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  • VSS eNewsletter 15 April 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    the Growth Dividend but still wish to donate you are welcome to do so using the website http www vegetarian society org support vss You may donate using PayPal or by cheque Whether it be 10 or 100 or other amount your donation will go a long way to help us continue our charitable work for people the environment and the non human animals Thank you for your support Top Letter to ST Forum A VSS member sent the following to The Straits Times Forum page It seems that it has not been published By way of background statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol In addition to writing to forum pages another idea is to write a comment in an online fora such as http www straitstimes com ST Forum ST Forum html Registration is often required but it s one time and free I REFER to Getting to the heart of statin use by Andy Ho Apr 2 The article discusses doubts about the widespread use of statins in the treatment of coronary heart disease CHD Fortunately another evidence based path exists for combating CHD and lowering cholesterol diet change Last month Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute was in Singapore to speak with cardiologists and others His research published in the American Journal of Cardiology and since replicated describes how moving to a plant based oil free diet saved the lives of heart disease patients Adopting such a diet wasn t easy for Dr Esselstyn s patients in the U S but most of them have stayed on that diet for more than 15 years as described in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Consider the alternatives to diet change seriously impaired health untimely death medicines with side effects and expensive surgery with the attendant risks and with the probability that the symptoms will recur Fortunately Singapore is a good place for adopting such a plant based diet as the culinary wizards in our food paradise including those at our approximately 100 vegetarian restaurants enjoy a challenge and look forward to serving their customers gustatory and health requests Top The VSS InBox A VSS representative engaged in the following dialogue with a lacto vegetarian student from an Indian international school Dear Mr Jacobs I heard you have given up milk In fact there is a brand of milk that does not use hormones and lets the cows roam free they are not locked up in small enclosures It is called Organic Valley brand name http www organicvalley coop why organic humane treatment I bought it at Fairprice Finest Marine Parade p s I met you at the Scholastic Environment Fund SEF oratory competition Write Back name deleted The VSS representative s reply appears below His position is not VSS s official position and lacto ovo vegetarian have a large presence in VSS including in our Exco 1 Is there

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  • VSS eNewsletter 4 April 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    and the yoke 3 We do not need to eat oils to obtain healthy fats many plant foods including beans contain healthy fats 4 We should not eat anything with a face or a mother 5 People in SG should continue to be generous and hospitable the Esselstyns who were hosted by Dr Kanwaljit Soin and her husband greatly appreciated their warm welcome here 6 Heart disease diabetes many cancers obesity and many other diseases are essentially the same food based disease we can avoid them by eating right 7 Heart disease is a toothless paper tiger 8 Heart surgery should only be necessary when someone is in the middle of a heart attack 9 We cannot use exercise to compensate for a bad diet 10 Dairy is full of unhealthy fat and does not make our bones healthy For much more information http www heartattackproof com Top Coming Attractions At the Esselstyns public talk we showed a trailer for the upcoming film Forks Over Knives which features the Esselstyns and Prof T Colin Campbell whom VSS hosted in 2009 The film http forksoverknives com is due for official release in the U S this May with the DVD expected later in the year VSS hopes to arrange one or more local showings Top Born To Be Vegan VSS is a member of the International Vegetarian Union IVU The IVU Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific is Dr Susianto Tseng Pak Susianto is the author of many nutrition books in Bahasa Indonesia and he is COO of the Indonesia Vegetarian Society Find out more about this very busy person in this recent article from the Jakarta Post http www thejakartapost com news 2011 03 21 born be a vegan html Top The VSS InBox A reader sent us this Time Magazine article titled The Morality of Mealtime The article asks if eating meat can ever be humane and if meat eaters are wilfully ignorant http www time com time health article 0 8599 2062252 00 html Top Middle Eastern Recipes from Ami s Veggie Heart In Apr you can learn Middle Eastern dishes from Ami 5Apr Tue 11am 1pm Vegetable Couscous Vegetable Stew Pickle with a twist 8Apr Fri 11am 1pm Falafel Hummus Variations Cucumber Dip Potato Dip 12Apr Tue 11am 1pm Couscous Medley Garden Mediterranean Salad Falafel Salad 19 Apr Tue 11am 1pm Mediterranean Chickpeas with Peppers and Tomatoes Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower 26 Apr Tue 11am 1pm Mediterranean Paella Roasted Vegetables 29 Apr Fri 11am 1pm Baked Chickpeas and spinach Greek Quinoa Salad Contact ami amisveggieheart com or 9144 6105 Please sign up at least 3 days before to guarantee a seat If there is demand for a specific menu additional classes will be added on Each class will be at 65 Top Mind Body Nature Connection Experience a mind body nature connection via an Eco Harmony Detox De stress Rejuvenate Retreat Join Kampung Senang on 22 24 Apr at Tanjong Sutera Malaysia Fees 450 Public 425 Kampung Senang Members

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  • VSS eNewsletter 15 March 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    out their unique approach as to recipe and price http opinionator blogs nytimes com 2011 02 22 how to make oatmeal wrong src me ref general And here from our Meat Less is a deluxe savoury recipe The url above has suggestions for a sweet recipe 5 c water 1 2 c rolled oats whole not instant 1 large onion chopped 2 cloves garlic minced 2 soybean curd sheets or 1 piece of dou pau Salt to taste 1 tsp mushroom seasoning Spring onion and coriander leaves to garnish 1 Sauté onion and garlic in small amount of water till fragrant 2 Add water and bring to a boil 3 Add dou pau and oats to cook Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 mins 4 Garnish with spring onion coriander leaves Top Our Restaurant App Gets Popular There are now about 600 downloads of the VSS Veg Restaurant app in total according to sales trends at Apple iTunes Connect The app went as high as the Top 10 for Lifestyle apps in the Singapore Apple store The ranking has declined however at last check it was still in the Top 100 in the Lifestyle category An update of the VSS Food Guide app should be done soon Please keep sending in changes and additions of eateries to the VSS Food Guide Top Design for Change Singapore Invites VSS Design for Change DFC Singapore www dfcsingapore com works with kids from 9 to 14 years old The kids identify a problem imagine possible solutions do what they can to make a change and share the story of their effort DFC started in India and in 2010 they worked with over 50 000 schools in 21 countries including SG This year VSS was invited to the initial DFC SG meeting and introduced to the teachers who attended as a possible partner for their students Top The VSS InBox A reader Abi Anandakumar who recently moved to KL wrote to tell us about her recipe blog Quite a variety of dishes and great photos to encourage us to give the recipes a try http amisvegetariandelicacies blogspot com Top New Issue of VegVibe Hits the Streets Singapore s own veg magazine s Mar Apr issue is now out online and in veg restaurants http www vegvibe com The issue is chock full of an incredible variety of information on all sorts of topics of interest to vegetarians and those who want to check out vegetarianism As the editors see picture state VegVibe is the only magazine in Singapore that covers anything and everything that is vegetarian and vegan and serves as a uniting platform for related issues such as Health Nutrition Animal Welfare and Environmentalism We publish once every two months and distribute the magazine free at over 70 locations across the nation To find out where to pick up your free copy of the new issue http www vegvibe com vegvibeprint html Top Plant Powered Triathlete Brendan Brazier is an Ironman triathlete author of The Thrive Diet creator of an award winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega and has also worked with celebs like Hugh Jackman to get them into the best shape of their lives through plant based diets I ve been vegan since I was 15 and I got into it just because I wanted to be a better athlete I didn t care what I ate the 35 year old said At the time I would ve eaten anything if I thought it would have made me a better athlete And I just tried different ways of eating http www ecorazzi com 2011 02 15 ironman triathlete brendan brazier says vegan diet is best for athletes Top Raw Foods with Linda Loo Linda Loo never ceases to amaze with the new classes she creates not to mention the delicious raw foods that she shares Here are three more opportunities to learn from SG s raw food guru a The Ultimate Living Weekend Dates 25 27 Mar What Raw Food Yoga http rawfoodlifestyles com wp content uploads 2011 03 ultimate living weekend pdf b Raw Cacao Madness Date 20 Mar Sun Time 11am 2pm http rawfoodlifestyles com wp content uploads 2011 01 cacao workshop final pdf c Living Skin SuperFoods Demo Date 20 Mar Sun Time 230pm 4pm http rawfoodlifestyles com wp content uploads 2010 11 living skin superfoods demo pdf pdf Top March Classes from Ami s Veggie Heart More mouthwatering marvels from Ami a Date Tue 22 Mar 11am 1pm Dishes vegetable curry tahu tauge vegetable vegetable fried rice b Date Fri 25 Mar 11am 1pm Dishes Sayur Dhall Broccoli with sauce Paratha c Date Wed 30 March 11am 1pm Dishes Pineapple Fried Rice Stirfried Eggplant with red sauce Crispy Tahu Email ami amisveggieheart com or call 9144 6105 to register for any of the above sessions Please sign up at least 3 days before to guarantee a seat