01 February 2011 @ 05:40 pm
i've been converting to veganism for about a week. behind the cut are my reasons for doing so, and the conveniences and problems i've encountered so far.

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i look forward to being a part of this group and learning more about this awesome lifestyle with help from others who know the ropes.
 
 
05 February 2011 @ 01:13 pm
Is anyone else vegan for the future of humanity?
 
 
19 January 2011 @ 03:36 am
Do you think it's vegan to consume products that don't directly involve parts of an animal but do directly harm living things? I'm thinking of my vegan friend who does a lot of cocaine, the buying of which fuels all sorts of violence.
 
 
18 January 2011 @ 09:58 pm

 First off, I want to apologize if this post isn't what's supposed to be here, I read through the memories but I don't think I found anything like this.
To keep it short, I've been a vegan since October after being a vegetarian for 3 years. I'm also currently relapsing and I'm back into my AN-BP behaviors (Anorexia Nervosa Binge eating/Purging). A few days ago I binged, and thinking back, I realized that I binged on things that were not vegan. I'm trying not to get so down on myself, so I guess I'd like to know if anyone has experienced anything like this, and if anyone in this community binges how they keep from eating non-vegan items.
Also, this might be a silly question, should I still consider myself vegan or start over? haha that sounds so strange, but I don't really have another way to put it..

 
 
17 January 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Hey!
So some of my friends are going to get the dead skin on their feet nom'd by these little fish.
I don't know how I feel about it, is it cruel?
It got me thinking about some of the other ways we use animals too, like dog sleads, horse racing, seeing eye dogs...
When does it become wrong to receive help from an animal?
 
 
 
16 January 2011 @ 03:23 pm
Hello!
I'm writing a paper for a feminist food class about an activist group that has been involved with animal agriculture reform for at least 10 years. I plan on focusing on antibiotics and hormones, and will be writing about the Union of Concerned Scientists, but I'd like to include an abolitionist group as well since I'm not a reformist.

What is a well documented activist group that's been working towards animal agriculture abolition for 10 or more years? What's a good source of information about them? I was thinking ALF but I don't really think my professor would appreciate that... unless you can direct me to a solid academic source on them?

Not PETA because I could write the entire paper on how terrible they are.

Thanks a lot!
 
 
11 January 2011 @ 03:44 pm
 I posted something similar in vegetarian, so I apologize if you're seeing this again.

- What are some meals/snacks/easy recipes that are low in calorie and high in protein (without soy, seitan, and legumes)?

- Does anyone know of a book similar to Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Eating Animals' that discusses Canadian laws and factory farming? Any informative, well-written book that's up-to-date about Canada would be good.
 
 
08 January 2011 @ 10:53 am
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Feel free to spread it wherever you can. It's supposed to be a debate-rouser and draw people's attention to the humanitarian side of veganism, get them to come over and ask how the two are connected.

Please tell me if this is not according to community rules.


Crossposted to veganpeople
 
 
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27 December 2010 @ 07:42 am
hello all! happy holidays!

i recently got my wisdom teeth removed, and, admittedly, have been slacking on the veganism. i know it's no excuse, but i completely forgot about the appointment in general, and haven't felt up to making anything more than instant mashed potatoes. or ... having my mother make me instant mashed potatoes haha. on top of feeling woozy from the painkillers, now i feel gross and sluggish from all the dairy and feel like i have gained fifteen pounds just from the couple days i was eating it. (one good thing that came from this ordeal, i suppose - i thought i saw the effects on my body from a vegan diet, but now that i'm not following it at strictly, i really see them!)

basically, i am asking for your suggestions for easy-to-prepare soft foods. we do have soy ice cream and applesauce, but i need a little more variety to keep myself satisfied. if it's ready-made, even better! unfortunately, we are probably going to have to deal with more basic things here; i am not allowed to drive because of the percosets, and my mother has a full-time job, so she doesn't have the time to be my taxi. fingers are crossed that i can get a friend to take me to a grocery store with a wider variety, but in case they can't, can you think of things that would be easy to find in a smaller, rural town?

additionally, do you all have any remedies for pain that would be acceptable for my state?

thank you in advance, you beautiful creatures!

