Street Food Vegan Style

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Check out these proper Vegan Street Foods!

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Order: 2 fried pieces and chips

The Run-down: Yes. Temple of Seitan have opened a bricks and mortar site named Temple of Hackney. Temple of Seitan have made waves this year by opening the first vegan ‘chicken’ shop in London – the team are seriously turning up the heat (coconut oil) on the vegan offering in the capital. As the name suggests, Temple of Seitan specialise in one product: seitan. If you’re not familiar with seitan, it’s derived from the protein portion of wheat. Take a bite of their crispy, fried seitan doused in house dressing and nestle in a fluffy bap, and tell us that it doesn’t taste good.

Where: 10 Morning Lane, Hackney, London E9

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Order: Red Spiced Bean Stew – slow cooked gently spiced black eye bean stew sprinkled with ground cassava. 

The Run-down: London’s best vegan street food for when you fancy something different. What do you get when you mix Ghanian food with some of the friendliest staff in Brixton? Their hand-cut plantain chips are, without doubt, a taste sensation. In keeping with the plantain theme, try the plantain pancakes with the bean stew.

Where: 49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ

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Order: Falafel Wrap –  hummus, falafel, baby leaves, lightly dressed cabbage slaw, pomegranate molasses and chilli sauce

The Run-Down: Falafel is the greatest thing fava beans has ever given us. Fact. And Nazari serve an almighty falafel wrap. After years of development and taste tests, Nazari’s falafel has created the ultimate version of this classic Middle Eastern dish.  If you’ve been on a mission to find London’s finest falafel. The quest is over: you’ve found it. Swerve the yogurt mint dressing to make this bad boy wrap vegan friendly.

Where: KERB Camden Market, West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF

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Order: Noodle Bowl – vegan udon noodle stir-fry with mixed veggies, beansprouts and roasted chilli oil, toped with ‘char siu’ crumbled and lime.

The Run-down: Hot, hot dang. Cook Daily is everything you could dream of, and quite possible more when it comes to South Asian inspired vegan fare. This Boxpark favourite is thee place to go for your noodle soup and coconut curry fix. And their full English with tofu scramble, tomatoes, greens, vegan sausages and bacon, and house brown sauce will raise a smile in your most most darkest of hangover days.

Where: Box Park Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

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Spirituality & Veganism

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Thank you for following and sharing my blogs.

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I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the association of Spirituality and Veganism, I am a spiritualist by choice and fully respect all notions of other spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs.

Which leads me to write to you about my analysis of the pathways that link Spirituality and Veganism, the two of which combine to form a profound personal state of ‘Mindfulness’, in which we are connected within the present world and time by our mind, body, and soul.

This experience and awareness are not the same for everybody and to some extent may not make sense to your logic, however, if you are willing and patient the experience and personal unfoldment can be achieved.

To understand this, Spirituality (Mindfulness) essentially is gaining a better and full control of our ‘Superego’ state. We all have this inner part to us, as explained by Sigmund Freud, this develops from birth into childhood and then in adulthood, it solidifies.

How does this relate to Veganism?.

Well, our need for meat or dairy is driven by ‘our ‘Superego’ state, which is to rule over animals and have the ultimate power of killing to consume, it’s not our Spirituality or bodies needing to fulfill this urge it is our primitive Superego state.,

Essentially and it is quite simple, embracing our Spirituality draws us back to our pure soul state, where Earth foods produced from the soil is eaten. This is where our ‘Superego’ cannot hold its power and control us to kill and consume meat.

Entering this state of Spirituality (‘Mindfulness) through Veganism is a powerful and lasting experience and one that is felt within a short time, you will re-evaluate and take control over your ‘Superego’. Setting yourself free from the limits of confirming to the liberation of your spiritual self and understanding.

Being mindful gives you confidence in knowing you have control over your body, mind, and soul, plus what you consume. In other words, you are experiencing your true self.

One final thought for you, when mankind was first established on Earth the average life expectancy as it is written was over 600 years old, the reason?

100% Plant-based diet.

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Top 10 Benefits of Veganism

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve been reading about Veganism or maybe you have thought to your to try it for a month, my answer is ‘Go For It’, give yourself a four-week challenge cutting out meats and dairy.

You will feel the difference.

Here are some of my top ten tips to encourage you or your friends:

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1. Nutritional value

Several studies have reported that vegan diets, when followed correctly, tend to contain more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Vegan diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms

2. Our moods

Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact it was discovered that vegans and vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.

