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By Zel and Reuben Allen
OCTOBER 2017 Vol. 19 No.10
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian Zeitgeist
The original Oktoberfest had a sweet, romantic beginning that dates back to October 17th in the year 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig wanted to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghaussen with a little extra fan-fare that went beyond the stiff and often formal, customary royal rituals. He simply wanted to throw his bride a grand party.
To celebrate the happy occasion, the crown prince invited all the residents of Munich to attend the celebration in the large field at the entrance to the city gates. Thousands attended to see the colorful parade and drink enormous quantities of "bier." And because the prince wanted to close the "bierfest" on a high note, the last day of the event featured horse races with crowds cheering jubilantly along with the royal family.
Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care
Fortunately four years ago, at the age of thirty-eight, worried deeply about my personal and professional future, I discovered the incredible power of food as medicine. I was blown away by what I was learning. I was amazed to learn that there existed a way of eating, namely a whole food, plant-based diet, in which a person could eat until full, without counting calories or measuring / restricting portion size (no portion control!), yet lose significant amounts of weight, regardless of the amount of exercise as well. This same way of eating, I learned, also REVERSES our most common chronic diseases, including our number one killer, heart disease, and our most costly and complicated disease, diabetes. I was very skeptical learning all of this, especially as it was not part of my years of training. Yet, soon I began to realize how much solid scientific evidence existed that more than substantiated these incredible benefits.
Ghosts, Goblins, Witches Join Our Halloween Adventure
For the big monsters, parties that linger long into the wee hours are becoming quite the trend. Costumes, homemade, rented, or purchased are the vogue or in some cases, even required for the ghastly night's festivities. Dressing up, or in some cases dressing down, allows people to role-play and have fun. In a witch's costume, a reveler might play at casting a love spell over someone special. A ghost or ghoul weaves through the crowd growling spooky chants, while the smiling good fairy waves her wand and grants long-desired wishes.
Naturally, food and drink are an essential aspect of the party scene with a buffet that makes the planning and serving easy for the host and hostess. A table spread with appealing treats helps to create a friendly focal point where people can assemble and chat and charm as they wish.
Watch the Health Film
Health Oganizations Don't Want You to See!
The film's subtitle clearly reveals the message Andersen learns as he travels the country to find that health organizations are ignoring or not recognizing the role that diet plays on health. His efforts to question spokespeople from these organizations take an in-your-face approach reminiscent of Michael Moore interviews. Of course, Andersen's interview attempts by phone and in person are rebuffed by the interviewees who realize they are asked to respond to embarrassing questions. When he queries a representative of the American Cancer Society about their website offering recipes using processed meats (known carcinogens), the person refuses to answer.
Split the Pea for Oktoberfest
Celebrate Oktoberfest with an old-fashioned split pea soup laced with slices of zesty Kielbasa sausage and a barrel full of chunky vegetables, a cherished meal any time of year, but especially when the fall weather turns chilly. A soup that's robustly flavored, thick, and hearty has no equal. Seems nothing can take its place when every spoonful blooms with satiety.
Enhance the soup with a hearty selection of vegetables, and it only gets better. While some people prefer their pea soup smooth and creamy, others like a chunkier texture.
Best-Selling Halo Top Adds Vegan Ice Cream Flavors
Halo Top--the juggernaut that just became the top-selling ice cream in U.S. grocery stores--has some more big news: they're releasing a dairy-free/vegan version. A dairy-free version has been customers' top request for some time now, a spokesperson told TODAY Food.
Seven flavors will be hitting stores nationwide by mid-October: Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate, Oatmeal Cookie, Sea Salt Caramel, Caramel Macchiato, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Covered Banana. If you're desperate to try a pint sooner, you can buy them online.
Aunt Nettie Plans a Souper October
So, I went an' bought a nice big butternut squash an' a couple beets an' went right to work cookin' up one o' the best tastin' soups I ever made! An' when the soup was all done, why it didn't look like a butternut soup at all! 'Stead o' the soup lookin' yeller-orange, them little beets took over and turned that soup nice an' red.
But once y'all put a spoonful inter yer mouth, there's no doubt. You'll know in a minute there's butternut squash in there fer sure.
Vegan Lisa Fasulo Wins Power Lifting Competition
Lisa Fasulo of Portland is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weights 136 pounds, eats a totally raw vegan diet and won first place in a powering lifting meet in August.
"Everyone was like, 'There is no way this tiny little girl who is vegan is going to be able to take this,' " Fasulo said of her win in the 35-plus age category in the RPS Push-Pull Power Lifting Competition that took place in Saco. "I showed you can be a vegan and you can be strong."
Fasulo is a fitness trainer at Quest in Portland and Turning Point in Scarborough and runs the personal fitness and nutrition coaching business Get Fit2. She has been power lifting for two years and eating vegan for six.
Veganomicon Celebrates Anniversary Tenth Anniversary
Veganomicon is a juicy cookbook richly peppered with delicious touches and tasteful accents. Readers and home cooks will appreciate the authors' attention to detail, leaving no question about how to bring a recipe to fruition and serve it with flair. Recipes are identified by icon to assist those looking for gluten-free, soy-free, and lower-fat categories. Veganomicon is a dynamic classic that will remain a standard kitchen favorite for all time
Vegan Vending Machines Go Nationwide
A new company is looking to install plant-based vending machines in strategic places across the US, and it's raised more than $2.2 million in funding to make it happen. The available prepared meals will all be 100% vegan.
leCupboard, which has a cafe in Church Street, Noe Valley, San Francisco is aiming to take their vending machines nationwide.
But they aren't the traditional vending machines full of junk foods and soft drinks - they will contain delicious prepared plant-based meals designed to act as preventative healthcare.
You'll Treasure This Halloween Salad
A Halloween treasure hunt is always a fun adventure, and even more intriguing when the hunt is right on your plate. This autumn-inspired salad hides a delicious and highly nutritious little treasure that becomes even tastier when drizzled with a lively dressing made from a base of cooked sweet potatoes.
I prepared this salad for a banquet held in late October and was fortunate enough to hear some of the enthusiastic comments. I think it was the dramatic fall colors that sparked a few oooohs.
Some LA Schools Offer Vegan Food
The food delivery to North Hollywood High has a few extras this year. They're part of a Los Angeles Unified School District pilot program that is providing vegan food options for select schools this fall.
"We're going to have a bean tamale. We're going to have a vegetarian chili that has different types of beans in it," said North Hollywood High Cafeteria Manager Kathy Knight
There will also be a vegan teriyaki burger, a "range-free" burger and Italian "sausage" sandwich. The meat substitutes are soy-based and soy milk is offered. There are also salads, veggie sides, fruit, and bean menu items for those who are soy intolerant.
VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
Betcha You Can't Matcha This Drink
Stock Up on This Un-Chicken Stock
For more information, go to http://www.socalvegfest.org
Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award
Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Lin Silvan and Robert Jacobucci for their efforts in founding and guiding the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN).
Since its inception EVEN has tabled at Earth Day events, distributed literature, held numerous potlucks, offered free vegan starter kits, hosted speakers in the community, and interviewed prominent vegans.
Vegetarians in Paradise Diet Appears After 25 Years of Extensive Research
Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.
The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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