resources for vegans

anonymous asked:

You're obviously under no obligation, but do you have sources for all the different ways animal protein (and other stuff in animal products) hurt our health? Seriously sick of hearing "meat is good for you and animal protein is the superior protein" and other such bullshit.

Hi! Sure no problem, I am happy to do that for you!

Dr. Greger’s podcast is a great source of everything plant-based nutrition/health related. His website is also a great source of information, and he has lots of videos that you can watch for free.

The Netflix documentary “What The Health” is also another fantastic resource, and it just came out so it will have much more up to date information.

Here are some articles that should be helpful as well:

Diet High in Meat Proteins Raises Cancer Risk for Middle-Aged People

Why High-Protein Diets May Be Linked To Cancer Risk

The Protein Myth

High-Protein Diet Raises Cancer Risk As Much As Smoking

Animal Protein Intake and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The E3N Prospective Study

Hope that helps!

anonymous asked:

My mom friend says she won't eat artificial meat because it's heavily processed, filled with artificial stuff which can't be good for you, and usually soy based which she thinks is bad for you. She has said that she will never try to do what I'm doing because her 2 year old son loves meat and sometimes all he'll eat for dinner is chicken or hamburger, and all he used to eat for snacks was sugary processed stuff and now he's finally eating exclusively cheese and lunch meat instead. (1/2)

It’s always fun when non-vegans simultaneously claim vegan food is expensive because it’s for “rich health nuts” but then also claim that it’s unhealthy and unnatural at the same time. You gotta pick one or the other, guys.

Every single vegan I know was raised on meat, dairy, and eggs and enjoyed the taste. That’s no excuse. (I know you know that, but I’m giving you a couple responses you can use, if you want :) )

Children throwing temper tantrums is not a valid reason to let them eat whatever they want, either. Human beings are naturally drawn to foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar, and I think we can all agree what our bodies crave isn’t what’s always healthy for us. Children don’t know better, and we’re supposed to guide them, teach them, and most of all, take responsibility for their health. I really wish my caregivers had been more firm with me and didn’t let me eat crap when I was a kid. I didn’t know any better.

I was curious, so I thought I would grab some screenshots of vegan meats and cheeses that I love, and compared the ingredients to store-bought and fast food meats. Let’s see how they hold up.

Celebration Roast:

Seems pretty natural to me. Lots of spices and vegetables. Wheat gluten, in case anyone doesn’t know, is the part of the wheat kernel that is most filled with protein, and is excellent at creating a meaty, hearty texture.

Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage:

Again, nothing too scary or artificial in there.

Field Roast cheeses:

Pretty simple stuff, they melt like cow cheese, and they taste better than any kind of cheese I’ve had as a non-vegan.

Boca Chik’n Patties:

Maybe not as “natural” as the ingredients above, but Boca is cheap, is pretty damn healthy (3g fiber, 12g protein, 7% of daily recommendations for potassium and 8% for iron, 0g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol), and you can find it in every grocery store.

Now let’s look at some non-vegan products, starting with EASY MAC Cups (which is made by Kraft, who also makes Boca products)

Wow. Not sure what half of those things are. Not to say that that’s bad or good, but you can hardly call that natural, right? Even the Boca patty looks healthier than the mac and cheese.

Cool Whip:

Totally natural, right? Not artificial at all.

Animal products, totally not processed or artificial in the least.

Various products from Hormel, as well as from McDonald’s and Burger King. Kind of interesting how the most natural things about these products seem to be the vegetables and spices they add to them. ;)

I could go pull out the various cans of beans, lentils, jams, nut butters, etc. that I own (and were cheap) to keep proving my point. Not only is vegan food healthy, it can be very affordable.

There is a real problem with healthy foods sometimes being more expensive than processed foods, but that’s a problem of capitalism and the government subsidizing crops for animal-feed, as well as certain crops being subsidized for being made into sweetener - not being eaten directly. Farmers who grow vegetables, fruits, and tree nuts don’t receive direct subsidies, and if they did, that would go a long way into making veganism even cheaper than it already is.

Washington Post - U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

The True Cost of a Big Mac ($12 taking in external health and environmental costs)

US Farm Subsidies Explained (and it’s not to make healthy foods as cheap as possible)

anonymous asked:

Are vegetarian and vegan diets really that healthy? I've read somewhere that it was difficult to get enough proteins, which could cause a series of health problems. Plus some of the vegetarian/vegan people who I know take diet supplements like fish oil to make up for the proteins they don't take, so I don't see how refusing to eat fish but then taking those supplements it's beneficial.

