World Vegan Day came to life on November 1, 1994 as a way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and the term “Vegan”. Then Vegan Society president Louise Wallis said the group chose November 1, because it is an auspicious day. This is now recognised as the date of establishment of the Vegan Society as well. Wallis said:
“We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain, Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration. Both apt and auspicious.” Read more about World Vegan Day at Wikipedia.
Along with celebrating the Vegan Society's birthday, Vegan Day is also an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was formed by Donald Watson.
Each year, vegan societies hold festivals and exhibitions around the world. It's a great time of year to find vegan supporters and vegan curious individuals celebrating with local events, talks and cooking demonstrations.
Check out these cool vegan events resources:
At VeganSociety.com you can find a list of vegan events in November and December 2015 word wide.
At Vegan.com you can find even more vegan events world wide.
We have decided to spend the day spreading the word about vegan compassion, together with a few good recipes on Facebook and Twitter – like the perfect chocolate mousse and Delicious Apple Crisp.
If you are on Twitter you may want to follow along with World Vegan Day tweets.
Enjoy this World Vegan Day however you choose to celebrate it. 🙂
Click below to the next page to check out one of the world's sexiest vegans.
The video below from Bananiac on YouTube is not the latest top news. But it does point out a growing epidemic in the meat industry in recent years. Animal viruses are becoming more frequent, driving up meat prices. Does eating less meat mean less heart disease and strokes? What a travesty! (Yes, my tongue is in my cheek.) No, we don't need this kind of craziness. I don't mind skinning a few bananas, for the sake of a healthy, vegan lifestyle. Live on, dear piggies.
Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracy, are animal lovers. Jon started poking holes in the animal industry a few years ago on his Comedy Central Show. Here's a clip:
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We don't really need to point out the miserable circumstances that animals suffer, ending up on the average dinner plate. It doesn't seem to make much difference for those who continue to proudly consume animals. Yet many of these same people are fanatics about washing their vegetables. They make sure there is not a speck of B-12 rich soil left on them, before finally cooking all the nutrients out. This is sheer insanity. Is going bananas really such a crazy thing after all?
Speaking of bananas, I share some recipes that use banana skins in this post. Here in the West, we throw these away. Many places throughout the world know the health benefits and cook with bananas skins. I'll never let a healthy banana peel slip away again. 🙂
Deficiencies in our diet is not something many of us think about until we get sick. The more committed I become to a vegan lifestyle, the more people I meet say they are ex-vegan because it was not a healthy way to live. What? Check out the sexy young woman here below who is committed not only to compassionate living, but to keeping herself healthy, too. Yes, it does matter what we eat. Take care of your vitamin and mineral deficiencies (if you have any). It's the best way to feel great, stay healthy, and preserve your vegan sexy self.
Here's the video, where RawYogaNurse talks about what she discovered from her blood test. The two main deficiencies she found, B-12 and Vitamin D, are not only problems with vegans but meat eaters, too. Check out what she has to say:
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If you put flaxseed in your recipes, you may find yourself feeling healthier – and yes, more sexy. Do you know why some chicken egg cartons tout high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids? It's because they are feeding all those chickens flaxseed! I think I'll choose the flaxseed over the dead chicken.
According to WebMD, studies show that it may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer:
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
- Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. [Read more at WebMD]
When we know our health deficiencies long before getting sick, we can ward off a number of preventable illnesses that plague our society today. It may make all the difference in enjoying life and keeping your vegan sexy.
The road to a healthy lifestyle has not been an easy one for me. Sure, I love being active, but I can't honestly say I've cared that much about my eating habits over the years. Then I started volunteering in an animal sanctuary and making friends with the exotics that, through whatever unfortunate circumstances, found themselves living there. These animals should be free. But because of human folly, they lost their rights to live in freedom.
The only things we volunteers been able to give these unfortunate beings is a safe place to live and a healthy diet. I saw transformations before my very eyes from animals who had come from homes whee all they were fed was junk. I found a great reason to care about healthy foods.
Changing focus to a healthy lifestyle
No, it's not easy. Many of us see the horrific news shows and declare, “I'm a vegan now!” But then someone offers us ice cream, or we get sick and blame the illness on a lack of meat. Rubbish. Rationalization about why we should eat meat, or addictions to habits we are too lazy to break is just not good enough. I'm not preaching here. I'm the first to admit that I forget and enjoy a piece of cake that has eggs in it. There was a time when I kept my mouth shut and ate what was put in front of me, because I couldn't stand the ridicule for not eating meat. Trust me, I've got plenty of weaknesses, and they don't spell healthy lifestyle.
Yet, it's a wonderful thing to start questioning our choices and trying new things. Habits do not change overnight (and I do wonder why so many vegans use the saying “cold turkey” — isn't there a vegan alternative for the phrase?). We don't need to beat ourselves up for making bad choices, nor beat others up for their choices. We can, nevertheless, help ourselves and help others to make baby steps towards a more healthy lifestyle.
On the next page (click that round 2 below) you'll se what I'm talking about.
Vegan make up came as a surprise to me when I heard about it. When first studying about vegan diets, I didn't give much thought to anything but food. It wasn't long before I stopped wearing my leather jacket, and replaced my shoes with non-leather pairs (well, after my favorites wore out anyway – every day I thanked the generous animal where the shoes came from). But what? My make up relied on dead animal ingredients? Shudders. I switched immediately to brands that I know are vegan make up.
Is your makeup vegan? Know the ingredients.
Don't be fooled by the ingredient names. According to PETA.org, companies are careful about the words they use, so as not to turn off consumers. Just like the word “leather” is used for “dead animal skin”, knowing the trick to words and hidden meanings helps us see clearly. In a path towards a vegan lifestyle, our best defense is to educate ourselves on what exactly is meant by some of these words, like “collagen” for example.
Here's what PETA has to say about cosmetics and vegan (not):
Cosmetics companies use animal ingredients such as tissue and tallow (fat) because they’re cheap, not because they’re better than plant-based or synthetic ingredients. Slaughterhouses kill billions of animals every year and have to dispose of the “byproducts” somehow; selling them to cosmetics manufacturers is one easy solution.
Unfortunately, even avid label-readers can’t always determine what they’re putting on—and in—their bodies. There are thousands of technical and patented names for ingredient variations, and many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. And if that’s not confusing enough, some companies have slyly removed the word “animal” from their labels in order to avoid turning off consumers. For example, instead of saying “hydrolyzed animal protein,” companies may use a term like “hydrolyzed collagen.”Want to know more? Read PETA’s factsheet about hidden animal ingredients.
[NOTE: We know some of you think PETA is hypocritical. But any information that reveals how we mistreat animals is better than saying nothing at all, we believe. Thank you for your tolerance.]
Even though there are more and more companies that are not using animal products, many still use a lot of harsh ingredients. On the next page is my favorite of all time that uses mostly natural botanical ingredients. Click on the round “2” or arrow below to see the video.
A cake mix by itself is vegan, but often not the ingredients given in the directions. You can still use a cake mix and substitute your own vegan choices, like flaxseed for eggs and almond milk for milk, or just water. I couldn't believe it when I read how to make a vegan cake using cake mix and Coca-Cola! I don't drink Coke, but my thought was to try with orange juice and canned fruits. Coca-Cola is not strictly vegan, for it contains fish gelatine that stabilizes the color.
I've made an infographic. Check out my vegan cake mix substitutes below: