:: episode # 43 : 11 May 2009

Support Vegan World Radio
in KPFT's Spring Fund Drive

Take charge of your health through a vegan diet and physical fitness. On today's fund drive show, you'll hear about some popular and successful approaches to achieving optimal health and fitness. From the New York Times bestseller the Engine 2 Diet, to Dr. McDougall's world renowned protocols, through vegan fitness and bodybuilding videos, our thank-you gifts will help you take a step in the right direction, while you help keep Vegan World Radio and KPFT on the air.

Our community partner today is Food Not Bombs- an all-volunteer organization that feeds the homeless healthy vegetarian food. If you choose to forego your gift, this portion of your donation will go to buy food for their services, which are offered several times each week.

Due to the pledge drive, our show will be delayed approximately an hour- tune in after the end of Democracy Now.

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Thanks to Pamela for helping in pledge central today.

links relevant to today's program

  Food Not Bombs
  Engine 2 Academy
  Dr McDougall's Forum
  Justine Mayela
  Vegan Body Building

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  The Engine 2 Diet

Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)- he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health.
  McDougall Program Videos

Physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine. John A. McDougall, MD. has been studying, writing and "speaking out" about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years. Dr. McDougall believes that people should look, feel great and enjoy optimal health for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people compromise their health unknowingly through poor dietary habits.

Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including vegetables, whole grains, fruit, legumes, seeds and nuts. .

A selection from Dr McDougall's instructional videos of how to successfully transition to healthy plant-based eating. Includes cooking demonstrations, lectures and meal-planning.
  DVD: Vegan Fitness: Built Naturally

Starring professional athletes Robert Cheeke (Body Building Champion), Tonya Kay (Professional Dancer and Dance Instructor), and Champion Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier (author of the best-selling THRIVE DIET), this inspiring documentary film revealing the success stories of these high performance vegan athletes including nutritional advice, their training programs, how they eat and food shop, and dramatic footage of their performance highlights.

  Justine Mayella CD
A native of Washington, D.C., Justine Mayela has built a 25-year professional career as vocalist and musician. Because of her love for animals, Justine became a vegetarian at age 16. In 2002 she visited Farm Sanctuary, an experience that resulted in her commitment to a vegan lifestyle and her decision to dedicate her life to helping animals.

These twin passions led to her first efforts at songwriting and to this album. Accompanying herself on guitar and backed by eight accomplished musicians, Justine sings 10 original songs on her new CD, including the title anthem We Are All One Family. In songs that range from the humorous to the heartfelt, she stirs our souls and opens our eyes with the complementary themes of compassion for animals and a vegan lifestyle.

Vegeta-blues, for example, is a humorous portrait of the lonely and misunderstood vegan in a meat-eating world. For the Voiceless expresses her commitment to animal rights. And Peaceful Kingdom is Justine's tribute to Farm Sanctuary and a gentle appreciation of the animals that have found refuge there.

  KPFT Tote Bags

Get Ready to SHOP! These strong sturdy KPFT Grocery Totes are ENORMOUS ( 16"x20"x6") durable and water-proof. A really great investment that will last you. Get one, two, or five! $ 50 for 1, $ 75 for 2, $100 for 5

  3 Month Gym Membership

Timberline Fitness (3939 Montrose Blvd) (only one available)
  1 hour professional massage

Timberline Fitness (3939 Montrose Blvd) (only one available)

  basic membership

Booklet "Vegetarian Starter Kit: Everything you need to eat right for your health, for animals, and for the Earth " 23 pages with delicious recipes and valuable tips for making the transition to a plant-based diet. + PLUS Audio CD "Vegetarianism in a Nutshell" by Bruce Friedrich, 67 minute spoken CD explaining the many benefits of a plant-based diet including optimized health and athletic performance, and the environmental and ethical concerns of animal agriculture, plus more. *** All pledge levels will include the above VEGGIE STARTER PACK (Booklet + CD)

Go to and click on Events Calendar for a more detailed listing of all the exciting goings-on!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Raw Vegan Potluck Dinner

