We hosted the wonderful Dr. Neal Barnard in Sacramento!

What a wonderful, standing room only event we hosted for Dr. Neal Barnard. (shown in the middle) With the help of PCRM’s Missy Woodward, we pulled off a sold out crowd for the Private Reception for Dr. Neal Barnad and the huge venue presentation for almost 400 people at the Artisan Building. As always, Dr. Neal delivers a powerful presentation and lecture and everyone enjoys both his humor and his profound knowledge about healthful living…all vegan of course!

Dr. Don Forrester, Beth Forrester, Linda and Dave Middlesworth

33 thoughts on “We hosted the wonderful Dr. Neal Barnard in Sacramento!

      • This book helps make the vegan diet less confusing to the aravege American and presents a lovely collection of simple recipes. The ones I’ve tried have been delicious Edamame & Quinoa Salad is my favorite so far. Best of all, I can make all these recipes with ingredients I can find in my small town! I highly recommend this book to new vegans, but the recipes make it a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection.

          • The ONLY book to buy and use for is: Reversing Diabetes Program by Dr. Neal Barnard!
            The American Diabetic Assoication published the fact that his program actually reverses
            diabetes and they said his program reverses diabetes three times more effectively than
            the ADA!
            I teach Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Classes and have watched people get off all
            their diabetic medications and lose the weight too! It is absolutely wonderful!

      • a0a0 This review is from: This book helps make the vegan diet less cofinsnug to the average American and presents a lovely collection of simple recipes. The ones I’ve tried have been delicious Edamame & Quinoa Salad is my favorite so far. Best of all, I can make all these recipes with ingredients I can find in my small town! I highly recommend this book to new vegans, but the recipes make it a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection.

        • I LOVE Seed too! I was out in Santa Monica in April and ate there a lot. Great food, great people, nice aotpsmhere. Glad I found your blog too! I’ll definitely be back. (Cool you can wear flip flops in winter! Read you’re About page.)

          • Hello! I’m Karrie -> part 2 of the founding meermbs of NLCVS! I am thrilled to be a part of our vegan community and being able to see the interest that is generated in this area. I truly love cooking and baking for my friends and family. Being able to share my vegan experience with all the people I have encountered over the years has been a great motivator in furthering my education as a vegan.I look forward to our future events and getting to know everyone through this group.Much love- NLCVS

    • Ten months ago I saerttd a low cholesterol diet. I dropped all meat except for fish. I lost 17 pounds in three months. My A1c was better along with my blood pressure and cholesterol. Then I saw Dr. Barnard on PBS. I bought his book and dropped fish from my diet, too. I lowered the amount of olive oil I use and followed his recommendations. As of last week, I have lost 24 pounds. I am always satisfied and full. My blood pressure is 122/60, my A1c is 6.5 and my cholesterol is great. My doctor told me if she did a patient of the year , my picture would be on her wall. I have energy and I look so much better I’m told this all the time now. He changed my life he actually saved my life. Thank you Dr. Barnard and Amazon, too!

      • HI Rahyu, Fish is not a health food, but good job on everything else! Fish is very high in cholesterol and causes heart disease. It is cancer promoting in that it is ACID load, thus promoting the IGF-1 Growth hormone, thus damaging your DNA…! I encourage you to stop fish for yourself and because our oceans, lakes, rivers, are being depleted at an alarming rate!

        • Figured we need to kick this off eh? I’m Andrea! (one of your friendly nboihegrhood NLCVS co-founders) I am interested in all things vegan and all the ways it positively impacts my life. I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know this crew of folks who are interested in developing our community in all ways sharing ideas impacting our towns helping causes we care for but most of all engaging with each other!

          • Hi Nevin, you found the right place!! We like to discuss all things vegan and that IS the only way to be in this life…for our own health, for the animals who have NO voice, and, of course, we want our earth to survive. If we do not make changes soon, we will no longer be here!

