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  • VSS eNewsletter 27 May 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    the Food Outlet page One person suggested real estate districts and another recommended postal codes Thoughts Please send to info vegetarian society org Top Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online for Free Simple Vegetarian is a cookbook by noted local vegetarian speaker and teacher Wong Kee Yew His book presents only recipes without egg without milk without garlic onion without artificial additives and with only raw ingredients This is to suit vegetarians of different paths and preferences The stories behind the making of Simple Vegetarian can be read at http learning holistic wellness blogspot com 2010 05 stories behind simple vegetarian 1 html The book is now available online at http www tradebit com filedetail php 98635586 simple vegetarian Top Another Meat Reduction Scheme Lots of people are talking about meat reduction Some do one meatless day a week Others do meatless till 6pm Here s a video advocating being meatless on weekdays http www ted com talks graham hill weekday vegetarian html utm source newsletter weekly 2010 05 18 utm campaign newsletter weekly utm medium email The video is very short The speaker is Graham Hill founder of TreeHugger a Discovery company http www treehugger com Top Vegetarian Ultramarathoner Sets New Record An ultramarathon is any distance beyond the 42km of a marathoner Ultramarathons are often much farther even 160km Scott Jurek http www scottjurek com home is a long time vegan and long time winner of ultramarathons This year he set a new U S record for longest distance run in 24 hours an incredible 266km http blog seattlepi com seattlesports archives 205912 asp from blog last3 This New York Times article gives more background on Scott and his diet http www nytimes com 2010 05 13 sports 13runner html pagewanted 1 ref sports Top Does Dark Chocolate Contain More Iron Than Beef There are many veg sources of iron such as chick peas and various beans broccoli spinach brown rice dried figs and apricots and brown sugar and molasses Dark chocolate probably shouldn t be an everyday food but now and then it might be a good choice http www care2 com greenliving iron dark chocolate contains more than beef html Some brands of dark chocolate come without dairy Top NEWSTART Lifestyle Programme 6 9 Jun Looking for a research based programme to launch yourself or a loved one on a healthier more planet friendly kinder lifestyle The NEWSTART programme may be the one http www newstart com Details When 6 to 9 Jun Sun to Wed 4 days condensed version fasting required on 6 Jun from 10pm onwards till after the blood test on 7 Jun am Where Youngberg Wellness Centre 798 Thomson Road S 298186 next to 800 Thomson Condo Cost 550 00 inclusive of blood test 10 meals 1 graduation dinner Lingzhi steamboat dinner buffet on 10 June and Newstart T shirt Special 100 off for VSS members who register and pay by 30 May Limited to 1st ten participants only Contact John Cheang 9674

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  • VSS eNewsletter 17 May 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Vegan Bake Sale In April and May across the world people are holding vegan bake sales http www veganbakesale org In 2009 the first year of the event a hundred groups participated and raised over US 25 000 for a variety of causes The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale was named the 2009 Veg Event of the Year by VegNews Magazine In Singapore we can be part of this worldwide happening at two places 1 At The Brownie Factory 1 Raffles Place B1 01B OUB Centre Mon Wed 25 27 May 10 30 am to 8 30 pm proceeds from the sale of their vegan brownie and vegan cakes such as other Vegan cakes will be created for the event carrot beetroot cake orange cocoa cake peach orange cake will go to charity 2 At the Vegetarian Food Fair at Chong Pang CC in Yishun Sun 30 May 9 30am 3 30pm Contact David 9117 9617 One problem that vegan bakers have is how to replace eggs in their recipes A reader sent the following info Fortunately egg replacer can now be found in many larger better stocked grocers in those Guardians with health food section and in some health food stores Other egg replacers are ripe bananas ground flax seeds etc depending on the outcomes you want Here s a detailed video http www youtube com watch v OGgGdZiiPio Top Local Organic Education Tour 5 June To celebrate World Environment Day Organic Living Meetup will be conducting a 1 Day Local Organic Education Tour on Sat 5 Jun Details at http www meetup com Organic Living calendar 13330460 Top Historical Notes on Veg Musicians Many prominent musicians have been vegetarian Here s a brief article on that topic by John Davis historian