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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

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By Zel and Reuben Allen

FEBRUARY 2015 Vol. 17 No. 2

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 Delicious Meal for the Hungry Vegan

    When: Wednesday, February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


    Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
    Location: Toll Middle School, Room 1206, Glendale, CA
    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

    A Valentine Dinner for the One You Love

    When: Saturday, February 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: La Crescenta Library
    2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214
    Class fee: FREE
    To reserve your place, call: 818-248-5313

    Click here for details


    "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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    Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
    Vegan for the Holidays Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht

    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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    Discover Passion and Romance on Valentine's Day

    Couer a la Creme Casher Stuffed Mushrooms

    With Valentine's Day just ahead, Cupid is poised and ready to touch two hearts that share thoughts of love. A little planning and a few gourmet dishes can make that special person in your life feel pampered to the max. And you'll soon notice those sweet moments of TLC flowing back to your heart. After all, it's Cupid's day to romp his way into lovers' hearts.

    For that special Valentine of yours, set the love scene with extra special touches. Haul out the linens, light the candles, and turn on the soft music. A small vase with a single red rose and a glass of wine or sparkling apple cider launches your special Valentine dinner with a sweet beginning.
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    Araya's Is the Place!
    Dine on Deliciously Unique Vegan Thai Food

    Araya's Place

    We were amazed to see so many dishes flowing from this cozy little restaurant that seats about 28 people. We soon learned the secret. This dynamic little restaurant is family owned and operated by members of the family who grew up together sharing these tasty foods. In the late '80s Araya coaxed her sister to join her in opening a vegan restaurant in Seattle. Now that city is home to three locations. Araya's niece, Cherie, is the owner of the Los Angeles location that is operated by her with other family members.

    Intimate lighting with candles on each table set the mood, making diners feel instantly at home. Both sides of the small room have dark wooden banquettes, dark wood tables, and comfortable chairs. The simple wall décor features large, horizontal mirrors framed in dark wood. Soft music warms the room with eclectic sounds of jazz, pop, and Latin selections.
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    Beyoncé Launches Vegan Meal Delivery Service

    Beyoncé has partnered with her trainer Marco Borges to launch a new vegan meal delivery service. The company is called 22 Days Nutrition after the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.

    All meals will be 100% plant-based and delivered once a week. All ingredients will be non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and organic. Prices will range from $9.76 to $16.50 each.

    "All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can," Beyonce said in a press release.
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    Gung Hay Fat Choy
    Marinated Tofu with Lucky Sauce

    Gung Hay Fat Choy is the joyous greeting shared by Chinese families and friends during Chinese New Year celebration. The expression means "good wishes and congratulations."

    The special occasion seemed like an opportune time to share one of my favorite recipes just right for the festival. Luck, health and prosperity are often expressed as wishes for the year ahead, bringing families together to share the good wishes. Often, Chinese New Year is a grand family reunion, uniting families who live far away.
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    Miami Woman Loses 60 Pounds on Vegan Diet
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    Miami event promoter Allison Burgos lost 60 pounds, got off four medications for rheumatoid arthritis and got rid of her wheelchair. She credits it all to switching to a vegan diet. Burgos and her partner Michelle Gaber were so happy, they threw a party this fall, Miami's first vegan bash, Seed Food and Wine Festival.

    A vegan diet is "completely meatless. It's a purely plant-based way of eating," says Cathy Clark-Reyes, registered dietitian with Baptist Health Primary Care. It worked for Burgos. Vegan celebrities include President Bill Clinton, Samuel L. Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres and Paul McCartney.
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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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    Cardiologist Tells What She's Learned About Going Vegan
    Dr. Heather Shenkman

    Hard to believe it's been that long since March 2005, when I paced the Strong Memorial Hospital cafeteria my first night as a vegan looking for what vegan thing I could eat for dinner and settled for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    From my own trials and mistakes, here's what I've learned:

    1) It's not just about eliminating animal products. It's about including new foods.

