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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

Over 1,000,000 hits and 100,000 visitors monthly

By Zel and Reuben Allen

MAY/JUNE 2015 Vol. 17 No. 5

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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    Zel's Cooking Demonstrations and Classes

    Go Vegan for a Zesty and Healthy Life

    When: Thursday, June 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA 91205
    Class fee: $35
    A $20 materials fee to instructor for recipes and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015
    Click here for details.

    Summer Picnic Tex-Mex Style

    When: Thursday, July 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA 91205
    Class fee: $35
    A $20 materials fee to instructor for recipes and a delicious meal
    For sign-up and information call: 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015


    "Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
    After 25 Years of Extensive Research

    Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad

    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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    Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Pistachio Edamame Salad

    The Vegan for the Holidays cookbook may have played a special role in bringing delicious foods to our holiday tables. But did you know that Vegan for the Holidays can continue to bring dining pleasure throughout the year with its multitude of non-seasonal recipes?
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    Celebrate Mother's Day at Home with a Bouquet of Love--
    and Delicious Dishes

    Stuffed Artichokes Moroccan Carrots

    If dinner at a restaurant seems too hectic on Mother's Day, why not create the perfect vegan meal at home. Begin by setting the table with a tablecloth and cloth napkins, and create a warm ambience with candlelight. Then, enjoy a Vegan Mother's Day Dinner by dining leisurely and savoring every course that celebrates Mother Nature's best offerings.
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    Give Dad Special Attention with a Father's Day Barbecue He'll Love

    Veggie Kebabs Brassica Slaw

    While many restaurants offer dinner specials on holidays like Father's Day, dining out does not compare to the enjoyment Dad experiences when the celebration takes place at home. Kids love to pitch in to make special cards for Dad, set the table, and even work right alongside Mom to prepare a special meal.

    Though not a written edict, a synonymous relationship between Dad's day and a barbecue has emerged. If Dad is the type who enjoys tending the barbecue, give him plenty of opportunity to take charge.
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    Dine in Southeast Asia and Never Leave Town

    Kaya Street Kitchen

    To savor the flavors of far away countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, one doesn't have to drive to LAX and spend 16 hours on a cramped airplane. It's far easier to dine at Kaya Street Kitchen in the Beverly/Fairfax area of Los Angeles!

    Opened in mid December 2014, the small café offers everything a hungry vegan could desire. Fortunately, owners Barry and Yuli Tu did the traveling to those distant lands and loved their dining experiences so much they wanted to recreate some of those dishes and serve them in a style that was convenient and enjoyable to Angelenos.
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    How About the Ultimate Guide to Vegan Sex?
    Vegan Sex

    As any dedicated vegan knows, sex can present a variety of unexpected issues. While food products are clearly marked these days, the same cannot be said for sex products. Sex product packaging standards often donŐt contain ingredient lists or testing policy. Contacting customer service in pharmacies and groceries stores to help sort through the confusion often results in blank stares from workers who are just as unsure about the poorly labelled products as consumers.
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    Aunt Nettie Turns Chard into Spaghetti Sauce

    Chickpea Chard Pasta Sauce Aunt Nettie

    I'm a mighty lucky person ta have friends like I do. Why jes t'other day a very speshul friend brought me the biggest bunch o' Swiss chard I ever laid eyes on. Oh my, it was one o' them kind with bright red stems and them leaves was standin' tall an' lookin' so fresh I almost wanted ta put the whole bunch in a vase.

    Well, I didn't, 'cause I had a better idea. I turned them chard leaves inter a mighty deeeelicious spaghetti sauce. It was so fine I thought y'all jes might like the recipe, so's y'all kin make it, too.
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    Medical Schools Flunk Doctor Nutrition Training

    Liaison Committee on Medical Education It's a national scandal! Doctors who are treating people for obesity and a host of chronic diseases resulting from excess weight have received very little or no training in nutrition.

    It's shameful that doctors are not given these basic yet valuable tools. It's also disappointing that patients suffer needlessly from preventable chronic diseases and could benefit greatly from medical professionals equipped with today's nutrition research.
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    Delicious Surprises Face Visitors in the Los Angeles Arts District

    Pizzanista Fugetsu Mochi

    You might say Downtown Los Angeles is wearing a very chic new dress and a shiny new pair of shoes! Historically, the changes in the downtown region, which are happening rapidly, are dramatic and delightful.