If there is demand for a specific menu additional classes will be added Each class will be at SGD 65 which is payable on that day by cash If you have a custom requirement for any specific item or menu or for weekend classes please feel free to contact Ami at the above email or phone number to discuss Top Video Parody about Meat Eating From the U S vegan com blog 2011 02 26 youtube ask your doctor about meat Top Many Religions Support Veg Vegetarians can be found in all religions and among those with no religion Here s an example from Judaism a religion not normally associated with vegetarianism This is from the newsletter of Jewish Vegetarians of North America http jewishveg blogspot com Of course as in all religions Jews differ among themselves in their views Most Jews are not vegetarians I can sum up my views regarding the relationship of Human Beings to non Human life nature and the environment simply Of course there are other valid paths to becoming a

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  • VSS eNewsletter 1 March 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    reader just sent us this url for a blog about vegan food in Japan http vegan japan blogspot com Top New Class from Sophia Sophia Teh the culinary wizardess behind New Green Pastures Café on Level 4 of Fortune Centre is sharing her magic this month on four Sundays 6 13 20 27 Mar 3 6pm These Mandarin classes cover such dishes as pumpkin risotto emerald rolls grandma s classics and lotus root and mushroom stew Investment including dinner totals 200 To register 6336 8755 Top Vegan Love A 27min Student Film A student at the London Film School produced the following entertaining romantic comedy http vimeo com 7100069 At http veganfilmmaker com vegan love the producer Ryan Vance explains the motivation behind Vegan Love Being vegan myself I am passionate about educating people on the many positive benefits of the vegan lifestyle Most vegan inspired filmmakers tend to make documentary films that serve to educate their viewers about the fine points of veganism While I think this approach can be very helpful on an instructive level it can sometimes limit the practical lessons of everyday living for viewers with a vegan interest Most people see films that allow them to escape to laugh to cry to be scared and to be entertained along with experiencing the clever twists and surprises arraigned for them by the filmmaker Top Yoga Healthy Diet So many good ideas fit together One such fortuitous pairing is formed by yoga and healthy diet as both can boost our physical and mental health Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of 12 yoga lessons incorporating basic yoga exercises healthy diets concept and eco friendly lifestyle The classes will be held on the following dates Dates Mar 5 12 19 26 Apr 2 9 16 23 30 May 7 14 21 Times Sat 4 5 30pm Fee FOC Deposit 20 Refundable if attendance is more than 75 9 lessons Venue 55A Lorong 27 Geylang S 388183 Yes Natural Bakery 2nd storey Registration Bliss and Wisdom Society 30 Lor 27 Geylang 03 01 Citiraya Centre S 388164 Contact Lim Chin Fa 9695 5427 Iris Ms Koh 6547 1580 Details http bliss1357 blogspot com Top Bali Retreat Fivelements a group that focuses on holistic healing is holding a retreat in Bali on 12 Mar on the theme of The World s Greatest Food If you re interested in taking part please do contact Fivelements directly http www fivelements org images stories calender davidwolfe march2011 pdf In case you can t wait to know what the retreat organizers consider to be the world s greatest food it s chocolate Top Reform or Abolition Should we promote kinder conditions and slaughter for our fellow animals trapped in the factory farming system or should we only talk about ending the use of other animals as food for humans Here s an excerpt from an article which considers this question The Golden Rule Considering the Animals Point of View Social justice

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  • VSS eNewsletter 21 February 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    t have a book we want we can ask them to order copies http www pl sg page PlJustBrowseAcctService RecommendTitle That s a great way to increase the number of good reads available Top VSS Participates in Earth Hour 2011 Our friends at WWF Worldwide Fund for Nature invited VSS to participate in the annual Earth Hour event We are glad to do so Here s the write up Get on your feet and show your support to the protection of our Planet This year for Earth Hour on Sat 26 Mar WWF will be hosting a live concert a carnival an outdoor movie screening and the first ever walk in the dark at the Promontory Marina Bay The Earth Hour Night Walk will commence at 8 30pm This walk is approximately 3 5km long about 1 hour Celebrity supporters of Earth Hour Nadya Hutagalung and Tung Soo Hua will also be walking with us amongst others You can register for the Earth Hour Night Walk at http earthhour wwf sg registrations php A registration fee of S 15 apply free of charge for children 12 years old and below For more info visit www wwf sg Top Upcoming from Kampung Senang Our friends at Kampung Senang are offering a wide variety of classes and other wellness experiences To learn more join