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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

JANUARY 2018 Vol. 20 No.1



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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Happy Birthday, Vegetarians in Paradise

As we light another candle on the VegParadise Birthday Cake and embark on our 20th year of publication, we reflect on the challenging experience of publishing a monthly internet magazine for our staff of two who function as webmasters, researchers, writers, and editors. The experience has been labor intensive but quite rewarding, though not monetarily. Even though we are listed as a dot com, we are strictly nonprofit and not a commercial site.

We are especially gratified that we are able to reach such a wide audience. Our email inbox is continuously filled with questions and congratulatory comments from people in 200 nations around the globe who visit our web magazine.
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Tone Up with the VIP Diet After All That Holiday Eating

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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Score a Touchdown and Some Extra Points
at Your Super Bowl Party
Hummos Swedish
A simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummos comes to the football gathering dressed as a football. Prepare a double quantity of this popular garbanzo bean dip and flavor it with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and a touch of spice. Shape it like the pigskin zooming across the football field and decorate with turnip strips to resemble the laces.

Veganizing an old classic American recipe can imitate the original so closely that some meat eaters might believe they are actually eating the real thing. This is definitely a make-ahead dish that tastes even better the next day. The Swedish "meatballs" are feathery light while the flavor is lusty enough to please the sports fans oblivious to anything but television.
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Big Guys Are Taking Over;
Large Conglomerates Swallow Vegan Companies
Sweet Earth Daiya

The big guys, giant food conglomerates, have noticed a greater public acceptance, desire, and demand for meatless products. They want to play a greater role in the plant-based food wave because they see the large dollar signs. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to buy or merge with a successful company that markets plant-based foods.

The merger may be beneficial to the vegan community by making products similar to those sold by companies like Daiya more widespread and accessible. In other instances the purchasing company seeking greater profits destroys the vision of the small company and introduces a product/products that deviate from concepts established by the absorbed company.
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Vegan Diet Could Prevent 8 Out of 10 Leading Causes of Death

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has evaluated the current diseases and conditions most likely to end peoples lives in the US. The chief of the CDC's Morality Statistics Branch, Bob Anderson, explained that such a report is necessary to "create a society where we live as long as we can, as healthy as we can."

Conditions such as Heart Disease and Cancer top the list, with Alzheimer's and Diabetes, among others, following closely behind. Anderson believes that gathering this data can help in determining how to prevent these diseases.

Medical professionals such as Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Michael Greger believe that a plant-based diet is key to prevention. Greger states in a lecture posted on NutritionFacts.org that an ill-informed public is, in fact, the biggest killer in the US, yet doctors are reluctant to share their knowledge on the role of animal products in causing these diseases.
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a Taste of Scotland for Breakfast

Company's coming for brunch and you need just the right dish to delight the senses. This Scottish flatbread sweetened with brown sugar is perfect and makes an ideal breakfast or brunch any season of the year. Serve it with your favorite jam, apple butter, or pumpkin butter, or enjoy the bannocks with a fresh fruit spread. Add some veggie sausage, fruit in season, a steaming cup of herbal tea, and enjoy an exceptional breakfast treat.
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Being Vegan Might Help You Fall in Love

Love Research shows that just two years ago, mentioning your non-meating-eating ways on dating sites curbed the likelihood that'd you find a significant other--but now, it's actually a super-attractive quality.

The popular dating site Zoosk used data from its 40 million members to examine how dating changed in 2017. In addition to nice guys finally finishing first, a major dip in photo filtering, and the fact that mentioning guacamole can help get you a date, big news for people who love their veggies also emerged: In 2015, mentioning you're a vegetarian got you 100 percent fewer replies (ouch!)--but now, vegetarians get 3 percent more replies and vegans get 62 percent more messages than the average person.
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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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Sattdown Jamaican Grill
Come to Sattdown;
Once You Sattdown, You Won't Want to Leave

I loved how colorful each platter was. Though this is not an all vegan restaurant, there were plenty of tasty dishes to make a vegan happy. Our hats are off to Chef Tony Hyde and his wife Nini. On each table is a bottle of Sattdown Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, a Scotch Bonnet hot sauce that's Chef Tony's own creation to crank up the heat. We must admit we were not intrepid enough to venture even a droplet of the pepper sauce. On the Sattdown Facebook page was the very fitting comment, "Come to Sattdown! Where once you satt down, you will not want to leave!"
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Dogs in L.A. Shelters Could Go Vegan

Dog There might soon be 33,000 more vegans living in L.A.--the canine residents of animal shelters operated by the Los Angeles City Board of Animal Services. A proposal before that board's commissioners would switch the dogs to an all plant-based diet.

