Healing My Thyroid With a Vegan Diet

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Yesterday, at Whole Foods, I ran into someone I know who works there. She wanted to know more about a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet. We chatted for a while about this and that. As we were talking another woman kept circling around us. I told ‘my friend’ what my NP had said to me several years ago, as my thyroid had started to go downhill, that she’d never seen anyone recover as fast as I had and that she believes it is due to my vegan diet. (My NP is not a vegan, btw.)

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This other woman abruptly butted in. She was VERY angry with me for telling my ‘friend’ this about my thyroid. Frankly, I thought she was going to punch me, she was so angry, as she came back a second time and yelled, “It’s an autoimmune disease that can’t be cured. It is science and you should not be going around and sharing this misinformation.” So I decided to ask my friend Dr. Ted Crawford for his expert opinion on the matter. Could my NP be wrong? I didn’t think so, but here’s what my friend, Dr. Ted, who is in the new documentary, Eating You Alive, responded back to me:

Well, I have personally had two patients I have with hypothyroidism on supplemental Levothyroxine adopt WFPD [Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet] and within a year HAD to go off their medication because their TSH and T4 levels normalized. If you ask Furhman, McDougall, or any other primary care physician who has been treating patients with WFPD diet, they will tell you the same thing. Most thyoid conditions are autoimmune diseases caused by dietary habits. And it can possibly be reversed in many cases. Now some cases may not be, but I believe the majority of them will mormalize. You have a super Sunday as well, Nina!

So, to the Angry lady at Whole Foods,

Isn’t this great news? Now you can actually be proactive instead of reactive!

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I shared this story with all my friends on FB, but decided to share it here as well, as it was…let’s say such an “unproductive” encounter! Just remember, when you get lemons thrown your way, why not make lemonade or use them with water in the morning! They are a great cleanser…possibly even of negative energy! Smile!

Wishing you all much health and happiness! Make it a GREAT week!

PS. Since posting this to FB, I’ve had three friends, including a NP (Nurse Practitioner friend) – they’ve all had Thyroid disease – respond to the post about my “encounter”! They ALL say the same thing. They CURED their thyroid with a Whole Foods Plant-Based Vegan Diet! Ginette, the nurse wrote, “I went off my Thyroid medicine last year with the OK of my Md…i was taking the lowest does! I’m fine! Another friend wrote, “I too, have reversed the effects of thyroid disease with a vegan lifestyle. When I wasn’t vegan, my dose of Levothyroxine was .175 I’m down to .100, and will be down again soon. It works, Nina. I’m living proof.” 

And another simply commented, “That buttinski had a lot of nerve barging into your conversation to begin with.” Well, my friend, I am SO glad she did…as unpleasant as it was! And yes, I do have nerve to put it out there! GO WFPB VEGAN!!!

Vegan Artist Chantal Poulin Durocher

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Dear Readers,

I have long been a huge fan of Chantal Poulin Durocher’s Amazing artwork of farm animals and since we know each other on social media, I decided to ask her to share her story with you. Some of you may know Chantal from her portrait of Esther the Wonder Pig. Seen here below!

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Like my previous interviews you’re definitely in for a treat:

N: Chantal, I have long been an admirer of your amazing artwork. Please tell me about who or what inspired you to start doing artwork. Have you always drawn animals? What made you decide to go in that direction?

C: I am a professional artist for almost 40 years now. I did my first solo show in 1978. I painted mostly landscape at that time but few years later, I started painting children, mostly little girls with animals.

At that time, my artist name was Chantal Poulin.

When I look back at my career, I realized that I always painted the vulnerable ones, children and animals. It is only 5 years ago, when I became Vegan, that I really became an activist and decided to use my talent as a tribute for animals we exploit. I realized that I had a small mission on this earth, to paint the beauty, the sensibility, the intelligence, and the vulnerability of those animals we exploit for our pleasure…hoping that it might open the eyes of some people.

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N: Many vegans know of your amazing work, including your drawing of Esther the Wonder Pig. I would imagine that non-vegans buy your work as well. Do you have any stories related to your work of either someone deciding to go vegan or conversations you have had as a result of your artwork?

