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Motto for 2019: New Year. New You. New Leaf.
Sanctuary's free global mentor program seeks to support 200,000
aspiring vegans by 2021
Saugerties, NY— January, 2019
Veganism is poised to dominate the globe— and the New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program is
leading the way.
With The Economist dubbing 2019 “The Year of the Vegan” and Forbes including 1 it in the
list of “Top Health Trends to Go Mainstream in 2019,”2 veganism is getting closer to the
crucial 10% tipping point3 when a minority belief can become a majority belief— and not a
moment too soon. With only twelve years left before climate change becomes irreversible4,
veganism is the single most impactful step that an individual can take to combat it.5
With the arrival of a new year, there’s no better time to make a resolution to adopt a vegan
lifestyle, whether for animals, the planet, one's own health...or all three! Enter New Leaf : a
free vegan mentor program created by Catskill Animal Sanctuary for folks needing
support. After a successful national launch, and with applications from over twenty
countries, New Leaf is enrolling mentors and matching them with aspiring vegans through
a convenient website and cell phone app. For vegans looking to gain new advocacy skills,
1 Source: https://worldin2019.economist.com/theyearofthevegan
2 Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2018/12/25/healthtrends/#30bd62511b82
3 Source: http://freakonomics.com/2011/07/28/minority-rules-why-10-percent-is-all-you-need/
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make a difference in an individual’s life, and join a global community working to create
positive change, New Leaf welcomes mentor applications from around the world.
“People want to become vegan but don’t know where to start, what to eat, how to shop or
find community. . New Leaf provides ample support so folks can be successful long-term.
The program is a game-changer for a more just and compassionate world,” says New Leaf
Program Manager Elana Kirshenbaum.
The New Leaf team offers the service free to all, believing in minimizing economic barriers
to adopting a vegan lifestyle. New Leaf is powered by grants and seeking robust, mutually
beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations and brands.
For information about joining New Leaf as a mentor, mentee, or funding partner, go to
newleafvegans.org or contact Elana Kirshenbaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About New Leaf:
The New Leaf Vegan Mentor Program combines the proven effectiveness of one-on-one
mentor relationships, the power of superior matching technology, and data from a
successful Pilot Mentor Program to combat the 84% recidivism rate among self-identifying
New Leaf's parent organization, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, has been promoting veganism
in New York's Hudson Valley region and beyond since 2003.
About Catskill Animal Sanctuary:
Founded in 2001, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, 150-acre refuge in New York's
Hudson Valley. It is home to eleven species of rescued farmed animals with between 300
and 400 residents at any given time. In addition to direct animal aid, the Sanctuary offers
on-site tours, vegan cooking lessons, and educational programs that advocate veganism
as the very best way to end animal suffering, improve human health, and heal an ailing
Catskill Animal Sanctuary is Charity Navigator’s #1 farm sanctuary for fiscal accountability,
and the only U.S. farmed animal sanctuary with highest honors

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Ag-gag Struck Down!
In a huge victory for animals and free speech, last week a federal judge declared Utah’s “ag-gag” law unconstitutional. The law prohibited undercover investigations at factory farms. Read more.
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Rad Rockers
Iconic rock band BOSTON recently announced it would donate a portion of every ticket sold for its Hyper Space Tour to MFA. Get tickets!
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Okja Tweetstorm
Netflix’s latest acclaimed film, Okja, has viewers swearing off meat for good. Just look at a sampling of tweets from people whose lives were changed. Go now.
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Suffering Seals
Fish factory farmers in the U.K. have hired people to shoot and kill more than 1,500 seals in the past six years to keep the seals from eating salmon. Get the details.
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Dinner Is Served
Looking for a quick and easy vegan recipe for dinner? This Bolognese has only a few ingredients and takes minutes to cook. Check it out.
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  E-NEWS  •  MAY 17, 2017
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Biggest Event in Adopt a College History!

By Emmanuel Marquez, VO Mexico Outreach Coordinator

On May 8, we had an amazing day at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. VO Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator Katia Rodriguez and I had the support of 10 super committed volunteers, and together we set a new all-time record for the most booklets handed out at one event!

