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This is an age 21 and older social club for Charlotte area vegans, vegetarians, raw foodists, and people interested in these lifestyles. If you order food at one of our Events, it must be vegetarian or vegan. Couples are welcome!
***A recent photo of you (a clear photo of your face) is required to join and remain in this Meetup group.***No Group pics = just you in the pic (+ your partner, spouse, or child is OK)*** Photos help us find each other when we meet at bars or restaurants. This group is private, so non-members cannot see your profile, who is signed up for events, or the location of the events. Meetup advised that your photo for a private group does not show up in your other groups (unless you post it there), so you can have a face photo for this group, and a different photo (or no photo) for other groups. You change your photos within "MyProfile" below the group name of each group you are in (not in your main Meetup profile which is above the group name).
We meet for 2 social events EVERY MONTH:
"Wine Up / Veg Dine" at 7PM on the 1st Thursday of every month (1/2 price wine night) at a wine bar. This is an optional eating and drinking event. You can dine and have water or non-alcoholic beverages, or arrive later to socialize. The wine bar also serves beer.
Vegan Drinks is the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7PM. The location for Vegan Drinks is a drinking establishment and changes every month, so check back to see where Andrea, Charlotte Director of The Humane League schedules it.This is also an optional eating and drinking event. You can dine and have water or non-alcoholic beverages, or arrive later to socialize.
We also meet at restaurants for lunches or dinners, and sometimes go to a movie at Ballantyne VIllage, Manor, or Park Terrace theaters. Anyone want to help organize a picnic in the spring (maybe we can have one with all 4 Charlotte area veg Meetup groups)?
*Please keep your RSVPs updated so another member can have your place if you cannot attend, especially if the event location limits attendance to a small group (most restaurants or a members home).
Since Maggie and Arthur stopped being the Organizers who paid, your current Organizer has personally paid $72 every six months to keep this group on Meetup. Starting in 2015, Meetup has raised the fee to have a Meetup group to $89.94 for six months. Meetup just added a new feature, so members may now help support their groups with an optional "Chip in" contribution in the left column. A $4 per year donation from those who attend events would be appreciated and help toward the Meetup fee. Possibly you have benefited from the *educational info, 2 free cookbooks (see below), other recipes, or veg/vegan restaruant, vegan beer/wine info, and vegan travel information posted below and will chip in.
Follow the links below for *"educational information" about becoming vegetarian or vegan, and for numerous recipes. Right Click to OPEN the links below in a new tab/page so you are not taken out of Meetup. There is no additional "educational information*" about becoming vegetarian or vegan available after you join this group; only information about social meetups. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Most people continue to eat the same way their entire life, but sometimes change during a health crisis if they learn that a vegan diet may improve their health*. Some, lucky to meet an advocate for animal rights, learn about the lives of animals and birds raised for meat or dairy production. There are usually two initial motivations to become vegetarian or vegan: to save animals from cruelty/ death, and/or for health reasons* (this includes "for the environment", which impacts everyone's health). After awhile one realizes it's for all three reasons.
*1 of 5 benefits of eating vegan is a decreased risk of food poisoning. Any food at any time can harbor harmful bacteria, but one decreases their risk of common bugs like salmonella and e. coli by not eating animal products. http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2014/06/28/5-unusual-benefits-going-vegan-warning-poop-talk/?
Our number one killer, sudden cardiac arrest can be averted (reverse heart disease by clearing your arteries of animal fat) with a plant based diet (or a non-dairy vegetarian) (possibly pescatarian, although with water pollution and high levels of mercury and PCBs in the seafood, why would you continue to eat it?):
2 FREE Vegetarian cookbooks (PDF with photos): http://www.leannebrown.ca/cookbooks
Vegetarian and vegan recipes from our members Jyoti and her husband Mark: http://www.talleys.com/recipes.htm Jyoti recently became the Organizer of Charlotte Veggies, one of the other 2 Charlotte vegetarian Meetup groups.
One of our group's Event Organizers, Catherine, has the best veg/vegan website: http://vegcharlottenc.com with excellent reviews of local restaurants, with specifics of how to order to make menu items vegan. Her website has recipes, and other vegan info. Catherine is also the Organizer of Charlotte's first veg Meetup group VegCharlotte.
The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) website has information on *vegetarian and vegan diets: http://pcrm.org/healt....
PCRM provides a free *21 day Vegan Kickstart Program - Register your email address http://www.pcrm.org/h... and PCRM will send you (via email) recipes, plus you will have access to other information.
PCRM posts recipes: 70+ here http://pcrm.org/healt... and if you click on Archive at the bottom of the page, you will find 75 more recipes.
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/
*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.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02984/Foods-You-Dont-Have-to-Buy-Organic.html
notable vegans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_vegans
& vegetarians: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Notable_Vegetarians
Former President Bill Clinton has been vegan for years following a quadruple bypass surgery: (3 min video) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/bill-clinton-vegan_n_3683428.html
*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/
free downloads of vegan recipes and MP3 talk about "why be vegan" from 35 year vegan Dr. WIll Tuttle: http://worldpeacediet.org/download.htm
"Once you come to terms with why you don't eat cats, dogs, monkeys, and dolphins, you begin to understand why I don't eat cows, pigs, chickens, and lambs." ~ Edward Sanchez (vegan animal rights activist) website: http://www.veganise.me/author/admin
*WHY BE VEGAN + recipes http://veganeasy.org/Why-Vegan
TAKE EXTINCTION OFF YOUR PLATE! Humans face extinction from global warming (caused by raising cattle and pigs for food). http://www.takeextinctionoffyourplate.com/
"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. Andrew Weil on Supplements, Vitamins, Herbs: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00324/Supplements-Vitamins-Herbs.html
*Interview with 98 year old vegan MD who retired at age 95. He's been vegan for 50 years (video is only 13 minutes): http://youtu.be/l2UU0oblMdU
more recipes http://engine2diet.com/recipes/favorites/
more recipes http://www.thepamperedvegan.com/
more recipes http://fatfreevegan.com/
more recipes http://newstartclub.com/recipes
*vegan info and some recipes at actress Marilu Henner's website: http://www.marilu.com.
*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.
Cowspiracy, a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following a filmmaker as he uncovers the most environmentally destructive industry facing the planet today http://cowspiracy.com/ . The film shows how raising animals for food adversely affects the Earth's atmosphere and ecology more than emissions from cars, trucks, etc. Cowspiracy documentary indicates "1 1/2 acres of land can produce 375 lbs of meat or 37,000 lbs of vegetables. Everyday you can save 1100 gallons of water, 45 lbs of grain, 30 sq. ft. of forest, 20 lbs of CO2 emission, and an animals life by not eating meat". "Don't call yourself an environmentalist if you eat meat"
If you stream Netflix or Amazon Prime, watch the documentaries VEGUCATED and Forks Over Knives
Rip Esselstyn, author of Engine 2 Diet (vegan) has 18 short educational videos on youtube. Lose weight* and become healthy* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kItn6Tn16rw
Look up local veg and vegan friendly restaurants: http://www.queencityvegan.com/restaurants/
Look up veg and vegan friendly restaurants when you travel: http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/
Loving Hut has 39+ vegan restaurants in 15 states: http://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 (I wish all restaurants made this effort!) http://info.cpk.com/documents/vegetarian_and_vegan_info.pdf
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.
*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 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.