VSS eNewsletter 15 January 2012

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 January 2012
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

Overview of the Veg Scene
 
10% discount on CNY Cookies for VSS members
 
VSS Inbox
 
Help Spread the Message in Your School
 
GENERAL NEWS

Healthy Lifestyle Classes by Bliss & Wisdom Society
 
Ami's Veggie Hearts - Classes for End-January
 
Project: FIN Debunks Flawed Arguments
 
Yes Natural Goes West
 
Free Recipe by the Sai Protein Service Project
 
Upcoming Courses By Awareness Place
 
Orchard Road - Not Completely a Desert
 
Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate is Veg-Oriented
 
Chef Halimah's Classes for End-January
 
Should You Go Vegan to Get Skinny?
 
Vegan Bodybuilder Shares Her Story
 
Post Holiday Detox Session
 

The Vegetarian Society would like to urge all our members to consider celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities with kindness and compassion, by especially not serving shark's fin whilst reducing overall meat consumption.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Overview of the Veg Scene

With the veg scene being so vibrant and diverse, our President wrote in to TODAY to share his perspectives on how the veg scene has evolved over the decades. The article was published on 02 Jan and sparked a lively debate with many people – those who agree as well as those who disagree – chiming in with their thoughts. That subsequently led to 2 letters being published on 09 and 10 Jan. You can read these letters as well as follow the accompanying comment threads via the following links:

"It's not our parents' vegetarianism any more" - by Dr George Jacobs
www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120102-0000051/
Its-not-our-parents-vegetarianism-any-more

"You're an animal lover? Think again" - letter from Jennifer Lee
www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120109-0000119/
Youre-an-animal-lover?-Think-again

"Being vegetarian might not be the healthiest choice" - letter from Stephen Teng
www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120110-0000064/
Being-vegetarian-might-not-be-the-healthiest-choice

 
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10% discount on CNY Cookies for VSS members

Delcie's Desserts and Cakes is offering a 10% discount on its range of CNY cookies for all VSS members. To enjoy the discount, please quote 'VSS' in the online order form at http://www.delciesdesserts.com/cny-2012/, in the field 'discount code'.

Cookies eligible for discount:
Golden Pineapple Roll - $32.80/tub (44pc)
Golden Pineapple Tart - $30.80/tub (44pc)
Melting White Almond - $28.80/tub (50pc)
Green Pea - $28.80/tub (50pc)
Cashew Cookie - $28.80/tub (50pc)
Hazelnut Cookie - $28.80/tub (50pc)
 

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VSS Inbox

Snake in Yomeishu

One VSS Member, Mr Jeffrey Ng, took the trouble to research on the herbs that are included in the health tonic, Yomeishu, and discovered that it contains one ingredient that was animal-derived.

"Hi, i like to highlight that Yomeishu from Japan is not suitable for vegans and
vegetarians. It is not clear in the packaging and only says 'Yomeishu is a herbal health tonic first produced in Japan in 1602 ... principal ingredients used in Yomeishu are fourteen kinds of medicinal herbs'. In this case, it seems to tell consumers it is a plant-based drink.

However, an excerpt on the box reads 'Agkistrodon Japonicae -12mg' which is an animal ingredient as listed on their website
(http://www.yomeishu.co.jp/english/
ingredients/index.html
).

A layman will not know the source of this derivative unless he has done the research, which in this case points to "a genus of venomous pit vipers found in North America from the United States south to northern Costa Rica"
(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agkistrodon).

Specifically, agkistrodon refers to the family of snake species comprising Cantil, Copperhead and Cottonmouth. I hope to increase awareness among Singaporeans, especially those who may believe Yomeishu to be a completely herbal drink."

 

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Help Spread the Good News in Your School

As many of you know, the VSS Student Membership is free and comes packed with a lot of privileges and benefits. But there are so many youths who are not receiving this newsletter and who may not have a chance to stumble upon the VSS website or forum (although many others do). Why not help the cause and share the wonderful news with your fellow students in your own schhol?

Just download the poster from
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/downloads/
poster/StudentMembershipPoster.pdf and print out as many copies as you need to place on notice boards around campus. It will help those who might be interested to take note of the place to go and find out more information.

Remember, awareness is the key to saving the world and we hope you will help us raise that awareness. If you would like to receive hardcopies of the poster from us directly or need any advice or guidance in running a more comprehensive awareness campaign in your school, please drop us an email at info@vss.sg.
 

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Healthy Lifestyle Classes by Bliss & Wisdom Society

Bliss & Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of vegetarian "Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking" from  March to April 2012 in English. The lessons will focus on eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles.

Dates: All Sundays in March and April 2012
Time: 3.30pm to 5.00pm
Location: 55A Lorong 27, Geylang (Yes Natural Bakery - 2nd storey), near Aljunied MRT Station
Fee: FOC (Deposit of $40 required - refundable after 7 lessons attended)
Topics: body and mind wellness, healthy vegan diet, cooking demo, etc.
Note: Participants are required to bring their own bowl or container for food tasting.

To register and make enquiries, please contact Iris Sia (ssia_iris@yahoo.com.sg) or Koh Lee Yong at 65471580.