of the International Vegetarian Union http www vegsource com john davis east meets west and west eats meat vegism and music html The article is meant as a historical perspective and does not include musicians currently topping the charts Top Travelling to Cambodia Siem Reap the town near Angkor Wat has the Peace Café http www peacecafeangkor org which caters for vegetarians Here s an excerpt from a letter by one of the people who runs the place Some of the orphanages are now looking into providing more vegetarian food The awareness of the need to change to a plant based diet to address global warming is helping to persuade them to move in this direction At least one 13 year old orphan is trying to maintain a vegetarian diet With 67 children to feed the individual attention required for this is a challenge for the organization trying to keep to a tight budget Time will tell if Cambodia is ready for Vegetarianism meanwhile the support of travelers visiting Angkor Wat will hopefully keep the Peace Café afloat There are vegetarian cooking classes monk chats yoga and pilates classes meditation child friendly gardens and trainings in positive thinking values education a bakery Fairtrade shop permaculture and much more

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  • VSS eNewsletter 5 May 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    cookbook New Asian Traditions Vegetarian Cookbook is a great smoothie recipe with many variations Unfortunately these days our cookbook is a bit difficult to find Two places to try are Kampung Senang s Holistic Lifestyle Centre and The Whole Earth Restaurant You can also order it online here Top Successful Trip to JB Animal Sanctuary On 25 Apr VSS organised a trip to Noah s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary in Johor http www noahsarklodge com From the vegetarian food at the coffee shop along the way to the supplies that people on the trip generously bought for our four legged friends to the pleasant weather to our hundreds of friends enthusiastic welcome to the questions about when the next trip will be the trip was an all around success Thanks to everyone who went along Top VSS Takes Part in A Million Acts of Green A Million Acts of Green brought to Singapore by Environmental Challenge Organisation is a way to share some of what you do with others http MillionActsOfGreen sg Top The VSS InBox VSS received a couple of requests for information on vegetarian sources of calcium Here are a couple good web resources http www vegetarian org uk factsheets calciumfactsheet html http www veganhealth org articles bones reccal You might be surprised at some of the foods that are rich in calcium such as figs broccoli molasses sesame seeds In particular here s more on the benefits of figs http theguardianlifemagazine blogspot com 2010 02 dried figs html Also please note that bone health depends on more than just calcium Top Forum Page Letter on Pandemics VSS sent the following letter to the ST Forum page but it wasn t published I REFER to The pandemic that wasn t April 12 The author contends that WHO s warnings regarding the danger posed by H1N1 also known as swine flu overestimated the threat involved Regardless of what did happen or will happen with H1N1 it is becoming increasingly clear that we humans growing appetite for eating meat from other animals does threaten us with a host of life imperiling illnesses The list of these grave diseases linked to meat production includes nipah virus SARS mad cow disease bird flu and swine flu While much remains to be understood the rise of these deadly diseases has been associated with the rise in factory farming Factory farming is the increasingly common practice of crowding pigs chickens and other animals together in cramped unnatural conditions in order to produce meat more economically Similar practices are also on the rise in regard to marine animals As we humans do not need to eat other animals in order to be healthy why risk outbreaks of killer diseases such as swine flu Moving away from meat and towards a diet richer in plant foods might also reduce the incidence of another set of severe illnesses linked to heavy meat consumption for example heart disease and diabetes Top May June Dine Learn Classes at Organic

