Spirituality & Veganism

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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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Fish & Chips Vegan Style

Hi Everyone,

Fish and Chips is a meal I used to love before I went vegan, and to be honest I missed it.

So I’ve found the recipe below recipe, which is better than the actual Fish & Chips.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 Firm Block of Tofu, drained and excess water removed.

1 Large Sheet of Nori
Juice of 1 Lemon

50g Plain Flour
50g Corn Flour
Pinch of Salt
75ml Beer
75ml Soda Water

Around 1L Sunflower Oil

4-5 Medium Blas y Tir Rudolph Potatoes

Sprinkle of Plain Flour

Couple Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

4-5 tbs of Olive Oil.

 

Method

First prepare your chips, wash, then cut the potatoes into chip shapes of your choice, I like chunky chips & I also leave the skin on.

But it’s up to you if you want to peel them or not.
Once you have cut the potatoes into chips, place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt, then place over a medium heat. Bring to a boil for 2 mins then drain.

Par boiling the chips helps create a super soft inside, I highly recommend doing this if you like your chips chunky also.

Place in a non-stick baking tray and drizzle over some olive oil, sprinkling of salt, pepper & plain flour plus the sprigs of thyme then bake for around 25-30 or until golden and crispy. You can deep fry your chips instead, however baking is obviously a lot healthier.

Pour the sunflower oil into a large saucepan or deep fat fryer. If using a saucepan only fill the saucepan half way full, to prevent it over flowing when you put the fish in.

Whilst your chips are cooking, its time to make the fish element. Cut the tofu block into rectangles or fillet shapes, what ever you feel more confident doing.

Using scissors cut the nori sheet into pieces the same size as the tofu fillets. Lay the Nori onto the fillet (this resembles fish skin & also has a great taste of the sea flavour) and squeeze over some of the lemon juice to help it stick. Set aside while you quickly whisk up your beer batter.

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then pour in the beer & water. Mix until it forms a thick batter.

At this point your oil should be hot enough, if using a deep fryer 180 degrees should be fine, if doing it in saucepan as soon as you see a light haze coming off the top of the oil it will be hot enough, you can always test the heat using a cube of bread.

Drop the bread into the oil, and if its floats to the top quickly and turns golden, your oil is hot enough.

Dip the Nori lined tofu into the batter individually and then into the oil very carefully. Cook until the batter is golden. Then place on kitchen paper to drain off excess oil and sprinkle with salt.

Remove the chips from the oven and serve with the Tofu fish, and traditional sauces

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

Hi Everyone,

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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Top Vegan Energy Foods

Hi Everyone,

The weather has been great and World Cup even greater, all of which we must ensure our energy levels are high.

Therefore, I give you some top tips of Vegan foods which will boost your energy levels to cheer our England team all the way to the finals.

Energy-foods

 

High-energy vegan foods

If you’re looking to increase your energy levels, exercise regularly or are training for a special event, then these are the foods for you!

  • Nut butters (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter)
  • Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hummus
  • Hempseeds and hemp oil

Some more top energy foods:

1.      Spinach

Few foods pack as much nutritional value as spinach. Immortalized in pop-culture as the veggie that gives Popeye the Sailor his strength, spinach is a powerful superfood for vegans. Check out some of the many ways that spinach excels as a superfood:

  • 180 grams of spinach contains 181% of your daily allowance of vitamin K.
  • 638% of vitamin A per bunch
  • 1,897 mg of potassium per bunch
  • 7 grams of protein per bunch
  • 159% your daily dose of vitamin C

2.      Avocado

An extremely popular fruit for those who love Mexican food, the avocado is a staple for most Californians. It’s remarkable in several different ways, including the fact that it has more healthy fat than any other plant-based food. See some of the benefits that make avocados a true superfood:

  • One cup of sliced avocado has 33% of your daily fat content.
  • Avocados are rich in potassium.
  • Avocados have 9.8g of fiber per cup.
  • Over 20% of your daily dose of vitamin C and B-6 comes from one cup of avocado.

3. Quinoa

The potent grain with a complex name, quinoa has gained a lot of popularity for its remarkable variety of nutrients. A highly versatile grain with a unique taste, there are a lot of ways to add this superfood into your diet. These are the reasons you want to:

  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Lots of protein including all essential amino acids.
  • Contains beneficial flavonoids, which are rare plant antioxidants
  • Quinoa has lots of manganese and magnesium.

4. Sweet Potatoes

The sweeter and more nutritious variation of the potato, sweet potatoes are an undeniable superfood. Their benefits range from immune boosters to potent nutrients. Find out more here:

  • Rich in vitamins A and C
  • Good for arthritis sufferers
  • Has low impact on your glycemic index
  • Potent amount of fiber and beta carotene

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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.

How Sweet is Veganism

How sweet is being a Vegan, how about some tasty doughnuts?

Ingredients

for 12 doughnuts

  • 50 g (¼ cup) vegan margarine
  • 120 mL (½ cup) soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

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Preparation

  1. Gently melt the butter over a low-medium heat. Add milk and 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and mix together.
  2. Once combined, take off the heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, half of the sugar, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the butter mixture. Combine gradually until a thick dough forms.
  5. Using your hands, roll dough into little flat balls and with your thumb, press a hole in the center of each doughnut. (You may need to flour your hands for this part to avoid getting sticky!)
  6. Heat up oil in a pan. To know when it’s hot enough, fry a little bit of bread in the oil. If it goes brown and floats to the top, in 45-50 seconds the oil will be ready!
  7. Gently lay the doughnuts into the oil using a spatula. Fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  8. Transfer the doughnuts onto some tissue paper to soak up any excess oil.
  9. Roll the doughnut into a bowl of the remaining half of sugar.
  10. Enjoy!