 

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Ami's Veggie Hearts - Classes for End-January

If you would like to learn how to cook a wholesome vegetarian meal, then look no further than this. Ami's Veggie Heart is organising Thai Cooking Classes starting January 2012 for those of you interested in learning how to prepare simple and healthy vegetarian meals for you and your family.

Tue 17th Jan, 11am-1pm ($70)
Thai Spring Rolls + Yellow Curry + Brown Basil Rice

Fri 20th Jan, 11am-1pm ($70)

Papaya Salad + Red Curry + Thai Lemongrass Wild Rice

Wed 25th Jan, 11am-1pm ($70)

Glass Noodle Salad + Green Curry + Brown Rice with Basil

To register, please send an email to ami@amisveggieheart.com or call 91446105. Do sign up at least 3 days ahead to guarantee a seat. Fees are payable in cash during the session. Ami welcomes requests for customised classes, specific dishes, and weekend classes, feel free to contact her to discuss further.
 
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Project: FIN Debunks Flawed Arguments

A letter to the forum on 15 Dec suggested that sharks were not endangered and that many sharks are actually killed by large-scale fishing methods such as longlines. Jennifer Lee of Project: FIN replied to counter this argument and pointed out that conversation efforts are multi-pronged and address both fishing methods as well as cultural practices. In addition, Edwin Tan illustrated the irony that, while millions of sharks suffer the brutality of having their fins cut off while alive and being thrown back into the water to drown, "If there is just one dog found left on the streets to die after all its four limbs were cut off, the case would spark global anger."

You can read the original letters for yourself by following these links:

'Misconceptions about sharks' -
http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/
Story/STIStory_745032.html

'He'll say it again with facts... Sharks aren't endangered, don't blame Asia' - http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/
OnlineStory/STIStory_748178.html

'Keep future generations in mind' -
http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/
OnlineStory/STIStory_749286.html

'Look beyond dinner plates to save environment' -
http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/
OnlineStory/STIStory_749285.html

As this series of articles may cause confusion to the public, Project: FIN has offered to answer all queries and clear doubts regarding shark conservation that the public might have - please write in to projectfin.sg@gmail.com. Also, do support Project: FIN in its 'Painting Facebook Red' campaign and change your facebook profile picture to the ones supplied by it! Visithttp://www.facebook.com/media/set/
?set=a.202861996418916.57324.201470773224705
for more details.

 
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Yes Natural Goes West

If you love what Yes Natural offers to the vegetarian community, and live in the western part of Singapore, we are pleased to inform you that a cosy branch is now open at Clementi! Located close to Clementi Mall, Yes Natural (Clementi) offers a wide range of organic and natural products just like its outlets at Geylang and Tiong Bahru. To find out more on its product range, do visit http://www.yesnatural.biz.

Location: Block 431 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-312 Singapore 120431
Tel: 67780280, Email: retail@yesnatural.biz
 
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Free Recipe by the Sai Protein Service Project

The 'Sai Protein Service Project' is a community service project undertaken by the Ladies' Wing of Sri Sathya Sai Society. Sai Protein is a powder rich in protein that can be dissolved in hot water to prepare a health drink which may be served to anyone - be it children, adults or the aged and elderly.

The Ladies' Wing has undertaken this simple yet fulfilling service project for the transient migrant workers on Serangoon Road from Jan 2011 with due permission for distribution from the NEA. The transient migrant workers, served by the Cuff Road Project run by TWC2, are workers without a job and earnings, primarily due to work-site injury or other reasons.

To prepare, clean ingredients by checking for insects, stones etc. and then dry-roast them in a thick–bottomed pan on low flame (except cardamom and sugar). Grind the dry-roasted ingredients together and, separately, the cardamon and sugar before mixing the 2 ground sets together. Mix 45g of the mixture to a cup of hot water for a nutritious drink.

Ingredients for 25kg of Sai Protein:
Wheat (6kg), Boiled Rice (1.5kg), Ragi - i.e. millet (1.5kg), Green Gram - i.e. green chickpeas (1.5kg), Green Moong - i.e. green lentil (1.5kg), Soft Channa Dal - i.e. roasted split chickpeas (1.5kg), Soya (500g), Peanut (500g), Jowar - i.e. great millet/kaffir corn/guinea corn (500g), Sago (100g), Barley (50g), Cardamom (30g), Sugar (10kg)

You can contact saiprotein@saisociety.org.sg for more details on the Sai Protein as well as to find out how you can get involved with the Cuff Road Project.
 
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Upcoming Courses By Awareness Place

Awareness Place which runs courses and talks regarding the vegetarian lifestyle has just released its schedule for the next few months, and here are some that may be of interest to you.

Dances with Vegetables (English)
Clarify the myth of the negative effects that vegetarian diet may bring about, including nutritional deficiencies and alleged impaired social relationships among family/friends.