It’s definitely possible to be healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet.  I think it’s easy if you’re vegetarian–eggs are fantastic sources of protein and vitamins–and requires a little more planning but isn’t that hard if you’re vegan.  There’s a lot of non-meat sources of protein: tofu of course, but also beans, nuts, whole grains, and some vegetables.

I’m not going to go into huge detail because personally I eat meat, and there’s a ton of resources out there about vegetarian/vegan diets, but it definitely can be done.

Fish oil isn’t a protein supplement, by the way–there’s no protein in it, it’s pure lipids–but it provides Omega-3 oils and sometimes Vitamin A.  Most people can get enough of those from their regular diet, (including a plant-based one), so it’s sort of uncertain whether it’s necessary to supplement or not.

marshmellow-dinosaur  asked:

Hiya, would you be able to link me somewhere where I'd be able to find affordable vegetarian/ + vegan food alternatives? It's just that I want to reduce the amount of meat in my diet before coming vegetarian to see how well I can do currently with my very low food budget. I might not be able to move away from meat completely but I want to have a solid attempt of finding alternative recipes to integrate into my diet. Soya and almond milk I feel queasy taking them so I may remove milk entirely?

Hi! Absolutely! And I’ll share it so other folks can take a look too if they want.

@acti-veg has some really stellar posts about pretty much anything and everything you’d want to know about going vegan. They even have a “vegan on a budget” tag, but here are some posts I picked out for you.

Cheap Vegan Recipes

Cheap Vegan Essentials

Vegan on the Cheap

Tips for Eating Vegan on a Budget

12 Tips for New Vegans who Don’t Know WTF They’re Doing

I totally get the low budget thing, and a lot of people start going vegan to save money. Rice, beans, and frozen vegetables are going to be your friend. Tofu and tempeh are a great, cheap source of protein, but nothing beats canned beans and lentils. Nutritional yeast lasts forever, has protein and vitamin B12, and you can sprinkle it on anything (it tastes like cheesy flakes). It’s pretty much a staple of vegan life (it’s a poorly kept secret that we’re all kind of hooked on it).

Vegan phone apps are also super helpful, either for finding nearby vegan food, or for looking up ingredients and recipes. (HappyCow is my personal favorite vegan food finder).

I’m not sure where you live, so I can’t say for sure what will be available in your area, but if you can’t use soy or almond milk, that’s okay! You can also use rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and I think I saw quinoa and hazelnut milk once? I personally love cashew milk, it’s very thick and creamy.

I also have a vegan blog at @vegannerdgirl if you have any more questions. Sometimes I’ll get personal and talk about my medical conditions and health, and how my veganism ties in to all that.

So yeah, I hope that helped! And you can always keep in touch. Nothing makes this easier than having a community who will support you and people you can reach out to. :) Let me know how it goes!

FYI

to help make a difference in climate change and to not contribute to human and animal suffering as much as possible i:

- am vegan in all aspects
- do not have a car
- walk and bike as much as possible
- use public transportation when i can not
- use reusable bags
- use reusable water bottles
- use reusable utensils
- use reusable containers
- refuse plastic at all opportunities
- buy recycled/fair trade clothing as i can
- try my hardest to be zero waste
- throw away NO food
- recycle everything i can
- switched to having all of my energy come from renewable sources
- appreciate all water i use
- pick up trash
- buy local produce when i can
- forgo produce that uses many resources
- donate money to vegan and environmental causes
- live a minimalistic life
- get furniture and appliances second hand if possible
- sell and donate things i no longer use

does that make me better than you? of course it doesn’t. but i probably am doing better than you. what the fuck are you doing for the planet? do more.

anonymous asked:

Direct quotes from aforementioned CNA: "children need meats to prevent them getting heart diseases, and strengthen their bones and immune systems as they become adults." "Supplements don't come close to having the same amount of nutrients, or the health benefits real meat has." "Don't make your children miss out on the chance for a healthier life because you don't want something to die." (1/2)

Yeah, like I said, there’s just nothing to support any of that. There’s nothing derived from meat that we can’t get from plant/mineral/bacterial sources. There just isn’t. And this spate of people dying of organ failure from not having meat as children? They could be conflating malnutrition and caloric-deficiency in childhood to health issues later in life, which is certainly possible, but that has nothing to do with not eating meat. Are they treating patients from an area where starvation is a pervasive problem? Because that’s what is sounds like. Again, nothing to do with eating a plant-based diet, and having everything to do with not eating enough calories and getting enough nutrients. Human beings need many vitamins, minerals, and macro-nutrients to thrive, and the ones we need come from plants, bacteria, or mineral sources. Not only that, protein deficiency is basically unheard of in the US (again, I don’t know where you/they are located).

