Why If Parents Really Loved Their Kids They’d Feed Them A Vegan Diet

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT OR SO THE SAYING GOES. 

An array of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes is a super boost of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates amino acids, and everything in between to help your body succeed. No one seems to dispute that, but what about meat, dairy, and eggs?

What about children with their differing diet needs than adults? Don’t they need milk for strong bones and teeth?  What about protein for their growing bodies? If the other parents are frying bacon and eggs for breakfast, packing meat sandwiches for school lunch, and ordering out pizzas for dinner, how is my child ever going to survive?

Eating habits are set early in life.  Do we want to set the stage for our children to grow up eating cancer inducing meats, inflammation causing dairy, and cholesterol loaded eggs from sentient beings who don’t want to be included on our plates?  Or do we want our children to grow up with compassion for others, consuming a vegan diet which includes a rainbow of plants, beans, and grains?

The answer is simple: A vegan diet is the only way to live, thrive, and reduce our negative impact on Earth. 

You see too many children in all age ranges that are obese.  You see too many children on antidepressants, miserable with multiple allergies, and diagnosed with all sorts of ailments.   Is veganism for your family a cure-all?  Of course not, but veganism creates many health opportunities for people of all ages. 

Raising healthy children is challenging, but teaching them early about nutrition and including them in food preparation is the key to lifelong habits.  Introducing a variety of foods encompassing fruits and vegetables at a young age is a positive step for their future. 

But aren’t they missing out on the health benefits of consuming animal products? By introducing them from the start to veganism, they won’t crave cheeseburgers, bacon, and pizza.   They WILL be missing nitrates, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the horror of animal agriculture. 

Maybe you’re worried about your kids fitting in. What about school, birthday celebrations, and their peers?  Isn’t being a teenager hard enough?

The meat, dairy, and egg industries have spent a fortune on false advertisements since forever. 

“Beef, It’s What's For Dinner!” 

“The Incredible Edible Egg!”

“Milk Does a Body Good!”

These were all hugely successful financial campaigns for the industry.  Remember all the celebrity milk mustaches?

Animal agriculture lobbyists have bought Congress hook, line, and sinker.  That’s the reason behind that Food Pyramids and the more recent My Plate food diagram from the government politely pushing their agenda on what people should eat and what they shouldn’t eat.  It has to be ok if the government tells you it is, right?

Not exactly.

Old school thinking is slowly but surely eroding away. 

More people are turning to plant-based meals for a multitude of reasons.  Health, compassion, and our environment are just a few.

Meatless Mondays are popular.   Schools all over the world are either adopting vegan meals or at least offering more vegan choices for their students. 

Vegan bakeries are popping up everywhere producing amazing cakes, cookies, and all sorts of sweets for every occasion.  At the rate veganism is growing, vegan options are too. 

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated in 2016, “ Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and athletics. 

As you can see, veganism is a win-win for everyone, especially children, as it will lead to a “forever”  lifestyle encouraging future generations of healthy and physically wealthy people! 

Monica Hewitt
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I Hated the Numbers on the Scale Looking Back At Me: The last straw that finally made me change my diet

I was used to being lazy after getting home from work, diving on the couch, and eating some processed junk before I ate my crappy dinner. So the first step wasn’t to start using a meal plan, or even finding one. The first step was…

VEGAN RECIPE: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Vegan Black Bean Soup

“When all else fails, there’s always soup...  Vegan soup!”

It wasn’t Gandhi, was it?  John Lennon perhaps?  Possibly...                      

Regardless, whoever it was that uttered those words, knew it to be true.  (If you’re kind of guessing it was actually your author, you’re definitely on the right track…)

Therein lies the beauty of veganism.  What you eat can be as complex in construction as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, or it can be as straight-forward as a walk in the park.  Don’t let the omnivores and anti-veganistas have it all their own way when it comes to culinary versatility.  If anything, a vegan diet creates a need for greater creativity and diversity in the kitchen.

That said, for the purpose of this article, let’s get you acquainted with an easy to make vegan soup recipe that will keep you coming back for more. 

User advisory:  you’ll need a crock-pot and crock-pots rock – and there we have our first vegan tongue-twister of the night!

