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August 2010

Why you should go Vegetarian! Spotlight on Chicago Restaurants, Events, Stores and More!

Life on a dairy farm!

How new born calves are taken away from their mothers just hours after birth!


Letter from the Editor . . . . Veggie Fest Chicago 2010 August 7 & 8 Sat 11-8 Sun 11-7

Free Admission It is a great party with lots of fun, great vendors, exciting food demos, expert speakers, wonderful children’s programs, fantastic live music and a fabulous food court.

Check out the website for more information!


Growing up in a family of hard-core meat eaters I was met with resistance when I first started, but know I have converted some members and the rest are eating a lot more vegetables. It has been proven that going vegetarian can prevent or reverse the risk of heart disease. This was very important to my family’s health because heart disease runs in the family. I have seen this personally in the past three years, my dad started eating a lot of what I eat he cut his meat down to only once or twice a week now my dad’s risk of heart disease has lowered by 50%. I have also seen health changes in me. In the three years I have lost weight, gained energy, my attitude has changed and I am open to trying new things. It has also helped me to accomplish other dreams because when I want to give up I remember all I had to sacrifice and change in order to be a vegetarian and it has all for the better. When I was little I had a hard time fighting off illnesses, since I made the change I have been to the doctor once for a simple illness. My body has gotten stronger mentally, physically and emotionally. I urge all of you to give it a try there are many positive reasons to go vegetarian how many negative ones can you find? Peace & Health Jessica Skupien Editior and Chief

August 2010 This is our spotlight on Chicago issue so look for interesting articles about restaurants, events and stores

Cover Reads

The “Meat� of our Magazine Making sense out of organic makeup

How to make sure you are getting truly organic makeup [ pages 8 -9 ]

Spotlight on Chicago

Check out the pages that have all our special Chicago related info [ page 5 ]

Save money go green

7 ways to help you put a little green in your life [ pages 6 - 7 ]

Yoga for beginners

With the summer coming to an end it is time to find a new way to relax [ pages 14 - 19 ]

Why you should go vegetarian!

Vegetarian is one of the best ways to go green, it’s cheaper, healthier and it easier then you think [ pages 10 - 13 ]

Dining Out!

Learn new ways to make eating out as a vegetarian easier [ pages 22 - 23 ]

Vegetarian Recipes

A whole day of yummy veggie meals [ pages 24 - 27 ]

Life on a dairy farm

Stolen Babies, Stolen Milk [ pages 20 - 21 ]

Fun Moment: Vegangelical (VEE-gan-jell-ih-kul) What is it? If you have a friend who can not stop telling you about the benefits of being a vegan, she is a vegangelical. [A vegan is a person who will not eat anything derived from animals. There are about 1 million vegans in America.]


Editor in Chief Jessica Skupien Creative Director Jessica Executive Editor Jessica Beauty Editor Jessica Food Editor Jessica Assistant Editor Jessica

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Art Department Jessica Skupien Design Director Jessica Skupien Senior Designer Jessica Skupien Photo Department Jessica Skupien Photo Director Jessica Skupien Photo Editor Jessica Skupien


Check out these pages . . . Veggiefest [ page 2 ] Restaurants [ page 23 ] Yoga in the park [ page 15 ]


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Save energy

▪Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs. ▪Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. ▪Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use. ▪Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. ▪Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.


Eat smart

▪If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. ▪Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy. ▪Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great. ▪Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain. This is especially true for seafood.




Save water

▪Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. ▪Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. ▪Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. ▪Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

Think before

▪Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free. ▪Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items. ▪When making purchases, make sure you know what’s “Good Stuff” and what isn’t. ▪Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.


Cleaning supplies

▪The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap. ▪Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.



▪Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. ▪Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem. ▪Recycle your cell phone. ▪Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.


Buy smart

▪Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. ▪Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use. ▪Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).

Easie st th ings you can d o! ▪ Bring a reusable water bottle with you when traveling or at work. ▪ Less gas = more money (and better health!). ▪ Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. ▪Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. ▪Share power tools and other appliances.


Making sense out of organic makeup If you are anything like me, you have come to know that “Organic” is a very attractive feature for makeup and personal care products, but it is also a term that is loosely used in the cosmetics industry. Because there are no regulations on which companies can use the term “Organic” on their product labels, consumers are too often confused as to which products truly are organic, and which are just using the term to make a sale. After all, organics is very cool, hip, trendy, safe and of course eco-friendly and these are some of the many reasons why buying organic is so popular. Oh, and of course the best benefit being they bring out your glowing beauty the natural way.