    • But to eat more healthfully, we need to cohsoe whole, organic fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains as the centerpiece of our diets. And having a collection of plant-based recipes that offer us simple and delicious ways to prepare these foods is essential. When I heard about Dr. Neal Barnard’s latest book, The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great, it sounded like just the kind of book to help anyone quickly learn to achieve and maintain vibrant health through sound nutrition. Turn to the very first page of the book, and you’ll read, This book holds the culinary secrets to lifelong health. It’s a promise that was fulfilled in the pages that followed. The bulk of the book contains simple recipes for eating healthfully and enjoying every bite. But it also includes many thoughtful tools that will help you revolutionize your kitchen and your life, easily and effortlessly. You’ll learn the science behind making health-promoting food choices and how to make your foods fit your health and weight-loss goals. You’ll discover all the essentials for stocking a vegan kitchen and even find a recipe for making your own vegetable broth. (A staple for many wonderful dishes.) Many recipes include a neat little Did You Know sidebar, with tasty tidbits of information about the dish or one of its ingredients. I picked up quite a few little culinary morsels from reading these boxes! For example, did you know that you can use your rice cooker to cook quinoa or that you can use chickpeas to make brownies? Nutritionals are thoughtfully provided for each recipe, and I noticed immediately that the recipes in this book are consistently low in fat and calories (even the desserts!) But after tasting several dishes, I quickly learned that they are also high in flavor! A sampling of just a few of the recipes in this book, proved that although easy to prepare, they were equally palate-pleasing. Since in my mind, there are few foods more beautiful, sweet, rich, and juicy than fresh pineapple, the recipe for Tempeh Burgers with Pineapple Salsa was first to catch my attention. The tempeh is first bathed in a tasty ginger-citrus marinade, then pan-seared and topped with a delightfully fresh and fruity pineapple and mango salsa. The recipe for mixed Vegetable Curry with Whole What Couscous blended together two of my favorite spices, coriander and cumin, with a medley of colorful vegetables. It was absolutely scrumptious! Finally, tried the Udon Noodles with Shiitake and Button Mushrooms. What I really liked about this dish is that it was quite tasty either hot or cold. And it was so simple and quick to prepare, I didn’t get overheated in my kitchen making this dish, even though it was a sweltering 96b0 the day I made it. The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook is the perfect book for anyone who wants to eat more healthfully and deliciously and do so using simple, wholesome, widely available ingredients. It has become a cherished addition to my own collection of vegan cookbooks, and I will be buying many copies to give as gifts to family and friends.

  1. It’s a no-brainer: Wanna be healthy? Go Vegan! But the truth is, it’s very easy to eat an uftualhhnel vegan diet: Just load up on refined flour, sugar, oils, and heavily processed foods, and you’ll be on the fast track to becoming an unhealthy vegan. Sadly, it’s a mistake newbie vegans often make. Instead of embracing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, many seek to replace their uftualhhnel omnivorous diets with vegan versions of their favorite junk foods. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that there isn’t a time and place for veggie burgers, non-dairy milk beverages, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. (Heaven knows I LOVE my coconut milk ice cream!) But to eat more healthfully, we need to choose whole, organic fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains as the centerpiece of our diets. And having a collection of plant-based recipes that offer us simple and delicious ways to prepare these foods is essential. When I heard about Dr. Neal Barnard’s latest book, The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great, it sounded like just the kind of book to help anyone quickly learn to achieve and maintain vibrant health through sound nutrition. Turn to the very first page of the book, and you’ll read, This book holds the culinary secrets to lifelong health. It’s a promise that was fulfilled in the pages that followed. The bulk of the book contains simple recipes for eating healthfully and enjoying every bite. But it also includes many thoughtful tools that will help you revolutionize your kitchen and your life, easily and effortlessly. You’ll learn the science behind making health-promoting food choices and how to make your foods fit your health and weight-loss goals. You’ll discover all the essentials for stocking a vegan kitchen and even find a recipe for making your own vegetable broth. (A staple for many wonderful dishes.) Many recipes include a neat little Did You Know sidebar, with tasty tidbits of information about the dish or one of its ingredients. I picked up quite a few little culinary morsels from reading these boxes! For example, did you know that you can use your rice cooker to cook quinoa or that you can use chickpeas to make brownies? Nutritionals are thoughtfully provided for each recipe, and I noticed immediately that the recipes in this book are consistently low in fat and calories (even the desserts!) But after tasting several dishes, I quickly learned that they are also high in flavor! A sampling of just a few of the recipes in this book, proved that although easy to prepare, they were equally palate-pleasing. Since in my mind, there are few foods more beautiful, sweet, rich, and juicy than fresh pineapple, the recipe for Tempeh Burgers with Pineapple Salsa was first to catch my attention. The tempeh is first bathed in a tasty ginger-citrus marinade, then pan-seared and topped with a delightfully fresh and fruity pineapple and mango salsa. The recipe for mixed Vegetable Curry with Whole What Couscous blended together two of my favorite spices, coriander and cumin, with a medley of colorful vegetables. It was absolutely scrumptious! Finally, tried the Udon Noodles with Shiitake and Button Mushrooms. What I really liked about this dish is that it was quite tasty either hot or cold. And it was so simple and quick to prepare, I didn’t get overheated in my kitchen making this dish, even though it was a sweltering 96b0 the day I made it. The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook is the perfect book for anyone who wants to eat more healthfully and deliciously and do so using simple, wholesome, widely available ingredients. It has become a cherished addition to my own collection of vegan cookbooks, and I will be buying many copies to give as gifts to family and friends.