Spicy Black Bean Soup:

  • 3 cup black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 – 2 chopped onions (subject of course to your own particular onion requirements)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cloves of garlic (vampires need not apply)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • ¼ cup dried chives
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 cup water

Launch all of the ingredients listed into the crockpot for an overnight, or at least for an 8-hour get-together, on a low heat.  Come the morning, season to taste, if need be.  That’s it!

Eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Or all three.  It's packed with nutrients, low in fat, absent of oils, and as vegan as vegan can be.

Special note:  spice-wise, as detailed above, this comes with a kick.  It’s super easy to drop the Scoville units if you wish – just tinker accordingly.  Likewise, if you like to chase the burn, it’s equally as easy to rev up the heat.  Your author likes it super-hot and uses this soup as a remedy for taking out a cold.  Not only will it search for and destroy the bugs, it will do it all along with a soupy grin.

This recipe is so straightforward it actually makes a walk in the park look like anything but.  Give this a shot as when you do, it will quickly become a staple go-to in your library of quick-fire vegan recipes with minimal fuss attached.

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Enjoy!

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You'll Never Become a Successful Vegan Until You Stop Doing These 7 Things

You'll Never Become a Successful Vegan Until You Stop Doing These 7 Things

Navigating away from these common traps can make all the difference in getting your veganism going.

The game of life is all about winning and losing -- and veganism is no exception. In fact, 7 out of 10 people end up abandoning veganism like a gym membership after the new year, only to wish, for years after, that they’d just stuck it out. It's a competitive world out there, and if you want your veganism to be a positive addition to your life, here are seven habits you need to avoid.

1. Letting fear win

When you allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear then you'll never take action when the chips are down. Every vegan who has lived in the trenches knows that failure is eventually the key to success. Take risks, recognize what didn't work, learn from your mistakes, and then move on. Sometimes mistakes are the key ingredient to success.

Words and talk don't a vegan make it. In other words, nothing gets done when all you do is talk about it. Successful vegans take action on ideas. They takeoff and execute, even when that decision can be terrifying.

2. Worrying about the success of others

Take note of the success of other vegans. Let them motivate and drive you. Just don't let what they’ve done consume you. Every person has the potential and ability to become a successful vegan. However, if you waste your time focusing on what someone else is doing, you'll only undermine and sidetrack your own progress. You can't positively grow and get better when you're worried about what someone else is doing.

3. Knowing it all

It doesn't matter how much experience you have, there's always more to learn. You have to be willing to be inspired and to learn from those around you. You might be an expert at veganism, but that doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about it. Humility is a virtue to be embraced by everyone – especially vegans.

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4. Making excuses

Whenever you make a mistake, claim it. Then learn from it. This is veganism, and in veganism you have to realize that things don't always go according to your beautifully crafted blueprint. We live in a world that does its best to discount veganism and what it stands for, so you have to be aware of that act accordingly. If you can identify a mistake you’ve made, rather it diet or even a article of clothing you bought, face it, and then you won't make that same mistake again.

If you make excuses for problems or mistakes, then you'll repeat them because you never took the time to identify the problem and apply a solution.

5. Getting engulfed in your ideas

Your ideas and dreams are what brought you this point. But if you live in those daydreams, you'll never be able to look at the bigger picture and understand the core of veganism. Daydreams don't typically include meal plans profit and words of encouragement, so it's up to you as a vegan to lay out those details.

Grab your vegan dream and pad it with plans that help you survive the short term and move you from good to great vegan.

6. Stranding yourself on an island

You may very well be the only vegan you know in the beginning, but you still know people. You definitely have contacts, colleagues, friends, and family -- so there's no reason to get stuck in a set way of doing things all by yourself.  And yes, I know, most of them won’t be vegan, and that’ll suck. But you’ll be shocked at how many people you know that will take an interest in why you’re vegan, and want to engage in plant-based eating and activities with you. Be willing to learn and open up to those around you to help you succeed.

7. Taking negativity to heart

You are bound to come across people who don't agree with your vegan ideals. They'll think they’re stupid. Or simply be close-minded to the idea of it. The single biggest mistake you can make is listening to negative opinions and taking them to heart.

