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Vegan vs Plant Based

When I first heard the word vegan, I honestly had no idea what it was. I thought it was like a vegetarian, but more extreme. It isn’t until now, a year and a half since I decided to go vegan, that I look back and realize there is such a drastic difference between being a vegan, and being someone who follows a plant based diet.

veganism vs plant basedIn all fairness, health is trending right now. That also means that veganism is trending now. People are all about health; going to the gym, drinking green smoothies, and “eating vegan”. But little do they know that being a vegan actually has almost nothing to do with what you eat, but more about what you think.

The word Vegan was created with the sole purpose of animal rights. A vegan does not believe in exploiting other living beings. So yes, this is why vegans don’t consume honey, go to circuses or zoos, use cosmetics that were tested on animals, wear fur, leather etc, or participate in any other exploitation of animals/living sentient beings.

An individual who decides to go PLANT BASED, probably chose this diet for health purposes. There’s no denying it – eating plant based foods is way healthier than following  SAD (Standard America Diet) 100%. There’s been multiple studies proving so. One of the best documentaries on it is Forks over Knives, as well as the books, The China Study, and WHOLE.

But all health put aside – a vegan is someone who solely believes in not exploiting other living beings, and causing as little harm as possible. They believe in love, equality, and justice. There is nothing wrong with being Plant Based, but to all the people reading this: please do not get the two terms confused and mixed up. If you follow a plant based diet and still use leather and eat honey, do not put “Vegan” in your Instagram bio or tell people proudly that you are vegan, because this is an incorrect definition, and is probably why the rest of the world is getting confused on what a vegan is.

For example; if my parents were to define themselves (which they don’t), my dad would be considered mostly “plant based”, and my mom would be a “vegetarian-almost-vegan”. Because my dad only thinks about the health side of what he eats, but my mom thinks about the animals. (She also thinks about health too though)

Originally I went “vegan” because animal by-products were hurting my stomach and causing really bad bloating. I never did it for the animals or the environment, but I still called myself a ‘plant based vegan’, which was partially true I guess. But after a couple months of being a “Vegan”, I educated myself, watched tons of documentaries, and now am aware about the horrible mistreatment of animals that goes on, not only in Factory Farms, but in almost every single industry on the planet. I know how degrading Animal Agriculture is to our planet. And I am 100% vegan for both of those reasons. But I am plant based as well for my health. But I am not restrictive what so ever. I eat vegan junk food once in a while, and that is okay, because I am not a vegan for myself anymore- I am vegan for everything.

The reason my Instagram is food, and my blog and Youtube talk a lot about food and diet is because that’s the best way to reach the mass audiences. Yes, many people care about the animals and want to make a change, but even more people want to be healthy, and since health is such a huge thing right now, that is the best way to grab people’s attention. Food is the best way to grab peope’s attention. Seeing vibrant plates of fruits and vegetables is appealing to people, and I know it will help spread the message. Even if people start off by going vegan for health reasons, it will hopefully eventually lead them to finding the original purpose, as it did for me.

Being vegan isn’t about what you can or “can’t” eat – it’s about what you choose to support and represents everything that you believe in.

I am proud to call myself vegan because, to me, it is a synonym for compassion. It means that I care about the lives of others, and I am willing to make a protest every single day by not harming, exploiting them, or paying others to do so. By being vegan, I am raising awareness, and educating others about the subject. Vegan is a beautiful word, and I embrace it every single day. I’ve never been more proud to call myself anything else.

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Vegan Comebacks

Hey everyone, today’s post is one that I’ve been meaning to post for quite a while now. I created this list and explanations to show people that veganism really isn’t as bad or different as they may think. It is not meant to be harsh or mean, although it may come out that way. I just want to portray the harsh reality that is going on in our world right now, and bring some sort of justice into it. If you are a vegan, great, hey, you’ll probably enjoy this article. If you are not a vegan, please try not to take offense. Read these statements with an open mind and perspective. And remember, if you do get offended by these statements, then that means your conscious is guilty of something that you are aware is morally wrong. I’m not blaming you, I’m simply just stating the truth 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

So without further ado, the most common vegan misconceptions and my comebacks:

“Humans need meat to survive”

On the contrary my dear friend,  humans can actually (believe it or not) survive without having to eat the dead carcass of another being! Surprising, right? You may be wondering how to get protein and every other vitamin imaginable, and here’s what I tell you: plants. Plant based foods have every single vitamin and nutrient that you need to survive. People ate plants originally when the earth was created, but because of cold winters and food scarcity, they resorted to eating to animals. Which I just want to point out is 100% OKAY!! I’m not going to argue that people should have always been vegan. BUT, we are no longer cavemen. We CAN survive winters, summers, and any other season with just fruits, grains and vegetables because of our easy access to importing and exporting all across the world. We are meant be herbivores – unfortunately society has grown up with these ideologies of “eating meat being normal” so anything that goes against that (veganism) is considered abnormal. But just let all these facts sink in for a minute.. if we are meant to eat meat, why does it kill thousands of us a year?
Read more: http://mindfullybliss.com/humans-are-designed-to-eat-meat/

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Also for those wondering about Vitamin B12, read my article here: http://mindfullybliss.com/the-basics-on-b12/

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“Well other animals kill and eat each other – it’s survival”

1. Yes, it is that very thing exactly – survival. Animals are not as developed as we humans are. They cannot drive cars, make money, destroy our planet; ya know, things that humans do. Animals(carnivores/omnivores) hunt and eat their prey because that is their only means of survival. A lion can’t survive off of plants like gorillas and elephants can, and that’s okay. Every animal on this planet is different. The only thing is….. humans are naturally herbivores, NOT carnivores. Meaning, we CAN survive without meat, and we have thousands of other ways of survival and foods to eat. So the difference between humans and animals is choice.

2. Lions live in the wild, run on all fours, and kill animals and eat their flesh raw. If you want to argue that humans are meant to eat meat, please come talk to me after you’ve done this for your dinner.

3. Also, you cannot compare us to wild animals because we are in fact, NOT wild animals. If you would however like to compare us to lions, remember this; lions sniff each others butts when they greet each other, and often times kill their young. So unless you want to start doing that, don’t compare humans to carnivores.

“Animals are overpopulated, so we have to kill them”

Humans are also overpopulated, should we start killing off them as well?

