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Exclusive Presentation by Dr Craig McDougall
April 3, 2014
Last month we were honored to have Dr. Craig McDougall, son of Dr John McDougall, speak to a packed room following the Northwest VEG Portland potluck. Did you miss his presentation or wish you could see it a second time? You are in luck! Click here to view Dr. McDougall's talk on his Healthy Living Practice.

For more videos please visit the Northwest VEG presentations and media page and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Help Spread the Vegan Love!
April 3, 2014
Table for Northwest VEG!
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at the following upcoming Portland events. Tabling is fun and a great way to connect with the community. New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

PSU Earth Day Celebration @ PSU Park Blocks on Saturday, April 22
Shifts: 10:30-1:30, 1:15-4:15

Forks Over Knives screening with special guest Rip Esselstyn! @ Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater (10123 SE Market St., Portland) on Thursday, April 24
Shifts: 5:45-9:15pm (before and after the film screening)

Earth Day PDX @ Kenton Park (8417 N Brandon Ave., Portland) on Saturday, April 26
Shifts: 9:30-12:30, 12:15-3:15, 3:00-6:15

Women's Works Health Fair @ Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater (10123 SE Market St., Portland) on Sunday, May 4
Shift: 11:45-3:15pm

For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities with Northwest VEG click here.

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Time to Register for the 5th Annual Race for the Animals!
April 2, 2014
This June 28 lace up your shoes and join us for a fun 5K/10K trail run/walk on Mt Tabor, an extinct volcano in the middle of the city, to raise money for a great cause, Northwest VEG! Enjoy trails, stairs and lovely views around Mt. Tabor's three reservoirs and the summit, then finish off with a delicious post-run/walk picnic featuring treats from gardenbar, Thunderbird, Nakd, Absolutely Juicy, Grizzlies Granola, Follow Your Heart, Lundberg and much more!
This will be great time for the whole family and a great chance for us to come together as a community to enjoy beautiful scenery and friends while making a difference for the animals, the planet and your health! Plus, part of this years proceeds will benefit Green Acres Farm Sanctuary. Click here for more info and to REGISTER!

Interested in donating to the picnic or volunteering? Contact us at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

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Recipe of the Month: The DeFlamer!
April 2, 2014
by Arron Barnes, owner of Absolutely Juicy. Learn all about juicing from Arron at Northwest VEG's upcoming Portland potluck on April 20!

Arron developed this dynamite juice recipe for those suffering from inflammation. Enjoy!

5 medium carrots
5 celery stalks

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Celebrate 10 Years of Northwest VEG!
March 30, 2014

On May 16, join us in celebrating ten years of educating and encouraging people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world at our first ever Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser! Featuring music, appetizers, cake, raffle and paddle raise, the Anniversary Celebration is a chance to look back on years past, commemorate our accomplishments, and support our future!
Purchase Tickets Here!
Do you have a great story of how Northwest VEG influenced your life? How about photos of Northwest VEG events? We would like to hear from you! Please contact Bonnie at coordinator@nwveg.org to tell your story and share your photos!

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VEG 101 Starts March 2!
March 2, 2014
"It changed my life!" These are the words we hear, time after time, from people who have taken VEG 101. This combination can’t be beat: lectures from experts, cooking demos with delicious samples, and a friendly, casual, and supportive atmosphere in which to learn. Perhaps you or someone you know is interested in vegetarianism or veganism, but doesn’t know where to start. Or maybe they just want more information or recipes. Send them to VEG 101! The next series begins on Sunday, March 2. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit nwveg.org/veg101

Engine 2 Diet Retreat Comes to Portland
March 2, 2014
The Engine 2 Diet team is coming to Portland with an all-star ensemble April 25-27 for three days of lectures and demonstrations on the power of health-promoting foods. For more information or to register for their event, click here.
Master VEG Starts this Month!
March 2, 2014
Kathy Hessler (pictured right) is a clinical professor of law and director of the only animal law clinic in the country at our local Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Hessler is a coveted speaker who has given presentations on animal law all over the world including Japan, Switzerland, Barcelona, Canada and even Kenya. Click here to learn more about Professor Hessler and our other top notch MVP presenters.

The next session of the Master VEG Program us about to begin! Join us for eight action packed weeks starting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at LifeQual Center located in Beaverton just off of highway 26.