Emmanuel, Angelica, Katia, Luis, Constanza, and Israel at UANL
Above (from left) are Emmanuel Marquez, Angelica Burciaga, Katia Rodriguez, Luis Zepeda, Constanza Zuniga, and Israel Hurtado at UANL. Along with Yuliana Lozano, Sheccid Torres, Melissa Romero, Julio Silva, Angel Ramirez, and Carlos Contreras, they handed out 22,805 booklets in a single day!

Israel [above, right] was one of the first success stories we had in Mexico after Vegan Outreach started working there full-time. Thanks to the booklet he received from Katia more than two years ago at this same school, he decided to stop eating meat and helped us leaflet that day, handing out more than 1,000 booklets. Today he handed out 3,000 leaflets and is almost vegan.

Throughout the day we had very positive interactions—from people thanking us for the work we’re doing, to vegans and vegetarians asking to get involved with VO. I met Giselle (below, center), who told me she recently started giving up meat and plans to go fully vegan. I gave her a guide and info about other resources VO has for people in her situation, like the Vegan Mentor Program. She was very thankful and happy to receive support in her transition.

Eduardo, Giselle, and Jose at UANL

Eduardo (above, left) and I had a brief talk about the abuse animals go through in farms, and he decided to reduce his meat intake. Jose (above, right), a high school student who was on campus to register, read a leaflet and wants to go vegan. He also told us he wants to learn recipes so he can share food with the people around him, to inspire them as well and save more animals.

I’m extremely thankful for all of VO’s donors and supporters—this outreach was possible thanks to you. We all accomplished this together!

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Every dollar you donate to Vegan Outreach means more work we can do to inform and inspire people to go vegan.

Your donation today to our Team Vegan drive will be matched dollar-for-dollar by other donors!

Give today to create more vegans tomorrow and move us closer to a vegan world!

Thank you!

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Fruit-Sweetened Granola

Wake your kiddos up with a bowl of Wendy Gabbe Day’s Fruit-Sweetened Granola!

Fruit-Sweetened Granola

Irresistible Lasagna

Craving Italian food? You’ve come to the right place! VO Outreach Coordinator Alexis Clark shares this veganized version of her grandmother’s lasagna recipe.

Irresistible Lasagna

Recent Feedback

Huge day at the University of the Sunshine Coast with volunteers Brooke Chandler and Vickie Breckenridge. We smashed the Sippy Downs campus record and had countless conversations. There were lots of vegos and vegans, and many more interested in taking steps towards veganism.

Sam Tucker, VO Australia and New Zealand Outreach Coordinator, 5/3/17

I hopped on over to the University of Northern Colorado for a few hours and was well received! For anyone familiar with this area, Greeley is well known for its cattle farms, slaughterhouse, and meat-packing plants. I was thrilled that I had such positive conversations and overall was met with a lot of enthusiasm.

Lori Stultz, VO Communications Manager, 4/18/17

I was joined again by volunteer Nick Huss, who enthusiastically helped me reach more than 2,000 students at Montclair State University today. We spoke to multiple students about how attainable it is to gain and maintain muscle on a plant-based diet, and many were willing to give it a shot!

Below is a photo of Nick chatting it up with a student about vegan nutrition for athletes.

Alexis Clark, VO Outreach Coordinator, 4/24/17

Nick Huss at Montclair State

Upcoming Events

Oakland VegFest • May 20 • Oakland, CA
More info.

Vegan Meat and Cheese Tasting • May 21 • Los Angeles, CA
Vegan Outreach will be hosting this tasty event at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. For more info and to RSVP, please contact Community Engagement and Events Manager Roxanne Hill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Going Vegan: A Fun Meal and Presentation • May 24 • White Sands Missile Range, NM
While you enjoy eating delicious vegan tacos, VO Greater New Mexico Community Engagement and Events Coordinator Victor Flores will be presenting about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Don’t miss out on this educational and tasty event! More info.

More upcoming events.

Plant-based milk rocks! © Red and Howling

Vegan Outreach  Plant-based milk rocks! via @RedandHowling

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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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Breaking News: Vegan Pizza

After working with Vegan Outreach, two pizzerias are experimenting with vegan cheese!