C: People who buy my original artworks are mostly vegan. My pieces are huge and a bit pricey. Some members of my family or old friends think I am crazy. They say things like, “ Who in the world would buy a huge painting of a pig or a calf to put in their living room?” I am glad to answer them, “ Well, the co-founder of Twitter for example, just bought one.” People who come in my studio that are not vegan, are surprisingly saying thing like, “OMG, this is so beautiful!” And I answer, “ Yes, this is why I’m vegan!” Usually they do not answer anything…But it’s like they have a flash…that there’s link! Hopefully, it makes people think. But honestly, I don’t think my paintings make people go vegan just like that. I have had many people go vegan from following my Facebook and my art on the long term though!

I want to be part of that historic movement of veganism, and my way to do it is to paint animals with all my talent, skill and love. I think my art plays a role in changing people’s perception of animals and their place in our society.

N: Well, Chantal you definitely are a part of this historic movement!

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N: How long have you been a vegan? Who or what inspired you to go vegan?

C: My husband and I are went vegetarian 25 years ago when I read Diet for a New America by John Robbins (btw, I prefer the French title they translated it into : Se Nourrir Sans Faire Souffrir / literally: to feed ourselves without creating suffering.)

N: That’s a great title!

C: We went vegan about 5 years ago. I read a Facebook post saying that there was more animal suffering in a glass of milk than in a steak. We did some research, watched the film Earthlings, and the day after, that was it! We are both happy vegans!

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Chantal says, “We live with 12 abandoned dogs that we rescued, that is why there are often a few dogs in the pictures!”

N: Do you have a favorite vegan dish? Product?

C: Where we live here, in Panama, there are not a lot of vegan products, like plant-based meat or faux cheese. Eating for me is not so much about taste at all costs anymore, my happiness of eating in a way that does not harm any animals is greater than the pleasure I could experience eating a delicious meal. Eating is now more like a spiritual experience. It brings me a profound happiness in my soul and heart more than in my palate. I love all vegetables and fruits and nuts and cereals! I prepare a lot of Indian, Middle Eastern and Thai food. It’s easy and very tasty…and, of course, we eat a lot of the Latin American classic …Rice & Beans!

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N: Is it easy or difficult to be vegan in Panama? How has your family or friends reacted to you going vegan?

C: It is very easy to be vegan here because you can find rice and beans everywhere! At any little restaurant, and it is very cheap. However, there are no product like plant-based meats or non-dairy cheese or even vegan prepared food.

Some of my friends turned vegan as a result of spending a bit of time with me, or on social medias or in real life. But I also lost some friends and some member of my family because of my beliefs. They are very upset by the fact that we are vegan.

N: Yes, that unfortunately happens to many people, but some are also very fortunate to me met with understanding! I think the people who are supposed to stay stays…and those who are not, leave!

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N: Which person or non-human animal has inspired you the most on your vegan journey? Why?

C: I would say Pigs, fish and cows. 35 years ago, I had a friend who raised a pig with the intention to eat it when he would be adult. We all discover at that time, how smart and sensitive a pig was. I never ate pigs after that. Then, when we moved here, in Panama, every day I see fisherman with dead fishes in their nets…sometimes I see them suffering, asphyxiated…make me sad and realize how much fishes suffer before dying. Also, along the roads here, hundreds and thousands of baby calves every year in the fields. They come and go rapidly… no females, only little males that will be turned into meat very rapidly. It is very sad to see.

N: Yes, I completely agree.

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Chantal, Thank you so much for sharing your story and AMAZING artwork with me and my readers. If someone wants to go and look/buy your work online what is the address?

They can visit my little web-site www.chantalpoulindurocher.com and they can contact me directly, or they can go visit the art gallery I work with in Canada http://www.thompsonlandry.com/artists/a_durocher.html

They can go on my artist Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Chantal-Poulin-Durocher-artiste-103394076414851/

And if they want to buy prints etc, they can go here: https://society6.com/chantalpoulindurocherv

Homemade Vegan Honeycomb Recipe

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Image Credit: The Last Wonton

The following blog Post comes all the way from London, England. Courtesy of Joana:

Candy, believe it or not, contain animal ingredients. Contrary to popular belief, candy doesn’t only contain a mixture of syrup and sugar. Although those two are the basic ingredients of candy, a lot of sweets also use gelatin made from cow skin, as well as carmine, which is food colouring that comes from bugs.

