October Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

"Earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth."
- Chief Seattle

Hi Earthsaver,

Good news here on events about plant-based nutrition and veg/vegan lifestyle in the Baltimore area! Please note that all of Earthsave's monthly Veg Dinner Series events are now scheduled to be held at an exciting and much larger new venue - Towson Presbyterian Church, in the heart of Towson at 400 Chesapeake Avenue.

Hope that you were able to attend Earthsave's August special event. We had a full capacity audience on hand for the wit and wisdom of gifted speaker and nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, and set a new potluck attendance record with 200 attendees! And our new potluck meeting venue at Towson Presbyterian Church is getting rave reviews from everyone!

Another big success - the Baltimore film premiere of the important documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret", which details the strong correlation between animal agriculture and climate change and environmental degradation, also attracted an audience of nearly 200 viewers to the AMC 17 Theater in Owings Mills.

Another big event will take place on Saturday, October 25, at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, on Howard Street, where we will enjoy the debut event for Vegan Soulfest! Really looking forward to participating!

Please join us in Towson this Saturday, Sept. 27th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, for a veg potluck and talk by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin on "Healthy Fats, Healthy Hearts".

You may have noticed that the time has changed for this month's event. This event and all future potluck events at our new Towson location will run an hour shorter than past events, and go from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Please also take note that our October potluck event will be one week earlier than usual in order to avoid conflicting with Vegan Soulfest.

Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

NEW DINNER EVENT LOCATION: Earthsave monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday from 6 until 8 pm at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD 21204. Directions and Parking info at http://www.towsonpres.org/index.php/about-tpc/map-directions. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

Saturday Night, Sept. 27th, from 6-8 pm - Earthsave Veg Dinner & "Healthy Fats, Healthy Hearts: A Review of the Evidence" with Mark Rifkin, RD, in TOWSON. In Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease", the author states that liquid oils and high-fat whole plant foods, such as nuts and seeds, should be avoided by anyone with heart disease or looking to prevent it. Many whole-food advocates are passionate about his guidelines, and are recommending them to others. But is the picture Dr. Esselstyn drew as simple as that? Do all these foods present risks for heart health? In this presentation, Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin will review the roles of fat in general and heart health, discuss the author's evidence and how the heart-healthy picture is a bit more complex than has been suggested. Join us if you can! See details at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/27

Saturday Night, October 18th, from 6-8 pm: vegan potluck and film in Towson: “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”. This documentary tells the stories of six Americans with diabetes who switch to a physician supervised diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without medication. Film shows the powerful healing effects of smart food choices. The aclinical study and film are powerful and revealing. Please RSVP and join us!

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements and show 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. Meetings held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: http://www.towsonpres.org/index.php/about-tpc/map-directions. Please RSVP and join us!

Monday Night, September 29th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Roots Market will host the event "Foods to Help You Live Healthier, Stronger, and Longer" at Great Sage Restaurant in Clarksville. Dana Simpler, MD, and Health Coach Sharon McRae will show you how a diet rich in whole plant foods can prevent and reverse disease, help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight, increase your energy levels, and help you to live your best life. Presentation includes practical tips for transitioning to this way of eating, as well as cooking demonstrations and sampling. Event fee of $35 includes delicious food tastings and recipes. Learn more at http://eatwell-staywell.com/events/

Saturday, October 25th from noon until 5:00, VEGAN SOULFEST Batimore City's largest vegan festival, will happen in the Downtown Cultural Arts Center at 401 North Howard Street, Baltimore, 21201. Keynote speaker will be Milton Mills, MD. Wonderful food, entertainment, and much more. Please visit the Earthsave info and book sales table. Learn more at vegansoulfest.com

MONTHLY VEG/VEGAN DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle.

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group meets on first Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people. http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/supportingvegans/

LEAFLETING OUTREACH are regularly organized by our friend Chris Dietrich, whose approach is very positive, courteous, and respectful. Chris distributes Earthsave Baltimore literature, which we are happy to provide. Chris would love to hear from you if you might like to join him, Vladimir, and others to help make an important difference for personal and planetary health and for animals. You can reach Chris at chrisdietrich366@yahoo.com or by calling 443-261-9679. And we will be happy to provide you with Earthsave leaflets. Just give Don Robertson a call at 410-252-3043.

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at http://www.bmorevegan.com/ See Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/pdhw3ua.

VEGAN SEA CRUISE: Our friend Anne George has signed up for a vegan cruise called Holistic Holiday at Sea. It will happen March 14-21, 2015. See information at http://www.atasteofhealth.org/events/ Sounds like a great vegan getaway! The video, reviews by past participants and list of speakers is what sold her on the cruise. She's looking for a roommate to share her cabin with a balcony. The cost is about $1800 plus RT airfare to Miami. As a single the rate is $3200! Ann is hooping to find a female in the group who might want to go. You may contact Anne at ladybarkbuster@aol.com or call 443-831-7528.

Did you know that our closest living primate relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, have digestive tracts and bodies very similar to ours... Their canine teeth are much larger than ours, which causes some people to think of them as natural predators and meat eaters. But those who have observed the animals closely say that they eat very little meat. Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall has pointed out that chimps often go months without eating meat. Meat and insects provide chimpanzees with probably no more than 3% of their calorie intake. And animal products typically account for about 1% of the calories consumed by bonobos. But modern humans in the developed world have chosen a very different path. Meat, dairy, and egg consumption has zoomed upwardly in the last 70 years, and now accounts for about 30% of our calories. And mortality from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes has risen at a similar pace.

Did you know that cardiovascular disease, caused largely by poor eating habits, is often accountable for a wide variety of health problems... "Many diseases are caused by compromising the flow of blood to various tissues. Close the arteries to the brain and you have a stroke; to the eye, macular degeneration; to the inner ear, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing), and vertigo (dizziness); to the heart, myocardial infarction; to the kidneys, renal failure; to the leg, gangrene; and to the penis, impotence." - John McDougall, MD, Clinical nutritionist and author - http://www.drmcdougall.com/

Peace on Earth is a dream we all share. Yet we commonly overlook the most pervasive form of violence in our lives - tremendous violence against animals, people, and the earth is generated by confining and killing so many animals for food. It requires us to ignore our intuitive wisdom, our feelings and sense of connection with others. We can help create a healthier, sustainable, more peaceful way of life on earth by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. It's a powerful, powerful way to love this planet and all those who share it.

Fun Video of playful young goat and sleeping pig... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac-Ei73hzv4

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you 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.

CONNECT with like-minded local people for discussion and support on FACEBOOK by joining Earthsave Baltimore group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/ We also host a very popular and active group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at MarylandVegEvents.com, where you will find many other local events and resources that promote healthier eating and support people in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. http://www.marylandvegevents.com/

FOR MONTHLY EMAIL REMINDER of local events and free subscription to Earthsave's monthly email Newsletter, go to http://tinyurl.com/2d34u93