Feb/Mar E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

“Adopt the Peace of nature. Her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here’s all the latest news from Earthsave Baltimore. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps people make healthier, compassionate, earth friendly food choices. There’s lots of great news here!

Hope that you saw the Oprah show on veganism. Oprah and 378 of her staff members agreed to go vegan for a full week. We heard some nice success stories, including the one about Oprah’s beau Steadman, who reported he was feeling good and had decided he would stay with the program. Oprah herself wasn’t ready to fully commit, and decided she would be “veganish”. Oprah’s guest, vegan expert and author Kathy Freston, was overjoyed to see that sales for her book “Veganist” had zoomed to #1 the day after the show was aired.

Hope that you will check out some of the great vegetarian and vegan restaurant fare in the Baltimore area: Great Sage restaurant in Clarksville, one of the classiest veg restaurants around, went completely vegan a year ago, and their business has increased nicely. Baltimore City now has a second vegan restaurant, which is called The Land of Kush, and is located in the Mount Vernon area on Eutaw St. Baltimore’s original vegan restaurant, the Yabba Pot, on St. Paul St., is under new management and carrying on in good style. And the all-vegan Emily’s Desserts has opened a kiosk on the 3rd floor Nordstrom wing of Towson Town Center Mall. This year’s Baltimore’s Best vegetarian restaurant was Mr. Chan in Pikesville, where the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gathers on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. I hope that you will check out all of these wonderful establishments, tell others, and help keep the momentum going!

Please support the publications in which Earthsave Baltimore ads appear, including Baltimore’s premier holistic health journal, Health Quest, and On Purpose Woman magazine, which features great articles on personal growth and holistic health. Both magazines are available for free in Baltimore area public libraries and in many other locations. Earthsave helps to distribute both publications, so please contact us if you know of a health practitioner, restaurant, or other location where the magazines could be available.

Hope to see you soon!

Peace, Don Robertson

DINNER ON SATURDAY, February 26th, 6-9 pm: Here’s a tasty opportunity to get together with friendly, like-minded people for mutual support on healthier diet and lifestyle. Our dinner will feature a live presentation by Carol Stover on "Compassionate Product Choices: How to Choose Personal Care Items that do not Contain Animal By-Products" Carol will let us know where animal by-products come from and how they often wind up in our cosmetics, personal care products, vitamins & supplements, and more. And she will point out the dangers they pose to our health. Carol Stover is a professional makeup artist and an independent consultant for Arbonne International, whose entire product line is free of all animal by-products and are not tested on animals. Hope that you will join us for Carol's information-packed presentation. Please RSVP, if you can.

Dinner Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve 6-8, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Suggested donation for those attending only the presentation is $5. You may RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or by emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. These monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP, and join us if you can!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/2 mile. Flying Avocado Café and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold’s Gym (which is on left). The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.

DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.
There’s more info on this event at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/.

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Attendance is usually around 10-20 people, and discussions include a wide variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Both groups welcome all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/, or to http://vegan.meetup.com/29/.

TRAVELING CLASSROOM LECTURER Gary Yourofsky crosses the country speaking in schools and universities about vegetarian & vegan nutrition and justice for animals. His presentations are passionate, cohesive, and very much to the point, if a bit earthy. And Gary is not above chiding his audience just a bit for having bought into the propaganda of meat and dairy industry marketers. We were very impressed with the YouTube video of his recent presentation at Georgia Tech. Watch the full 70-minute talk at http://tinyurl.com/4rpl6u7 Gary Yourofsky will be speaking in two Baltimore area classrooms in early April and will consider doing other classroom presentations. If you’re a professor or teacher and would like to set up a talk, please write us and we’ll let Gary know. Or you can reach him on his Facebook page.

ULTIMATE FIGHTERS GOING VEG: Vegetarian diets have gained a strong following among elite world-class martial arts fighters. See full story at http://tinyurl.com/49gj6x2.

AYURVEDIC VEG COOKING CLASSES AT BREATHE BOOKS: Susan Weis, the proprietress of breath books, is a Chopra Institute certified Ayurvedic Instructor who is offering Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking classes. Ayurvedic cooking may include non-vegan ingredients such as ghee (clarified butter) and cheese. You will probably have to register in advance, since her class sizes are usually limited to 12 students. The next scheduled class is on Saturday, April 9th from 12:00-3:00, and the cost is $60. There is also an Ayurvedic Cooking Retreat scheduled for March 25-27. Breathe books offers a wonderful book selection on spirituality, meditation, and all things holistic in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore City. They also offer the most extensive and varied speaker series on similar subjects in the Baltimore area. See http://www.breathebooks.com/.

DID YOU KNOW… that Antibiotics are routinely fed to chickens, turkeys, pigs, and dairy cows in massive amounts… As a result, bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment of humans has jumped dramatically since the 1970s. The conditions on factory farms are typically so filthy and cramped that agribusiness needs to use extraordinary measures to keep animals alive long enough to be taken to market. In the process, these “farms” become breeding grounds for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT: “…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. ~American Dietetic Association~

EMILY’S DESSERTS, a wonderful all-vegan bakery recently opened a kiosk at Towsontown Center Mall, on the 3rd floor Nordstrom wing. Learn all the latest about Emily’s tasty treats by going to http://www.emilysdesserts.com/.

NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT – THE LAND OF KUSH is now open on Eutah Street and Martin Luther King Blvd., in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, offering some of the finest “Veggie Soul Food” around. You may already know proprietors Greg Brown and Naijha Wright if you’ve visited ArtScape, the African American Heritage Festival, or one of the other Baltimore area street fairs at which they have been popular food venders. We hope to be among their many frequent visitors, and wish them the very best. Hope to see you there!

NEW VEG CAFÉ IN CHARLES VILLAGE: We Call It Love Cafe is a cyber vegan & vegetarian juice bar and coffee house. They have vegan cinnamon buns, cake, pie, plus main courses like curry mock chicken, vegan lasagna, and more. 2404 N charles St. Baltimore, Md., 443-847-3656 http://www.vegbaltimore.com/search/?q=%22we+call+it+love%22

FACEBOOK.COM is a free social network that gives us a terrific opportunity to connect with others for mutual support and inspiration. Earthsave Baltimore director Don Robertson posts helpful information on earth friendly food choices each day, and would be happy to add you to his list of friends. Don’s FB page is at facebook.com/earthsaverdon.

HEALTHY BEGINNINGS is Earthsave’s attractive new 28 page guide, which includes recipes and shopping tips, to transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet. This very helpful book also details Earthsave’s vision for a healthier, sustainable, peaceful planet. If you like, we’ll also send you a free copy of Veg Baltimore’s “Vegetarian Guide” to Baltimore restaurants. Send $3 to Earthsave Baltimore, 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093.

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees to most Earthsave events. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org