There is nothing in meat that we cannot derive from non-animal sources. Nothing. What are these nutrients they’re talking about? Iron? B12? Specific amino acids? They’re being rather vague about it, and it’s a lot more complicated than that.

As for supplements not working, that’s just not factually accurate? B12 deficiency runs in my family, and I have it too. All of my meat-eating family members who have it, have to take supplements. Meat isn’t enough. Ask any doctor and they will tell you the same. In fact, anyone over the age of 55 is strongly recommended to take B12 supplements no matter what they’re diet, because they will not be able to absorb the B12 as they age. And B12 comes from being bacterial fermentation done in industrial labs. It doesn’t actually come from meat.

I can provide you a ton of resources that show dairy and meat promote health problems, in children and adults. I can’t remember one instance of someone dying of organ failure from only not eating meat. And in fact, avoiding meat helps treat organ failure, such as kidney disease.

I don’t know where they’re getting the information. They neglect to mention the harms of saturated fats, hormones, antibiotics, and cholesterol found in meat and other animal products. They don’t talk about the detrimental health effects of people living in communities near slaughterhouses and industrial farms, unable to breathe the air due to pollutants from airborne fecal matter. They don’t speak on the absolute necessity of fiber and vitamins that can only be found from plant and bacterial-sources. I’m sure that individual means well, but none of what they said can be backed up by anything that I’m aware of.

The only explanation I can come up with is this person is talking about people with childhood malnutrition. Who ate nothing but rice or another staple grain and grew up with health problems. That definitely happens in many parts of the world where there is starvation and a lack of access to food. Without any other plants, vitamins, and minerals being given to them, in that case, yeah, it would look like people are getting sick and dying from not eating meat. I could understand that mistake. But it’s a case of malnutrition, not vegetarianism killing people.

anonymous asked:

Can you recommend some cheap vegan recipes for a broke ass student lol 😅

GOTCHU FAM!!! here is a vegan resource masterpost which includes a section with a tonnnn of links for how to be vegan on a budget, and several of those links are specifically aimed towards college students! :) 

onetrickpuppy  asked:

I was wonderi if you had any recipe recommendations for someone just starting out as a vegan, I'm starting it on monday when I do my next food shop

Absolutely! I’m actually a horrible cook and stick to the basics. I’m not sure where you shop for food, but most towns have a natural foods store with fun stuff like vegan cheeses and meats. But you can easily find all you need at a big chain grocery store. Here’s a breakdown of what I eat on a typical day.


Breakfast:

-Cereal (most kinds are vegan surprisingly, just skim the ingredients list for any dairy or honey) with soy milk (or any plant-based milk you prefer, depending on tolerance and allergies, there’s almond, cashew, coconut, rice, hemp, oat, and flax. I prefer soy, almond, and cashew for taste.)

-Toasted English muffin with one half warmed in the microwave with Chao vegan cheese slice, the other half spread with Tofutti soy cream cheese (it’s the best cream cheese out there and real cheap compared to others, but there are soy-free vegan cheeses available if you can’t eat soy)

-Oatmeal (packaged or quick-make because I’m a noob) with brown sugar or maple syrup on top, and fruit if you have it!

-If you have a blender, go wild! Frozen fruit + banana + plant-based milk of your choice + protein powder (optional) = Perfection. I don’t even add sugar because the fruit makes it so sweet. (more smoothie recipes here)


Snacks:

-Kite hill soy-free dairy-free yogurt (complete with probiotics)

-Fruuiiiiiit if it’s in season (melons fill you up the most with the least amount of calories, if that’s something you are concerned with)

-Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (they’re not super cheap but they are worth every penny and they are SO GOOD)

-Fruit juices of any kind, but especially that thick green stuff (I love it)

-Carrots (or any finger veggie really) and hummus

-Tortilla/potato chips and bean dip if I’m feeling my junk food vibe


Lunch/Dinner:

-Pizza with tomato sauce and whatever veggies you like (I go for artichoke, spinach, mushroom, corn, and tomatoes)

-PB&J (I like Justin’s nut butters because they’re really smooth and usually cheaper than all the other more “natural” brands)

-Baked potato with Earth Balance butter, nutritional yeast sprinkled on top (it’s like a cheesy type of flaky condiment with lots of B12 in it)

-If you’re not terrified of using a frying pan like I am, you can stir fry literally anything with the right noodles, veggies, tofu, and tempeh

-SQUASH. Just cut that baby in half (I love spaghetti and butternut squash, but acorn squash is also really good and small). Put it in a microwavable casserole dish with some water, poke some holes in it, and heat it in the microwave for 7-10 minutes (maybe longer? you’ll know it’s done when you stick a fork in it and it’s soft), then put vegan butter, salt, and nutritional yeast on it, and eat straight from the gourd.