(x-posted to veganpeople)
 
 
09 December 2010 @ 08:05 pm
Anyone have any ideas or recipes for a vegan version of chrusciki?

(FYI, they're a traditional Polish cookie,a basic NON vegan version of which is here )

In exchange: Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Earth Balance vegan buttery spread 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use dark brown sugar because I like molasses, light brown works too)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs worth of Ener-G (3 tsp Ener-G and 4 Tbsp water)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 12 oz chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Cream together butter and sugars
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until well blended
  3. Combine flour, soda, and salt separately
  4. Add to creamed butter mixture, beating well
  5. Stir in chips, oats, cranberries, and nuts
  6. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet, bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit

(Makes about 4 dozen cookies)

 
 
 
A friend of mine has trouble finding vegan(-friendly) shops in the Rhein-Main Gebiet, namely in Frankfurt, Mainz or Wiesbaden. Any tips or pointers would be very much appreciated!
 
 
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22 November 2010 @ 07:41 pm
My mom brought home a Starbucks Soy Peppermint Mocha yesterday that she got for free. I split it with her because I wasn't sure if it was completely dairy-free. I got cramps a few hours later, but hoped it was just because it was such a rich drink, vegan or not.

Does anyone know if the drink was vegan?? It was tasty and I'd love another if it's safe, haha. I couldn't find a direct answer anywhere else! Here's info from the site:
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/peppermint-mocha#size=179561&milk=64&whip=NA
 
 
18 November 2010 @ 08:25 pm
 hello !

I have a tiny question...

I recently acquired, not bought, a duck feather-filled mattress cover, and I am wondering how do they get the feathers?
I am of the vegan persuasion, obviously, but I do occasionally turn a blind eye if the items are second hand/free and it means I dont have to resort to buying new things when there is a second hand-free option available. In this case, I needed a mattress cover for my lovely new synthetic mattress, and someone gave me this one which when I checked the label said '100%duck feather' which is certainly doing the trick but I do think I would like to know how duck feathers are...taken. 

Thanks in advance!

Max
 
 
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18 November 2010 @ 07:56 am
Does anyone know of a vegan remedy for an outer ear infection? I've had this going on for three weeks and haven't kicked it yet. Thanks
 
 
16 November 2010 @ 03:03 pm
Someone in the vegetarian community posted asking for chili recipes, and it reminded me of how much I LOVE this one:

Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 to 3 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced, depending upon taste
- 1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
- 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean and cubed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespooon ground cumin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 3 cups cooked black beans, or canned beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 cup vegetable stock, or water
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Cooked brown rice (accompaniment)
- Sour cream or strained plain yogurt (garnish) (vegan, obviously)
- Diced avocado (garnish)
- Seasoning Blend (recipe follows, garnish)
- Chopped green onions (garnish)

Directions

  • In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and serrano peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir well.
  • Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Adjust the seasoning, to taste.

To serve: Place 1/4 cup of brown rice in the bottom of each bowl. Ladle the chili into the bowls over the rice. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and spoonful of avocado. Sprinkle with Seasoning Mix (recipe below) and green onions and serve.

Creole Seasoning Mix:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

The Husband Review:

Amazing.  Seriously amazing. – MAA

 
 
 
14 November 2010 @ 06:45 pm
This recipe is bare bones vegan/vegetarian and really simple. It can be elaborated by adding more vegetables to the hot oil after the garlic.

Garlicky Fried Gluten and Noodles

2 tbs Olive Oil
2 tbs Dried Minced Chinese Garlic
4 1/2 tbs Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3/4 cup water
1 small can fried gluten

1 1/2 cup rice noodles


Saute the garlic in the olive oil until brown. Add half of the water, soy sauce and the can of gluten. When it is boiling add the dry noodles and cover, adding water until the noodles are soft. Once the noodles are soft stir until the water is absorbed or has evaporated.


Add hot chili sauce if you really feel like kicking it up a notch. ;-)
 
 
01 November 2010 @ 06:47 pm
The Vegan Society and Environment Films have come together to produce a contemporary film about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. With views on veganism from a wide variety of people, including chefs, an MP, atheletes, a dietician, environmentalists, stock free farmers and a poet it's a rather excellent film.

It can be seen in full here. However The Vegan Society is putting it up in "chapters" on their youtube (chapter one is below). You can also get free copies of the film from Environment Films and The Vegan Society if you want to screen it.



(cross posted about the place)
 
 
30 October 2010 @ 12:42 pm
Hey guys! If you weren't aware, this is the 4th annual Vegan Month of Food. All that means is that for the entire month, vegan food bloggers attempt to crank out as many posts as possible. You can post recipes, post pictures of your daily eats, share your favorite brand of chocolate, tell your First Tofu Experience horror story (we all have them), there really are a ton of things you can write about!

It's a fun experience to participate in, and if you don't want to participate you'll at least have a ton of pictures to look at, new recipes to try, and overall some great inspiration.

