Monday, February 17, 2014

A dilemma when no vegetarian option is served

Recently a vegetarian friend was discussing how she went to a holiday dinner at a relatives house who knew she was vegetarian, and the relative did not get it right. She said ham and turkey were served as well as potatoes and carrots mixed in with the meat juices.

I did not question her, but she seemed to be disappointed that a vegetarian option was not offered. (She was not complaining about the fact that meat was served.) There were a number of other guests at the meal.

So is it the responsibility of the guest to bring their own meal or was she right to feel left out? 

Your thoughts?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

10 Reasons to avoid dairy

1. Dairy is a chemical cocktail, as it contains steroids, (naturally occurring and synthetic) hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, antibiotics, veterinary medications, synthetic preservatives, additives, and (possibly most disturbing) white blood cells (aka pus).

2. You do not need dairy for healthy bones. There are excellent plant-sources of calcium that are alkalizing and support bone health. Broccoli, kale, other leafy green veggies, sesame seeds, tahini, calcium-set tofu, almonds, and fortified plant milks/juices all have adequate amounts of calcium to meet daily requirements.

3. The number one most important factor in bone health is exercise. To increase and maintain bone density, stress needs to be applied to your bones regularly. Add resistance training, and exercises such as walking, jogging in order to increase mass, and prevent osteoporosis. This factor far outweighs any nutritional component. My favorite expressions are “move it or lose it” and “you’ll rust out before you wear out.” So…just do it! And do it often!

4. Casein-the primary protein in milk-causes physiological addiction. Have you ever noticed that the more cheese you eat, the more of it you crave? Casomorphins are formed in your brain when you eat or drink dairy. These are opiate-like substances that produce euphoria, making you physically need more dairy. The only way to break this addictive cycle, is to cut it out entirely.

5. Casein is possibly a potent carcinogen. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author or The China Study,  found casein to be a powerful cancer promoter after decades of laboratory research. He was able to turn cancer on and off simply by increasing the amount of raw casein fed.

6. Dairy provides high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which are known to cause atherosclerosis. This leads to heart disease.

7. Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health too. No matter how much calcium you are consuming, you need vitamin D to help absorb it. Plus. 70-97% of the population is insufficient or deficient in their vitamin D levels. Ask your doctor for a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test and if your level is below 35-50 ng/mL, add a daily dose of sunlight (a few minutes at peak hours with no sunscreen). If this doesn’t improve your D levels, you need to supplement.

8. We are the only species that drinks the lactation excretions of another species AND the only species who continues to drink milk after being weaned.

9.  There is currently a wall o’ milks that are plant-based and delicious at your neighborhood grocer. Choose between almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, oat milk, coconut milk, flax milk, rice milk, chocolate almond milk, horchata rice milk, vanilla soy milk, almond-coconut milk, and the hundreds of other varieties now available. Exciting, decadent, creative, and much healthier….dairy milk is indeed jealous!

10. Seventy percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant. The fact that more people than not react with painful gastrointestinal symptoms upon consumption of dairy demonstrates the fact that the human body is not intended to consume it. Doctors and dietitians are now pushing the use of lactase enzymes and other symptom-relieving medications in order to ensure “adequate” intake of dairy products. Yet, if we have to force our bodies to accept something it doesn’t want, shouldn’t that be a sign that something is wrong?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

One of the most missed meals from my childhood is eggplant parmesan. This recipe is entirely vegan and tastes incredibly good.


2 Eggplant sliced 1/4" thick slices
1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1/3 cup Daiya Mozzarella

Tomato Sauce 1quart

1 cup firm tofu
1/2 cup Daiya Mozzarella
3/4 cup soy milk
3/4 cup vegetable broth 
3 tblspn Cashew Butter or Tahini
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tblspn nutritional Yeast 
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 tsp cornstarch


Salt the eggplant slices, let stand for 30 mins, rinse and pat dry 

Broil the eggplant slices, spraying with a little canola spray until browned on both sides

Place all the cheese sauce ingredients into food processor and blend until combined

Preheat the oven to 350 deg 

Spray 6"x9" baking dish lightly with canola spray and place 1/3 the eggplant slices in the bottom. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the breadcrumbs then 1/3 of the tomato sauce finishing with 1/3 of the cheese sauce. Repeat the process two more times adding 1/3 cup Daiya Mozzarella cheese  and sauce  to the top.

Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly browned, sprinkle with chopped fresh basil leaves.

Serves 6

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Atlantic City to force horses to dive

You read that correctly, dive. The owners of the Steel Pier say they are bringing back this attraction once stopped due to the concerns of the animal. The new horse dive will consist of a rider jumping the horse off a 30 to 40 foot platform into a 12 foot pool. Anthony Cananoso, the Steel Pier president, see's no risk of harm to the animals and feels its a historic and popular attraction.

Horse diving was an attraction here from the 1920's to the 1970's when it was stopped. Now the plan is to build an amphitheater and charge ten dollars a person to see a horse and rider dive. But many local residents are not happy with the return of the dive. The Atlantic City SPCA President, Nancy Beall, has said the idea is disgusting and its cruel to put the animals though this. Hopefully through efforts of the SPCA, word of this will spread and Mr. Cananoso will reconsider this cruel tradition.

News coverage video clip.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Have we stopped the Canadian seal slaughter ?

The annual Canadian seal slaughter may finally see it's end. Through awareness from groups like PETA and Sea Shepherd, the public outcry on this brutal slaughter may have finally been heard by the Canadian Government. Just weeks before the slaughter is to resume Brian Cleary, a member of the Canadian Parliament representing one of the regions where the slaughter takes place, has acknowledged the public outcry and now is questioning the future of this brutal slaughter.

Cleary's statement comes just weeks after Russia has taken steps to ban the import of the harp seal fur. Polls have consistently shown the Canadian citizens oppose the seal slaughter, maybe it's time the Government listens.

Warning: Video of this brutal slaughter can be seen here.

To help, please visit this page to tell the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper,  that this must end.