Registration for the entire program is just $45 for Northwest VEG members, $55 for nonmembers, or $25 for students and low income. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

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Vegan Village Celebrates Sixth Year!
February 28, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30; 10am-6pm
Portland Expo Center, Hall D (2060 N. Marine Dr.) FREE

Bring your friends, family and co-workers to this years Better Livings Show which promises to be an informative vegan funhouse of a consumer show. Visit new vendors like the West Coast's own, EcoTeas; Jem Raw Organics; and Eat Nakd bars. Check out new products from Thunderbird Energetica; Tula's Coconut Kefir; and Chicaoji's Chipotle Chile Sauce. This show is an opportunity to sample, try and purchase plant-based items and services that help foster easy and delicious ways of embracing a vegan lifestyle. Take in a Vegan Culinary Arts demo, try some good eats in the Food Truck Roundup and see a movie in the REEL Food Film Series (Forks Over Knives; Vegucated; and Genetic Roulette). We welcome all and ADMISSION IS FREE! For more info, visit www.betterlivingshow.org. For booth and sponsorship info, call Donna at 541.531.5359 or e-mail blsvegan@gmail.com.

Northwest VEG will be tabling all weekend and we would love your help! If you are interested in volunteering please contact Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org. You can also visit our Volunteer Page to learn about this and other fun volunteer opportunities.
Plant-Based Diets: McDougall Letter to Kaiser Journal
February 27, 2014
Excerpt from Letter to the Editor by Craig McDougall, MD (March Portland potluck speaker) and John McDougall, MD

In our experience of treating more than 5,000 patients with a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based (vegan) diet, with follow-up lasting as long as 28 years, we have not seen any deficiencies of protein, iron, calcium, or essential fatty acids. (We do recommend to our patients a vitamin B12 supplement and adequate sunshine for vitamin D.)

Click here to view The Permanente Journal's complete article including references and a response from the author of the original article.

This excerpt was reprinted with kind permission from The Permanente Journal: McDougall J, McDougall C. Plant-Based Diets Are Not Nutritionally Deficient [Letter]. Perm J 2013 Fall;17(4):93. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7812/TPP/13-111.
Join us at Master VEG this April!
February 27, 2014
Peter Spendelow, President of Northwest VEG, (pictured right) has a Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Washington. Peter has worked as a recycling/solid waste specialist for the Department of Environmental Quality for nearly 28 years and has presented more than 60 talks in the Portland area on the environmental impacts of the foods that we choose to eat. See Peter at our Master VEG Program as he presents "Food Choices and the Environment" as well as a fascinating talk on "Animal Consciousness." Click here to read more about Peter and our other amazing MVP speakers.

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Tuesday, April 29, 2014, will be held at LifeQual Center located in Beaverton just off of highway 26. Registration is open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to Northwest VEG or another nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.
Beating Lupus: A Plant-Based Journey to Wellness
February 26, 2014
by Janet Beckman, NW VEG Volunteer

Janet and her son, Quintin, are two of our favorite volunteers who have been involved in a number of Northwest VEG events. Read on about how Janet has successfully treated her lifelong battle with lupus with a vegan diet. This article has been reprinted with permission by Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine.

A few years ago I was given the best news-I was in remission and the likelihood that I would get sick again was really low. This gave me hope-something I previously was afraid to have. The reason is that I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 12 and it had been aggressive. I’d struggled with this disease and its effect on my body for most of my life. In fact, when I was originally diagnosed, it wasn’t expected that I would make it past high school.

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Fun Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!
February 4, 2014
Join the Portland VegFest planning committee!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Portland VegFest! We are excited to start the planning process and would love to have you join us. If you have media, PR, or advertising experience, an interest in contacting exhibitors, or other creative talents, please contact us! We hope to make the 10th anniversary of Portland VegFest more sustainable and healthier than ever before. Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org to get started.

Table for Northwest VEG!
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at the following upcoming Portland events. Tabling is fun and a great way to connect with the community. New volunteers are welcomed and will be paired with an experienced volunteer.
Please email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.

Fix-It Fair
Where: David Douglas High School @ 1001 SE 135th Ave., Portland, OR 97233
When: Saturday, February 22
Shifts: 8:30-12:00, 11:45-3:15
Spanish speaking volunteers needed

A Delicious Fair of the Heart
Where: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater @ 10123 SE Market St., Portland
When: Sunday, February 23
Shifts: 12:30-3:15pm

Better Living Show
Where: Portland Expo Center @ 2060 Marine Dr., Portland
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 29&30
Saturday Shifts: 9:45am-12:45pm, 12:30-3:30pm, 3:15-6:15pm
Sunday Shifts: 9:45am-12:45pm, 12:30-3:30pm, 3:15-7:15pm
Business Spotlight: Love Art! Gallery
February 3, 2014
By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

Those of us who live in the Portland area get a little spoiled with the wealth of vegan restaurants and businesses available to us. We even have a vegan bed and breakfast, but a vegan art gallery? Yep, we’ve got that too, since 2009!

Love Art! Gallery, in the heart of Sellwood features over eighty local artists, from ceramics and paintings to jewelry and candles, and all of it is vegan.

The gallery space exudes warmth and welcome. If one (or all) of the four rescue dogs don’t greet you at the door, Ruby or Ted will. Every surface and wall neatly display a rich variety of art. But I wondered, other than leather or fur, what might not be vegan about art?

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Welcome to our Newest NW VEG Business Supporter!
February 3, 2014
Please help us welcome NW VEG's newest business partner Laura Rothboeck, vegan, a Master VEG Program alumni, and the proud owner of The Laughing Tail. Laura operates The Laughing Tail out of Vancouver, WA and provides Doggie Day Care and one-on-one dog training in your home, or hers! She does it all – from teaching basic obedience to resolving complex behavioral problems. By combining dog training and physical exercise with pure fun, she keeps canine minds and bodies active and healthy. Your restless pup gets some interaction and excitement during the day – burning off excess energy so he’s ready to kick back by the time you get home. Plus she takes care of all the heavy lifting: she trains, you simply maintain. Laura Rothboeck, Professional Dog Trainer and Enrichment Coach: info@thelaughingtail.com, 360.607.3322
Please visit all of Northwest VEG’s Business Supporters at nwveg.org/businesses!
Kid-Approved Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
January 4, 2014
By Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member and Veg Kids Cooking Instructor

These delicious little cookies are oil-free, full of whole-grain brown rice flour, and sweetened with dates. Not exactly your typical chocolate chip cookie! Please check out the Veg Kids cooking classes for more whole-food recipes for the whole family.

  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Recipe of the Month: Peanut Barbecue Pizza
January 3, 2014
By Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes

Easy-Peasy Pizza Dough
Makes 2 large (14- to 15-inch) or 4 personal thin-crust pizzas

I have been making a version of this no-knead pizza crust for more than 20 years. It never lets me down! It can keep in the refrigerator for up to five days, so it can be made on the weekend and kept for quick weeknight dinners.

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (such as Fleischmann’s RapidRise brand), at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 to 120 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar

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New Board Members Join NW VEG!
December 31, 2013

Northwest VEG is excited to welcome three new board members, Kathy Peterman, Rachel Stein, and Larry Simpson; as well as two returning board members, Eric Day and Wendy Gabbe Day. Please read on to find out a little more about each new member!

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The Dark Trail of Palm Oil
December 29, 2013
By Dani Dennenberg, Humane Educator and Portland Program Director of HEART

When I was eleven-years-old, I did some research about the predicament of orangutans for a class report. I held an inner knowing that what I learned wasn’t right and that something had to change. Never would I have foreseen that in my lifetime, orangutans could very well become extinct. I have no doubt that my career in humane education is partially the result of what I learned then as a young person.

At present, the Bornean orangutan is listed as endangered and the Sumatran orangutan as critically endangered. The destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction. This has been caused primarily by human activity (intense legal logging, illegal logging, conversion of forest to palm oil plantations and timber estates, mining, clearing forest for settlements, and road construction).

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New Year, New You: Eating and Exercising for Optimal Health
December 29, 2013
By Alison Ozgur, RD
A successful weight loss plan allows you to eat, rather than diet or starve yourself. Long term weight loss begins with a healthful eating plan and motivation. The following tips will allow you to lose weight plus give you energy to exercise at your best. A safe weight loss goal is to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Tips for Success:

1. Keep a food log each day (initially). Write down everything you eat and drink in a day, including amounts and time of meals. This will allow you to evaluate your meal patterns and eating habits. Your goal should be to eat more calories earlier in the day and less in the evening.

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