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25th-Jan-2009 10:45 pm - Newbie
Does anyone post here anymore?

I'm trying to become vegan, live in Southern Ontario.

Any advice for the transition? Thanks.
31st-Oct-2008 09:52 am - Treehugger
I got an interesting link from Treehugger on an article entitled "7 Cheap and Easy Vegetarian Meals." Now my standards are not very high for Treehugger, but it really bugged me that they put in a recipe that the author puts BACON in (of course, you can leave out the bacon). The last time I checked, bacon comes from the flesh of a pig. I did make a comment on this and someone else commented on the author's mention of using ground beef in the veggie chili.
10th-Oct-2008 07:03 am - Pass (on) the Turkey?
'breakfast at tiffany's' cat
i found and posted this last year for thanksgiving, and although the link i originally got it from doesn't work anymore, it was a good article:

Pass (on) the Turkey?

For generations we have watched our great grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers agonize over preparing the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving?getting up at some ungodly hour to shove the bird into the oven, basting, stuffing, and glazing over and over again, and then, finally using every ounce of energy left to heave it on the table for all to say, "looks great mom, but when can we dig into the mashed potatoes and hit the pumpkin pie?"

Year after year, the turkey gets buried under mounds of succulent, tasty, and often more interesting vegetarian side dishes and deserts. So this year let the turkey (and your mom) thank you by choosing a less laborious, convenient and healthier vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.

Turning your Thanksgiving meal vegetarian is a no-brainer and can appeal to every family member. Remember, losing the turkey does not mean losing those traditional flavors and tastes that we all crave this time of year.
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3rd-Oct-2008 04:32 pm - new vid
Here's my micro documentary, filmed the weekend of the Vegetarian Food Fair in Toronto.
Gene Baur, of Farm Sanctuary, interview on Youtube with background music, Tupac Changes and Keep Your Head Up
www.youtube.com/georgiewong - forward it to anyone with 6 minutes.

Thank you all for your support, the next one will be a comedy or music video to mix it up,

16th-Aug-2008 11:57 am - Pink Lipgloss
These are 3 day old piglets that were born at www.farmsanctuary.org. Their mother, and about 80 other pigs were rescued from a factory farm that was being hit by a flood, sadly, the owners of the farm were saving the corn, and going to write off the pigs.
I had the honor of volunteering with them at their annual fundraiser.
Also, at the fundraiser were speakers like George Eisman, BruceFriedrich, and the founder Gene Bauer.
Now they are in good hands :)

Lil Mama, rap...and piglets...of course!

22nd-Jul-2008 12:18 am - KFC Vegan Chicken Wrap... 2 for 1.
for the record, the KFC vegan chicken wrap is delicious!!!!

from my email:

"We need you to eat a sandwich—or a lot of sandwiches—for animals! If you're like me, you're probably still bubbling with excitement over PETA's recent KFC Canada victory. The addition of a faux-chicken sandwich at the majority of the chain's restaurants is extremely important. A lot hinges on the success of that sandwich, and not just for Canada: The rest of the KFC world is watching. We need every compassionate person to buy one of these sandwiches—or a bag full!

For a limited time only, KFC Canada is offering a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for the new Classic Vegetarian Sandwich, which makes getting your hands on a couple sandwiches even easier to do. The sandwich can easily be made vegan by ordering it in a wrap without mayonnaise.

It might seem strange to order a meal from a restaurant that we were all boycotting just a few months ago, but skyrocketing sales will ensure that the faux-chicken sandwich stays on the menu. This menu item gives everyone who visits a KFC restaurant a cruelty-free option that they might not have known about before, and you can help save chickens by ordering this sandwich. This is a truly groundbreaking development for farmed animals, so please order five, 10, or even 15 Classic Vegetarian Sandwiches. Treat people at work or school, or donate them to homeless shelters. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner: whatever it takes to make sure this meatless meal stays on the menu. Would you please help? This could be the only time that I'll ever make such a request!

Visit PETA.org to print your coupon, and please remember to forward this e-mail to everyone you know in Canada."


Nicole Matthews
13th-Mar-2008 07:25 pm(no subject)
Olympics clean-up Chinese style: Inside Beijings shocking death camp for cats


this is horrific
4th-Mar-2008 09:21 pm(no subject)
Jane Goodall: What seprates us from the apes?
from the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference:


Jane talks about many things that would be of interest to vegans and many of the minds and hearts in this community
24th-Feb-2008 06:19 pm - Where can I find...
A decently priced food dehydrator? I can't afford the $300 Excalibur one that they sell online. Any clue?? I'm in Toronto, by the way. Or maybe one of you has one you'd like to sell?

Thanks in advance =)
11th-Feb-2008 09:58 am - Intro
I have been working at slowly changing my diet/lifestyle in a healthier fashion. I have been interested in becoming vegetarian/vegan for quite some time. My husband is open and supportive of following this as a family. Our kids, well ,they eat what I serve, simply put lol.Thank goodness they already love alot of dishes that have no meat and are not too fussy when it comes to food. I am fortunate that this is so, because it will make this task simpler.

Side history:
I am Cree and the traditional diet consist of mainly meat. Wild game like goose, fish, and more were all tested to be waaaay healthier than that of modern foods that were introduced in the communities.  Native communities have been having health issues related to the modern diet of fast food, processed food and foods high in sugar all resulting in the highest diabetes rate in Canada. The fact that we do not eat the way we used to as much and lived the way we used to (as nomads) that makes our communities riddled with health problems of obesity, heart attacks, diabetes and more. The communities are seeing this issue and trying to get people to become more active and be more health concious. Part of the plan is to encourage to maintain healthier diet for cree by choosing the wild game such as goose(which doctors have proved that the fat is very healthy and even has some healing properties based on its usage in the past by natives) instead of a greasy hamburger or fatty poutines. Traditional meats is an intricate part of our heritage and something we all enjoyed as a family. So the crux of the matter is that this transition will not be easy for us because of this. 

Another challenge I find is that it seems somewhat overwhelming for me: Where to start? Concerns of creating a balanced diet, what to buy, where to buy, cost of foods (I am on a limited income and most organic foods seem pricy to me -from my limited knowledge), recipes that will appeal to kids (even though 2 out of three are not fussy at all, there is still a slight challenge there).
I am a good cook, and I love to bake for my kids (and most cakes I bake involve eggs and milk).

So basically after looking at a few  links (which I plan to read in detail), I would love to know what's availible to guide me. People to consult with (dietitians & cooks), to teach me, for support, books that I can refer to and recipies that are family friendly. What is a good starting point? Are there some places I could go to for support/help?

I think once I get past this hurdle of "where to start", I know and see us as a family enjoying healthier foods.

Cross posted to vegan_mtl
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