Candy is a popular treat across the world because it appeals to a variation of demographics. You only have to look at other industries that incorporate the appeal of candy to successfully increase sales or gain brand recognition. The much talked about Candy Crush Saga is just one of the games that used sweets as a focal point to entice gamers to download its mobile game. There are also plenty of other candy-themed titles developed for adult consumption such as Fruit VS Candy and Candy Bars, both of which are being hosted on the pay-to-play recreational site Spin Genie. Which just goes to show that whatever pursuit someone is engaging in, it’s hard to get away from the mass-market appeal of candied sweets. However, many of these are commercially made sweets are made with animal products.

So what should we look out for when buying candy, so that we aren’t buying candy with animal products included? Urban Tastebud has a list of ingredients to look out for when buying candy that should be your go-to stop list.

If you like eating sweet treats but can’t find candy in the store that suits your taste as well as being vegan friendly, you can make your own! Candy no longer has to be a guilty pleasure. Here’s a basic candy recipe that you can easily cook in your kitchen.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup of light corn syrup
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of vegan butter
3 teaspoons of sifted baking soda
4 tablespoons of water

Procedure:

1.) Combine all the ingredients except for the baking soda in a pan. Set the fire to medium heat. Stir continuously so that the ingredients won’t burn. If you can, use a deep saucepan (you’ll learn later on why a deep saucepan is preferred when making candy).

2.) When the sugar melts, turn the heat to high until the mixture starts boiling. Stop stirring and allow to boil for around 5 minutes or until the mixture becomes golden brown.

3.) Stir in the baking soda and whisk until it’s completely dissolved. The mixture will begin to burst from time to time because of the baking soda, which is why using a deep sauce pan is preferred when making this candy.

4.) Line parchment paper in a 10×10 pan. Pour in your mixture onto the pan and allow to cool, undisturbed, for about 30 minutes.

6.) Break the mixture using a meat tenderizer or the hilt of a knife. Finish the candy with melted chocolate coating if you want.

To B or Not to B? How to Get Adequate Vitamin B12 as Part of a Vegan Lifestyle for the Over 60s

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Hello Vegalicious Ones,

This following post on seniors and the importance of B-12 Vitamins comes to us via Jessica Walter. She asked if I would share this post with you, my readers. Jessica initially sent me the following note:

“I am writing because my recently widowered paternal grandfather has taught himself to cook after 50 years of not having to (with our help of course). He has had to learn a lot and part of this is learning which food substitutes are healthy and which are not. Now he is cooking all the time, and quite often, inviting us over for his latest experimental meal – even if some are a bit more miss than hit.

As I am also a freelance health and food writer, I have teamed up with a small senior lifestyle advice site, and worked with them to develop a complete guide how to develop 7 eating and drinking habits that will improve the life of any senior citizen.”

I thought this was really wonderful and will share Jessica’s other link at the end. Enjoy!

 

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To B or Not to B? How to Get Adequate Vitamin B12 as Part of a Vegan Lifestyle for the Over 60s

The popularity of veganism has risen considerably over the last few years, with research indicating that 36% of US consumers are opting for milk and meat alternatives. A vegan diet is appealing for a number of ethical reasons and is a very healthy option, with 35% of Americans regarding it so.  It’s also environmentally friendly, and aids weight loss. Yet vegans must be vigilant to make sure that they consume sufficient nutrients; this is particularly relevant to the elderly. Studies have revealed that vitamin B12 specifically is lacking in those that adopt a vegan diet in later life.

Here are some ways in which you can convert to this lifestyle without compromising your vitamin B12 intake.

The Risks

Dementia, deafness and blindness can be a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency, and the best method for preventing these is an uptake of fortified foods or supplements.  Symptoms of deficiency in B12 include poor memory, loss of energy, tingling, numbness and blurred vision.