Lala’s Wine Bar + Pizzeria

This week, popular Denver pizzeria Lala’s Wine Bar + Pizzeria added Daiya vegan cheese to their menu. And in even bigger pizza news, regional pizza chain WisePies Pizza & Salad is now testing out vegan cheese at their Tempe, Arizona, location!

WisePies Now Testing Vegan Cheese

The demand for vegan cheese options in pizza restaurants is growing, and we’re excited to be a part of the movement!

Joe Coleman: The Vegan Monk

Meet Joe Coleman—“The Vegan Monk”—a contemplative professional bodybuilder who’s defying pro-athlete stereotypes. Read his interview with VO Community Engagement and Events Manager Roxanne Hill to learn about his journey to veganism.

Joe Coleman: The Vegan Monk

April Giveaway: Meatless Book

Hats off to our friend Kristie Middleton, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States. She just released her first book, Meatless, and we’ve got the inside scoop—plus a giveaway!

April Giveaway: Meatless Book

Lea Bars

If you were impressed with Wendy Gabbe Day’s kid-friendly pudding and smoothie recipes, you’re going to want to check out her easy and nutritious homemade snack bars!

Lea Bars

Easy Vegan Pizza Pasta Bake

Vegan pizza—casserole-style! Get Gena Hamshaw’s recipe.

Easy Vegan Pizza Pasta Bake
Photo: © Gena Hamshaw / The Full Helping

Recent Feedback

Lana, Alex, Sharon, and Margaret with UVM mascot
Above (from left) is VO New England Outreach Coordinator Lana Smithson with volunteers Alex Bonfiglio, Sharon MacNair, and Margaret Arzon.

Steady rain and snow all day at the University of Vermont didn’t stop a great group of volunteers from giving a voice to animals. Alex Bonfiglio is starting a veg group on campus and today she heard from a bunch of students interested in joining. Margaret Arzon is a grad student who helped for the second time (first time was last semester). Sharon MacNair has been active for years with a group called Green Mountain Animal Defenders. Olivia Marelic [below, right] and Emma Schoeppner [below, left] came by between their classes to give leafleting a try.

Sharon told me her group has had volunteers in the past who mentioned they went veg after getting a leaflet on campus. Alex heard from someone who said he still has his leaflet from years ago and it’s helped him be vegan ever since.

I’m so thankful for these volunteers making it a really great day!

—Lana Smithson, VO New England Outreach Coordinator, 3/31/17

Emma, Alex, Lana, Sharon, and Olivia at UVM

Today I met DyJahashon [below], who is studying theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After I gave him a Compassionate Athlete leaflet, he came back to tell me he’s going to start eating vegan. The leaflet from Vegan Outreach was the final push after he had seen a lot of people on Instagram who looked healthier by going vegan.

—Sean Hennessy, VO Greater Ohio Outreach Coordinator, 3/29/17

DyJahashon at BGSU

Upcoming Events

Gainesville Veg Fest • April 8 • Gainesville, FL
More info.

Santuario de Karuna • April 8 • Tijeras, NM
VO will be serving up vegan lasagna and ice cream for an informational, family-friendly event at Santuario de Karuna. Contact Victor Flores at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Indy VegFest • April 29 • Indianapolis, IN
More info.

Community Earth Day Fair • April 29 • Alamogordo, NM
More info.

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day • April 30 • Berkeley, CA
More info.

VegFest Los Angeles • April 30 • Encino, CA
More info.

More upcoming events.

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Report on BVSTX Meatout and Penn State Events

VO’s Motivational Speaker & Diversity Specialist, David Carter, flew to Texas last weekend to speak at a Meatout festival presented by the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas. The room was packed!

David Carter with audience at BVSTX Meatout 2016 event

David reports:

Being the keynote speaker at the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas event was such a powerful experience. Having the opportunity for the first time to talk to a predominately diverse audience was incredibly uplifting. Being able to reach that demographic means reaching a group that hasn’t been heavily exposed to veganism. Which is why I’m so excited about my upcoming college speaking tour and diversity projects!

