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Five ways a vegetarian diet protects against colon cancer

man-eating-healthyA plant-based diet is a powerful way to substantially cut your risk of colon cancer. It’s long been known that vegetarians have a very significantly reduced risk of colon cancer. Several studies have shown that vegetarians reduce their risk of colon cancer by 46%-88%, they have a 54% reduced risk of polyps, and a 200% reduced risk of advanced polyps which can become malignant. Since colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, these percentages are very important. While we’ve known this for quite a while, we didn’t know why until recently – now we do! Read more

Ricky Gervais chooses vegan

Actor Ricky Gervais arrives at the Weinstein Netflix after party after the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly HillsBritish star Ricky Gervais rose to fame as David Brent, the lead character in the original British version of The Office, back in 2001.  He went on to become a well-recognized comedian, appearing on a variety of TV and radio shows, and in several movies.  He’s made several popular tours as a provocative standup comic including one show named “Humanity”.

Ricky has been a big supporter of animal rights for many years. He has spoken out against fox hunting and bull fighting. In his Humanity show, he recently said:

…it’s awful to think of people eating dogs, but some people eat pork. I don’t, but some people do. And a pig is just like a dog, there is no difference between them…

When Ricky was recently invited to participate in the Hot Ones interview, where host Sean Evans interviews a star while they eat ever-spicier chicken wings, Ricky opted for vegan chickn wings from the “Temple of Seitan”.  He also mentioned that his cheese days were over, so it certainly appears that Ricky is well on his way to being vegan.  Good for you, Ricky!

Erykah Badu – eats vegan since 1997

Erykah BaduAmerican singer-songwriter, Erykah Badu, is known as the queen of neo soul.  She has produced six albums, and released many popular singles. Her work has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She’s also played a wide range of supporting roles in movies as an actress.

Erykah has been vegetarian since her senior year of high school back in 1989 and has eaten like a vegan since 1997, although she chooses not to call herself a vegan since she says, “I don’t subscribe to any type of organizations. It’s just what’s best for my body.”

Her favorite foods are mostly raw salads, with avocados, fruits, and vegetables. Health and vitality have always been a priority for her, since for her vegan food is soul food in its truest form. “Soul food means to feed the soul,” she said.

Celebrate launch of California Pizza Kitchen’s vegan pizza!

Come celebrate the breakthrough! Daiya nondairy “cheese” will be served for the first time ever at a California Pizza Kitchen. The kickoff is this Wednesday (Aug 9) 5pm – 8pm at the California Pizza Kitchen, Park West Plaza in Tukwila.

To celebrate this historic moment, the location is throwing a HUGE launch party for attendees to enjoy pizza, drinks, and tons of free Daiya giveaways.

We want the dairy-free “cheese” to be offered nationally, so make sure to invite all of your friends so we can show California Pizza Kitchen just how big the demand for vegan options really is!

We thank our friends at Daiya and Vegan Outreach for putting together this historic event.

Daiya CPK poster

 

Vegan bodybuilders break a world record

bodybuildersAt the 2017 Naturally Fit Games in Austin, TX, recently, athletes were challenged in various fitness events including kettlebell, powerlifting, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit.  Thirty nine of the thousand total participants were members of a special team of vegan bodybuilders.  Coordinated by the nonprofit bodybuilding organization PlantBuilt, this team won 32 medals, 22 of which were for first place, and one member, Sara Lee, set both the world and American records for kettlebell.

Plantbuilt was formed with the goal of proving that animal product consumption is not necessary for building muscle. So far, more than 100 vegan athletes from countries around the world have competed with the PlantBuilt team and have raised $20,000 to support vegan outreach organizations, non-profits and farmed animal sanctuaries.

Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones star, is vegan

Nathalie EmmanuelTwenty-eight year old British actress, Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays “Missandei” on the hit HBO fantasy television show Game of Thrones, loves to talk about being vegan. “I started eating a vegan diet about four years ago and even after a week I felt amazing. I had so much more energy,” she says.

She enjoys keeping fit, with yoga, distance swimming, boxing and running, and is living proof that you don’t need animal products to stay fit.  Her favorite post-workout meals focus on quinoa, greens, veggies and beans, “simple and packed with natural proteins.”

She enjoys making protein shakes too “I’ll make something that’s packed with calories. I’ll put a banana in it, a bit of almond milk or coconut water, spinach. I also like a bit of matcha powder in there – all of that fun stuff! Add a bit of vegan protein powder and that would be my shake.” 

She’s also quite the cook. Following her Caribbean roots, her signature dish is a vegan version of a Caribbean dish called Ackee and Saltfish.

Well done, Nathalie!

Tempting Barbecue Recipes

Grills Gone Vegan_low resIt’s summertime.  Time to light up the grill.  Yes, there are endless possibilities for grilling without using meat or fish. One option is to check out this wonderful cookbook from the Book Publishing Company, which captures a wide variety of possibilities in one easy-to-use book.

Grills Gone Vegan is the latest cookbook from Tamasin Noyes. Tamasin has been vegetarian for over thirty years, and vegan for much of that time. She and her husband, Jim, live in northeastern Ohio with their two cats. Along the way, Tamasin has baked for a vegan café, worked in restaurants, created a nonprofit group that sent handmade cards to children with life-threatening illnesses, and had a vegan soap company for ten years.

Passionate about cooking, Tamasin spent several years as a cookbook tester for some of the leading vegan authors. She is also the author of American Vegan Kitchen and the coauthor of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day.

Here are a couple of delicious recipes:

Portobello Burgers with Mango Chutney Marinade

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