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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: John L. Cunningham
Volume 6, Issue 9
September 2002


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New in our Catalog: The Whole Foods Diabetic Cookbook
  4. Recipe of the Month: Stuffed Tomatoes with Minted Rice
  5. Question of the Month: Help With High Triglycerides?
  6. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  7. Internships Available
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


September traditionally means "back from vacation" and "back to school," but for us it also means "back to the Baltimore Book Fair." We'll have a booth from Friday, September 27, through Sunday, September 29. If you find yourself at this three-day event in historic Mt. Vernon Place, in Baltimore, MD, stop by and say hello.

From October 3-6, VRG will have a booth at the Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C. The Natural Products Expo is a trade show for the natural products industry. If you are planning to attend this trade show, stop by booth TT67 and say hello. This also means that it is very likely that there will be more vegetarian product reviews in VRG-News afterward, so watch this space!

As we've been advertising in our "Upcoming Events" section, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will be Saturday, October 19. The fair has always been great fun in the past, and I see no reason for it to be any different this year. If you're going to the fair, be sure to say hello to VRG volunteer Terry Carlo, R.D., who will be staffing the VRG booth.

Saturday, October 19 is also the beginning of the American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Conference in Philadelphia. As we do every year, we will have a booth at the conference to help promote vegetarianism to America's nutrition professionals. We'll also be hosting a vegan Chinese Banquet at Cherry Street Chinese Restaurant on Monday, October 21st. The banquet is open to anyone, but seats are filling up fast, so hurry up and make your reservation if you haven't already done so. For more information about the Banquet, see the "Upcoming Events" section below.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy September!

2) NEW IN OUR CATALOG: The Whole Foods Diabetic Cookbook

Now in our catalog is The Whole Foods Diabetic Cookbook by Patricia Bertron, RD., Patricia Stevenson, and Michael Cook. This 159 page book offers nutrition advice, shopping tips, menu planning advice, and over 80 recipes that can help a vegetarian manage his or her diabetes.

To see the table of contents, and the back-page synopsis of the book, visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/wfdiabetic.htm. The book is available from our website, or by calling (410) 366-VEGE, or by sending a check or money order in the amount of $17.95 ($12.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling) to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203


Issue 3 of the 2002 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

Gourmet Grilling
Get your grill in gear with Chef Nancy Berkoff.

Special Anniversary Section
VRG celebrates our 20th birthday!

Nutrition Hotline
Vegetarians are healthy: a review of the literature.

And more. . .

To read these article go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/2002issue3/

Read excerpts from back issues online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/

The Journal features informational and recipe articles, product and book reviews, news for vegetarian activists, and up-to-date information about vegetarian health and nutrition. If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today?

Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the U.S. (please inquire for subscription rates outside the U.S.). Accepted forms of payment, in U.S. funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on U.S. banks, and postal money orders. When joining please send us your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If paying by credit card, please include the card number and expiration date.

If you join online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for $30 or more, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $20 value! (U.S. addresses only)

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

4) RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Stuffed Tomatoes with Minted Rice

(The following recipe appears in Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD.)

Serves 4

1/2 cup basmati rice
1 1/2 cups water
4 ripe tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried mint
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cook rice in boiling water until done. Carefully remove core and pulp from tomatoes. Then bake tomatoes at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Add mint and salt to cooked rice, mixing well. Stuff tomatoes with rice mixture. Broil for 10 minutes and serve.

Total calories per serving: 107
Total fat as % of daily value: <1%
Protein: 3 gm
Carbohydrates: 24 gm
Fat: <1 gm
Calcium: 17 mg
Iron: 1 mg
Sodium: 150 mg
Dietary Fiber: 2 gm

5) QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Help with High Triglycerides?

This month VRG Nutrition Advisor, Reed Mangels PhD, RD, offers some resources to help tackle high triglycerides:

Q: My husband and I just found out he has dangerously high triglycerides and will need medication to control them. Needless to say, we need to make major dietary changes. I need help with using more rice and beans, as well as other grains and incorporating more fruits and veggies into our diet. There is so much info available on the internet I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start to find reliable, healthy information! Thank you for your time!

A: Here are a couple of websites with lots of information:

Nutrition and Heart Health Resource List for Consumers http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/pubs/bibs/topics/heart/cardio.htm has a listing of reliable resources on heart disease.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4778 has information about high triglycerides from the American Heart Association.

