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For vegans, vegetarians, and people interested in a humane, plant-based lifestyle. Lots of tips for getting started below (click on Read more).

We usually meet for social events every month, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have suspended Meetups at restaurants and bars.

Our usual events: Vegan Social Dinner, Brunch or Lunch at Charlotte area restaurants, occasional trips to Asheville and its vegan restaurants, and visits to farm sanctuaries where rescued farm animals live: Check the Event listings for dates, times and locations.**

Most Events limit attendance to 8 to 12, so if you sign up, but can't attend, please change your RSVP so another member on the Event waitlist can have your place.

We have the right to decline membership or terminate membership for individuals who send spam to other members, for profiles without an actual name, not maintaining a recent facial profile, event crashing, or for "RSVP No Shows" or day of Event cancelations.

Getting started on a whole foods plant based diet*: Getting-started-on-a-low-fat-whole-food-plant-based-diet (https://www.carlagoldenwellness.com/2015/11/19/getting-started-on-a-low-fat-whole-food-plant-based-diet/)

Reasons not to have dairy*: read how cruel dairy "farming" is, and how unhealthy it really is for humans. (http://www.carlagoldenwellness.com/2015/05/25/the-dangers-of-dairy/)

7 day kickstart guide to living plant based*: https://nutritionstudies.org/plant-based-kickstart/

Vegan 2017 documentary has motivating factual information* https://youtu.be/IxVR53xemSs

Help stop global warming with a plant based diet. Motivation - watch Cowspiracy https://youtu.be/qAyh4oU2PKo

More motivation is in The Game Changers on NETFLIX*. Trailer: https://gamechangersmovie.com/

Climate Healers http://www.climatehealers.org/ promoting VEGAN life to save our planet from environmental catastrophe. Most of this Earth's poplulation needs to become vegan by the year 2026 to save Earth https://www.preventyearzero.org/

*plant based recipes: https://51cf9f04-509a-4d4c-b1fc-7f5a1797f164.filesusr.com/ugd/1ef4f2_be1d76869cf5482cbe088639dee8d070.pdf *from https://www.vlearningcommunity.org/

Vegan info plus Charlotte restaurants and vegfest events: https://veganclt.com/

Find restaurants that offer vegan and vegetarian options with the free Vanilla Bean phone app https://www.vanilla-bean.com/

Support Charlotte's plant based (vegan) restaurants:

Living Kitchen https://livingkitchen.com/ (opened in 2011 as Luna's Living Kitchen, is mostly organic)

Oh My Soul http://ohmysoulusa.com/

Sanctuary Bistro https://www.sanctuarybistro.com/

East Side Local https://eastsidelocaleatery.com/

Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants:

Fern https://www.fernflavors.com/ (avoid dairy cheese options)

Jyoti's World Cuisine https://worldcuisine.us/ (avoid dairy cheese options for some entrees)

**By signing up for any event posted in this group, you acknowledge that you are aware (and have made any+ guests) aware of potential risks, dangers or hazards associated with any Event activity, you (or your guest's) freely assume all risks, and further agree to release and discharge the organizers of the group and the Event Host from any and all liability arising from your (or your guest's) participation in this group's Event activities.

*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.

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