Practicing Grace During the Holidays

One holiday down and one to go. This Thanksgiving was a little different for my husband and me. Rather than cooking our vegan Thanksgiving dinner, my husband suggested ordering two Thanksgiving dinners in advance from a vegan restaurant in town to take to my sister’s house. I have always cooked our holiday meals.

Embracing the Joy of the Holidays

As we near the end of another incredible year, we find ourselves in a season of reflection, gratitude, and celebration. It’s the time to express our heartfelt appreciation to our esteemed Board of Directors and our cherished members for their unwavering support throughout this journey. Your dedication has been the cornerstone of our success, propelling us forward and enabling us to make meaningful strides toward our shared vision.

Peaceful Plant Based and Peaceful Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching. It is a time of joy, excitement, celebration, increased festivities, and social and family gatherings. It can also be a time when differences in food choices among friends and family are more at the forefront, bringing about tension and frustration – from all sides.

Healthy Kids, Food, and Family, Especially During the Holidays

No matter the species, fit and growing youngsters are hungry a lot of the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, the average healthy male infant is expected to double his weight by three months of age. If he follows typical growth charts, then by 15 months, he will have doubled his weight again. In addition to that, his weight is expected to double between the ages of 3 and 9 years and continue to increase by about 5 lbs per year until age 20. [1,2]

Don’t Let the Quarantine Grinch Steal Your Holiday Spirit

As the holidays approach, it’s easy to bemoan the things we WON’T be doing this year. Big family gatherings, seasonal office parties, elaborate New Year’s gatherings—not likely this year! But before we allow the Quarantine Grinch to steal our spirit, I challenge you to consider how we can still savor and celebrate our end-of-the-year holidays.

I don’t want to minimize the very real hardships and grief that some of our members have experienced this past year. Losing normal activities, jobs or even loved ones during this pandemic has taken their toll on many of us. The losses for some can seem overwhelming,

The Plant–Based Easter Egg Makeover

Whether decorating eggs or deviling them, it is estimated that 180 million are purchased for Easter every year. Why has this become a tradition around the world? Easter is a religious holiday, but customs like Easter eggs may be linked to Pagan practices. An ancient symbol of new life, the egg has been associated with springtime Pagan festivals.

Decorating eggs for Easter goes back as far as the 13th century. One theory for this custom is that eggs were once a forbidden food during the Lenten season. People would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting. Then they would eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Flash forward many centuries and many advances in science and nutrition; we now suspect that eggs may be incredibly inedible. A 2010 study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found a 19% increased risk for cardiovascular problems in people that consume the most eggs.

A 2019 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracking 30,000 participants found that eating ev

Plant-based Substitutions That Keep Your Holidays Sweet

My childhood holidays are filled of sweet memories. My mother, Bunny, made sure we were indulged in every way.

Bunny was an only child of Irish descent who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. Born to parents of the Greatest Generation who never forgot the lessons of the Great Wall Street Crash. My mother’s father, who we called Poppy, worked on Wallstreet in 1929 and witnessed the devastation firsthand.

Because of this, my grandparents never invested their money in markets or in a home. My mother grew up in a one bedroom flat with very few frills or holidays trimmings. When she became a mom, she decided to celebrate in a very differnet way.