Enough is Enough

Recently, I’ve become very interested in other views on Veganism. I’ve been researching religiously to come to find a load of crap. I became extremely frustrated with what I was finding. In the past, I had thought to start blogging and getting the information out there, but figured it had been done. I no longer want to sit idly by and let this false information feed into everyones head. I want to share my story and debunk a few negative “facts” towards Veganism. Let’s see where this goes.

Rocky Road Brownies

I’ve been searching for awhile to find the perfect vegan and gluten free brownie recipe, nothing. There are a few options out there, but none of them looked that appealing to me. I can always tell if I’m going to like the dessert by the ingredients and the delicious picture right above it. Nothing looks gooey, moist, and cakey enough for the brownie I had in mind. I decided to experiment in the kitchen. I wanted a little more oomph to the basic brownie, so why not add some marshmallows? Better yet chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate chunks, peanuts, and marshmallows. Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and yet my perfect brownie. Don’t forget to share 😉

 

2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax seeds + 6 T water)

1/2 cup vegan melted butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup almond meal

1/3 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (I use K-Toos brand)

1/2 cup chopped peanuts (raw, roasted, salted, or unsalted doesn’t matter)

2/3 cup vegan chocolate chunks (I use Enjoy Life brand)

A few handfuls of vegan mini marshmallows to top ( I use Dandies brand)

Coconut oil for coating the pan

 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit and bake for 25 minutes

I usually start by grabbing a small bowl to get the flax eggs (2 T flax + 6 T water) going (they take a minute or so the gelatinize). Then melt the cubed butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds and stir. Mix the maple syrup into the butter along with the vanilla extract. Begin chopping all the delicious add-ins (peanuts and cookies) and set aside in a small bowl. Now mix the all the dry ingredients (baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, flour, and almond meal) together in a medium bowl. Combine the flax egg with the wet ingredients and then in with the dry. Lastly, add the chocolate chunks, peanuts, and cookies into the batter. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and bake!

Allow them to completely cool before serving at least to room temperature. Then, I usually stick mine in the freezer to speed up the process.

 

Let’s Talk Deficiencies

Calcium, Folate, Omega 3

Fun fact relying on dairy to get your daily calcium intake is like eating paper for protein. Why you may be thinking? We’ve been told by everyone since we were kids that we must drink our milk to build strong bones. Yes dairy contains calcium, but that’s the only think true about that statement. Dairy is acidic. Our bodies like to be alkaline. So what happens when we introduce acid into our alkaline body? It uses calcium! Calcium is very alkaline and when we bring drink milk or eat cheese the calcium that you think you’re getting is simply being used to counteract the negative side affects the milk is having on your body.  Then you become calcium deficient because you think “I’m eating a ton of cheese, I don’t have to worry about calcium like those silly vegans eating broccoli all day.” Your body is literally leaching all the calcium currently in your body to help settle the stomach. That doesn’t sound very healthy to me. Now for another B vitamin, folate. Folate is naturally made within the human body. This brings me to folic acid, which when eaten acts the same way as folate does, it even helps folate function more properly. Dark leafy greens seem to be the answer to everyone’s questions about food and it’s because they are. They contain the highest amount of folic acid. The reason why we want folic acid from plants and not folate from animals is because is because folate/folic acid is water-soluble. Vegetable naturally have high water content, while animal muscle does not. If we eat fat, protein, and cholesterol our bodies cannot use the folate properly. FISH. Hey are you eating fish because that is literally the only way to get those omegas! I’m kidding, obviously. This is the kind of crap I hear though! Meat a animal heavy diet (specially red meat, but all do harm) deplete your omega 3 levels. This is why the omega 3 supplement was born and why sooo many doctors are recommending patients to eat more fish. Meanwhile completely ignoring the heavy pollution in our water and the fish live in. I promise you they are not doing anything about removing the garbage the fish are ingesting. You too, if you eat fish, are eating pollution. They also contain very high levels of mercury. This is why they advise pregnant women to not eat fish because it can literally kill the fetus. Okay, so yeah let’s not give growing fetuses mercury poisoning, but yet let’s give fully grown adults fish to get those omegas. If it’s harming a fetus, which by the way is a potential human, they what makes you think it’s not harming an adult or child? They’re so many better ways to get omegas like: ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds… Seeds? Yes seeds. Save yourself from getting mercury poisoning and eat some seeds.

Let’s Talk Deficiencies

Protein, B-12, and Fiber

When anyone hears you’re vegan they all of a sudden think they’re a nutritionist and act like they genuinely are concerned about your health. News flash stranger on the subway I don’t even know your name, I’m sure you don’t actually care about my health. I’ve recently been getting a lot of shit at work for being “the vegan”. Honestly, doesn’t bother me that they know. What bothers me is how crappy they can be about it. When I find out they’re eating dead carcass, hen periods, and drinking puss I don’t say a thing. Call me crazy, as they all do, but I don’t know if what I’m doing is so unconventional. At least it shouldn’t be. To answer the protein one real quick. I get protein from the same place your protein gets theres. That’s my absolute favorite way to answer that question now. Moving on b-12, little known fact, it comes from the soil. Due to the heavy sterilization process that occurs today b-12 has been (from what I understand) compromised. There is still some in organic soil, but even then it’s tricky. This is why cows contain b-12, they happen to eat some soil when eating grass. Now cows that don’t eat grass, which is sadly most of them these days, get b-12 injections. Fancy huh? How lovely… So the meat eaters are also taking b-12 supplements in a way. Mammals don’t produce b-12. Humans and animals are both mammals incase anyone didn’t make that connection yet… So even meat eaters are recommended to take b-12 supplements because even eating the animal meat isn’t substanical enough to meet the daily intake. Moral of the b-12 story stop worrying where I get mine and worry about 2 things: where is your b-12 source getting theirs and are they even giving you enough when you consume them. All mammals need b-12. Our bodies use the b-12 to help make dna, and to keep the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy. Cows use it the same way. Now onto fiber. My favorite. Keeps my body so happy and healthy. I don’t know about you, but I know so many meat eaters who barely eat vegetables because they either don’t like them or are too full from all the white bread and chicken. Animals don’t give us fiber, therefore people who eat that way are FIBER DEFICIENT yay. I know so many people who think I’m crazy for going to the bathroom at least 4 times a day. I know people who consider themselves lucky if they even go once a week. It’s crazy to me that they automatically think somethings wrong with me instead of them. I eat so much fiber, in the healthiest way, without even trying. I meet all my food goals simply by eating foods I want to eat. Our bodies need to detox. This is why so many people at the place I work are buying laxatives and fiber supplements. WILD. People actually take fiber. This is news to me. I can’t believe how many people supplement things they can easily get from plant foods. We are constantly restocking the laxatives. It’s so frustrating, I just want to yell at them EAT SOME BROCCOLI DAMMIT.

I Knew A Vegan And He Died

My favorite thing when people find out I’m vegan is that they tell me they knew a vegan and they got super sick or that they died. My question now is, how many of us know a meat eater who died? It’s absolutely ridiculous to hear this. I cannot understand it. I know so many people who have heart disease, cancer, or diabetes and family members who do as well. People need to get it out of their heads they genetics determine disease. No sorry to tell you, but your diet determines whether or not you’re likely to get said diseases. Something I would also like to point out is something that does tend to run in the family is diet. So, if you and your family have been eating the same diet all through generations it would make sense that you think those diseases run in your family. Please if you meat animals refrain from letting me and any other vegan know about all the ridiculous “connections” you have to veganism. If you are vegan and eat the appropriate diet you will decrease your chances of those diseases. I say decrease, but really I strongly believe that you will not get those diseases. Don’t eat junk. Unhealthy foods cause our bodies to weaken and a weak body cannot handle all that we physically put it through. Everyday we are tearing muscles and pushing our bodies to do things due to our lifestyles. We need plant foods to help heal our bodies. Plant foods do not contain cholesterol so how can a vegan have high cholesterol induces disease? They’re cannot. Our bodies already produce all the cholesterol we need, the last thing it wants is some random other mammals cholesterol getting in the way. Eat right and you won’t die as a vegan. [(of course I’m kidding, everyone eventually dies :)]

I Haven’t Been Feeling Very Inspired

I’ve been awol on the blog that I’ve recently started, which isn’t wise considering I supposed to be trying to reach out to people and share my experience with veganism… but hey I’m only human.

