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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

NOVEMBER 2015 Vol. 17 No. 11

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

    A Vegan Holiday Feast

    When: Thursday, November 5 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: $39
    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 more details.


    Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Demonstration -- FREE

    When: Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Paramount Library
    Location: 16254 Colorado Ave., Paramount, CA 90723
    For information call 562-630-3171


    A Grand Vegan Feast for the Holidays --FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Malibu Library
    Location: 23519 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
    For information and to make your reservation, call 310-456-6438
    Click here for more details.

    Attend Southern California Thanksgiving Events
    Where Turkeys Are Honored Guests

    Thanksgiving Celebrations in Los Angeles

    Those who shun the fuss and muss of the kitchen have numerous opportunities to enjoy a fulfilling vegan Thanksgiving in the Southern California area. Check our listings that offer varied choices for dining in, dining out, or participating in unique and traditional vegan Thanksgiving potlucks.

    Keep checking back throughout the month for additional information.
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    Give Thanks as You Bite into Tasty Vegan Delights
    At the Thanksgiving Celebration
    Thanksgiving Torte Cranberry Nog
    The perception non-vegetarians have of vegan cuisine is disappointingly negative. Many believe we eat boring, bland rice and beans for our Thanksgiving feast, and they want none of it. In recent years though, vegan professional and home chefs are shaking things up! We're changing what the public thinks by presenting some pretty darned awesome plant-based dishes that actually look visually exciting and taste so good even omnivores are willing to sample a spoonful.
    Read More and More and More and More and More .

    World Health Organization:
    Processed Meat Can Cause Cancer;
    Red Meat Probably Can

    Bacon Meat Kills Steak

    It's official: Ham, sausage and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers - and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.

    While doctors have long warned against eating too much meat, the World Health Organization's cancer agency gave the most definitive response yet Monday about its relation to cancer - and put processed meats in the same danger category as cigarettes or asbestos.

    A group of 22 scientists from the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France evaluated more than 800 studies from several continents about meat and cancer.

    Based on that evaluation, they classified processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans" and red meat as "probably carcinogenic."
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    Baker's Dozen Plus of Chefs Canonize Cauliflower

    Tricolor Cauliflower

    A baker's dozen of wildly innovative chefs, cookbook authors, and unbridled bloggers present the hottest in cauliflower recipes guaranteed to knock your socks off and make you fall madly in love with this darling of the vegetable kingdom.

    Not so long ago, kale and Brussels sprouts were trending as THE hottest vegetables on the planet, turning up on Facebook pages, Twitter, videos, and at potlucks in all manner of creative dishes, especially salads that became the clichés of the day. The winners of these trends are the people who are still feasting on those green wonders and benefiting from their powerful antioxidant content. Today cauliflower has stolen the spotlight from kale and Brussels sprouts and is showing off in delightfully imaginative ways.
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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 SaladRouladen 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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    Discover Dining Pleasure that Lasts All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte

    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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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    The doctor actually accused me of having surgery somewhere else! I knew if I was going to keep eating this way, it would have to taste better than the sprouts I was eating, so I went to culinary school. And the rest is history!"
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    Do We Need a Law to Force Kids to Drink Milk?

    Congressman Glenn Thompson

    Before the House of Representatives passes H.R. 2407 School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015, we suggest that parents write protest letters to their congressmen stating, "My child does not have a disability because he/she doesn't like milk. I'm upset that the schools are forced to participate in this effort to enrich the dairy industry."

    If this information is making you angry, that's good. Let's give the dairy industry a kick in the udder by letting them know we're sick of their efforts to buy legislation.
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    Thanksgiving Dinner Spotlights a Savory Pie

    Tomato Pine Nut Pie

    Melt-in-the-mouth delicious and decked out for the holiday, this attractive Italian-inspired pie makes an ideal savory dinner dish with a very unique crust.

    'The pie not only excels in flavor, but its fragrant aromas also infuse the kitchen with the irresistible scents of an old world Italian kitchen. Just be sure to deseed the tomatoes to avoid excess moisture spoiling this very striking crust that so perfectly compliments the filling and the holiday season.
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    PlantPure Nation

    PlantPure Nation Launches Diet Revolution

    PlantPure Nation is not just an ordinary documentary film; it marks the opening salvo in a revolution to improve the health of all Americans. Nelson Campbell, along with other members of his family, have joined with Producer John Corry and Filmmaker Lee Fulkerson of Forks Over Knives fame to craft a film that many people will be discussing the rest of this year and beyond.

    The film details the battle Nelson Campbell faced in trying to bring a plant-pure diet to the state of Kentucky, a state where the citizenry faced numerous health issues triggered by poor diet. He encouraged his father Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of the famed The China Study, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, to present their health-promoting lifestyle diet to the Kentucky Legislature where the two received enthusiastic applause.
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    101-Year-Old Credits Vegan Diet for His Longevity

    Dr. Ellsworth Wareham
    A 101-year-old California heart surgeon who retired just five years ago may be the epitome of "you are what you eat." Dr. Ellsworth Wareham credits his vegan lifestyle with being his fountain of youth. He says it's why he is still sharp-minded, enjoys good balance and drives.