Also, “meat is only produced through our demand. So if no one ate meat, farmers would have no need to impregnate cows every 6 months, because cow’s naturally only give birth once a year. We take away and raise their offspring to be grown and consumed. The population of cows is mostly controlled by the meat industry. If this demand went down, supply would as well, meaning that there would not be as many cows if we left them naturally in the wild. However if we continue in the rate we are consuming meat, supply will grow higher to meet the demand of the growing population, so more forests would be cut down for cattle ranching and more methane gas released, contributing to more global warming.”
Source:  http://instagram.com/veganistic

“I don’t have time to be a vegan- I’m too busy”

I’m sorry, but how do you not have time to eat food? If you can manage to cook a chicken, fry some bacon and eggs, or grill up some fish or a grilled cheese sandwich, than you most definitely have time for some fruits and veggies. It’s actually ironic that people excuse themselves for not being vegan with the excuse that they don’t have time, because on the contrary, eating vegan is the least time consuming. All you gotta do is eat a ton of fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, lentils, and so many other food combinations!

“Being vegan is too expensive”

*jaw drop*

Do people seriously think this? If being a vegan is so expensive, than why do the poorest countries in the world eat vegan/vegetarian?
Answer: because it’s cheap.

The cheapest things on the market are rice, beans and pasta. Eating meat is a luxury. A luxury that most countries cannot afford. You’re telling me you can’t afford to be vegan, but you can afford to go to a fancy steakhouse for dinner? No one said you have to become a high carb fully raw vegan and eat 100% fruit, which can tend to be a bit expensive. Eating vegan could mean oatmeal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, rice for dinner. Cheap. Easy. Done.

2. Another point is, even if it was a bit expensive, health is wealth right? Would you rather pay $2 for a McDonald’s cheeseburger everyday to save money and end up being 50 years old with cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, etc, or pay a tiny bit more for fruits and veggies now, and be healthy you’re entire life? I chose option two.

My dad told me yesterday that two of his friends who are in their 60’s recently got a call from their doctor saying that both of their cholesterol levels are extremely high and at a dangerous level. Hmmm, I’m glad I won’t have that problem when I’m older.

“Humans are superior because we’re the smartest species”

Actually, humans are actually quite dumb. They are so dumb that they still haven’t realized that they are not calves.

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2. Also, “If all insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” -Jonas Salk.

So really humans are just doing more damage than good.

3. Eating meat contributes to cancer and heart disease, which, not coincidentally, are the number one killers of America. Can you believe that!? These diseases that are 100% preventable are killing most of the people on this earth per year, and what do we “smart humans” continue to do? EAT MEAT.

195737f865c459b54971905bc3b9c71b“God put animals on this planet to eat”

ACTUALLY, if you read the bible, you will see that is indeed not true.

Genesis 1:29: And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.”

Although this may have changed later in the Bible, this is the statement that was originally stated.

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And if you still don’t believe me about the Bible sitch, why are you choosing to follow this one specific thing from the Bible? It also states that homosexuality is wrong and that adulterers should be faced with death.

Animals are equal beings that inhabit this earth with us. God did not put them here for the sole purpose for us to slaughter and eat them.

“I like the taste of meat and could never give it up”

“Tell me something: Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses? If you stop and think about it, it’s crazy. Why doesn’t a horny person have as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to killing and eating it? It’s easy to dismiss that question but hard to respond to it. And how would you judge an artist who mutilated animals in a gallery because it was visually arresting? How riveting would the sound of a tortured animal need to be to make you want to hear it THAT badly? Try to imagine any end other than taste for which it would be justifiable to do what we do to farmed animals.” Eating Animals -Jonathon Safran

3258e3703c43eae448802a9d9098de61“Well, I only eat free range chickens that were raised and slaughtered humanely”

Mhm, so let me ask you this: would the Holocaust have been okay to you if the victims were ‘treated nicely’ before they were slaughtered? Oh, and that murderer was really pleasant to his victims before he raped and murdered them, so that makes it okay then, right?

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“It’s my life and none of your business what I eat. It doesn’t affect you or anyone else so stay out of it”

Usually I would agree with you and stay out of your business, BUT unfortunately what you eats not only affects me, but the entire world. Factory Farming is the third highest contribute to global warming IN THE WORLD.

“65% of the world’s grain is used to feed the 60 billion land animals (meat, dairy and egg industries) and tens of billions of marine animals that are killed each year for food, rather than the 7.5 billion people that are on this planet? The number one cause of world hunger is animal agriculture. If just all the humans in America went vegan, we could solve world hunger.

The Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology even admit than 10 billion people could be fed with the available crop land if everyone in America alone went vegan. Example: 1 acre of land can yield 40,000 pounds of potatoes, but one of acre of land can only yield 250 pounds of meat.”
Source: http://instagram.com/ellenfisher

c51c1a8bb6c7f63c3c8a1f77e966efcc 6f8eaace0a15f8acb90a43a14750b4f1“We’re supposed to eat animals okay!!!?? It’s just the way things are and how things have always been.”

Yes, but during the 1900’s, women belonged to men and didn’t have a say in anything they did.

African Americans and anyone else with dark coloured skin could not go to school or sit on the same bus as people with white coloured skin.

Homosexuality was considered a mental illness and people ostracized them, tried to ‘fix them’, and isolated them.

So when you tell me that things are ‘supposed to be this way’ and use that as a valid argument, I can only tell you this: things change. Everything that we humans do is a social construct, meaning every norm, value or tradition that we do is created by us. So if we all of a sudden decided to stop torturing innocent animals and eating them, IT COULD BECOME A NORM TOO!!

what is normal“One person can’t make a difference in the world, so why bother?”

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“The question is not “Can you make a difference?” You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of a difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.”

And Martin Luther King was one person… and he kind of changed the world.

 I’m done.

Bam.

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Veganism or Orthorexia?

Today I am going to be talking about veganism and the confusion that people often mistake it with Orthorexia. In case you are unfamiliar with orthorexia, it is basically a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.

obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.

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Although it’s not listed on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), which psychologists and psychiatrists use to diagnose mental disorders, people still consider a very serious condition.

The reason I am writing this post is because of an article I just read online, and I want to address some things and clear some things up. Below I will post some excerpts from the following article: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/orthorexia-nervosa-when-righteous-eating-becomes-obsession

“American doctor Steven Bratman coined the term “orthorexia nervosa” in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. It was there he developed an unhealthy obsession with eating “proper” food, “all I could think about was food. But even when I became aware that my scrabbling in the dirt after raw vegetables and wild plants had become an obsession, I found it terribly difficult to free myself. I had been seduced by righteous eating.”

