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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are “almost vegan”!

First celebrity singer-songwriter Katy Perry announced that she was 95% ready to go 100% vegan!  After having 9 Hot 100 Billboard number one singles, awards too numerous to mention, and now as a judge on American Idol, Katy Perry is one of the highest earning women in music. During her 2020 pregnancy (she gave birth to daughter Daisy Dove Bloom in August 2020), Perry revealed she was ‘grossed out’ by beef and that she wasn’t ‘really into red meat’.  She told followers that she loved the Impossible Burger so much that she invested in the company.

Now her husband, actor Orlando Bloom, has announced that he too is 90% plant-based. He says “I sometimes look at a cow and think, that’s the most beautiful thing ever!” and claims to only eat a piece of red meat once a month.  The Pirates of The Caribbean star added: “At some point in time, we’ll look back and not be able to believe we used to eat meat.” For breakfast, the star says he eats porridge with hazelnut milk, vegan protein powder, and goji berries. Additionally, lunch is ‘mostly plant-based’, consisting of vegetables.

We hope that they both keep transitioning their diets, and decide to raise their daughter Daisy vegan as well.

The pain that won’t go away

It’s called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and it really hurts. Ouch!

Many type 2 diabetic patients experience persistent pain in their legs and feet. Later the pain can come from the arms and hands. The pain can come out of nowhere or come from a bump or bruise. It’s often described as burning, pins and needles, shooting, aching, jabbing, sharp, cramping, tingling, or cold.

It’s very hard to treat. No single drug exists to prevent or reverse neuropathic changes or to provide total pain relief. Partial pain relief is often the best that can be hoped for. Sometimes, the pain is so severe that opiates are needed, but they carry the risk of addiction.

Now for the good news. It turns out that a vegan diet, also known as a plant-based diet, can really help.

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Chronic Kidney Disease treated by plant-based diet

Kidneys cartoonIt’s National Kidney Month!  Here’s the big news: a plant-based diet helps prevent and treat Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This is a big deal because CKD is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States and sucks up 20% of the Medicare budget.

Vegans and vegetarians have a greatly decreased risk of kidney disease. One study showed that vegans have better kidney function than meat eaters. This only makes sense since vegetarians and vegans have much lower rates high blood pressure and diabetes, two of the leading risk factors for kidney disease. While this is news to many people and patients, the medical researchers have known this for a long time. Read more

Woody Harrelson wins a convert to veganism

Woody Harrelson

Movie star Woody Harrelson has long been a passionate advocate for going vegan.  He’s kept his vegan diet for 30 years and continues to remain outspoken about the environment, sustainability, animal rights, and the health benefits of plant-based eating. So it wasn’t so surprising when he had an impact on young actors around him, who are inspired to give a vegan diet a try.  One such actor was 18-year old Sadie Sink, whom he met while filming The Glass Castle five years ago.

“I’d always told myself I could never go vegan,” Sink said. “I’m from Texas, my family are big meat-eaters. But, I decided I was going to give it a shot and I went ahead and did it. I made the switch almost five years ago, after I worked with Woody Harrelson on a movie,” she recently revealed in an interview with Glamour.com

She explained that Harrelson made it sound easy based on his experience, and she says she was surprised at just how easy the switch could be.

“He’s a very passionate vegan and his entire family is vegan as well, so by spending time with them, I was able to learn that a vegan lifestyle is totally doable and it’s not as hard as it may seem,” Sink said. (Harrelson is married to Laura Louie and they have three kids.) “It’s definitely something I still have to work on. You make mistakes in the beginning, but you just learn as you go.”

Sadie Sink

Sadie, who has subsequently had roles in Stranger Things, the documentary Dominion, and Fear Street 2 among others, repeatedly champions a variety of vegan skin-care products, telling her fans the benefits for skin health as well as the importance of separating consumer products from animal industries.

When Sink and Harrelson promote their vegan or plant-based lifestyles to millions of fans, the fact that they are both Texans and continue to break down stereotypes, they set new examples on how easy it is to adopt a plant-based or vegan diet no matter where you are from or what your family traditions have been.

Top chef goes vegan for Veganuary

Spike Mendelsohn – celebrity chef

Spike Mendelsohn, a celebrity chef who’s an alum of the popular series Top Chef, is going vegan for Veganuary and urges everyone to do the same.  He’s been promoting vegan diets for over a year, through his vegan fast-food chain, PLNT Burger, which he started in 2019 in Silver Spring, MD.   He has now expanded to 7 locations inside Whole Foods Markets and in 2021, he plans to open several stand-alone restaurants.  His menu features Beyond Burgers topped with Follow Your Heart vegan cheese , mushroom bacon and guacamole.

He talked about the popular Veganuary campaign, saying “Veganuary is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to move towards a healthier diet or reduce their carbon footprint to enjoy more amazing plant-based food this year. I’m joining my vegan wife Cody and millions of others around the world this month to show people how delicious, easy and fun a vegan diet can be.” 

“Veganuary is here to encourage and support anyone who wants to try vegan,” Veganuary’s US Director Wendy Matthews said. “We are grateful to work with restaurants like PLNT Burger who make our mission significantly easier for the growing number of conscious consumers in the US by offering delicious, satisfying, sustainable options.”

New York state requires vegan options

A new law in New York state came into effect on December 6 that requires all hospitals in the state to make a vegan option available for every meal they serve.  All meals and snacks must include an option that is completely free from animal products and these options must be available at no extra cost. They must include the plant-based options on all written materials and menus.

