Earthsave Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices
"What really matters in life is rarely on my daily 'to do' list."
- S. Graves -
Earthsave Baltimore is working toward creating a healthier, more loving and peaceful planet. We’re an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps people make Healthier, Compassionate, Earth Friendly food choices. We have great news and event info to share with you!
If you’re available on Thanksgiving, we hope you will consider joining us that evening at 6:00 for our annual “Meet and Greet” vegan potluck, which will give us a chance to get to know each other a little better, share some success stories and listen to some live music.
There are two other cool events coming up soon. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD, will host their annual Thanksgiving With the Turkeys on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, from noon until 4:00. We really enjoyed last year’s event, which included a vegan potluck that attracted about 1000 guests.
Then on Sunday, November 24th at 5:00 PM, Vegetarian Resource Group will host their annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church. Details are below. Hope to see you there!
No potluck dinners are scheduled for December, but the Meetup groups will continue on as scheduled. The highly popular Baltimore Vegan Meetup group will continue meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at Mr. Chan’s Szechuan in Pikesville. And the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group will start meeting at a new location – an Indian restaurant in Columbia, MD, called Mango Grove. Their entire menu is vegetarian, with vegan options clearly indicated. And there are usually many vegan options available on the buffet. The Veg Meetup group gathers on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm.
Be well. Hope to see you soon!
Peace… Don Robertson
THANKSGIVING MEET & GREET Thursday, November 28th, 6-9 pm: a Thanksgiving Meet & Greet potluck in Owings Mills will give attendees a chance to get to know each other, hear some live music, and have fun! We normally meet on the last Saturday of the month, but our November potluck will happen on Thanksgiving evening. Members and guests have the option of paying for dinner. See the details below. Please RSVP and join us if you can!
DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 donation; pay $12 to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, vote and present awards for our favorite dishes, and then introduce the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or 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! Additional info and directions at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/27
JANUARY MEETING Saturday, January 25th, 6-9 pm: vegan potluck in Owings Mills and a live food demo and tasting "Healthy Whole Food Plant Based Meals in Minutes" presented by Certified Health Coach Sharon McRae, and CCBC health and nutrition instructor Cher Hunter Sharon and Cher are very knowledgeable and popular educators. Please join us if you can!
MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. 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/.
Saturday, November 23 - Thanksgiving with the Turkeys Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Come celebrate Thanksgiving WITH the turkeys - join our friendly turkeys and all their friends in celebrating a cruelty-free Thanksgiving potluck. Please bring a vegan (no meat, dairy, or eggs) dinner or dessert item to serve 8. $10.00 suggested donation to benefit the animals. No charge for children under 16. http://www.animalsanctuary.org/events/index.html#tg
Sunday, November 24th Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck at 5:00 PM, Vegetarian Resource Group will host their annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church , 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210. Admission is $4 per adult; children are admitted free. Bring a vegan dish – made without meat, fish, fowl, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients – that serves four as a contribution from each member of your party. Also, we encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to the church, who will distribute it to those in need. For more information regarding this event, contact the Vegetarian Resource Group (410) 366-8343 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vrg.org, facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup
CLASSES: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will present their popular PCRM Food for Life Kickstart 7 Class Series which will take place in Clarksville, MD on consecutive Thursdays, from January 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EST) Certified Health Coach Sharon McRae will be the instructor. Fee for the whole series is just $145.00. This event will be a win/win for all who are involved.
THOUGHTS ON EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY: by Don Robertson
At some point most veg/vegan, environmental, and animal advocates are subjected to ridicule from “friends”, family members, or others. It can be frustrating and energy depleting. An “adversary” may start a conversation with the intention of testing our patience, wasting our time, or having fun at our expense. But if we can see through that, understand where it's coming from, and refuse to take it personally, such conversations can often be turned around.
