at breakfast. <BR> Thanks. Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:01:33 EST Free McDougall Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52870625 There are several vegan challenges that anyone can partake in for free, but this is the most in depth plan I have come across. If you cannot afford to go to an immersion, this is the next best thing. Thanks to Jeff Novick's FB post for reminding me about this terrific resource. Here's a link <link>www.drmcdougall.com/free.html </link> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:34:49 EST Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52778643 Here's a great article from Vegucated (with recipe links) about these vegan staples <link>us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4921785<BR>38a92a6e3282bb5adc&id=a4976614e2&e=e5a<BR>4e41c44 </link> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:32:05 EST Doctor's advice also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x52759529 Hi! I am new to this lifestyle. My doctor asks me to watch the movie and consider adopting this lifestyle to help me lose weight, beat diabetes, and lower my cholesterol. I did follow a vegetarian lifestyle when I was younger and got away from it. Not for political or social reasons, just because after not eating meat products for a while, they didn't look or smell good to me anymore. Any advice or recipes would be wonderful. Thank goodness I love beans. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:07:31 EST Big Ag on Capitol Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x52686172 Here's an interesting article from Politico about the influence of Big Agriculture on the budget for the Department of Agriculture. The focus is on meat production, but the impact affects all farming. There are also attempts, not mentioned in this article, to change the definition of "organic" to include Monsanto-engineered plants. I'll post links to articles about that when I come across them. Here's the link to the Politico article <link>www.politico.com/story/2013/03/big-a<BR>griculture-... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:42:19 EST Farms to Forks In Anaheim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52620180 Anyone else going to the Farms to Forks weekend in Anaheim next month. I can't wait to learn more! (and to go to Disneyland!) Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:24:24 EST new to this life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x52414475 I have been sick for the past 15 years now and my husband and I came on to this movie on Netflix as well as "Hungry for Change" I am hoping that by switching to a produce based diet I can reverse the major health issues I have. We just started yesterday and today I am majorly conjested. We did plain raw produce for dinner last night. It was nice and crisp. We actually enjoyed it. We did cheat a little. I made a home made dip out of sour cream to flavor the broccoli. We didn't go overboa... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:10:41 EST Maintaining a Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52367483 In the news this week was Alex Jamieson's post that she is no longer vegan. The successful transition to a vegan diet requires learning how to eat properly which means getting enough protein and taking supplements like B12 if you don't get enough in your meals. Read this great post from Ginny Messina <link>www.theveganrd.com/2013/03/do-some-p<BR>eople-need-to-eat-meat.html </link> If you haven't read the book she wrote with Jack Norris, Vegan for Life, you should. It's excellent! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:21:21 EST Spring Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52293657 Spring is not far away, and it's time to search for new and exciting dishes to serve at spring celebrations. My latest "find" is for Vegan Avgolemono. Traditionally made with an egg and lemon base, the recipe has been transformed into a fat free vegan delight by Gena Hamshaw <link>www.choosingraw.com/vegan-avgolemono<BR>-greek-easter-soup-with-lemon/ </link> Here's a link to some of Gena's other recipes on Food 52 <link>food52.com/blog/category/158-the-new<BR>-veganism </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:15:30 EST Sweet Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52275785 Vegicakes is a great new website featuring oil-free, low or no sugar vegan dessert recipes. Check it out the next time you want to make something special <link>veggicakes.com/ </link> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:57:30 EST Vegan Culinary Experience - Thai Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52257225 The latest issue of The Vegan Culinary Experience features Thai food. This e-zine is produced by Chef Jason Wyrick and features several recipes plus some excellent articles. Here's a link to a free download <link>www.veganculinaryexperience.com/VCEF<BR>eb13.pdf </link> There are some very interesting topics in past issues. Unfortunately it isn't easy to find a good list. When I downloaded back issues, I got a lot of error messages but eventually got all of the issues I wanted after a few t... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 00:24:35 EST Trader Joe's Vegan Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x52238220 Here's Trader Joe's list of vegan products for those of you who are lucky enough to have one of those stores in your neighborhood <link>www.traderjoes.com/lists/vegan.asp </link> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:48:15 EST Spicy Marinade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52236763 Show Me the Curry is one of my favorite blogs, and today's post/video is a recipe for a multipurpose marinade. It looks like a perfect marinade for tofu, tempeh, or seitan as well as roasted veggies. It packs a punch. If you like spicy, I think you'll enjoy this <link>showmethecurry.com/fusion/multipurpo<BR>se-marinade-recipe-for-vegetables-and-<BR>meats.html </link> Check out some of the other recipes on their site. You''ll find vegetables in the subzi category, and there are some tofu an... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:23:40 EST Canned Young Jackfruit in Brine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x52235609 I'm starting to play around with canned young jackfruit in brine to get a meaty texture for barbeque and curry dishes. It was very popular in some circles a few years ago, but I missed that trend. Young jackfruit is used as a vegetable, and it's very low in calories. There's no protein in it, so you'll need to include something else in your meal for that. I'm far from proficient in my recipe conversions, but it's a very interesting product. Dishes prepared with it are better the second day, ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:04:18 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x51952187 My dentist told me about this movie, but I have not see it yet... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:05:14 EST Dr Campbell's TEDxEast Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x51945125 "Resolving the Health Care Crisis" delivered on 24 July 2012 (length 18:36) <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CN7<BR>PF10RKo </link> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:41:33 EST On Dr.'s advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x51774862 Hi my name is Marlene, my Dr. has highly recommended I watch Forks over Knives and try the plant based diet to help me lose weight, lower my cholesterol and blood pressure. I've already changed several things in my diet and i'm exercising 6 days a week. I'm not ready to go full vegan, but would love to hear what others are doing. <em>341</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:26:39 EST Report on the Farms to Forks immersion held in Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x51720318 I attended the F2F immersion held in Clearwater Beach starting Friday afternoon, Jan 4 and ending at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. I had already seen the movie, F over K, last summer and had purchased the Engine2 Diet book with its recipes, plus the F over K cookbook. I tried the 28 day challenge set out in the Engine2 book. I did this last August and did not gain or lose any weight. I thought it was just a good diet for maintenance. But after the conference in Clearwater my perspective totally ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:36:44 EST Report on the Farms to Forks immersion held in Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x51720255 I attended the F2F immersion held in Clearwater Beach starting Friday afternoon, Jan 4 and ending at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. I had already seen the movie, F over K, last summer and had purchased the Engine2 Diet book with its recipes, plus the F over K cookbook. I tried the 28 day challenge set out in the Engine2 book. I did this last August and did not gain or lose any weight. I thought it was just a good diet for maintenance. But after the conference in Clearwater my perspective totally ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:31:51 EST it works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x51386837 I have been following the plant based diet for 6 months and have lost 30 pounds. I am trying to figure out how to continue to loose as I have stayed at this weight for at least a month. I hope to gain encouragement and to be encouraging by joining this group. For some unknown reason, I have had no cravings since I started and it has been an exciting adventure trying to find meals that my husband likes too. He isn't totally committed but is an encouraging spouse. Onward and upward! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:07:05 EST Going to the Forks over Knives retreat Jan 4-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x51345996 I'll be going to the retreat in Clearwater FL, and will try to give a report of it when I get back. Just thought maybe someone here would be interested. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:04:47 EST 2013 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x51345737 The first day of the new year is always filled with resolutions to eat better, get more exercise, save more money -- all of the things that make us healthier. By mid to late January, those self promises have often been abandoned as we return to old habits, good and bad. I am not usually one to make resolutions, but I want to make a sincere effort in 2013 to eat better, get more exercise, and be more dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have some company from members of th... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:37:07 EST 30 Minute Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x51040608 This is a handy collection of recipes for those nights when you don't have a lot of time to spend fixing dinner but still want a yummy meal. <link>www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/easy-ve<BR>gan-recipes </link> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:16:19 EST Dr Fuhrman's Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x50812693 Dr Fuhrman's Holiday Challenge begins November 19. You'll have a free 2-month gold membership to his website which includes recipes, forums, and merchandise discounts. I did it last year and learned a lot. This year I'm excited to do it again. Here's a link for more information <link>www.diseaseproof.com/archives/holida<BR>y-challenge-the-3rd-annual-holiday-cha<BR>llenge-is-about-to-begin.html </link> Don't worry about entering your credit/debit info. You won't be billed unless you don't ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:41:42 EST What's for Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50798526 Here's a thread for sharing recipes, tips, learning experiences after culinary disasters, etc. My tip for today is a winter squash chart I heard about from Chef Del Sroufe on a conference call conference call for members of Dr Pam Popper's Wellness Forum. Here's a link to the chart <link>albertsorganics.com/sites/default/fi<BR>les/581ADBC4-F69B-4082-B9C8-175CF50636<BR>62.pdf </link> Here's a link to Dr Popper's program <link>www.wellnessforum.com/ </link> BTW, if you think it's interest... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:10:40 EST Climate Change and the Mayans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x50771070 The Huffington Post has a very interesting article about climate change and the demise of the Mayan civilization. Though not an in-depth scholarly article (nothing on HP is), it's worth the time it takes to read it <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/10/ma<BR>ya-collapse-climate-change_n_2109680.html </link> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:17:15 EST Daily Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x50714069 I just realized we don't have a "drop in" thread. Well, we do now. Here's the first entry: <BR> <BR> Today is election day in the US. Be sure to exercise your right to vote. Every vote matters; every vote counts. Remember that people died fighting for that right for all Americans. Vote! <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:12:26 EST FOK presents the Engine 2 kitchen rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x50651978 Has anyone else watched this DVD. I have purchased it but am waiting for it to be shipped from America so I could be waiting a few weeks. I take it is along the same lines as the KOF but more howto start???? Thu, 1 Nov 2012 23:19:48 EST Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50617045 It's definitely soup weather here in MN. This is one of my favorite lentil soup recipes, and the bonus is that it's a slow cooker recipe. The one caveat it that I've had undercooked lentils because of the interaction with the acid in the tomatoes. Now I cook the lentils on the stovetop; then I add them to the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker. Sometimes I stir in some baby spinach a few minutes before serving. It's really a lovely recipe. Don't be tempted to leave out the ground cori... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:49:43 EST Kris Carr and Chad Sarno http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50615139 Kris Carr's latest book is Crazy Sexy Kitchen and will be released this week. Even better -- the recipes are by Chef Chad Sarno, the chief educator of Whole Foods Market's "Health Starts Here" program. Here's a sneak peek <link>kriscarr.com/wp-content/uploads/Craz<BR>y_Sexy_Sneak_Peek2.pdf </link> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:09:38 EST Hi From Australia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x50494032 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Rebecca and I have just rejoined sparkpeople after being absent for way too long. <BR> I bought the dvd of forks over knives a couple of weeks ago and found it very interesting. <BR> So when I found this group I thought it would be a great team to join to be able to learn a bit more. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 02:54:37 EST 2012 Holiday Season Virtual Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50467139 People who eat a plant-strong diet often encounter challenges during the holidays. I thought it would be fun to have a virtual potluck of delicious plant-strong dishes. Add links or recipes for dishes you would like to serve at your holiday meals and indicate the category when possible. Categories include appetizers, entrees, sides, soups, desserts, and snacks. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:34:54 EST Fall Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50406198 Here's a link to a fabulous board on Pinterest created by Veganasaurus. Yum! My only problem is which one to try first. <link>pinterest.com/vegansaurus/fall-in-lo<BR>ve-with-vegan-food-um-this-is-for-autumn/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you think you've tried every way to cook butternut squash, maybe you haven't. Here's a recipe for Butternut Squash Pizza with Sage. Double yum!! Just be sure your crust is vegan if you don't make your own. <link>eatwellwithjanelblog.com/pizza-with-<BR>tofu-ricot... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:05:24 EST Sandwiches and Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50402732 Lunch on the go? Packing a lunch for work or school? Something to go with soup? Something for a quick meal? Here are a few ideas. <BR> <BR> Peanut Tofu Wrap <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/peanut_to<BR>fu_wrap.html </link> <BR> <BR> Instead of a BLT, have a TLT <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/reci<BR>pecomdetail.jsp?recipeId=25110304 </link> <BR> <BR> Hummus Spirals, Eggless Salad, and 8 other wraps <link>kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/06/wrap<BR>-obsessed-plus-my-10-fave-re... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:32:23 EST Best for Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x50387992 I find this article interesting <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=669603 </link> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:44:05 EST hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x50374597 I have watched the movie and have the book. I have been a vegetarian for over 20 but can't really cook and never ate alot of healthy foods and recently have been eating more fruits and veggies and learning how to cook so I'm betting I well learn alot more here. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 17:38:17 EST Sweet Treats - cookies, cupcakes, pie crust http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50345662 I was looking for a recipe earlier today and ended up on the Betty Crocker website. While I was there, I thought I'd see if there were any vegan recipes. I found 2 dessert treats - sugar cookies and tiered cupcakes. Both look delicious! There's also an unbaked GF pie crust recipe. <BR> <BR> Vegan Sugar Cookies <BR> <BR> Double Dark Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes <BR> <BR> Gluten-Free Pie Crust <BR> <BR> 10.14 - Not sure why the links aren't working. Here's a link to the search <link>www... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:09:59 EST Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50255587 The second book inspired by the movie was released in August, "Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year" by Chef Del Sroufe with dessert recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I have a copy and highly recommend it. Unfortunately, the first printing contained several errors. If you have a copy, you might want to download the errata sheet and put it in your book <link>theexperimentpublishing.com/forksove<BR>rkniveserrata.pdf </link> Happy cook... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:54:54 EST Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50253838 Make your own Reese's, only better! <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/10/04<BR>/reeses-pumpkin-peanut-butter-cups/ </link> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:43:55 EST Awesome to find this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x50249558 Hi Everyone! Thanks to Pat, I just found this team. I've been vegan for many years, but then went crazy - eating anything and everything for a few years. It shows, believe me! Them about a mouth ago I went back completely into Mcdougall and got into Esselstyn, Barnard and Rip. My husband and I just watched Forks Over Knives! I know, late to the table. Just delighted to find more and more like minded people here on sparkpeople. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 02:40:12 EST Food Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x50241686 This is a great site to check for recalls, health concerns, food politics, etc. There's information about all food - animal and plant <link>www.foodsafetynews.com/ </link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:08:02 EST Holiday Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50220997 The fall/winter holiday season is just around the corner. I thought it would be fun to start a thread for sharing favorite and "must try" recipes. Here are some recipes from Vegan Dad: <BR> <BR> Tofu Pot Pie <link>vegandad.blogspot.com/2012/10/tofu-p<BR>ot-pie.html </link> <BR> <BR> Harvest Pies, Maple-Apple Cider Tofu with Stuffing and Apple Cranberry Chutney, Thanksgiving Mini Pot Pies with Roasted Mushroom Gravy <link>vegandad.blogspot.ca/search?q=thanks<BR>giving </link> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:25:04 EST Cinnamon Raisin Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50216767 These look so good that I had to share the recipe <link>nutritionalresearch.org/content/heal<BR>thy-fall-recipe-cinnamon-raisin-muffins </link> I can't wait to make them! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:50:11 EST Vegan Recipes from Martha Stewart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x50212753 There are some delicious vegan recipes on Martha Stewart's site. This link goes to main dishes, and you can click on desserts and appetizer options too <link>www.marthastewart.com/361868/vegan-m<BR>ain-dish-recipes/@center/852566/vegeta<BR>rian-recipes </link> For some reason, you are not directed to most of these recipes when you click "all vegan recipes," so I suggest skipping that exercise. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:17:30 EST Free 60-Day Supply of Vitamin B12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x50190129 The November issue of Vegetarian Times has a full page ad for 60 Day Supply No Shot Advanced B12 2,000mcg. You can get a free bottle by simply paying $4.95 shipping. That's a pretty good buy. I pay almost $10 for Jarrow, so I ordered a bottle just to try it. Here's a link if you're interested <link>www.cvc4health.com/products/60-Day-S<BR>upply-No-Shot-Advanced-B12-2%2C000mcg.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> PS - I also posted this on the Engine 2 Diet team. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:21:28 EST Wall Street Journal Discussion on Vegan Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x50162184 Here's an interesting "debate" from the September 12 edition of the Wall Street Journal - "Would We Be Healthier with a Vegan Diet?" Dr T Colin Campbell wrote the "yes" position. <link>online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396<BR>390444184704577587174077811182.html </link> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:14:37 EST im new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x50018995 just watched this movie and an in awe... i really wanna make this change for my and families health.... im toatally addicted to cheese. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 02:26:31 EST High Protein Vegan Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x49947540 This is a yummy set of recipes from Shape magazine. It's nice to see more vegan menus in mainstream magazines. Here's a link to the article, "6 High-Protein Vegan Meal Ideas" <link>www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-id<BR>eas/6-high-protein-vegan-meal-ideas </link> <BR> <BR> This is a link to "vegan" results from a search on the Shape site <link>www.shape.com/search/apachesolr_sear<BR>ch/vegan </link> I have to read the article about a spray to extend the shelf life of bananas that con... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:10:54 EST The Basics: Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x49828136 Most people used the tried and true ratio of 1:2 brown rice to water when cooking it. Here's a better way to get fluffy brown rice <link>www.marthastewart.com/924877/master-<BR>recipe-brown-rice# </link> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:04:06 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x49702677 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Val and vegan since May 2011, vegetarian before that for ~5 years. <BR> I don't have the FOK book *yet* but have quite a vegan cook book collection and am always looking to connect with other like-minded people! <em>67</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:38:37 EST GMOs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x49661574 The battle to keep GMOs out of the national food supply is in full swing in California. Here's a list of the companies that want to pollute our food <link>www.rodale.com/gmo-labeling-californ<BR>ia </link> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:19:41 EST Pizza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x49639547 Are you craving pizza? Check out the latest issue of The Vegan Culinary Experience <link>www.veganculinaryexperience.com/VCEA<BR>ug12.pdf </link> Better yet, buy Mark Sutton's fabulous book "Heart Healthy Pizza" - it's NOT an oxymoron <link>www.hearthealthypizza.com/ </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:54:18 EST Tofu Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x49323231 Let's face it. Tofu is a key ingredient for many who follow a plant-based diet. It's a wonderful ingredient because it's basically a blank canvas that comes to life with the addition of spices and veggies while packing a protein punch. Share some of your favorite recipes or some you've come across that are on your "to try" list. Here's my current "to try" addition <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/a-<BR>new-view-of-tofu/?src=me&ref=health </link> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:40:38 EST What are you eating today/Did you eat yesterday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x49285940 I think it would be fun to see what everyone is eating. For example, I have been cooking potatoes and zucchini (a little low fat pan fry) and happily having that for breakfast. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 06:50:21 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x49094928 Hi, folks! I am so excited to find this spark team!!! I am 34 years old and although a HUGE animal lover, have been a meat eater my whole life. I always joked that my meat came in a package wrapped in celophane. If I ever had to "kill" my own meat, I'd become vegetarian very quickly. The irony was I was just letting someone else do it for me. I separated myself from that world and didn't give it a thought. I have also struggled with my weight. I was a very active member with WW, lost 83 lbs, ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 03:50:47 EST Veganism & the Environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x49074119 This is a great visual <link>www.culinaryschools.org/yum/vegetabl<BR>es/ </link> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:51:34 EST Cornucopia Institute Report on Natural Cereals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48951247 I just read the Cornucopia Institute report "Cereal Crimes: How 'Natural' Claims Deceive Consumers and Undermine the Organic Label—A Look Down the Cereal and Granola Aisle." It's quite interesting. One of your cereals might be included <link>cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/docs<BR>/Cornucopia_Cereal_Report.pdf </link> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:33:21 EST "American Meat" - A Pro-Farmer Look at Our Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48923297 Today I learned about a new documentary titled "American Meat." Instead of being another film featuring CAFOs and other miserable animal conditions, it's a film about small farmers and the success some of them are having. We need animals in our world; and frankly, not everyone is going to quit eating animal products just because most of the literature says that's a healthier way to eat. I support small farmers, and I'm anxious to see the film later this week. <BR> <BR> From the website: <BR>... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:34:19 EST Organics and Big Business - A Bad Match http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48923223 The New York Times published an interesting article about the tension going on in the organic food world as big businesses like Pepsico and Kellogg have moved into the organic food industry. Standards are being lowered, and questionable ingredients are being approved. Our government is not paying attention to the small businesses and farmers who have carefully grown and protected this important niche in our food supply. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the article <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/07/... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:29:32 EST Evolve! Campaigns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48919533 Watch this powerful video from the Evolve! Campaigns, "What We Can Do to End World Hunger" <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPxW-CVzVog&<BR>feature=player_embedded#! </link> There are enough facts to make the most resolute skeptic question the existing state of our food system. <BR> <BR> For more info about the program, go here <link>evolvecampaigns.org.uk/evolve/defaul<BR>t.aspx </link> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:51:22 EST Vegan Travel Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x48917287 Today's VegNews has a useful article by Carolyn Scott-Hamilton with tips for staying healthy and vegan when traveling <link>vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=<BR>4016&catId=4 </link> <BR> <BR> I've noticed requests from travelers on some of my other teams for tips. Here are a few other articles to make it easier to enjoy your trip(s) without having to worry about your diet: <BR> <BR> "Travel Friendly Vegan Food" <link>http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do;<BR>jsessionid=1B0E1D95A1D062C... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:10:52 EST DaCapo Press Recipe Sampler http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48889050 Earlier today I found this great page of recipes from DaCapo books when I did a search for Dreena Burton's Nutty Veggie Burgers recipe. Most of the recipes are vegan. <link>www.dacapopresscookbooks.com/recipes<BR>.asp </link> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:33:35 EST Mayo You Can Feel Good About http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48827702 Thermometer readings have been in or near triple digits across the US, and summer salad season is in full swing. Here are a few mayonnaise recipes that won't send your cholesterol soaring. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/to<BR>fu-miso-mayonnaise_n_1059244.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/two-vegan-mayo-rec<BR>ipes-111206 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/<BR>how-to-make-vegan-mayo-mayonnaise-reci<BR>pe.html </link> <BR> ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:34:47 EST Hidden Animal Ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x48827528 Following a plant-srong diet requires diligent label reading, but some products don't have complete labeling. This is the best list of hidden animal ingredients in food that I've seen so far <link>www.dummies.com/how-to/content/hidde<BR>n-animal-ingredients-in-foods.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a list of vegan alcoholic beverages <link>www.barnivore.com/# </link> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:21:41 EST Something Special for the Grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48825883 When I was looking for something special to cook on the grill, I found this amazing recipe by Bryant Terry,Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Celeriac Sauce <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/op<BR>en-faced-grilled-eggpla_n_1373858.html </link> I think I will find many other uses for the incredible sauce; but I will eliminate the oil and use broth or water if it's too thick. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:51:23 EST Brand New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x48805670 I'm not sure what brought everyone else to this forum, but I can tell you that morbid obesity, high blood pressure, acid reflux and really bad knees are the reasons I am here! I saw Rip Esselstyn at the Annapolis MD Whole Foods for a showing of Forks Over Knives. It immediately made sense to me. I am 60 years old, but I am determined to take my life back! I have paid to take a weekend Forks Over Knives Immersion course at the Esselstyn family farm in upstate New York in August, and am exc... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:32:54 EST Weight Loss Surgeries on the Rise in Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48792878 There was an interesting article in The New York Times about the increasing numbers of weight loss surgeries in Texas on June 23. Hidalgo County, which is along the Texas - Mexico border, has the highest rate of Medicaid patients in the state; and Medicaid has paid for 443 bariatric surgeries there in the past 5 years. <BR> <BR> Here's one of the more interesting comments in the article: <BR> <BR> “ 'There is no single diet right now that helps patients lose weight and keep it off,' said D... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:07:37 EST Bean Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48754604 I just found this table of stats for 1 cup servings of several varieties of beans. It's interesting to compare protein, fiber, etc. <link>www.slowcarbfoodie.com/2011/07/23/wh<BR>at-kind-of-beans-should-i-eat-the-grea<BR>t-slow-carb-bean-index/ </link> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:31:01 EST Flawed methodology, misleading reporting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48749066 This article comes from HealthDay, via our very own SparkPeople Health News section: <BR> Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories: Study <BR> Low-carb and low-glycemic plans work best, but low-carb regimen has drawbacks <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=666119 </link> <BR> <BR> Quoted: <BR> "The low-fat diet derived 60 percent of its calories from carbohydrates, 20 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein. The low-glycemic-index diet... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:03:15 EST Powerful Argument Against Eating Animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48717965 Dr McDougall sent an email today to recommend spending 10 minutes watching this video. When I first titled this topic, I referred to it as animal rights. As I thought about it, I realized that it isn't about animal rights as much as it is about humanity, sanity, stopping starvation, and saving our planet. But that's just my opinion. Listen and form your own. <BR> <BR> From the Free from Harm introduction: <BR> "Watch this 10-minute excerpt of Philip Wollen’s speech to the St James Ethics Cen... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:18:50 EST FOK Inspires French Chef to Reduce Meat on Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48707960 An article on Forbes.com is about a French chef in London who was inspired by FOK to reduce the amount of meat in his dishes and focus on vegetables. Not everyone is going to give up animal products, but reducing consumption is a great compromise. Think of it as the Bittman approach. It's an interesting article and another great mention of FOK in the mainstream media <link>www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/<BR>2012/06/25/a-french-chef-looks-to-brea<BR>k-the-rules-and-change-the-world/ </l... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:38:28 EST NPR: the Making of Meat-Eating America http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48701249 <link>www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/26<BR>/155720538/the-making-of-meat-eating-a<BR>merica </link> <BR> The historical significance and evolution of meat-eating in the United States. <BR> <BR> Does the phrase "humanely slaughtered" always sit wrong with anyone else? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:56:40 EST FOK Wins EMA Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x48697738 "Downton Abbey,” The Double, 1911 and Forks Over Knives won the Entertainment Merchants Association’s Independent Home Entertainment Awards, presented during the EMA’s 2012 Independent Product Market at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. <BR> <BR> ... Virgil Films' Forks Over Knives was awarded the Documentary/Special Interest Title of the Year. <BR> <BR> “Independent studios continue to provide consumers with an extensive roster of unique and diverse content enhancing the home ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:13:35 EST Poor Diets Are Just As Bad As Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48582379 Talia Fuhrman posted this great blog on DiseaseProof.com today. This is the first paragraph: <BR> <BR> "If you are reading this blog, you probably already recognize what I am about to report and have read about why it is so important that we make wise eating choices. However, most Americans are not like the average DiseaseProof reader and I’m willing to bet many people believe still believe that whether or not we get cancer depends on the genes we are dealt or even luck. Most will agree th... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:58:51 EST Kid Tested Firefighter Approved Blog - Yum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48565106 I discovered yet another new-to-me blog today. All of the recipes follow the guidelines Dr Esselstyn and others have developed, including The Engine 2 Diet. There are several Whole Foods deli item copycat recipes. Not all of the recipes are original, but full credit is given which makes it OK in my book. Check it out <link>kidtestedfirefighterapproved.com/ </link> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:52:55 EST Planeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x48564968 The DVD of the film "Planeat" will be released July 3, 2012. The film features Dr Esselstyn, Dr Campbell, and environmental scientist Professor Gidon Eshel. It hasn't been shown in my area, so I'm anxiously awaiting the DVD release. In addition to a trailer and other information about the film, the website features lots of recipes <link>planeat.tv/ </link> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:40:38 EST "Vegan Mashup" Coming to PBS This Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48551162 "Check out our upcoming series 'Vegan Mashup.' <BR> <BR> Join Terry Hope Romero, Toni Fiore, and Miyoko Schinner as they whip up some easy and delicious fare. Plus, we’ll include guest chefs to keep it fresh. Check out the promo. And sign up for our newsletter or Facebook page for updates." <BR> <BR> <link>delicioustv.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the recipes on this website! I hope my local PBS station is going to air this show. I'm going to send an email to the station manager a... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:57:00 EST new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x48508979 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Anna Sue, I will be 65 this summer... I have several of the serious health problems mentioned in the movie. <BR> <BR> Last Wed. my husband and I were introduced to F/K and the E2 'diet' at our farmer's market in town. <BR> I bought both books and the F/K movie. I was convinced after watching the movie one time. <BR> My husband, who fell asleep during it, wanted to watch it again. So, we did this morning. <BR> He's now convinced that we will go plant based. <BR> <B... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:06:42 EST Bravo!: Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48464059 Doug Lisle, PhD, who was featured in FOK, works with patients at TrueNorth Clinic in Santa Rosa, CA along with Dr Alan Goldhamer, Dr Michael Klaper, and others. One of the clinic offerings is beautiful chef prepared meals served on site and available for delivery in the area. I have often drooled over the photos of the salt, oil, and sugar free meals knowing it is unlikely I will ever have a chance to try them since I live in Minnesota, not California. Now Chef Ramses Bravo, the chef who prod... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:13:28 EST Salt debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48401687 Interesting piece in Sunday's NYT calling into question the conventional wisdom of restricting salt intake in order to lower BP: <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/s<BR>unday/we-only-think-we-know-the-truth-<BR>about-salt.html?pagewanted=all </link> <BR> And, of course, some rebuttals: <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/opinion/s<BR>alt-in-your-food-the-effects-on-health<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Both camps make some good points, but what I think is missing from the di... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:44:28 EST Calcium Supplements and Heart Attack Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23120x53155x48374154 From the FOK website: <BR> <BR> May 29, 2012: A report released Friday in the journal Heart found an alarming result: taking a calcium supplement to prevent bone loss puts people at a significantly greater risk for heart attacks. The 24,000 participants in the study, all between the ages of 35 and 64 and taking calcium supplements regularly, were found to be a whopping 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who did not take supplements. <BR> <BR> According to the study, “C... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:59:12 EST Melanie Joy on Dis-Ease of the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x48373843 This is a link to the May 23,2012 post by Melanie Joy, PhD titled "Dis-Ease of the Heart: The Psychology of Eating Animals." I read her book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" and found it fascinating. At the end of the post there's a video of Dr. Joy presenting “Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat” at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend, February 2012. <link>www.forksoverknives.com/dis-ease-of-<BR>the-heart-the-psychology-of-eating-ani<BR>mals/ </link> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:35:50 EST McDougall Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48326556 Here's a link to the recipes in the June McDougall newsletter <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2012nl/may/<BR>recipes.htm </link> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:40:46 EST Traveling to Japan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x48276230 If you're traveling to Japan and aren't fluent in Japanese, here's a link to cards you can use at restaurants to convery your dietary restrictions. The cards are from Makiko Itho, author of "Just Bento" <link>www.justhungry.com/japan-dining-out-<BR>cards </link> This is a link to her post "Japan: A Survial Guide for Vegans" <link>www.justhungry.com/japan-survival-gu<BR>ide-vegans </link> along with a follow-up post <link>www.justhungry.com/followup-report-b<BR>eing-vegan-japan </link>... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:35:36 EST What's on Your Menu This Summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48261545 Summer is the season when burgers abound. Not eating meat is no problem when it comes to enjoying a good burger. Here's a collection of recipes I came across today. I can hardly wait to make the Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto <link>chicvegan.com/recipe-round-up-vegan-<BR>burgers/ </link> <link>chicvegan.com/recipe-round-up-vegan-<BR>burgers/ </link> I might make this Lebanese Potato Salad to accompany them, but I won't use as much oil as the recipe calls for <link>www.huffingtonpo... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:40:24 EST Hi - Just watched the movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x48184577 Hi. My name is Trish. I've been vegetarian for years and except for the fact that my husband and kids eat fish and seafood, the whole famly follows a vegetarian diet. I've read all the books and spend hours looking at blogs and recipes on line for plant based and vegan recipes. (I write my own blog if you care to check it out <link>infinebalance.com </link> <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> I've just watched the movie and it has given me new resolve to get rid of the remaining animal produc... Tue, 22 May 2012 15:14:31 EST Meat and manliness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x48137407 Society might think a vegan or vegetarian man is a rare thing. Why would a man give up meat? Wouldn’t that take away their manliness and the idea of men as the beefy, muscular hunters of prehistoric times? <BR> <BR> A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research has found why men don’t find a plant-based diet as manly. They found that “to the strong, traditional, macho, bicep-flexing, all-American male, red meat is a strong, traditional, macho, bicep-flexing, All-American food” d... Sat, 19 May 2012 08:48:52 EST Howdy ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x48126979 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team so thought I would stop by and say hello to everyone !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:35:27 EST Beyond Meat - chicken that isn't chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x48112167 Beyond Meat is a faux chicken product that has been generating a lot of news recently. Whole Foods will test market it in northern California soon. Here's an article about it <link>www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/17<BR>/152519988/a-farmer-bets-better-fake-c<BR>hicken-meat-will-be-as-good-as-the-real-thing </link> Thu, 17 May 2012 12:58:15 EST Hi from Michigan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53155x48039663 Hi, team! I'm Rheyn, a massage therapist near Detroit. My husband and I happily follow a plant-based diet. I've been on SparkPeople for almost five years, but only began participating in teams at the end of last year. Can't wait to get to know all of you! <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> Rheyn Sat, 12 May 2012 19:59:51 EST Ditching meat just one day a week is a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53155x47973985 This is an interesting post from the the Liveable Future blog from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for a Livable Future <link>www.livablefutureblog.com/2012/04/di<BR>tching-meat-one-day-a-week-reduced-ris<BR>k-of-mortality </link> Even if you or a loved one changes just one meat-filled meal a week to a plant-based one, there are positive health results. For folks just starting the transition from a standard American diet to a plant-strong diet, this is a good... Tue, 8 May 2012 13:40:41 EST FOK Website Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23335x53155x47971945 "Our goal has always been to bring you the leading information in the plant-based world – and to that end, ForksOverKnives.com will feature daily blogs from an elite network of contributors. These contributors will include medical doctors, dietitians, chefs, athletes and more, who will write about, first and foremost, the diet and health connection. We will also include blogs on plant-based fitness and how food choices impact the world around us." <BR> <BR> It's great that the film's websit... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:24:36 EST Seitan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23121x53155x47913109 Seitan is a popular source of protein in a vegan diet. You can buy it at coops, natural food stores, Whole Foods, and specialty stores. It's fairly expensive, but you can make your own for much less. In addition to saving money, you have much more control over the flavor and shape by making your own. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to a video featuring Ann Gentry, founder of the Real Food Daily restaurant and executive chef of Vegetarian Times magazine. There's a link to the recipe in the text belo... Fri, 4 May 2012 14:47:13 EST