“Raw food followers might meet regularly to “align their bodies, minds and souls” by feasting on “cleansing and immune-boosting” raw foods. Such foods are never heated above 44˚C, so “all the living enzymes in the food remain intact”. No gluten, dairy or “sugar” is allowed.

Clean eaters may follow similar regimes, removing gluten, dairy and even meat from their diets. You might overhear a discussion about “superfood green smoothie” recipes after a yoga class that also happened to “cleanse your gall bladder”.

There is a blurry line separating “normal” healthy eating and orthorexia nervosa, but one way to define the condition is when eating “healthily” causes significant distress or negative consequences in a person’s life.

They may be “plunged into gloom” by eating a piece of bread, become anxious about when their next kale, chia or quinoa hit is coming, or eat only at home where “superfood” intake can be tightly controlled.

Such behaviours can have a significant impact on relationships with family members and friends, let alone on their mental health.”

So now veganism and plant based diets come into play. How do you know if someone is just healthy, or is suffering from Orthorexia Nervosa? Well, the answer is, it is none of your busisness and it is up to that person to discover and help themselves. Of course with many exceptions such as noticing your friend of family suffering or falling into obsessive habits; but other than that, stay out of people’s lives with false accusations and opinions.

I find that most people don’t care about your health – they care about being right. That’s why most people will ask vegans how they get their protein and all their other vitamins and nutrients. Seriously…? You didn’t care about my health five minutes ago, but suddenly my bloodwork results are somehow your business. Why is this? Because people love to be right and to prove people wrong about their diets. This is a comment that is posted on the article:

[Typical vegan argument:
“Oh well…. you call it an obsession because you’re just a disgusting fat pig that eats nothing but junk food!”

Or maybe, we realize the human species was born omnivorous. There is an idea. We were never born to be rabbits.]

My point proven.

Some people like to eat healthy; what is the harm in that? I do not believe that going vegan is going to lead to Orthorexia in any way whatsoever. If you go vegan and develop Orthorexia (theblondevegan), then that is because of your behavior and your brain, not the fact that you switched to a vegan diet.

I hate calling it a vegan diet because it is so much more than that. (I actually have a blogpost on that here). It’s a lifestyle, and no matter what your reasons are for going vegan, think of it as a lifestyle rather than a diet. If you went vegan strictly for your health and do not care about any other factors such as the planet or the animals, than do not consider yourself vegan, but rather “plant based.” People who follow a plant based diet tend to usually wear leather, silk, use cosmetics tested on animals, and don’t usually mind if they have the occasional slip up. However I do not speak for all plant based eaters, but that is usually the case. But hey, whatever works for you – as long as you’re eating less animals.

ANYWAYS, back to Orthorexia.

Eating fully raw is not an obsession. Cutting out meat, dairy and eggs is not an obsession. It’s changing your lifestyle to be the best that you can be and to maximize your responsibility in saving the planet.

However sometimes people do take things too far. This is when you obsess over the foods that you eat and worry about eating “dirty” unhealthy foods. Even some healthy foods frighten you and it takes up most of your time thinking and stressing about it. This is when you need to realize that something is wrong and you need help.

But if you are fine eating the way you are, and do not find yourself ever in a panic or distress, than you are fine. I know I am fine because I can eat raw vegan one day, then have vegan cupcakes and cookies the next. I love to eat healthy because it makes my body feel the best, but I would never deprive myself of something that I want, and if that means cooked meals or vegan desserts, than by all means I’m going to indulge. (I do not believe that anything that comes from an animal is a ‘treat’, so that’s my opinion there when someone tells me to just “treat” myself to some cheese pizza)

 I never used to be like this though; I actually struggled with food and body image for many years, and though I was never officially diagnosed, doctors believe I had an eating disorder, and looking back now, I know it was either Anorexia or Orthorexia. I guess you could say that I was obsessed with working out and eating clean. I would feel bad if I messed up and ate something unhealthy and it was all sorts of crazy, right down to the obsession with specific plates/bowls/silverware. I kept a scale in my room at all times and would get so upset if my weight fluctuated. It was bad, but it wasn’t until I discovered veganism that all these negative thoughts and obsessions went away and my mind could finally be at peace. Now I never worry about what I am eating, and I indulge in whatever I want. Even ask any of my friends, I always say “calories are irrelevent if you’re eating the right foods,” and ” I don’t believe in depriving my body.” I also always say, “nana ice cream is good for my body, but this (vegan) cheese pizza is good for my soul”.

So yeah I like to have pizza and burritos and tacos and burgers. But I also like to eat smoothies, salads, nana ice creams and raw fruits and veggies. I’ve finally reached a place where I am happy and I hope you can all find that place to. I hope this article helped. <3

 

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Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels

You’re probably familiar with this term, correct? I know I sure am. Do you know how many girls I’ve heard saying this over the internet, whether it be Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc? Far too many. What kind of message is this teaching younger girls? That food – the essential thing that our body needs to survive – should come secondary to looks? This infuriates me.

31Why have we been conditioned to strive for looks? Why have humans become so shallow that we could care less about one’s personality – as long as they are pretty, that’s all that matters. And this quote above just takes it even further by pressuring girls to want to be skinny. First of all, females, and males, have the right to be and feel however they want. Second of all, mental illnesses and eating disorders are on the rise. Telling girls that no food can compare to the feeling of being skinny is ridiculous. Not only is that bad for their well-being, but it’s also giving the wrong message. It’s giving the message that how others view you is more important than how you view yourself. If you don’t care what other people think of you, GOOD FOR YOU! That’s better than how most of us are doing. And I wish girls and boys could have that same mentality.

My second point is this: what if you could still ‘taste’ all that good food, and feel comfortable in your own skin. This quote bugs me because I LOVE FOOD. I’m not going to hide it, I love to eat. Clearly that’s why  I have a food blog and am constantly in the kitchen… making food… to eat it. And you know what? I’m skinny. I’m fit. I don’t even work out that often – I just eat healthy. So who’s to say that you can’t eat tons of food and still feel “skinny”. Clearly whoever says this has never had nana ice-cream..

Yeah.. I eat that pretty much everyday. And yes that’s healthy if you can believe it or not. It’s literally just frozen bananas and carob powder. So I have something to say to whoever started that quote:

EVERYTHING I EAT TASTES GOOD, AND I ENJOY EVERY SECOND OF IT. AND BEING SLIM FEELS GOOD TOO. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

If you’re interested in living a lifestyle where you can eat unlimited food and carbs and STILL be lean and healthy, check out my post on the HCLF diet. (high carb low fat) Link here: http://mindfullybliss.com/the-hclf-diet/

Freelee The Banana Girl, famously known for 30 Banana a Day, is living proof that, ‘everything tastes as good as skinny feels – even better’.

