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.

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Pumpkin Donuts With Maple Almond Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

(Yields 6 donuts)

Donut:

2 cup gf flour

(1 1/2 brown rice, 3/4 c tapioca)

2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 t pumpkin pie spice

1/3 c pumpkin puree

1 T vanilla

1/2 c maple syrup

1/4 c plant milk + 2 t acv or lemon juice

2 t flax

Maple Almond Glaze:

1/4 c maple syrup

1/4 t cinnamon

2 T almond butter

1 T plant milk

Measure out the milk and the apple cider vinegar and set aside. Put the flour, flax, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl and whisk together. Add the maple syrup into the same measuring cup as the milk (you can use a separate one, but I do this to minimize dishes). Grab a small bowl and add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Now a small amount of the milk/maple mixture into the pumpkin puree to thin out then you can add everything together. Pipe the batter into a donut pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have a piping bag make one out of a ziplock bag by cutting the tip of one. It’s a little more messy that way, but it does the job. I’m really bad at giving instructions, so I hope this wasn’t too vague and your donuts turn out as yummy as mine did! 😊

And for the glaze just heat it up on the stop until it thickens a bit.

Cognitive Dissonance

Let me admit, I am a die hard youtube watching fiend. I probably watch more videos daily then I care to admit. I just love the people on their so bold and brave, putting themselves out there. Anyway, recently a youtuber couple posted a video response to this viral video on a cow trying to escape a truck. I believe it was in Australia. The truck was obviously taking a load of cows to the slaughterhouse, to get slaughtered and yet these people were expressing concern for this one cow’s life, who was dangling on the top of the truck. As vegan you’re probably so frustrated with them. How can they be worried the cow was going to die when that was where he was headed? The disconnect is astonishing. If you’re interested in view the video here it is: https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4905266/amp/Cow-sticks-head-truck-Melbourne-highway.html

The article too, is nauseating. Be prepared to want to scream.

Violife Cheeze

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Let’s talk about this amazing new cheese I discovered. Of course, it’s vegan. I cannot believe the taste, smell, texture… just perfection. When I found this brand on vegan essentials I knew I wanted to place an order to try it, since I love trying new products. I looked into it further to make sure it would be good. I found them on instagram and noticed a post, they sold them in a store nearby! I was thrilled. I got right in my car to stock up. I ripped open the package immediately and dived right in. I got parmesan, blue cheese, mozzarella, and cheddar. The parmesan was my ultimate favorite. It tasted just like the parmesan I used to be obsessed with. I, like many people, put it on everything. I was a parm addict, that’s for sure. Anyway, I definitely recommend this brand and cannot wait until they release more creations. It melts like a dream and tastes good unmelted. In my experience with vegan cheeses you don’t get both with the same cheese. For the pizza I simply used Gluten Free On a Shoestring’s gf, vegan, yeast free dough. The sauce is just canned tomato sauce with garlic and oregano. Add whatever toppings you enjoy and of course don’t forget the violife mozzarella and parmesan 😍

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

1/2 cup almond milk

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.

Vegan Brands

Thisisl.com

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Boodaorganics.com

They have lip balm, lotion, and an all in one soap.

Eccobella.com

They have skin care, makeup, hair care, and body care.

Sustainnatural.com

They have condoms, feminine wipes, lubes, and tampons.

Eclairnaturals.com

They have body care, and hair care. and they’re made in the USA 🙂

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”. 🙂