David Carter at UCLA

After his speaking event at Penn State last week, David was featured in an article on FOXSports.com, as well as in this article from the Daily Collegian:

Former NFL player David Carter, also known as “The 300 Pound Vegan,” came to Penn State on Monday night to share the story of his transition from a meat-eater to a vegan.…

Lynn Jiao (senior – supply chain management) said hearing Carter’s success with adopting a vegan diet removed any skepticism she previously had about veganism.…

From the VO Blog

Ecorazzi: Carrots and Sticks to VO!
VO’s President, Jack Norris, responds to Ecorazzi about whether he promotes eating cheese.

Jack Norris meme

Recipe: Tofu Ricotta Pasta
VO’s Food & Lifestyle Coordinator, Toni Okamoto, shares her quick and easy version of a favorite recipe by Grace Kuhn.

Recipe: Tofu Ricotta Pasta

Review: The Essential Vegan Travel Guide
VO’s Office Manager, Josie Moody, reviews Caitlin Galer-Unti’s first book.

Review: So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream

  So Delicious cashew milk frozen dessert  

From VO’s Social Media Sites

Video: Plant Based Foods Association
Exciting news: 23 food companies have joined together to advocate for the $3.5 billion vegan food sector!

Lingvistov Avocado Doodle
If you’re looking for some plant-based humor to share with friends and family, be sure to check out this popular post!

  Lingvistov avocado meme  

Recent Feedback

Today at San Jose State University, Vanessa [below] stopped to tell me that she has been vegan since I handed her a booklet last year! I also met several members of the new veg club on campus – they seem to have a lot of great things in the works!

—Steve Erlsten, 3/1/16

  Vanessa at SJSU  

Upcoming Events

Intersectional Justice Conference | Clinton, WA | Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27
VO is proud to sponsor this event at the beautiful Whidbey Institute. In addition to a great lineup of speakers, we’ll have three staff members (Paige Carter, David Carter, and Alex Bury) and one board member (Lauren Sprang) there to listen, learn, and network. If you attend, be sure to find us and say hello!

5th Annual Texas VegFest | Austin, TX | Saturday, April 2
VO’s Director of Development, Lisa Rimmert, will be tabling at this event.

Valley Vegfest | Northampton, MA | Saturday, April 2
Lana Smithson, our New England Outreach Coordinator, will be tabling at this event.

See Talks, Festivals, & Fundraisers for other upcoming events.

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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Shockingly Standard
Garnering thousands of views in just days, MFA’s powerful new video exposes cruel practices that are considered standard and acceptable on today’s farms. Watch now.
Celebs Speak Out
Our undercover investigation into a DiGiorno Pizza cheese supplier had millions talking, including celebrities. Here are our favorite celebrity tweets. Check them out.
Cannibal Cows
A disturbing report revealed that farmers are feeding “poultry litter”—a disgusting muck that includes chicken feces and even pieces of ground beef—to cattle. Learn more.
River of Blood
A Texas meat packing facility has been accused of dumping gallons of pig’s blood into the Trinity River and tampering with evidence. Get all the details.
Awesome Archbishop
Known for championing the cause of the oppressed, Nobel Prize-winning archbishop Desmond Tutu is now speaking truth to power on behalf of animals. Read more.
Popular Pig
Our new favorite internet star is a Toronto-based pig named Esther. We interviewed Esther’s family and learned all about this sweet baby girl. Get the scoop.

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Cheyenne Jones at CSUSB
At CSUSB, Vic Sjodin met Cheyenne Jones (above), who not only wants to go veg but also helped leaflet!

We support Vegan Outreach because we’ve seen firsthand how effective this type of outreach is in reaching those most open to change. VO’s emphasis on being friendly and approachable is not only more comfortable for me to be a part of, it also works. We also appreciate that VO treats their employees with respect and honors their amazing efforts.
—YL & DH

I support Vegan Outreach because I believe in the grassroots philosophy of impacting one person at a time. I like the fact that most of the money raised goes straight towards advocacy with very little overhead. The larger campaigns do generate more buzz but can arguably be less effective in transforming lives. VO takes a sensible approach to reduce the amount of pain and suffering in this world: recommending people to “lean in” towards veganism rather than presenting an all-or-nothing ultimatum.


VO News

Newsletter of the Year!

Got my newsletter in the mail yesterday and read it cover to cover. Really made me feel happy, hopeful, and inspired!

A PDF of the stunning fall 2013 issue of Vegan Outreach News is now available. There were so many wonderful stories, we expanded it by four pages, but could still only fit a small fraction!