I hope this helps people realize not to let society determine what kind of person you are going to be. Always remember that you should never put your dietary needs secondary to “looks.” Screw skinny- do you.

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Is Honey Vegan?

Guess what day of the week it is? It’s Tip Tuesday!

For some reason people don’t think honey falls under the category of “animal by-product.” That’s why if you’re a vegan, you’ve probably been given something with honey, and been told “oh it’s just honey?” So what’s the problem?

1_123125_122975_2180618_2194627_080730_food_honeytn.jpg.CROP.original-originalThe reason I am writing this blog post is because I want people to realize that honey is not vegan. I saw this post on tumblr where a girl went into a vegan bakery and all the treats contained honey. She asked the lady if there was any that didn’t contain honey, and the lady replied “oh, so you’re a strict vegan?”

Uh, no, she’s a vegan vegan.

Vegan’s do not consume/wear anything that comes from a living, sentient being. Vegans also do not support for enslavement or exploitation of a living sentient being. Last time I checked, bees are living sentiment beings.. so why is there controversy?

Well, I guess for starters, people usually argue that bees are insects. I don’t know what their further argument is because insects are still living beings. Perhaps they think bees can’t feel pain?

“But why wouldn’t bees feel pain? They are animals with a large nervous system (Snodgrass, 254) capable of transmitting pain signals. And unlike in the case of plants, pain as we know it would be a useful evolutionary feature since bees are capable of moving to avoid it.” (source: http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm)

 Another reason vegans do not consume/wear anything that comes from a living being is because they believe in equality. We do not support the exploitation or enslavement of other creatures. In order for honey to be made, bees need to be held captive and used for the sole purpose of creating something for humans. Now if that doesn’t sound like enslavement then I don’t know what is. Therefore, honey is not vegan.

If you consider yourself a vegan but still eat honey, perhaps you should reconsider using the word ‘vegan’, and perhaps switch to saying you follow a ‘plant based diet’, if you are in fact eating that way for your health. Anyone going vegan for the animals believes and understands the exploitation part of it.

Even when I went vegan in 2014 for health, I still didn’t eat honey because I knew it came from a living being and I wouldn’t be able to consider myself vegan if I ate it. So I just didn’t eat it, and it wasn’t hard at all. It’s actually really sticky and hard to clean off of things, so I’m fine without it. However if you do want honey substitutes, you can use agave syrup or maple syrup.

Not only is it crucial for ethical vegans to cut out honey, but so important for environmentalist as well. People don’t realize that if the Bee’s die off, the whole system collapses. That means no more plants, no more food, no more humans.

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I’m just tired of having to explain myself when I say that I don’t eat honey. People give me a strange look at say, “Seriously?” as if Bee’s lives don’t matter. Or when someone tells me, “you can have this, it’s vegan! Just nuts, oats and honey!”

I know people don’t know, and that’s why I’m making this blog post, to help educate people. So please, do your research, spread the word, and help save the Bees <3

Six Ways to Help the Bees:

  1. Plant bee friendly plants, flowers and foods.
  2. Avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides in your garden.
  3. Support local sustainable farmers
  4. Make a bee hotel
  5. Encourage local garden stores to not sell Bee killing pesticides/chemicals
  6. Stop buying honey

Learn more about honey in this very informative video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0N8UYgMGDQ

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The Disconnect

In our society today, there is a very large disconnect between the food on our plates and the animals that are slaughtered for it. Thousands of years ago, people would go out and hunt their own food. They worked for it: chased, hunted, killed, and was rewarded with a meal, all for a means of survival. However, we do not live like this today.

We go to the grocery store, pick up some steak or chicken that is ever so nicely packaged for us. We did not have to experience the blood and the killing. We did not have to see the lifeless body of the animal that was killed for our food. We did not have to skin it, cut it up, and prepare it for our meal. No. We just go to the lovely little grocery store, or pull through the drive-thru window at McDonald’s or Burger King, and continue living this life in a blissful ignorance. We never truly make the connection of what goes on and how we get our food. There is a massive disconnect.

Even children, who are fed meat, dairy and eggs at such an early age, are conditioned to think this is normal. (I’m not sayin brainwashing) but if they grow up with this, they never question anything. Well, actually, some kids do. They are very smart and can make that connection at an early age. However, the majority of children just accept what is given to them, and proceed to eat their chicken burger in front of them. Do you think if you took them to a farm, let them play with the beautiful cows, pigs, lambs, and chickens all day, then showed them a burger, chicken nuggets, bacon, and lamb chops, and explained to them what had to happen for you to have this food, that they would still eat it!? OF COURSE NOT!! Kids LOVE animals and they do not want to see them hurt or dead. “This is why we take children apple picking and not to slaughter-houses”. And parents know this. That is why no one does this. Because those children who do learn about where their food comes from… decide to go vegetarian.

I completely 100% understand where people are coming from. Don’t forget, I too was once a meat lover who ate scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. I too bought makeup and clothing without making a conscious thought about where it came from. But I CHANGED! And you can too!

I don’t condone people who get mad at meat-eaters for loving cats and dogs but eating meat. You cannot get mad at someone for that and call them a bad person, or say that they can’t be a real animal-lover. Unless you were born vegan, we ALL ate meat, dairy and eggs! And we still loved our pets, right!? I have never doubted my own love for my pets, even when I ate meat.

However, I do understand how vegans feel when they witness these things. Obviously all animals are the same; we are all earthlings who inhabit this planet. So why do we love some animals, yet eat others? Simple; history and culture. It is how we’ve grown up and lived our entire lives. So this ‘vegan’ thing is such a huge, radical change for us. But it’s all about perspective, right? Like in some countries, cows and pigs are worshipped, and many cities in the middle east or asia are vegetarian. Many places in the world also eat cats and dogs; harsh right? But then think about it: here in North America, we love cats and dogs, but eat cows and pigs? Is there really a difference in the animal? Or does the difference lie between where we were brought up and how our culture and history defines what we eat?

In the summer time, there was a huge controversy over a man who left his dog in the car with the window only cracked a tiny bit. People were outraged and broke the window to get the dog out. It was all over the news and people everywhere were horrified. Of course I would never want a dog to be harmed or left in a car, but I found it interesting that these people freak out over the life of one dog, meanwhile billions of innocent animals get slaughtered each year for people to eat.

