a vegan experience

The majority of my experience with veganism has been having to listen to endless scores of people who can’t sit through an ASPCA commercial and only know the nutrition keywords, ‘protein’ and ‘antioxidant’ and have never thought about where their food comes from or how it is produced try to lecture YOU, the person who has done hours of research and soul-searching and watched hours of footage, why you’re wrong and actually animal agriculture is totally not cruel and absolutely necessary and very much normal and it’s so fucking hard not to be the angry vegan but how do I keep running into these fuckfaces.

First-Ever Vegan-Themed Racecar About to Hit Tracks at Daytona

Professional racer Leilani Münter, also known as a passionate environmentalist and animal rights advocate, plans to raise more than a few eyebrows when she debuts the first-ever vegan-themed racecar at Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks!

We sat down with Leilani, who will race at Daytona, to find out what it’s like to be a vegan racecar driver.

You’re known as the “vegan hippie chick with a racecar.” How did you get started?

In 2000, I went to a racing school and after being the fastest car on the track, I had a local race team owner encourage me to have a go at it. I spent nine months looking for my first sponsorship to race at a local short track in Southern California, and I fought for the lead in my first race and was hooked. I’ve been racing ever since.

What inspired you to bring the first-ever vegan racecar to Daytona? What effect do you hope to have on fans?

I’ve been dreaming of racing a vegan-themed racecar! We have had great success in raising awareness for the documentaries Blackfish and The Cove, as well as several clean energy groups, at races in the past. Racing offers a fantastic opportunity to reach a new audience.

I am a big believer in not preaching to the choir. If we only speak to those who already believe in the same things we do, then who is going to change the minds of those who don’t? If we really want to grow the movement, then we need to get out there and get to the heartland of America—what better place than the most famous racetrack in NASCAR?

In addition to racing in your badass vegan car, you’re planning to give away free vegan food samples. Please tell us a little more.

We are going to be serving free vegan food samples to thousands of race fans at Daytona during Daytona Speedweeks, including the day of the Daytona 500 where there will be more than 100,000 fans at the track.

I’ve turned some of my race team crew on to plant-based meats and cheeses, and I wanted to amplify that same effect by millions of race fans. We have a big tent going up that will have a duplicate of my racecar on display, and Chef Jason Stefanko is coming in to cook some amazing vegan food. With the exception of my race day, February 18, I will be at the tent to talk to the fans about my experience being vegan as well. I can’t wait!

Do you have any advice for people making the switch to a vegan diet?

It’s so easy to be vegan these days! As a vegan at the racetrack, I often get asked “What do you eat?” The answer is I eat the same things everyone else does except my meats and cheeses are plant-based. When I travel I absolutely love trying all the new vegan restaurants that are popping up all over the world.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

The race airs live on FS1 at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 18. There is also a story airing on FS1 on the vegan-powered campaign and my activism in racing on a show called NASCAR Race Hub on Thursday, February 16, at 6 p.m. EST.

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I’m making this post because I see so many people blindly idolizing Jack Kilmer and he hasn’t done anything to deserve the amount of respect or fans that he has. Jack Kilmer took a picture “reenacting” basically mocking the death of River Phoenix. If you don’t know who River is he was an AMAZING actor, musician, and environmental/ animal rights activist. He also looks a bit like Jack Kilmer so people are always comparing them. On October 31st, 1993, River overdosed and died having seizures outside the viper room in West Hollywood. In the picture you can see Jack Kilmer laying on the ground playing dead outside the viper room. That’s not a coincidence. Jack Kilmer is seriously trash and beyond disrespectful. That was a really shitty thing to do and it wasn’t even remotely funny. I can’t believe someone who works in the same industry that admires River so much can do a shitty thing like this and people can still respect him. This picture is also his Instagram icon for crying out loud!!!! The next time you want to compare River Phoenix to Jack Kilmer and say they look so much alike or “Jack is the modern day River Phoenix” PLEASE DON’T. He doesn’t deserve to be compared to River and he obviously doesn’t even respect him.

anonymous asked:

I'm not asking this to be annoying, I'm genuinely curious- if you were in a survival situation, such as on a deserted island or a life raft, and it was not feasible to meet nutrition requirements with available plant life (or you were unsure if those plants/berries were toxic), would you consume insects and/or animals? I know the question in itself is ridiculous, and unreasonable, but as often as vegans are asked, I'm sure you had to have pondered it at some point :) Have a good day!

I feel like this is asked more often than not as an attempt to trip up vegans, and not to be rude, but even asking the question reveals a widely held misunderstanding about what veganism is. Veganism is not about absolute perfection in all circumstances, so that if you can find a situation where a vegan would eat animals they’re somehow “caught out” and our ethical system is invalidated, as it would be if this was some absolutist moral law. Veganism is about avoiding animal exploitation as far as is practicable. In a survivalist situation, that rule would remain the same; we would be vegan as far as is practicable given the situation. It really isn’t a dilemma for us at all, the answer is built into the very definition of what it means to be vegan.

