Watch and discuss "The Pleasure Trap" by Doug Lisle

  • April 6, 2014 · 2:30 PM
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For our second meetup, we'll be watching and discussing "The Pleasure Trap," which is an engaging conference presentation by vegan psychologist Doug Lisle.    The presentation flows well from our discussion during the first meetup (and if you weren't there, we can fill you in) , talking about WHY some people have so much trouble moving away from rich and unhealthy foods and how a low fat vegan diet can re-set our "pleasure sensors" and so improve people's health in a myriad of ways.  For those of us who are already vegan and need no convincing, his discussion of the addictive aspects of food is very interesting (he was previously an addiction psychologist) and helps provide insights into WHY some people have trouble changing entrenched habit patterns and adopting a vegan diet (and so help us to be optimally compassionate and understanding in our discussions and contemplations of the subject).

This month, we are meeting in a room that does not allow food.  After the meetup, if anyone is interested, we can grab some tea or a snack at Infini-T cafe, which serves vegan food as well as a mean Moroccan Mint Tea (among others).

Next month, we'll be discussing the book previously assigned for this meetup date, Sherry Colb's "Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger?"  

Hope to see you on April 6th!

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  • Leeann b.

    Very interesting. Nice group of people.

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the change in RSVP! Catch you all next time and enjoy the Beautiful day :)

    April 6, 2014

  • Amy H.

    I am so sorry I won't be able to make this meeting. My daughter just heard from colleges and one of her admitted students days is the same day. But thanks for delaying the book discussion. I have the book and now have plenty of time to read it. See you all at the next one!!

    March 30, 2014

    • Laura

      Oh that is too bad but we'll look forward to seeing you in May! Enjoy the college day!

      1 · March 30, 2014

  • Bethany

    Yes, delaying the book discussion for a couple of months definitely works for me. Thanks!

    March 14, 2014

  • tina h.

    That sounds good to me! I just started the book yesterday but don't know how much I'll have gotten through before the meeting. Films and presentations are a great idea too. I've watched a number with the Philly Veg group including Forks Over Knives, Earthlings, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Vegucated, and I'll be happy to watch them again EXCEPT for Earthlings which I can never watch for a second time.

    March 14, 2014

  • Laura

    Continued from below....

    As for the nature of the film, I own some films and I'm willing to acquire others. One possibility for April 6 might be a presentation by Doug Lyle, vegan psychologist, about what sorts of people become vegan for example or his famous topic: "The Pleasure Trap." All suggestions welcome for this particular meeting or subsequent ones!

    March 14, 2014

  • Laura

    Hi Bethany, I know it was a dilemma. Because of all the holidays and spring breaks and so on, I felt that it was a bit of a toss-up between the beginning of the month and the end of the month... and the end of the month seemed far away and not a great weekend for me because of a work obligation. I'm wondering if others are feeling crunched by the time. One possibility - and it would be great to hear from others on this topic - would be for everyone to start the Sherry Colb book now, for us to watch a film together on April 6th and then discuss the Colb book at the next meeting in early to mid May. This would give everyone an extra month to read. Since people will have started to read the book, we could even potentially discuss just the first couple chapters (since each chapter does sort of stand alone) if we have time on April 6th. In light of Bethany's concern, which may well represent others' feelings as well, how do people feel about this proposal? Laura

    March 14, 2014

  • Bethany

    I haven't had a chance to order the book online yet but would like to do so, however, the next meeting date doesn't seem to provide enough time to read it.

    March 13, 2014

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