Certainly, it would be worthwhile to discuss your husband's dietary needs with a registered dietitian so an eating plan can be designed specifically for him. Here are a few vegetarian cookbooks that tend to emphasize whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Some of these are low-fat cookbooks. In some cases of high triglycerides, a very low fat diet is not appropriate. This is something you should discuss with your husband's physician or dietitian. You may want to check some of these at your library and see which seem to most closely match your cooking style.

Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals, 3rd ed.
Debra Wasserman; Nutrition Section by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
Baltimore, MD: The Vegetarian Resource Group. 1999. 224 pp.
Summary: This book features a nutrition section that briefly discusses key nutrients in the vegan diet. It also includes over 160 quick and easy recipes.

Delicious Food for a Healthy Heart
Joanne Stepaniak
Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company. 1999. 172 pp.
Summary: This book includes more than 120 low-fat recipes and features sections on the connection between a vegetarian diet and heart disease risk, recommendations for reducing risk of heart disease, and all sorts of cooking tips. It also provides 14 days of menus and an explanation of less common ingredients.

Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High Flavor Recipes
Dean Ornish, MD
New York, NY: HarperCollins. 1997. 368 pp.
Summary: Cardiac researcher Dean Ornish, MD, presents 150 low-fat, low-cholesterol vegetarian recipes.

Vegetarian Homestyle Cooking: A Guide to Heart-Healthy Lowfat Eating
Jeanne Tibero, MS, RD
Mankato, MN: Appletree Press Inc. 1998. 256pp.
Summary: This book provides information about the hows and whys of vegetarian diets and the connection to heart health. It includes recipes, two weeks of sample menus, nutritional analysis for recipes, and an appendix that provides additional practical information.

Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen
Lorna Sass
New York, NY: William Morrow & Co. 2002. 494 pp.
Summary: With more than 250 recipes, an extensive glossary of ingredients, information on cooking beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, and soy products, this book has been called an encyclopedia of whole foods.




On Saturday, September 21, Farm Sanctuary will hold their Gala for Farm Animals at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Gala Host and Honorary Chair James Cromwell, Linda Blair, Sue Coe, Bill Maher, Peter Max, Kevin Nealon, Stefanie Powers, Victoria Principle, Charlotte Ross, Loretta Swit, Gretchen Wyler, and other celebrities dedicated to animal protection will be attending the event. The 2002 Gala will celebrate Farm Sanctuary's farm animal activists and supporters with a gourmet vegan dinner, award ceremony, silent auction, and other entertainment. Mary Tyler Moore will receive the 1st Annual Sentient Being Award.

For more information, call Jessica Glau at (607) 583-2011 ext. 229 or e- mail gala@farmsanctuary.org.



From September 21-25 the American Oil Chemists Society will host the Fifth International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL.

The event will have three-and-a-half days of oral presentations and dedicated poster viewing focusing on areas of cardiovascular disease, renal disease, osteoporosis, cancer, cognitive function, hypertension, women's health, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory disorders, and skin health. A sponsor display area will also feature companies and organizations presenting the latest technologies and products available to the soy market.

For more information, call (217) 359-2011, visit http://www.aocs.org/meetings/soy03, or write to: ASOCS, P.O. Box 3489, Champaign, IL 61826-3489.



On Sunday, September 22, Love All Animals and In Defense of Animals will sponsor CompassionFest 2002, in Burnet Woods. CompassionFest is a national youth-oriented event inviting young people to live and grow in the spirit of Love, Peace, and Compassion. There will be educational booths staffed by local organizations, vegan food, vendors selling cruelty-free products, speakers, and entertainment. Speakers will include Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, Elliot Katz of In Defense of Animals, and Gary Yourofsky of PETA. Farm Sanctuary will also hold an Adoption Ceremony featuring Cinci Freedom, the newsmaking cow who recently escaped from a Cincinnati slaughterhouse.

For more information, visit http://www.compassionfest.org, e-mail info@compassionfest.org, or call (513) 561-9505.



On Saturday, September 28, Voices for Animals will hold the 6th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival in Lee Park. Attendees will encounter restaurant booths; free vegan food samples; healthy living exhibitors; and vegetarian, animal rights, environmental, and peace organizations. Activities will include: a "Fun-Raiser" for the Spay/Neuter Project of Voices of Animals, dog and cat adoption fair, activities for children, and live music. Admission is free.

