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PLANT-BASED NUTRITION SUPPORT GROUP

MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Murrysville Community Library
Open to anyone interested in learning & sharing about healthy, plant-based food choices.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
7:30 p.m.
Southside Works Cinema map

PlantPure Nation is a documentary about a quest to spread the message of a crucial health breakthrough: the benefits of a whole, plant-based diet. Includes the work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell and son Nelson. This film forms the basis for a national, grassroots movement, including a developing Pittsburgh Pod
You can view the trailer here.
Purchase tickets via these steps:
1) click this link
2) scroll down to "Showtimes"; choose Thurs., Aug. 27
3) Click Southside Works Cinema, 08/27/2015: 7:30 PM
4) Use the drop-down date box, select Thurs., Aug. 27
5) Select tickets: adult $9.75; child $6.75; senior $6.75; student $8.75

* If you want to carpool, email me; I will connect those who want to share a ride.
PlantPure Nation Pre-Party
WHERE: Schwartz Living Market, 1317 E. Carson St.
(free parking in lot behind bldg.)
WHEN: 5:00-6:30 pm., Aug. 27
COST: $5 suggested donation
Food, Juices/Smoothies, Vendors, Information tables

Starting this month, our meetings at the Murrysville Library (6:30-8pm) will be the last Monday of each month.
  • 2015: Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 28.
  • 2016: Jan. 25, Feb. 29, March 28, April 25.
Our June meeting was a social potluck. About a dozen people attended; all enjoyed a delicious array of appetizers and desserts, as well as conversations with each other!

For the next meeting, we will re-group after the summer break, introducing ourselves to new people, and sharing information, recipes, and/or adventures related to plant-based eating. We will discuss the PlantPure Nation film and community-forming efforts in the Pittsburgh area. Also on the agenda is a field trip to
East End Food Co-op
.

If you have a topic or question that you want to address, email me prior to the meeting.
In health, ~Sally

We know that Americans eat way too much refined sugar and that too much sugar has been associated with the diseases so prevalent in our modern society--weight gain, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, & so on.

The American Institute of Cancer Research notes, "consuming small amounts of sugar as part of an overall healthful diet is fine." Many plant-based practitioners and organizations take a similar stand. I recall John McDougall, M.D. saying that if you want to sprinkle sugar on your oatmeal, go for it; it is the eggs, bacon and buttered toast that you should avoid. 

However, a problem with added sweeteners is that our taste buds do become accustomed to the sweetness. Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, has an informative post How to Kick the Sugar Habit. (Like Lindsay, I use bananas, applesauce, dates, & fruits to sweeten food.)

Are any sweeteners nutritious?

Michael Greger, M.D. notes that only two sweeteners are health-promoting:
#1 date sugar (powdered dried dates)
#2 molasses
Other sweeteners basically have no nutritional value (descending order):
#3 maple sugar
#4 honey
# 5-9: sugars (corn syrup, brown, raw, turbinado), agave nectar
#10 brown rice syrup.


Banana Oat Bars
(An Easy Snack)
I make a double batch, freezing bars in plastic sandwich bags to grab & take with me, as needed.
  1. Preheat oven 350; line 8 x 8" pan.
  2. Mix: 1 c. ground oats, 1 c. oats, 1/2 tsp. bkg. soda, 1 tsp. bkg. powder, 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon.
  3. Blend: 2 ripe bananas, 1/2 c. applesauce, 1/4 c. nondairy milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.
  4. Mix wet w/ dry ingredients.
  5. Add 1/2 c. berries (fresh/frozen)
  6. Bake approx. 25 min. (over-baking dries out the bars)

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 *August 2015 Newsletter*

Our mailing address is: 2513 Covington Court, Murrysville, PA  15668
Contact: Sally Lipsky s.a.lipsky@gmail.com

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