their Mind Body Health Fitness Program http www eco harmony net links eco harmony new event html http www kg senang org sg Here s the upcoming schedule 1 Bonding with Nature for Wellness Juice fasting Natural Therapies Lung and Liver Detox Program conducted in English jointly with the Health Care Centre in Malaysia Date 27 Feb 04 Mar Tampin Malaysia Continuation 05 Mar Holistic Lifestyle Centre Singapore 2 Purification Rejuvenation Retreat in Taiwan Mountain Alisan 14 22 Apr Venue Mountain Alisan Taiwan 3 1 Day Therapy Detox Program Every Wed by appointment except public holidays from 7 30am 4pm Venue Holistic Lifestyle Centre Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent Top Doubts about Dairy This site offers video more on dairy industry treatment of cows Sure to put u in a bad moooood abt milk http www animalsaustralia org Fortunately there are healthier alternatives http eatdrinkbetter com 2010 02 02 eating vegan tasty milk alternatives Top Global Temperatures Rise at Record Rate Here are excerpts from an article that is worth reading http www earth policy org indicators C51 temperature 2011 The moral of the story is that we need to convince our friends and family members to eat veg to slow global warming Topping off the warmest decade in history 2010 experienced a global average temperature of 14 63 degrees Celsius 58 3 degrees Fahrenheit tying 2005 as the hottest year in 131 years of recordkeeping This news will come as no surprise to residents of the 19 countries that experienced record heat in 2010 Belarus set a record of 38 7 degrees Celsius 101 7 degrees Fahrenheit on August 6 and then broke it by 0 2 degrees

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  • VSS eNewsletter 1 February 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    to receive the weekly tips that Veggie Thursday will start sending out later this month Top The VSS InBox We recently received the following email Hi I have recently purchased a box of Knorr stock cubes sold as The Vegetable Cube However on reading the list of ingredients on the box in very small print I see that beef is included in the flavouring I have sent an email to the company to register my complaint of this as I feel it is VERY mis leading to have a product named as such but which in fact contains meat I thought you would like to be aware of this Top Learn From and Help Rabbits As we enter the Year of the Rabbit our friends at House Rabbit Society Singapore http www hrss net inform us that our hopping fellow vegetarians are in trouble Too many people are buying rabbits and then abandoning them HSR needs caring humans to foster or adopt rabbits Wouldn t it be nice to have a fellow vegetarian sharing your home Top Five CNY Recipes Looking for ideas about what to cook for your vegetarian reunion dinner Here are a few http www vegetariantimes com recipes 10073 Plus Whole Earth restaurant now features a recipe on its website Top Interview with Prof Campbell of The China Study In 2009 VSS brought Cornell professor T Colin Campbell to SG for talks and media engagements Prof Campbell is still working hard to promote plant based nutrition This link goes to a recent New York Times interview Here s an excerpt Q Do you advocate a 100 percent plant based diet A We eat that way meaning my family our five grown children and five grandchildren We all eat this way now I say the closer we get to a plant based diet the healthier we are going to be It s not because we have data to show that 100 percent plant based eating is better than 95 percent But if someone has been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease it s smart to go ahead and do the whole thing If I start saying you can have a little of this a little of that it allows them to deviate off course Our taste preferences change We tend to choose the foods we become accustomed to and in part because we become addicted to them dietary fat in particular If we go to a plant based diet at first it might be difficult but it turns out after a month or two our taste preferences change and we discover new tastes and feel a lot better and we don t want to go back It s not a religion with me it s just that the closer we get to a 100 percent plant based diet the better off we re going to be Top Vegan Pregnancy for Hollywood Actress Alicia Silverstone is both an actress and an activist for animals For example her 2009 book

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  • VSS eNewsletter 18 January 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    2011 ECO Singapore the leading youth social enterprise advocating sustainable lifestyles for youths will again support WWF World Wide Fund for Nature in Singapore for the highly successful annual Earth Hour event For one hour starting from 8 30pm commercial entities and residential households around the island will power down their lighting collectively drawing attention to the extent of energy that actually goes into superfluous lighting Top VegVibe Jan Feb 2011 Issue The new issue of VegVibe magazine is out with the usual great mix of news that we can use to inform and inspire us VegVibe can be read on line at http www vegvibe com or you can pick up a free copy at these locations http www vegvibe com