Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

April 2015


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163 Attend PlantPure Nation Documentary Preview in Pittsburgh


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Interview with Dr. Campbell 
PlantPure Nation, a new documentary from the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives and featuring T. Colin Campbell, PhD and his son, Nelson Campbell, previewed to a large crowd in Pittsburgh on April 24.  Attendees were able to preview the soon to be completed documentary, to participate in a Q&A afterward, and to meet legendary T.Colin Campbell, PhD, his son Nelson, his daughter-in-law and PlantPure Nation cookbook author Kim, and PlantPure Nation and Forks Over Knives producer John Corry.

What was the take home message?  We can't wait for change to take place from the top down.  Sound, unbiased, scientifically-based nutrition information may never be available from the government due to the intense influence of powerful animal agricultural and pharmaceutical interests.

We need to take control of our health by making prudent and health-promoting lifestyle changes and influence positive change from the bottom up.

The PlantPure Nation team invites all of us to be part of the solution by joining this national, grassroots effort.  Stay tuned and I will let you know how to get involved as I am one of the two coordinators for Pittsburgh.  Please email me at if you are interested in participating.

The film debuts nationwide on the Fourth of July.  The PlantPure Nation team will be back in July to give you another opportunity to attend.  I will disseminate the details as soon as I have them.

Depicted in the top picture are me, Kim Nelson (PlantPure Nation cookbook author), Nelson Campbell (PlantPure Nation producer), MJ Costello (my Pittsburgh PlantPure Nation co-coordinator), the chef from Caffe Davio, and T. Colin Campbell, PhD.

Club Veg #3
We Will Demonstrate How a Plant-Based Lifestyle is Health Promoting at Any Age and Sample Black Bean Soup with Whole Grain Golden Cornbread

Do you feel like you're all alone trying to make a plant-based lifestyle work for you?  Would it be helpful for others to be there to hold you accountable and keep you on track each month?  Are you plant-curious but don't know how to try it out?  Are you steadfast in your plant-based lifestyle, but would enjoy meeting some like-minded people in your area?
Every first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm, Caroline Graettinger of Garden Dish and I are teaming up to present Club Veg at the beautiful Avani Institute in Peters Township.
Every month, we will talk about an interesting aspect of this lifestyle that you can easily apply to your everyday life.  We will show our cooking demonstration video and then provide everyone with a sampling of the recipe from the video.  We'll then wrap up the evening with some social time so that you can get to know others in your area that have embraced a plant-based lifestyle, so that we can begin to build a close-knit, supportive, plant-based community.  We want to be a resource for you in your quest for better health and we want you to network with others in the area.  The cost to attend is $20 per person.
Seating is limited so reserve your seat for this Tuesday at the following link:

Chickpea Ratatouille
By Dreena Burton

Serves 4-5.

3.5-4 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1-1.25 cups red onion, finely chopped

3-4 medium-large cloves garlic, minced

1 28-ounce can fire roasted (if available) diced tomatoes

0.5 cup red or orange bell pepper, diced

2 tablespoons Bragg's apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar

2 teaspoons mustard seeds (I use 3 teaspoons ground mustard)

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

0.5 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon allspice

freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 dried bay leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large, deep casserole dish, combine all ingredients except the bay leaves.  Stir until well combined, then embed the bay leaves in the mixture.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Stir, cover, and bake for another 35-45 minutes, until the onions are tender and translucent, stirring again once or twice during baking.  Remove bay leaves and serve with a cooked grain such as quinoa, wild rice, or brown rice.


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Please help me to expand the reach of my message.  People have the right to know about the powerfully protective effect of plants and the incredibly dangerous impact of animal products on their health so that they can make informed decisions in the best interest of themselves and their families.

Harvard Researchers Report That Consumption of Whole Grains Can Help Us to Live Longer
The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine recently published an article which analyzed two large prospective studies: the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.  The diets and mortality of over 118,000 men and women were analyzed over 25 years.  Researchers concluded that every whole grain serving was associated with a 5% lower risk of death in general and a 9% lower risk of death from heart disease.  These benefits were independent of other lifestyle factors.
Whole grains for this study not only included whole grains in their unprocessed form such as oats and brown rice, but also in their whole grain pulverized flour form which is made into products such as whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas.

Peters Township Farmers Market Returns

For those of you in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, I am happy to inform you that the farmers market in Peters Township is returning for its second season.
The market is held in the parking lot of St. David's Episcopal Church located at 905 East McMurray Road, Venetia, PA  15367 and will begin on Wednesday, May 20 at 3 pm.  You can shop for your favorite, local, in-season produce every Wednesday through October 14 from 3-7 pm.
For more information, please visit their web site:


Lifestyle WoRx Program

The lifestyle improvement program created by Cynthia West, MD and me focuses on enlightened food choices, increasing activity levels, and better managing stress.

We now accept Highmark, UPMC, Coventry/HealthAmerica/Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicare.

Email or call 724.469.0693 to be placed on the waiting list for the next series of workshops.

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