~ A Second Potluck and Evil Strokes ~

I had the pleasure of going to my second Vegan Potluck this past weekend. The food was so amazing, and delicious, and scrumptious, and the variety was incredible!  It’s awesome to see what everybody comes up with! and what a great way to meet people.

This Potluck was hosted at a yoga studio, it’s a monthly thing, and then the “other” vegan group I’m with have their own monthly potlucks as well. So between the two groups, we try to organize it, so that there’s a potluck every 2 weeks. The next one will be hosted at my place on the 12th!  I’m so looking forward to it!

I don’t remember “exactly” everything that was on that table, but there was a lot of food! Including dessert! I just remember hearing myself say “mmmmm” a lot as I was munching away at a bunch of different things on my plate! There were about 40 people that showed up, and it’s kinda cool because everybody says their name, what they brought and what ingredients are in their dish. Just in case someone is gluten intolerant or allergic to nuts, that sort of thing. I brought the Quinoa Breakfast Salad, I mean you can always eat that for dessert if you want. I was going to bake something but got into blogging instead. 🙂

Then Monday night, I went to another Function that was for a friend who had a stroke, which totally sucks…. let me say, first of all!  There was a Fundraiser set up for him with a Silent Auction, plus cash donations were being collected, and there were 2 kegs of beer being consumed of which sales were to go into the purse as well. I think about it, and to “not” have the ability of your left arm and your left leg would piss me off, to put it mildly. I have read that a Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in North America. And I have to now wonder, if this friend was on a plant-based diet, even say in the last 5 years, would this person have had a stroke??   It was also somewhat odd for me, since there were 3 “Meat” draws. So if you won, you would be supplied with meat products for the week from a local supermarket.  Interestingly enough, one of the “lucky winners”, was actually the son of the unfortunate recipient of the stroke, and he said, “Ya, we’ll probably share the meat between the 2 of us”.

On Jan. 28, a friend’s husband died of a massive stroke, and a family member also had a stroke about a year ago. The damage that was bestowed upon my family member was, thank goodness, not that great, and she is able to use all body parts, but after a long conversation, she gets tired and needs to rest. Ok, mind you, she is 80’ish, but she was absolutely fine up to this point. If heart disease “runs” in the family and my father has had a pace maker put in, and his brother had a triple by-pass, would you not think of trying to do something “different”. Like Dr. Michael Greger says, “If you keep doing the same thing, nothing will change”.

Standing amongst all these people, friends and strangers, was awesome!  It was great to see so many people out supporting a friend!  Even strangers, hearing the purpose of our gathering, donated. But then to look around and see so many of them eating hamburgers, chicken wings, and other meat products kinda grossed me out.  I can just see their arteries now, inflamed, trying so hard to push the blood past all the fat deposits……

I feel very fortunate to have acquired this vegan information now and not later! I would like to do the very best for my “machine“, my body, and to give it the very best food possible, so that it can work hard and efficiently.  I am very glad to be a part of the vegan movement, I am excited, ….. it feels like a breath of fresh air!


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