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Vol. 72
‘When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
--Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb

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» August NW VEG Events and Info
» August Community Bites
» Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Kent
» Volunteer Opportunities!
» VegFest/Health Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr Mark Messina and Ginny Messina, RD
» Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur
» Business Spotlight: Dave's Killer Bread
» Recipe of the Month: Crimson Beet and Sweet Potato Soup
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August NW VEG Events and Info

“Films To Change The World” Series: Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
When: Sunday, September 2nd @ 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)
Where: Multnomah County Central Library, US Bank Room (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR)
Details: In partnership with the Multnomah County library system, we bring you a film series that could change the way you see the world. We continue with Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home! A riveting story of transformation and healing, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

August Portland Vegan Potluck & Presentation (Westside)
When: Sunday, August 19th @ 5:00pm (potluck) and 6:30pm (presentation)
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland.)
Details: Join us for a delicious potluck followed by a presentation entitled “10 Things You Can Do to Stop GMOs” by representatives from GMO Free Oregon. GMO Free Oregon is a grassroots volunteer lead group that is working to pass legislation that addresses the growing concerns related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Come find out how you can help! Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the presentation at 6:30pm, or both!

August Dineout
When: Tuesday, August 21st @ 6:30pm
Details: Join us for a delicious plant-based meal at the family-owned Portland Loving Hut. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings can live in peace, love and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut is the fastest growing international vegan chain of restaurants with over 120 branches worldwide. Loving Hut is one of Northwest VEG's newest business supporters, and offers an accessible starting point for those making the transition to a plant-based diet. Hope to see you there. Please join our Meetup group to RSVP.

August Vancouver Vegan Picnic Potluck & Games
When: Thursday, August 30th @ 6:30pm
Where: Marshall Community Park (1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA)[See map]
Details: Come join Northwest VEG for a fun informal potluck to celebrate the end of the summer. We'll be meeting and eating in the picnic bench areas of the Marshall Community Park. Located next to the Marshall Center, it is just over the I-5 Bridge, very quick to reach from Portland. We'll have bocce ball and other fun games to play. Please feel free to bring your own lawn and board games to share as well. There is also a beautiful community garden to explore, and a magnificent children's play area. All the facilities of the Marshall Center will also be available to use.

Portland VegFest!
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23 @ 10am-6pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A (777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR)
Details: Portland Vegfest is Oregon's largest plant-based food event!
Admission is only $6/day and kids 10 and under are free!
Click here to download a $1 off coupon
VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone! VegFest features:
  • Food samples of hundreds of different foods!
  • Speakers & Classes
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Ask the Experts
  • Family Activities
  • Restaurants
  • Non-profit organizations
This event will need 300+ volunteers to make it an even greater success than last year's VegFest. Want to help out with VegFest 2012? Please email for more information.

Note for the potlucks: Please bring a vegan (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve is 4–6 generously; increase the amount by 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. For more information, email

August Community Bites

5th Annual Try Vegan Week
When: August 4th-11th
Where: Various locations around Portland
Details: This annual event is the foundation of TryVeganPDX. The week includes over 20 events packed into one exciting week! There will be amazing workshops, fascinating speakers and delicious dine-outs, plus mentoring opportunities, and it will conclude with Vegan Prom. For the latest information on Try Vegan Week visit! For more information visit TryVeganPDX!

5th Annual Vegan Prom
When: Friday, August 10th @ 9pm-1:00am
Where: Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211)
Details: Come celebrate the end of the 5th annual Try Vegan Week with Vegan Prom! There will be prizes, great music, dancing, delicious food, and great company! This year’s theme is formal -- that means you can come as a fancy goth, a fancy hippie, or straight up fancy formal. Vegan Prom is always a blast. For more information visit TryVeganPDX!

Vegan Fusion 3-Day Teacher Training
When: August 11-13th
Where: Mt Tabor Space
Details: Whether you are looking for a new stream of revenue, interested in doing outreach in your community, or both, consider joining Mark Reinfeld, the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of the 2006 ‘Ilima Award for “Best Restaurant on Kaua’i”, in the first ever Vegan Fusion teacher training course. Mark has graciously offered Northwest VEG members 10% off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on Vegan Fusion classes and registration details click here.

Longview, WA Vegetarian Potluck Picnic
When: Sunday, August 26th @ 6:00pm
Where: Payton's Produce (1132 Washington Way, Longview, WA)
Details: It’s time to get outside and soak up the sunshine! Come on down to Payton's produce, enjoy a fun vegan or vegetarian meal, and share your favorite recipes. Please RSVP to

Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Kent

Northwest VEG is lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer in Terry Kent, who is both a VEG 101 and MVP graduate. His dedication for the veg cause and Northwest VEG has been seen through his volunteer efforts at the Race for the Animals and on the planning committee for the upcoming Health Conference on September 21st. We are also looking forward to having his enthusiasm at VegFest. He will be volunteering both days!