Really think about this; what is the difference between a dog and a pig? Or a cow or a lamb or a chicken? They are all living, sentient beings. Just because they don’t speak our language doesn’t mean we cannot understand them. And if you’re thinking of any common responses to this, don’t worry, I have a blog post on it:

“But we’ve always ate this way, it’s normal”

“We need meat to survive”

“They’re just animals”

“Humans are superior…”

We all inhabit this earth together; why do humans believe they are so superior that they can kill off living beings?

When people eat bacon, they don’t imagine a baby pig on their plate. And I know some people do, but just don’t care, which is disgusting.

The worst is when people say, “well I only eat free ranged chickens,” or “the cow was killed humanely.” Pardon me, but how can any time of murder be done ‘humanely’. If a man were to kidnap a woman, treat her really nicely, buy her flowers, then rape and murder her, would it be okay? If Adolf Hitler treated the victims of the holocaust ‘nicely’ before he murdered all of them in masses, would it have been okay? OF COURSE NOT. So why on earth to people use that as an excuse to eat meat. Oh wait, I know why, because it ‘tastes good’ and they don’t want to give up their previous meat and cheese.

I know you may think it’s hard to give those things up, but there’s definitely more difficult things in this world than quitting a ‘food’ that isn’t even good for you in the first place.

“Meat is not oxygen – you can survive without it.”

When I look at this photo, it reminds me of my pup named Ebony. I literally have this photo for my phone’s background and every single time I look at it I want to cry. These two little fellows are just so cute and precious. Look into that little eye. Don’t you feel love and compassion? It’s eye looks so sad, but at the same time, it has it’s little snout over top of the baby chick, almost to protect her. This photo is just so sincere and I’m in love wit it. It’s true what they say, a photo speaks a thousands words, but this photo just has me at a loss of words.

So please, if you consider yourself a compassionate person, or claim to love animals, try cutting out animals and animal by-products from your diet. It’s not as hard as you think, and you’ll be saving lots of lives, so it’s 100% worth it.

ps. I say cut out animal by-products as well for a reason. I love that people go vegetarian to help animals, but in reality, billions of animals are being abused and slaugtered just to produce your milk, cheese, eggs, etc. So if you truly want to end all cruelty, you’ll go vegan.

If you consider yourself a compassionate person and an animal-lover and still eat meat, that is completely fine, I understand! But think about how many MORE lives you could save and how much of a greater change you could bring to this world if you lived a 100% cruelty free ethical lifestyle! 🙂

For more information, check out the following links:

How to Go Vegan? Master Post

Informational Articles

Vegan Resources

 

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One Person Can’t Change the World

In my time living as a vegan, I have far too often heard people say “well you’re just one person – you can’t change the world”, and it makes me so upset and angry because that is literally the opposite of true. When you are as passionate about something as I am with veganism, you believe fullheartedly that you can and will make a difference for the better.

(and remember, veganism isn’t just a diet, it’s a necessary change for our planet)

I know it may seem that way sometimes – that you are only one little drizzle of rain in a tsunami of water. But you are so much more than that, and every little thing you do does make a difference.

you-must-be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in-the-world-8As a vegan and social activist looking to make a positive change in the world, I can’t help but keep my thoughts in. How can you stay quiet and passive about things when there is so much oppression in the world? You have to go out there and try, speak your mind, say how you feel, and that is how you’ll get things done. No one ever changed the world by staying quiet and being polite to everyone. You have to use that fuel and anger you have and turn it into a burning passion. Make people understand that you are serious about what you’re doing and allow them to open their minds to change as well.

My change slowly started branching out last year when I went vegan. I decided to help others and educate them for the better. I educate and spread knowledge through my Instagram and blog. Do you know how many people have told me they are going vegetarian or vegan because of me? A lot. And there are SO many beautiful and inspiring people I follow as well that spread the vegan message and help people open their minds to it. With all these people spreading love and compassionate across these social media platforms, the possibilities for change are endless.

Another branch began to grow for me when I showed my parents the documentary Forks over Knives. Their eyes were opened to the dangers of eating animal by-products and they were able to see things in a new light. They also watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which they loved Joe and Phil. I wrote a post last year about the weekend they decided to challenge themselves to go fully plant based. You can find the link here. 

Another branch stemmed out from me when my parents began to educate their friends. My dad would go up to his friends place and mention veganism and how dairy isn’t in fact as healthy as it’s made out to be. My mom told her friend about Forks over Knives and she even watched the documentary. You see, more and more people spreading the message.

The more I preached, the more I began to see a gradual change and reaction. The more I grew as a person and gained more knowledge, the more I could spread to others and help them spread it as well.

In September I moved into a house for University with five other girls. My one friend Carlee who is an environmentalist, watched Cowspiracy with me and decided if she was going to save this planet, she had to go vegan. You can read my interview with her here.

In December, my other roommate Shelby decided to go vegetarian because of her love for the animals. And in January, my other two roommates Brooke and Amy decided to do a 22 day vegan challenge. Brooke is currently doing what’s best for her body and also spreading the vegan message. Amy is loving being vegan, and even got her parents to watch Forks over Knives, and they decided that they want to try going vegan!! How amazing is that?  

aimsAnother girl from my school named Tara had been feeling sluggish and down with her diet lately, so last week she asked me to help her go vegan for a week. We went grocery shopping and picked up a bunch of good foods, and I gave her tips such as take it slow, buy all the foods you still enjoy, and eat in abundance. Veganism is only as hard or easy as you make it. Even if you’re only eating smoothies, oatmeal, pasta, rice and salads, you can still feel amazing. You can read Tara’s blog post on here experience here.

So to say the least, I think I have spread my message and effected the world quite a bit. My goal is not to transition the entire world to vegans over night, but rather to kindly educate and enlighten people about the benefits of a plant based vegan diet, and hope that some day, they too can see how amazing it is.

