Going Vegan for the Holidays

...Most weight gain, studies show, happens during the holidays. But you can stuff your face, not stuff a turkey that had to die for stuffing (Google it) and eat to your healthy heart’s content. Starting with the day before Thanksgiving, the phone rang with a request from a Tampa TV station to do a story about what to make for vegans who to come for dinner. I had come back 12 hours before from speaking at the Miami Seed Food and Wine Festival, their VegFest. It was a bad hair day, but I clipped it back, remembered that from 18 years in TV news, nobody remembers what you look like in a potent 10 second interview, and within an hour the crew was there. To my surprise, the story that aired at different times on two different newscasts were long and full of multiple sound bites. No money in broccoli, but I definitely see signs that the interest in getting off animal agriculture is snowballing. The recent United Nations Climate Change Conference is the umpteenth time the world has tried to figure out how to address the growing body of scientific evidence that climate change is human-caused. An even larger snowballing movement is trying to get the world to sign on to what the United Nations has said for almost a decade: giving up animal agriculture will do more to reduce greenhouse gasses than giving up driving altogether. As a result, vegetarian, vegan or not, the interest in trying to reduce dependence on meat for protein is almost overwhelming. On Thanksgiving Day, I had the great pleasure of beginning...

8 Questions With Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian

...   Long time vegan and host of the PBS TV series “The Jazzy Vegetarian,” Laura Theodore, has just written a new book just in time for holiday gift giving. It’s called Vegan-Ease, a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to eat delicious food and get healthy. I recently talked to Laura about her journey to the vegan lifestyle. Ellen: How long have you been vegan and why? Laura: I first gave up red meat in 1982, for both better health and for ethical reasons. I then began my journey toward becoming vegetarian, and then fully vegan. I have been vegan about 7 years. 2. Tell us about your previous books and what inspired you to write them? I started writing my first cookbook in 1994. I had been creating recipes for many, many years and decided to start writing them down, so they could be shared. My first book, Jazzy Vegetarian, was inspired by the vegan recipes that I had been creating since the 1990’s, many based on vegan versions of my mother’s and grandmother’s omnivorous recipes. Jazzy Vegetarian Classics, was inspired by my continuing quest to veganize family favorites, while making them tasty, easy and delicious! 3. What inspired you to write this one? I realized that I, like so many other people, struggle more and more to have enough time to get a healthy, plant-based meal on the table every night. So I decided to pen a book dedicated to sharing all of my quick and easy recipes, ideas and tips for making meals at home delicious and satisfying, but at the same time, reducing the time spent...

“Nutrition Champs” Nails It

...I was reading Jill Nussinow’s work years before I had the pleasure of meeting her. As “The Veggie Queen,” she reached out to me almost a decade ago when I debuted my “Vegcoach” website with my daughter’s (now a well-known London artist) running carrot. Two years ago, when I was a guest chef at Dr. John McDougall’s Advanced Study weekend, she picked me up at my hotel and escorted me to the store where she spent several hours helping me pick out food for my cooking demo for 300…something she had done many times before. She was more than generous with her time and ideas, then and in many chats we’ve had since then. When she proposed the idea to write “Nutrition Champs” and offering an opportunity to pick a few ingredients we know and love to fill some of the pages of her new book, I jumped at the idea. Maybe it was a secret desire to declare my undying love of brussels sprouts. Who knows. But I’m glad many others chimed in too, and that Jill gave us all this opportunity. What a great collection of recipes and ideas! I hope you’ll agree.   My recipes she included are here. Stir-Fry Toppings When we hear the advice, “Eat the colors of the rainbow,” we often assume
this mainly applies to vibrant colors of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. But it is important to keep gorgeous colors in cooked food too, which is your insurance policy to resist disease with a recipe packed with anti-oxidants. The key to keeping color in cooked food is not overcooking. If you can...

Vegan Complicated? Rare Inside Month-Long Look at Hospital Food, As Non-Vegan Hubby Almost Dies

...The day before Halloween, my 80 year-old husband (he’s 18 years older than me) said, “Ya know, I think I pulled a muscle climbing on the roof yesterday.” A few hours later, “Ya know, I think we need to get this checked out.” When you go to the emergency room, in many hospitals, they have a protocol called, “From ER to Balloon in 60 Minutes.” When you walk in and say, “I have chest pain,” and an EKG confirms heart attack in progress, bells and whistles go off. Clarence, my husband, was in surgery for 3 stents within 30 minutes. He came within an hour of dying. I had always thought heart attacks were more noticeable, especially in men. My sister had several, and didn’t even know it before she had her first bypass surgery. Clarence had asked the cardiologist not to do bypass, if possible. But in trying to insert the stent in the third artery, the video the cardiologist showed me later, captured the vessel blowing up. Two bypass surgeries were scheduled for the next morning. I’d watched too many relatives go through this. But it had been a few years, and the technology was mind boggling. If you know anyone who can affect change…politicians, non-profits…please forward. For anyone who says a vegan diet is complicated, THIS is complicated:   Think a vegan diet is difficult? THIS is difficult. Difficult for the patient. Difficult for any loved one to watch.   Isn’t eating colors of the rainbow much easier?   Can you imagine how much money it costs to educate people to understand all of this?   Google...