Please take a few minutes to peruse the inspiring stories, amazing feedback, and incredible pics – we promise it’ll be worth your time!

To receive a hard copy for yourself, or copies to distribute to friends and colleagues, just contact us!

The newsletter also has details about the incredible End-of-Year Matching Opportunity.

Right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

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If you want the biggest bang for your buck, please make a special donation to this challenge – your support will go twice as far toward a more compassionate world!

You can use a credit card to make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online, or send a check or money order to:

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Please click here to double your donation for the animals today!

We promise: you’ll be glad you did.


Chain of the Decade

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Hotel Vegan Outreach! By hosting our touring activists in your homes, you have saved VO many thousands of dollars – dollars that have gone to reach new people and create more vegetarians!

If you would like to be a part of Hotel VO in the future, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!


Shopping Site of the Month

The Vegetarian Site is a great place to find new vegan products and gifts. Be sure to shop in November!


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Sticker for the New Year

Vegan Outreach has created a new bumper sticker! You can order it from the VO catalog.

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Recent Feedback

I am a recurring donor because I realize that the greatest amount of suffering in the world is the suffering of the animals who are destined to be slaughtered for food, whose lives are accorded no value except as they can be used for human ends and purposes. That is huge and just so wrong. I want to help and am grateful for the opportunity to support your efforts. I feel I am a small part of the change I would like to see in the world.

Jon Camp at OSU
Jessy at OSU

Lauren and I had an action-packed day at Oklahoma State. We extended our record-breaking streak to 10 days, rocking out the biggest day of leafleting in Oklahoma history. Good conversations, too. For example, Jessy [left] received a VO booklet from us last school year and has been veg since! Lauren met a young woman interested in going veg and eventually vegan. Lauren helped push her further along that path. There were two separate incidents where I offered a Guide to a student and another one overheard this and basically said, “I’m also veg and would like a Guide too!”
—Jon Camp (above, leafleting OSU), 9/20/13

Leslie, Kimberly, and I shattered the record at Bowie State! Timmi jumped for joy when I gave her a booklet: “I’m going vegetarian soon!” There was a stray kitten on campus with an eye infection (kitten now being cared for). Leslie overheard some students talking about the kitten. One of them said, “[The VO leafleters] made us realize that it’s okay to care [about animals].” Cool stuff.
Today at Hagerstown Community College, LaTraya came to chat after getting a booklet. She told me that she can’t stand the way animals are treated and asked how she can help. We ended up having a great conversation about the similarities between different prejudices towards humans and the prejudice towards animals. Now she wants to go veg! She even requested extra booklets for her friends and is going to show her mom!
—Kassy Ortega, 9/26/13

The students at De Anza College were friendly and the take rate was high – I handed out all my booklets in a few hours. Gave Guides to interested people, and one to a new vegan for her brother. I also met a woman who thanked me for being there and asked for information about volunteering with VO.
—Diane Gandee Sorbi, 9/24/13

Carmen at CMU
Patrick at CMU
Dutch at Pitt

Nearly got the record at the College of Marin. Had very useful conversations. E.g., a student who said she was vegan for two weeks, then she gave up. Another student had been vegan for two years before giving up. The Guides will help them!
—Steve Erlsten, 9/23/13

Good day at Oxnard College and Channel Islands High. A number of students said, “Awesome” or “Cool” or “I love animals.” A physiology professor told me he uses his lecture on digestion to segue into the film Earthlings and his students are required to watch it. Wow. I noticed a sign for Vegetarian Awareness Day at Oxnard College with vegan food! A student got a Compassionate Choices and later flagged me down to say, “Now I don’t want to eat chicken anymore.” She was happy to get a Guide. A guy said the booklet made him want to go vegan; he also got a Guide.
—Barbara Bear, 9/26/13

