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Heart Disease – No. 1 cause of death

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Dr Chan Hwang scans the carotid artery of a Vegfest attendee.

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death for both men and women. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. A plant-based diet can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 40%. If you wish your doctor knew about this, we want you to know that we do too! That’s why we wrote a letter to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They published an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the role of non-statin therapies for lowering LDL Cholesterol, but they “forgot” to include the plant-based diet!  We told them about their omission, and we published it as an open letter, complete with references to all the latest research on the topic. Read more

Tabitha Brown – vegan sensation

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Tabitha Brown was working as a struggling part-time actress in 2018 when she did a review of a Whole Foods Market vegan TTLA sandwich (TTLA (tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado) is a vegan take on the classic BLT sandwich) which went viral on Facebook.  Brown had discovered the benefits of a vegan diet when she started suffering from chronic pain and fatigue in 2016. She was in so much pain she was unable to work for more than a year and a half.  Her daughter suggested she watch a movie that indicated a vegan diet might help with her recovery.  She tried it for 30 days and the pain cleared up, so she decided to stick with it.

The lucky break of her viral posting landed her a job with Whole Foods as a brand ambassador, travelling the country to give presentations about her decision to adopt veganism.  In March of this year, she created a TikTok account where she began sharing vegan recipes, cooking tips, family moments and encouraging advice.  In the space of 5 weeks she gained 2 million followers, and she now has 3.8M followers on TikTok and 2.3M followers on Instagram. While her videos mostly include creating quick meals and spreading messages of hope, fans can’t seem to get enough of her soothing, comforting voice.

In late June, she was given her own regular series, All Love, on Ellen DeGeneres’ Digital Network.  On the show, Brown will talk about vegan cooking, social media, parenting, and self-care, making veganism cool.  Let’s hope you continue to go from strength to strength, Tabitha!

Tony Kanal – animal lover

Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Emily Deschanel and Moby at the Mercy For Animals Hidden Heroes Gala in Los Angeles, California.

Tony Kanal and wife, Erin Lokitz

British musician Tony Kanal is the bassist and co-writer for the American rock bands Dreamcar and No Doubt. He’s also produced and co-written songs for Gwen Stefani among others.

Tony Kanal is a hardcore animal lover, who tweets regularly to his 37,000 followers about the plight of animals.  He’s been vegan for the past 6 years and said

“I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it just, there wasn’t any other option for me.”

He and his wife, American home designer Erin Lokitz, have worked to make their home 100% vegan too, with no animal skins, leather, wool or silk!

Billie Eilish – vegan advocate

Billie EilishSinger-songwriter, Billie Eilish, was raised vegetarian in Los Angeles, CA.  She “accidentally” became famous at the age of 13, when she wrote a song for her dance teacher and uploaded her recording onto the popular music-streaming site, SoundCloud.  By the next morning it had gone viral, and shortly after her career began to take off.  She’s already accomplished more by the age of 18 than most other artists do in a lifetime.

In 2014, she made the decision to go vegan.  About that decision, she wrote to a fan

“I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there.  Leave the animals alone….also I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin, and my skin is VERY aware of that.”

She is now a vocal advocate of the vegan movement and is inspiring many to give cruelty-free living a try through her Instagram following.

Between the sheets

between the sheets

Last month we reported that vegans are more popular on online dating sites. Now we report on the vegan experience at the next level of a relationship.

What do love and food have in common? Well, it turns out that the latter makes the former more interesting!

A new study has found that going vegan can affect your intimate life for the better. The  study shows that on average, vegans have more frequent action “between the sheets” than meat eaters. In fact, vegans have more than twice the number of actions per week between the sheets than meat eaters. Meanwhile 95% of vegans report being happy with that aspect of their lives, versus only half among meat eaters. Also important is that vegans were reported to be more giving and less selfish in bed. They were also reported to be better at the warmup and talk up before the main event!

So, if you’re looking for an additional reason to switch to a plant based diet, this may be it!

Reducing the risk of thyroid disease

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An enlarged thyroid, known as a goiter

A plant-based diet doesn’t just reduce your risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetics, but has benefits for the health of your thyroid as well. The thyroid gland is critical for maintaining a healthy body. Thyroid hormones have functions ranging from control of metabolism, heart beat and reproductive function.

Millions of people in America suffer from hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, most commonly in the form of Grave’s disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which are autoimmune diseases.  Those following a plant-based diet are much less susceptible to autoimmune diseases in general and thyroid disease is no exception. Vegans have been shown to experience a 22% lower risk of hypothyroidism, and a 51% risk of hyperthyroidism.

However, there are a few things those following a plant based should do for optimal thyroid health. Most vegans get enough iodine in their diet, but many don’t!

Iodine deficiency can lead to a variety of medical problems at all ages. This is a special concern for pregnant women. Children of mothers having an iodine deficiency during pregnancy may have mental retardation, deaf mutism, spasticity and short stature. Congenital hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental retardation in the world. Iodine deficiency may also be a factor in the development of breast cancer, so consuming sufficient iodine may help protect against this all too common cancer.

It’s important to get enough iodine your diet. There’s usually enough iodine in the different foods we eat. Some foods that are a good choice for iodine include black eyed peas, navy beans and whole wheat bread. If you’re not on a sodium restricted diet, iodized salt, as is commonly sold in the supermarkets, can be very helpful and has a good track record of preventing iodine deficiency. However, the salt in commercially prepared food is not iodized.

It’s also important not to get too much iodine. Seaweed can contain high levels of iodine. It’s fine to eat various kinds of seaweed as long as it’s in moderation.

The message is clear. A plant-based diet will reduce your risk of both hyper- and hypothyroidism. Getting an adequate amount of iodine will enhance the health of your thyroid gland even further.

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Hip Hop is Green – Health and Wellness eXpo, Friday March 6th

Hip Hop is Green with Keith and others

Vegetarians of Washington is proud to sponsor the first-ever Hip Hop is Green Health & Wellness eXpo, happening at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion on Friday March 6th. There will be three sessions; the first two will be for Seattle area school students and families. The general public is welcome to the third session from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

The event will feature healthy plant-based cooking demos by local and national chefs, food sampling by local restaurants and brands, free health screenings, speakers, Hip Hop performers, a women’s plant-based fitness showcase, and Trap Vinyasa ™ yoga fitness class. Read more

Online Dating? Mention you’re vegan or vegetarian!

Online dating

A recent study of 237,000 singles found that online dating customers using the EliteSingles dating platform, who mentioned veganism or vegetarianism, received 73% more responses than the average member.  The singles were selected randomly and anonymously based on mention of any of three words: vegan, vegetarian and veggie. The study team then looked at the average number of messages that profiles with these words received and compared them to the average number of messages received by customers on the same platform overall. Read more

Meat Loaf goes vegan for Veganuary

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Rock star Meat Loaf being interviewed

Legendary rocker Meat Loaf recently announced that he has gone vegan for the month of January, dubbed “Veganuary” although he won’t be changing his name to Veg Loaf.

The 72-year-old agreed to promote the British chain restaurant, Frankie & Benny’s, new vegan menu items which include a vegan hot dog, calzone and “cheesy” potato skins. “When Frankie & Benny’s first approached me to rebrand to Veg Loaf I said no way in hell. But, I’d do anything for our planet and dropping meat for veg, even for just one day a week, can make a huge difference.”

Veganuary encourages people to try a vegan diet for a month at the start of the year. It’s typically tied to New Year resolutions as people look to change their ways and become more healthy. The month-long event is dedicated to trying to change people’s attitudes, help the planet and the animals, as well as improve your own personal well-being.

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