This is very exciting because it gives physicians the opportunity to discuss with their patients the power of a plant-based meal to prevent and treat diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and many other chronic conditions. More than 1.5 million New Yorkers have heart disease and diabetes, and these account for 40 percent of deaths in the state. COVID-19 comorbidity figures indicate that a large proportion of those who have died from the virus have conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, so anything that can be done to encourage plant-based eating will help reduce the risks of these comorbidities.

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Anya Taylor-Joy makes ecologically-conscious choice

Anya Taylor-Joy, the 24-year old actress who is a chess champion star in the popular Netflix mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, has been vegetarian since childhood.  She was born in Florida, but grew up in Argentina and London.  At age 16, she was spotted as a potential model by a talent scout while walking outside Harrods, a department store in London, and through her modelling work she met and signed on with an acting agent.  By 2015 she was rising to prominence as an actress and since then has taken lead roles in several movies and TV series.

Anya recently told Harper’s Bazaar magazine that she’d been vegetarian since she was 8 years old. She has dipped in and out of being vegan, which she got into because she says it’s the most ecologically-conscious choice you can make. 

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Special Vegan Pre-Thanksgiving Event

Celebrating Thanksgiving together with other non-meat-eaters is an important event on our calendar. We can’t gather in person this year, but we can still celebrate Thanksgiving time together online.

Join us online, Sunday November 22, 6pm to celebrate delicious food together. We have put together an exciting program for you, which includes all your favorite parts of our regular dinners, including a choice of socializing with people at your table (in breakout rooms on Zoom) or listening to live music while you eat, followed by a speech by President of Vegetarians of Washington, Amanda.

Live music will be provided by noted guitarist, Doug Zangar. Most highly regarded, Doug Zangar has played with a wide variety of the world’s most famous musicians including Pavorotti, the Shirelles, the 5th Dimension, the Drifters and the Jazz Police. 

Register for this event

Of course, we’re not able to serve you the food this year, but we have two ways to make the food at this event special. We have put together some Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for you to prepare, or if you don’t wish to cook, we have negotiated a special discount for a prepared “plant-forward holiday meal” that you can have delivered to your home or collect from a convenient store.

Prepare your own meal

Check out our Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes – including a special soup, salad, stuffed squash and vegan pumpkin pie. If you’d like to learn more about how to make these recipes, don’t miss Amanda’s Cooking Classes which are being held over two zoom sessions Tuesday Nov 17, 6pm and Friday Nov 20, 4:30pm. Register for cooking classes. Of course, you can also prepare Tofurky, Celebration Roast, and some other favorite dishes instead if you prefer.

Special discount for prepared meal

Performance Kitchen Crafted offers a premium, small batch, prepared fresh, frozen range of meals. These meals are prepared in small batches in their micro-craft kitchen in Burien, WA, and then flash frozen to lock in all the favor and nutrition. They use minimally processed clean ingredients, cook with healthy oils, and limit sodium and sugar. Meals are available from 6 stores in Seattle, Burien and East Side, from local grocery stores such as QFC, or by special delivery.

Performance Kitchen are offering a special 10% discount to all Vegetarians of Washington members and friends on their vegan meal options using the special coupon code: Vegofwa10 In particular, they are offering a “plant-forward holiday meal” which includes:

  • Sweet Potato and Lentil Shepherds Pie,
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Flourless Apple Crisp

This special bundle option serves 4 people and costs only $36.37, with discount. Many other vegan dishes are also available to order.

All meals are provided frozen, and can be picked up from any of their stores in Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Mercer Island, Burien, Kirkland or Redmond. Delivery is available by courier within the cities listed above, or by 1-2 day shipping further afield. Delivery fees are waived for orders over $98.

Since they get busy around the holidays, they request that orders be placed by Tuesday Nov 17, for delivery or pickup in time for our special event on Sunday Nov 22, 6pm. The coupon will remain valid through the Thanksgiving Holiday period, if you prefer to use it on another occasion.

Orders can be placed online, called in by phone to any of the following Performance Kitchen or Eat Local stores, or by visiting the store:

Remember to Register for our Special Pre-Thanksgiving event on Sunday Nov 22, 6pm.

Lenny Kravitz goes vegan

Lenny Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002. In his career, Kravitz has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, and he also played Cinna in the Hunger Games film series. Kravitz has lived in an Airstream trailer in the Bahamas for the last six months where he grows most of his own food in an adjacent garden and spends time working out in nature. In his refrigerator, Kravitz stocks mostly green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cucumbers, and keeps garden-fresh fruit, including local soursop, on his counter.

“A great blessing of living here in the Bahamas is that I get to grow my own food,” Kravitz added, “So I have a garden where most of this food comes from. As you can see, I’m vegan and primarily raw.” 

In a recent interview, Kravitz, 56, shared, “My best shape is not behind me. It’s in front of me right now. We keep moving that bar as we get older,” adding that he is “very careful about what I put into my body and how I take care of my body.” 

Lizzo shares her vegan journey

The 32-year-old Grammy Award winning musician, Lizzo, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she began performing, before moving to Minneapolis, where she began her recording career. Lizzo’s first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released in 2016, and She attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked inside the top five of the US Billboard 200. 

Lizzo just reached her six-month anniversary of going vegan.  She had been vegetarian for seven years, but had resumed eating animal products following a year of touring.  This summer,  she took the decision to go totally vegan, and throughout the summer, Lizzo shared a variety of vegan recipes with her millions of social media followers, including her spicy vegan take on McDonald’s McChicken sandwich, Jamaican patties, and vegan ice cream bread made with Ben & Jerry’s new non-dairy ice cream flavor.  She advocates for body positivity by encouraging her fans to love themselves as they are.

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