1. Check out the ingredients. A true organic product will list ALL ingredients either on the packaging or labels. Can you pronounce the ingredients? More than likely, if it’s not organic makeup, you WILL need a degree to understand what the ingredients are. Organic makeup products do NOT contain chemicals. This means that when you read a label it will clearly state the organic ingredient and it’s natural source. On top of the label listing the ingredients, the manufacturer’s website should also list the ingredients. 2. Look out for misleading terms Terms such as “Derived From” or “Active Ingredients” really mean that the manufacturer is not going to reveal the true chemical nature of the ingredient. Any ingredient that says “derived from” may be derived from a natural source, but chemicals are used to complete the ingredient. For example Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a foaming ingredient, is “derived from” coconut, yet it is a toxic ingredient known to cause severe skin irritations. Companies only stating “Active Ingredients” generally only display the “natural” ingredients and tend to leave out on the label the chemicals also contained in the product. Both these strategies are misleading and dangerous to the consumer.


Our Top

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Physicians Formula Organic wear At: Drugstores Look: For the green logo for 100% organic makeup

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Why you should “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian,� Paul McCartney. In this changing world the best change a person can make is to become vegetarian. This lifestyle not only improves a person’s health, it improves the environment, and it saves animals from being abused and killed. Vegetarianism is when a person abstains from eating meat but still eats dairy products. Their diet consists of eating many fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs and other dairy products. One of the myths about being vegetarian is that they do not get enough protein when in fact they often get the recommended daily amount. Most meat eaters get to much protein and in the long term that can cause health problems.


go Vegetarian! Today’s farms are not what they used to be. When

people picture a farm they imagine a big green field, cows grazing by a tree, pigs rolling around in mud and

chickens running all over the place. That is far from the way farms are today. Cows are lined up in big barns and

As of today, animals

are feed hay that is next to

on farms have no legal rights

where they sleep. Pigs can

so the farm owners are

barely move and if they do

allowed to do anything they

have room to roll around

want to the animals even if

its in their own feces.

to most people it is unethical.

Chickens are kept in over

Most of the animals that are

crowed cages. These animals

raised in these farms have

can’t respond to their basic

the same ability to think and

instincts. They are deprived

feel as much as your beloved

of lying down, turn around

dog or cat. Owners are only

and being able to exercise.

interested in one thing and

Animals have to go through

that is making money. They

painful procedures so that

will do anything they can to

their lives can be more

minimize the cost of

controlled by their owner.

raising the animal. These

Chickens get their beaks

farms use steroids to fatten

cut off so they cannot fight

up the animals many times

the other chickens that are

they get so fat they can’t

jammed in the cages with

even move to eat. Often

them. Cows have their babies

these animals are left to die

taken away from them just

a slow painful death or to

hours after birth.

be killed by the owner in a brutal way.


The world’s biggest

Vegetarianism isn’t

problems with the

that hold the animal waste

just for the liberals anymore

environment are directly

are full the farmers will spray

it’s for anyone who wants a

linked to eating meat.

it on the crops as liquid

better future. Walk into any

Millions of trees have to be

manure. This manure is

store or restaurant and you

cut down every year in order

carried in the airs and people

will see more vegetarian

for farmers to raise their

are forced to breathe it in.

option than ever before.

livestock. The farms that do let their animals graze are ruining the soil due to over grazing. Nothing will be able to grow in some of these areas for hundreds of years. There is so much feces from these animals that is runs off into the water supply. This is killing the wildlife and fish. People who live near these farms are often sick. The amounts of drugs that are in these feces are causing other animals to be deformed. These factory farms also omit gases and dust into the air that is contributing to the poor health of the neighboring communities.


When the containers

  A lot of people   believe that going  vegetarian is difficult but with the world changing it gets easier every day. When I became a vegetarian three years ago I found it to be an exciting challenge. Meat and potatoes eaters limit their dining experience. Vegetarians have so many options to try. When you go out to eat most people just scan the menu for their favorite meat dish but I look at everything on the menu to find vegetarian dishes I have never tried before.

Instead for picking up a pound of ground beef the meat eaters can walk down the aisle to the freezer, pick up a pound of meatless ground beef and save themselves, the environment and the animals. Going vegetarian saves a person’s health, protects their morals and improves the environment.

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A G O Y This routine is perfect for beginners since there are just 9 moves. Take 20 minutes a day to breathe and relax your body. Give yourself 2 minutes for each move. Don’t forget you deep breathing!


Spotlight on Chicago 45-minute exercise lesson Millennium Park. June 5 - Sept 11 Held 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 7 a.m. Tai Chi 8 a.m. Yoga 9 a.m. Pilates 10 a.m. Aerobic Dance Best of all its Free! More info: 312-742-1168


Strengthen the legs and arms, opens the chest and shoulders, tones the abdomen.