The more any subject or idea is, the more you can expect these people to pop up and tell you not to bother. And something like veganism is at the top of that list. Anyone with this mentality should be avoided like the plague. They are a poison pill to your success. These are the types of people who would have told Nissan that customers don't want automobiles because they are too dangerous, because they’re fast and computerized. Cross the road when you see them coming.

Point is…

You're going to make mistakes. You're going to get a little sidetracked and lost along the way. But correcting these habits before you start your journey will make it easier to get yourself on the path to success.

~Carlos F.

 

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Co-Mingling Veganism With Politics

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Many times, you’ll find people of varying political ideologies (particularly on the radical left) either using veganism to justify their political ideologies or associating the two when espousing their opinions. They will act as though veganism is somehow linked to their social justice agendas and create links between the two leading to nothing short of a political hijacking of a movement that can not be more alienated from the political realm.

That is problematic. Let me explain why:

Firstly, it alienates people on the other side who are considering a vegan lifestyle. It creates division and tells those people that unless they follow political party X, Y or Z they can’t be taken seriously as vegans.

I’ve encountered Socialists or Communists claiming that if you’re a vegan but do not adhere to their political and societal values, then you’re a hypocrite. All that did was spark a not so productive internet war between them and Capitalist vegans which, in turn, led to nothing but division (it was interesting to read as a lurker but incredibly negative). It created further division among vegans. How are we going to eradicate animal cruelty and create a worldwide presence if we’re being divisive towards each other? A unified movement is a strong and effective movement, but people who bring their political fervor to the cause do nothing but tear the cause apart.

Veganism is about avoiding, at all costs, the use of animal products. It’s about not using animals for entertainment, food, clothes, and testing. Veganism has got nothing to do with humans. Vegan activism is not sponsored by any political party and almost all vegans who engage in activism do it for one thing: the animals. Not to stamp their political message in a fancy, trendy kind of way.

Regardless of whether you’re on the left, right or center, you can be vegan and you should not feel pressured to let anything else distract you. To the animals, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Trump or Bernie supporter. What you choose to eat, wear or attend Is all that matters, really. We should avoid falling into the trap of succumbing to our innate tribalistic nature by creating ego-fulfilling ‘sub-tribes’ within the vegan movement. Veganism is not a tribe. It does not exist so that you can rediscover your meaning nor is it a mode of therapy. Veganism is merely a positive lifestyle. It really is just about being a good human.

The two are mutually exclusive, and people should stop deterring outsiders from becoming vegan by setting political ultimatums. Because in the end, the only ones that suffer are the animals.

Let me know your thoughts below.

Alex Moller
Vegr Co-Founder
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Is Veganism Healthy? Here's What Most People Don't Know

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One huge mistake people make when thinking of veganism is that all vegans are healthy, which couldn't be any further from the truth. I've seen a lot of vegans live off of processed snacks and empty calories, with very few vegetables or whole foods in their everyday diet. I used to make sure I drank at least 8 cups of water every day. I'd only have red meat a few times a month. I’d make sure I ate fish 2-3 times a week – of course, combined with vegetable sides. I wouldn't ever drink milk, and my post-workout meals usually consisted of eggs or a shake – cause, ya know, protein. I was the healthiest I'd ever been in my life. Or so I thought. I look back on those days and can only shake my head at what I actually thought was the picture of health looked like. I was admittedly ignorant and wouldn't find out what being truly healthy really was until I committed to going vegan. And as I dived deeper into the world of healthy vegan eating, I discovered a few health benefits I either didn’t know or hadn’t considered.

Disease Reduction

I know many vegans state vitality and enthusiasm as a major vegan benefit, but I think because it usually takes years of misuse before things (especially our bodies) start to break down, we take the pitfalls that a bad diet brings and don’t take it seriously. We forget about the reduction and reversal from potential diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and high blood pressure – to name a few – and keep doing what we’ve been doing – because it’s comfortable. But for anyone reading this, I implore you to go further with your research and learn all you can about. This is a great place to start: www.nutritionfacts.org

More Energy

You’ve got to take it easy on your digestive system – which of course, is all about what you eat. It makes all the difference when it comes to your energy levels. Especially since animal foods are much more difficult for your body to digest.