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Fortified milks such as almond and soya can provide adequate vitamin B12, and are now readily available in supermarkets and health food stores. Alpro almond milk generates less CO2 than dairy milk. 100% plant based, it also contains vitamin E. Alpro soya milk is available in light, organic, and whole bean versions. Containing 15% of the nutrient reference values, it’s rich in protein, lactose-free and non-GMO, making it the perfect choice for seniors who want to improve their eating habits.

Nutritional Yeasts

Brewer’s and nutritional yeasts are an excellent source of this B vitamin, yet are not to be relied on as your only source. If you do want to try supplementing your diet with yeast, there are various support formulas that you might wish to experiment with. As an alternative to cheese, they are very versatile –  can be used on veggies, as a gravy thickener, on pasta and as vegan meat substitutes.

Meat Substitutes

Meat substitutes are becoming more widely consumed, even by meat eaters seeking a healthy change in their diet. There are many imitation types of bacon, chicken, beef and turkey which can be found in health food stores and online. In some cases, you may also find them in your local grocery store.

Breakfast Cereals

Many cereals are fortified with several vitamins, and provide a good source of vitamin B12. From muesli packed full of dried fruit and antioxidants to the more traditional and famous brands, there’s bound to be a cereal to suit your needs. Another tasty breakfast option for vegans is toast with homemade vegan butter or margarine, which has up to 72% less saturated fat than butter and is rich in Omega 3.

Overall, vegans who supplement their diet with fortified B12 products are less likely to suffer from a deficiency than meat eaters.  The Institute of Medicine states that “Because 10 to 30 percent of older people may be unable to absorb naturally occurring vitamin B12, it is advisable for those older than 50 years to meet their RDA mainly by consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12 or a vitamin B12-containing supplement.”

 Thank you again for this excellent article, Jessica! I would like to add that everyone needs to take some form of a B12 supplement whether they’re vegan or not, but especially if they are vegan!

The BetaOats Story

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Happy December,

Recently, I ran into Pete – the creator of BetaOats – and I hope you take the time to read his story!

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Here’s how I first met Pete: I was walking into my local health food store and I saw this guy dishing up yogurt. My first thought was, “There’s another cow’s milk pusher!” I must have frowned! Later, when I was checking out, I overheard him say, “It’s 100% vegan!” Silly me! How could I have been so wrong? Well, long story short, it led to us have a great talk and the next day I went out to breakfast with Pete and his beautiful wife, Maria and their six-month-old daughter, Vasilisa. 

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How did you two meet?

We met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 8 years ago. At the time Maria was studying at a local University and I (Pete) happened to teach English at the same University. I was looking for a tutor to study Russian in exchange of English lessons that he was offering. Maria volunteered and we were married 2 ½ years later. A couple years later we moved to Idaho, where I found a job in the city of Pocatello as a Mechanical Engineer while Maria studied to receive a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Once done with schooling, we decided to reallocate to Seattle, where we now reside.

How did you come up with an idea to start BetaOats?

After living in Russia and traveling around Europe for a couple years, Maria and I were disappointed with the healthy food choices presented in the US. Living in Southern Idaho, we continuously struggled finding healthful food for our family. One such food was an oat vellie (yogurt-like fermented oats). Living in the US, we couldn’t find this type of product anywhere, so we decided to make our own. It took us about 3 years of hard work to refine the recipe, set up the production process, and complete all the necessary requirements for starting a food manufacturing facility. And now we are delivering our product to local stores of the Seattle area. 

What is BetaOats?

Oats are a superfood. They are 100% whole grain, packed with soluble fiber beta-glucan, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. People from around the world have been using oats as a staple in their diets in various forms. A traditional method of fermenting oats, found in many cultures, produces a yogurt-like product, enhanced in flavor and nutritional value. Such fermented cereal yogurt-type meals are called vellies. Each package of our oat vellie contains 6.5 oz of oat goodness, prepared with only the essential natural ingredients, no preservatives or gmo’s, and 100% vegan. Naturally high in beta-glucan, BetaOats vellie combines the beneficial live bacterial cultures of fermented sprouted oats, the creaminess of your favorite yogurt, and the refreshing flavor of fresh fruit (marion berries, blueberries, and strawberries) sourced from the Hood River Valley in Northern Oregon.

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Why is it called BetaOats? Why not AlphaOats?