Where do I start? I have so much to cram into this short bio. My involvement with NW VEG started 2 years ago, after I watched a DVD called Eating, a phenomenal exposé by Mike Anderson about how we have been prevented from learning about the true cause of and the only way to prevent and reverse almost all chronic and degenerative diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and over 75 autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, lupus, chronic fatigue, and a ton more.

Research has revealed conclusively that the cause of our disease epidemic is our obsessive animal-based foods diet, the 15-30% meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and butter diet

Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer at VegFest 2012!
When: Friday September 21 - Sunday September 23
Where: Oregon Convention Center
Details: Over 300 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 8th Annual VegFest a success. Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift earns you free admission to BOTH days of VegFest?! We need volunteers to help setup, pass out food samples, assist chefs, work recycling stations, clean up or help in the children's area. You can also help beforehand by signing up to distribute posters and postcards around town to promote VegFest.
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, for more information at

Volunteer with us at the Alberta Street Fair!
When: Saturday August 11th
Shifts: 10:00am-1:15pm, 1:00-4:15pm, 4:00-7:15pm
Details: Volunteers are needed to help staff the Northwest VEG table at upcoming Alberta Street Fair. This entails talking with interested attendees about plant-based diets and Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more); handing out literature; directing attendees to additional resources and recipes as necessary; and generally putting a positive face to vegetarian and vegan diets. New volunteers are welcome and will be paired with experienced volunteers!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, for more information at

VegFest/Health Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr Mark Messina and Ginny Messina, RD

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

Northwest VEG is excited that both Dr. Mark Messina and Ginny Messina, RD, will be speaking at this year's Portland VegFest on September 22&23 and at our Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Health Conference on September 21.

Virginia Messina, RD is the co-author of Vegan for Life, and has co-authored a textbook on vegetarian nutrition for medical and nutrition professionals as well as the position paper of the American Dietetic Association on vegetarian diets. Ginny started eating a vegetarian diet at age 28 after earning her degree and reading Laurel’s Kitchen, which helped her make the connection between her love for animals and the food on her plate. During her five-years with PCRM, she became vegan after learning about how eggs and dairy are produced. On her blog, she writes: “Today, I’m first and foremost a vegan and animal liberation activist. My goals are to share solid information on how to be healthy as a vegan, as well as practical ideas and recipes that make ethical eating easy and realistic for everyone. Just as importantly, I draw on my background as an educator and public health expert to explore ways to further the cause of veganism and animal liberation.”
Health Conference Presentation Title: Issues in Planning Optimal Diets for Vegans
VegFest Presentation Title: The Seven Habits of Healthy Vegans

Mark Messina, PhD is a world-renown expert on soyfoods and their health impacts. As program director of the Diet and Cancer Branch of the National Institute of Health 1987-1992, he instituted a $2.9 million research program on the anti-cancer effects of soybeans. He has written more than 60 peer-reviewed

Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur

Alison is a Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She has nearly twelve years of experience helping clients reach their nutrition and weight loss goals. Do you have a question for Alison? Email us at

Q. My friend has been following a vegan diet for over a year and hasn’t lost any weight. Aren’t eliminating animal-based foods supposed to help?
A. Eliminating animal based foods from your diet sets you on the path towards better health, disease prevention, increase energy, and weight management. That being said, it’s important to note that a “vegan” diet may not necessarily indicate a healthy diet. There are many vegan foods that are high in fat, sugar, sodium, and calories. If someone overindulges in such foods, then yes, weight loss will be a challenge.

For optimal health, the focus should be on following a plant-based whole foods diet. The calorie density chart below underlines foods that are high in nutrients but relatively low in calories. When you eat foods with a calorie density

Business Spotlight: Dave's Killer Bread

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

At one of the very first VegFests, Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread stood alone at a small table in a cramped church basement. The name of his bread (easy to hear as “Killer Dave’s”), his hulking physique, and his serious gaze made me nervous to approach him. However, he talked in a soft, sincere voice about his bread and smiled shyly as he handed out samples of sweet, chewy slices like nothing I’d ever found at the grocery store--almost like homemade.

Fast forward to recent VegFests: Dave’s well-deserved rockstar status keeps him from single-handedly manning a booth all day. Instead, this Oregon company has a professional booth with a half-dozen employees generously handing out entire slices of bread all day long. You can even try the dense, gooey, sugary

Recipe of the Month: Crimson Beet and Sweet Potato Soup

By Christy Morgan, “The Blissful Chef"

See Christy at this year’s Portland VegFest when she presents “10 Minute Meals Everyone Will Love!” Christy has been tantalizing taste buds for years as a vegan chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and cookbook author. Her fun and informative classes teach amateurs and seasoned veterans alike how to create simple yet delicious, sustainable, “green” meals using local organic produce and seasonal cooking techniques. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and visit her Facebook page.

  • Filtered water
  • 2 medium beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup cubed sweet potato
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup diced leek

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