For more info visit the officialMoFo blog. Also, if the idea of trying to keep up with a couple hundred blogs a day scares you, the MoFo blog will be posting roundups of some of the best stuff!

(x-posted)
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Dustin Saunders - So So Vegan | Powered by Last.fm
 
 

"Animal TV", the Israeli show for animal rights needs your help!
"Youtopia" is offering a grant of $30,000 to the non-profit organization, which will receive the most votes!

All you need to do is to visit this page and vote for "Animal TV": http://youtopia2010.uservoice.com/forums/81519-animals-animal-rights/suggestions/1141209-go-vegan-or-die-you-the-animals

Out of all the contestants, "Animal TV", is the only organization that deals with animal exploitation and veganism.
Meanwhile "Animal TV" is doing pretty well, and has a very good chance of winning. But to win we need each and every one of you to help.
The show is produced by volunteer activists with professional experience in television and design. You can watch their shows here: www.animal-tv.org

 
 
22 October 2010 @ 06:50 pm
Farm Sanctuary Walk for Animals
Hey Y'all,
I am helping out with the FS Walk for Farm Animals this weekend in NYC, anyone else going to be there?

I am also behind on my fundraising goal. LIke, really behind. If anyone has a few extra bucks laying around and would be willing to donate, FS is a great cause. They are the largest farm animal sanctuary in the America and have done a lot of legislation work to help prevent farm animal suffering. Please consider donation, this is one of their major fundraising events and they can always use the help considering how many animals they rescue or are dumped at their shelter every year.

Thank you.
http://www.firstgiving.com/daniellegeist

x-posted to veganpeople
 
 
 
14 October 2010 @ 05:06 pm
hello peeps
i just joined, and am incredibly new to veganism in general
i have a quick question!
what do seitan and tempeh taste like?
similar to tofu or completely different?
input would be greatly appreciated!
<b
 
 
16 October 2010 @ 11:41 am
I came across this on deviantart the other day and thought it was very amusing.

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17 October 2010 @ 10:05 pm
Hey!
So i work in a kitchen and i need some work boots/shoes. I've been looking around shops at synthetic blundstone style boots, which are seemingly only available in small kids sizes (i might fit into a boys 7, but largest i've seen is a 5). I live right near Vegan Wares, but the boots there at something like $240, which i am not willing to spend on a pair of shoes that will not see the outside of a work kitchen (although, i suppose its tax deductable... but cant really afford to outlay the cash).

Also i've had those vegan clog type Birkenstoks (about $100) which i hate and never want to wear again. I feel like chefs who wear them all have this stupid shuffle walk, and i think it makes people slower to get around the kitchen. (I would have continued to wear them even though i hate them and had them for 5 years, but they got thrown out by some guy i work with. )

Has anyone got any recommendations? Is the best idea to just get the Vegan Wares boots and get over the fact that they are expensive?

They dont need to be totally perfect kitchen boots, just need to be fairly non slip and waterproof upper. Also i'm in Australia, so if i'm ordering  online from elsewhere in the world i need something that ships here.

Thanks everyone.
 
 
18 October 2010 @ 06:39 pm
Tomorrow is my school friends birthday, and I am already making him some cupcakes, but I would also like to put together a little lunch (because we always eat lunch together)
Whats something fast/easy I can make that a meat eater would like?

I'd like to make it tonight because I won't have time in the morning.

THANKS! :D
 
 
17 October 2010 @ 02:37 pm
http://notricktreats.com/#

This site is for Treat-Givers & Treat-Getters. It lets treat givers add their addresses and the snacks they'll be giving out, and then it shows treat-getters the places in their area that have goodies they can enjoy!

register your location to help vegan kids find out where they can get vegan candy!
 
 
 
07 October 2010 @ 01:09 am
This is probably a bit of an odd question, but would anyone consider doing a vegan care-package, type thing? Like, between penpals or something?

In my tiny town in the depths of the UK I can't find a lot of vegan things, there are some things here and there, but a lot of stuff I have to travel to London for (with sometimes less than spectacular results), or they aren't stocked here in the UK. Things like vegan cinnamon swirls/buns, Daiya cheese or even easily accessible vegan make up items such as concealer that don't cost £20. Hell, I don't have very many people to talk to unless they want to yell at me for my choices or ask me questions like "but you eat fish, right?" and it gets a little depressing not having like-minded people around or someone who understands when I get cranky because I run out of vegan cheesecake!

