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Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarians in Paradise Vegetarian/Vegan Magazine

A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine

A Nonprofit Vegan Public Service Publication

Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999

By Zel and Reuben Allen

JULY 2017 Vol. 19 No.7

Welcome to Vegetarians in Paradise. With each new issue we at vegparadise.com hope to provide you with a variety of information pertinent to the vegan community. For those who visit us from other areas of the country or from distant lands, we offer great diversity and invaluable vegan resources for vegans and vegetarians anywhere in the world.

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Celebrate Our Independence with Burgers and Mash
July Fourth Burgers and Mash

While it's traditional to tuck crisp-fried falafel balls into a pita and slather them with a lemony tahini sauce, you can have fun breaking tradition and enjoy these baked patties in multiple ways--as salad, sandwich filling, mini appetizer patties, or with pasta in place of meatballs.

For this July 4th celebration, feature the patties on a platter and top them with the traditional colors befitting the nation's Independence Day holiday.

To bring out their best flavors and give them the colorful July 4th salute they deserve, dress the burgers with a fluff of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, a dollop of Sir Kensington's Spicy Ketchup, and dot the top with a few fresh blueberries.
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Rocket Your Way to a Star Studded Vegan Barbecue

Grilled Veggie Kebabs Stars and Stripes American Pie

Though people unfamiliar with the vegan table consider it very limited, it's actually quite the opposite. With so many possible choices of excellent dishes, the host and hostess have the challenge of narrowing them down to just a few special recipes that take advantage of the outdoor grill. The vegan choices for the barbecue can also include succulent hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, sausages, and shrimp made from plant-based ingredients. But we've departed from the ordinary to offer an extraordinary festive meal. Here's what we've chosen for this year's barbecue menu:
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Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care

Dr. Steven Lawenda 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.
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VegNews Names Los Angeles #1 Vegan-Friendly City in America

VegNews Magazine
1. Los Angeles, CA took top spot due to it's incredibly fast-growing vegan community. You can find everything from high-end dining at Crossroads to greasy-spoon vegan eats at Doomie's Home Cookin' in this Southern California city. In addition to the booming vegan food scene, there are several festivals and street fairs including the can't miss Eat Drink Vegan Beer and Food Festival (happening this month), earning LA the top spot in our rankings.
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Discover the Health Film
Health Oganizations Don't Want You to See!

What the Health

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.
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Dairy Starts Over by Going Vegan

Elmhurst Nut Milks

It's no secret that cow's milk dairy is on a downward slope. According to research firm Mintel, sales dropped seven percent in 2015 and are expected to drop another 11 percent through 2020. That's a drastic decline, and dairy producers have been feeling the pinch. Among those producers was Elmhurst Dairy in Queens, New York.

The old-school operation churned out cow's milk for 90 years. But in keeping with changing consumer demand, current CEO Henry Schwartz (son and nephew of the plant's original founders) decided to start over -- this time, with nut milks.

Enter Elmhurst Milked, a new line of vegan, all-natural nut milks in Milked Almond, Milked Cashew, Milked Hazelnut and Milked Walnut varieties.
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Veganize It! It's Easy.
Just Veganize It!

Imagine our surprise when we walked over to Costco's book selection and found a stack of Veganize It! books on the table! We realized that "vegan" was now in the mainstream. Kudos to Robin Robertson for helping make "vegan" a common word in the world vocabulary.

Robertson has been hovering over her stove since the 1980s and has generated dozens of vegan cookbooks for a variety of publishers. With Veganize It! she has concocted a stunning book for one of America's most famous publishers.
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Organic Food--a Healthier Alternative

Organic Food
Research suggests organic food contains:
  • 20-40% more antioxidants: Phenolics (19% higher), flavanones (69% higher), stilbenes (28% higher), flavones (26% higher), and flavonols (50% higher).

  • Fewer pesticides: The frequency of pesticides in non-organic fruit is 75%, non-organic vegetables, 32% and non-organic crop based processed foods, 45%. More than 300 pesticides can be used in non-organic farming.

  • Less cadmium: There is typically 48% lower concentrations of toxic metal cadmium in organic crops.

