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Tips and Advice For Those Who Are Contemplating The Vegan Diet

Vegan Help! Tips and Advice For Those Who Are Contemplating The Vegan Diet

Taking on the vegan lifestyle is a very rewarding journey – many long-term vegans can attest to this. If you are still wondering to yourself “Why should I go vegan?” and “How will it benefit me?” this article will help you to understand that the benefits of the vegan diet are infinite. Also, it will help you to set realistic goalsfor yourself to assist you in the transition to becoming vegan. Just remember, a life of good health and many blessings are heading your way if you decide to make this amazing lifestyle change.

The Vegan Transition: Tips & Help

1: Note all of the benefits of embracing the vegan diet, and jot down or mentally note which ones you would like to achieve. Some of the most reported benefits of the vegan diet are as follows:

Weight loss, clear skin (no acne, psoriasis) sparkling white eyes, healthy hair and nails, soaring energy levels, inner peace and contentment, ability to concentrate and focus, a new-found zest for life, low-calorie but nutrient-dense superfoods, lowers cholesterol, prevents and reduces the symptoms of disease including cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc., reduction or a complete clearing up of allergies, migraines, headaches, bad breath and body odor.

2: What do vegans eat? You need to find this out in order to go vegan.

In a nutshell, the vegan diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole-grains, legumes, beans, tofu, meat-substitutes, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, vegan smoothies, vegan treats (e.g.: muffins, brownies, cakes, slices), fresh juices, cooked salads, raw salads, baked vegetables, vegan bread, vegan sandwiches and wraps, and vegan soups. You will find that any of your favorite foods will have a “vegan clone” recipe nowadays. This is because of the increasing popularity of the vegan diet.

3: Get some good recipes

Don’t be too afraid of making some meals and recipes without meat, cream, cheese or butter. There are so many mouth-watering vegan recipes nowadays that are robust in flavor and will often taste better than the non-vegan version! You can find a variety of recipes online nowadays, either on websites and blogs, or by downloading a professional vegan recipe e-book. The recipe e-books often have hundreds of recipes to choose from and are created by professional vegan chefs who know how to make vegan food look and taste amazing! You should collect a variety of vegan recipes, including vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads, soups, cakes, muffins, slices, chocolates, smoothies and juices, etc.

4: Start off slowly.

It can be daunting for many folk to make such a major lifestyle change overnight. So why not start off by eating two or three vegan meals per week. When you are confident with this, make the transition to eating one vegan meal per day. Do plenty of research on “What do vegans eat” so that you know just what your vegan meals and recipes should consist of. Once you have been eating one vegan meal a day for some time, you are likely already beginning to see some improvement in your health, appearance and well-being. I encourage you to make the next step of your vegan transition by eating two vegan meals per day, and then when you can, gomostly or all vegan. This entire process may take weeks, months or even a year. You need to move at your own comfortable pace.

5: Ditch your bad habits

If you continue some of your old bad habits on the vegan diet, your good results and health benefits will be greatly sabotaged. Cut back on your alcohol and caffeine. Don’t eat too much “vegan junk food” such as vegan packet chips, cookies, chocolate bars, etc. Enjoy these sometimes but certainly not every day if you want to lose weight, tone up, clear your skin or see improvements in your energy levels. So kick your old habits hard and flush them down the toilet!

Why should I go vegan? You asked. The vegan diet offers an abundance of amazing benefits, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You should not let anything hold you back from discovering for yourself this beautiful, life-changing diet. Make the vegan transition gradual if need be, but stay focused, remember your priorities, and always strive to look after your health and well-being, not matter what may come your way.

Have a look at ” The Vegan Diet [http://www.fortheloveofrawfood.com/#!the-vegan-diet/c18xo]: Save Our Planet – Lose Weight – Glow With Health” for further information on the vegan diet.

Find out the amazing health benefits of the vegan diet, why weight loss is so easy on this lifestyle, where to get your vegan recipes from, recommended vegan recipe e-books, and what to do if you are unsure about going vegan!

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Starting a Vegan/Vegetarian Lifestyle

Starting a Vegan/Vegetarian Lifestyle

Author: sumi3wow

Two and a half years have passed since I decided to stop exploiting animals by means of my dollar (I know some people have been doing this for decades and hats off to them y’all the real MVPs), and honestly, it’s been the best and most life-changing decision I’ve ever made. Going vegan makes you more aware not only of the shit that goes down in this cold, cruel, human-dominated world, but of the power you have to inflict change – even if it’s just a tiny bit.

imagesSo we don’t eat or put on our skins animals or the things they produce, we don’t wear or use their outer-coverings for our own pleasure or comfort, we don’t support companies that test on them, we don’t associate with anything that has used animals in anyway because, well, they’re not on this planet for our use. Going vegan satisfies the very natural sense of compassion that all humans have, and makes you a more selfless being.

One of the emotions that you are bound to feel is anger – boiling, uncontrollable anger – toward the way that animals are treated by the industry. And yet, ironically, this very negative sentiment stems from the great care and respect you have for animals. Personally, I wouldn’t call myself a huge animal lover: I don’t coo over little chickens or scroll through cat GIFs in my free time. I am, however, respectful of animals and their rights. The frustration that I feel every single day over the treatment of animals bred for our consumption is no different from that which feminists feel over the oppression of women or that which is felt when yet another person of colour has been shot by some dimwit of a policeman. Veganism is a matter of respecting animals’ basic right to life. I do not believe their lives are mine for the taking, and it’s important to co-exist with them.

This idea of “live and let live” (with the exception of when the other party’s actions are harmful) extends to other aspects of my life and I daresay that going vegan has helped me to create a belief system for myself which governs my stand on many issues such as women’s rights, racism, religion, and the like. It makes you realise and acknowledge that you are not all that important or special, and that you share this time and space on Earth with others, whose rights you should respect or shit’s gonna get really unpleasant for everybody. Humans are animals too, so naturally, if you’re a vegan, you support equality of people too (or your beliefs are inconsistent).

Prior to September 2012, I would say I was a much more selfish being who aimed to get happiness and pleasure from external things. I’m not saying I’m 100% selfless and flawless (#wokeuplikedis) but I’d like to think I’ve become less self-centred, realising the importance of sharing this beautiful planet we live on with so many other creatures and species. I don’t believe in fate, reincarnation or the like, so my life philosophy is pretty much #yolo – but in the sense that our role on this planet is not to destroy everything we come across for the sake of our own pleasure, but to take only what we need and appreciate what we have. It really has been such a humbling experience. I saw this quote yesterday right here on Tumblr: “Nature doesn’t need people, but people need nature.”

Going vegan gives you the awareness of the power you actually have to change the world. Just today a dear friend of mine was telling me about how she’s going vegan since we had a nice two-hour conversation last Tuesday about it. There isn’t a single day I don’t feel furious at how the animal industry churns out dead animal after dead animal daily, but these little victories really will go a long way. Certainly, there will be people who’ll label me and people who attempt to spread awareness as “asshole vegans” – a title I will proudly take – but the facts speak for themselves: going vegan is the single most effective way to save the Earth and our personal health, sparing millions of animals of tortuous lives and brutal deaths in the process. And to encourage even one person to go vegan really is something (look it up).

Personally, I’ve become disinterested in stuff like pop culture, celebrities, movies, fiction and such in recent months. This has probably stemmed from the notion that there is something bigger out there worth fighting for, a cause that I can dedicate my time and effort to. Of course, there are still a few shows I watch religiously out of habit and for entertainment, but on the whole I’ve grown disconnected from the commercial world and the gossip it comes with. I’ve also grown away from social media in the sense that I feel it unnecessary to connect with people who mean nothing to me. Finding out who’s dating who or which university people have been accepted to doesn’t serve me at all, and they create this false sense of acquaintance that I would rather live without.

In a sense, it may seem to be a religion I’m attempting to indoctrinate people with, but it really isn’t; essentially because the philosophy is built on the basis of cold hard facts, and not faith. This change in the way I eat and the products I buy have really changed me as a person. I’ve grown to become more passionate, more aware, less selfish, more humble, calmer and overall a happier person. It definitely isn’t a diet, but a lifestyle. Go vegan, you’ll thank yourself for it.

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Raising Kids The Green Way

Raising Kids The Green Way

 

Final-Header-whiteVegans exempt animal products from their lifestyle. This is easy enough for committed older vegans, but how to raise a kid with no milk, ice cream, candy, or chocolate? In today’s, animal and predominantly meat-dependent fashion crazed world, it is certainly a challenge for vegan parents to raise their children. Fortunately, the years brought an abundance of information about vegan fashion, vegan shoes, vegan recipes, vegan lifestyle, and veganism. All that vegan parents need right now are determination and creativity to encourage their children to take up the vegan way of life.

The first hurdle vegans have to face is the question of feeding their children. There are lots of available food choices in the market today for vegan fare. Vegan recipes are not just salads; they extend to casseroles, baked dishes, and even desserts. Vegan ice candies, smoothies, and creams are now available in the market. These items taste just as good as the traditional dairy products minus the animal abuse. Children being raised on vegan diets won’t feel any different from non-vegan kids. The trick is to include substitutes for popular kiddie treats so vegan children won’t feel out of place with their non-vegan peers. Vegan dieticians recommend substituting tomato sauce with meat substitutes for regular meat sauces. There is a variety of soy cheeses and flavored soy milk drinks that are completely vegan without sacrificing flavors. Fruit juices and waffles are most welcomed treats. Meat substitutes in pork, fish, poultry, or beef flavors are available. Vegan kids would not miss out on the joys of junk food, except that theirs won’t cause them acne and make them healthier. “Junk” foods like popcorn, baked potato and vegetable chips, sweetened dried fruits, raisins, and fruit chips are popular choices. Beverages like fruit smoothies and fruit juices are deliciously sinful enough to be considered junk food.

However, kids are easier to manage than teenagers, more so when they’re vegans. There are the fashion trends to reckon with: that trendy leather jacket, the fur scarf, or the chic leather boots everyone is talking about. A teenager must have them. If they’re really up to wearing dead animal skins on their body and then buy them some enviable vegan fashion items, remind them. There are boutiques that sell exclusively vegan apparel. Vegan online shops also have extensive, not to mention, chic and affordable choices for vegan shoes, vegan clothes, vegan jackets, and even vegan accessories. Vegan cosmetics are also available and they have been proven to be better than the ones that are animal-tested and made with animal oils. After all, fit and slim vegan bodies deserve fashionably gorgeous vegan clothes.

Vegan family support groups assert that proper education and information about animal rights and abuse is important. Understanding the vegan lifestyle makes managing and raising vegan kids easier. Kids are surprisingly easy to handle when they are aware and informed. They do make their own choices, but with information, they usually make the right choice. So they strongly advise starting vegan families to encourage each other and educate their children to make them understand why is it good to be vegan. With understanding, the kids become cooperative and healthier, and the family stays together longer.

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