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You’re going to love Vegfest

Serving Genesis Juice

Genesis Juice is one of over 500 different kinds of food to try

We all love to eat. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the foods we love to eat could love us back by making us healthier? That’s what plant-based (or vegetarian) foods can do. In fact, not only does eating plant-based foods make us healthier, it also protects the environment and saves our animal friends. What’s even better is that they taste so delicious. A wonderful opportunity to find out just how delicious plant-based foods can taste is at Seattle’s Vegfest, the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, coming up on April 1 & 2, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Mercer Street.

Two people eating ice cream

Don’t eat breakfast before you come to Vegfest.  There’s so much good food to sample!

Vegetarian foods, based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, come in all shapes and sizes these days and Vegfest has over 500 different kinds of foods to try. With the plant-based food market growing rapidly, this year’s Vegfest includes many new food products to sample. Some of the ones that caught my eye are chocolate covered quinoa, an almond mousse from Almetta, and a new dairy-free ice cream from NadaMoo. Exciting new food items from Lightlife Foods and Field Roast are also rumored to be debuting at Seattle’s Vegfest for the first time. Try the new egg-free eggs by Follow Your Heart. And for those who like the exotic, why not give Health-Ade Kombucha mushroom beverage a try? And of course, what would Vegfest be without the delicious flavors of Indian Life Foods or the Oriental delights of Sensei Sauce.

Miyoko Schinner

Chef Miyoko Schinner will be speaking at 12:55pm on Saturday

Throughout the weekend, cutting-edge chefs and cookbook authors from around the country will be demonstrating just how easy it is to make your own gourmet vegetarian dishes at home, and doctors – specialists such as urologists, internists, and even an OB/GYN – will be talking about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. More doctors than ever before will also be on hand to provide health checks, with free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose tests, bone scans and ultrasound artery scans, giving people the opportunity to discover just how much a vegetarian diet can help improve their health. A huge selection of cookbooks are available at the Vegfest bookstore, and the kids will enjoy the clown duo, Zero and Somebuddy with their skits on healthy eating.

The food scene in our region is changing fast. Vegfest will feature several vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants with samples of their extra special treats. Many restaurants, looking to cater to more veg-interested customers in the Puget Sound area, are happy to provide coupons for a free meal to people who join Vegetarians of Washington at Vegfest.

This year, Vegfest is on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Mercer Street.  Admission is only $9 and kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets are available at the door. See Vegfest for more information.

This article was published in the March issue of Natural Awakenings magazine

Can I kiss a meat-eater?

Say No to Meat cover 1.0kissing-with-roseIt’s almost Valentine’s Day, so we thought we’d answer the one question that new vegetarians and vegans are desperate to know…Can I kiss a meat-eater?

The following is an excerpt from our book Say No to Meat: the 411 on ditching meat and going veg.

 

Can I kiss a meat-eater?

There are no rules as to whom you choose to date. If you love every aspect of a person except what they choose to eat, then you may well decide that they should eat their food and you eat yours and both just accept the situation. We know many couples who have lived together happily for many years with this arrangement. Over time, the meat-eating partner may become comfortable with eating vegetarian all the time, or at least most of the time, just choosing a meat dish in a restaurant once in a while…or they may continue to insist on meat at every meal. Either way is OK if you’re OK with it.

Some people feel that their food choices are so important to them that they can’t face the idea of dating someone who eats meat. You are entitled to make that choice, but be aware that at present the percentage of vegetarians in the general population is very small, so it may take a little more work to find a suitable partner. You can try attending vegetarian dinners and get-togethers, or looking online for veggie dates.

Remember that there are many open-minded people out there who just haven’t heard about the benefits of a vegetarian diet, and would be happy to learn about becoming vegetarian in a warm and supportive environment. Don’t deprive them of kisses until they become vegetarian, or they’ll be out the door in no time, and you’ll be back to square one.

How should I tell my date that I’m a vegetarian?

Grass-Fed Beef – bad for us and for the planet

Recently, some people have been touting grass-fed beef as eliminating all the problems associated with meat, or as an equivalent alternative to going vegetarian. Don’t fall for it. Grass-fed beef is still bad for us, the environment and, of course, the cows.

Let’s take a look and see what some leading veg-authors have to say on the subject and then make a few observations of our own. Read more

Vegetarian Living – Going to Parties

Say No to Meat cover 1.0The following is an excerpt from our book “Say No to Meat“, by Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose, published by Healthy Living Publications.  This book includes answers to all the questions you may have about becoming a vegetarian, and is invaluable to new and existing vegetarians alike!

What do you recommend when going out with friends or to parties?

Research beforehand and come prepared. When going out with friends to a restaurant, encourage them to choose a restaurant that you know has some veggie options you can choose. If you aren’t able to influence the choice of restaurant, it may help to look online beforehand to see from their menu what options are available to you. You may need to ask for something special to be made, if you can’t find a suitable menu item. Most chefs and restaurants don’t mind special orders, so it’s important to speak up. Another alternative is to eat beforehand, and just go along to enjoy the company.

Know before you go. At a catered dinner, ask beforehand if possible, whether the caterer has any vegetarian options. When going to a private party, it’s a good idea to mention to the host that you are vegetarian, so that they can cater for your needs if food is to be provided. Alternatively, you can just ask which dishes include meat when you arrive, so that you can be sure to avoid them, rather than putting your host to any special trouble.

Some people just need a little help. You may wish to offer to bring some food, so that you know you’ll have something to eat. At a barbecue, bring a package of veggie burgers or veggie hot dogs for the grill. A potluck is a great opportunity to show others how delicious vegetarian food can be, so it’s worth making a special effort to bring a particularly appetizing dish or two. You can pick something up from a natural foods deli section if you don’t wish to cook. Be sure to eat when you first arrive, since others may like your food so much they eat it all before you get any!

Vanderpump Rules’ Kristen Doute on her vegetarian diet

kristen-douteBeing a cast member on Vanderpump Rules requires a certain obligation to creating booze-fueled drama, which Kristen Doute balances out by living a mostly holistic but fully vegetarian lifestyle.

The reality star, who recently launched her vegetarian lifestyle blog Vegiholic, is now dedicated to teaching others her healthy cooking secrets — which she tests out on her cast mates. “They like to eat whatever I make for them. That’s the rule,” she says. “My whole mantra is just to be open-minded and try new things. You can train your own brain to like the things you thought you wouldn’t.”

It’s a move that’s been 22 years in the making for Doute, who gave up meat at age 11. Though she ultimately followed a quite different career trajectory, she originally wanted to be a marine biologist. “I loved animals so much; I couldn’t imagine eating one,” she says. “It broke my heart. I couldn’t do it anymore.”

New Veg restaurant at Seatac

cafe-flora-polentaRejoice! Seatac airport will never be the same. Cafe Flora is bringing its gourmet veg menu to Seatac Airport.

Floret is the name of the full service restaurant in an 1,800 square foot space next to the new Delta Air Lines lounge between A and B terminals. The new restaurant is the first exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurant at the airport and the first expansion by Cafe Flora owner Nat Stratton-Clarke. “As an avid traveler and lifelong vegetarian I know how difficult it can be to find healthy, local food options while traveling,” Stratton-Clarke said in a statement. “Floret will be an opportunity to help raise the bar for airport dining everywhere.”

The menu will feature vegetarian and vegan selections including Cafe Flora favorites, seasonal dishes and new items with local and organic produce. The restaurant, which will also offer grab and go food and will have lots of plants and natural light from a 27 foot long wall of large glass windows looking out on the airport’s runways.

Floret, set to open sometime next year, will be serving guests every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. This will be the first time ever we can actually enjoy flight delays!

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Veg Diet helps

Rheumatoid-Arthritis handsRheumatoid Arthritis (RA) hurts. Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body organs, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. There are treatments, but many have significant side effects.

Following a plant-based diet can reduce your chances of getting RA. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, comparing those who followed a vegetarian diet to those who ate meat but otherwise followed a healthy lifestyle, showed that those following a vegetarian diet reduced their risk of getting Rheumatoid Arthritis 50%. Read more

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