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My Problem with the Paleo Diet

July 30, 2015

Reprinted with permission from Dr. Michael Klaper, 2015 Portland VegFest & Health Conference presenter

By now, most people in North America have heard of the "Paleo" trend in eating, where animal flesh is the base of almost every meal. It's a great story based on an image that our caveman ancestors munched on mastodon meat all day.

Many people who adopt this meat-based eating style initially feel better and lose weight. They do so largely because the Paleo principles proscribe the eating of dairy, oils, and refined carbohydrates that our ancient ancestors never ate - and with that, I am in full agreement! There is also a limit to how much fat our intestines can absorb, so much of the meat fat goes out in greasy stools.

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Volunteer Training: Sunday, August 16 @ 3:30pm

July 29, 2015

Summer is here and that means that Northwest VEG is in need of volunteers to help represent us at a number of great community events such as farmers markets, street fairs, and community conferences. Tabling is a lot of fun and entails simply talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle, handing out literature, directing attendees to resources and recipes, sharing Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more), and generally putting a positive face on a compassionate lifestyle.

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our westside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training on Sunday, August 16 at 3:30pm at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland). We will discuss how to setup/breakdown the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Reply to this message or email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org with any questions or to RSVP!

Peter Singer in Portland!

July 29, 2015

On Thursday, September 10, Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure, will be in Portland to present, "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals." Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and his book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures.

The lecture will be at the Stoller Center on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (see map) and is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG will follow.

Try Vegan Week and Vegan Prom!

July 29, 2015

Try Vegan Week is a great time to try out veganism and to learn more about why people choose to live and eat vegan through workshops, speakers, dine-outs, and mentoring. The week will also include events geared towards those who are already vegan and just want to learn how to become better advocates and vegan consumers. There is something for everyone, so be sure to invite your friends! Note: the schedule will be available by August 8th. Join their Facebook event page for updates.

The week concludes with a Vegan Prom (Enchantment Under the Sea themed in honor of Back to the Future) which will be full of dancing, raffles, food, and fun! Costumes/themed dress encouraged, but not required. *All Try Vegan Week events are free to attend with the exception of Prom which is Try Vegan PDX's biggest annual fundraiser. Prom tickets will go on sale in early August and will be $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Recipe of the Month: Zucchini Cobbler

July 28, 2015

By Deb Kay, NW VEG Volunteer & Vegan Fusion Cooking Instructor. Deb has a special discounted cooking class coming up on Sunday, August 23. Click here for more information!

This nutritious dish tastes just like apple cobbler(!) and is perfect for a summer evening, paired with dairy-free vanilla bean ice cream.

Ingredients:
8 cups peeled, chopped zucchini
2/3 cup lemon juice

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Julie's Gluten-Free Easy Berry Cobbler

July 3, 2015

By Julie Hasson, cookbook author and speaker at our upcoming Gresham potluck on Sunday, July 12.

This recipe has quickly become my very favorite! It’s so easy to make, makes a large dessert to feed a crowd, and can be customized to whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand.

1 bag of Julie's Original Gluten-Free White Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/3 cup olive oil, canola or melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond extract or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 rounded cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberry, blackberries or blueberries (or sliced peaches or nectarines or a combo) About 1- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Mix everything (except for the berries and sugar) together in a large bowl until smooth. Spread into a greased 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Evenly sprinkle berries and fruit on top of batter, lightly pressing it in, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the top of the cake is firm to the touch and baked through. Depending on your oven, it might take an extra 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Variation: You can substitute 1 peach (or more), which has been peeled seeded and sliced, for 1 cup of the berries.
Tip: Strawberries are the only berry that doesn’t work as well for this recipe.

Recipe of the Month: Unbaked Berry Cobbler

June 29, 2015

By Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member & Veg 101 instructor

It's berry season! Enjoy this cool, fruit-sweetened summer treat with any berry you'd like! Check out more recipes at LivelyDays.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups berries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts or shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water

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PlantPure Nation Returns to Portland

June 28, 2015

Following a sell-out preview screening here in Portland, the documentary PlantPure Nation returns to Portland for a 4-day theatrical run in July. Written and Directed by Nelson Campbell, son of famed nutrition expert T Colin Campbell, the 95-minute film looks at the positive health impacts of a whole foods plant-based diet, and examines the political and economic factors that suppress information on the benefits of plant-based nutrition, while making the connections of this idea to larger issues such as medical practice, farming, and food deserts.

The screenings of PlantPure Nation will be at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St., Portland) at 7 pm on July 13, 14, 15, and 21. Advance tickets are on sale now at cstpdx.com/show/plantpure-nation.

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New Name for Professional Health Conference

June 27, 2015

Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference

Oregon Convention Center
Friday, November 13, 2015

On November 13, Northwest VEG and Adventist Health will co-host the fifth annual Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference, a professional conference featuring five top speakers exploring the science behind plant-based nutrition. Speakers this year include:
  • Michael Klaper, MD: Putting Nutrition to Work in Autoimmune Disease: Plates over Pills
  • Paulette Chandler, MD: Nutrition and Cancer: Fight Cancer the Whole Foods Way
  • Neil Nedley, MD: Nutrition, Depression, and Mental Performance
  • Matt Ruscigno, RD: Plant-based and Powerful: What We Know About Vegan Athletes
  • Carol DeFrancesco, RD, MA: Motivational Interviewing: Conversations that Lead to Change
Registration is now open. Visit the website for information on our speakers, continuing education credits, and the schedule.

Recipe of the Month: Easy Vegan Macaroni and Cheeze

June 7, 2015

By Susan Voisin with Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Besides being low-fat, this recipe is also low in sodium and super easy to make with the whole family. See this yummy recipe demoed (with samples!) at this month's Vancouver potluck on Thursday, June 25.

Ingredients:
1 pound pasta (regular or gluten-free), cooked according to package directions
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup plain, fat-free soymilk (may use other non-dairy milk)

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Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Hendrickson

June 6, 2015

Northwest VEG is lucky to have Linda Hendrickson as a dedicated volunteer and excited to see what she does as the coordinator of our new Portland Nutritarian Meetup!

How long have you been veg and why?
Earlier this year, I made the commitment to a vegan diet. I would credit the Master VEG Program and seeing Cowspiracy twice for helping me make that decision.

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Do a Little Spring Cleaning to Help Animals!

June 5, 2015

Yard sale donations are needed for the Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary yard sales. Tax-deductible yard sale donations can be dropped off anytime day or night onto the porch of 2907 NE Weidler St Portland 97232 (yellow house across the street from the Hollywood Fred Meyers and office of John Collins, ND). Yard sales are scheduled for June 27-28 and July 4-5 weekends at the same location. Out to Pasture is a 501C3 non-profit located in Estacada, Oregon and dedicated to sheltering abused and abandoned animals. Contact Kit at kit.collins@gmail.com or call 503-756-8652 for more information or for a tax receipt. All proceeds go to food, veterinary care, and housing for sanctuary animals. Thank for your support!

NW VEG has a new Meetup group!

June 4, 2015

NW VEG has a new Meetup group, Portland Nutritarian Meetup.

"Nutritarian" is a term coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. This way of eating emphasizes nutrient-dense whole foods with no added sugar, salt, or oil. "Salad is the main dish" and "G-BOMBS every day" (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds) are among the guidelines. For more info, please visit the Portland Nutritarian Meetup and click on "Pages" at the top.

Our lead coordinator would love to find a few other people who are willing to coordinate events in the Westside, Gresham, and Vancouver, specifically in conjunction with the Northwest VEG potlucks. If you're interested in helping in any way, or have ideas for Nutritarian events, please email Linda Hendrickson at linda@lindahendrickson.com

Click here to find out more and join the meetup group!

New Book by Nick Cooney!

June 4, 2015

Nick Cooney, Director of Education for Mercy for Animals and Founder of the Humane League, just published a new thought provoking book, How to be Great at Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World. This complacency-shattering guidebook is for anyone who wants to actually change the world, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a non-profit staffer.

