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How Good Is a Vegan Diet?
Come with me as I explore the benefits of going all out vegetarian rather than sticking to the traditional diet of meat and vegetables. Lately concerns have emerged after my sister died of pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago and a cluster of cysts was found on my pancreas. Some unexplained pains and my increasing age has warned me against sticking to my normal habits, especially in relation to food.

Some years ago my leaning more towards vegetables and fruits made me plan my garden to accommodate numerous fruit trees and patches for growing them. The exercise in performing duties to maintain these things has added to my regime.

Lately, however, I spend far too much time sitting and writing, especially now it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This has taken its toll on my body and being aware that lack of exercise is a recipe for cancer and other health problems my mind is made up.

What can I do to ward off unwanted diseases like cancer? Having just written an article on colorectal cancer one of the first things that pops out is the effect of red meat on the body. That is something that has crept back into my diet over the last few months and now it feels like poison. Perhaps a vegan diet is the answer. Here is what has been discovered so far.

According to some researchers plant-based diets are recommended because we draw our calories from grain based products, fruit and vegetables. They posit that 70% of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. They also claim that a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

The cancer list that is preventable comprises colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung, and oesophageal. Its low-fat qualities can also reverse conditions, such as those related to the heart. In my diet so far there is no sugar or salt intake other than what is in some foods.

With less animal fat and cholesterol there is more fibre and antioxidant-rich produce and for me that means better immune system all round. The bottom line is why not start on a vegan diet today? Next thing is to hunt down some good recipes to help me on my way.

Anyone who is obese or suffering from any of the conditions mentioned in this article are best advised to try the switch from animal to plant-based meals. That way they can see for themselves what effect they obtain. There is nothing to lose and for me, at least, there may be everything to gain.

**PAST DEADLINE! Needs Commitment by 9:30AM and Picked Up by 4:30PM Saturday 10/13!**

Blanche/ Kona is a sweet ol' gal. She's friendly and just wants a comfy place to lay her head. She's looking forward to relaxing and getting some TLC in her new home. Blanche is about 30 lbs and is 8 yrs old.

KONA - ID#A503349

I am a female, brown and tan Shepherd blend.

The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old.

I am a very relaxed older lady who just wants a place to rest. I am a little shy, but I am incredibly sweet! I get along great with other dogs of all sizes, though due to my age, I prefer to live to with calm dogs. I walk well on leash and currently working on my potty training. My skin is healing up and not contagious. Come meet me at our main facility if you are looking for a calm girl to hang out with at home!

We are NOT the City Shelter to where pictures were taken. FOR MORE INFO ON THIS PET please contact:
San Antonio Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
Phone Number: (210) 207-4PET.
Fax Number: (210) 207-6673
Ask for information about animal ID number #A503349
How to Cater Vegan
Veganism is a popular lifestyle that comes with a long list of mental and physical benefits. If you are a practicing vegan, or must plan a catered party for an upcoming vegan-themed event, you will appreciate these vegan catering tips! Continue reading to learn how you can cater your party with a vegan meal spread.

What is Veganism?

To better understand how to cater to vegans, it is helpful to learn what veganism is about. A vegan is a person who follows a diet that is free of animal meat and by-products. This includes all dairy, such as milk, cream, cheese, and butter. It also include all animal meat and by-products, including poultry, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, and seafood. Some orthodox vegans also avoid using or wearing anything made from animals, such as leather, feathers, hides, furs, and more.

Beverages and Cocktails

There are endless choices for vegan beverages, alcoholic cocktails, and even mocktails. So long as you do not use any mixers that contain dairy, you are in the clear. Stick with lemonades, wines, beers, iced teas, hot tea, coffee, soda, juice, and liquor. Avoid milk-based products, or substitute them with coconut, cashew, or almond milk products.


Appetizers that are vegan are easy to come by. Summer is the time for fresh produce, so simply load up on all kinds of fruit and vegetables assortments, both raw and prepared. Grape and cherry tomatoes, zucchini, squash, broccoli, carrots, radishes, cauliflower, bell peppers, and more, are all fantastic options for color and taste. Try them in salads, on sticks, marinated, or dipped. Your vegan guests will love them all! You can also include vegetable and legume dips, like hummus, chickpea, falafel, eggplant, onion, and more! Just be sure they are free of sour cream and dairy products.

Main Course

Whether dinner or lunch, your main course is simple to plan for a vegan guest list. Choose hearty vegetables, like eggplant and portobello mushrooms, to substitute main course meat dishes. Tofu is a great option, too. When prepared well, these vegan courses are just as filling and delicious as meat. Consider pasta dishes for evening soirees, like eggplant parmesan or risotto. Pair these courses with delicious, vegan-style salads and sides, such as vegan pasta salad, coucous, tabouli, rice, potatoes, corn on the cobb, grilled asparagus, and more.


Desserts are sometimes a challenge for vegans because most contain some form of dairy. However, there are excellent choices for vegan-friendly desserts, so long as you choose them carefully. Any type of cake, pudding, or cream pie will not likely be fit for vegans, so you may need to have them specially made using dairy substitutes, like almond milk, applesauce, and nut butters. Fruit smoothies are another terrific option so long as you use non-dairy milk, such as almond, cashew, or coconut.