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Free Eco-friendly Seed Planters - from the trash!

Jess Parsons | October 27, 11 at 11:47 PM | Green

Read More: environment, free lunch, frugal, garbage, garden, green, kale, parsley, recycling, reusing, sprouts

My winter parsley and kale are rapidly going to seed as the sunshine hits the garden.  I cleared the kale and made a whole crock pot of soup.  If I want juicy tomatoes, tender squash, lettuces, a cucumber or...

Welcome Summer! Easy Frugal Fatfree Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Jess Parsons | October 17, 11 at 12:52 PM | Food

Read More: fatfree, frugal, fruit, home cooking, New Zealand, simple, vegan dessert

I couldn't resist the bargain - $3 for 8kgs of overripe bananas!  A sign as clear as a robin that warm weather is here in New Zealand.Time to make some freezer space for banana ice cream makings.  Whoops, no...

15 years vegan - Food++

Jess Parsons | October 15, 11 at 03:51 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: dr mcdougall, food shortages, plant based diet, vegan

Going vegan means avoiding animal foods and other animal products.  But it doesn't stop there.  This change changes you.I went on a vegan diet for my health (translated: "to lose weight") - these days that's called a plant-based diet. ...

Our little secret - as Rena's oil spills in New Zealand

Jess Parsons | October 12, 11 at 11:39 AM | International

Read More: factory farms, New Zealand, water pollution

Painting by Danielle Eubank It's a day and it's a drainAnd all the streets are all the sameIn every city of every nameThe planet overIt's the way a drop of rainSeeking leaf and root in vainMust wash away a...

Go Vegan in a day...using everyday household items

Jess Parsons | October 11, 11 at 11:51 PM | Food

Read More: meals, recipe, simple, vegan diet, vegan health

Think "I could never go vegan"? This is for you.  I promise, there are no weird foods in this vegan day.Breakfast Choose from two satisfying hot breakfastsToast and Jam Have as much as you like - most supermarket breads...

What I learned by growing my own

Jess Parsons | October 10, 11 at 01:07 AM | Food

Read More: fruits, garden, Soup, sprouts

In a previous episode I showed off my winter window tomato garden. The small tomatoes have continued to ripen and deliver a sweet treat every once in a while. Like this morning! The larger ones have sadly not advanced...

Children are our Future - Teaching Plant Food and Health

Jess Parsons | September 24, 11 at 07:05 PM | Health

Read More: animal foods, b12, breastfeeding, calorie density, diseases of affluence, dr antonia demas, dr t colin campbell, education, genes, healthy food, milk, New Zealand, omnivores, parenting, plant based diet, processed food, protein

My son's school requested "parent experts" to help their 12 year old students in various topics - including nutrition and health, and sports nutrition!  With my recently acquired Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition with Dr T Colin Campbell, I felt...

Secondhand smarts - this reunion is cookin'!

Jess Parsons | September 20, 11 at 10:15 PM | Food

Read More: baking, frugal, money, vegan baking

My latest victory in rejecting retail purchases and discovering...Secondhand Smarts.  Last time, we met cast iron.  Today, we return to the kitchen. See the sad and lonely Pyrex lid. Its mate, my most favourite and often used Corningware 2.5L...

Vegan 101 - from Vegan Society (NZ) + yummy recipes!

Jess Parsons | September 19, 11 at 03:12 AM | International

Read More: b12, chocolate, New Zealand, nutrition, tofu, vegan cooking classes

Last week, the Vegan Society of New Zealand hosted the grand debut of Vegan 101 in Auckland, New Zealand, designed for new vegans and the vegan curious.  Vegan Society member experts delivered a tasty message full of juicy tidbits...

Got Guilt? Motherhood, Sacrifice, Breastfeeding, and Dairy

Jess Parsons | September 15, 11 at 02:37 PM | Animals

Read More: animal cruelty, artificial insemination, breastfeeding, dairy cows, milk, milk alternatives, mother

Motherhood and sacrifice - where to start? Google it for 2.8 million hits and keep on going.The story of Jesus's sacrifice is known worldwide - yet first Jesus's mother Mary gave of her body to him by breastfeeding.  There...