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  • VSS eNewsletter 26 April 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    wait to try a meatless day s in a week Top VSS at Earth Day Events This past 22 Apr marked the 40th Earth Day During that week VSS enthusiastically took part in events at schools and at Singapore Sports Council In brief the three main reasons that meat production harms the environment are 1 Meat is an inefficient food source because many kgs of plant food must be fed to non human animals to produce just 1kg of meat This inefficiency means more forests must be cleared to grow crops and much more water must be used 2 The 60 billion land animals whom we humans eat annually not to mention the marine animals we eat produce a huge amount of waste This pollutes the air water and soil 3 This waste contains two particular greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide which have a great greenhouse gas effect than does carbon dioxide Furthermore these gases disappear from the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide Thus cutting our meat production can more quickly reduce the quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere compared to reducing our CO2 production although of course that is also vital Top Veg Marathoner Record Holder s Blog M Rameshon the vegetarian who holds the Singapore national record in the marathon has launched his own blog on running health and vegetarianism http rameshon m blogspot com Top Upcoming Events from Kampung Senang Our friends at Kampung Senang run a wide array of wonderful activities including ones that promote meat reduction Below are just a few Contact them for details http www kg senang org sg 6785 2568 6749 8509 email kg senang org sg 1 Detox Programmes both local and overseas Detox De stress Rejuvenate Retreats give your mind and body an opportunity to purify themselves and reconnect with the planet and provide a revitalising makeover that enables you to enjoy a healthier wiser life 2 Vegetarian Cooking Classes Learn how to cook healthy organic vegan dishes for better health 3 Taiwan Tour 8 days Extraordinary Organic Natural Vegetarian Taiwan Tour 14 21 May Highlights of the trip Good delicious healthy organic natural meals stay in resort farm surrounded by nature hands on activities such as making of wooden bowls Top VegVibe April Issues Features Local Veg Artist The Apr 2010 issue of VegVibe the Singapore online magazine about all things vegetarian has a great article about local vegetarian artist J Kalidass including his account of his path to vegetarianism http vegvibe com VegVibeApr10 pdf There are also lots of watermelon recipes and a report from the VSS AGM Top Healthy Lifestyle Cum Cooking Classes Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking starting Jun Sep Total 9 lessons Conducted in Mandarin Dates 5 6 12 6 19 6 3 7 10 7 17 7 7 8 14 8 21 8 First 3 Sats of Jun Jul and Aug Time 7pm 8 30pm Place 599 Gelylang Road 02 00 Yes

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  • VSS eNewsletter 13 April 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    May Jun and Jul talks are all at Bukit Merah Community Library Top Did You Miss the Brown Rice Talk at Bishan Library Our first library talk for 2010 on 3 Apr at Bishan Public Library drew more than 35 people to learn about brown rice in all its splendour from one of Singapore s experts on organic brown rice Heng Guan Hou For those who missed Hou s talk here are the slides http www vegetarian society org files why brown rice pdf Top Exhibitor Opportunities at Asia Veg Events VSS is an independent organisation that networks with other veg organisations around Asia and beyond Here are 2010 veg events These are opportunities for companies that would like to exhibit their products Event Where 2010 Dates Contact IVU World Vegetarian Congress Jakarta and Bali 1 9 Oct http www ivu org congress 2010 index html Middle East Vegetarian Congress and 8th Middle East Natural Organic Foods Expo Dubai UAE 6 7 Dec sandhya meveg info www naturalproductme com Xiamen Vegetarian Food Fair Xiamen China 5 8 Nov info vffair com http www vffair com Top 1700 FB Fans The VSS Facebook page now has about 1700 people signed up A great place to meet friendly veg friendly planet friendly folks Top The Brownie Factory Has New Location The Brownie Factory has done a lot to promote vegetarianism and veg organisations in Singapore From 15 Apr they will be at a new location 1 Raffles Place B1 01B OUB Centre Singapore 048616 Tel 6835 9579 Hours Mon Fri 11am 8pm in May Jun they ll be open Saturdays Top Vegan Diet Produces Huge Results for Formerly Huge Firefighters In October VSS will be hosting Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr famous for his work on heart health http www heartattackproof com Among Dr Esselstyn s most faithful followers is his son Rip a former firefighter with a book of his own http engine2diet com Recently Rip appeared on U S tv Here are two segments one before and the other after from the Dr Oz tv show which document the remarkable transformation in three firefighters thanks to Rip s leadership and his father s science http www vegsource com news 2010 02 rip essesltyn on fire on dr oz show video html http bit ly 9NVhJC Top More Classes from Chef Oh Chong Fah Chef Oh Chong Fah has a new line up of classes Details at http www wholesomeliving sg com schedules html At My Kitchen size 4 6pax only 1 Wholesome Bakery with without oven Hands on 17 Apr Sat 10am 1 30pm 2 Homemade Rice Wine Japanese Sake Amazake Hands on 24 Apr Sat 10am 1pm 3 Homemade Wines Fruit Enzyme Drinks and Root Beer Hands on 1 May Sat 10am 1pm At Eng Teng Asso 4 Homemade Spreads Workshops demo 18 Apr Sun 3 5 30pm 5 Supercharged with RAW Energy DIY Salad Dressings demo 25 Apr Sun 3 6pm 6 Mighty Cereal Grains demo 2 May

