Let’s face it, with all the great food, craft cocktails and bad weather it’s easy for Portlanders to get a little chubby. The November rains have arrived and most of us will not get outside any more than we have to for the next eight months. It doesn’t help that this is the holiday season and many culinary temptations will present themselves, in the form of office parties, family gatherings and food festivals. As we stuff ourselves with pumpkin spiced goodies and indulge in various spiked coffee drinks, we may want to take a moment to consider a healthier lifestyle.
This November brings two events to Portland that can help get residents started on the path to wellness. In addition to providing education about health, these events can give people some great gift ideas and offer a healthy way to spend the holidays.
Oregon Convention Center
This annual event brings everything vegetarian to the Oregon Convention Center. This year’s event will feature lectures from several plant based health experts. Dr. Michael Klaper, will give a talk entitled: Thriving on a Plant-based Diet – How to avoid common mis-steps in vegan and vegetarian diets. Dr. Klaper has been practicing medicine for forty years and is a major advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle. Dr. Paulette Chandler will give a lecture on how vegetarianism can benefit cancer patients. Dr. Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
If you’d rather have a laugh then a lecture you may want to check out comedian and cartoonist Dan Piraro. In addition to writing the comic strip Bizarro, Mr. Piraro is an advocate for vegetarianism and the environment.
If you just want to get right to the food, there will be no shortage of free samples and cooking demonstrations at the festival. If you want to work off all that food there will also be several fitness demonstrations.
The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Tickets are $6.00 to $8.00.
Healthy Living Gluten Free Expo
Salem Convention Center
Although it may be a bit of a drive to Salem, this event will certainly be useful to anyone trying to get through the season of pies without gluten.
Speakers will include Nancy Ludwig, who is a registered and licensed dietitian and Julie Hasson who has authored nine gluten free cookbooks. The lectures will discuss diseases that have been linked to gluten consumption and discuss the benefits of a gluten free lifestyle. There are several cooking demonstrations and there are certain to be free samples.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 21 and tickets are $10.00.
So you have always wanted to participate in a fun run before Thanksgiving, but you didn’t want to go to an event that was named after someone who was to be the main course. On Thursday, November 26 you will have your chance to run in this pro-vegetarian 5k.
The event is being sponsored by the very enterprising makers of the popular meat substitute, Tofurky and will kick off at The Historic Dance Pavilion at Oaks Amusement Park.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes to the run, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be a costume contest with prizes from Tofurky as well as a costume contest for dogs.
Tickets to the run are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 on the day of the event. Children under sixteen run for half price and children under six years old run for free.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.