Rather than think of such people as stupid or mean, let’s think about the fears and doubts that we faced when we first considered making major diet and lifestyle changes and giving up some of our favorite comfort foods. And let’s consider the strong possibility that others feel those same or similar fears, perhaps even more strongly than we did. It's also good not to think in terms of "converting" people. We don’t have that kind of power. Most often all we can do is set a good example, share some information, plant some seeds, and trust and hope that others will do the same.
A positive attitude can set the stage for wise and effective actions. I was at first skeptical when a favorite meditation instructor told me that he no longer judges the character and actions of others as "right or wrong", but sees them simply as "skillful or unskillful". It took some time for me to accept that idea, which is tantamount to letting go of blame. But it now makes perfect sense. And that change of attitude has made a world of difference in my effectiveness at connecting with and supporting people in diet and lifestyle change.
I’m convinced that people's core values are essentially the same. And I trust that if others just knew what I know about diet and lifestyle, animal agriculture, and our connection with animals, they would be ready and willing to change. I see the much needed shift toward healthier, more peaceful and compassionate, earth-friendly food choices as entirely doable. In fact, it’s happening as we speak. It’s just a matter of time and patience and willingness to help and encourage. Wishing you well…
Low-fat plant-based diet puts Multiple Sclerosis into remission...
“Too few people are told that within 10 years of diagnosis, even with the best treatments available, nearly half of those with Multiple Sclerosis will be wheelchair bound, bedridden, or dead. Given this hard look at the reality of MS, more people would be interested in a treatment that is cost-free, side-effect-free and stops the disease in over 90% of those people with early disease. The low-fat diet treatment for MS was developed by Roy Swank, MD, former head of the department of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University. He has treated more than 5000 people over the past 50 years and the results are remarkable.” See full article at http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/hot-topics/me...
Did you know that a New Harvard study shows that those who eat an ounce of nuts a day are 20% less likely to die from a variety of causes...
Did you know that "poultry has the highest connection to cancer"... and that "every 50 grams of chicken consumed can triple the risk rate for some kinds of cancer, especially fast-growing cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia."... That's one of the startling revelations in this lecture by physician and nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/
Did you know… William C. Roberts, MD, is the editor of the American Journal of Cardiology and one of the world's top authorities on heart disease. He says that cardiovascular disease occurs only in those with elevated cholesterol. That's because the plaques that build up and can eventually shut down blood flow to the heart and other body parts are made of cholesterol. Dr. Roberts says the magic number to assure that we are "heart attack proof" is an LDL reading of 70 or below. And he says that the best way to reach that level of safety is to eat the foods our bodies are best adapted to and contain no cholesterol... a whole foods, plant-based diet.
NEW BOOK: Humane League Director Nick Cooney has a rigorously researched new book: Veganomics sheds new light on the science of what drives and motivates vegetarians, and provides helpful information and insights on the most effective ways to help animals. http://www.veganomicsbook.com/
RECOMMENDED READING… These titles are available at Earthsave’s book sales table at all potlucks and tables at fairs, as well as in most bookstores and libraries.
“Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.
“The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.
“The New Becoming Vegetarian” by Vesanto Melina, RD & Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.
“The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.
FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR DISCUSSION, INFO & RECIPE SHARING, SUPPORT:
EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE FACEBOOK GROUP is a great place to connect with like-minded Baltimore area people for recipes, discussion, and support on plant-based eating. And it’s also a great place to hear and share success stories and event information. Members are invited to share info on some closely related topics such as personal and environmental health, personal growth, and social justice. We have 1600 members and are adding new ones each day. Join us! http://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore
EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES FACEBOOK GROUP is a very active group that we host with nearly 5000 members from all across the globe. The group’s mission is to educate and support people in shifting toward a healthier, compassionate, earth friendly diet and lifestyle. We ask that all posts be in some way related to food or diet and lifestyle change. Please join us! http://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/
PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group receives is compensated for every cartridge we turn in. Thanks so much!
EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. There are other benefits as well, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. Or if you prefer, send a check made out to Don Robertson to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Then Don will go online and sign you up, and you’ll be receive confirmation from our home office by email.