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going Meatless…. Doesn’t have to be Hard

There are so many choices! We have eaten Vegan for nearly 3 months. Yes there have been a few slips, but it is easy really.  Why?

  • You’ll try new restaurants
  • Cookbooks will be come a new point of inspiration
  • Don’t you want to KNOW what the IMPOSSIBLE Burger is? Get yours in Palo Alto, CA, yes it is Vegan, you won’t believe it! Picture below!
  • Also Ike’s Sandwiches and Love is incredible fun, they have a huge selection of vegetarian entrees and all of those can be made VEGAN! My husband’s favorite is The Meatless Ike’s Sub. So good!  (The IKE’S are in several locations in the Bay Area – we have tried Daly City Serramonte, Redwood City – El Camino)

Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.


Mary’s Gone Crackers… now – yummy Cookies

Love is certainly in the air. While spending time with your significant other, treat them to a healthy indulgence of Mary’s Gone Crackers Love Cookies. These cookies are deliciously sweet, vegan cookies are made with love and a blend of healthy, wholesome ingredients including high omega-3 chia seeds.  And they are organic and gluten-free! Available in four yummy varieties, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate,“N’Oatmeal”® Raisin (no oats!) and Ginger Snaps, there is a flavor to satisfy any craving. GINGER is my favorite…..

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Love Cookies…. yes I do. Especially tummy-settling, ginger cookies. One of the most important aryuvedic remedies:  Ginger (Zingiber officinale)…improves appetite and digestion. It stimulates the nervous system, the heart and the circulatory system. It reduces pain and is effective for asthma, fever and edema. It relieves palpitation of the heart, and tympanitis. and it has a grand reputation as an aphrodisiac.

The Kind Life, The Kind Diet, The Kind Mama

Alicia Silverstone – How To Live A Kind Life

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is an actress who rose to stardom with her leading role in the 1995 sleeper hit, Clueless. Her many other acting credits include leading roles in Batman films, God Behaving Badly, and Excess Baggage. In 2011, Men’s Health voted Alicia one of the 100 hottest women of all time.

A long-time food and animal rights activist, and a passionate environmentalist, Alicia is author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The Kind Diet, and founder of TheKindLife.com.

Get her loving and inspiring insights on how to lean into a life that is kind to your body, your conscience, and your planet. Find out more about Alicia’s work by clicking here.

The Kind Mama, her book! 

The Food Revolution Seminars: Add Years to your Life

Dean Ornish, M.D. – Add Years To Life & Life To Years

Dean OrnishDean Ornish, M.D.

Dr. Dean Ornish is founder of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute and author of six bestselling books. The Ornish program was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and is the first program based in lifestyle change to ever be covered by Medicare.

Dean has been appointed by two U.S. Presidents to White House health advisory boards. He was chosen by Forbes as one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.

Dr. Dean Ornish is a pioneer in the multifaceted life changing food, nutrition, love – change your life views in medicine. He has shown that we can renew our bodies. Take a look at his site for his “Recipedia”>>  BREAKFAST menu, it is an eye-opener. Breakfast is a great way to start your new life.   — the editor

Dean will explain the scientifically proven strategies that use diet, exercise, stress reduction, and love to extend and transform your life. Find out more about Dean’s work by clicking here.

The Food Revolution Seminars: Power Foods

 Neal Barnard, M.D. – Power Foods That Help You Thrive

Neal BarnardNeal Barnard, M.D.

Dr. Neal Barnard is one of America’s leading advocates for health and plant-strong nutrition. He is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Neal is the author of more than 60 published research papers on nutrition and its impact on human health, and of 15 books, including Power Foods for the Brain and The 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.

He will show you how a healthy diet can give you a stronger immune system, more energy, and better memory and sleep. Find out more about Neal’s work by clicking here.

There are several articles and lots of facts and charts, this article is especially important information:

Meat-Eating is a Risk Factor for Developing Diabetes, February 21, 2014 .

No wonder our meat eating habits in the last few years are lessening by about 1% a year.

May I Be Frank Documentary

Good News! We are showing MAY I BE FRANK at the College of San Mateo campus on Tuesday April 23 at 6:30pm. Come to Building 5 (the brand new Health & Wellness building, room 202). This is part of our community outreach program for OPEN HEART YOGA which is our Yoga Teacher Training group at CSM. The movie is Free, we will have snacks and prizes, it’s open to all!

Ah, the power of GOOD FOOD and the life changes that are possible! There are so many documentaries available to show you that your food may kill you! OK, I am getting a bit tired of these. So I think you will enjoy this humorous and thoughtful documentary of Frank — who does in fact change his life and face the consequences. Enjoy this movie, thanks to Cinema Libre for reminding us that great food, carefully prepared can transform. – Editor

May I Be FrankEx-addict Frank Ferrante is a 54-year-old, overweight Sicilian-American from Brooklyn with hepatitis C, some bad habits and an appetite for women. MAY I BE FRANK, a documentary to be released February 26th on DVD and video on demand (VOD) from Cinema Libre Studio, captures Frank’s transformation after he stumbles into the vegan Café Gratitude in San Francisco, and over 42 days, begins a life-changing journey coached physically, emotionally and spiritually by three twenty-something staff members on the path to enlightenment.

The film has gained significant notice as a self-distributed title (via a web store and events only.) It has screened at over 120 “transformational” events across the country. And, Café Gratitude, with locations in Hollywood and Venice, was just named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s top 25 places to lunch! And wait until you see Frank…..

The film is quirky and upbeat, but truly inspirational. Frank’s “that guy;” but his transformation—losing over 110 lbs, and becoming a life coach—will connect with many struggling to change their lives, get skinnier, be healthier, start a new life.

Here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/56721538

He’s lost 110 lbs and kept it off, but not without set-backs. It is a real-life drama.

More information on healing, vegan info, amazing places to eat:

Café Gratitude –  LA area, the SF location has closed

Calafia – Palo Alto

*Cool Cafe – one of Jesse Cool’s places at Stanford

In this video recorded at the March 2013 McDougall Advanced Study Weekend, leading sustainability activist Dr. Richard Oppenlander makes a compelling case for how the transition to a plant-based diet is the most practical, effective and sustainable solution to our most serious environmental problems as well as debunking the most popular misconceptions about sustainability. Freefromharm.org

V-Dog and the Happy Hound

We picked up some vegan dog food at SF Green Fest…. VEGAN? Well she LOVES broccoli and cooked carrots and rice, so we were willing to give it a try. And after the Melamine scare in pet food…. we wanted to check out food that was made fresh in the USA. So Rosie enjoyed it. We asked her to comment on her opinion in this blog, however, happy hounds show there pleasure one way:

Rosie has made a “nest” in our bed and is napping with a smile. She usually naps in her bed, but this was a special occasion. While not conclusive scientific testing, you can take a look at V-Dog’s website and make your own conclusion about their high quality product.

rosie-bedThe V-dog representative’s are local in California and offer free shipping on their complete vegetarian dog food.

Questions? contact info@v-dogfood.com

or 1-888-280-8364

And if you don’t know about the Melamine scare, you can read more about it on Marion Nestle’s blog or her book,  Pet Food Politics.