Gelatin is a cow or pig product, obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. It is used in everything from puddings, candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream and yogurts, to vitamin capsules, shampoos, face masks and other cosmetics. The FDA monitors gelatin for the…
Cheesecakes are always a good place to start when making raw desserts because the process is so quick and simple, and not very different from making a traditional cheescake. You can also have fun experimenting because the flavour options are endless. This recipe uses fresh blueberries and lemon to create an awesome sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and most importantly… guilt free treat. Enjoy!
A vegan is someone seeking a lifestyle free from animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment. A vegan therefore eats a plant-based diet free from all animal products, including milk, eggs and honey. Most vegans do not wear leather, wool or silk.
Vegans are people who honor animals as fellow sentient earth beings. Choosing vegan is choosing compassion over killing, ecological preservation over destruction, and health over disease. As one vegan motto says, “Do no harm to animals,” you can be sure that your passion for honoring the animals (through) a simple compassionate way of living.
“I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It’s like…you’re just eating misery. You’re eating a bitter life.”—Alice Walker, The Color Purple. (via nefffy)
See, right now, I’m a lacto-ova pescartarian, however, more and more everyday I’m getting a bit grossed out by my current diet. I already made the switch to soymilk almost a year ago, but I still eat other dairy products…
Hi there! I came across your post while searching the vegan tag, and thought I could maybe be of some help :). It’s always exciting to see someone choosing to eat more (or only) vegan food, but I found a few misconceptions in your post that I can set straight for you. Firstly, fish does not have any vitamins/minerals that no other food has. Omega fatty acids can be found in a variety of foods, including flax seeds, walnuts, and algae-based supplements, etc. The fish had to get their nutrients from somewhere, after all. There is also harmful mercury in the majority of the fish we eat, so removing it from your diet and replacing it with plant-based foods is never a bad idea.
As for the bread, there are definitely not eggs in every brand, so the next time you go to the grocery store, take a look through the ingredient list. Vegans definitely eat bread, so once you have found an egg/milk-free brand you like, you’re all set! No need to give it up :).
The malnutrition thing is only something that you have to consider if you don’t know much about nutrition and eat a lot of junk/processed foods. If you eat a wide array of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes (lots of protein here), whole grains, and fortified non-dairy milk, you should have no problem getting all of the nourishment you need. A well-planned vegan diet is actually much more nutrient-rich than an average meat-eater’s, so with a little research on your part, you should have nothing to worry about!
As for chocolate, don’t let anyone tell you that there’s no vegan chocolate! Obviously you need to stay away from milk chocolate, but many dark chocolate brands are vegan, and any vegan baking you do with cocoa powder will be vegan as well. You just need to familiarize yourself with the words on ingredient lists that actually mean “milk”, such as whey, lactose, casein, etc.
The staples of a healthy, whole-food vegan diet are incredibly cheap, so if you’re eating right, money shouldn’t be an issue for you. Stock up on cans of beans, rice, nuts/seeds (and peanut butter) leafy green vegetables, and fruits. All of these things (especially beans and rice) are incredibly versatile, and are VERY cheap. Vegan food is only expensive if you start buying “faux” meats and cheeses, etc.
Lastly, you were right; gelatin is not vegan. A quick Google search will tell you that it is derived from the inside of pigs’ skin (hide) and cattle bones. They don’t call it that on the label, because then no one would want to eat it! Many animal products are given new names so that they sound more appealing to uneducated consumers. One such example is carmine (or E120), which is a red dye in many candies, drinks, etc. that it made from crushed female cochineal beetles. It sounds insane, but you’d be surprised what the food industry will put in processed stuff to make it look/taste more appealing.
Anyways, I apologize for the length of this response. Any time I see someone looking to make a healthy switch towards veganism, I am always pleased to help, if possible! The switch is not only good for you, but for the environment and the sweet little animals you’re not eating! Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or need any advice in the future, and good luck! :)
“But it’s really cute how you guys love to overlook the fact that, as I’ve said multiple times, the foundation of veganism does not rest upon the ideal that we are going to put a global end to meat consumption in our lifetime through our own choices or through persuading others. The purpose of veganism is doing what is right regardless of what others are doing, regardless of what the status quo is, regardless of what is easy or convenient.”—quoilecanard (via xvxavier)
I want to get my family to watch Earthlings or a similar documentary in order to help them fully understand my lifestyle choice since no amount of explaining has done the trick so far. And maybe there’s some tiny chance that it could convince them to try going vegan or vegetarian or at least cutting back meat/dairy products. The only problem is there’s no way in hell they would agree to watch it. Maybe I’ll try to bribe them somehow…
“Meat-eating societies are also the main cause of world hunger. In America, we continually feed around 70 percent of our corn, wheat, oats and soy to billions of farmed animals instead of starving people! Every two seconds, someone on this planet dies from malnutrition while pigs and cows get fat. Consequently, meat-eaters are anti-human because feeding billions of animals instead of millions of hungry children is an indirect form of genocide.”—Gary Yourofsky (via vivelevegan)