Well, we do not need to call it Alpha to make it appealing to the public. Our product speaks for itself. Our oat vellie is a very healthy product. Why? For a variety of reasons, and one of them is that the product is high in soluble fiber, called Beta-glucan. There are different types of fibers, some – insoluble, those that are great for digestive health, and others – soluble, like Beta-glucan, that take the form of a viscous gel-like substance, trapping certain food components, such as fats and sugars, making them less available for absorption. By binding with fat, Beta-glucan (soluble fiber) can lower cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. By slowing down absorption of sugars, it regulates blood sugar levels protecting against insulin resistance. Our sprouted oats are an excellent source of beta-glucan. In fact, they have second highest content of beta-glucan, losing only to barley. That is where the “Beta” part of BetaOats is coming from. Oh, and -BetaOats- are simply “Betta’ for you!”

How is it sweetened?

The product is sweetened with apple juice concentrate and a bit of organic cane sugar. However, most of the sugar comes naturally from the fruits. It’s important to remember that to make a good tasting yogurt, you need have a good balance between the tartness and the sweetness of the yogurt.

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Why is it not organic? 

We would love to make our product organic. However, being a small operation, it is impossible to do so in a way that would not skyrocket the price of the yogurt. It is very expensive to source organic fruit preparation year-round and it is not feasible at this moment. It is a goal we have soon as we grow bigger and drive costs down.

Where are you selling your product?

We have been selling our product for three months now and it is sold in Vegan Haven, Seattle, and Marlenes’ stores in Tacoma and Federal Way. We are currently negotiating with other local grocery retailers to bring our product to the market.

So what is the plan going forward?

As owners of any business, we want to expand. We believe in our product – it’s very healthy and delicious. However, it is not easy to get into most grocery retailers. The competition is high and the bureaucracy is tough. We need your help in expanding! Let your local store know that you want to see our product.

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Thank you so much Pete and Maria! Your BetaOats yogurt is DELICIOUS and should be sold in stores ALL over the place! 

I really appreciate your time and it was SO Great to meet the three of you! 

Happy Holidays, Everyone! Now go ask for some BetaOats at a store near you! 

If you are interested in more stories like this one, search “Two Years of Plant-based Interviews! 

 

Excuses Vegans Hear!

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Good morning…or Day Earthlings,

Whatever time zone you’re in, I greet you a great day from here! One word of warning. I’m a bit on fire today…it’s as if my hair has turned red and I got my Superwoman cape on! No, not really, but I did wake up all fired up! And today is Kim’s birthday…She would have turned 48, but died, as some of you know, and got me propelled into going Whole Food Plant-Based Vegan. So, may I be excused? Okay, so we vegans hear all these insane and lame excuses from people about why someone can’t or more like it, won’t, go vegan! Lots have been written about this, so I won’t take up your time with all that lameness! I will include a couple of links at the end in case you’re just stumbling across my blog (Hello and welcome!) or you’ve simply never heard of such a thing. I am only addressing ONE Excuse Today!

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By the way, the reason this guy has “man boobs” is due to elevated estrogen levels from animal consumption. It ought to be a warning sign of heightened risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes! Real Men Eat Plants!

 

Here are a few common excuses vegans hear, “I won’t get enough protein.” Seriously?! My protein levels have never been higher since going whole foods plant-based vegan. My nurse practitioner pointed this out after I’d been vegan for a year. But Nina, “Cavemen ate meat!” Oh for Pete’s sake, they also ate small children! The fact is that “cave people” were slim and fit because they had to walk A LOT, possibly run for their lives as a wooly mammoth was chasing them down for his supper, and they ate mostly plant-based foods with rare occasions of meat. As a reference on what a vegan diet can do, please look up Germany’s strongest man, Patrick Baboumian or any vegan athlete and check them out! They are not throwing out these lame excuses! Here’s the last one, “God made animals for us to eat!” Baloney! God or Jesus would never be this cruel to allow factory farming and all the horrors towards animals that are happening! Read, Kathy Freston’s book, Veganist. She goes into all world religions, including Christianity. Each religion speaks against eating animals and honoring ALL life on this planet! Each religion also says,

 

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“Thou Shalt Not Kill!”

