Rhea Parsons, M.D.

Rhea Parsons, M.D. is in love with her second career as an Associate Professor of Psychology where she specializes in Child and Forensic Psychology. After changing to a vegan lifestyle, Rhea lost 116 lbs. and got off of a dozen medications for various illnesses. She runs the popular vegan blog, The “V” Word, is an avid animal rights advocate, and is working on her first cookbook which will feature (mostly) whole foods, (mostly) gluten-free (totally) vegan dishes. 
You can visit The “V” Word at http://theveeword.blogspot.com

A Visitor's Guide to New Paltz

When you hear the name New Paltz, your first thought might be “college town.” While it is home to The State University of New York at New Paltz, the village is so much more.   One of the most beautiful towns in Ulster County, New Paltz sits beneath the Shawangunk Ridge. More than a scenic delight, New Paltz is rich in history and culture, and there is much to see and do there.  Read more

A Visitors Guide to Woodstock

When you hear the name Woodstock, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the famed music festivals held in the ‘60s. Actually, the events were held 50 miles away in Bethel, N.Y. but Woodstock is the town still associated with the event and the era of peace, love and free-spirited living.   Read more

7 Lessons I Have Learned About Veganism

This month marks my 4-year anniversary of becoming vegan. I could write and sing the praises about being vegan forever but I thought I would rather share a few lessons I have learned to help those who might be struggling in their own journeys. 

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8 Tips for a Healthier Hanukkah

It’s almost Hanukkah and that means eight days and nights of festivities and food. However, the traditional dishes eaten at Hanukkah are not the healthiest. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greeks. When the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, they only had enough oil to burn for one day but a miracle occurred and the oil burned for 8 days. Fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) became the traditional fare for Hanukkah because they are cooked in oil and remind us of the great miracle that happened there.  Read more

Palm Oil-Free Vegan Butter

Just when we got used to non-dairy butter, now we are hearing we shouldn't buy anything that contains palm oil. Why? Isn't it vegan? Here's the short story : "the increased demand for palm oil, which is grown only in tropical environments, is fuelling destruction of the rainforest habitat of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, pushing those endangered species even closer to extinction.  Read more


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