An overworked digestive system can make you feel lethargic and constantly tired. A plant-based diet can eliminate all of that and get your energy levels back to where they naturally should be. Which means no more mid-afternoon fatigue and coffee binging. And a better, more productive you – every day.

Stronger Bones

Cows milk does not give anyone strong bones, except for baby calves whom it’s genetically made for. And it really is insanity to think anything different.

But another reality that many people don’t know it that calcium also isn’t the end-all be-all in terms of keeping your bones strong. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important, but not the ONLY way to have strong bones. Eating a wide-ranging and balanced diet will aid you in meeting your requirements for other nutrients needed for bone health – most notably, vitamin K. Staying active and challenging your body is also ideal. Activities that require weight-bearing movements is definitely the way to go if keeping your bones strong is something you want as you grow older.

Stay Young Forever

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little by saying you’ll stay young forever by eating vegan.  But there’s still some validity to it. Many vegans point to veganism as the reason for their healthier, clearer, less zitty skin. Myself being one of them. Because I have oily skin, blackheads used to frequently visit the area around my nostrils. And that all cleared up when I ditched animal products. Come to think of it,  don’t know any vegans with bad skin. I’m not saying they’re all models or anything, they just don’t have bad skin. Which makes sense because eating a plant-based diet means they're injecting more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and water than most people do.

A plant-based diet also promotes collagen production, which is important since collagen is naturally lost collagen as we age, and makes skin look thinner, saggier and more wrinkled.

Better Sleep

When you go vegan, it’s undeniable (for many) that you’ll notice that you have improved sleep. And that has everything to do with the food you consume.

Not only are vegan foods light, but they also are rich in nutrients that aid sleep and, basically, you being able to sleep peacefully. Plant-based foods are usually high in vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, which help in your body producing serotonin – which relaxes the body and mind.

 

Are we biased?

 

Yes! A million times over. But that’s because we not only read study after study backing veganism, we’ve FELT the results too. So, of course, we’re going to be a little biased. That being said, I implore you to do your own research and see for yourselves if veganism is all that we say it is.

 

–Gerry Warren
Vegr Co-Founder

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Why I'm No Longer Vegan

The following is a transcript of our incredibly popular video titled Why I'm No Longer Vegan. Presented by Vegr's Co-Founder, Gerry Warren. We have received a plethora of emails asking us to release the transcript, so here it is. 

I'm no longer a vegan

I just want everybody to know that since a few days ago, I'm no longer vegan.

I guess I'll start by saying that it's been too tough...

I went out with a friend... He ordered a steak and... it was too much for me. I love steak too much. It just looked too good. I had to clamp down into it. I was trying to do it for the animals. I really, really was. That was my intent-- to do it for the animals, right?

But I couldn't do it. 

I love ice cream. I love bacon. I was just getting too much flack. People were making fun of me. It was too tough. I wasn't getting any support. I met this girl and she told me she couldn't date a vegan. I went to a restaurant... again, and they didn't have vegan options. I had to leave... and it was embarrassing.

I got tired of people talking about how freaking annoying vegans are. Or how much they impose their will on people.

I couldn't do it. I wasn't strong enough. 

I mean, F%#K the animals, right?

I needed bacon. I needed steak. I needed ice cream. I needed cheese. I couldn't do it.

I couldn't stop eating these things for animals. I couldn't stop eating these things for animals. I couldn't stop eating certain foods that are animals for animals. I couldn't stop doing something that's vicious, torturous, murderous, disgusting, barbaric, outdated. I couldn't stop doing it for animals.

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I couldn't do it.

F%$K the animals, right?

Let's keep on doing what we're doing. Let's keep using their hydes for jackets when it's cold. Let's keep putting them on plates with A1 sauce and french fries and mashed potatoes. Let's keep waking up on Sunday hungover and going to get them with a side of pancakes. Let's keep doing all this disgusting stuff.

I'm no longer vegan, right? Because I don't give a damn about animals.

Does that sound right to you?

I will never, ever, ever stop being vegan. I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up on my convictions.

I'm vegan for life... for the animals. Because I care about the animals.

I'm doing this for equality. True equality. Not just human equality. So I'll never stop. I'll never stop this fight.

It's every day.

It's forever.

It's who I am.


By: G N Warren
Vegr co-founder

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