It is confirmed. Our 11th Annual PreThanksgiving
Vegetarian Feast will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 5 PM at the Unity
Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1025 E. Oklahoma Ave. in the Bay View area. It will
be all vegan this year, in accordance with the general trend for such events.
Doors will open at 5, and the food line will start at 5:30; again, we will take
pains to ensure that food will be served on a “first come, first through the
line” basis. Charges will be $5 per person for individuals or families bringing
a dish to pass, and $10 apiece for adults and teens and $7 apiece for children 5
to12 years old if the family is not bringing food; children under 5 come for
free. Preregistration is required. The poster with the registration form is in
the works, but you can register using the form in this newsletter.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 5 PM, regular potluck
at the Friends’ Meeting House, 3324 N. Gordon Pl. in Riverwest (from Humboldt
Ave. go east on Auer a few short blocks to the parking lot). Theme will be raw
foods. As always, bring a raw food dish OR whatever else you wish.
Subsequent regular potlucks will be at
the same place and time on Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 2, and March 2.
Sunday, Nov. 20, Pre Thanksgiving Feast,
There will be no macrobiotic potluck in November, and the raw foods potluck has
merged with ours.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Plant-based nutrition provides us with
a pathway to escape the coronary artery disease epidemic… it has become ever
more apparent that these conferences are not the ultimate answer. This stopgap
risk factor and drug oriented device-driven approach is not designed to conquer
this epidemic. This strategy is laden with expense, morbidity, mortality, and
temporary benefits which rapidly erode with time. We must focus on the toxic
food environment for otherwise our children and young adults will become the
next unsuspecting victims.
-- from remarks by Dr. Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr. at the Summit
Conference on Cholesterol and Coronary Risk, Sept. 2, 2000.
The only food controversy I found this month was a warning
from the Organic Consumers Association that the powers that be are at it again,
trying to undermine organic standards yet once more. This time they’re trying to
get Congress to move the control of organic standards from the excellent and
principled National Organic Standards Board to the far more industry-compliant
US Department of Agriculture. At this writing, there may already have been a
vote, but that would only increase the need for everyone to phone or write or
email their congresscritters and insist that we need the strong good organic
standards provided by the NOSB, and that the USDA should NOT be involved in
In the bad ingestibles category, there was an
item about high levels of PCBs in the Milwaukee River near Lincoln Park and
other Milwaukee area river sites; the DNR reports that these levels are high
enough to endanger humans and wildlife – and of course that would include eating
fish caught in those spots! A multi-million dollar cleanup is being proposed.
But speaking of fish, it’s not really good that a variety of well-intentioned
(we presume) bodies are still busily listing which fish are good to eat,
dangerous to eat, or endangered – rather than helping people back off eating
Delicious Living ran an item on whether
food or pills/ supplements are better for you. Their conclusions were: Soy foods
are better and safer than soy supplements. Lycopene-containing foods do a
better job of helping the immune system than supplements (think tomato sauce,
tomato juice, tomato paste, even ketchup – but do choose organic here, since
pesticide residues would get concentrated along with the lycopene!)) If you do
eat fish for the omega-3 fatty acids, you need to know that not all fish are
useful for that purpose; vegetarians should know by now that dark green leafy
vegetables, ground flax seeds, flax seed and hemp seed oils, and walnuts and
walnut oils are all good omega-3 sources. And although the important
immune-system boosting mineral selenium is found in whole grains, nuts, seeds,
garlic, and asparagus, vegetarians may have trouble getting it since levels
depend on the soil these foods are grown in, and many US soils are depleted.
Delicious Living suggests a daily 200 mcg supplement; my guess is that
organically grown foods, which have generally been grown in compost-enriched
soils, might be higher quality food than commercially-grown items in this as in
Do readers detect an “organic is good” bias
here? I acknowledge that unashamedly; you are free to decide for yourself.
As always, there is good news about various
Olive oil’s monounsaturated fatty acids
benefit the heart. Spinach is a strong protector of the cardiovascular system,
eyes, and bones, and has potent anticancer agents. Another dark green leafy is
mache/ corn salad/ lamb’s lettuce; it has a sweet and nutty taste, and supplies
high levels of beta-carotene/ vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, and
potassium. And again, girls who ate plenty of fruit while growing up had
stronger bones than those who ate less, while on a different note, a combination
of lots of fruits and vegetables along with low-saturated fat foods is
more heart-protective than either strategy alone (sounds vegetarian to me!)
Cocoa has lots of antioxidents—even more than
green tea; the trick is to enjoy one’s cocoa and chocolate with a minimum of
sugar. Delicious Living suggests making one’s own cocoa by mixing a
tablespoon of pure cocoa powder with non-fat milk (or soy milk) and stevia.
Prevention adds that recently-discovered benefits of cocoa include
flavonols that seem to lower bad cholesterol and ease inflammation to improve
blood flow; also, a recent Italian study found dark chocolate decreased blood
pressure. They listed in descending order the kinds of chocolate with the most
goodies (which partly depend on how the cocoa beans were processed): natural
unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened baking chocolate, alkalinized or Dutch
cocoa powder, and plain dark chocolate.
A study from the Sphera Foundation found that people with high
homocysteine levels who ate 8 strawberries every day for 8 weeks were able to
lower their heart-dangerous homocysteine levels significantly. In a Harvard
study, kudzu extract helped heavy drinkers to scale back their drinking.
Prevention reports that canned pumpkin has more fiber and carotenoids than
fresh (go figure – perhaps it’s more con-centrated). And the same magazine
conceded that you can get calcium without milk! from Sanfaustino bottled water.
THE VEGGIE TABLE
By guest columnist Jan Taylor
No. 1 Chinese Restaurant, at 2678 S.
Kinnikinnick (between Lincoln and Oklahoma) is pleasant, brightly lit, and very
One section of their menu is Vegetarian
“meat,” described as soybean protein. I think it’s probably tempeh, or something
similar. All items on the menu are color-coded: black ink means mild; red ink
I ordered Vegetable Chicken with Orange
Flavor, which was so delicious that I almost licked the plate! The sauce
included matchstick strips of orange rind. I was very hungry, and really ate a
lot, but still had to ask for a box to take home the ample leftovers. At $8.55
this was a real bargain.
There were six other items on the Vegetarian “meat” section, and
I’m going to have to go back a few times to try more of them. They are open
until 10 PM Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 PM Friday and Saturday. (414) 482-2218.
For information on bringing organics to your
school, check out: