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March 9, 2020: Due to the corona virus crisis, activities of this group have been suspended.


The purpose of this group is to provide social and educational support for anyone who wishes to learn about or practice, either strictly or partially, healthy eating -- by which we mean eating whole foods (no or minimal processing) that are plant-based, with no or minimal added oils*

This definition of what constitutes healthy eating is not the idiosyncratic belief of any one physician or nutritionist. Instead it is an approach that is supported, in its central elements, by all of the following experts: John McDougall, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., T. Colin, Campbell, Ph.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Neal Barnard, M.D., Michael Greger, M.D., Alan Goldhamer, M.D., Jeff Novick, M.S.,R.D., Chef AJ, Michael Klaper,M.D. , Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Pam Popper, N.D., Rip Esselstyn, and Doug Lisle, Ph.D.

We welcome to our Healthy Eating Group not only those who wish to follow a whole food, plant based lifestyle strictly, but also those who wish only to try it out or to follow it only partially—e.g., for only part of the day, for only 1 meal a week, for only one day a week, etc.—or to follow the diet with certain exceptions. Fortunately, there is general agreement among nutritional specialists as to what the ideal diet consists of. However, each individual decides for him/herself how close to that ideal he/she wishes to come.

Eating and preparing a whole food, plant-based diet is difficult in our society. The purpose of Coachella Valley Healthy Eating Group is to provide information, support, social opportunities, and activities that will make it a little easier to eat this way.

We are trying to determine what activities would best meet the needs of persons interested in our group. Below are some possible activities. Please respond to this message by sending me a Meetup message indicating which activities, including ones not listed below if you wish, that you would like to see our group offer. The information we receive from prospective members will determine the content of our next meeting.

1. Cooking demonstrations and recipes

2. Potluck dinners at the homes of members

3, Eating together at a local restaurant

4. Viewing and discussing films such as those listed below:

o General introductions to whole foods, plant-based eating—e.g., Forks over Knives, What the Health, and Game Changers.

o Talks by medical/nutritional experts on topics such as these: 1. How a plant-based lifestyle can prevent, slow down the progression of, arrest, or even in some cases reverse, problems such as obesity, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, acne, acid re-flux, etc. 2. To what extent can a whole food, plant-based diet promote longevity? 3. What diet is best for human health? 4. How to read labels on food packages and select foods wisely? 5. Are we carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores? 6. Environmental effects of the whole food, plant-based lifestyle –e.g., on global warming 7. Ethical issues re the whole food, plant-based lifestyle and animal welfare, Example films of brief, 20-minute TEDx talks that cover such topics can be found at (paste into browser if link does not work):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkEYcmCCCk&t=200s , and

If you find it more convenient to speak by phone or to use email rather than to enter a Meetup message, my phone is 818-653-2202 and my email address is MLI20202@gmail.com

Matthew Israel

* We also welcome persons who follow even stricter guidelines, such as avoiding added salt, added sugar, and high fat plant foods.

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