At Carnegie Mellon University, Carmen [above, right] was in awe of our lit. She asked me if the images were real. When I told her yes, she asked if this was happening here (i.e., in the United States), again I told her yes. She was shocked that this cruelty was happening every day in her own backyard (so to speak). I could tell she was moved at learning this all, she clearly knew nothing of factory farming before seeing our leaflet. We spoke for several minutes about the cruel practices used on factory farms. I gave her a Guide because she wanted to know about what to eat. I also spoke with Patrick [right], a student who took a leaflet on his way to class, and stopped to chat with me on his way back after class. He was interested in vegan bodybuilding after seeing vegan bodybuilder extraordinaire Robert Cheeke in the booklet. He said that he understands that the cruelty is wrong, but he’s big into his health and fitness so he wanted to learn more about veg sources of protein and such. He told me that he lifts weights, to which I replied that I do as well. We spoke about where vegan athletes get their protein, and I directed him to VeganBodybuilding.com, which has a ton of information for vegans who lift.
At the University of Pittsburgh, I was able to get out 1,450 leaflets! My day started on a good note when a professor gave me a literal pat on the back when she saw what I was passing out. From there I met several vegan students who were also pleased to see VO on campus. Dutch [right], who recognized the band Xibalba’s name on my beanie, approached me to chitchat about hardcore. After talking for a minute, I said, “You’ve gotta check out this information I’m passing out,” and to my surprise, he told me he was already vegan – very cool! He was pumped I was leafleting his school. I also met vegans Chelsea, Kinley, and Jackie [below].
—Chris Guinn, 9/23/13

Chelsea at Pitt Kinley at Pitt Jackie at Pitt

Chris took vacation time to join me at Oakton Community College. We heard from students who wanted to know what they can do to help the animals. Some said the booklet was sad, and one told me it made her go vegan for six months last time she received it, though she had gone back to eating meat sometimes. Another told me it made him change what he got for lunch.
—Leslie Patterson, 9/25/13

Student at Worcester State
Karen James sends this pic of a student reading Compassionate Choices at Worcester State.

Set a new record at Worcester State and met many vegetarians and vegans. Eight students shared their emails to start a group. I had many, many other amazing conversations. One professor stopped by to ask questions, also told me who could be faculty advisor for a campus group. A food service worker came by and took both a Compassionate Choices and a Guide.
Very windy and cold at the University of Hartford, but a very satisfying day. Dani joined me for the first time, and did great! We reached over 1,100 students. Met 20+ vegetarians and vegans; and 17 students gave their emails for a campus group. Many good conversations and a lot of people stopped by to ask questions. For example, a guy stopped to ask about bodybuilding; I referred him to VeganBodybuilding.com.
—Karen James, 9/23/13

At Georgia State, Matt met a student who insisted that he needed to eat meat because of the taste and protein. Matt told him the animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit – the only way to stop this horrific slaughter is by eliminating meat – with each meal he has the power to save a life. He agreed and said, “Never thought of it like that! Please give me a booklet and I will read it tonight.” A girl told me that she has been thinking about going veg. She asked me if it is hard. I said I love being vegan!! It is very easy. I took down her info and told her I will help her in any way I can.
—Mukang Pederson, 9/18/13

Rachel Shippee and Team Jungenberg at UW Stout
Jamie Jungenberg, John Jungenberg, Rachel Shippee, and Mary Jungenberg provide a voice for the animals at UW Stout.

Despite the bad weather, CAA and I reached nearly 3,000 students at the University of Minnesota. I met a woman who loved the booklet and wanted more to hand out at the clinic there. Met Tony, who had been veg for 6 months and gave up. After I gave him a Guide and we chatted for a bit, he helped me leaflet. He really enjoyed it!
Mike joined me at the University of St. Thomas, where we reached nearly 1,200 students! They were paving the street in front of me and I actually had a worker jump off a moving steamroller to get a leaflet! Then at Bethel University, every single person accepted a booklet!
Today, Team Jungenberg [right] joined me, and we dominated the University of Wisconsin, Stout. John ran into a woman who received a booklet a few years ago and in return has reduced her meat consumption; he gave her a Guide.
—Rachel Shippee, 9/26/13

The students at Appalachian State were all SUPER friendly and receptive. I met 10 vegetarians and 6 vegans, 2 of whom changed their diet from receiving a VO booklet last year! Three people said no to a booklet at first, but then came back and asked for one later. Two students who read the booklet that day told me they were very affected by it and intended to change their diets.
—Andrea Gunn, 9/25/13