  • Less nitrogen: Organic produce contains less nitrogen, which has previously been linked to cancers including stomach cancer.
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Going Vegan Clears Kate Hudson's Acne

Kate Hudson But when actress Kate Hudson says she struggles with acne, it's just unbelievable. Perhaps it's those Fabletics commercials where she's doing high kicks sans sweat, or the fact that she's the human embodiment of luminizing highlighter. But apparently, she gets pimples--and there's only been one lasting solution thus far: a vegan diet. "When I went vegan last summer, my skin was the best it's ever been--skin tone, pores, everything," Hudson told Vogue.com, adding that she's had a hard time figuring out why her skin randomly breaks out.
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Portugal Requires Vegan Meal Option
At All Hospitals, Colleges, Prisons

Vegan Meal
Portugal just passed a law requiring all public cafeterias to offer at least one vegan option to diners. That mandate applies to all public hospitals, prisons, schools, universities and other public buildings. Within six months, all these cafeterias must provide a minimum of one meal choice that is free from animal products. The law calls it a "strict vegetarian option."

What drove this remarkable change? The will of the people, of course.
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Six Things Happened When 19 Nurses
Did a "21- Day Vegan Challenge"

After Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, conducted a presentation on the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet for her nursing colleagues at Virginia's George Mason University, 19 of them were inspired to try the diet themselves. The nurses decided to collectively eat vegan for 21 days and measure and record how that affected their overall health.
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More Doctors Warn Patients to Eat Less Meat

Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist with National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, Colorado, says that doctors often worry that patients will balk at the idea of radically altering what they eat. But that's slowly changing: Freeman, who follows a vegan diet himself, now recommends a "plant-based diet."

A number of mainstream medical groups now endorse vegetarian (or vegetarian-ish) diets, including the American Cancer Society, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and, over protests from the meat industry, the USDA group that issues dietary guidelines. In 2014, the American College of Cardiology elected its first ever vegan president, Dr. Kim A. Williams
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Aunt Nettie Smoothes Things Out
with a Special Fruity Cocktail
July Fourth Fruit Smoothie

Well, it didn't take me very long ta blend up some mighty fine fixin's jes perfect fer the July 4th celebration. I wanted ta share a glass o' nice chilled fruits blended up with some coconut milk an ice cubes.

Then ta give this l'il cooler a touch o' holiday spirit, I fancied it up with some plump blueberries an' strawberries a'settin' on top o' the glass. I think its mighty purty and purty darned deeeelicious, too!
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VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights

Majans Bhuja Snacks Beer Mix Difficult to Pronounce but Easy on the Taste Buds
Feeling a bit nibbly, I spotted a 7-ounce package of Majans Bhuja Snacks Beer Mix and noticed it was a new flavor. The company makes other flavor combinations, but this one caught my eye and was it ever a lucky choice! It's got roasted peanuts in their red skins and thin crispy sticks mainly made from yellow peas and chick peas with some pretty darned rockin' seasonings! I was in crispy crunchy nirvana and lovin' the moment. Here's some of the good stuff: it's all vegan (the company's whole line is vegan), non-GMO, certified gluten-free, MSG free, no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors
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The Jackfruit Company Teriyaki Jackfruit

A Pouch Full of Tasty Eating
I gotta give a great big thumbs up to The Jackfruit Company for making Teriyaki Jackfruit, a delicious meal in a pouch! It comes in a 10-ounce package and you can eat it right out of the box, but really it tasted even better warmed up in a frying pan. Mixed it with some brown rice and had a meal that was worth a 5-star rating! How can ya miss with great-tasting thick teriyaki sauce? Loved that meal. And it's nut-free, dairy-free, totally vegan, and adds a little fiber to your life! Read More.

Gardein Teriyaki Chick'n Strips No Fowl in These Savory Strips
I wanted to impress a friend that's in love with chicken--the real stuff--so brought home a 10.5-ounce package of vegan frozen Gardein Teriyaki Chick'n Strips and defrosted it. The teriyaki sauce comes in a separate packet so I set it aside for another time. I cut the chick'n strips into bite-size chunks and added them to a really well-seasoned garbanzo bean and veggie stew I was making. No surprise-- the meal was a total hit and friend was convinced the soy and gluten chick'n was the real stuff--no kidding. Well, it was tender and it really soaked up the good flavors.
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Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award

Robert Jacobucci and Lin Silvan
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.
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Vegetarians in Paradise Diet Appears After 25 Years of Extensive Research

Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad
Lima Bean Salad Rouladen Banana Pancakes

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.
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Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support

Meatless Monday 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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