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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I celebrate differently than most people, however, because I live vegan. I celebrate all that is good in my life and spend the holiday with other vegans. I do not partake in eating turkey or animal products like milk, honey, eggs or butter. I believe, as vegans do, that the violence that is perpetuated onto turkeys (or other animals) is unnecessary and cruel. I believe that there is a better way to live that would include life, peace and compassion for all living beings. And, I believe that living vegan is the first, necessary step to transforming this very disturbed world into more sustainable place for all of Earth’s inhabitants. So, for this Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to pass on some information. Here are 3 reasons why a vegan Thanksgiving is the way to go!

  1. Animals – Turkeys are beautiful animals who want to live like we do. Read here about turkeys and Thanksgiving.
  2. Alternatives – You do not have to sacrifice anything by eating a vegan meal for Thanksgiving. There are delicious, vegan versions of all the meals you are accustomed to eating on the holiday! There is even scrumptious version of turkey called, Tofurky, that is cruelty-free! Check out these recipes!
  3. Abundance – Living a vegan lifestyle is nothing less than abundance! As a vegan, you do not partake in adding violence (a dead carcass of a tortured animal) to your body. Remember, we are what we eat. A vegan lifestyle is healthier, easy, and less costly. Vegans live longer, increase their changes of living disease-free and feel lighter. And, veganism is the best way to alter the ongoing destruction of the only planet we have to inhabit. Below is a short and fun video by EVOLVE Campaigns about the vegan lifestyle! Enjoy!

 

Wishing you a wonderful, cruelty-free, vegan Thanksgiving!

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I thought I would share one of my favorite GREEN smoothies today! WARNING: this recipe is easy, healthy, filling, alcohol-free, GREEN and tasty! It is perfect as an afternoon snack to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or as an energy-booster any time of the day!

Equipment:

heavy-duty, high-speed blender

Ingredients:

½ cup frozen pineapple

½ cup frozen cherries

1 large pear, chopped

1lb. or 2 cups spinach

¼ cup fresh cilantro (optional)

1 cup unsweetened soy milk

1 tsp fresh ginger

water (optional) 

Process:

Place the chopped pear in the blender first. Then add the frozen fruit, greens, all other ingredients and soy milk. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! (This will be thick almost like a shake. Add more water if it is too thick for you.)

Enjoy!

© 2015, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

As a vegan, the holidays can be difficult. As Christmas approaches, I am pondering about customs and traditions. Every family is different, and every family cherishes their own traditions.  But what is it that we cherish so much and makes holidays so special? Is it the delicious meals, the gifts, the time with family and friends or the religious celebrations?  Some of us are fortunate to have loving families with whom we spend our holidays, and some of us are not so fortunate, so we choose not to partake in holiday celebrations. We all, however, cherish tradition and custom to one extent or another. They are part of us. They are pinpoints that mark moments in time to remember and experience again and again.  Tradition and custom inspire us to feel happiness, joy and contentment.  We desire to experience those moments over and over, so we pursue them every year; we even fly across the country for sometimes a minimal amount of days for “tradition.” And, all families have their specific customs.

The custom in my family is no exception. Food was an integral part of my Christmas celebration with my family when I was a child. As a first generation American who immigrated from Argentina to the United States, I grew up celebrating the holiday on Christmas Eve with my family and friends with a large meal in the evening consisting of pan dulce, nuts, fiambre and Argentine sandwiches, empanadas, a large ham, delicious side dishes, Argentine flan and mate for dessert, and a glass of Sidra as a toast at midnight. We all could not wait to partake in the delicious food! After midnight, we opened our gifts. We sometimes attended midnight mass and sometimes did not. We spent Christmas day enjoying our gifts, each other, and munching on leftovers.  I remember great times, laughter, celebration, love, and feeling happy and joyful every Christmas. However, even though I loved the holiday celebrations with my family, I am now not able to participate in the family tradition anymore.  As a vegan, the food, which was an integral part of our celebration at Christmas, does not appeal to me anymore for ethical and health reasons. So, where does that leave me? Am I to ignore my family traditions completely? What is the best that I could do in this predicament?

I decided I needed to start my own new family traditions eliminating the animal consumption without eliminating the people. This year, I will be having a vegan Christmas dinner with friends. I have also decided to perfect a vegan version of most of the foods that were part of my family’s Christmas tradition! This might take time and practice, but my goal is to recreate those special moments with a new, healthy, and delicious cruelty-free versions of our family Christmas dinners. I will mesh the old with the new! I am starting with one item this Christmas!

