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Vol. 81
When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul
--A.D. Williams

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» NW VEG Events and News
» Community Events
» Race For The Animals Registration Now Open!
» Health Conference Registration Now Open!
» Highly Acclaimed Master VEG Program is Back in June!
» VegFest Speaker Spotlight: Lani Muelrath
» Ask the RN: Kerri Zemko
» Smokey Black Bean Tempeh Burger
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NW VEG Events and News

Veganic (vegan+organic) Gardening Info and Seed Swap
When: Saturday, May 4, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Cascadia Commons in SW Portland (RSVP for address)
Details: Join NW VEG veggie gardeners with lots of seeds, a smattering of plant starts, and collective wisdom to share. We'll package seeds, talk about our gardens, and share tips from the best veggie varieties to dealing with pests, and nurturing healthy soil. No seeds to share? Then bring some vegan snacks! For more details and to RSVP please visit our veganic gardening webpage and join the Veganic Discussion Group, or RSVP on our meetup site or RSVP by email to

'Films to Change the World' Series: Food Matters
When: Sunday, May 12, 2:00-4:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm)
Where: Multnomah County North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St., Portland)
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 hope that you will join us for a showing of the hard hitting film Food Matters. This groundbreaking documentary uncovers the trillion dollar worldwide "Sickness Industry" and exposes a growing body of scientific evidence proving that nutritional therapy can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than most conventional medical treatments. Q & A following the film. Click here for more information.

Eastside Portland Potluck and PACSAC Presentation
When: Sunday, May 19, 5-8pm
Where: Friends Meeting Hall (4312 SE Stark St., Portland)
Details: Join us as we welcome Caylor Roling, Project Director of the Portland Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (PACSAC). Caylor will discuss with us how we can Make The Most Out Of Our Local CSAs and share with us some delicious samples of fresh produce straight from the farm! Click here for more information.

Happy Hour and Dineouts with a Fundraising Twist!
When: Tuesday, May 28, 10:00am-9:00pm
Where: Downtown Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland)
Details: Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause.... Northwest VEG!! Veggie Grill will be graciously donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day on May 28th! Just mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG! We will be doing meetups throughout the day. Join us for lunch at 11:30am, happy hour at 4:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm or all three! Click here for more information.

Please welcome and support our newest business supporter!
Vegan friendly White Phoenix Acupuncture provides affordable health care to help the community, and natural, low-impact medicine to help our planet. They treat in a group setting using a sliding scale of $20 - $50, enabling you to come as often as you need until your condition is resolved. They also offer Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine using vegan friendly herbal & mineral medicinals. NW VEG member discount, with current membership card: 50% off for a New Patient Consultation & Treatment. 8235 SE 13th Ave Ste 11, Portland; 503-746-9403.
Learn about all of Northwest VEG’s Business Supporters at!

Community Events

May is going to be a busy month in Portland with all of these great events to attend:

Sunday, May 5: Matt Ruscigno Presents Real Science From a Registered Dietitian
Saturday, May 25: Galarama + Silent Auction: Benefit for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
Saturday, May 25: Longview, WA Community Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck and Animal Consciousness Talk
May 25-27: Out to Pasture Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser

Race For The Animals Registration Now Open!

Register Now!

Northwest VEG's 4th annual Race for the Animals event is June 30 and registration is now open! This year we are changing this up and heading to Mt Tabor! So lace up your shoes and come run or walk an extinct volcano! Enjoy chip trails, pavement, stairs and lovely views around Mt. Tabor's three reservoirs and the summit. Finish the fun with a post-run/walk vegan picnic of fruit, breads & spreads, and sweet treats. A great time for the whole family!

The mission of this fun 10k or 5k run/walk is to generate awareness of a plant-based lifestyle and to raise money for Northwest VEG's education and outreach campaigns. Part of the proceeds will also benefit Out to Pasture Sanctuary!

Click here for more information and to register.

Interested in becoming a race sponsor? Or volunteering at the event? Please email

Health Conference Registration Now Open!

On Friday, September 20, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host our fourth annual professional conference, Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition. This conference is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. Once again, we have a stellar list of speakers with exciting talk titles lined up for this year's health conference including:

  • John McDougall, MD Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Diseases: The Impact of Diet.

Highly Acclaimed Master VEG Program is Back in June!

Registration is now open for the next session of Northwest VEG's Master VEG Program beginning Tuesday, June 11. This action-packed eight-week program will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations 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, answering the tough questions about plant-based diets, a Food for Life cooking demo and more.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See for details and to register.

VegFest Speaker Spotlight: Lani Muelrath

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

After struggling with her weight for 30 years, Lani Muelrath turned to a plant-based diet and exercise to lose 50 pounds.

“Our body’s natural state is vitality,” Lani says, “we want to be well.” And yet, it takes effort. Lani explains that we can increase or diminish our body’s potential not only by how we eat, but also by how we move, “or don’t move.” She warns, you can’t out-train a bad diet. Exercise is great, a plant-based diet is great, but one without the other is not enough. Additionally, how you think is important too, “stress also drains our energy reserves.”

Lani helps people restore their equilibrium and reclaim vitality through food, fitness, and frame of mind. Her favorite motto is “Change your mind, change your body, change your life.”

Ask the RN: Kerri Zemko

Kerri Zemko, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., is an oncology research nurse and PCRM Food for Life Instructor. Visit her on Facebook for more information on her upcoming Food For Life classes. Do you have a health related question? Email us at

Q: I’ve been talking with a dietitian about a weight loss program that restricts carbs and counts them instead of calories as a weight loss strategy. As I’m primarily a vegan – we’re realizing this approach may not work as a lot of vegan sources of proteins are high in carbs. Is there a way to increase protein consumption on a vegan diet and decrease carbs so that I could loose about 20 lbs? Do you have specific recommendations for how I could do this? Or are there other strategies on a vegan diet that could help me loose this weight?

A: First, congratulations on wanting a safe approach to weight loss. By consulting with a dietitian, you're more likely to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need, and to avoid yo-yo extreme dieting, which may contribute to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a contributor to many preventable diseases, not just diabetes.

Smokey Black Bean Tempeh Burger

As featured in Lani Muelrath's Plant-Based Blueprint

These are perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend! Grab your friends and have some fun experimenting with this versatile recipe. Try switching out the black beans for lentils or pintos, the short rice for long grain or bulgur, the tempeh for tofu, or the sweet potato for any potato you can get your hands on. And don't forget about the spices! Try curries or black-bean spices. The variations are endless! Enjoy!

  • 1 - 16 oz can black beans
  • 1 large baked sweet potato

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