VSS eNewsletter 15 March 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 March 2011
In This Issue

Editor's Note

VSS NEWS

Hard Truths About Heart Health – 27Mar
 
2011 Edition of VSS Food Guide Now Available
 
VSS AGM
 
Animal Welfare Symposium for Students
 
Exhibition at Temasek JC
 
At Lianhe Wanbao Health & Beauty Fair
 
At Benefit Dinner for Mahabodhi Monastery
 
Oatmeal: Try VSS’s Recipes Instead of McD’s
 
Our Restaurant App Gets Popular
 
Design for Change Singapore Invites VSS
 
The VSS InBox
 
GENERAL NEWS

New Issue of VegVibe Hits the Streets
 
Plant Powered Triathlete
 
Raw Foods with Linda Loo
 
March Classes from Ami’s Veggie Heart
 
Video Parody about Meat Eating
 
Many Religions Support Veg
 
Dying To Serve Us
 
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Veg Warriors
 
More Good News About Soy
 
Metta Welfare Charity Walk Cum Carnival
 
Nutritious Vegan Food for Children
 
Japanese Veg Cooking Classes

His pioneering work has influenced world leaders, and this month, he will be speaking to doctors in Singapore. Catch Dr. Esselstyn's public talk on the 27th March and learn the Hard Truths about Heart Health.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Hard Truths About Heart Health – 27Mar

Dr Caldwell Esselstyn’s research leaves him no doubt – If we’re not eating a plant based diet, we are giving ourselves heart disease. Every meal containing animal based foods, including dairy and eggs, is an assault on our coronary system. Heart disease is one of the leading killers in SG. But according to Dr Essy, the proper plant powered diet can save many people and their families from the suffering and sorrow heart disease inflicts.
 

We in SG are very fortunate to have an opportunity to hear first hand from this disease conquering guru who will be here for only a few days, most of which are taken up by meeting with medical professionals and the media. Dr Esselstyn’s public talk is one you don’t want to miss. Even if you are already on a plant based diet, you may learn something new.
 

Dr Essy has already appeared, via phone interview, on Singapore radio:
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/
files/ess-938live-110301.mp3

 

Date:
Sun, 27 Mar, 2.30–5.30pm
 

Venue:
DBS Auditorium Level 3
6 Shenton Way, DBS Building Tower One
Singapore 068809
 

Fee:
Tickets - $20 for VSS members; $25 for general public
 

More details here.
 

To purchase tickets, write to VSS here. Payment can be made online or by cheque.
 
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2011 Edition of VSS Food Guide Now Available

The updated and expanded 2011 edition of the Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide is out now, and features over 100 restaurants where you can savour the most delectable, animal-friendly veg creations – from lip-smacking healthy organic eats to luscious local favourites. All this in a convenient, easy-to-carry booklet!
 

• 77 pages (with many mouth-watering photos)
• Write-ups on over 100 restaurants
• Conveniently organised by precincts
• Locate healthy and delicious vegetarian versions of local favourites
 

The Food Guide is available at many bookshops, at Dr Essy’s public talk on 27 Mar and online at
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/products. Please note that a minimum order of four copies applies to online purchases.
 
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VSS AGM

We held our AGM on 12 Mar. Our 2010 Annual Report will be on our website soon. Past annual reports are at
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1317
 

Thanks for Kampung Senang for letting us use their Holistic Wellness Centre as the AGM venue. At the AGM, it was inspiring to review and celebrate the events of 2010, and there’s so much ahead of us in 2011 and beyond. Please do get involved in planning future VSS activities and in making them happen, as the tasks before us are urgent.
 
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Animal Welfare Symposium for Students

A VSS representative will be among the speakers at SPCA’s Animal Welfare Symposium for Students from 11-18 years of age, on Sat, 19 Mar, 8.30am-3pm at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This will be an interactive event, and places are still available: http://www.spca.org.sg/whatsnew.html#AWSS
 

The VSS topic is ‘Farm Animals: Spare a Thought for Them’. Other speakers include ‘Tormented Food – Exotic and Live Seafood’ by ACRES, ‘The Wild Side of Life – Keeping Wild Animals as Pets’ by ACRES, ‘Our Community Cats – Our Neighbours’ by Cat Welfare Society, and ‘Puppy Mills – Puppies as Pets’ by SPCA.
 
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Exhibition at Temasek JC

From 7–11 Mar, VSS held an exhibition at Temasek JC as part of the college’s Health Week. During the same week, we did a talk. Our goal was to raise awareness of the poor health trends in Singapore and to urge everyone to do their best to promote prevention. After all, prevention is surer, cheaper and less painful than cure. One suggestion we made was to increase the quantity and quality of plant based food in the JC’s canteen.
 
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At Lianhe Wanbao Health & Beauty Fair

Previously, VSS exhibited at the Lianhe Wanbao Health & Beauty Fair at Suntec. This year, we were invited for the opening ceremony for the 5 & 6 Mar event and took the opportunity to network with this year’s exhibitors, in particular to tell them about Dr Essy’s upcoming visit.
 
The exhibitor that was most interested in promoting Dr Essy’s visit was Four Seasons Organic Market. They have outlets at City Square Mall, Great World City and Parkway Parade. Four Seasons is not 100% veg, but they are about 95% veg and offer many healthy veg products for our kitchens. Plus, the City Square outlet has a café.
 
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At Benefit Dinner for Mahabodhi Monastery

On 5 Mar, VSS was represented at a benefit dinner for Mahabodhi Monastery, and we had a free half-page ad in the programme distributed at the dinner. In his opening address, the monastery’s abbot, the Venerable Guojin, highlighted the commonalities among religions and noted the presence at the dinner of a Catholic priest. Indeed, VSS works with all religions, as they all advocate kindness towards our fellow beings, and, without doubt, a kind diet is a vegetarian diet.
 
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Oatmeal: Try VSS’s Recipes Instead of McD’s

Oatmeal is one of the recipes in the free VSS publication, ‘Meat Less in Singapore’. It’s a very healthy and flexible dish; we can make it sweet or savoury, adding almost anything that tickles our fancy.
 

Now, McD’s is adding oatmeal to their menu, at least in the U.S. Find out their ‘unique’ approach as to recipe and price:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/
2011/02/22/how-to-make-oatmeal-wrong/
?src=me&ref=general

 

And, here from our ‘Meat Less …’ is a deluxe savoury recipe. (The url above has suggestions for a sweet recipe.)
 

5 c water
1/2 c rolled oats (whole, not instant)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 soybean curd sheets or 1 piece of
“dou pau”
Salt to taste
1 tsp mushroom seasoning
Spring onion and coriander leaves to
garnish
 

1. Sauté onion and garlic in small amount of water till fragrant.
2. Add water and bring to a boil.
3. Add dou pau and oats to cook. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 mins
4. Garnish with spring onion, coriander leaves.
 
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Our Restaurant App Gets Popular

There are now about 600 downloads of the VSS Veg Restaurant app in total, according to sales trends at Apple iTunes Connect. The app went as high as the Top 10 for Lifestyle apps in the Singapore Apple store. The ranking has declined; however, at last check, it was still in the Top 100 in the Lifestyle category.
 

An update of the VSS Food Guide app should be done soon. Please keep sending in changes and additions of eateries to the VSS Food Guide.
 
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Design for Change Singapore Invites VSS

Design for Change (DFC) Singapore –
www.dfcsingapore.com - works with kids from 9 to 14 years old. The kids identify a problem, imagine possible solutions, do what they can to make a change and share the story of their effort.
 

DFC started in India, and in 2010, they worked with over 50,000 schools in 21 countries, including SG. This year, VSS was invited to the initial DFC SG meeting and introduced to the teachers who attended as a possible partner for their students.
 
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The VSS InBox

A reader, Abi Anandakumar, who recently moved to KL, wrote to tell us about her recipe blog. Quite a variety of dishes and great photos to encourage us to give the recipes a try: http://amisvegetariandelicacies.blogspot.com
 
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New Issue of VegVibe Hits the Streets

Singapore’s own veg magazine’s Mar/Apr issue is now out online and in veg restaurants:
http://www.vegvibe.com. The issue is chock full of an incredible variety of information on all sorts of topics of interest to vegetarians and those who want to check out vegetarianism.
 

As the editors, see picture, state:
 

VegVibe is the only magazine in Singapore that covers anything and everything that is vegetarian and vegan, and serves as a uniting platform for related issues such as Health & Nutrition, Animal Welfare and Environmentalism. We publish once every two months and distribute the magazine free at over 70 locations across the nation.
 