For more information visit http://avenue.org/vegfest/, e-mail cvillevegfest@aol.org, or call (434) 823-2011.



Sunday, September 29, will be the occasion of WorldFest LA 2002 in Van Nuys' Woodley Park. WorldFest is a large-scale community event focusing on holistic health, the environment, and animals. The event will feature live music, ethnic food, activities for kids, animal adoptions, and arts and crafts. Exhibitor booths will include such topics as: healthy food, environmental issues and products, alternative health, vegetarian living, animal protection, and other progressive issues. Speakers will include: Julia Butterfly Hill, Dr. John MacDougall, Ed Begley, Jr., Linda Blair, and Rikki Rocket.

For more information, visit http://www.worldfestevents.com, e-mail info@worldfestevents.com, or call (310) 453-7838.



On Tuesday, October 1, The Vegetarian Resource Group will celebrate World Vegetarian Day with our local members with a vegan Chinese dinner at Mr. Chan's restaurant in Pikesville. If you live in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and would like to be informed of our periodic restaurant outings and other events for local members, send an e-mail to vrg@vrg.org and ask to be added to our local member announcement list.



From October 4-6 the Culture and Animals Foundation will hold the Seventeenth Annual International Compassionate Living Festival at the Clarion Hotel (Crabtree) on 4501 Creedmore Road in Raleigh, N.C.

Speakers will include: Ed Sayers, President of the San Francisco SPCA; Susan Ledererm, Yale University; Brenda Davis, a Registered Dietitian and author; Jill Robinson, founder of the Animals Asia Foundation; Jenny Stein and James Laveck, filmmakers ("The Witness"); Kevin Johnas, U.S. coordinator of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty; Jim Harris, songwriter; Regina Hyland, an ordained Evangelical minister and author; Mark Rinehardt, author; and Jim Motavalli, editor of E Magazine.

Total Package Admission, including admission to all lectures, Saturday lunch and dinner, and two raffle tickets, is $80 for CAF members and $90 for non-members. For more information, e-mail njregan@nc.rr.com or visit http://www.cultureandanimals.org.



On Sunday, October 6, The Vegetarian Society of Houston will host the 14th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Splash Town Pavilion in Spring, TX. Contestants from all over Texas will compete for the best chili and best booth awards, while attendees will enjoy live entertainment, speakers, educational booths & exhibits, and of course, vegetarian chili.

$5 admission per person to taste all chilies and to be eligible for door prizes. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call (713) 880-2011 or visit http://www.vshouston.org.



From October 19-22 the American Dietetic Association will host the annual Food & Nutrition Conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

For registration or more information visit http://www.eatright.org/fnce/index.html

During the conference, The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a Vegan Chinese Banquet at the Cherry Street Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant on Monday, October 21. Dietitians, local members, and the public are welcome. Reservations must be made in advance. Seating is limited. Cost is $20 before September 30, 2002. Children under 10 years are $8. Price includes tax and tip. Call (410) 366-8343 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday to Friday, fax (410) 366-8804, email vrg@vrg.org, or send check payable to The Vegetarian Resource Group to VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.



On Saturday, October 19, the Boston Vegetarian Society will hold the Seventh Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event brings together exhibitors of vegetarian natural foods from across the country. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about new veg products; talk to food producers; and enjoy speakers, cooking demos, restaurants, educational exhibits, children's activities, and exhibitors of products and services that support a vegetarian way of life. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonveg.org/foodfest, e-mail foodfest@bostonveg.org, or call (617) 424-8846.




Responsibilities depend on background, major if in college, and interest of applicant. Tasks may include research, writing, and/or community outreach. Internships are helpful for students working towards journalism, English, and nutrition degrees. Business majors can obtain experience related to the business aspects of a non-profit organization. Activists can learn new skills and gain a broader knowledge, as well as share their expertise. Positions open throughout the year for all ages (including high school students living in Baltimore). Internships are unpaid. Send resume and cover letter to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.


Green Earth Travel seeks interns for their Washington, D.C., area location. Applicants must be interested in learning about ecotourism and vegetarian travel. Responsibilities include: maintaining the website, making calls to tour operators, making bookings, and requesting brochures. For more information, contact Donna Zeigfinger by phone: (301) 571-4603 or by e-mail: greeneatvl@aol.com.


Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see back issues online at http://vrg.org/journal/.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: mailto:vrg@vrg.org Website: http://vrg.org/index.htm


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