Join fellow Raw Vegan enthusiasts at the twice monthly potluck, which is held around 6:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday & 4th Thursday of every month. The potluck dinner is held at Taft Street Coffee, 2115 Taft Street in Houston, 77006. Remember to bring a raw vegan dish to share with the group!
For more information, call the Taft Street Coffee House at 712-522-3533.
(Pictured) Vegan Raw Avocado and Hearts of Palm Tart from

Blackberry Bush

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Free Edible Wild Foods Class & Hike

Come join The Spring, Woodlands, and Magnolia Raw Vegan Group for an naturalist excursion and wild edible foods identification class, approximately 3 hours in length, Saturday 9:30 AM at a private nature reserve in Spring, TX. Please register and find more information at Edible Wild Plants of Houston

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Vegan Cooking Demo with Ayurvedic chef Karuna Mayi

Ayurvedic specialist & chef Karuna Mayi will teach a two hour cooking demo on how to prepare a delicious, healthy vegetarians meals based on the ancient holistic healing system of Ayurveda. Only fresh, organic ingredient are used in this special vegan class. The class will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 10:00am - 12:00 noon at Gauranga Hall in Houston. Society of PEACE member Karuna Mayi has been practicing and teaching vegetarian/vegan cooking for the past twelve years. CLICK HERE for the event flyer and additional information on the class. The address is 1320 West 34th St, Houston, TX 77018. Seating is limited, so RSVP soon! The price is just $36 per person, and includes the full meal. RSVP to Karuna to make your reservation, or call 281-546-9698.

Sunday, May 17, 2009
"Farm to Table: Making Vegan Food Delicious" Cooking Class with vegan chef Staci Davis

Leisure Learning Unlimited presents "Farm to Table: Making Vegan Food Delicious", featuring vegan personal chef and radio personality Staci Davis. The class is Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM in Sharpstown area (SW Frwy at Fondren) in Houston. Staci will teach you how to cook fresh, local cuisine grown in and around the Houston area. Discuss local farms, farmer's markets, and what grows well in Houston. Then make five meals from the harvest.
The cost of the class is $52 and includes the food costs. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE. Participants must register in advance through Leisure Learning, as class size is limited! CLASS NOW FULL. Next available classes with Staci thru are Jun 14 and Jul 26. For more info call 713-529-4414.

July 8-15, 2009
Costa Rica McDougall Adventure

Experience the the delicious food and health benefits of the McDougall program while vacationing to the premiere travel destination of Costa Rica.  Join Dr. John McDougall and his wife Mary on their eleventh highly successful adventure group travel to this ecological paradise.  Costa Rica McDougall Adventure
             "We have trained the chefs to cook the foods and they present your meals with professional pride. This cuisine is unique because native Costa Rican fruits and vegetables are used to create delicious and healthy "local" dishes. Each evening meal consists of a buffet spread across the dining area. The "tortilla lady" prepares handmade corn tortillas for you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The desserts are memorable and plentiful. Many of the lunches you will enjoy are provided by countryside restaurants located at the adventure sites."
To register write to Carol at or
call (800) 941-7111 or (616) 874-8155

Book Signing Event with Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur in Houston

Brazos Bookstore in Houston is hosting an inspiring and educational evening with Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur, as he discusses his work and national best-selling book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food .  Please join Society of PEACE in supporting this Houston area event!  This landmark book has received rave reviews and praise from notables such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Jane Goodall, actress Alicia Silverstone and musical artist Moby among many others. Gene has more than 20 years of experience in challenging factory farming and working to change how our society views and treats farm animals.  At the book signing, Gene will provide first hand accounts of conditions on today’s farms, outline efforts to combat the current inhumane system, and put forward a vision for a healthier and more sustainable food system. He will address how each of us as an opportunity and a responsibility to consume a kinder plate, making a better life for ourselves, animals and all life on the planet.
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
For more information, please view online flyer.  The book will be available for purchase at the event.  *Also tune in to Vegan World Radio on KPFT Houston, for a pre-appearance interview on May 25 (Memorial Day).

May 11, 2009 Vegan World Radio production and hosting thanks to Jerrilyn.

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