To find out where to pick up your free copy of the new issue:
http://www.vegvibe.com/vegvibeprint.html
 
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Plant Powered Triathlete

Brendan Brazier is an Ironman triathlete, author of The Thrive Diet, creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega, and has also worked with celebs like Hugh Jackman to get them into the best shape of their lives through plant-based diets.
 

“I’ve been vegan since I was 15, and I got into it just because I wanted to be a better athlete, I didn’t care what I ate,” the 35-year-old said. “At the time I would’ve eaten anything if I thought it would have made me a better athlete. And I just tried different ways of eating …”
http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/02/15/
ironman-triathlete-brendan-brazier-says-
vegan-diet-is-best-for-athletes/

 
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Raw Foods with Linda Loo

Linda Loo never ceases to amaze with the new classes she creates, not to mention the delicious raw foods that she shares. Here are three more opportunities to learn from SG’s raw food guru.

a) The Ultimate Living Weekend
Dates: 25-27 Mar
What: Raw Food + Yoga
http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/wp-content/
uploads/2011/03/ultimate-living-weekend.pdf

 

b) Raw Cacao Madness!
Date: 20 Mar, Sun
Time: 11am-2pm
http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/wp-content/
uploads/2011/01/cacao-workshop-final.pdf

 

c) Living Skin SuperFoods Demo
Date: 20 Mar, Sun
Time: 230pm-4pm
http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/wp-content/
uploads/2010/11/living-skin-superfoods-demo-pdf.pdf

 
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March Classes from Ami’s Veggie Heart

More mouthwatering marvels from Ami.
 

a) Date: Tue, 22 Mar, 11am-1pm
Dishes: vegetable curry, tahu tauge vegetable, vegetable fried rice
 

b) Date: Fri, 25 Mar, 11am-1pm
Dishes: Sayur Dhall, Broccoli with sauce, Paratha
 

c) Date: Wed, 30 March, 11am-1pm
Dishes: Pineapple Fried Rice, Stirfried Eggplant with red sauce, Crispy Tahu
 

Email ami@amisveggieheart.com or call 9144.6105 to register for any of the above sessions. Please sign up at least 3 days before to guarantee a seat. If there is demand for a specific menu, additional classes will be added. Each class will be at SGD $65, which is payable on that day by cash. If you have a custom requirement for any specific item or menu or for weekend classes, please feel free to contact Ami at the above email or phone number to discuss.
 
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Video Parody about Meat Eating

From the U.S.
vegan.com/blog/2011/02/26/
youtube-ask-your-doctor-about-meat

 
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Many Religions Support Veg

Vegetarians can be found in all religions and among those with no religion. Here’s an example from Judaism, a religion not normally associated with vegetarianism. This is from the newsletter of Jewish Vegetarians of North America: http://jewishveg.blogspot.com Of course, as in all religions, Jews differ among themselves in their views. Most Jews are not vegetarians.
 

I can sum up "my" views regarding the relationship of Human Beings to non-Human life, nature and the environment simply. (Of course, there are other valid paths to becoming a vegetarian.) It is simple for me because I accept the following (Torah) axioms:
 

1) Ha'Shem (G-D) is the eternal, infinite, almighty. omniscient, all-merciful (compassionate/loving) Source of ALL there is.
 

2) HIS attribute of love motivates HIM to create a Being (Human by virtue of the DIVINE gift of free moral choice) less than HIM (necessarily) to choose to (lovingly) seek HIM. Any student of psychology will affirm that "love" is a benevolent emotional relationship chosen between two FREE participants.
 

3) Nature and the animal world are created to be Man's assistants in this quest. The non-Human creatures are (like Man) BEINGS not THINGS. They (like Man) belong ONLY to G-D. Each (like Man) has a unique soul and mission, which will be fulfilled. ALL (like Man) are rewarded by G-D for this service.
 

4) Humans are commanded to emulate G-D's attributes of loving kindness, mercy and compassion.
 

5) Man's survival has the highest priority in G-D's plan.
 

From the above, one may conclude that Man's behavior towards the animal world is explicitly/stringently dictated and regulated by the commandments just as it is towards his fellow men. Man may not act in a whimsical self-centered fashion towards non-Humans. Man must protect and conserve the world created for his benefit.
 

Man may take non-Human life ONLY IF it is necessary to ensure his survival. Humane methods are demanded by G-D. Failure to recognize these principles with the frivolous use of G-D's creatures as objects/commodities is cruel abuse. This is expressly forbidden and condemned by G-D. We do so at our peril.
 