vegvibeprint html Top Green Smoothies Outlet Opens The smoothie trend continues with a new shop devoted to green smoothies LINS Smoodees Bar Showroom 18 Cross Street B1 02 China Square Central Marsh Mclennan Center next to Cold Storage S 048423 www linssmoodees com 64382 123 90078 233 or slurp linssmoodees com It s a little tricky to find but worth the effort Most people think smoothies are just about fruit but smoothies can also be a great way to get our greens The entrepreneur behind this venture is Adeline Tan who has also established The Healing Concierge and will be signing an agreement with the Nanyang Polytechnic s School of Chemical and Life Sciences to conduct research into green smoothie blends based on market research on the healing needs of Singaporeans This Research Development project will be largely funded by SPRING Singapore s Innovation Voucher Scheme Furthermore Adeline uses organic greens Last but not least Adeline is a big supporter of Veggie Thursday www facebook com veggiethursdaysg veggiethursdaysg v wall and displays Veggie Thursday flyers in her shop www facebook com album php aid 21636 id 123392897706992 Top Loving Hut Opens 5th Outlet Loving Hut vegan restaurants now have a fifth outlet this one at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 90 Yishun Central Tower C Level 1 NTUC Foodfare Stall 8 Tel 6570 0186 http www lovinghut com sg Open Daily 7am 10pm Top A Vegan Entrepreneur s Story Linda Loo teaches a holistic approach to wellness featuring vegan food and yoga Here s Linda s inspiring story followed by listings for two of her upcoming workshops The bit about it being totally achievable is especially nice Five years ago this very same day I made a resolution to quit smoking and drinking a year later on New Year s Eve I made a new resolution to clean up my diet and radically change my eating habits Looking back on my entire four years of transition and living a raw vegan s lifestyle with consistent yoga now I have so much more energy clarity and fitness breakthroughs that I simply cannot imagine living my life any other way Did you just make New Year Resolutions towards healthy living just like I did years ago If you did I wish

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  • VSS eNewsletter 1 January 2011 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Orchard near Centrepoint is offering a Lunar New Year cooking class Sat 8 Jan or 15 Jan 2 30pm 4 30pm 60 inclusive of lunch Learn how to make simple nutritious meals raw foods for your Lunar New Year celebration For registration enquiries orders contact Ms Vinitha Ang at 9 2368402 http www nutrihub blogspot com Top Meat Demand Hit by Media Coverage Consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is grown and a recent study shows that media coverage of animal welfare issues does have an impact on demand for meat The study that involved a search of U S newspapers and magazines from 1982 to 2008 suggested that media attention to animal welfare issues has not directly impacted beef demand It did however reduce pork and poultry demand The research found that increased media attention caused a reallocation of consumers expenditures to nonmeat food rather than a reallocation of expenditures across competing meat products http www evana org index php id 62422 Please support VSS s effort to help people learn the truth about where our meat comes from http www vegetarian society org support vss Top Vegelah Veg Website in Malaysia Vegelah is a great name for a veg website www vegelah com So far there doesn t seem to be much there other than a homepage but who knows what 2011 will bring Top Book on Promoting Change Change of Heart What Psychology Can Teach Us about Promoting Social Change is a new book www thehumaneleague com changeofheart index htm Here s an excerpt Merely asking someone if they intend to do something can influence their likelihood of doing it In a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology approaching people in the USA the day before an election and asking if they planned to vote increased voter turnout in that group by twenty five percentage points eighty seven percent compared to sixty two percent Greenwald et al 1987 In another study residents of Bloomington Indiana USA were drastically more likely to volunteer time with the American Cancer Society thirty one percent vs four percent if a few days earlier they d been asked whether they would hypothetically consider volunteering with the ACS Asking someone s intention to do something only increases their probability of doing it when they say they are likely to do it When someone believes they re unlikely to do something asking them their intention will make them even less likely to do it The reason that asking intent often leads to an overall increase in the action being done is because people often over predict how likely they are to do something In the studies above because of social norms nearly everyone answered yes when asked if they would volunteer with a cancer society or vote in an election Once they d said yes they were then more likely to do so That s why asking their intent led to higher rates of volunteering and voting Top How To

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