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The Fourth Of July, Hot Dogs & American Exceptionalism

The Fourth Of July, Hot Dogs & American Exceptionalism

The theory that the United States is inherently different from other nations is known as American Exceptionalism.  Many (especially political candidates and commentators) use the term to imply that we are superior to other countries. In this article I explore how the reaction by many Americans to a recent news event, the Chinese Dog Meat […]

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  July 2, 2017   No comments
The Protein Myth:  How Do Vegans Get Protein?

The Protein Myth: How Do Vegans Get Protein?

We are obsessed with protein in this country.  I could retire if I received a dollar for each time I have been asked, “where do you get your protein?”  I typically respond with two questions. First, I ask “how much protein do you need each day?”  I get a blank stare as nobody has ever […]

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  February 27, 2017   No comments
What Do Vegans Eat?  You Might Be Surprised!

What Do Vegans Eat? You Might Be Surprised!

People unfamiliar with vegan diets often assume that they are restrictive and B-O-R-I-N-G.  For example, they think everyone who eats a vegan diet is thin and survives on seeds and salads. It is true that there are many thin vegans. And maybe there are some who survive on salads and seeds alone (although I don’t […]

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  July 28, 2016   No comments
What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

Breakfast is important for everyone and vegans enjoy an endless variety of morning meal options. Vegans Eat Quiche? You don’t need dairy or eggs to make fantastic breakfast classics, so vegans need not forgo familiar favorites like  french toast, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, bacon, quiche (yes, vegans eat quiche and bacon!) […]

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  February 13, 2016   No comments
Vegan Cheese

Vegan Cheese

For many people the hardest perceived part of eating a plant-based/vegan diet is eliminating dairy cheese.  Fortunately, the plant-based cheeses of today allow you to eat vegan and have your cheese too! Vegan cheeses are made entirely with plant-based ingredients.  While cashews are frequently used to create plant-based cheeses, vegan cheese can be made from […]

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  August 4, 2015   No comments
Are Environmentalists Out To Lunch?

Are Environmentalists Out To Lunch?

My friend Susanna is an environmentalist. You know the type. She lives in San Francisco and drives a Prius. More than one time I’ve been out to a restaurant with her and watched as she grilled the waiter mercilessly about what kind of box the restaurant would use if she decided to take the uneaten […]

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  June 1, 2015   No comments
Got Indigestion? Go Dairy Free

Got Indigestion? Go Dairy Free

I recently learned about a woman who was just told – by a health care professional – that she has a “sensitivity” to dairy. “Millie” is about forty and has consumed dairy products her entire life. My reaction? A huge smile engulfed my face and I thought “lucky Millie.” I don’t know Millie, but I […]

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  April 25, 2015   No comments