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Things I Learned Aren’t Vegan

So I have a few food allergies. I was cleaning out my room and decided I was going to stop buying products I already have and start using everything until I they’re gone. I had a bad habit of buying new shampoos and lotions just to have backups. Which I have realized isn’t necessary. I began using the lotion without considering the ingredients. I never thought there would be milk in my lotion. I threw that crap out asap. I am extremely allergic to casein, which is a milk protein that not many people are aware of. There is such a huge focus on lactose, but the real evil in casein. I have been using this lotion for a few weeks and I started getting sick again. I was so confused! I began looking up “things you’d be surprised had wheat in it”. I also have a wheat allergy and I know that my dad found wheat in his shampoo, but I checked my shampoo without thinking about my lotion. So that wasn’t it and I began checking dairy. I came to learn there is casein in condoms and apparently in lotion. Lesson learned. I will strictly only be buying organic, vegan, gluten free products. I knew I had to read food labels like a crazy person, and stay away from packaged foods as much as possible. I like to buy vegan cruelty free products, but I started to hoard so many toiletries that I really wanted to use them up. Here is a small list of things to watch out for when buying new products: toothpaste, lotion, face and body wash, shampoo and conditioner, fabric softener, alcohol, candy, condoms, scents, altoids, and sauces. There are so much more so look up the product before you buy it because honestly you never know. Even if you think how could there possibly be? Be aware of foods that say “non-dairy” because they still can contain lactose, and casein. I really don’t understand that one, but I’ve found products that claim “non-dairy” but still contain dairy proteins. Just make sure it says “vegan”. 🙂

For the Environment

Let’s face it there are almost 8 billion people on this planet and we can simply not keep producing gross amounts of food and feeding it to cattle. Factory farming is not only cruel, but it is destroying the planet. If we want future generations to survive then we must make changes. It takes 660 gallons of water to make one hamburger. We use I hear so much of the plants grown to feed these animals just to get so little out of it. When there were less people living on earth it made sense that they ate animals. Most families lived on farms or near them so they were just feeding people nearby. It wasn’t a disgusting slaughter house. I still don’t believe it’s right to eat animals, especially with how much more evolved we humans are supposed to be. There is so much access to information and yet people still choose to blindly follow what the meat and dairy industry is pushing down our throats. People think drinking milk is going to give them strong bones, but it’s quite the opposite. There have been studies showing that the countries with the highest intake of dairy are the ones with the highest diagnoses of osteoporosis. The countries with the highest intake of animal products are the ones with the highest obesity rates. Hello America. We must be doing something wrong. No one wants to face the huge impact killing animals for food is having the place we all live. Then there are those who eat “humanely raised” or “grass-fed” meat and this is even worse for the environment than factory farming. In order to keep up with the demand for the “better alternative” they have to make sure there is enough land for these cows to roam. With all this wasted land and with the cows all in one area it’s polluting the air we breath. The cows being in such a concentrated area releases a lot of methane into the air. More than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions are from animal farming, but sure enjoy your electric powered car because that’s helping (p.s. it’s not).  I keep hearing everyone talk about how the oceans are dying then I see them eating a salmon. So you’re aware that you’re contributing to the over fishing and yet you don’t care… This blows my mind. I simply will never understand someone knowing they’re apart of the damage being done and they do nothing about it. Every vegan can save 219,000 gallons of water a year. It’s fact that plants take a lot less water to produce a greater yield of product. There is literally no reason other than plain ignorance that people in 2017 should still be starving. We have more than enough food to feed everyone on this earth and it should be affordable too if certain people would stop over buying food and wasting it because it went bad before you could eat it. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EAT. It’s so frustrating because people over buying products is also contributing to farmers over producing, they have to meet the consumer demand. Also, plant foods take up a lot less land and still produce more food than animals. More food, less land, less water. Not sure why people are still justifying eating animals solely on the taste. News flash your pallet will adjust. The smell of cooked meat makes me sick to my stomach when about 10 years ago you’d find me eating a hamburger. Introduce yourself to real plant foods and you will love them more than that dead carcass you used to call food. America wake up. Stop being impulse shoppers and only buy what you need. The earth will thank you.