Lisa at CSUSB Erica at CSUSB Student at CSUSB
Students at CSUSB

At Cal State San Bernardino, I met Cheyenne [top of page], who now wants to go veg. She joined me to leaflet, too! Many other great interactions! Had a long conversation with Lisa [above, left], who now wants to move to vegan! Another student told me getting a VO booklet in the past is why she went veg. Another woman [above, right] came back and told me she was really considering these issues, and asked for more booklets to show friends. I saw many reading cover to cover. One student said, “Finally I get handed something I really care about!” Heard others say, “This is terrible,” and discuss it with friends. Snapped a pic of a fraternity brother showing Compassionate Choices to a friend [right] – then gave him a Guide and had a brief convo. Met Erica [above, center], who loves animals and is now open to adding more veg meals. Also met a professor who told me how horrible animal experiments on campus are. I agreed and then pointed out that 98 or 99 percent of animals who suffer similar horror are the ones raised for food. She told me how much she loved animals, followed by, “I should probably go vegetarian.” Bingo! Great day!

Laura and Jenny at GWC Marlene at GWC
Melissa MacDonald at GWC

Melissa [MacDonald, right] joined me at Orange Coast College and Golden West College, where we had numerous conversations and watched a bunch of students reading their booklets. First we met Marlene [above, right], a psychology student and professed animal lover who is now interested in eating fewer animal products. Then Laura and Jenny [above, left]: Jenny had gotten a VO booklet in the past and had started to eat less meat. We had a beautiful conversation, and Laura also asked for a Guide. Heather [below, right] had received a booklet last year and ate vegan for four months, then started to eat some eggs and fish. After our talk and getting a Guide, she is committed to not harming animals. Melissa had a productive 20-minute convo with an inquisitive professor who had many questions. Then I met a near-vegetarian who was thrilled to get a Guide; I think she’ll go fully vegan. Talked with Matt [below, left], an environmental sciences major. He was so open to the beautiful world of compassionate living and eating, he really made my day.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/24/13

Matt at GWC Heather at GWC


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Health Promoting Meals From

the TrueNorth Kitchen

By Ramses Bravo with Dr. Alan Goldhamer

Foreword by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Coauthor of The China Study

“I highly recommend this book and its recipes—they can save your life.”

T.Colin Campbell, from his introduction

The human passion for high-calorie, carbohydrate rich, salty, fatty foods is not driven by a lack of will power; it’s programmed into our genes. In the ancient past, people who ate high-calorie foods and sought out scarce salt and fats increased their chance for survival. However, in these modern times of plenty, that survival strategy no longer helps us: today it works against us, undermining our health and shortening our lives. Sugar, oil, and salt are the enemies of weight loss and overall health, and eliminating them is transformative.

In BRAVO! (Book Publishing Company; April 2012; 9781570672699), chef Ramses Bravo shows home cooks how to put life-changing habits into practice with his collection of delicious, vegan, SOS-Free recipes (no sugar, oil or salt), that will satisfy your passion for flavor and the need for essential nutrients. These nearly 100 recipes were developed by Ramses, whose background includes the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, for the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, which has helped over 8,000 people heal from hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other chronic illnesses.

Inside you’ll find:

  • SOS-Free recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, desserts, dressings, sauces, and snacks
  • Dishes to satisfy your whole family, such as Polenta Crust Pizza, Grilled Ratatouille with Pesto, Black Bean Tamale Pie, Bravo Chili, and sweet Peach Blueberry Crisp
  • Two weeks of daily meal plans
  • Tips for storage, stocking your kitchen, and fundamental techniques for vegan, SOS-Free cooking

With an introduction by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, the founder of TrueNorth, BRAVO! is an inspiring, practical guide to getting your health and weight back on track, deliciously! Take your health into your own kitchen, with BRAVO!

About the Authors

Ramses Bravo has been the executive chef at TrueNorth Health Center since 2007. He has also worked in numerous hotels and restaurants in California, Hawaii, and West Virginia, including the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma. His extensive professional experience prepared him for his unique position managing America’s most wholesome kitchen.

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, and massage and bodywork. He is also the director of the Center’s groundbreaking residential health-education program. He is the coauthor of The Pleasure Trap and the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook. For more information, visit www.truenorthhealth.com.