Veganism Is On The Rise!

Hi Everyone,

Scientific research is providing hard facts that if everyone moderately reduced their consumption of meats and dairy products, this wold have a positive impact on global warming and reduce the need for mass farming of animals.

Okay going Vegan is the extreme end to make an immediate impact, below are some hard fact to consider:

source: https://www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics

Treatment of animals

Cows

  • Dairy cows have been modified to produce up to 10 times more milk than they naturally would.
  • Male calves are of no use to the dairy industry and are less suitable for beef production. This means that every year around 90,000 male dairy calves are shot soon after birth and discarded as a by-product.
  • Domesticated cows have an average lifespan of 20 years, but on dairy farms they are killed after 5-6 years on average.
  • 30% of UK dairy cows have mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder. 

Chickens and other birds

  • Every year in the UK we slaughter around 950 million birds for food consumption, including chickens, ducks and turkeys.
  • 90% of chicken production in the UK is in intensive windowless sheds which house 20,000-50,000 chickens each. 
  • 51% of eggs produced come from chickens in battery cages.
  • 40 million day-old male chicks are killed in the UK by either being gassed or being thrown into a macerator – this practice occurs in all egg farming systems, including organic and free-range. 
  • Beak trimming is the permanent removal of part of the beak of a bird at a young age. This is standard industry practice in the UK despite being illegal in many European countries due to the pain it inflicts. 
  • A free-range egg farmer can legally house 16,000 birds in one building, meaning that they can house 9 birds per square metre of space. This means that free-range hens live out their entire lives in an overcrowded indoor farming unit.

Pigs

  • Less than 3% of UK pigs spend their entire lives outdoors. 
  • 1/3 of pigs in the UK are killed in gas chambers. 
  • Around half of all antibiotics sold in the UK are used on farmed animals, with 60% of these being used on pigs.
  • Most pigs are entitled to less than one square metre of space each and the majority of sows (female breeding pigs) are kept in farrowing crates. Farrowing crates were made illegal in several countries across Europe, but are still standard farming practice here in the UK.

Fish and other sea animals

  • 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are either exploited or depleted.
  • We kill between 1 and 2.8 trillion fish every year. This is 143-400x the amount of the entire human population. 
  • 308,000 cetaceans are unintentionally drowned each year after becoming entangled in fishing equipment. 
  • Farmed salmon has 10x the amount of cancer-causing organic pollutants than wild salmon. 
  • For every pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill. 
  • Sharks kill 12 people per year. People kill 11,414 sharks per hour. 

Sheep

  • Around 1.4 million sheep and goats are killed without being stunned each year in the UK using halal practices. Many people in the UK oppose this form of slaughter, yet purchase halal meat unknowingly, since it is sold in most major outlets, including supermarkets and takeaways, without always being labelled as halal. 
  • Every year around 4 million newborn lambs die within a few days of birth, mainly because of malnutrition, disease or exposure to cold weather. 
  • Male lambs are castrated using elastration, a technique that involves a thick rubber band being placed around the base of the infant’s scrotum, obstructing the blood supply and causing atrophy. This method causes severe pain to the lambs who are provided no pain relief during the process. Lambs also have their tails docked using the same method. 
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Veganism Pictorial Facts

Here are some interesting pictorial facts about Veganism I have come across, enjoy. Image 2 is a fact!..lol

I hope you enjoyed the above facts about Veganism, a picture can say a thousand words. Please ‘Like’, ‘Comment’ and ‘Share’.

Vegan Intermittent Fasting

What is Vegan Intermittent Fasting (VIF)?

Put simply, intermittent is a weight loss method that revolves around fasting at certain parts of the day/week.

VIF = Super Diet


In other words, for certain periods of time, you will fast (i.e. eat nothing or very little) until your eating window comes around again.

16:8 Method: Basically you eat solely during an 8-hour eating window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. You exclude breakfast completely in the mornings, only having water or fruit juice instead.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

​1. Helps you lose weight

VIF diet can aid weight loss and help to build a muscle tone body.

Experts are still debating exactly how intermittent fasting allows you to lose weight – some think it’s just because you consume less fat and kcals overall, while some think it has more to do with the restricted eating times.

2. Improves mood and focus

VIF diet boosts the production of BDNF, a protein in your brain linked to improved mood and cognition, by 50-400%.

3. Reduces the risk of diseases

Among other health benefits, there is evidence to suggest that VIF diet could help to reduce the future risk of various diseases, assuming that dieters eat good food and follow a relatively healthy lifestyle.

4. Increases energy and endurance

Evidence has shown that VIF diet boosts mitochondrial biogenesis, meaning that your cells create more mitochondria. 

Now we don’t have time to launch into a biology lesson here, but suffice it to say that mitochondria give your body’s cells more energy, hence giving you more energy as a person made up of said cells.

benefits of intermittent fasting

5. May help increase lifespan

The smart people over at Harvard University recently discovered that intermittent fasting could help to increase your lifespan due to some very complex science stuff that we mere mortals cannot understand.

If you’ve not taken care of your body as well as you should have, perhaps it’s time to try a vegan intermittent fasting diet plan.

Successful VIF diet relies on discipline and preparedness. It’s important to fill your eating time-frame with nutritional, balanced, and filling foods.

Filling foods generally have higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density. Prepare for your VIF diet by consuming meals that are high in these ingredients and always make sure to drink lots of water.

VIF diet will take your mind and body to new level of fitness and help to focus and strengthen your own inner Zen.

Best Vegan Treats In London

Even Vegans have a sweet tooth and there are loads of tasty sweet treats to satisfy that sugar crave. I have tried the best Vegan Doughnuts around London and below are some of my favourites.

A red velvet doughnut with vegan butter cream frosting & freeze-dried raspberries.

Doughnut Time vegan london

These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

Crosstown vegan doughnuts London

You can find these at Greenwich Market every Saturday and Sunday, They come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

Ruby's of London vegan doughnuts

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Brisbane’s favorite hole-in-the-wall doughnut store has hit London, with a weekly changing menu including gluten and vegan creations.

Doughnut Time vegan london
Credit: @doughnuttime_uk

These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

These come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

I hope you get a chance to discover these great treats! Watch out for the tooth fairy..lol