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From my research it looks like tea brewing time depends on what your teas made out of. To put it simply

  • leaf: 1-3 minutes
  • flower: 3-6 minutes
  • stem or stalk: 8-10 minutes
  • root: 7- 9 minutes

I’d recommend experimenting with your tea and seeing how strong you like it. It’s all just trail and error at the end of the day :D

Friends 🐮 I don’t have absolutely any desire to murder you, and nor will I ever pay for someone to do it for me. When you can thrive off plants, why not chose to be compassionate?
If you are wishing to go vegan, start with becoming aware and educating yourself 😊
🌟Documentaries🌟
-Earthlings
-Cowspiracy
-Forks Over Knives
-Food Inc.
🌟Speeches (available on YT)🌟
-The Best Speech Ever
-101 Reasons To Go Vegan
-Uprooting Leading Causes of Death
🌟Books🌟
-The China Study
-Eating Animals
-Skinny Bitch
ITS OKAY (!!) to at first feel overwhelmed and scared and anxious once you realise how animals are treated and modern diet’s effect on the environment and our health.
The best thing is that no matter what you’ve been told, every individual DOES count and once you are aware of this you can consciously begin making better lifestyle choices.
Compassion is one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL qualities one can have. #vegan

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29 years ago on this day, May 13, 1985, the U.S. dropped a bomb on the members of MOVE in Philadelphia killing 11 people, including 5 children.

The MOVE organization was a Philly based black liberation movement that was adamant about revolution & advocated a ‘back to nature’ lifestyle. The MOVE organization lived communally, frequently engaged in public demonstrations & vowed to lead lives uninterrupted by government, police or technology. MOVE was founded by John Africa & its members also adopted the surname 'Africa’, vegan diets & were passionate about animal rights.

Since MOVE’s inception, they were seen as a threat to the Philly Police Department & in 1978, police raided their Powelton Village home. The raid resulted in the death of 1 police officer and the beating and arrest of 9 MOVE members. Afterwards, they relocated to the infamous house on 6221 Osage St. 

On May 13, 1985, more than 500 police officers surrounded MOVE’s fortified house in West Philly, to serve arrest warrants on its members. After a gun battle during which the police failed to dislodge the group, a police helicopter was dispatched over the MOVE house and dropped 2 bombs. The Philly Fire Dept delayed putting out the flames at MOVE’s house stating that they, “didnt want to put their men in harms way”. The explosion from the bombs started a fire that destroyed MOVE’s house & 60 other houses, leaving 250 people homeless. 11 MOVE members, including 5 of their children were killed. Only Michael and Ramona Africa, an adult in the group, survived. 

Names & ages of the 5 MOVE kids killed by Philly police in the 1985 bombing: 
Tomasa - 7 
Delicia - 9 
Phil - 10 
Netta - 11 
Tree - 13

To learn more about the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philly, read PBS’ article, here: to.pbs.org/1jDZ7s3 

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You can’t train off a bad diet…but that’s not to say you shouldn’t eat!!! eat to fuel your body so that its a maintainable lifestyle change, not a fad carb-less diet!! 

I started out doing fads and being a chronic yo yo dieter! 
but once i gained a knowledge of nutrition I found a diet plan that fuelled my body so that i could still continue to lose weight/maintain weight and still have enough energy to work out and better my physical fitness levels:)

I’m 181cm (about 5’11-6ft i think) 
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Good afternoons😇😇 Its hard for me to comprehend when seeing people put their diet out as if you dont eat that way then you cant achieve your healthy lifestyle/goals. What’s most important is being happy/positive mentally and physically. Stressing constantly about whats “good” and “bad” is negative & does effect you whether you realise it or not. Dead animal flesh is unhealthy, animal products are unhealthy, modified fake foods full of chemicals that come from fast food franchises are unhealthy. What’s not unhealthy is PLANT BASED FOOD. Avocado A DAMN PLANT, bread, coconut oil, other oils, nuts and seeds and all other things portrayed as death traps are merely the least of your worries. Moderation is the key, not in the sense of restrictions and but instead spreading that certain food out and eating a variety. Have bread every day, have avocado every day, have whatever plant based foods. The only way it could be unhealthy is if thats the ONLY food you’re consuming and you’re not getting nutrients from other foods.
My experience was making excuses; although i did get turned off bread for awhile because before vegan i ate so much of it with cheese but when i did start to enjoy bread again i told myself that I’m gonna get bloated and constipated and it’s going to make me feel bad. When in fact me telling myself that was bad. I was so caught up answering Tumblr questions trying to fit into what everyone wanted and everyone’s expectations of a vegan diet being hclf and 80/10/10. Since turning my Tumblr ask off and not dealing with heaps of stress from that I’ve come to realise that all these foods aren’t bad. I eat whatever i feel like (vegan ofc) and feel great from it. Just ensuring i always include a variety of foods makes me feel 110%. Enjoy what YOU really love, find what works for YOU and don’t be afraid of foods that come from the earth and focus more energy into BEING A COMPASSIONATE AND POSITIVE VEGAN🌏🐮🐷🐓 #govegan #vegan