    • Ten months ago I staretd a low cholesterol diet. I dropped all meat except for fish. I lost 17 pounds in three months. My A1c was better along with my blood pressure and cholesterol. Then I saw Dr. Barnard on PBS. I bought his book and dropped fish from my diet, too. I lowered the amount of olive oil I use and followed his recommendations. As of last week, I have lost 24 pounds. I am always satisfied and full. My blood pressure is 122/60, my A1c is 6.5 and my cholesterol is great. My doctor told me if she did a patient of the year , my picture would be on her wall. I have energy and I look so much better I’m told this all the time now. He changed my life he actually saved my life. Thank you Dr. Barnard and Amazon, too!

      • Good job Ricardo. I hopw you take out the fish. It is very high in cholesterol and fat as well. Especially salmon!
        And so many chemicals like mercury, dioxolin, pcbs, etc. Fish is an animal muscle and that makes it acidic. This acid load helps proliferate IGF-1 Growth Hormone which, in turn, promotes cancer cell proliferation!

        • Hi there. My name is Heidi and I live in New London. My oldest dahgetur is Vegan. I have learned many things from her over the past 3-4 years. One thing I learned is you cannot tell between a Vegan baked good and a regular baked good. LOL

      • Fish is dangerous food for humans..saturated fat, cholesterol and obesity. Eat dark leafy greens for your omegea 3s.
        Not to mention, we are depleting the fish at an alarming rate with the bigger fish 90% gone. Fish promotes cancer cell proliferation, heart disease and diabetes. Please replace with foods and recipes from : The Starch Solution, Dr. John McDougall and also Reversing Diabetes Program from Dr. Neal Barnard.

        • I went home to attend an event a colupe of weeks ago (I took my lunch) and was quite depressed for the following week over the complete oblivion that insulated the others there from seeing how what they were used to eating was harmful to either themselves or anything else, as it is a small rural town in Iowa and everything there was laced with animal products, sugar and fat. After that experience I got an email the following day from my cousin inviting me to her mother’s home for one of the annual get-togethers in a colupe of more weeks, for Christmas. After several days of being depressed over the last experience and dreading spending a day in the near future which literally revolves around food, none of which I would want, and not feeling like taking a separate meal for myself to this gathering, I cancelled on it. I had to endure a bit of a lecture from my cousin about accepting the food choices of others, which I have so far kept myself from replying to as everything I have thought to say in reply has not been anything I would wish to send. So perhaps my absence and my further silence are the stongest statements I can gracefully make.After dealing with that then I have been able to gradually dig myself out of the funk. I suppose I should look at this as missing an opportunity to proselytize, but it feels more like self preservation at the moment. I need to go reread The Politics of Optimism.

          • Hi, I hear you. I have the same problem. Best to do is bring something really yummy vegan dish and snacks so everyone wants your food. Best way to help people make a behavioral change is through food!

      • Thanksgiving: A symphony in gltoutny.I attended my son’s Thanksgiving dinner.Score card: 21 adults, 6 children:Adults3 thin6 overweight12 obeseChildren2 thin3 overweight1 obeseA typical profile of an American family.Of the adults, they all knew that my wife and I went to the McDougall 10 day program in Santa Rosa, California. There was not one question asked about our trip, not one. They couldn’t care less. The dinner was an abomination: A glorious portrait of the Standard American Diet, Italian style. Plus cake, at least $300 dollars worth. And there was cheese, all kinds spread over most of the food that was already bathing in olive oil. No doubt, a sumptuous dinner fit for all the Kings and Queens that were sitting at the table gorging themselves on the carcasses of different animals and dipping bread in the olive oil. Glory be!!Enough to make a Vegan cry in anguish over the futility in trying to get the carnivores to change.Yes, J. Morris, keep on with your optimism, I have lost mine. Remember, we the plant eaters are at best a powerless fringe group, who can only impact each other.Eat more broccoli!sligg

        • Dear Brismack…are you sure you did not go to MY family for Thanksgiving. I just have a party now at my home with other vegan friends..much nicer. Too hard to see the dead bird and unhealthy people all at once in my family.
          I hear you!
          Linda

    • My favorite books for eating healthy vegan are: Dr. John McDougall, “The Starch Solution”
      Dr. Neal Barnad, “Get Healthy Go Vegan”, Rip Esselsty, Engine 2 Diet, “Reversing Diabetes”, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Janice Stanger,
      “The Perfect Formula Diet”, Chef AJ, “Unprocessed”, Jennifer Raymond, “Peaceful Palate.
      I want to get “Happy Herbivore” but gotta make sure it is oil free first..anybody know?
      And Juieanna Hever, “The Idiots Guide to Plant Based Nutrition.”

  2. Zen presents Neal Barnard , M.D., fonduer of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine a0(see my review of his latest book here) for an all-day seminar ona0losing weight, feeling great, and getting healthy. This in-depth seminar

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