    It is hard to stick with something when the approach is "these are the things I cannot eat." But rather, it should be a journey of finding what you CAN eat! Try new foods. Have you ever had quinoa? Baked tofu? Seitan (not pronounced like the devil, but rather say-TAN)?
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    Bloggers' Question: Are V8 Vegetable Juice
    & Campbell's Tomato Soup Vegan?
    Company Delivers Mixed Messages
    V8 100% Vegetable Juice

    Blogger Vani Hari, whose internet avatar is Food Babe, wondered whether "Flavoring" might be derived from an animal source. She also questioned why the label said "100% Vegetable Juice" even though "Flavoring" would contradict that claim and make the juice less than "100% Vegetable Juice."

    Her readers carried the investigation further by going to Twitter and asking Campbell's, the parent company, if V8 "Flavoring" was animal based. The tweet from Campbell's Cares said, "Yes, they may include meat/seafood/poultry/dairy when the function in the food is flavoring rather than nutrition."
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    Studies Find Plant-Based Diets Lead to Weight Loss

    Evidence that vegetables--the more the merrier--are good for you is legion. And here's more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than seven pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans.

    Fruits & Vegetables The study published Thursday in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics comes as many people are trying to stick to--or already have abandoned--New Year's plans to lose weight with the dozens and dozens of plans on the market.
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    A recent study at the University of South Carolina shows that people lose more weight while on a plant-based diet--as if we needed another reason to go vegan.

    Researchers wanted to study which kind of diet was best for losing weight, and it turns that a strict vegan diet--cutting all animal products, including eggs and dairy--is most effective for weight loss. In fact, a completely plant-based diet proved even vegetarian diets don't quite cut it, either.
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    What to Do with a Potato?
    Aunt Nettie Says, "Stuff It!"

    Stuffed Potatoes

    Top o' my fav'rite list is 'taters. Y'all shoulda seen them 'taters I done brought home from the grocery last week. Why, they was big as mountains, they was! So I got right ta work scrubbin' 'em an' bakin' 'em up til they was nice an' soft.

    An' while them 'taters was in the oven, I mixed up some deeelicious fixin's fer stuffin' inside them whoppers. An' after the fixin's was all stuffed back inter them 'taters I done tucked 'em back inter the oven ta warm 'em up 'an melt the cheese on top.
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    Popular Documentary Film Inspires
    Healthy Lifestyle Book

    Forks Over Knives Plan

    With the impressive buzz stirred by 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives, it seemed only natural that the book The Forks Over Knives Plan would follow. While the film showed that doctors were achieving success in treating and curing patients with food-as-medicine, the The Forks Over Knives Plan puts the details on paper so a wide audience can learn how to incorporate a whole-foods plant-based diet into everyday life.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Sweet Earth Hickory & Smoked Seitan Bacon On the hunt for vegan bacon for my favorite open-faced sandwich, I spotted a winner--Sweet Earth Hickory & Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon! The 5.5-ounce package actually felt friendly with expressions like "righteous meats" and "keep refrigerated or frozen, my friend." Such sweet messages to find on a package! Turns out it was really delicious on my sandwich that I layered with hummus, tomato, 2 slices of this smoky, saucy, and savory bacon, and a little vegan cheese on top.

    Treeline Treenut Cheese Was planning a little gathering of friends. Needed some snack stuff and came across the perfect thing. Treeline Treenut Cheese makes some positively yummy, totally vegan cheese spreads that come in these cute little 6-ounce tubs. I bought all three flavors--scallion, green peppercorn, and herb-garlic and we had a ball schmearing them on crackers and sourdough bread.
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    100-Year-Old Surgeon Credits
    Vegan Eating for Long Life

    Dr. Ellsworth Wareham With age comes wisdom, and halfway through Dr. Ellsworth Wareham's 100 years, the now-retired heart surgeon adopted a plant-based diet after learning about a study out of the Cleveland Clinic proving that a vegan diet can prevent heart disease. That study's findings are perfectly presented in the documentary, Forks Over Knives.

    One of the first open heart surgeons in the United States, Wareham noticed a difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians in his patients. He noted that vegetarians tended to have much smoother and cleaner arteries, while meat-eaters' arteries were often clogged with calcium and plaque.

    Clearly, Wareham's thriving on a plant-based diet. At 100 years old, he's still climbing stairs and doing his own yardwork! Wareham counts on 8-9 hours of sleep a night and starts each day with a breakfast of whole wheat cereal and almond milk.
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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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