Here’s to hoping these don’t suck!

I’ll post more details later. These are “Peanut Butter Swirl Lentil Brownies,” and if they’re good I’ll post the recipe I concocted for them. If they suck you’ll never hear about it again. That’s kind of the Russian roulette with cooking experiments, yeah? Sometimes you make dog food (do not feed to dogs). We can at least appreciate that they do look gorgeous, right? Not gonna lie, I ate some of the baking chocolate. I’m one of those psychos that love 100% unsweetened chocolate. That’s how deep my chocolate love goes. Even if these don’t hit the spot for dessert, maybe they’ll be a good hiking/trail snack? Once summer hits I’m going to start these epic several hour treks across Metro Park.

So, I started watching Hannibal earlier this week...

Earlier tonight I walked into the kitchen where my mom was fixing dinner. She was microwaving beef to defrost it. For a solid ten seconds, I couldn’t look away from the beef. I low-key thought it was human flesh and I was waiting for the camera to pan away from the microwave and show Hannibal doing some other cooking magic. 

Then it hit me… I wasn’t watching TV. It was just beef. We’re not cannibals.

anonymous asked:

ew you're a vegan. all of you are hateful and think you guys are so damn good. you're so stupid for thinking eating meat is bad. meat is the best. you guys push your opinions on people and try to make us feel bad. unfollowed.

PSA / RANT

The hostility between vegans and non-vegans has always been rather puzzling to me. I’ve been a vegan for a good number of years now, and all I’ve really seen in regards to ‘hate’ would be some non-vegans saying that vegans are cruel to them, judge them, or ridicule them.

While I’m positive there have been vegans who are cruel and judgemental, I think it is incredibly unfair to make all vegans the enemy because of those select few.

As a society, aren’t we pushing the idea that radical extremists only make up for a very small, very incorrect percentage of a whole group?

Any vegans you may come in contact with who push their beliefs down your throat should be treated in the same way you would treat a radical feminist.

I do not categorize all meat-eaters as reluctant, and often cold and close-minded, even though I have met many who fit that description.

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anonymous asked:

I SWEAR, all carnists go through the same argument structure. First they insult vegans in the name of "personal choice." Vegan points out the benefits of veganism. Carnist responds with some statistic about quinoa fields, insults the person. Vegan debunks the argument, adds other sources. Carnists mentions a random person with an illness that can't go vegan. Vegan points out not everyone has to go full vegan. Carnist ignores this, repeats step 1 and blocks the vegan. (My experience every time).

I honestly think there are only about twelve anti-vegan arguments, and they all fall into more or less the same structure, with a step added or taken away here and there. I find that 90% of the time it goes something like this:

1) Try to establish that animal products are necessary.
2) When shown data demonstrating that animal products aren’t necessary for most people, use anecdotes of people who can’t go vegan or did and got sick.
3) Admit it’s a choice for most then try to justify that choice (canines, protein, nature, land/water use, ancestors, humane animal products etc.)
4) When justifications fail, try to show that vegans are also bad (plants feel pain, soy, quinoa, crop pickers, no ethical consumption under capitalism etc.)
5) When this is shown to be hypocritical or irrelevant, return to earlier point, sidetrack, claim the vegan isn’t listening/isn’t answering their points, call vegan “problematic,” block, delete post or declare it’s “pointless” and stop replying.

 It gets unbelievably boring dealing with the same lines day in and day out running a blog like this, but at the same time, you at least know you’ll always be able to shut it down, because you’ll have dealt with the exact same argument in some form dozens of times. You may be interested in my masterpost on the most common variations of them.

anonymous asked:

Uh, fuck you buddy. As someone with a history of protein deficiency, anemia, and anorexia, fuck you. Not everyone can enter your fucking cult, so stop shoving it down people's throats when all they wanted was to make their own choices. I bet you're deficient in everything and don't even know it. You're actually sickening.

So… you come into my inbox naming off all these reasons why you can’t go vegan, but then proceed to end it with calling veganism a cult, and saying I’m “shoving my views down people’s throats” and that I should let people “make their own choices”. This is very telling to me.

This first says to me that you’re not willing to do even the smallest part. Not only are you ignoring and erasing the experiences of vegans that are disabled, of which there are plenty, but you’re also missing the point that veganism is a lifestyle, not a diet. You personally may not be able to adopt a plant-based diet at this time; that’s fine, not everyone can, but you can still abstain from non-food related animal exploitation. Avoid going to zoos, aquariums, circuses, etc. Avoid leather, fur, and wool. Avoid buying products tested on or made from animals. You can still do something to help.

Secondly, this says to me that you only seek to justify yourself. If you truly can’t, then why do you even bother to send me a message? If you truly can’t, why get offended, especially since I often make it very clear that my posts about veganism don’t apply to those that can’t? Most importantly, why use your position to try and erase the vegans that have still remained vegan despite adversity in their own lives?

One last thing; are vegans sickly, malnourished, and deficient in everything, or are we ableist scum that hate disabled and sick people? You can’t have both, lmao. Pick one and stick with it.