The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn - Book review

Jess Parsons | September 12, 11 at 12:25 PM | Health

Read More: animal foods, diabetes, dr esselstyn, dr t colin campbell, heart disease reversal, men, nutrition, obesity and the food we eat, plant-based diet, rip esselstyn, stroke, weight-loss

OK, so from the first chapter about firefighters, leaps from a burning apartment building, screams and injuries, it’s obvious this isn’t your typical vegan diet book.  Heck, it’s obvious from the cover!  Engine 2…  This book is unique in...

A Free Lunch - Vegan Soup

Jess Parsons | September 11, 11 at 03:51 PM | Food

Read More: free lunch, frugal, garden, lowfat, organic, vegan soup, vegetable, weeds

I weeded the garden yesterday in a fit of Southern Hemisphere spring energy.  For those concerned about how much eating healthy costs, let me brag about the harvest.- 4 tiny potatoes- 5 leaves of kale- 3 dandelions- 10 bunches...

Fruits and Vegetables - How Expensive is too Expensive?

Jess Parsons | September 2, 11 at 12:53 AM | Food

Read More: compost, cost of food, garden, healthy food, money, potatoes, soup, Vegan Recipes, vegetable, waste

This New Zealand article shows that food prices only keep going up - "most of it down to the increasing cost of vegetables" at 15.9%.Crops are being damaged by extreme weather.  Climate change is already biting us where it...

Top 10 Vegan Wars - Fighting the good fight

Jess Parsons | August 29, 11 at 03:26 AM | Lifestyle

Read More: abortion, activism, animal cruelty, animal products, meat and dairy, parenting, vegan children, vegan meat, vegan pets

      Everyone knows that vegans are mellow, peaceable, anaemic, skinny and limp whispering incense waving meditators.  Right?  Anyone else remember the Comedy Company's Vegan Cooking skit?  (Please post it if you can find it.)In real life, we're a...

Winter Window Harvest

Jess Parsons | August 28, 11 at 03:24 PM | Food

Read More: garden, homegrown, New Zealand, organic food, tomato, vegetable, winter

At the end of our New Zealand summer growing season, I planted some eager tomato volunteers for my first ever experiment with growing tomatoes inside. My winter window tomatoes then... My winter window tomatoes now! I've eaten two of the...

Billy T James did not have to die at age 42

Jess Parsons | August 21, 11 at 02:49 PM | Celebrities

Read More: Bill Clinton, Billy T James, dr mcdougall, Elvis, heart attack, nutrition, plant based diet, vegan diet

Last night I watched Billy T: Te Movie. It's a must watch for anyone interested in New Zealand Maori and European culture - or multiculture of any sort.Introducing or remembering Billy T James Here's some classic Billy T comedy...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - Please Don't Feed the Animals!

Jess Parsons | August 17, 11 at 03:48 PM | Health

Read More: animal-based diet, environmental benefits of plant-based diet, factory farms, food shortages, New Zealand, nutrition, politics

Even before I got fired up from attending the Why Animals Matter conference here in Auckland, New Zealand and wrote my Open Letter to the New Zealand Green Party, Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition had already...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - Nutrition, Food and Supplements

Jess Parsons | July 29, 11 at 03:51 PM | Health

Read More: b12, dr mcdougall, dr t colin campbell, Linus Pauling, nutrition, supplements, vegan children, vitamin C

As my hero Dr John McDougall has just spoken out on the supplement issue, here is my own assignment on ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) on that topic from Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. This research...

The Green Diet - my open letter to the New Zealand Green Party

Jess Parsons | July 27, 11 at 02:31 PM | Green

Read More: animal cruelty, children, factory farming, green, New Zealand, politics, vegan

I received a letter from the very popular former co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party, Jeanette Fitzsimons:  The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is a popular, modern and successful party that has left an indelible mark on...

Voldemort goes Vegan!

Jess Parsons | July 25, 11 at 01:06 AM | Celebrities

Read More: compost, entertaining, Harry Potter, organic farming, vegan

I enjoyed the final final really the last Harry Potter movie just a few days ago.  (I was surprised to find that the critics enjoyed it even more than I did.) I won't spoil the end for anyone...in fact,...