World Vegan Day 2017

World Vegan Day 2017Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make yo save the planet and it’s species.” ~Chris Hedges

     For those of you who may not have read my last post or perhaps doesn’t know, today is World Vegan Day (November 1st, 2017.) Don’t believe me? Look it up!

Nov 1     If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I joined a good friend of mine in being vegan for World Vegan Day. In doing this, we convinced 73 non-vegans to join us!! By we, I mean mostly her. (P.s) it’s not too late to join us 😉

What is a vegan? A Vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products. This also includes products like honey and eggs. It also means we don’t wear certain clothing like leather. I know, it probably sounds crazy. To some meat eaters, it sounds absolutely impossible. People have questions like “Where do you get your protein?” or “Don’t you need all the food groups?” These questions will be answered if you keep reading!

The food pyramid was introduced in 1992 by the USDA. It included portions of meat, veggies, fruits, grains, and dairy. However, it 2011, it was replaced by the MyPlate diagram. The MyPlate groups include protein, veggies, fruits, grains, and dairy. This still shows a lot of problems. See, what some may not know, is that you do not need all of the food groups, but what you get from them.

Here are some examples at what you get out of different food groups:

Meat ——–> Protein                    Dairy——–> Vitamins

A common myth is that children and adults need milk for strong bones. However, milk has not been linked to any cases in which it gave anyone stronger bones. In fact, milk drinkers may end up having brittle bones. Dairy is also linked to diabetes! Does that sound false?? Documentaries like What the Health and Forks Over Knives prove this true! I encourage everyone with a Netflix account to watch them!

Enough about the bad and let’s bring in the good. Both meat and dairy can be substituted! Yep, that’s right. You don’t need them to survive, you just need what you get from them. Most grocers offer plant based products that give you more of the essential things you need. Let’s do a comparison of something popular.

One hamburger slider patty have 5g of protein…..a black bean slider patty from Gardein has 6g of protein.

So what’s good? Which brands should you try? Well that’s a good question! The Gardein brand is a neat place to start, however, it’s not available in all countries. They have tasty Orange Chicken (which I’m making for dinner tonight) and delicious meatless meatballs that are perfect for #MeatlessMonday . Daiya is also a good brand to find dairy substitues such as cheese, sour cream, and more! I love to use Daiya on my vegan tacos, which you can see on my Instagram page, or click here. I will soon be sharing recipes on the blog!

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     Did you know that the clothes you’re wearing could already be vegan? Yep, most shirt are usually cotton or polyester which are both in fact, vegan. Need a list of materials that are vegan? Click here to see PETA’s list! Or click here for material comparisons! I loved seeing that all of my shirts were all vegan! (P.S) Denim is vegan! Woohoo!

     Sometimes finding vegan shoes can be hard. However, you can chat with representatives to figure out the ingredients and they’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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World Vegan Day has been a blast so far! If you have any questions, I’d love for you to contact me.

Questions? Statements? Don’t be afraid to comment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is interesting information and definitely food for thought. Over the years, my husband and I are eating less and less meat and animal products and our health has definitely improved because of it.

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  2. I hardly eat any meat at all these days. Im not totally vegetarian but the majority of my meals are meat free. I think it helps that supermarkets provide more choices which makes meal planning easier. Thanks for the brand recommendations. Im going to look out for them the next time I go shopping!

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  3. I’m a day late! I didn’t realize that yesterday was world vegan day! A few years ago, my husband and I did 100 day whole food plant based diet and really enjoyed it. I know WFPB isn’t the same as vegan, but there’s a lot of overlap. Thanks for sharing and congrats on getting people to join you!!!

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