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Sadhana Forest / Volunteer & Vegan Community Experience

Here is a video about my experience volunteering at Sadhana Forest, an ecological revival and sustainable living organisation in India that also functions as a vegan community. Check it out if you’re interested and share it to reach people who might be thinking of doing something similar. :)

My skin has been and is still my biggest insecurity. I’ve struggled with acne since I was 11. In these 6 years, I’ve tried everything from benoxyl peroxide to extractions to traditional Chinese herbal medicine to birth control to laser treatments. I’ve poured thousands of dollars on cleansers, exfoliants, masks, moisturizers, toners, spot treatments. Even so, my skin never fully cleared up.

Last year, when I first went vegan, my skin cleared up tremendously. I had virtually 0 blemishes and I felt fucking great. My confidence levels skyrocketed and I’d never felt better.

But a year after, my skin started to get worse. The combination of a poorly executed pimple extraction with school stress, late nights, poor diet, and lack of exercise absolutely killed my skin. I had pimples all over my entire face (see photo on left). I tried to eating an extremely clean diet, but it seemed to only make my skin even worse.

I know I preach about self love, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t struggle with loving myself in the months that my acne came back. During those months, I can honestly say that I felt so insecure and self-conscious. I even felt ashamed to call myself a vegan and have such bad skin. I was eating so ‘healthy’ but my skin just wouldn’t clear up.

Acne is a fucking pain in the ass. It’s hard looking in the mirror or talking to people because you know that all they can focus on are the disgusting red spots on your face. See, it’s not just one or two pimples that can be hidden with a green color corrector. It’s rigid bumps. Blood. Pus. Even layers of makeup can’t hide it.  

But like it or not, acne is something we all struggle with. And sometimes it’s out of our control. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t feel ashamed or insecure because of it. Yes, it’s easy for me now to say that I am confident in my own skin because I have (relatively) clear skin now. But looking back, I wish someone had told me that it’s okay. It’s normal. And the more you stress over it, the worse it gets.

If you are struggling with acne right now, here are some of my tips:

  • invest in a good natural skincare routine — my favorite products to use are Herbalism skin cleanser, tea tree toner and Grease Lighting spot treatment from Lush and rosehip oil
  • destress with lemon water and essential oils
  • sweat it out — exercising will not only release endorphins to make you feel more happy, but also sweat out all the toxins and open up your pores!
  • try going vegan — meat and dairy were the two biggest causes for my acne when I was younger
  • for the fat concerned vegans, experiment with your fat intake — when i first went vegan, i was extremely low fat and that cleared up my skin, but in the past few months i have been eating much more fat and my skin has responded a lot better
  • sTOP touching your face!!
  • don’t keep everything bottled up inside — i like to keep a journal to write about my feelings and what’s bothering me
  • visualize yourself having good skin — this sounds a little weird but i would picture myself with good skin and hope that the law of attraction would bring it into my life
  • foundation and concealer! — now this may seem counterintuitive, but imo, i think it’s totally okay to cover up your acne if it makes you feel more confident (just be sure to wash your face extra well at night and maybe invest in products specifically formulated for acne-prone skin)

Ultimately, you will sometimes go through periods of bad skin no matter what you do. And that’s 110% okay. It took my skin 6 months to heal. So be patient. Trust me, it will get better with time.

“If your self-esteem really does depend on how you look, you’re always going to be insecure. There’s no way you can get around it. Even if you get the perfect body, you’re going to age. At some point, you have to take control, shift the focus, and decide that who you are, what you can contribute to the world, what you do and say, is so much more important than how you look.” - Portia de Rossi

An Update / I’m Back

Hey guys! I’ve been so MIA lately but, I am coming back. The past couple of months have been kind of intense for me and I felt like I needed to take a break from constantly monitoring all of my healthy habits. For those same reasons, I’m coming back. 

In the past few months I have:

  • Experimented with veganism (too restrictive for me, but sticking with a vegetarian diet)
  • Went on vacation to North Carolina
  • Stopped tracking my meals
  • Gained a lil weight back but mostly maintained
  • Wore crop tops, shorts, and bathing suits without fear
  • Started biking home from work
  • Stopped weighing myself every day
  • Surprised my husband with an upcoming trip to Portland
  • Signed up for the Saint Paul Bike Tour!!! 

But, on the flip side, I’m starting to feel more negative thoughts about my body again, so I want to get back into a routine. I’m going to start a bullet journal and start logging my food again tomorrow. 

I’m currently meal prepping some tofu for the week and thinking of where I want to be at the end of August. 

I’ve missed you guys!! But I have been popping in every so often to snoop around :P 

anonymous asked:

are you gay? bc i am and i love seeing other gay vegans i'm like Yes We Are Taking Over The World

I’m not no, there’s a huge community of LGBT vegans on tumblr though which is great to see. In my experience more vegans are part of the LGBT community than not; though I’d be interested in seeing some stats on that.

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