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  • VSS eNewsletter 3 April 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    the future Right now this smarter farming is not being practiced and each day means more greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere b Professor Mitloehner believes that raising non human animals for food accounts for only 3 of greenhouse gas emissions Certainly estimates differ widely For instance a Worldwatch Institute publication put that figure at about 50 Many factors cause global warming and many actions need to be taken to stop climate change from wreaking havoc It is not a question of finding the one solution Instead we need to work on many fronts c Professor Mitloehner claims that reducing meat production will exacerbate world hunger This ignores the tremendous inefficiency of meat production with many kgs of plant food fed to the cows chickens etc to produce just one kg of meat Indeed the inefficiency of meat based diets means that huge amounts of forests are chopped down to grow the food we feed to the non human animals whom we eat For example much of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest occurs to grow soybeans and other foods to be fed to cows etc Rainforest destruction releases carbon dioxide the most prominent greenhouse gas To conclude some skeptics have questioned whether human activity has any role in climate change Can we afford to take a chance that the catastrophic effects of climate change might not occur That would be taking a terrible risk Others skeptics such as Professor Mitloehner question whether meat reduction constitutes the best way to address climate change We should not limit ourselves to single solutions Furthermore meat reduction offers us health benefits and helps the non humans animals whose lives are made short and miserable by being converted from the thinking feeling beings they are into mere objects Top Upcoming Events from Kampung Senang Our friends at Kampung Senang run a wide array of wonderful activities including ones that promote meat reduction Below are just a few Contact them for details http www kg senang org sg 6785 2568 6749 8509 email kg senang org sg 1 Detox Programmes both local and overseas Detox De stress Rejuvenate Retreats give your mind and body an opportunity to purify themselves and reconnect with the planet and provide a revitalising makeover that enables you to enjoy a healthier wiser life 2 Vegetarian Cooking Classes Learn how to cook healthy organic vegan dishes for better health 3 Taiwan Tour 8 days Extraordinary Organic Natural Vegetarian Taiwan Tour 14 21 May Highlights of the trip Good delicious healthy organic natural meals stay in resort farm surrounded by nature hands on activities such as making of wooden bowls 4 Harmony Day Fair Stalls selling organic products healthy meals preparation demonstrations organic set meals for our Eco kitchen Top How I Lost 180 Pounds on a Veg Diet This video from the U S captures the story of a woman who read the best selling veg book Skinny Bitch the photo shows the book s authors and followed its advice with remarkable

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  • VSS eNewsletter 23 March 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    see the new VSS publication the Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit which is available both online www vss sg meat less and in hard copy Also our 52 page 2009 Annual Report distributed at the AGM can now be downloaded from here Last but not least we d like to thank Pomefresh http www pomefresh com and Holland Barrett http www hollandandbarrett com for providing goodies to those who attended the AGM Top 2010 Highlight Speaker in October One of the VSS highlights for 2009 was the visit by Professor T Colin Campbell of Cornell University author of The China Study In his talks Prof Campbell recommended another book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease http www heartattackproof com by Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic one of the top cardiac care centres in the U S http www vegsource com news 2010 02 cleveland clinic and obesity epidemic solutions html We re happy to announce that Dr Esselstyn and his wife will be here in the second half of October Stay tuned to this eNewsletter