-Gardein Seven Grain “Chicken” Tenders over whatever frozen veggies I’m in the mood for (I CANNOT recommend frozen veggies enough, they’re cheap and they last forever, and Gardein’s plant-based meats have so much protein it’s ridiculous)

-Veggie burgers (there are a million different brands now, so don’t be afraid to experiment, my personal favorite is Field Roast) with Vegenaise (Just Mayo might be more widely available at national chains), more Chao cheese slices, and whatever veggies you want to heap on top (more veggie burger ideas)

-Pasta pasta pasta!

-Spaghetti with chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and capers. Real simple to make. My mom (who is not vegan) actually found the recipe in redbookmag.com. And for the life of me I can’t find it now, but this recipe is very similar, except it has panko bread crumbs sprinkled on top (which frankly sounds even more delicious and I will have to try it myself).

-More pasta because you can never have too much pasta in your life?

-30 Vegan Meals in under 30 Minutes

-10 Very Varied Vegan Recipes Everyone Should Know

-Tips on How to shop Vegan on a Budget (and how it isn’t any more expensive than a non-vegan diet)

I’ll also include a few links to some vegan starter kits that will also help you out. Thank you so much for this ask, I get super excited talk to people trying out veganism. Let me know if you have any more questions! Happy shopping!

Veganuary Starter Kit

Why Vegan?

Vegan Outreach Kit (they actually send you information in the mail)

Vegan Cuts - Not a starter kit, but a snack box you receive each month with lots of vegan goodies (there is also a beauty box for all your cruelty-free hygiene needs)

VegNews - A HUGE resource for for vegan recipes, news, travel, whatever you might be curious to know about veganism

And lastly, Roy thanks you for being so awesome.

rabid-dragoness  asked:

Having a bit of an existential crisis with regards to pet food. Everywhere we see good versus bad and I don't know what to believe. I was offered a nutrition class taught by MMI (aka Hills/Mars). Basically said anything non commercial is bad, which I don't entirely believe. However I have noticed that those that support alternative diets demonize any differing ideas. Do you know any legitimate resources for vegan/vegetarian/BARF diets I can suggest to clients with a sound conscience?

Vegan: get a veterinary nutritionist. You don’t want to mess around with that if you can help it.

Vegetarian: Royal Canin makes (or made, I’d have to check) one of the hypoallergenic diets that was vegetarian. It was largely egg based. Waltham does have a book of clinical nutrition with tables in the back for formulating homecooked diets. You can swap out the ‘meat’ component for cottage cheese or egg and you’ll be off to a good start. I often use this for dogs with renal disease since their appetite is so variable

BARF: Well, honestly if they’re already keen on the idea, they probably have researched it already. What you don’t want to end up with is people feeding only chicken frames. If they’re set on doing this, I’d send them the way of Ian Billinghurst. I’m not keen on it, but it’s better than stuffing up the dog’s nutrition entirely.

There are a lot of very strong opinions about feeding dogs, a species evolved as scavengers on the edge of human settlements that are capable of eating a huge variety of stuff. Most dogs will be fine on most diets.

By all means go to the nutrition classes by Hills and Mars. Heckle them. Also read the books from opposing views. Pay extra attention in medical lectures about how to nutritionally manage any given condition.

Make up your own mind, but be prepared to challenge that view with evidence.

There are a lot of zealots in dog food discussions. I find it best to stay out of it, because it really doesn’t matter for most dogs. I’m only posting about it today because I’ve had so many questions about it lined up.

Vegan Resources:

These are the most helpful ones out there! Feel free to add to the list!!

Documentaries:

  • Animals: Earthlings
  • Environment: Cowspiracy
  • Health: Forks Over Knives

Books:

Wondering about:

  • Nutrition on a vegan diet - Vegan for Life or Becoming Vegan
  • Being a vegan athlete - Thrive or Eat & Run
  • Living a vegan lifestyle - Mainstreet Vegan and The Kind Diet
  • How it helps the animals- Eating Animals
  • Why it is the best way to live (and SO IMPORTANT)- The World Peace Diet

Research on Plant Based Diets:

  • Eat to Live
  • The China Study
  • How Not to Die

Recipes:

  • Oh She Glows blog & book
  • Minimalist Baker blog
  • Farm Sanctuary book

smallg0als-deactivated20170525  asked:

Hey I want to eat more plant based/vegan/vegetarian because I want to care more about my ecological footprint. Do you have any good guides/resources to start?

Hi !! I’m sorry, I just saw this ask omg, but yes I can help you out! I hope it’s ok if I post this publicly since it could provide good resources for others as well. 

Here is a link that I think is helpful to learn about veganism and what it really is. It also has some helpful links about finding vegan foods, and how to properly go about transitioning to veganism. Also wonderful links about environmental aspects of the movement

Choose Veg is full of good resources on vegan foods and starter kits. Here’s a free vegetarian starter guide that you can have mailed to you! 

There are also a lot of vegan food blogs that can be found right here on tumblr that I love and have actually gotten my lazy ass to try and branch out and make fun recipes lol. Also a good tip I think is to remember that substitutes, while they certainly aren’t necessary or accessible to everyone, can be really good when transitioning! Here’s a wonderful list of some really tasty substitutes, so keep an eye out for vegan brands such as these.

Transitioning to a more eco friendly, plant based diet is different for everyone. Some people rely heavily on substitutes, and some never touch em. If you think vegan cheese tastes nasty the first time around, go without dairy for about a month or two and try it again lol, your tastebuds will change significantly. Don’t be afraid to try foods two or even three times! It takes a lot of getting used to, but once the food habits are formed, it’s smooth sailing from there, trust me.

I hope this helped you out, have a nice day bud!

Okay, so I got to wondering about the whole vegetarian Junkers thing. (if you’re wondering where this came from, please see this post here.) I’m really wondering if their vegetarianism is due to choice or necessity. See, radiation is a funny thing. After a catastrophic event such as, oh, say… A nuclear reactor meltdown, all kinds of nasty shit is spewed out for hundreds of miles. We’re talking radioactive iodine, caesium, strontium, and plutonium, none of which you really want to be putting in your body. The radioactive iodine decays rather quickly, usually in the span of a few years, but others like caesium will stay in the soil for hundreds of thousands of years unless all of the contaminated soil is completely replaced.

So, what happens is this radiation gets absorbed by any plants that grow in that soil, and that radiation in turn is transferred to the animals that eat the plants, then to the humans who eat both. There’s no way to “cook” something like Caesium-137 out of food, whether it be plant matter or animal meat. Once it’s contaminated, that’s it. Can’t do anything about it. But what you can do is set up a sealed area isolated from the radiation, import some non-contaminated soil, and grow safe fruits and vegetables. Now, this would probably be extremely difficult to pull off for a group of essentially outlaws like the Australian Liberation Front and later the Junkers, so they’d probably cherish those growing operations like they were the Holy fuckin’ Grail. I also can’t imagine they’d go through the trouble of growing food only to feed it to livestock, so they’d stick to fruits and vegetables as a matter of practicality and convenience.

Since I’m sure there will be those who use the information in this post for stuff like Junkers-centric fanfiction, here’s a few other related factoids you can use:

  •  The two types of plants that absorb the most radiation are mushrooms and berries, so those would be something they wouldn’t even get close to, let alone eat. Seriously, a mushroom growing in the surrounding areas of Chernobyl will make a Geiger counter click like fucking crazy, and I imagine the area around the Australian Omnium wouldn’t be much different.
  •  They would avoid running into or laying in grass for similar reasons as above. 
  • Rainwater would be iffy at best and would have to be filtered through activated charcoal several times before it would be considered safe.
  • Newly-dug wells, however, would be relatively safe, as almost all of the radiation would remain only in the topsoil. It would have to be dug very carefully, very deep, and well-shielded by concrete towards the top.
  • Iodine pills and activated charcoal would be considered essential equipment for Junkers.
  • Radiation has a strengthening effect on metals, but also makes it more brittle. Therefore Junkrat probably has to rebuild his leg and replace shattered parts quite often.
  • Metals also tend to hold onto radiation, and will usually cause a rash-like burn if kept close to skin for extended periods, even when separated by clothing.
  • Main building materials for Junkertown would likely be concrete, since it wouldn’t be affected by the radiation.
  • Abnormal growths and probably cancers would be commonplace among the Junkers and surrounding wildlife.
  • Whatever Junkrat found in the Omnium is likely to be EXTREMELY irradiated and likely highly dangerous if only because of this fact.

And before you ask; yes, I am one of those sick dorks who obsessively researches nuclear disasters like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Hiroshima, ect. I’d like to think I know a thing or two about this stuff.

It’s really depressing that a species as intelligent and advanced as we are is going to drive ourselves into extinction through greed and exploitation. Animal consumption needs to stop, pollution needs to stop, resource depletion needs to stop. We’re going to destroy life as we know it, if it continues. And rather than try to work together to fix it, people would rather fight over the last scraps of resources.