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New Life Organic Green Cuisine brings home vegan diet

When I was growing up my parents were part of a growing number of people who were choosing to be vegetarian. In those days it was decidedly unfashionable to decline to eat meat. You can’t fully imagine how a brown rice, nut and tofu diet might have diminished the social life of a six-year-old kid during the early ’70s (in Canada).

The no meat rule in my house also included a general ban on refined sugar or anything with too many chemical ingredients. I distinctly remember salivating at the chewing gum and chocolate bar goodie bags at a friend’s birthday party, only to open my own bag to find pumpkin seeds and a peanut butter ball rolled in (unsweetened) coconut. My goodie bag had been pre-filled by my mother (I can only assume it was done so that I wouldn’t feel left out). My own bitter disappointment was only surpassed by the looks of horror on the faces of my peers, horror quickly followed by relief, then reassurance; their bags contained "the goods" that goodie bags should.

Well, times have changed since then. The number of people who have chosen to become vegetarian in North America and Europe has been on a steady rise. Vegetarianism is not only recognized but it is becoming increasingly more accepted in our neck of the woods. Choosing to follow a healthier diet is not the sole reason for the change. A growing awareness surrounding the politics of food production and the growing imbalance between wealthy and poor country food consumption underscores the responsibility of food choices to those of us in the fortunate (read Western) areas of the world.

These issues have motivated long time local caterer Karen Kay to offer a new food delivery service called New Life Organic Green Cuisine. This new service supplements her existing 15-year catering business with partner, David Kay, Kaytering Whistler. Karen’s primary challenge with this endeavour is to increase public awareness of the impact that food has on the environment as well as its influence on health. By delivering a variety of organic whole grain and legume prepared meals, she will foster personal relationships with local consumers emphasizing her slogan that choosing to eat these types of foods "gives life to you and the planet."

A vegan diet is one in which no animal product is eaten, not even honey. In earlier days it was referred to as a macrobiotic diet. Lacto-vegetarians accept dairy items but exclude eggs. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians will eat dairy products and eggs but no meat or fish, while demi-vegetarians refuse to eat red meat but will consume fish, poultry and dairy products.

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