for details Here s a video of Dr E http www vegsource com video ess wmv htm Top The VSS InBox Every now and then VSS receives queries from food manufacturers about vegetarian labelling for their products and there are international schemes one based in the U K and the other based in Switzerland Here are the urls http www seedlingshowcase com corporate08 product accreditation asp and http www euroveg eu lang en events v label php respectively Last week we had some emails from the people in Switzerland and from a local company that would like to do certification Too soon to say if anything will happen Top Pangolin Fund Raising Dinner Sun 19Apr Pangolins pictured to the right are not well known though they are native to Singapore and the region Right now the pangolins plight is twofold they will soon be poached out of existence and no one knows about it A gala dinner is being held on Sun 19 Apr 6pm to raise funds Contributions from the gala dinner will be used to 1 Fund a dedicated research officer for pangolin population studies and trade surveys throughout Southeast Asia 2 Conduct training education and awareness raising activities including producing pangolin related printed material and audio visual communication aids For more info and to book tickets Celine Low at contact cicadatree org sg Top Useful Locally Compiled Information on Diet Fats and Water Wong Kee Yew does many talks food demos and classes Last year he ran a Vegetarian Wellness Course in which students compiled reports Kee Yew has kindly shared them http cielosereno net VWC htm Top Taiwan MOE Encourages Veg School Lunches TAIPEI Taiwan Ministry of Education officials said that elementary and junior high schools should provide one vegetarian lunch per week to students to promote healthy lifestyles and help reduce global warming Deputy Minister of Education Lin Tsong ming said the ministry has issued

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  • VSS eNewsletter 14 March 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    by Adeline Lo in the accompanying photo demonstrated how to make soy yogurt and then how it can be used is so many delicious ways We hope that Adeline adeline2611 gmail com will return to do more classes Top VSS Helps Open Ubin Green House Nature Society Singapore www nss org sg is now operating Ubin Green House just a 3 min walk from where we alight from the bum boat on Palau Ubin NSS has big plans for making the house a model both as an environmentally friendly building and as a place for activities by green groups VSS was invited to prepare a programme for the official launch of Ubin Green House on Sun 7 Mar Fortunately Linda Loo in the accompanying photo http rawfoodlifestyles com agreed to lead a yoga session followed by a raw rojak workshop and lunch with the rojak sauce kindly provided by Chef Dolly Wasan 9069 1261 Everyone had a good time especially the ten P4 students from their school s green group and the village headman graced the occasion by joining us to partake of the rojak Top Japanese Vegetarian Cooking Classes at Biopolis from Enso Kitchen Enso Kitchen which specialises in Zen vegetarian cooking will be running a series of classes at Onaka which is located at Immunos Biopolis The first classes with Chef Danny Chu at Onaka will be held on Mar 26 Apr 3 For more details www ensokitchen com event htm or contact Onaka e info onakagroup com 6464 2007 Top American Idol s Simon Cowell Gives Meat the Thumbs Down Even the hyper critical American Idol judge Simon Cowell has been won over to the idea of taking at least one day a week away from meat http www smh com au lifestyle people simon cowell goes vegetarian for leona lewis 20100223 otbk html Top People s Association May Promote Raw Food Recently VSS was contacted by People s Association for help as they are thinking of doing activities to encourage people to include more raw and other healthy food in their diets PA is planning events from August at CCs and possibly at Lao Pa Sat They are looking for people to do workshops demos VSS hopes to work with PA on this If you know someone who might do an event as part of this please contact Jean Heng at PA jean heng pa gov sg Top Taiwan Organic Trip 22 29 May Violet Lee former VSS Treasurer has organized many organic trips both locally and abroad This May she and her brothers are doing another even better organic Mandarin language trip to Taiwan The dates are 14 21 May and Violet is offering a special discount for VSS members who confirm before 25 Mar as that date is the airline s deadline For more information call Christopher Lee 9295 1648 or Violet Lee 9006 5525 email chrislhh gmail com or violet lyh hotmail com Top Podcast with Cardiologist Who Does Triathlons Heather Shenkman is

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