It seems like the states is a a happy vegan place (or is that just because I'm stuck in an anti-vegan town?)

So um.. yeah, would anyone consider vegan care packages/penpals?
 
 
11 October 2010 @ 10:02 am
I was wondering if anyone here identified as a fruitarian? According to wiki:

Some fruitarians will eat only what falls (or would fall) naturally from a plant; that is: foods that can be harvested without killing the plant. These foods consist primarily of culinary fruits, nuts, and seeds. According to author Adam Gollner, some fruitarians eat only fallen fruit. Some do not eat grains, believing it is unnatural to do so, and some fruitarians feel that it is improper for humans to eat seeds as they contain future plants, or nuts and seeds, or any foods besides juicy fruits. Others believe they should eat only plants that spread seeds when the plant is eaten. Others eat seeds and some cooked foods. Some fruitarians use the botanical definitions of fruits and consume pulses, such as many beans and peas or legumes, or pulses and legumes. Still further definitions include raw fruits, dried fruits, nuts, honey and olive oil, or fruits, nuts, beans and chocolate.


The entire article is here if you wanted to read more/look at the sources it lists. (Nearly the entire article is sourced, so there are a lot.)


I would love to follow a fruitarian diet, but I'm slightly confused on the part about eating seeds. If it's improper to eat seeds, since they contain future plants, what should one do with the seeds found in the fruit that is being consumed? I usually feed the apple-cores and such to the deer that live behind my house, but would I need to start removing the seeds and burying them prior to feeding the deer? Because if one shouldn't consume seeds, then it would make more sense to need to bury/plant all the seeds instead of just throwing them away.
 
 
06 October 2010 @ 09:07 pm
 Hello people, I'mnew here.

I've been a veg*n from age 11 to 26. I first became a vegan at age 14 but it didn't last very long. I tried again at 17 but health issues (eating disorder) prevented me from maintaining a completely vegan diet. Other than during times of ill health and extreme poverty I have eaten completely vegan.
I am regaining my health and am better financially now so I want to get back into a healthy nutritionally balanced vegan diet. I have a protein deficiency (mild), B12 deficiency (severe) and moderate deficiencies in other B vitamins. All my other vitamin and minerals are very high and I actually need to cut down on my vitamin C, lol.
Anyway, I'm looking for advice on what ingredients I can use EVERY day in most meals to significantly boost my B vitamins. I'm not a good cook at all and ideally need something quite gentle on the digestive system. I know  bread contains B12 but I have no idea how much of my RDA per slice.
Btw, the link on the right about B12 is broken.
 
 
06 October 2010 @ 01:30 am
hi, i've been vegan since february of this year or so and i've frequently had spells where i had low blood sugar when i had been hungry for an hour or so (but normally without access to food). this would result in me suddenly being really warm (like a sudden fever), dizzy, weak and trembling, seeing a lot of white and light, etc. i've never had this happen before regularly, even when i was ovo-lacto. i eat really well too. lots of fruits, vegetables, and a good amount of protein. i also take a daily multivitamin. definitely not starving myself in any way. i also exercise regularly and i have low blood pressure (i'm not sure if this means anything within the context of my health problem but it might be valuable). i'd really like to keep on being vegan. what do i do? i eat a good amount but it doesn't seem to be helping. thanks.
 
 
05 October 2010 @ 11:37 pm
So....I'm going to start working in the kitchen of a new vegan restaurant opening up in a nearby town. I'm very excited and a bit overwhelmed I must say (this is an opportunity that's popped up only a couple of days ago and I had to hurry to catch it).

After seeing my BA in biology's intentions of becoming a zoologist hitting a hard wall of very few labs I can work in (most zoology labs here have cutting up animals or experimenting on them in their menu and I am NOT doing that) I've been having dreams of doing something about my love of cooking and my experiments with creating vegan recipies (I've posted some here from time to time lately). So far I haven't had the chance to actually do something this realistic about it so that's another reason why I'm both excited and overwhelmed.

Yes, I know working in a kitchen isn't immediate glory and running a restaurant or getting your own stuff into the menu but, to me, it's invaluable training I'll need to both gain experience in mass cooking and in what's it like to cook professionally. And it's a job I can be proud of in terms of my beliefs - I'll be helping to maintain an establishment of kind consumerism and nutrition.

Just out of curiosity, are there any professional vegan culinary schools out there in the world? Supposing all goes smoothly and I don't find the job too taxing and do want to become more professional in this job, do any of you know of places where I can study and train in purely vegan cooking?

Crossposted to vegan_talk and vegan_talk