If you are a new or seasoned vegan and struggling with whether you will partake in a holiday celebration consisting of animal-based foods, or if you are feeling anxious about spending the holiday with non-vegans, here are a few suggestions that might help:

  • Realize that the food is not what is truly important. The people are. There is no replacement for each and every one of us, and we all matter.
  • If you have not done so, explain to your family that you are now vegan and explain why you are vegan for your health, for the animals, and for the planet (see Why Vegan). Explain how it has changed your life for the better with enthusiasm and grace. Hopefully, they will respect your decision and not become argumentative.
  • If someone should try to start an argument, take a deep breath and remember that their attack is about them and not about you.  If you do not have an answer for their particular question, simply tell them you don’t know but will find out.
  • If you should have a very argumentative person at the table, simply tell them you are not there to argue, and if they are interested in learning more about veganism, a good book to read is The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle.
  • Contribute to the family meal by bringing one or two vegan dishes! Everyone will be curious, and they will love them!
  • The dinner table, especially during holiday times, is not the place to preach about being vegan.  Remember that many people will already feel threatened by your diet. They know they are not eating healthy and are not willing to face that truth for whatever reason. Your very presence might be a threat. This is the time to enjoy your loved ones and not the time to assert your choice of lifestyle. If they should be genuinely interested, fantastic! Spread the truth with grace, patience, and with all your knowledge.
  • Focus on what you like or love about the particular people at the dinner table. You will enjoy your time with them more!
  • If for whatever reason, all of the above should fail, start your own Christmas or holiday traditions with cruelty-free, vegan, delicious meals! You will be contributing to making the world a better, more compassionate place for all living beings.

Wishing you a peaceful and cruelty-free holiday!

© 2014 Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

Albert Einstein, Vilma Reynoso

The vegan lifestyle has changed my life profoundly. It has opened my eyes, my heart, my compassion and my spirit more than any other experience in all the years I have lived! I thought I would share some of the benefits I experience as a vegan:

  1. I am healthier.
  2. I have more energy.
  3. I am lighter.
  4. I feel younger than my age.
  5. I am stronger.
  6. I am more alert.
  7. I reduce my chances of getting a degenerative disease.
  8. I am increasing my quality of life.
  9. I do not contribute to torture and murder of animals worldwide.
  10. No animal had to suffer for me to nourish myself.
  11. I am not ingesting death, fear, and suffering.
  12. I am not contributing to global warming, since animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world.
  13. I am not contributing to the contamination of the oceans and the annihilation of sea life.
  14. I am not contributing to the elimination of the planet’s forests and fertile land to make room for livestock that is tortured and killed and then fed to populations who are dying from animal-based diets.
  15. I am using less of the earth’s precious water supply: it takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of grain. It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of meat!
  16. I am not contributing to world hunger: seventy percent of the grain grown in the U.S. alone is used to produce meat; if that grain were being fed directly to people, no one on the planet would go hungry.
  17. I am not contributing to excessive waste from factory farms which pollutes our rivers and land.
  18. I am eating vegan cuisine that is delicious.
  19. I am receiving all the nutrients my body needs.
  20. I am eating healthy, whole vegan food without cholesterol, processed sugar, excessive sodium, GMOs, and added damaging and disease-causing chemicals.
  21. I do not smell foul odors in the kitchen when I cook or prepare my food.
  22. It is easy for me to clean up after preparing and eating vegan food.
  23. I am less irritable, anxious, fearful or worried.
  24. I acknowledge that humans are herbivores and eat what an herbivore is designed to consume.
  25. I have a minimal chance of buying or consuming contaminated food.
  26. I am more spiritually connected to all life.
  27. I am spreading compassion and love.
  28. I respect all life as it is.
  29. I am at peace.
  30. I am living my spiritual truth.

Vilma Reynoso, www.VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. Save Earth. be Good to animals.

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

The World Peace DietWhat is the World Peace Diet? A vegan diet, of course! However, the brilliantly-written book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle, explains thoroughly why a vegan diet is the only diet of choice from various perspectives – spiritual, political, ecological, nutritional and cultural – for this planet. I love books and I love living vegan, so I am facilitating a study of this marvelous book! Join me, Vilma Reynoso, Vegan Health & Lifestyle Coach and Peter B.Roth, Transformational Spiritual Healer, Astrologer and vegan, for a study and discussion of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony. Our purpose is to dig deep into the reasons why people choose to become vegan and the reasons why it is vital to adopt the vegan lifestyle. You are welcome to join whether you are a seasoned vegan, a new vegan or curious about veganism and if you live in the Denver metro area.

Meetings will be held in Denver, CO, on the last Thursday of the month in January, February, March, and April of 2014. Each meeting will consist of a short presentation and recap of the month’s assigned chapters.  An open discussion will then follow.  To join this study, visit The World Peace Diet Meetup.

To learn more about Will Tuttle or to purchase a printed version of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, visit Will Tuttle’s website.

Printed, digital and audio formats of the book may also be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vegoutwithvilms.com. VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

Want to improve your health dramatically? Get my book, “Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality

Copyright, 2014, Vilma Reynoso

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality is a short, concise and informational e-Book outlining the health benefits of green smoothies. The book includes my easy recipes that you will love! If you are curious about green smoothies, looking to improve your health or eating habits, are a seasoned vegan or raw vegan, these recipes will entice your palate!

