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To maximize learning, it's important to be healthy in a healthy environment. Nothing HEALs Humans, the Environment, and Animals more than Learning to embrace a 100% plant-based vegan diet. Everyone knows it's wrong to hurt or kill for pleasure, yet we're taught that we need animal products to be healthy. In fact, the opposite is true.

Amazingly, just one meal of cholesterol-laden animal fat and protein has measurable negative health effects. Furthermore, the devastating environmental impact of the Standard American Diet (aptly dubbed SAD) on water, land, food, and climate exceeds all modes of transportation combined. Giving up meat, egg, dairy, and fish may seem like deprivation, but again the opposite is true. Join me on a culinary adventure into the exciting world of plant-based eating!

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Vegan Nutrition
Vegans can and do eat almost every type of food they ate before becoming vegan. Far from deprivation, a vegan diet opens new worlds of eating pleasure. Food and its enjoyment become central. Besides a bounty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, breads, and pastas, delicious plant-based substitutes exist for nearly every animal productówith no animals harmed in the process. As on any diet, it's important to ensure adequate intake of vital nutrients like Vitamins B12 and D as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Vegan Philosophy
A vegan (VEE-gun) does not eat, wear, or use animal products of any kind, including meat, egg, dairy, fish, seafood, honey, leather, fur, silk, or wool.

A balanced vegan diet is healthful, nutritionally adequate, and appropriate for all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and athletics. (American Dietetic Association, Volume 109, Issue 7, Pages 1266-1282 July 2009)

A vegan also rejects the common notions that animals exist for human entertainment, labor, sport, or medical testing. Science is discovering that all food animals, including fish, feel pain, possess intelligence, use some equivalent of language, and have rich social interactions. Animals want to live their own lives, not be food on a plate, a pawn in a circus or zoo, or an experiment in a lab.

Click on the displayed links to learn how a vegan lifestyle can maximize your health and enhance your ability to learn and thrive. These sites are a small sample of the vegan resources available. Search the web for dozens more.

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Protein Facts
The meat, egg, and dairy industries and their government counterparts have been so successful with their protein propaganda that the #1 question vegans get is: "Where do you get your protein?" The truth is, we need much less protein than we've been told (human breast milk is just 1% protein!). And we can get all we need from plants. In the first place, how does protein get into "high protein" animal products...what do cows, pigs, and chickens eat? Plants! Secondly, animal protein when consumed is inflammatory & carcinogenic.

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MaxVegan (MV) Recipes
More PA, Less SOS! (PA = Phytochemicals Antioxidants; SOS = Salt Oil Sugar)
Cooking offers an exciting challenge to new vegans, who often become the family chefs. Foods like soda & fries may be vegan, but they're not healthy. MaxVegan Recipes maximize health by boosting nutrients and minimizing junk. From sauces & dressings to main dishes & desserts, dozens of No-SOS recipes are presented in a unique visual format that reduces the intimidation of long ingredient lists and wordy instructions.

No-SOS Recipes

HEALthy eaters living in or visiting San Diego County can download this calendar of 100% vegan eateries, along with a directory of vegan-promoting businesses, professionals, organizations, social groups, and coupons to their computers and smartphones. To be notified of updates, like & follow

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Vegan issues. Online activism. Sample topics:
* Do Vegan Options Promote Veganism?
* Unhealthy Vegan Food?
* Vegan Dogs & Cats? Of Course!
* The "Best" Way To Promote Veganism!

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In areas without vegan restaurants, eating cruelty-free can be tough, especially in foreign countries. V-Cards list vegan food restrictions in over 100 languages. Hand a card to your waiter or chef to ensure your meal is completely free of animal products. If possible, order "take out" to avoid having to be around omnivores hurting (eating) animals in your presence. Or to avoid the inevitable cross-contamination of food in non-vegan eateries, use V-Cards to cobble together your own plant-based meals in local grocery stores.

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HappyCow: Global Vegan Dining
The amazing HappyCow website/app rates vegan and veg-friendly eateries and stores worldwide. Although vegan items are now more common in mainstream establishments, it's all about profits not ethics. If available, vegans should always patronize 100% vegan establishments. Non-vegan eateries are sanitized extensions of the slaughterhouse. If no one ordered animal products, none would be harmed. You can't have one without the other. Ironically, egg & dairy operations are worse for animals than meat production, so even vegetarian eateries are part of the problem.
Vegan IQ Game
Test your knowledge of the health, animal, and environmental impacts of animal vs. plant-based eating. What percent cholesterol do plants contain? What percent fiber is in animal products? How much water is needed to produce 1 pound of meat vs. wheat? How long do dairy cows normally live? Are pigs as smart as a 3-year old? Includes assembly instructions for creating a display for vegan outreach events.

Game Cards-39 pages
Display Assembly-1 page

Rounding of America
Many new vegans effortlessly lose weight, because plants are generally low in calories and loaded with cleansing fiber that increases regularity. But when vegans "thin" to their ideal weight, people may assume something is wrong. The problem is, Americans have gotten so "round" that what was once a healthy look now seems deficient. If others express concern about your new, lean look, and you are eating a colorful variety of whole plant foods and nutrients and have a good BMI, show them this handout.

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Vegan Nutrition Guru - Dr. Michael Greger
The tireless Dr. Greger scours thousands of scholarly research papers each year, condensing their findings into short, engaging videos. Which foods maximize health? Which foods are harmful? How do vegans compare to meat eaters? Michael's findings will surprise you and may lead to dietary changes, even for long-time vegans.
Vegan Evangelist - Gary Yourofsky
The world's most radical "vegangelist" delivers a dynamic, hard-hitting lecture to Georgia Tech college students. Some content is disturbing to watch, but as thousands have attested, you can not walk away from Gary's lectures unchanged. Captions are available in 30+ languages.
Extra TV Lifechanger - Dr. Neal Barnard
PCRM's venerable Dr. Neal Barnard shocks the host by saying chicken is one of the most unhealthy foods you can eat. Likewise for salmon. Studies prove that a 100% plant-based diet keeps the weight off and fights disease.

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Neal's Mom & Cholesterol
A short segment from Ellen's interview (below) with Neal regarding his Mom's amazing success at dramatically lowering her cholesterol--without drugs!

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The Ellen Show - Dr. Neal Barnard
Ellen DeGeneres queries Neal about eating issues, the obesity/diabetes epidemic, food addictions, healthy alternatives, and his book "Breaking the Food Seduction."

9:20 min

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