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Dying to Serve You

This blog uses photos to remind us that if we go veg, no nonhuman animals end up on our plates or in our bowls:
http://dyingtoserveyou.com
 

The blog’s creators will be very pleased to have their images used by any organisation that promotes a cruelty-free, earth-friendly lifestyle. You can also adapt the images as long as you also credit dyingtoserveyou.com somewhere in the work.
 

The blog’s creators can also send images that will blow up to A1 size. The files are 60MB. So they won't go through email. But they can send the images through a CD - the slow mail. They’ll be adding more images soon.
 
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MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Veg Warriors

You may not approve of this as a sport, but the fact that vegetarian athletes are among the top of Mixed Martial Arts provides yet more evidence of the sufficiency of vegetarian diets. Indeed, this Sports Illustrated article suggests that more athletes believe that veg diets are not only the ethical choice but also the best choice for boosting their athletic careers.
http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_ylt=
AtQD_Jn5T9qZnL6zlS2iMzk9Eo14?slug=
dm-mmavegetarians021711

 
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More Good News About Soy

Soy is a great source of protein and other nutrients. Yet, some concerns have been expressed. Here’s one more study suggesting that actually no special reason exists for concern about soy.
 

The Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study is a randomized controlled trial of a high fruit/vegetable/fibre and low fat dietary intervention in early stage breast cancer survivors in the USA. It had a median follow-up of 7.3 years from the time of enrolment. Soy intake was measured post-diagnosis (median 2 years, range: 2 months to 4 years) using a food frequency questionnaire that included specific items for “Meat Substitutes (such as Tofu, Veggie Burgers),” and “Soy Milk”, as well as an opportunity to include other soy foods and supplements.
 

Isoflavone intake (the marker for soy) was unrelated to the risk of recurrence regardless of hormone receptor status or Tamoxifen use. No significant increased or decreased risk was associated with any specific level of intake. Risk of death tended to be lower as isoflavone intake increased (p for trend=0.02). Women at the highest levels of isoflavone intake (>16.3 mg/day isoflavones; equivalent to at least 1/2 cup soymilk or 2 oz tofu) had a non-significant 54% reduction in risk of death compared to the lowest quintile of soy intake.
 

The authors state:
Our study is the third epidemiological study to report no adverse effects of soy foods on breast cancer prognosis. These studies, taken together, which vary in ethnic composition (two from the US and one from China) and by level and type of soy consumption, provide the necessary epidemiological evidence that clinicians no longer need to advise against soy consumption for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
 

Reference
Caan BJ, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Gold EB, Thomson CA, Newman VA, Rock CL, Pu M, Al-Delaimy WK, Pierce JP. Soy Food Consumption and Breast Cancer Prognosis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Feb 25.
 
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Metta Welfare Charity Walk Cum Carnival – 20 Mar

Metta Welfare, home to a Special Education school and to the linked Happy Arts Deli, a vegetarian restaurant, is celebrating their annual charity event this Sun, 8am-5pm at their premises at 32 Simei Street 1. Details at 6580.4688, events@metta.org.sg, www.metta.org.sg A special bus will take people from Simei MRT from 8am-5pm, and the Walk begins at 9am.
 
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Nutritious Vegan Food for Children

Here’s a food prep class from our buddies at Kampung Senang.
 

Have you tried hard flipping through books and asking around for nutritious vegan recipes for your toddlers? Are you feeling very anxious on what to feed them and if they will get enough nutrition for their growth? Children love snacks, but with all the refined sugars, salt and hydrogenated oil that is bad for their health, what kind of vegan snacks can you give them freely without feeling any guilt?
 

If you are keen to learn more about appetizing and healthy food for your young children, we have good news for you! Tan Shel Lin will be conducting a cooking session "Nutritious Vegan Food for Children" at Kampung Senang.
 

Date: 20 Mar
Time: 15.00-17.00
Venue: Holistic Lifestyle Centre @ Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent, tel: 6749.8509
Fee: $90 per person which includes ingredients and lesson materials.
 
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Japanese Veg Cooking Classes

Enso Kitchen will be conducting two cooking demonstration [of different menu] on 10th and 11 May respectively and serving Sunday lunch as well as dinner on 15 May at GOTO Japanese Restaurant.
 
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