Common Concerns About Veganism

Every time someone finds out I’m Vegan they tell every one. I become known as “the vegan” whenever I pop up in conversation “she’s the vegan one”. I used to think it was rather annoying to be labeled that way, but hey if it gets them curious about Veganism then let me be known. Many people begin to concern themselves with where you get your protein, iron, b-12, and calcium. Which is the annoying part, however I am more than prepared to give them a list of sources :). Let’s start with protein, the biggest obsession in America. I get my protein from plants… the same source those animals they’re eating get theirs. I really like to point that out to them because they never question the animal about how they get their protein… and yet they blindly eat them for protein. Yes, I know we can’t ask the animal, but I enjoy redirecting them to the fact that they don’t know what they’re talking about. Also, no I do not eat fish because news flash they are animals. When I say I don’t eat animals it means all of those cutie pies. Nope not food. As for the plant protein sources, there are a lot, to name a few big ones: quinoa, beans, lentils, and peas. What about dairy? Nope, no thank you. I would rather not drink a glass of someone else’s mother’s milk. I don’t want to eat mold or drink something that has remnants of pus and blood. They rape these cow’s to impregnate them and take the babies away to sell the milk. Oh yeah make sure they know that cow’s don’t just naturally produce milk if they have not given birth recently. Their utters are not meant to be pulled and squeezes just as a women’s breasts are not. They are there to feed offspring. Sorry for the tangent… back to where I get calcium. Broccoli, kale, and most leafy greens are great sources. Bonus broccoli also contains a lot of protein. Spinach and seeds are the biggest sources of iron. Here is the trend, eat your greens ladies and gents. The meat eaters are so concerned about us, but really we should be so concerned about them. They are at risk for more deficiencies and diseases then vegans. As a vegan you absolutely need to take vitamin b-12, and anything else you’re not getting regularly. When starting off I recommend taking a multivitamin, until you can figure out how to get all the plant based goods in there daily. Make sure to inform the meat eaters that they are at risk of low levels of fiber, vitamin c, vitamin e, and folate. Too much protein is too hard on the body. We need way less then everyone thinks. It’s so easy to get enough protein in a day. The nutrients are where everyone should be putting their focus on. If a meat eater eats a giant steak they don’t want to eat any vegetables with that because they’re already so full. When you eat plant based you allow yourself to eat so much more variety at a time so you can get the goodness in you!

The Pros and Cons

While I was looking around online to find some real cons about Veganism I came across this website aarp.org. I began reading the pros and they weren’t even good points. It has been proven time after time that eliminating animal products will decrease cholesterol and lower blood pressure. This site is claiming uncertainty about these, however I believe that these are going to happen for you if you eat whole plant based foods. No one should be eating junk food. We are all human though so from time to time it’s understandable that we want a little something. That should not be the main source of food in your diet though. If you eat an adequate amount of fruits, veggies, gluten free grains, and legumes you will not have bad cholesterol. Your blood will be able to pump through your veins the way it’s supposed to without all that animal fat clogging your arteries. There are so many pros of Veganism and they did a sloppy job of pointing those out. I will make that list, but for now lets focus on this specific article. Now, for the cons they listed. They claim going vegan is a “radical change” can I take a moment of silence for how stupid this sounds. I’m sorry, but seriously? There is nothing “radical” about changing your diet to whole foods. All our lives they push fruits and veggies are the most important part of your meal and somehow when that truly is the most important main part of your diet it becomes “radical”. They begin going on about how soy is the only complete protein in a Vegan diet. *sigh* How wrong could they be? To name a few: hemp, buckwheat, quinoa. No one needs as much protein as much as the industry pushes it on us anyway. It is completely effortless to make sure you’re getting enough protein in your vegan diet. As for interfering with medical conditions, which makes it sound harmful, it will only help them. Veganism has been known and proven to reverse several diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. This next point they made is what finally convinced me I need to blog about this. Difficultly dining out. Okay. Don’t dine out so often? Honestly this is such a load of crap anyway. If you want to be in total control of your health you should be cooking your own meals. Reserve dining out for special occasions as it was intended for. Bonus it will save you money. Let’s talk vitamins. As a vegan b-12 is the only supplement I recommend taking. Every thing else is easily attainable through foods. Never have I had a problem getting Vitamin D or Calcium. Greens are loaded with Calcium. You are not a baby cow you do not need to drink cow’s milk to get calcium. Yes being a vegan does not mean you will magically be the poster child for health. People need to stop looking for quick fixes to their health. Being a vegan does equal health. It’s the choices you make as a vegan that will make you healthy. I will keep saying eat your vegetables until you do it. That is how you will be a healthy vegan. Vegetable should be your biggest portion on your plate. You are what you eat. As cliche as that may be it is true. If I eat dead animal flesh (meat) and drink cow pus and blood (milk)  I can’t imagine feeling good about myself. Open yourself up to the rainbow of foods that Veganism has to offer. Or something like that.

 

 

http://www.aarp.org/food/diet-nutrition/info-02-2011/9-pros-and-cons-to-going-vegan.html