3. Disease prevention

Due to the fact that they contain fewer saturated fats, vegan diets have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and what’s more, data shows conclusively that vegans and vegetarians suffer from fewer diseases caused by a modern Western diet (e.g. coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others).

4. ​​Fewer migraines

As well as playing its role in reducing the risks of certain diseases, the vegan diet can also help to reduce the onset of migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to our diets and food is a common trigger. Foods like chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. Vegan diets, especially organic ones are much purer and much less likely to be triggers for an attack.

5. Weight loss

A bonus to sticking to a vegan diet is the positive effect it has on our figure. Vegans typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Improving athletic performance

While most active individuals focus on protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance. Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian sportsmen continues to rise, world tennis stars and sisters Venus and Serena Williams for example, announced they were going vegan in 2011.

7. Our skin

Vegans tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration – all that extra vitamin c and consequent collagen leads to much better skin.

8. Protecting the environment

A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires much less energy and farmland to feed a vegan. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment– from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.

9. Balancing hormones

Hormones such as oestrogen can be responsible for causing breast cancer if levels become too excessive. A New York study found levels of oestrogen can be increased by animal fats. Vegans have significantly lower oestrogen levels than non-vegans, in part because of the lower fat content of their diet.

10. ​Longevity

Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.

I hope the above gives you some inspiration to give it a try or to spread the word, please continue to share my blogs.

 

 

Vaganism and Activists Don’t Mix

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Just thought I’d share my thoughts.

The other day on Good Morning Britain (GMT), Piers Morgan put the so-called 15 minutes of fame Vegan activist Joey Carbstrong to shame in an interview.

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Veganism is not in any way about being an activist, true Vegans accept meat eaters and merely promote the benefits and knowledge of having a plant-based diet.

It really annoys me when characters like Carbstrong are given the platform to talk rubbish and claim to be Vegans when they, in fact, don’t value life or respect people who are meat eaters.

Veganism is about nature, mindfulness and valuing our bodies and Earth.

As Veganism continues to grow I will do my best to spread the word and give my meaning and understanding as to what I see as being ‘New World Vegan’.

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Veganism Fights Against Diabetes

Veganism is not only good for the environment and animal welfare but it can also help with the fight against diabetes, a close colleague at work got me thinking about the additional benefits that Veganism could bring to many people who have or are concerned about diabetes.

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Here is some useful info:

Studies in the past have shown that those people who follow a low-fat vegan diet, avoiding meat and dairy, lower blood sugar levels very efficiently and lose weight. Researchers have shown that people with diabetes who eat a vegan diet also lower their cholesterol and improve kidney functioning.

Here are some food tips:

Antioxidant-rich foods

Especially the anthocyanins-type found in deeply coloured vegetables and fruits like red cabbage, purple aubergine, red radish, blueberries, and blackberries that help to preserve insulin function by protecting the insulin producing cells of the pancreas from damage. They also help support balanced post-meal blood sugar levels.

Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar has been found to blunt blood sugar and insulin increases. It is, in fact, able to slow the absorption of carbohydrate into the blood, or slow the breakdown of starches into sugars. Have one tablespoon in warm water before meals with a touch of cinnamon to kick-start digestion and blood sugar balancing. Or simply add it to your salads and other meals.

Cinnamon

This amazing spice has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and cells ability to respond more readily to insulin so that less is released into your body and there will be better blood sugar balancing. It can also reduce cardiovascular disease risk by improving triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels.

I will add more info as I continue my research on the benefits of Veganism.

Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

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High Antioxidants = Veganism

Hi All,

As I continue my Vegan journey, I am finding more and more in research on the vast health benefits that are gained.

The chief one being that Vegans consume the highest amount of ‘Antioxidants’ compared to all other diets.

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Antioxidants help to mop up free-radicals which can harm our cells and cause other health issues, Increasing one’s antioxidant intake is essential for optimum health, especially in today’s polluted world. Because the body just can’t keep up with antioxidant production, a good amount of these vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals.

Data from the Adventist Health Study showed that nonvegetarians had a substantially increased risk of both colorectal and prostate cancer than did Vegans. A Vegan diet provides a variety of cancer-protective dietary factors.

In addition, obesity is a significant factor, increasing the risk of cancer at a number of sites. Because the mean BMI of vegans is considerably lower than that of nonvegetarians, it may be an important protective factor for lowering cancer risk.

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