The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.
Articles From the Spring (1st Quarter) 1999 Newsletter
Sure hope this new year will be good to you all. I think 1999 is going to be a very happy and exciting year for M.H.V.S. in part, thanks to a grant from the Nalith Foundation, enabling us to stock up on hundreds of books on vegetarianism. Cookbooks, books on nutrition, natural health, philosophy, animal rights, we have them all for sale, M.H.V.S. members will get 10% off. For those of you who have just begun (or contemplating) a vegetarian life style and need direction, we can recommend good reading material. For those who have been around for awhile, you can always learn more. Think of our books as gifts for birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. It could transform a loved one's life, to better health and better understanding of their body and soul. Yes, books make great gifts for others and for yourself.
Look forward to our annual Great American Meatout, Potluck dinner on March 13th, combined with our annual meeting. The speaker this year will be our very own Roberta Schiff who will speak on "Eating Whole Foods: why its better for you and kinder to our planet." Save these dates also, July 7-11, N.A.V.S. Vegetarian Summerfest Conference in Johnstown PA. We can car pool. More info? Call me. Also our annual potluck picnic July 17th.
M.H.V.S. has been growing and with it comes growing pains. We need help in certain areas mainly office work and help at events. Please come to board meetings at my home at 1:30 the 2nd Sunday of the month and get involved. We have a good time, everyone brings a snack, so we are sustained while we make future plans.
March is the deadline for 1999 Renewals. If your current membership card says 1998 you must renew. If you have a 1999 card you are O.K. You will not be able to obtain discounts or receive the Newsletter if you do not have a 1999 card. Please! Please! Renew by mail before the March Potluck. It will be so much easier for us. Thank you and thank yourself for your continued support.
Reaching Out With Roberta
As I write this we have reached the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Various events mark this time, Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year and the Jewish holiday of Tu B' Shevat. The latter is also known as the New Year of the Trees. Even though it is still Winter, the sap is beginning to rise in the trees and Spring is beginning. So it is a time to start thinking about Spring and our responsibility to care for our earth.
As vegetarians, we are using the resources of the planet more lightly because we do not contribute to the process of growing grains using huge amounts of water, energy, and fertilizer, feeding these grains to the animals, treating the animals with hormones and antibiotics, using even more resources to kill the animals, prepare them for consumption and ship them to stores where they are further packaged and sold. A field of grain that would feed a person for two years will feed a cow for only six months.
We can help reduce all this overuse of resources by being an example to others and gently explaining these facts. If the meat eaters would reduce their consumption by even 10% the amount of energy and water would be greatly reduced. Lee Iaccoca once said that anybody can reduce anything 10% without too much effort.
Introduce people to the books by John Robbins. Invite friends over for a really good vegetarian meal. Or, when invited to dinner at the home of carnivores, bring a really good vegetarian dish for everyone to share. Even if you are not "from the cooks" learn how to make a couple of really delicious dishes. Don't preach, just gently teach.
Now, before we get too full of our own virtues, let us see where there is room for improvement. Are you a coffee drinker? Do you know much about how the coffee crop is grown? I didn't until recently when I learned that it is one of the most chemically treated crops worldwide. Coffee is traditionally grown in the shade of canopy trees. The shade minimizes weeds and the trees supply nitrogen to the soil. Chemical fertilizer and pesticides are not needed. But now high yield coffee trees that grow in full sunlight have been developed. Of course they need a lot of chemical help. For your own health and to help repair the world, buy only organic coffee.
Do you regularly fill your shopping cart with products that, although they contain no animal ingredients do have additives, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, sugars and are highly processed and excessively packaged? All those chips, crackers, cereals, frozen dinners, products in boxes that will last longer than you might and other convenience foods have rendered the ingredients into something less healthful than they were when they grew. A great deal of resources have been used to process them, give them a long shelf life, package them up to be eye-catching, transport them long distances, advertise them on TV and in magazines using glossy newsprint and distribute vast amounts of coupons and advertising circulars. When you replace some of these foods with fresh vegetables and grains you are treading more lightly on the earth and giving your body more of what it really needs for good health and long life.
Next time I am going to write about fats and oils. For a head start - your main cooking oil should be a good quality, cold pressed olive oil. Keep it in the refrigerator, please. You may keep the amount you use in one week in a small container in your kitchen counter. Read labels, avoid products with hydrogenated oils. This is a process that makes unsaturated fat like saturated fat. I was on a morning airplane flight a few days ago. They served Wheaties. I read the label. Three different kinds of sugar are in them; this is a little trick used so that sugar does not have to be the first ingredient. They also contain hydrogenated oil. People still think this is what champions should eat.
Rae has asked me to do a program on Saturday, March 13. I will go into the topic discussed here in greater detail. Hope you will be able to join us.
Roberta Schiff © February 1999
Highlighting MHVS's Discounters:
In each issue of this newsletter we will tell you about those stores and restaurants who offer 10% discount to MHVS members.
NATURE'S PAVILION Natural Food Market by Constance Young
After taking note of the capacious store, the second thing you might see the first time you enter Nature's Pavilion Natural Food Market on Ulster Avenue in Kingston, as I did, is the friendly smiling face of proprietor Steve Shah and the store’s helpful staff.
"We specialize in service," Steve told Rae Schlecht and me one afternoon as we stopped to chat and shop. "People who work here know what they are talking about," he added.