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White-bellied Sunbird

A White-bellied sunbird, Cinnyris talatala (Passeriformes - Nectariniidae), enjoying the nectar from the aloe flower where its beak fits perfectly into.

Like hummingbirds and the Australian honeyeaters, sunbirds are nectar eaters and they share some physical similarities, but they are not related. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution due to the similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Like hummingbirds, sunbirds can hover at flowers, but they usually perch to feed (as seen in the photo).

Sunbirds mostly feed on nectar, although take insects particularly during the breeding season to feed their young and to satisfy their own need for increased protein in their diet during this demanding time. They favor flowers with the highest sugar content and seek out those areas containing flowers with high energy nectar.

Many native and cultivated plants on whose flowers sunbirds feed heavily rely on them for pollination. The mostly tubular-shaped flowers actually exclude most bees and butterflies from feeding on them and, subsequently, from pollinating the plants.

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Photo credit: ©jozi1 | Locality: Londolozi, South Africa

like the capitalist system is not organized the way it is so you can afford a vegan lifestyle??? most vegans are middle to upper class maybe bc veganism requires lots of knowledge money and time if youre willing to keep a balanced healthy diet like its literally for privileged people ¿¿ and vegans’ primary tactic is always to induce guilt on people who cant afford veganism like how fucking shitty do u have to be to do that honestly get lost man

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Lupus (SLE) is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
Lupus (SLE) can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve.
While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.

when you make it sound like “you can lose weight if you try hard and arent lazy” its sooo harmful because

  1. that is not true for everyone, and particularly for people who have been big their whole lives changing their diet and exercise routines and lifestyle in general is a hard choice to make, especially when you’re living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have the money or time to afford healthier options all the time
  2. losing weight is a mental process as well as a physical process, and dieting can become somewhat of an obsession, which is unhealthy for the mind… when i was dieting i was checking the scale every hour and i was devastated when i didnt see an immediate change, my diet became my whole life
  3. when you have a lot of excess fat the fatty cells take longer to break down and they are more easily filled, so when a fat person makes the choice to diet, they will take longer to lose the weight and it will be easier to gain the weight right back
  4. it can be extremely difficult and stressful having to give up “comfort foods,” especially when you’re already in a stressful state of mind/environment, and when you have anxiety or other disorders, including depression. food is a tool people can and often do use to deal with stress and making the decision to eliminate those foods is really difficult

basically stop acting like “you can do it! if you dont manage to do it you’re weak-minded or lazy” because it is not as simple as you’d like to think, especially under restricting time and money

On mental illness and offering advice.

Thinking that mental illness is something a person can control by wishful thinking, a morning stroll and a glass of lemon water is not only wrong, it’s teetering on the ledge between grossly misinformed and slightly offensive.

The chemicals in our bodies and nerve impulses in our brains are the cause, not a muscle we can stretch or a skin wound we can heal.

Some mental illness is HARD-WIRED into our heads. It’s the last thing we have control over; its in the very genetic makeup that makes us “us”.

We can’t change our chemistry with the latest fad lifestyle or diet.

If you want to offer advice to someone suffering from mental illness, don’t.

Just listen.

STUDY: Number of Vegans in Britain up 360 Percent!

According to The Telegraph, a new survey shows people are avoiding animal products in record numbers. In fact, the number of vegans in Britain is up 360 percent from 10 years ago.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine, polled nearly 10,000 people and was the largest of its kind.