A bit about me, Vilma Reynoso, and why I wrote this book:

As a child, I grew up consuming my father’s Argentine barbecues every Sunday. Usually ill with colds as a child, I suffered from chronic sinus problems, asthma and respiratory ailments, and was overweight.  As a young adult, I suffered with horrible PMS, fibroids, chronic fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, asthma, intestinal problems, sinusitis, foggy thinking, and even depression.  After evaluating my health and the deaths of both my parents due to heart disease, I became motivated to change my life, one step at a time. I slowly began to change my diet from meat-based to vegetarian, then to vegan, and finally to a mostly raw vegan diet. Healed from most of my ailments, I have never looked back!

Vegan Green Smoothies by Vilms: 35 Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Recipes for Ultimate Health and Vitality is one of several upcoming e-books. I have written it to demonstrate to you, the reader, how taking a small step, such as incorporating green smoothies into your daily routine, can dramatically enhance your life and health.

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Why not Recycle?

August 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

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I had the pleasure of taking a walk through my neighborhood yesterday. It was trash pickup day. I noticed many items in trash cans such as books, cardboard, clothes, games, wood, etc., that could have been recycled or donated. It made me ponder whether people know the importance of recycling, so according to RecyclingRevolution.com, here are just a few reasons why we should recycle:

  • The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets!
  • Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls.
  • Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are twenty six jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.
  • Thousands of U.S. companies have saved millions of dollars through their voluntary recycling programs. They wouldn’t recycle if it didn’t make economic sense.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves seventeen trees.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000.
  • Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.
  • In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.
  • Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.
  • It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
  • Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal and limestone.
  • Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining.

To get started recycling or to read more about its benefits, please visit EcoCycle.org or Earth911.com.

Freecycle, a nonprofit movement of people interested in reducing the trash in landfills, is another fantastic way to recycle your goods! You can give away your goods from the comfort of your own home. Please visit Freecycle.org for more information and to get started!

Happy Recycling!

Tomatoes for Life

July 10, 2013 — 3 Comments

Blessings come in many forms, and those blessings are not always how we imagine them to be.

Raw Vegan Health

I have been reflecting this week on my life, especially about the last few, very full years and the changes that have occurred. Prior to those years, however, one of the biggest blessings (if not the biggest) of my life was given to me, unexpectedly. My baby girl was born. I was now a mother and had to learn to pass on what I assimilated and learned from this life to this precious human being who depended on me for everything. That responsibility sometimes still overwhelms me, but I have learned that the Divine is always there to help me. However, the gift that would come from this infant being, was something even more priceless!

They say that sometimes life hands you foreshadowings – events that can be metaphors, symbols or signs of things to come. I am a firm believer of this, as evidenced from experiences in my life. One case in point: my daughter and her eating habits as a baby and toddler. There was nothing that she wanted to eat, really, but fruit and cheese! I began to worry and wonder what in the world I would feed her. Where was she going to get her nutrients??? So, my research began. I had to find a way to get her to eat REAL food. I was then a meat eater: I partook in the average American diet – had my coffee in the mornings, sandwiches and french fries for lunch, my meat, pasta or rice, chicken and/or potatoes with bread in evenings. I even loved a soft drink once in a while!

My research lead me to the vegetarian diet because I needed to find something to feed my child. ANYTHING. So, I began to read about the protein content in beans, the health benefits of vegetables, the fiber in fruit, the harmful chemicals found in meat. Truly fascinated by what I read and by the examples of vegetarian (and vegan), fit and healthy people that I read about, I decided I needed to “go vegetarian,” so I could save my child from all the “nutrient-less” fruit she consumed. I had no choice. She needed to eat something other than fruit and cheese. I had to do this!

As I dug deeper into researching the vegetarian lifestyle, I was convinced that not only was it not harmful for my daughter to eat fruit, but it was very beneficial! And, having been diagnosed with large, painful uterine fibroids, asthma and allergies, and rosacea, I needed to do something about MY own health and not just hers. I embraced vegetarianism and slowly started to change my eating habits. I learned that feeding my child a meatless diet was OKAY, and I let her eat all the fruit she wanted. And, she took advantage! In time, I became vegan and now am embracing the raw, vegan lifestyle, so I have come full circle. Besides, it was “raw” fruit that my baby loved, wasn’t it?

There is something about a child that is pure, simple, unassuming, intuitive. Very young children have innocent minds until they are socially and environmentally conditioned. Their bodies, minds and spirits are abounding in curiosity, love and energy from the Creator; therefore, they are able to choose what is pure without reservation, question or judgment. Such is the case of my daughter, who knew, in some fashion or another, that fruit was good for her. SHE has not only changed me but propelled my life in the most fulfilling direction I could have ever dreamed of! I am truly in awe and speechless sometimes at how this part of my life (and hers) has unfolded.

Eating and experiencing all that comes with a healthy, meatless diet is beautiful and very satisfying. Every day, I am thankful, and I owe it to my precious child, my gift, who, by the way, still LOVES her tomatoes! It is said that children are not only our biggest blessings, but they are given to us for US to learn from them, if we listen.

Thank you, my baby girl.

(The tomatoes above are from our organic garden.)