As for people who tell you one person can’t change the world, here are some words of advice:

“A snowflake never feels responsible for an avalanche, as does a raindrop feel responsible for a tsunami. But they were responsible; those tiny little things can make a difference – and so can you” – Katrina G (me, ayyy)

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” – Edward Everett

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“The question is not “Can you make a difference?” You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of a difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.” – Julia Butterfly Hill

“The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

And even if you can’t make a huge difference, just going vegan yourself can make a world of difference for that animal whose life you’ve saved. Per day a vegan can save:

  • 1100 gallons of water
  • 45 lbs. of grain
  • 30 sq.ft of forest
  • 20 lbs of C02 from going into the atmoshphere
  • 1 animals life

Also, Martin Luther King was one person… and he kind of changed the world. Good luck everyone <3

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For more information that will hopefully change YOUR world, check out these following links:

http://mindfullybliss.com/informational-articles/

The Best Speech you will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky

Forks over Knives

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Cowspiracy

Earthlings

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/advice-from-a-vegan-cardiologist/

http://veganfoodies.org/2013/07/16/does-being-vegetarianvegan-make-any-difference/

http://agirlnamedally.tumblr.com/post/99806117115/i-dont-mean-to-be-rude-or-be-a-pessimist-but

 

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How to Nurse your Sickness

Okay folks, it has happened: I, Katrina the vegan, have gotten sick. *cue all the meat eaters cheering*

Ya, it happens, I get sick. About once a year. It’s very rare that I get sick and I give full credit to the strength of my immune system to my healthy diet. I eat healthy foods that are so good for my body. Fruits and vegetables have so many vitamins and nutrients in them to keep our bodies strong and healthy. So times like this when I do get sick are very rare but also very sad. I hate being sick. I feel like my body is letting me down after all I’ve done for it. But I know I’m not perfect, and yes, even the healthiest people get sick sometimes. For me, it was kind of unavoidable because my one roommates has pneumonia, another could potentially have mono, and the other three are getting sick as well. Six girls living under one roof and attending University classes multiple times a week… it was bound to happen.

Last year around this time I wrote a post called “Reducing the Risk of Getting Sick“,  which tells you tips on how to prevent yourself from getting sick. But obviously if you’re like me and you’re already sick, then this post you’re on now is the one for you.

Anyways, I’m not here to talk about me being sick. I’m here to talk about what I’ve been doing to get better, and what you can do to help nurse yourself back to health!

Like I’ve stated in previous posts, I don’t believe in the medical industry. This is my first time getting sick that I’m not taking any medicine. I believe in letting our bodies do what they’re meant to, and heal naturally. Think about it; we weren’t put on this planet to come up with crazy chemicals and toxins to put into our bodies. Think about what our ancestors did; they healed themselves naturally through plants, foods, and herbal remedies. As Hippocrates said:medicine

#1. Drink lots of water.

I can’t stress how important this is, especially when you’re sick. Even when you’re not sick you should be drinking plenty of water to help flush out your system and give you energy. It’s also great to add some lemon to your water foe extra benefits. Drinking tons of water aids in digestion, gives you clear skin, flushes out toxins, and boosts your immunity.

#2. Eat healthy foods.

Well duh, you shouldn’t eat crap when you’re sick…. or ever actually. I eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and I feel amazing. Many people think vegans are nutrient deficient because they don’t eat meat. But if you ask someone what they think the healthiest foods are, they’re most likely to say fruits/vegetables…..

Anyways, eat tons of these things. Spinach, broccoli, blueberries, bananas, apples, mangoes, oranges, kiwi, carrots, celery, etc. eat them all. They are packed with so many vitamins and nutrients that will help strengthen your immune system and get you back to your normal self.

Today I attempted to make some juice/smoothie thing with a ton of fruits and vegetables. It was kind of chunky and weird but you know what..  Nyquil is gross and people drink that stuff all the time when they’re sick. So I drank it all and felt better afterwards.

Organic Burst super powders are amazing for health benefits and boosting immunity, you can look around and find the ones I use here.

photo#3. Take vitamins

Along with eating lots of foods, take your vitamins. Especially if it’s winter time and cold where you are. I take vitamin C and D, as well as Iron and B12, just for an extra precaution in the winter. Vitamin C is super important for boosting immunity so eat lots of broccoli and oranges.

#4. Get lots of rest

Your body is busy trying to fight off whatever sickness is inside of you, so it’s super important that you lie down and rest. Your body needs its strength and energy and it has to work ever harder if your up running around being busy with things. Life will wait for you if you put it on hold. Your classmates can send you your lecture notes. Your boss will understand if you need the day off. Just treat your body like the temple it is and hop under the covers with a warm cup of tea.

#5. Think positive

Your mind is everything – literally.  If you have positive thoughts, that will show physically. Your body only goes where your mind goes first, so if you want to get better, think positive thoughts and believe that you will get better. Moping around feeling sorry for yourself never helped anyone or cured a cold; but positive thoughts can. Also, after chugging my green juice/smoothie thing, I felt super awesome and radiant afterwards, and although I’m 100% sure this was all placebo effect, I still felt better and that’s all that matters.

#6. Don’t leave the house unless you have to

Embrace your sickness – you don’t have to face the outside word where there are people and germs.. *shutters*. Like I said, hop into bed, boil some tea and add some lemon and cinnamon, put on a movie, and just rest. Listen to your body and sleep if you’re tired. Eat if you are hungry. Just nurse yourself back to health and treat yourself like your own patient. Besides, if you leave the house, your body is more susceptible to more germs and illnesses out there, so you’re the most safe in the depths of your own bed.

Other than those six things, there’s not really much else you can do. A common cold lasts anywhere between 7-10 days, so all you can really do is drink lots of water and rest until it passes through. Good luck and I hope this helps!

Advice Article

The Problem with Perfect

I live in a generation where girls will never truly love themselves. Where they look in the mirror every day, and rather than smiling at what they see, they are disappointed.

My generation can say they love themselves. My generation can be conceited and arrogant, and even come off as a bit cocky – but even those girls still have a longing for something else; for some deep desire for a look or purpose in life that will give them some sort of meaning. Because to them, looks are everything, and they are not.

Girls feel low and useless if they do not look a certain way. They feel judged and less important to the people around them. Yes some people are judgmental and shallow and only care about looks, but that is some people. What about the rest of us? What about the ones who love the girl with the shy laugh, or the girl with the witty remarks and smart attitude. We love you for your inside; for your personality, your charm, your heart and your soul.

We say we don’t care about looks and that looks do not matter, but we are lying. We are lying because as we say this, we are judging ourselves. We fear rejection. We fear bravery. We fear confidence. We put on a smile and try to stand as tall as we will let ourselves, but eventually, we all break. We cannot put on fake smiles while we tell others they are beautiful and not to judge themselves, because we too are doing that very thing – judging ourselves.