Date/Time: 5 Feb, Sun, 3pm – 5pm
Fee: $15/- per person

Lunch-time Yoga

Convenient 40-minute yoga wellness. The yogic practice of Sun Salutations is an ancient technique that revitalises the body and mind, and helps to relieve stress and prevent diseases.
Date/Time:
(1) 21 Feb – 15 May, Every Tue, 12.45pm – 1.25pm

(2) 5 Apr – 7 Jun, Every Thurs, 12.45pm – 1.25pm

Fee: $140 per person (10 lessons)
*1 free organic takeaway per lesson

Simple Vegetarian Cooking (mandarin)
简易素食烹饪
简单易煮,有趣及富有营养的家常食谱。

Date/Time: 29 Apr, Sun, 3pm – 5pm
Fee: $36 per person (includes ingredient fee)

To view the complete list of courses, please visit the following link:
http://www.awarenessplace.com/activities/whaton.htm 

 
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Orchard Road - Not Completely a Desert

Ever since NutriHub left Cuppage Plaza for Temple Street, Orchard Road has seemed like a bit of a desert for vegetarians. (The flooding there was not a flood of veg food, unfortunately, although many non-veg places do offer veg options.) Be informed that other veg eateries do exist along Orchard - one such quaint stall is located at the basement of Lucky Plaza. Open from Monday to Saturday, from 6.30am to 6.00pm, it is called Fancy Vegetarian. To learn more about this place, please visit http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1138.

And if you know of other veg places along Orchard like this one, do update us by sending us an email at info@vss.sg - that way, we can share it with all our readers too.
 
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Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate is Veg-Oriented

The new Healthy Eating Plate created by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health in conjunction with Harvard Health Publications, offers a blueprint for planning a healthy balanced meal and "fixes key flaws in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate".

Notably, it advises limiting milk and dairy intake because " high intakes are associated with increased risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer" and advocates limiting "red meat - beef, pork, and lamb - and avoid processed meats - bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs, and the like - since over time, regularly eating even small amounts of these foods raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer".

You can read the original article by Harvard School of Public Health by visiting the following link:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate
 
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Chef Halimah's Classes for End-January
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  21
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Tantalising Thai Cuisine (Food Demo Class)
• Tom Yum Soup from scratch
 
• Thai Green Curry from scratch
 
• Pineapple Fried Rice
 
• Green Papaya Salad
 
• Sticky Mango Rice Dessert
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Master the secrets of classic Thai dishes. Learn how to make soups and curries from scratch and you will never again rely on store bought pastes.
 
 
  21
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Middle East Delights (Food Demo Class)
• Hummus with Variations (Chickpea Dip)
 
• Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip)
 
• Pita Bread
 
• Tabouleh (Bulgar Wheat Salad)
 
• Stuffed Green Peppers and Tomatoes
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Repeat of our popular class, come learn how to make smokey and delicious baba ganoush and other exotic Middle East Food.
 
 
  28
Jan
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Fill Your Cupcakes
• Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Filling
 
• Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcakes with Hazelnut Mousse Filling
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two types of delectable and gourmet cupcakes.
 
 
  28
Jan
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Pie ‘R’ Us
• Rustic Apple Pie
 
• Mixed Red Berry Pie
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two classic pies that will be sure to wow your family.
 
 
 

Please email Chef Halimah at halimah.i@gmail.com to reserve your place. You can also see photos and read testimonials at the Kalavira Vegan School website - http://www.facebook.com/Kalavira.Vegan.School.
 
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Should You Go Vegan to Get Skinny?

There are many weight-loss plans centred around the vegan diet but there is little research to conclusively support this rationale. The following article by a dietician discusses the issue from a neutral perspective and suggests planning for a healthier lifestyle rather than being focussed on weight-loss.

You can read the full article (as well as the comments to which the author replies) at the following link:
http://www.theveganrd.com/2012/01/should-you-go-vegan-to-get-skinny.html
 
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Vegan Bodybuilder Shares Her Story

Vegan bodybuilder Michelle Risley was interviewed by PETA recently and shared how easy it was to adopt a plant-based diet without having to compromise on her fitness lifestyle. Check out the interview - as well as an inspirational video of what motivated her to become a vegan bodybuilder, her workout program, her nutrition, and how she transformed her body to stay fit and healthy.

You can read the article and watch the clip at the following link:
http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/vegan-bodybuilder-michelle-risley.aspx
 
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Post Holiday Detox Session

Do you feel like you have gained a few pounds over the holidays or feel bloated? Is your food causing you more harm than good? We ingest many chemicals from our environment so going on a detox for 3 days can help promote the elimination of the toxins our body harbours. To help you get started, a Post-Holiday Detox Session is being conducted on 18 Jan to help revitalise and rejuvenate your body with natural foods and home remedies.

Besides a lecture and Q&A round, the session will also include a health kitchen demo with preparation of detox drinks, salads and even a detox dessert that you can enjoy (you will be able to take home the recipes).

Venue: 329 River Valley Road, #10-01 Yong An Park
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Fees: $40

Email: paceactivities@gmail.com
Contact: 81399441

Remarks: All proceeds go to UWC-PACE which uses funds to build schools in Cambodia and to sponsor scholarships for underprivileged children in Philippines - http://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/page.cfm?p=1406
 
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