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E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:44 PM
Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices
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?The only difference between stumbling blocks and steppingstones is the way in which we use them."
~ Anonymous~

Hi Meetup Member,

Here?s all the latest info from Earthsave Baltimore. We are a completely volunteer operated nonprofit that helps people make healthier, earth friendly food choices. We have lots of good news for you!

The film we recently viewed, called ?Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days?, generated lots of interest in the ?Raw?, or ?Live Foods? Diet. The health benefits that we witnessed in the film were amazing! Five of the six raw food lifestyle participants in the film got off their insulin in just 3 ? 5 days, and we viewers could see those sick people begin to come alive!

There are a number of Live Food Meetup discussion and dinner groups in the Baltimore/DC area. We have included information about several of them below.

Hope that you?ve been attending our monthly dinner meetings in Owings Mills because they have featured outstanding presentations. Last month?s talk on osteoporosis by Dr. Steven Acocella attracted a real nice turnout in the 60s. And next week?s event, with the update on human nutrition by Dr. Michael Greger, is expected to fill the room.

Dr. Greger always makes his presentations entertaining, but we promise you this one will be especially so. Michael will quiz our group on all the latest findings in nutritional research and will have some prizes for the winners. So start studying, and let us know ASAP that you plan to be there.

Earthsave?s September 26th meeting will not be a potluck, but a special vegan dinner at the Yabba Pot Caf?, Baltimore?s Best vegan restaurant. We will hear some interesting stories and anecdotes that night from poet and author Ben Shaberman, whose essays have appeared in the national media, including PBS broadcasts.

Our October 24th dinner event should also attract lots of attention! Our guest speaker, Registered Dietician Marty Davey, was highly recommended by several Earthsavers who had seen her presentations at Veg Summerfest in Johnstown, PA. She will do a talk on ?I'm Too Busy and I Don't Cook?. Marty teaches nutrition and cooking classes at one of the top rated spas in the world, and in private practice.

We recently purchased several lightly used copies of the New Becoming Vegetarian, by Registered Dietician Brenda Davis. It?s a highly recommended nutrition guide that sells new for $22. We are offering the used copies for just $16 each. Please let us know if you?d like us to hold a copy for you to pick up at an Earthsave or Meetup event.

Earthsave is still offering a terrific deal on membership, which includes a free 12 issue subscription to Vegetarian Times, and much, much more. We hope that you?ll consider becoming an Earthsave member.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

BALTIMORE VEG DINNER SERIES on Saturday, Aug. 29th, 6-9 PM, will host a vegetarian potluck dinner featuring a presentation by MICHAEL GREGER, MD, a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. He will be talking about the latest news in human nutrition. Currently, Dr. Greger serves as Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture with the Humane Society of the U.S. Please RSVP to[masked]-3043.

DINNER GUESTS are asked to bring a dish that?s made without animal products to serve five times the number in their party, along with a donation of $5 ($2 for members). Guest may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee ($10 for members). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Monthly Dinner Ed Series events are held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. RSVPs will be much appreciated!
DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/2 mile. Flying Avocado Caf? and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold?s Gym (which is on left). The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.
DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.

NEXT MONTH ? SPECIAL EVENT: BALTIMORE VEG DINNER SERIES on Saturday, Sept. 26th, 6-9 PM, will present DINNER AT YABBA POT CAFE & LIVE TALK ? BEN SHBERMAN: THE VEGAN MONOLOGUES. Author Ben Shaberman will share a few essays from his book, as well as humorous and reflective anecdotes about life as a vegan. He will also lead a discussion on how vegans and vegetarians can more effectively promote their lifestyle and navigate through the treacherous carnivorous world. Street parking is available near the restaurant and is free after 6 pm.

This is a special event at the Yabba Pot Cafe, and is not a potluck. The $12 admission fee includes three selections plus rice. The restaurant is located in Charles Village at 2433 St. Paul Street. Metered street parking is available nearby, and parking is free after 6 pm. Write [address removed] if you?d like to carpool.

DC VEGFEST is a free festival that highlights how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods in and around the nation's capital. Co-hosted by Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of DC, this festival celebrates the city's diverse palette for animal-friendly cuisine and the many benefits of a plant-based diet. Featuring speakers, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, dozens of exhibitors, commercial vendors, and area food vendors, the DC VegFest has something for everyone to enjoy!

This outdoor festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 12th from noon until 6 p.m. at George Washington University, offers a real solid lineup of speakers, including Rory Freedman, author of the best selling book ?Skinny Bitch?. For more information visit Earthsave Baltimore will have an information and book sales booth at this event, so please stop by and say hello!

RAW SPIRIT FESTIVAL IN DC: There's been a growing interest in the raw foods lifestyle, which is often referred to as the Live Foods Diet. Or how about "liveit, not diet"? The Earthsave dinner attendees who recently saw the film documentary "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" were very impressed upon witnessing the powerful healing effects of that lifestyle. A great place to learn more is the Raw Spirit Festival, which is coming to DC on August 29 and 30th. See

Joyce Johnson is organizing a car pool at My Organic Market?s parking lot in Columbia. If you're interested, contact Joyce at [address removed].

RAW FOODS MEETUP GROUPS: Earthsaver Vince Shelton is very knowledgeable about the raw lifestyle, and organizes the Baltimore Raw Food Tribe. Vince invites us to have fun, share raw food meals and discuss the challenges. You may join the group or learn more by going to

Kendell Reichhart organizes the Raw Food Meetup group and invites us to join and have fun, share raw food meals, and discuss the veg/vegan diet, "superfoods" and health issues. Anyone interested in the raw/live food diet and lifestyle and feeling vibrant is welcome! See

Our friend Michael Harris will be starting a Living Foods Meetup group this fall, which will meet every Sunday starting September 6 and ending November 28. Michael says that Living Foods is a step beyond raw foods. It?s a strict way of eating that brings the body into a state of perfect balance, and the mind into a state of crystal clarity. He also observes that this way of eating helps open the heart.

The foods are not only raw, they are living and sprouted for optimum nutritional value. Nuts are always soaked and sprouted before use for ease of digestion and to insure all proteins and amino acids are made available to the body. Food is often blended or sliced small for easy chewing and assimilation.

The Sunday Potluck will have a consistent structure, but content will change every week. Cost will be $10 per person and there will be people designated to bring certain dishes that all work together in terms of proper food combining. Michael also promises to provide some live music at the meetings. For more information, contact Michael at [address removed].

NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS: Baltimore area residents who are looking to go veg*n or to learn a healthier way of eating would be well served to avail themselves of the services of one of the following nutrition professionals:

Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin, of Preventive Nutrition Services, has been vegetarian for over twenty years and earned an MS in Health Education. Through his private practice in Baltimore, MD, Mark provides group and individual sessions to help vegetarians and vegans improve the quality of their diet. He also focuses on plant-based nutrition for various chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, gout, women's health concerns, cancer, and early stage kidney failure. Contact Mark at [address removed], or call[masked]-8343. On Friday, September 4th, Mark will be available to answer general nutrition questions by phone from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. To reserve a free 20-minute time slot, please email the Vegetarian Resource Group office at [address removed] or call (410) 366-8343.

Kasia Kines, MS, CNS, LDN
Licensed Nutritionist Kasia Kines practices at Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center in Lutherville where she offers frequent 30-Day Rejuvenation Detoxification programs and other workshops, as well as private sessions. Contact Kasia at [address removed], or call[masked]-6841. Kasia?s website is

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