Vegan Stereotypes Vs. Actual Vegan. Is a great and funny video about vegan stereotypes, yet it's all about the diet. Let us not forget vegan is about a lifestyle. It's not just a diet. It is boycotting leather clothing and about using environmentally safe cleaning products. It's about having your friends and family follow your example. The comments are as one would expect diverted, some are cool, some are funny, some are plain stupid. Some ask the usual question “why is it wrong to kill plants but not animals?”. My answer is “‘I'd rather kill a cauliflower than a cow.
Enjoy the video!
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Green Planet Films is teaming up with THE LAST PIG to distribute the film in educational markets worldwide! The release date is March 2016. Directed By Allison Argo, Photography: Joe Brunette. THE LAST PIG journeys into the life of a pig farmer, Bob Comis, as he grapples with death, searches for compassion, and finally finds the courage to change.
From the film's website:
For over a decade, Bob Comis has provided a humane—even idyllic—life for the pigs he farms. But as he tends to his charges, he develops a closeness that begins to haunt him, and his weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs on the farm, Comis suddenly finds himself trapped by his past.
Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.
It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our society’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion.
You may want to consider a donation to the film, check out the website and click support.
Credit: the photo is a screen shot from the trailer and I added the text.
Once upon a time when there was no such thing as the Internet, it was difficult to find vegan recipes. Finding vegan friends was not easy either. If you had luck, you could find an odd cook book at the bookstore. Finding inspiration for meat-free and dairy-free meals was close to a mission impossible.
Today with social media and a gazillion bloggers, you can find never-ending inspiration for mouth-watering vegan and healthy recipes. Lately, male vegan bloggers have been inspiring me. They do not post recipes only, but also write about their cruelty-free lifestyle, including travel. What I like is many of them also write about how to stay fit, being an athlete and martial arts. The number one most important thing for me is that these vegan men demand and even command respect for all living beings. They don’t put op with anything less than what they believe.
Here is my list of 7 hot vegan men in no particular order.
- George Matthews owner of A Vegan Man. His tagline is “Command respect while respecting all living things. Be a vegan man!”
- Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete writes about being active and eating a plant-based diet. He has Marathon road maps full as well as half. You can sign up for a free course “Become a No Meat Athlete”.
Matt Ruscigno of True Love Health has been a vegan for 19 years and is a registered dietitian, vegan and endurance athlete living car-free in California.
- George Laraque a Canadian Athlete says:“I don’t put up with much, and I certainly don’t want to put up with the cruelty of the meat industry. I’m Georges Laraque, and I’m vegan.” George Laraque is also co-owner of the restaurant Crudessence.
- Ayinde Howell, founder and publisher of I Eat Grass and co-author of The Lusty Vegan. I believe his website got the name from this quote: “Someone said to me -“Well, if you don’t eat meat -what do you eat, grass??” My answer; “No, I just-eat everything else.” He posts great recipes and writes about music, sex and what else is happening in the ‘vegan' world.
- The Vegan Zombie, he may not be everyone's cup of tea, yet his vegan recipes are great and so are his how-to videos. And he is fun too.
- Brian Woz of The Vegan Man Cave travels the U.S., tastes and tries meals at vegan restaurants across the country. He posts his experiences on the blog.
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Do you hate working out? Do you think of “exercise” as a 4 letter word? Perhaps you cringe when someone mentions a session of yoga or bicycling they just enjoyed. Guess what? That is a pretty natural reaction for most people.
Human beings are lazy at heart. If you are curled up on your couch and can't reach the TV remote control, you will just watch whatever is on your television set. Along those same lines, while it is easy to exercise, it is easier to avoid it. If you hate exercising but want to enjoy the physical and mental rewards physical fitness offers, this 5 step plan will help you.
1. Stop Thinking of Exercise As Exercise.
Physical activity is what all exercise is. Playing with your children, a walk around your neighborhood with your dog and mowing your lawn are all examples of exercise. Find ways to keep active that you actually enjoy. And you will find yourself “exercising” more often, and loving it too.
Click on button #2 to go to tip #2
My mom used to say to me daily, “Get outside!” I bet you have heard it too. My mom was “an evil mom”. She would add, “Fine if you don’t want to go outside, you then stay inside and help me with the chores – the bathroom is all yours!” Out I went and played with the other kids, when I got that kind of threat.
After my first in hike in Sweden where I experienced fjords(rivers) and mountains, I was hooked on the great outdoors. Today, 50 years later, I’m out hiking/walking every day. The difference is not only the speed of my walk but also my gear and foods. Back then my “lunch box” would be smorgasar with bit and pieces of salami and cheese. My hiking boots would be of leather, like my back pack would be.
Today is so much different. My foods are all vegan. My hiking gear is made from non-animal materials. In fact, the new materials are better than animal-origin. The new synthetic material is stronger and is more durable. Great reasons to get outside!
If you wonder what to bring along on your next outdoor and overnight adventure, then I have found 5 excellent blogs that share their experience.
Eric and Veronica share backpacking stories and tips, recipes & gear and food reviews in their vegan lifestyle blog.
Vegan Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike follow Colby, who is a pescatarian, dive instructor and chess addict and Alyssa, who is a vegan, bibliophile, and dive bum. Both are aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers!
If you are a climber or want to be then, vegan climber and jumper Steph Davis' website is a must read. She shares her gear, shares recipes and answers questions.
shares their experiences of how to stay warm, how to cook, how to avoid poisonous plants, avoid dishes and how to survive in nature.
Last but not least, since this is a vegan foods blog:
What is your favourite outdoor vegan blog? Please let us know in the comments below 🙂
You have tried it before. You see an awesome recipe online. Your mom asks you to make a family recipe. But the recipes are not vegan. That is until you have waved the magic-wand on them! Here are five of our favorite hacks to veganize a recipe.
I've added an infographic at the end of this post.
1. Binding. One of the complicated things in vegan cooking is, to replace eggs. But fear not, we have you covered, with 4 different ways to replace eggs:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds in 3 tablespoon warm water and stir until it takes on a thick, gelatinous quality. This amount equals 1 egg. This is also our #1 method.
- Applesauce: 1/4 cup / 60 ml of applesauce has the binding power of one egg.
- Tofu: Use 1/4 cup / 60 ml for one egg in baked goods.
- Banana: Use one banana per egg, mash it to an almost liquid texture.
2. Dairies: Replace cow's milk with hemp or soy milk, rice milk is good too. Butter can be replaced with nut or seed butter. Yoghurt, you can buy vegan coconut or soy yoghurts.
3. Gelatin: Use agar flakes or powder. It will thicken as it is heated.
4. Honey and Sugar: This one is the easiest, use date syrup – DIY in 5 minutes recipe click here
5. Chocolate: There are vegan chocolate chips, cocoa powders, and chocolate bars that are easily found in the health food store. You can also use carob in recipes that call for chocolate.
This post wouldn't be complete without a few recipes that have been veganized. Just click on the recipe you want.
1. Italian Ricotta Almond Stuffed Pasta Shells
3. Italian Sausages
4. Shepherd's Pie
5. Chilli sin Carn (Chilli without Meat)
A great vegan cooking class can be found at Online Vegan Vegetarian Cooking School