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                                                                              December 15, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry to let you know that this newsletter is ending! Please read my letter below.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article showing less inflammation in the bodies of those on a vegan diet than those on an American Heart Association diet. And the vegan diet wasn't even a whole foods, plant-based diet, which would, no doubt, have given even better results! Even though the article states that "more research is needed" (to placate the powerful pro-meat lobbies?), the fact that this major newspaper published this story is huge! Read the story here.

Forks over Knives just started an official Plant-Based Community Facebook group. As of yesterday, it already had 1,085,824 Likes! Get more info below.

For those of you who are new to plant-based eating, here is some basic info:
Enjoy the newsletter and the weekend!

Warm regards,

Stans Slaats
Plant-Based Nutrition Specialist
Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center
December 15, 2017

Dear Readers,
We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter during the last few years. Working on the newsletter with Dr. Allen and being part of the Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center has been a true pleasure! I have learned a lot and have greatly enjoyed being part of the excellent classes, as well as working with and learning from our patients.
Starting in January, I am making some changes in my life that will take me in a different direction. So, I am sorry to let you know that the December 29, 2017 newsletter will be our last one.
Our newsletter goes out to close to a thousand readers on four continents every week. We would like to thank all of you for your interest. We also hope that, like us, you will continue your interest in plant-based eating. It is still the single best thing you can do to improve your health!
The good news is, that Dr. Allen continues to see patients at the Wellness Center and all our past newsletters remain available on the Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center website. To find out about upcoming events at the Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center, check the calendar on our website.
Although I will no longer be at the Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center on a daily basis, I hope to continue to do occasional free-lance work for Dr. Allen. I will also continue to be part of the Plant-Based Eaters group that meets the last Wednesday of every month. And, I will be attending the Plant-Based Potlucks which the group started a few months ago.
If you would like to stay in touch, you can contact me at
Thank you and best wishes for Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year!
Stans Slaats
Plant-Based Nutrition Specialist
Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center

Upcoming Events

Plant-Based Eaters Meeting
January 31st, 6 to 7 PM
Join this fun meeting where we share experiences on plant-based eating, even if you are just curious!

For more information or to let us know you're joining us, please call 702-754-4900.

For additional upcoming events, please check our website.

Just Desserts
by Dr. Evan Allen
When people talk to me about a healthy plant-based diet, they often grow wistful about their favorite desserts being off limits. It’s certainly true that dessert as a meal course is a minefield for people trying to stay on the right side of
the food triangle. But I’m usually quite optimistic.

While it is true that it’s almost impossible to eat most traditionally prepared foods and stay within the guidelines for saturated fat and added sugars, the good news is that you can still have dessert. As I note frequently, traditional desserts are the
third and fourth highest sources of saturated fat in the US diet.  Yet, if you love ice cream, it’s easy enough to make nice cream* that is indistinguishable in flavor and texture from traditional dairy-based frozen desserts.

For baked desserts, there are numerous versions of baked desserts that are low in fat and low in added sugar that derive sweetness from added fruit or other great ingredients.

However, the best desserts are often simply taking unprocessed fruit and using it in unique ways. As an example, back in the 18th century,
paw-paw fruit was frequently served chilled as a dessert at Monticello and was also a favorite of George Washington’s.

Rambutan is also a delicious fruit that can be served essentially as-is and will still be a delight to your taste buds. Frozen mango, defrosted for about fifteen minutes, can give you the silky, cold, semisoft texture and sweet taste you like from iced desserts while
improving your glucose tolerance at the same time.

And the best part of eating fruit for dessert is that instead of hampering your health goals, you are furthering them. Studies show that more fruit and vegetables in the diet means better health, almost across the board.

study out of Tufts University tried to figure out if the most important variable in preventing heart disease was high fruit and vegetable consumption or if it was actually the fact that fruit and vegetables displaced foods higher in saturated fat in the diet.

What they found was that if you ate a diet low in saturated fat but low in fruit and vegetables you had a twenty percent reduction in heart disease. If you ate a diet high in saturated fat but low in fruit and vegetables you got the same result, about twenty percent less, but when you combined the two, there was an additive effect. When it came to heart disease death, those who ate high fruit and vegetable diets, low in saturated fat died were more than three times less likely to die of heart disease.

So please, have a dessert course at your meals, as long as that dessert is almost always composed of unprocessed fruits.

*The matcha green tea (n)ice cream recipe below is just one example of nice cream.

Matcha Green Tea (N)ice Cream

As Dr. Allen discussed in his article above, nice cream is a fantastic-tasting and much healthier substitute for ice cream.

If you've never tried it and even if you're not a fan of ripe bananas, you will be amazed at how rich-tasting, creamy and delicious this ice cream made with very ripe frozen bananas can be. Watch Dr. Greger of whip up a batch here.

Matcha green tea powder is available at Trader Joe's.

The new Forks Over Knives Official Plant-Based Community was created on Facebook to support your commitment to a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and lifestyle.

It’s a supportive space for you to ask questions, share recipes and links, tell your transition stories, offer tips and encouragement to others, and get daily inspiration, whether you are just beginning your transition to a WFPB diet or you are already eating 100 percent WFPB.

The group already has over 13,000 members. Click here to join.

"Our taxes are being used to subsidize the production of the food that kills us"

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry and author of "The China Study", a book the New York Times called "The Grand Prix of epidemiology".

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