Strengthens the legs, opens the chest and shoulders


Strengthen the legs, stretches the groins, hamstrings, hips, opens the chest and shoulders

Stretches and strengthens the whole body


Stretches the hamstrings

Opens the shoulders, neck and hips while stretching the spine


Gentle stretch for the hips, thighs and ankles

Strengthens legs, improves balance

Strengthens back, stretches arms


Life on a d

“The 9 million cows living on dairy farms in the United States will spend most of their lives either in a large shed or on a feces-caked mud lot where disease is rampant. A dairy cow will be repeatedly impregnated, her babies will be taken from her, and humans will drink the milk intended for her babies. When her exhausted body can no longer give milk, she will be sent to slaughter and ground up for hamburgers.� (


dairy farm!

Happy Cows? You decide.

Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana is one of the largest privately owned dairy farms in the U.S. They claim that the lives of their 2800 cows is the best possible. They live in stall free barns but with thousands of cows roaming around how is it possible to keep up with mess? The cows live in a large shed with room to barely move around without bumping into another cow. Their food is just thrown on the ground outside a rail so it is not easy to get to. Its impossible to keep this shed clean with cows everywhere. Stolen Babies, Stolen Milk During her life at the farm she will be repeatedly impregnated so the farm can use that milk she made for her baby to sell at the market. To keep giving milk, cows must be forcibly impregnated through artificial insemination every year. The cows’ babies are generally taken away within a day of being born. The females are sent away until they are 2 years old were they are brought back to the farm and sentenced to the same fate as their mothers. Males are not so lucky 8 weeks after their birth they are sent away to become veal. While the calves are waiting to be shipped out they live in a extra large dog kennel where they can only walk about 5 feet out of the “home”.

The only protection they have is that little kennel, when they want to move around they have to walk in mud and feces. Mother cows on dairy farms can often be seen searching and calling for their babies after they have been taken away. The mother cow will be hooked up several times a day to machines that take the milk intended for her calf. Through powerful hormones, and intensive milking, she will produce about three times as much milk as she would naturally. A cow’s natural lifespan is 25 years, but a cow at the dairy farm is killed after only four or five years. By the time they are killed, an industry study reports that nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the filth and the strain of constantly being pregnant and giving milk.


Dining out! it is easier than ever to T oday eat out as a vegetarian.

Restaurants and chains are buying into the healthy food craze and one of the ways they are doing that is less meat, more veggies. Many popular restaurants have added meatless burgers to their menus and even expanded their salad menus however, if you should happen to find yourself at a restaurant that doesn´t offer vegetarian dishes, take a look at the meat-containing entrees and determine if they can be prepared as vegetarian dishes instead. For instance, a pasta dish mixed with vegetables and shrimp could easily be made without the shrimp. If the menu only lists a steamed vegetable plate, don’t panic!


Many restaurant chefs welcome the opportunity to show off their culinary skills to whip up an animal-friendly entrée for you…so just ask. Many dishes can become vegetarian with minimal effort, so put the chef to the challenge and enjoy the creation! Most ethnic fare includes more legumes, vegetables, and beans than traditional Western foods. So visit that Indian, Middle Eastern, or Thai restaurant you’ve been eyeing and savor the delicious spices surrounding such staples as tofu, lentils, and chickpeas. Try falafel, spicy tofu curry. In the mood for an All-American meal? Veggie burgers and veggie dogs are on menus across the country from national restaurant chains to mom ’n pop diners. Most places are happy to oblige and might even lower the price because you opted not to have the meat.

Check out our top 3 pick for Chicago Veg Restaurants The Green Zebra $$$ 1460 west chicago ave. chicago, illinois 60642 312 243 7100

All Vegetarian Fare right in the heart of Chicago! They believe in a focus simply on being a genuine restaurant devoted to the celebration of seasonality, freshness and flavor providing personalized service, rewarding customer loyalty, and giving guests an experience that’s worthy.

People who love to eat, enjoy fresh food, they enjoy eating well and treating their body well. There is a huge menu with a home cooked feel. All of your favorite meals mom used to make just with a vegetarian twist.

The Chicago Diner $$ 3411 N. Halsted chicago, illinois 60657 773 935 6696

The Handlebar Bar & Grill $ 2311 West North Avenue, chicago, illinois 60647 773 384 9546 This resturant is big on being eco-friendly even offering free bike parking.It has a feeling like your at a backyard party.

Open late & serves all meals of the day.


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