Why has society made us into these judgmental beings that pick and pick at people’s imperfections until there are no more imperfections to pick at? People run and they hide, and they cry, and then they change. They change themselves from the outside, and then eventually once they’ve had enough, they change themselves on the inside. They cannot deal with all the judgement so they change themselves entirely, thinking that if they have the looks and the charm, they will be loved, but in the process, they change their hearts, and that is truly sad.

The ones who cannot change themselves give up and since they cannot deal with themselves or others, they leave us entirely so that they will not have to be a burden with their imperfections any longer.

We are all just skeletons with a bit of flesh and hair. We are all just souls with a brain that thinks and a heart that beats. Why do people think that the way they view someone should matter. The eyes are not meant to see cruelty the way we humans often do. The brain is not supposed to think malicious thoughts, and the fingers are not supposed to point to the corner where those who suffer crouch in fear. We are not supposed to be this way.

Girls. We want everything that we cannot have. We want to be taller, and skinnier, and have lighter eyes, longer hair, smaller feet, bigger bums, smaller waists, bigger hips, longer nails – we want impossible. We need reality. We are not Barbie dolls that society has structured. We are humans, and we are meant to be different. If we were all the same, we’d be clones. And then how would you tell us apart? How do we tell people a part? Is it based on their looks, or how they treat others? And even if girls did have everything they wanted, they would still  find things they did not like about themselves and long for more. We are always longing for a need that will never come.

Girls are sitting there right now hating their bodies and wishing they had someone else’s. And while they sit there wishing for that, you sit there and wish you had theirs. And believe it or not, while you are sitting there wishing for someone else’s body, someone is sitting there wishing they had yours. Now how messed up is that?

Our bodies don’t need to change. The way we look at them does.

We want to change our appearance and somehow achieve what we believe to be perfect, and do all of this for what? Love? Happiness? You cannot change yourself and expect these magnificent things from life. You cannot go out searching for happiness. Happiness is not a destination that you reach at the end of your long tough journey. Happiness is a lifestyle. And you cannot “want” happiness. You just become it.

So rather than beating yourself up and picking out your flaws like flowers from the ground, change yourself; but not on the outside; from the inside. Change your thoughts, change your mind. Change how you think and how you act. Don’t stress about the bad, and don’t worry about other people’s opinions. Worry about you. Care for others, and care for yourself. Learn to love and to use your hands to mend, not destroy. We were created to serve a purpose on this earth, and that is to live; to love, be loved, and to be strong. So be strong

 

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Misconceptions About the HCLF Diet

(Please note this updated article I did called “Why I’m not Longer HCLF or Raw Till 4“)

In early 2014 I was introduced to the HCLF diet. I wouldn’t normally refer to it as a “diet” because it’s more of a lifestyle, but for all intents and purposes, that is what it’s called. This lifestyle changed the way I think about food and has helped me immensely over the past few months. It is an amazing lifestyle and I think everyone should be aware of it. I also wrote a post a couple months back describing all the details. You can find the post here.

So recently I read an article about someone who was debunking the HCLF diet by saying every body is different and some people may not thrive this way, and also didn’t recommend it to people who have/had an eating disorder. So I just wanted to make a post to let everybody know some misconceptions about this diet, and that truly anyone can flourish from it if you put your mind to it 🙂 Don’t knock it till you try it.

Misconceptions:


 1. HCLF / raw vegan / 801010 diet are all the same.

First of all, many people may think these three diets are all the same and may generalize them into one category. Although they are similar, they are not all one diet. For those of you who don’t know what any of these things mean, I’ll break it down for you. (I also previously wrote a blog post about all the types of vegan diets that you can find here.)

HCLF = High Carb Low Fat. This means eating an abundance of food that are high in carbohydrates (good carbs vs bad carbs post here) such as fruit, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta, etc. Low amounts of salt/sugar/fat. A typical day for a HCLF diet would consist of possibly a raw till 4 meal (or more than 1 cooked meal because it’s all up to you) such as: giant smoothie for breakfast, fruit, nana ice cream or a big salad for lunch. And rice/potatoes/pasta/stir-fry/curry for dinner.

Raw Vegan = One who does not consume anything cooked over 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). People who live this lifestyle typically do it strictly for health, since eating raw foods are the best for you. A typical day for a raw vegan could be a giant smoothie for breakfast, a huge fruit platter for lunch, and a giant salad for dinner!

Scientists found the energy levels that radiate from raw fruits and vegetables are phenomenal compared to cooked ones. You are what you eat.

Scientists found the energy levels that radiate from raw fruits and vegetables are phenomenal compared to cooked ones. You are what you eat.

801010 = a ratio of 80/10/10 where one gets 80% of their calories from carbs (fruits and veggies), 10% comes from healthy fats(avocados, nuts, etc), and the other 10% comes from protein(leafy greens). Hence the break down, 80%-10%-10%

So you could see how one might get these three diets confused and think they are all one diet. But one who follows a HCLF diet doesn’t necessarily listen to the 801010 ratios, or one who follows 801010 may not be fully raw. You see? 🙂

One thing all of these diets do have is optimal health and abundance. You get to eat a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables that leave you feeling the best! Which brings me to my next misconception:

2. These diets are restrictive. Bad for people with eating disorders.

This one makes me laugh because this diet is the OPPOSITE of restrictive. This is personally coming from someone who has battled with disordered thoughts for a long time. I used to eat as little as possible to lose weight and use the ‘calorie counting’ app to ensure I had under a certain amount of calories each day. I can officially say that ever since I have started this lifestyle (I say lifestyle because a ‘diet’ implies a temporary fix) I have not restricted my calories or said no to a food once.

Of course when you are a vegan you say no to anything that comes from an animal, but I think that is different. That is not restrictive, that’s a choice, and it’s an amazing one cause you are doing what’s best for the human body, as well as saving the animals and helping the earth.  I don’t consider veganism a diet, and it’s not a lifestyle either. Is not being racist a lifestyle? Is not being sexist or homophobic a lifestyle? Being vegan is a necessary change we need for this world. So no, it’s not restrictive – it’s necessary.

I get so excited to wake up in the morning and have a big smoothie or nana ice cream for breakfast. I don’t follow a strict diet, so I don’t count calories or ratios, or make sure that two of my meals each day or raw. I just wake up and eat what my body thrives on. For me this would be nana ice cream with 4 bananas (lately I’ve been able to do 5), then for lunch I have oatmeal, or a ton of fruit, or a PB&J sandwich. Then for dinner I alternate between a giant salad with every vegetable you can think of, rice pasta w/ tomato sauce, potato fries (3-4 potatoes), tofu and mashed potatoes, or vegan chili! See, so many options, and everybody is different. So just find what works for your body and do that. And if I want dessert, I have dessert. When I used to restrict, I didn’t know if all the foods I was eating were healthy so I felt guilty eating treats. But now since I know that everything I eat is healthy, I have no problem eating desserts and treats! Especially when you can make those healthy as well! Some of my favourites are: dates+peanut butter, vegan brownies, vegan cookies, vegan cheesecake. mmmm.

