|Sent on:||Saturday, March 24, 2012 1:47 PM|
Join us at the beautiful Persian Center in downtown Berkeley for dinner and a movie on Friday April 13th.
Karen Blum Boateng is a nutritionist with Pear Leaf Nutrition and a member of our community. She is excited to show us “Forks over Knives,” an inspiring film about how a plant-based diet can reverse many of our health ailments.
Movie: As proponents of plant-centered diets, it is important for raw food enthusiasts to get the most solid scientific health information available to guide us. "Forks Over Knives" has been making a major impact in the country for good reason, and we are happy to be able to present it to our Meetup. It features two of the country's foremost nutritional experts, Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. John MacDougall, who inspired President Clinton to tackle his health problems by going vegan. While they are not proponents of a raw food diet, they nonetheless have important information about avoiding and reversing disease with a plant-based diet that is directly applicable to our approach. This film is critically important for those members who consume dairy and meat products since Dr. Colin Campbell's landmark "China Study" provides information necessary to understand the impact of animal products on health.
While we are advocates of raw food consumption, our Meetup is not strictly for raw food purists and our members range from those who are sampling the food to just embarking on the lifestyle and trying to eat more raw, to those who consider themselves high raw. Although we do have people who decided to go 100% raw and have stayed that way for years, we want to provide information for everyone on this path. For that reason, it is useful for us to address some of the general nutritional questions that also apply to the cooked food that is consumed. This film has the added bonus of giving us crucial information we can use with our loved ones who are not ready to take the raw route but who are interested in increasing their vegetable intake -- a step we should all support and encourage.
Dr. Colin Campbell was raised on a dairy farm and pursued his studies with the idea that animal products were nature's perfect protein. But his research contradicted that hypothesis and he now spends his life advocating against it. Dr. MacDougall's mission has been the development of a dietary approach that brings solid nutrition to large populations, emphasizing the grains that are readily available, fueling the diets of many cultures throughout history. In this country, that translates to a healthy approach to the traditional "comfort foods," making a plant-centered diet possible for those who would not have thought it an option for previously.
View the Trailer here
Dinner: Karen is also going to make us a delicious dinner (raw of course). We have selected one of my favorite recipes- (that Heather Haxo Phillips teaches by the way) of Vietnamese rolls. They are incredibly flavorful and healthy- the mock peanut sauce really makes them sing, and of course that touch of mint. Karen is also serving an Asian salad with mandarin oranges and a dessert we have yet to decide upon. Since the rice paper wraps are not 100% raw- let us know in advance and Karen can make a couple of cabbage wrapped rolls. Although dinners are optional, we are limited to 24 who can RSVP for this event, because of the preparation and because of the capacity our venue.
The price for this event is $6 for the movie (includes venue) and $8.50 for dinner.
People who have purchased East Bay Rawfood memberships pay $8.50 for dinner alone* (see about purchasing these).
RSVP for this meetup here
We will start at 6:15 and have dinner first and then show the movie at 7 p.m.
The movie is 90 min long and Karen will facilitate a discussion after the movie
about raw food nutrition and nutrition in general.
The meetup ends at 9 p.m.
*About Meetup Memberships
If you would like to purchase a membership, you will be able to waive these venue fees (ranging from[masked] per meetup) for an entire year. Go ahead and pay the lower price and then give me cash or check at the meetup. As a thank you gift you will receive a Hippocrates laminated folder on some aspect of the raw food lifestyle worth $8.95. People find them very useful. I have ordered more of them and now have ones on food combining, superfoods, rawfood pantry, detoxification or cleansing, dehydration, juicing, raw food lifestyle, wheatgrass juice and green drinks.
Here’s a link to see what you will be getting and to make your choice on which one you might want. Access the charts here
More About the Movie:
The movie also entertaining and is told through stories of people, which is interspersed valuable revelatory information. The movie gives some of the scientific evidence behind why a plant-based diet is healing and some of the reasons why this information isn’t more mainstream. One other fact, according to one reviewer, everyone who participated in the making of this film, from the cameraman to the interns, including the composer, adopted a plant-based diet. Click here for more reviews.