What part of this message did we not get?

 

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Here’s the real reason for this blog post…an excuse that I keep hearing that I just can’t wrap my head around. Maybe you’ve heard it too?

 

“I Can’t Go Vegan Because I Don’t Want To Live That Long?”

 

What exactly are ‘you’ saying? You have a secret desire to get run over by a car tomorrow? To somehow be put out of your miserable existence? I have heard this excuse several times now. I sort of get it because, let’s face it, most of us were not born “vegans”! What I hear the person saying is, “I can’t give up “my meat“. I enjoy steak and all other meat. I want to enjoy eating what I want when I want. I don’t care if I get a heart attack or cancer!…And don’t try to convince me otherwise.” Yes, this has actually been said directly to my face! The person hopes to go “easily” with a heart attack some day! The person telling me this is typically clueless about what a vegan eats. Most believe we only eat boring salads with no dressing. They’ve never had a vegan burger or any kind of meat alternative. Never been to a vegan restaurant. Never seen footage of the animal cruelty that happens daily in slaughterhouses all over the world. How sad, right!? They just don’t know! If we speak and it comes out that I eat this way, they’ll look at me, with a self-righteous look on their face, and vow they’ll NEVER go vegan!

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Part of me can’t help wonder that somewhere below the surface these people know that what they’re participating in is wrong. They have to know to some degree that the animals they are eating wanted to live and didn’t go to their deaths willingly. Don’t they? They also have to know, in this day and age, that animal consumption is a HUGE waste of resources (land, water, grain) that could help feed millions of starving people…prevent millions of children from dying and is the main source of global warming. If not, please tell them to watch “Cowspiracy”! NO, let’s just ignore all the facts! In most cases, it is “All About Me”. Who gives a …. what happens to “those people” over there somewhere – in an unknown place that you only see or hear about on TV on rare occasions because our media is so focused on mindless and embarrassing things such as the size of Donald Trumps hands, his narcissistic comments or his peanut sized brain! Am I wrong? (I told you I was on fire today, right!?) Here are some facts about what a vegan individual contributes:

 

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Back to the excuse of, “I don’t want to live that long.” Okay, so what if you do? You may end up waddling around, in so much unbearable pain that you have to rely on meds to get you through your day…and perhaps you can’t afford to go get all that expensive medication. You may also one day have to rely on one of those walkers with a seat – you know, the ones that look like a small grocery cart, because you’re out of breath every 10 seconds, or worse someone else now has to come and wipe your a.. or spoon feed you! My mom, by the way, told me she’d rather die than push one of those around or end up in a retirement home.

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Well, most of us never imagine that something like that could EVER happen to US, right!? Wrong! I have seen it happen to the most unsuspecting folks! They lived “the high life” and partied it up. Never thinking the “party” would ever end. Well it did…and it has! These people said the same thing once upon a time. “I could never give up eating meat and cheese. I can’t live without it.” Blah Blah Blah  Seriously, why would you do that to yourself? (Yes, I know the above photo is a more extreme example, but not an isolated one as world wide, the numbers of people who are either fat or obese keeps on rising!)

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GOOD NEWS!!!

Here’s the good news! There’s SO much delicious, protein laden vegan food out there that will keep you healthy and hoppin’ till the very end…and it is also said to increase your happiness! My other wonder is, “Perhaps if the person making this comment switched to a vegan diet they’d eventually stop saying, “I don’t want to live that long!” and actually start living as if life on this beautiful planet…and that of other non-human beings, actually mattered!  Enjoy your day, everyone!

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Links to other Lame Excuses Vegans Hear:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/excuses-for-not-eating-vegan-and-my-responses/

http://theminimalistvegan.com/excuses/

 

Vegan Salt Lake City

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Happy Vegalicious Summer!

Greetings Earthlings from Utah!

Greetings Earthlings from Utah!

It has been a while! I’ve been on a few trips and am getting ready for a couple more. No matter what your views or opinions are about Salt Lake City, Utah, I can tell you that the city has undergone some major transformations in the last five – six years! Not only has the city expanded and grown, but so has veganism. If you’re a vegan or just into food looking for a new city to visit for it’s exciting, competitive culinary explorations, I’d highly recommend a trip to Utah, besides it’s just such a gorgeous and fun place!

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My aunt and uncle lives there. They have lived there most of their lives since moving over from Denmark in their teens. I love visiting them and seeing my dear friends who live there! My aunt and uncle used to live in a major mansion up in the Avenues with an incredible view of the whole valley, but are now residing in a beautiful condominium overlooking “Mormon Central”, as I call it! It’s all good! I feel quite comfortable sleeping on their couch, in their wall to wall covered with book shelves office when I’m visiting. They even took me out to eat vegan while I was there and were open to hearing all about the importance of eating organic fruits and vegetables, why dairy is not a health food, and why I no longer eat meat. They’ve even watched Forks Over Knives!

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My family were not the only ones who wanted to make sure I got the full vegan restaurant experience of Salt Lake City. First, my friend Steve picked me up and said, “Hey Baby, let me take you to a few popular places that I’ve been wanting to try!” So off we went to All Chay – a popular Vietnamese Vegan restaurant over on the West Side of town!

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The place looks small from the outside, but it’s actually quite spacious! Seeing their menu made my vegan heart leap! Vietnamese & Vegan!!!

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Look at all these different options…and here you’re just seeing two pages of an entire booklet! Steve and I decided together what looked good…it was hard to choose, I must admit, because it ALL looked so good! Here’s what we ordered to share…

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We got a salad that came with fried spring rolls, but also got the fresh spring rolls and “shrimp”. The “shrimp” not only looked like battered shrimp, but also tasted a bit like them. YUM! Did we have room for dessert? You betcha!

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Steve could not believe that this was Vegan Flan and neither could I. It was such a tasty treat! Don’t forgo dessert if you visit! We enjoyed it immensely! After the amazing meal I got to chat with the owner, who has been a vegan for seven years, and give her a hug, thanking her for the amazing meal we had just had. She’s a sweetheart and I’ll definitely be back during my next visit!

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The next day, I met friends for brunch at Sage’s Cafe. My aunt and uncle had even heard great things about this place, so that made me even more excited to go and truly it didn’t disappoint. Here’s a view of the restaurant, borrowed from another blogger since I was too much of in a rush to get inside!

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Listen, you just know it’s going to be good when you see this inside the door…

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Inside Sages - Photo taken by me!

   Inside Sages – Photos by me!

…and trust me the dishes did not disappoint. Here are some photos of what my friends ordered:

Asian Lettuce Wraps
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Salad
Chef’s Salad
Breakfast Casserole - Tofu scramble,seasonal vegetables, portabello mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts, capers, tomato, fresh  herbs, rice mozarela, almond parmesan and hashbrowns.
Breakfast Casserole – Tofu  scramble, seasonal vegetables, portabello mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts, capers, tomato, fresh herbs, rice mozzarela, almond parmesan and hashbrowns.

I chose the Jackfruit and Kimchi tacos, although they were out of kimchi, this dish did not disappoint to say the least. I’d been wanting to try jackfruit for a while and trust me, I could eat this every day…

Jackfruit and Kimchi Tacos

               Jackfruit and Kimchi Tacos

…and I’m still dreaming of it! Almost everyone at the table got a bite from my dish and agreed that this was incredibly tasty! I’ll be back!!!

Zest I

Another place, you don’t want to miss is Zest Kitchen & Bar. It is located in the heart of downtown. My friend David took me there one evening. We got so wrapped up in our conversation and started eating our delicious food that I never got to snap any pictures…I promise to do it on my next trip, but here’s a view of my handsome friend David – one of my besties of twenty five years!

David Zest

They also have an amazing drink menu…Yep, even in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah you can get a tasty drink! This is definitely a restaurant I plan to explore further when I visit later this month!

Green Bike

On a final note, besides all the amazing food and renewal of downtown, I was also pleased to see a “Green” aspect! You can rent these lovelies to work off some of the calories that you might inhale while you’re eating your way through town!

Green Bike I

Here’s a list of Vegan Recommendations for Salt Lake City, Utah via Happy Cow:

https://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/utah/salt_lake_city/

Enjoy and Happy Safe Vegalicious Summer!