Steve also pointed out that "Customers can order anything. If a person wants it, we will try to get it." As I looked around however, I noticed that Steve already had just about everything that a natural food/vegetarian might want.
There are organic teas, bulk foods, coffees, cereals, bins of grains, many packaged items, vitamins, cruelty-free cosmetics -- and of course, organic produce. For those who want to just drop in and get a quick snack, there is even a refrigerated kiosk up front containing luncheon sandwiches and sodas.
The supplier of organic foods for Nature's Pavilion's is Northeast Cooperative, which Steve says has very strict standards for organic produce. He also tries to support local farmers, Steve told us, but he explained that he researches all potential suppliers thoroughly to be sure they are reputable -- and that when they say their foods are "organic," they really are organic.
Nature's Pavilion also has one of the largest collections of natural health books and magazines I have ever seen anywhere in my travels to book and health food stores. I even found the obscure, but interesting, magazine called "Natural Cat: Your complete guide to holistic cat care." This is a special "find" for a multi-cat owner like myself.
All of this in a total 3,000 square feet of space. Steve reflected that his philosophy in running his store (not to mention his life) comes from his religious values. He is a Jain, and believes in the Jain principle to "try to do better each time."
There is "lots of sampling" in the store Steve told us. He also added that Nature's Pavilion is doing so well that there are plans in the works for expansion.
Rae has been going to the store since its opening about a year ago because she likes the service, she said.
Nature's Pavilion Natural Food Market is located on 620 Ulster Avenue in Kingston. They are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 AM and 8:30 PM; Saturday from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM; and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Their phone number is (914) 340-4561.
The Protein Question
I have yet to come in contact with a vegan who has not been bombarded with the "protein questions". They range from "Do you have enough in your diet?", to "What do you eat? Well as many of us know, we do eat and if we cook our own meals they are quite protein packed and delicious!
Due to this obsession with protein by Americans, we end up being the victims of heated discussions. This concern about protein is misplaced. We only need small amounts, and vegan diets are lower in protein than the Standard American Diet (SAD), but more is not always better. Kidney disease and Osteoporosis can be the results of a high intake.
The RDA for protein for adults is 63g/day for men and 50g/day for women. An upper limit of 70g/day is recommended. It is not difficult for us vegans to meet these standards. (Remember: fruits, sugars, fats, and alcohol are NOT sources of protein). Some great sources of protein dense foods are: 1C soymilk has 7g/serving while 1C lentils contains a huge 18g and 1C of Quinoa has 11g.
To end this winter season, I included a high protein lentil soup that is quick and easy to prepare that will surely warm your soul!
Grinevic's Lentil Mushroom Soup
1Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent, about 4 min.
2. Add mushrooms, lentils, broth, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 min.
3. Add spaghetti and cook until pasta and lentils are done, about 10 min. Remove bay leaf before serving.
PER SERVING: 288 calories, 14g protein, 4g fat, 50g carbohydrates, 11g fiber, 63mg sodium, 124% vitamin A, 48% vitamin C, 7% calcium.
Discounts (with current membership card only)
Health Food Stores 10% off except on sale items and produce
Nature's Pavilion 620 Ulster
Ave., Kingston, NY (914) 340-4561
Restaurants 10% off
Jim & Lisa's Real Food Cafe
in Gold's Gym building, Kingston, NY (914) 339-5207
Law Firm Seligman & Seligman 70 Main St. Kingston, NY 12401 (914) 338-4100 Fax: 914-338-1946 The Law Office of Seligman & Seligman will be pleased to draw your Last Will & Testament for a total fee of $25.00 provided that the Will includes an animal related bequest.
North American Vegetarian Society 50% off membership POB 72 Dolgeville, NY 13329 (518) 568-7970
We will be adding more shops and services to our discount list in the future. If you know of a shop or service we should have on the list please contact Rae.
In April we are planning an all day group outing to the Shree Muktananda Ashram in South Fallsburg, NY. The ashram is a large spiritual retreat founded in 1979 for the study and practice of Siddha Yoga meditation.
Our group will tour the facility via shuttle bus, visit the meditation hall and bookstore, see the lake and gardens, and enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the dining hall. We will learn about classes and retreats available for the study of Hatha Yoga, meditation and chanting.
Because this is a spiritual center, visitors must be aware that conservative clothing is mandatory; no smoking, photography or taping is permitted. We plan to meet at the visitors' center at 11:00 AM for a brief orientation. If you are interested in attending, please call Virginia at (914) 338-4990. There is a charge of $6.00 for lunch served cafeteria style.
Vegan Dinner at the new Rosendale Cafe - Saturday, February 27, 5:00 PM 435 Main Street, Rosendale, NY. We will order from the menu. Call Virginia for reservations and directions (914) 338-4990
Great American Meatout Potluck and MHVS Annual Meeting – Saturday, March 13, 5:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sawkill Rd., Kingston, NY
Big Apple Vegetarian and Sierra club will host a Great American Meatout dinner at the Sanctuary, March 20th. For information call (212) 715-8642
Siddha Yoga Ashram - Saturday, April 24, 11:00 AM South Fallsburg, NY - Meet at the Visitors' Center. Vegan lunch ($6.00) and tour.
MHVS Picnic - July 17, 12:00
NAVS Summerfest - July 7-11
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