This is a social club for vegans, vegetarians, raw foodists, and people interested in these lifestylesWhen we dine together, you must order vegetarian or vegan food. Couples are welcome! 

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We are continuing the "Wine Up / Veg Dine" event 7PM the first Tuesday of every month.  Andrea, Charlotte Director of The Humane League, is scheduling Vegan Drinks for the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7PMThe location for Vegan Drinks changes every month, so check back to see where it will be.

Please keep your RSVPs updated so another member can have your spot if you cannot attend, especially if the event location limits attendance to a small group (restaurants or a members home).

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There are two types of vegans:  those who do it to save animals from cruelty/ death, and those who do it for their own health (this includes those doing it for the environment, which impacts everyone's health).  *1 of 5 benefits of eating vegan is a decreased risk of food poisoning. Any food at any time can harbor harmful bacteria, but you decrease your risk of common bugs like salmonella and e. coli by opting out of animal products. http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2014/06/28/5-unusual-benefits-going-vegan-warning-poop-talk/?

2 FREE Vegetarian cookbooks (PDF with photos): http://www.leannebrown.ca/cookbooks

Convenience foods:  *healthy quick 'n' easy vegan food ideas for when you're hungry and don't have time to prepare meals http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/convenience_foods.cfm

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This http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/is-wine-vegan/ explains about wine filtered through animal products, and lists some vegan wineries.  Check if your wine or beer is vegan at http://www.barnivore.com/

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*The "Dirty Dozen + " (loaded with pesticides), so buy these Organic: apples, bell peppers, bluberries, celery, cucumbers, grapes, green beens, lettuce & leafy greens, nectarines, peaches, spinach, strawberries, corn to be sure it is Non GMO, and potatoes (except sweet potatoes which are low in pesticide) http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02985/Foods-You-Should-Always-Buy-Organic.html

*The Clean Fifteen (produce least likely to hold pesticide residues): avocados, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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notable veganshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_vegans

& vegetarianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Notable_Vegetarians

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*Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) website has information on vegetarian and vegan diets: http://pcrm.org/health/diets/.  PCRM provides a free *21 day Vegan Kickstart Program - Register your email address http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs and PCRM will send you (via email) recipes and you will  have access to other information.  If you are into animal rights, PCRM has the latest information: http://pcrm.org/research/. PCRM posts past recipes - 70+ here http://pcrm.org/health/diets/recipes and if you click on Archive at the bottom, you will find 75 more recipes.  PCRM also has good info and links at their Twitter site:  https://twitter.com/PCRM

free downloads of vegan recipes and MP3 talk about why be vegan from 35 year vegan Dr. WIll Tuttle:  http://worldpeacediet.org/download.htm

Edward Sanchez (vegan) website:  http://www.veganise.me/author/admin

*WHY BE VEGAN + recipes http://veganeasy.org/Why-Vegan

TAKE EXTINCTION OFF YOUR PLATE!  Polar Bears and Humans face extinction from global warming (majorly caused by raising cattle and pigs for food).  http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15304

"If you care about the planet, it's actually better to eat a salad in a Hummer than a cheeseburger in a Prius." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-feldstein/hey-wildlife-lovers-take-_b_4999993.html

*!! one of the best talks !! (funny too, when talking about his Mom and Dad)  Vegan doctor Neal Barnard MD talking about benefits of a vegan diet. (never knew our government buys overstock of meat and dairy to give to schools and prisons) 37 min. on youtube http://youtu.be/CqCxVEAUjd0

*from vegan actress Alicia Silverstone's website:  Neil Barnard MD article on preventing cancer http://thekindlife.com/blog/2013/06/dr-neal-barnard-pcrm-preventing-cancer-with-a-vegan-plant-based-diet/

*Dr. Weil on Supplements, Vitamins, Herbshttp://www.drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00324/Supplements-Vitamins-Herbs.html

*Vegan Basics http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2012/01/17/vegan-cooking-for-beginners/

more recipes http://engine2diet.com/recipes/favorites/

more recipes  http://www.thepamperedvegan.com/

more recipes  http://fatfreevegan.com/

*vegan info and some recipes at actress Marilu Henner's website:  http://www.marilu.com.

*Dr. McDougall has some excellent information about a vegan diet + a 10 day meal plan: https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/free-mcdougall-program/introduction/diet-not-genes-controls-destiny/

*Don't know how to get started on a Vegitarian diet? http://veg-it.com/index.html This site has Links to over 45 other veg, health, animal rights, and environmental sites.

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Cowspiracy, a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following a filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today  http://cowspiracy.com/ Cowspiracy info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cowspiracymovie

If you stream Netflix or Amazon Prime, watch the documentary VEGUCATED and Forks Over Knives

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Look up local veg and vegan friendly restaurantshttp://www.queencityvegan.com/restaurants/

One of our Event Organizers' website:  http://vegcharlottenc.com/ which has excellent reviews of local restaurants, many recipes, and reviews of food products available at grocery stores.

Look up veg and vegan friendly restaurants when you travel:  http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/

Loving Hut vegan restaurant is now in 15 stateshttp://lovinghut.us/

Order vegan food almost anywhere:  http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2014/06/18/finding-vegan-restaurant-food-wherever-go/?

eating Vegan at fast food chain restaurants http://www.peta.org/living/food/happy-cow/chain-restaurants/

eating Vegan at national chain restaurants http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2012/04/17/eating-vegan-at-national-restaurant-chains/

vegetarian options at chain & fast food restaurants http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2008issue2/veggieRestaurantChains.htm

excellent Guide to vegan options at many restaurants across the USA (click on the restaurant in the list)  http://veganrestaurantshub.com/vegan-fast-food-restaurants/

California Pizza Kitchen vegan and vegetarian info for ordering (wish all restaurants made this effort!) http://info.cpk.com/documents/vegetarian_and_vegan_info.pdf

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Read the Discussions.  Look in the Photos section to read a few more quotes.  Check back here in the About Us section for new information and links.  Email the Organizer if you have ideas for events, or would like to become an Event Organizer.

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*Medical Disclaimer:  All events, content, and information presented are for social or educational purposes only, and are in no way intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any medical or other health condition. This Meetup group, including any content herein, does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be and should not be used in place of the advice of your physician. Before starting or changing any diet, consult your physician.  The food and nutritional information listed on this site is readily available on the Internet with source links provided, and is for educational purposes only.  No representation is being made regarding the content of any other web sites which you may access from this website. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

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