    Where large industrial buildings were abandoned and dilapidated, they're now getting a long-awaited facelift. We spent an adventurous Sunday exploring the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, known as DTLA, to see what vegan offerings we could find and to rediscover an area of the city that was neglected for decades and is now in impressive redevelopment.
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    Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles Makes History

    Los Angeles Vegan Street Fair

    Never before has there been an event like this. Never before has there been a vegan crowd like this. On March 1 the vegan community of Los Angeles held the first ever Vegan Street Fair. The streets of Bakman and Weddington in North Hollywood were closed off. Months in advance city permits had to be filed and approved to be able to do this.

    Over fifty food vendors were arranged and set-up early that morning. The Board of Health and the Fire Department went through and inspected after set-up and gave their okay. The DJ started blaring music. Crowds were waiting to enter the streets.
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    Brenda Davis Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Brenda Davis Becoming Vegan Express Edition

    "To me, being vegan is about doing our part to transform this planet into a place of goodness and peace; a place where life is truly supported and cherished; where kindness and compassion are our guiding principles. It is about doing our part to create a world in which violence and cruelty are mere shadows of what they once were, and where purposeful and unnecessary harm to living, feeling beings is unthinkable. It is about living what we believe with the greatest integrity possible. It is about making our lives an example of everything we want this world to be."
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    16 Million in US are Now Vegetarian or Vegan
    Farmers' Market Produce
    In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. Now, 5% of the United States population is vegetarian and half of those people are vegan. The rates have skyrocketed over the last five years and studies show the rates are climbing. So why are people continuing to go veg? The reason seems to involve a mix of various factors, with the largest impact coming from how much we have learned about commercial farming and animal treatment over the last five years.
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    Don't Put Beaver Butt Juice in My Food

    Like so many of you, we read food labels to find out what's in the product to make sure it doesn't contain any animal ingredients. Unfortunately, many shelf items don't have a "v" symbol or the word "vegan."

    As we have discovered, many products contain ingredients we wouldn't even feed to our pets. In past articles we revealed information like coloring in fruit juice that was derived from cochineal (crushed beetles). We also wrote about non-dairy creamers that had the audacity to contain dairy.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Sunshine Burger Black Bean South West Sunshine Burger really did bring a little sunshine to my dinner. Preheated my conventional oven to 375 and tucked the burger in for about 5 minutes--and out came a yummy dinner sandwich patty. Piled it onto a bun and loaded it with lettuce, tomato, and a nice slice of purple onion and couldn't ask for a better burger. It's got plenty of flavor, fiber, and protein. And guess what--it's organic, soy-free, and gluten-free because it's made with brown rice and black bean Foster's Pickled Asparagus


    Foster's Jalapeño-flavored Pickled Asparagus Spears are so gooooood they practically knocked my on my butt! They're so nice and vinegary and alive with great garlic flavor. And for sure you can't miss the hit of jalapeño--the spice level is perfect--like Little Bear said, "not too hot, not too cold, but just right!" I expected a complicated ingredient list and was surprised to see how pure and simple it actually is--just asparagus, water, vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, garlic, and jalapeños. They make a terrific appetizer or snack, and they're so ultra-convenient packed in 16-ounce tall glass jars.
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    No Wonder People Are Confused:
    Two Studies Turn Up Conflicting Results
    Blood Pressure

    High Protein Diets Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

    Boston University School of Medicine has a new study, tracking over 5,000 Framingham residents, and concluding that those with a daily intake of 100 grams in protein had a 40 percent lower risk of high blood pressure. The key to the Framingham studies is that subjects are not provided with a set lifestyle direction on what to eat. Men and women, between the ages of 30 and 54, provided the latest data on high protein diets, totaling over 16,000 daily diet records.
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    Elevated Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Protein Intake

    High protein consumption may increase blood pressure, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Researchers evaluated the diets of 121 patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants were divided into two groups according to blood pressure--uncontrolled (≥ 135/85 mm Hg) or controlled (≤: 135/85 mm Hg). According to a three-day diet analysis, the group with uncontrolled blood pressure consumed more protein and meat than the group with controlled blood pressure. The controlled blood pressure group also consumed a diet higher in carbohydrates. These findings follow previous studies that show the benefits of plant-based diets on blood pressure.
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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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