Meet Nick Cooney and find out more about his book THIS WEDNESDAY June 10 at 6:30 at the Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall (4312 S.E. Stark St., Portland). Click here for details.

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Paul Shapiro Talks Sane Diets

May 22, 2015

See Paul Shapiro speak in Portland this Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27!

By Isabel Menzel, Northeast Valley News
On April 16, Paul Shapiro, the Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States, gave a heart-warming presentation at Tempe’s Changing Hands Bookstore about the importance of choosing the right meals to prevent animal abuse, better our health and contribute to our planet’s sustainability.

Shapiro’s humorous and charismatic personality, paired with his drive for animal welfare has gained him national recognition. He had led numerous campaigns on farm animal welfare and has worked with lawmakers and major food retailers alike to implement anti-cruelty laws, and to stop bills that would hurt farm animals from passing.

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Upcoming Volunteer Training and Leafleting Opportunities!

May 5, 2015

Summer is coming up and that means that Northwest VEG will need lots of volunteers to help represent us at a number of great community events such as farmers markets, street fairs, and community conferences. Tabling is a lot of fun and entails simply talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle, handing out literature, directing attendees to resources and recipes, sharing Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more), and generally putting a positive face on a compassionate lifestyle.

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our eastside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training on Sunday, May 17 at 4pm at Multnomah Friends Meeting House (4312 S.E. Stark St., Portland). We will discuss how to setup the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org with any questions or to let us know that we will see you there!

Volunteers are needed to pass out pro-veg literature at the following community events. Research has shown that you can save 1 animal for every 2 leaflets passed out! New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
OHS Doggy Dash
Where: Waterfront Park, SW Portland
When: Saturday, May 9
Shifts: 9:30-11am - handing out How You Can Help Animals stuffed with a vegan pet food list as attendees cross the finish line.
Family Dogs New Life Shelter Fun 5k Run and Walk
Where: Mt. Tabor City Park (SE 60th & Salmon, Portland)
When: Saturday, June 6
Shifts: 9:30-11am - handing out How You Can Help Animals stuffed with a vegan pet food list as attendees cross the finish line.

A Plant-Based Diet Can Help Save Water

May 3, 2015

By Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States. Join Paul Shapiro in Portland for talks on Helping the Planet with Each Meal and Veg Eating in America on May 26 and 27.

Imagine a doctor reading a sickly heart patient’s stats to him: Cholesterol above 300, sky-high blood pressure, and a body mass index in the morbidly obese category. If the patient doesn’t change his ways, the doctor says, he could be in for catastrophic problems.

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Recipe of the Month: Fruited Quinoa Salad

May 1, 2015

By Kerri Zemko, RN, OCN who will be presenting Food Over Medicine at our May Portland potluck.

This salad is great with picnic foods or bean burgers in the summer, soups or squashes in the winter; a refreshing dish any time of year.

Ingredients:
2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled
1 cup pecans

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Forbes

April 30, 2015

Northwest VEG is lucky to have Emily Forbes as a dedicated volunteer. A recent graduate of our Master VEG Program, Emily has become an intricate part of our Professional Health Conference planning committee and is planning to start a new NW VEG potluck in the Wilsonville area. Read on to find out more...

How long have you been veg and why?
I started my transition to a plant-based diet in the summer of 2007 after reading The China Study and Eat to Live. I was midway through my college career, studying Nutrition, and what I gleaned from these two books just made sense.

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Welcome to our new business member, Vegan Fusion!

April 4, 2015

Vegan Fusion has several upcoming classes scheduled in Portland. Northwest VEG members get 10% off! For more info on how to become a Northwest VEG member, click here. For more info on Vegan Fusion, please read on!
Vegan Fusion promotes the many benefits of vegan cuisine for our health and for the preservation of our planet, and to create a more peaceful world by teaching others how to prepare stellar vegan cuisine. We offer culinary workshops and trainings internationally and online.

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