Veganism and beating COVID-19

As COVID-19 grips the world, it is important to keep you body health and strong within, now is the best time to review your diet and make real changes. Veganism is the best diet to strengthen your immune system and detox the body form farmed foods.

COVID-19 came from an animal virus, picked up by meat eaters and the rest we all know.

Below is a sample Vegan shopping list to aid your lock down, this will easily cover your calorie and protein needs for a couple of months:

Source:https://www.theveganrd.com/2020/03/prepping-the-vegan-pantry-for-a-covid-19-quarantine/

Start to think now on how to change your lifestyle away from animal products and farmed foods, remember, what you put into your body is what causes the breakdown within.

Keep safe everyone!

5 Challenges of Being Vegan!

Being Vegan is by no means an easy task to do and it does require a great deal of will power and support from those around you. I have listed what are some of the top five challenges of being Vegan.

1. Eating Out

Being a vegan, eating out in a restaurant can be a pain.

Although the situation is slowly getting better, there are still many restaurants that offer zero or just a few vegan options. It can get tiring to eat the same single vegan meal over and over again or order fries and plain salad because they don’t have any other vegan options.

But there’s more to it. There are some restaurants which don’t even know what’s in their food – they can’t tell you if it’s vegan or not!

Not everything labelled Vegan is actually Vegan!

2. Reading food labels carefully

You would be surprised as to how many so called Vegan products as actually not Vegan after reading the label. For example it will have in very samll print ‘ This product might contain traces Milk or Eggs due to the manufacturing process’. So how can it be labelled Vegan if there is even a 1% chances of cross-contamination.

3. Social Pressure

Social pressure is another big one for vegans. Let’s be honest – the media is still full of silly stereotypes about plant-eaters. So we can’t really blame anyone for judging vegans. Worse still are your family and friends who secretly are looking forward to seeing you took into a Chicken burger…lol

4. People asking silly questions

Yes, people will ask you loads of silly questions. That’s unavoidable.

Where do you get your protein?”

But plants have feelings too!

Isn’t it boring to eat salad and carrots all the time?

5. Cravings For Cheesy Or Meaty Flavors

Although mostly common with vegan newbies, even a few long-term vegans sometimes crave the same old flavors of cheese, eggs, and grilled meat. If we’ve grown up with these flavors, it’s only natural that we crave them.

Fortunately, there are many excellent (and cheap) vegan food substitutes that you can use to replace necessary ingredients or get the flavors you want in your vegan foods.

Source: https://thethrivingvegan.com/vegan-struggles/

Top Vegan Restaurants

Hi Everyone,

Eating out can be challenging at the best of times for Vegans, however, more and more restaurants and pop-up Vegan chains are opening. As well as established restaurants expanding their menus for Vegans.

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Below, is a top list of 22 Vegan-friendly restaurants to explore.

1  Wagamama

Wagamama are doing a Vegan Katsu Curry! “The rumours are true. vegan katsu curry has arrived.

Byron

The Beetnik, which they say “comprises a beautifully flavor some beetroot falafel patty, freshly made to Byron’s own recipe and topped with baby kale, smashed avocado, tomato, pickled red onions, red pepper ketchup and a lime-dressed rainbow slaw.”

3  The Real Greek

Dedicated Vegan Menu, packed with thirty, flavor some vegan dishes that pay homage to Greece’s rich heritage of vegan cooking including Jackfruit Stifado and Vegan Moussaka.

4  By Chloe

Vegan fast food chain with several restaurants across the US. Their burgers have previously named the best veggie burgers in New York, and by the look of the Instagram feed, we’ll be queueing round the block for them.

5  Zizzi

Vegan zucca pizza (tomato, mozzarella alternative, roasted butternut squash, caramelised balsamic onions & spinach) and the vegan pepperonata pizza (Tomato, mozzarella alternative, fire-roasted peppers, sunblush tomatoes, hot roquito chillies & pea shoots).

6  Itsu

Itsu have just launched a new hot food menu which features some delicious new vegan options including: Quinoa falafef & veg rice bowl, Veggie gyoza noodles and detox miso!

7  Carluccio’s

The menu at Carluccio’s clearly outlines their vegan options, including a tomato and basil spaghetti, sautéed mushrooms, Carluccio’s salad and a Sicilian aubergine stew.

8  The Diner

The Diner is launching their first all vegan/vegetarian menu, serving everything from vegan pancakes to a dirty burrito and dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese.

Following the launch at The Strand on the 4th October the exclusive menu will debut at the Islington site from the 10th October.

9  Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut are trialling a vegan cheese option throughout the UK for an eight week period, to see if the meat-free alternative is popular.

10  Firezza

Firezza’s vegan range is a must-taste for anyone lookig to indulge in delicious crispy pizzas topped with vegan cheese and range of animal-free toppings of your choice

11  Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas have a whole menu dedicated to their vegan dishes, including portobello mushroom fajitas, a fiesta ensalada and veggie chilli.

12  Giraffe

Vegan stuff at Giraffe includes the Indo-Coco Curry, the super San Fran salad and edamame tapas – made with soybean pods with chilli, garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

13  Leon

Leon offer the best selection of vegan boxes and sides, as well as sauces, including the quinoa salad shown here, a sweet potato and okra stew and a Brazilian black bean box. The dream.

14 Yo! Sushi

You might think all sushi is raw fish, but that’s definitely not the case at Yo! Sushi – think vegetable tempura, yakisoba and inari and kaiso sushi.

15 Ask Italian

Not only can you make your own vegan pizza at Ask Italian, but they have three pasta options, a salad, starters and desserts that don’t use animal products.

16 Toby Carvery

We’re not joking when we say Toby Carvery offer a seeeeriously good vegan Sunday lunch: lentil cottage pie, butternut squash crumble and spiced chickpea wellington with all the trimmings.

17 Bella Italia

The range at Bella Italia might not be huge, but there’s a vegan salad/pasta/and pasta classico to get your teeth into.

18  Pizza Express

Pizza Express offer various options to make a three-course vegan menu: olivers for starter, the Pianta pizza and the new Coconut Delight pudding – made with coconut shavings and coconut milk.

19 Wetherspoons

On Wetherspoons’ vegan menu, they state that you can ask for loads of their dishes without animal product on. Other vegan dishes include the onion Bhajis, samosas, pomodoro pasta and the hash browns (all you need really).

20  Nando’s

There are quite a lot of options at Nando’s, providing you specify what you do and don’t want. Order the veggie wrap/burger/pitta without the mayo, the quinoa salad without the feta cheese or the portobello mushroom without the halloumi.

21 Prezzo

Vegan at Prezzo? Go for the penne arrabbiata, pappardelle (pictures) or a pizza bjase, which is vegan, without cheese.

22 Wahaca

Although the menu doesn’t specify are things are vegan – but rather says vegetarian – Wahaca’s offerings include plantain tacos, the summer vegetable enchilladas (without cheese) and the cactus/courgette burrito.

 

Spirituality & Veganism

Hi Everyone,

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.

 

 

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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Anti-Veganism

As the popularity and awareness of the benefits of veganism grow’s around the world, so does the anti-sentiment builds towards it from local governments and food manufacturers.

Namely, it’s all about revenue being lost from the meat and dairy industries all of which have vested government interests.

France has recently announced that it is banning Vegan companies from advertising meat-free foods with meat sounding equivalent names! for example; Veggie Fish, Meat-free Lamb, etc.

Below is a list of other countries which are trying to undermine Vegan companies, restaurants, and Supermarket from having vegan options:

  • France
  • Argentina
  • Philippines
  • Iceland
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Korea
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Cuba
  • Spain
  • USA
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