    "I don't have any trouble with my joints, my hands are steady, my balance is good, I don't have to walk with a cane," he told CCTV America. Wareham lives in Loma Linda, California, which is one of five so-called Blue Zones, so named by longevity researcher Dan Buettner because people tend to live longer, healthier lives within them.
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    Be Grateful!
    Café Gratitude Opens in LA Arts District

    Cafe Gratitude

    Cafe Gratitude

    Opened in March 2015, the restaurant has already attracted a flight of fans that know and love its delicious food and positive philosophy. Both regulars and newcomers wasted no time exploring the new, upbeat, and spacious locale on the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue.

    The Café Gratitude folks made a savvy decision when choosing this location. The DTLA Arts District is rapidly becoming one of THE sizzling hot spots of the city and is in the process of exciting redevelopment. The area is changing constantly as new shops, restaurants, galleries, condos, pubs, wine bars, and businesses inhabit old abandoned buildings and give them a welcome facelift.
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    Tree Nut and Seed Oils--a Benefit to Some--
    a Vicious Tiger to Others

    Argan Nuts

    I began to research the plaguing issue of allergic reactions from nut-derived ingredients, like tree nut oils, in body care and beauty products. What seems like a benign moisturizing lotion designed to soothe and comfort dry skin just might be the hidden culprit of a miserably itchy rash.

    Milder reactions to tree nuts may result in itchy rashes or pesty eczema that people might not readily trace back to nuts or nut products. After all, nuts are healthy foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and a host of antioxidants. Sufferers of these nasty, and sometimes very ugly, rashes may be applying beauty and body care products regularly without realizing they are THE PROBLEM. Another puzzler is allergic symptoms that show up after long-time use of a nut-or nut-oil-containing product.
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    Vegan Ladies Are Hot!

    Kathy Freston Bianca Phillips Carrie Forrest Jennifer Cornbleet Carolyn Scott Hamilton Laura Theodore

    Look, I'm a feminist, so I don't mean to objectify anyone by saying that vegan ladies are hot. All people are beautiful and equally valuable regardless of any distinction, including gender. But let's face it: from top to bottom, inside and out, vegan ladies are simply superior than your average run-of-the-mill lady in so many ways; they're the Teslas of the human race.

    The fact is that vegans put less strain on their bodies with the food they eat. In a way, your body is like a giant filtration system, and the standard American diet pretty well turns that filter into a soggy, worn-out, disease-prone mess.
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    Aunt Nettie Zings with Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry Pear Sauce Aunt Nettie

    Now, y'all knows I loves ta cook up tasty fixin's that's good fer ya, too, an' that's jes what I done. 'Sept, I cain't claim I done this recipe myself--though I did make it many a year fer Thanksgivin'.

    The credit belongs ta my niece, Zel, and she done a mighty fine job o' fixin' up with a cranberry recipe that's easy and mighty tasty all fixed up with ginger an' cinnamon an' even some fresh pears. Why, them l'il ole cranberries is havin' a fine ole hootnanny in the stewpot.
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    Jazzy Vegetarian Develops Vegan-ease

    Vegan-ease Vegan-ease succeeds in making vegan cooking uncomplicated. Novice cooks and old timers will find this compendium of recipes an inspiration for making colorful and tasty meals.

    Laura Theodore is truly a master of making home cooking easy on the cook, yet she doesn't shortchange on featuring wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. Throughout the pages are simple-to-make recipes perfect for everyday meals and slightly fussier dishes for company or holiday feasting with a bright splash of color.
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    Forks Over Knives Delivers--Meals,That Is

    Forks Over Knives Delivery The influence of Forks Over Knives is hard to ignore. Since its creation in 2011, it's often been described as a"vegan maker." The film has inspired countless transformations and helped bring a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle into mainstream healthcare conversations. Now, the FOK organization has launched a new arm of its efforts: a meal delivery service dubbed Forks Fresh Meals.

    "More than anything, we want people to be healthy and and happy," says Brian Wendel, the president and founder of Forks Over Knives.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Theo Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bars
    I was the fortunate recipient of two 3-ounce bars of Theo Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate bars--lucky me! One was Orange, the other Mint flavored. Yummy and a half! These were probably the smoothest and richest chocolate bars I ever tasted. Why? Well, simply because they're made from 70% cacao (that's what they call the natural chocolate bean), sugar, cocoa butter, orange oil, orange zest, and ground vanilla beans. What a treat it was!
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    Beyond Meat Beastly Sliders Been hearing so much about Beyond Meat tasty burgers, I had to give them a taste. Bought a frozen package of their Beastly Sliders and followed their stovetop heating directions. Within minutes, a little bit of magic took form. Little drips of juice began to bubble and ooze around the six, small 2-inch diameter patties and pretty soon the kitchen was practically blooming with awesome, irresistible, and such enticing aromas I could barely wait for these little babies to warm through. Sharing these with a special friend, we bit into the first patty and I almost jumped out of my seat with excitement! These are sooooo delicious I was licking not only my fingers but also the plate, too.
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    Dear Dr. Weil:
    Why Do You Suggest a Vegan Diet Is Dangerous?
    Read One Reader's Response

    Dr. Andrew Weil

    "However, vegans often have decreased intakes of vitamin B-12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, I am cautious about vegan diets in general, especially for children. Following a vegan diet requires that you acknowledge the important nutrients missing from your menu options and supplement where needed. For this reason I recommend that anyone beginning a vegan diet meet first with a well-trained dietitian."
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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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