Around 542,000 people aged 15 and over — more than 1 percent of the total population — have adopted a plant-based diet. This is up from 150,000 in 2006. The Vegan Society cites the survey as proof that veganism is one of Britain’s “fastest growing lifestyle movements.”

Health benefits are believed to be the force driving people to ditch animal products and live a more natural lifestyle. Studies have shown that people on plant-based diets typically have reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer. People are also motivated to go vegan by environmental and animal welfare concerns.

Jasmijn de Boo, chief executive officer of the Vegan Society, states:

To have over half a million vegans in Britain is fantastic. More people than ever are now acting upon the health and environmental benefits of veganism, and finding out what really goes on in the meat and dairy industries and deciding they do not want to contribute to the pain and suffering of animals.

Britain is yet another place where troves of people are embracing a healthy and compassionate vegan lifestyle.

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The Nearly Herbivore Spider

The jumping spider Bagheera kiplingi (named in honor of the Jungle Book, for whatever reason) exhibits a predominantly herbivorous lifestyle. Living alongside acacia ants in Mexico (see this article), more than 90% of this spider’s observed diet consists of food produced by the plant for its ant partners, only occasionally preying upon ant larvae or other prey during the drier seasons. In Costa Rica, where the acacia is less common, this same species is more actively predacious, though a substantial part of its diet is still derived from vegetation. Their cellular makeup even demonstrates the isotopic qualities of a true herbivore more than a carnivore. source 1 source 2
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Easy Summer Vegetarian Ideas.

I love being vegetarian in the Summer because a lot of the fruits and veggies I love are back in season, which means they are cheaper and fresher! While I do eat fish and chicken, I eat mostly vegetarian. If you’re looking to change up your diet and try the vegetarian lifestyle, now is the best time to do it. Here are a couple meals I’ve been eating lately that are light, fresh, quick and not salad.

Breakfast 

  • Oatmeal! I love oatmeal year round. :) Whole oats topped with any kind of seasonal fruit, cinnamon, almond milk and honey.

Lunch/Dinner

  • Lettuce wrap (left) Chopped carrot, chopped cucumber, avocado slices, Spicy Sriracha hummus (this is a specialty hummus Tribe has out and its SO good), and quinoa wrapped in a Collard green leaf. Add a Plum sauce dip as a bonus.
  • Bruschetta Toasted bread with olive oil (pepper flakes, parsley, cilantro and minced garlic), avocado slices, tomato slices, Daiya (vegan cheese) cheese. Grind some salt and pepper on top for that extra kick. 
  • Squash and Zucchini rolls (right) Sauteed slices of zucchini and squash filled with homemade tomato sauce and baked in the oven with Daiya (vegan cheese) on top.
  • Homemade Black Bean burgers I actually haven’t made any this Summer – yet! But these are so easy to make
  • Parmesan potato wedges (side item with a salad) Sliced potato wedges baked with olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Dip in avocado ranch or anything else you like.

Snacks: 

  • Homemade sorbet frozen fruit, coconut water blended - so easy! You can add honey and cinnamon if you so wish. 

TIP: There are a plethora of vegetarian alternatives to the regular meals we eat. Try replacing your red meat with chicken or fish. And then try replacing those with tofu, beans, falafel or veggies. There is a campaign called #MeatlessMonday that aims to reduce meat consumption by 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet - why not try it out and see if it makes a difference in your health?! (Except wings…always get the chicken wings ;) )

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Chemists say they finally know how to make soft, delicious gluten-free bread
Bring it on.
By Fiona MacDonald

Two food scientists have reportedly figured out how to isolate a corn protein that has the ability to make gluten-free bread and pasta as soft and doughy as their wheat-filled counterparts.

Despite the increase in people choosing a gluten-free diet these days - whether it’s because of gluten sensitivity or lifestyle reasons - there’s still a huge gap in the market for wheat-free baked goods and pastas that don’t, let’s face it, have the texture of a barely moist sponge.

Gluten, for all the hype surrounding it, is just a protein, which is found in wheat, rye, and barley. What’s unique is its ability to form an ‘elastic network’ when kneaded with water. It also holds onto CO2 during fermentation, and that helps make our baked goods like brioche and baguettes all fluffy and soft on the inside.