3. Eating too many calories is bad for you.

Eating too many calories is not bad for you!!! Calories are irrelevant because literally every single food contains them. What people don’t understand is that there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ calorie. However foods do contain are things like fats, sugars, cholesterol, etc. THOSE are the things that are bad, not the calories. I always put it this way: would you rather have 1 banana that’s 100 calories, or a diet coke zero that is zero calories. hmmmmmm……..

As long as you’re eating the right foods, calories don’t matter 🙂 Count nutrients, not calories. If it comes from a plant – eat it. If it was made in a plant – don’t eat it.

10330241_706865666019119_2734672709792063852_n4.  I tried this diet and felt sick from a 10 banana smoothie. (digestive issues)

I like to compare this diet to yoga or doing the splits. You can’t just stretch your legs out for the first time and expect to do the splits right away. It’s going to hurt like a bitch and your legs will be super soar after. But you can’t go complaining to your friend that you tried to do the splits like her and you pulled a muscle or felt soar after. Because she has been doing yoga all her life and you have just started.

The same thing goes for this lifestyle. You can’t begin day one of your new life with a 10 banana smoothie for breakfast. You have to take it slow and gradual. Like I’ve said before, I don’t label myself as anything except for vegan (and proud) or follow any strict diets. But I do however aim to eat a high amount of carbs, low amounts of fats, and tons of raw foods, because I know those are what makes my body feel the best.

With that being said, I make up my own rules. Last year when I first started drinking smoothies, I could only put 1 banana in it. And when I would make oatmeal, it would be less than half a cup of oats.

One year later, I’m using 4-5 bananas per smoothie/nana ice cream, and over 1 cup of oats! I slowly stretched my stomach over time to allow myself to eat more. And I love eating in abundance because, like previously stated, IT’S NOT RESTRICTIVE AT ALL!! I am so in love with how much food I can eat and not get fat. Whereas my friends who are having chicken or eggs have to watch their amount due to fats and cholesterol, I eat until I am stuffed and I have never felt better.

People like Freelee will tell you to eat over 2500+ calories a day, and that’s awesome for her and anyone else who can do it! However I understand if you physically can’t hold that much. I don’t count calories so I don’t know how much I have, but her point she is trying to make is that you need to eat enough.So if that means your smoothie has 7 bananas or 4 bananas, they’re both great depending on whatever works for you.

Also, eating 400 calories of animal by-products only fills your stomach up a tiny bit, leaving you feeling still hungry and therefore eating more things that aren’t healthy for you. Whereas when you eat 400 calories of vegetables, it signals your brain that you are full and satisfied.veggies, oils, fats

5. Not enough protein.

I’ve said this like a million times but….. what is with people and their obsession with protein!? People always ask vegans “how do you get your protein?” hmmm, gee, I don’t know. I guess I should be dead by now.

Do people not realize that PLANTS have protein too!?? Literally almost every single fruit and vegetable contains protein. Kale and Spinach alone contain more protein than steak.. Here are some vegan sources of protein:

lentils, cous cous, tofu, potatoes, seitan, tempeh, quinoa, peanuts, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, almonds, whole wheat bread, black beans, rice, pinto beans, tomatoes, chickpeas, cashews, artichoke, corn, peas, avocado, bananas, pumpkin seeds, watermelon, spinach, flax seeds, broccoli, pecans, kidney beans, rye bread, popcorn, steel cut oats, soybeans.

Ya friends, even watermelon contains protein.

Oh and btw, people think they need like 50 billion grams of protein a day to survive or something!? Did you know that the human body only needs 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh) If we do a few calculations we see that the protein recommendation for vegans amounts to close to 10% of calories coming from protein. [For example, a vegan male weighing 174 pounds could have a calorie requirement of 2,600 calories. His protein needs are calculated as 174 pounds x 0.41 g/pound = 71 grams of protein. 71 grams of protein x 4 calories/gram of protein = 284 calories from protein. 284 divided by 2,600 calories = 10.9% of calories from protein.]

The problem for humans actually isn’t too little protein – it’s too much protein.

A large egg contains about 185 mg of cholesterol. And since the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a limit of 300 mg per day. Eat two eggs and you’ve exceeded that limit. (http://www.peta.org/features/eat-chickens-period/)

6. This is not the healthiest diet above all or a cure for everything.

No offence, but it literally is.

Just kidding, but still. This diet is SO healthy for you, I don’t understand how people don’t comprehend that. They tell you growing up to eat your fruits and veggies cause they’re good for you. Yet as soon as someone starts eating ALL fruits and veggies, suddenly that is… unhealthy? What?

Fruits and vegetables contain every single nutrient that humans need to survive. I wrote an article about the top 5 best foods for you, which mean if you ONLY ate these foods for the rest of your life, you’d thrive. Those foods are: Spinach, Broccoli, Blueberries, Chickpeas/Beans, and Flaxseed.

That’s it guys. Literally. Those 5 foods contain almost every single vitamin and nutrient you need. So there is no need for chicken or steak or eggs or milk. Everything from protein, to calcium, to vitamin C, to iron are all right there.

Not only are they healthy, but they can even cure multiple diseases and wait for it…

Reverse cancer growth. And no it’s not magic guys – it’s the way we were built to eat.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=raw+vegan+reverse+cancer

You go show me some chicken and eggs that can do that and I will be amazed.

Why do you think the doctors and nutritionists don’t recommend eating this way to cure ourselves? Well because how else would they make their money? It’s really something to think about eh?

For further reading about health, you can see my previous articles here:

http://mindfullybliss.com/the-power-of-plants-what-they-can-cure/

http://mindfullybliss.com/the-obsession-with-protein/

http://mindfullybliss.com/the-medical-industry/

http://mindfullybliss.com/why-veganism-is-more-than-just-a-diet/

http://mindfullybliss.com/eating-raw/

http://mindfullybliss.com/whats-in-our-food/

Remember guys, every body IS different, I don’t doubt that. But I also don’t doubt that if you follow this lifestyle correctly and find what works best for YOU, that you will thrive, and you will be happy 🙂

Lots of love,
Katrina