Right now, dogs in city shelters nosh on a commercial chow, Canidae Life Stages. It has a mix of ingredients including lamb, turkey, and chicken fat, along with rice and grains. That kibble costs the city 87 cents per pound, and the only all-vegan option currently sold by the city's approved vendor could run four times that price, according to The Denver Post (though one of the proposal's backers claimed at a hearing that he had informal commitments from vegan dog food manufacturers that they would work with the city to meet the price of the current food).
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NBA Players Tell Why They Are Going Vegan and Vegetarian

National Basketball Association As more information becomes available about the food athletes are putting in their bodies, a lifestyle trend appears to be taking the NBA by storm: veganism.

That's right, players are throwing out the beef and picking up the beets, putting down the chicken and picking up the chickpeas. According to most of them, the change in diet has both helped them cut weight and increased their energy levels.

Here's a running list of NBA players who have made the transition to vegan or vegetarian diets:
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Tap the Secrets of Asian Cooking
Farm to Table
Cookbook author and veteran food writer Patricia Tanumihardja's Chinese, Malaysian, and Singaporean roots shine through in her second cookbook Farm to Table Asian Secrets. Her love of Asian flavors is evident in every page as is her eagerness to give every home cook a delicious taste of the dishes she loves.

In Singapore, where she grew up, Patricia mentions "the climate meant we only had two "seasons"--hot and wet and hot and dry." The mostly imported vegetables that formed the base of Asian meals were available year round. When she moved to Pacific Grove, California, she discovered a whole new world of vegetables that were only available seasonally. Working in a farmers market, she gradually learned to adapt the farm-to-table approach to preparing her special meals.
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Aunt Nettie Rolls Out Her Plum Good Peanut Roll
Plum Good Peanut Roll

I figgered it would be a good idea ta start the year with somethin' good ta eat that was also gonna be good fer ya, too. So I rummaged through my pantry an' pulled out a few goodies I thought might-could be rolled up inter one nice l'il ole sweet thang an' sure e'nuff it did come together jes fine.

Now darlin', don't ferget ta share the sweet treat--it's mighty important ta spread the good times, not jes fer the holidays, but all year long, startin' with this month. An' if y'all kin start the year with a smile, why it jes might last all year long.
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Eat Your Leafy Greens;
Your Brain Will Love It
Kale Salad

While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study results were published in the December 20, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Adding a daily serving of green leafy vegetables to your diet may be a simple way to help promote brain health," said study author Martha Clare Morris, ScD, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush.
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Vegan Diet Used by U.S. Prisons for Rehabilitation

Prison Times may now be changing as Pennsylvania state prisons have recently begun to trial 200 volunteer inmates on a fully plant based diet. This action is part of a wider venture named "The Redemption Project" and aims to assess whether a meat free diet will impact the behavior of an inmate, improving their health and decreasing the amount of anti-social acts they commit. "The Redemption Project" was initially founded by Matt Harris, a retired police officer. Harris believes that the diet will alter the way an inmate behaves in prison, he stated that the aim of the initiative is "seeing if the diet changes their behavior in prison and we think it does."
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VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights

Halo Top Dairy-free Frozen Dessert Create a Halo Effect with Halo Top Frozen Dessert
Visiting a friend for dinner, I discovered a yummy vegan treat in two 1-pint containers of Halo Top Dairy-free Frozen Dessert--Caramel Macchiato and Sea Salt Caramel flavors. Guess my friend really likes caramel! Turns out it was crazy delicious, and we indulged generously without too much guilt. Hard to believe, but each pint contained only 320 calories, even though it was made with rich-tasting coconut milk.
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Maple Water

Tap the Maple Tree for Some Delicious Water
One of the neatest thirst quenchers I've ever laid my hands on might be a surprise to practically everyone--would you believe there is such a thing as a 12-ounce bottle of Drink Maple Water, a pure liquid that comes right from the maple tree with nothing else added--how cool is that! It's certified organic, non-GMO, and kosher. Best thing is it's delicious, light, and really refreshing and only had 30 calories. This could be a regular thing on my shopping list!
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Sweet Earth Moroccan Tagine How Sweet It Is
Looking for a quick and easy vegan dinner I scanned the freezer section of my local Target and discovered some very tempting entrees by Sweet Earth. The 9-ounce box of Moroccan Tagine insisted on coming home with me, and boy am I ever glad it did! It was done in 25 minutes in the oven and I wasted no time lapping up Moroccan heaven for a dinner that had only 280 calories. Really delish -- loved it immensely! Try it yourself--bet you'll go crazy for it, too. The box says 5 super foods and mentions garbanzos, red peppers, almonds, sweet potatoes, and raisins on the front of the package and hey, it's all certified organic, too!
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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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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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