My Second Novel is Out (in more sense than one)!

by L Matthews on October 31, 2014

Vancouver, BC, October 31 — If you’ve been waiting for a Vancouver-based modern lesbian pulp-fiction novel, today is your lucky day! Don’t Bang the Barista! is the second novel from British-born, Vancouver-based writer, Leigh Matthews, an author whose first novel, The Old Arbutus Tree, was said to be beautifully written, if a tad harrowing. For [...]

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Last weekend Vancouver hosted VegExpo, a great opportunity for local and national companies to feed people tasty vegan things and show off their shiny new products as well as some old favourites. I headed over to Canada Place with a fellow vegan friend, armed with an appetite and a keen sense of curiosity.

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Vitamin K2 and Bone Health

April 14, 2014
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In the second article in this mini-series on bone health and veganism, I’m taking a look at an oft overlooked vitamin, namely vitamin K. Vitamin K is in fact a group of fat soluble vitamins known as naphthoquinones. Vitamin K1 is involved predominantly in blood clotting and vitamin K2 in bone health, as well as [...]

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Vegans and Osteoporosis – Strontium, K2, and Vitamin D3

April 14, 2014
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Horror stories abound of the vegans who go weak at the knees for the animals, literally, but it is not inevitable that all vegans develop osteoporosis, cavities, and other issues connected to musculoskeletal health. Unfortunately, the hundreds of thousands of cases of osteoporosis in omnivores don’t really make for attention-grabbing headlines like “12 year old [...]

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Natural Allergy Prevention – How Do You Like Them Apples?

April 1, 2014
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Vancouver is gorgeous today! The cherry blossoms are out in force, the sky is blue, birds and singing and… people everywhere are sneezing. Hm. With so much pollen flying about, I wouldn’t be surprised if sales of Reactin have quadrupled this week. But, anti-histamines can make you drowsy and nauseous, can impair liver function, and [...]

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The Importance of Vitamin B12 in Bone Health

March 8, 2014
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Many of those who eat a plant-based diet are aware that there are certains nutrients for which to watch out. They include: vitamin D, macromineral calcium, long-chain fatty acids like docohosexanoic acid (DHA), and vitamin B12. However, not many vegans know exactly why these nutrients are important, and that makes it all too easy to [...]

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Low Zinc Levels Linked to Depression – Does Your Vegan Diet Contain Enough Zinc?

January 6, 2014
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New research from the University of Toronto adds weight to a link between zinc deficiency and depression, which is worrying for vegans as this is a mineral that can sometimes be lacking in poorly planned vegan diets. As it is thought that it takes a while for absorption of zinc from plant-based foods to be [...]

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Irish Heather Meatless Monday Longtable Series – Cancelled for Good Reason!

December 30, 2013
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My trip to Irish Heather (a pub in Gastown: 212 Carrall St) was inspired by their Meatless Monday longtable series that I thought would be a really lovely way of getting a bunch of vegans who I knew either well, loosely, or not at all and supporting a local business while eating good food. It [...]

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Bandidas Taqueria – Vegan French Toast!

December 30, 2013
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Bandidas has become a firm favourite in my mental list of great vegan-friendly places to eat in Vancouver. Super close to the Commercial Drive Skytrain station and open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night drinks and food, Bandidas’ clientele (myself included) have been known to rock quite a bit of plaid and ALHs so [...]

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The Foundation – Needs to Work on its Basics

December 30, 2013
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It took me a while to get around to going in Foundation, despite it being about a five minute walk from my house. This may be because it is practically opposite Wallflower Diner on Main St. at 8th and as you may have noticed from my review of the Wallflower, that diner stole my heart [...]

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