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Hilary Fannin: The veganism has gone up the spout. I lost the will to pulse a mushroom – The Irish Times

I found myself getting quite excited about a cauliflower the other day. Ooh, I thought, look at that handsome, brainy cauliflower, firm and creamy and capable and just packed with tight little boffin-like florets.

So many possibilities, I mused. Why, I could roast it with garlic and turmeric, or bake it with jerk seasoning and maple syrup. I could pulse it to make a satisfyingly crunchy alternative to rice, or I could just do it plain old missionary position, blanketed in cheese sauce and hidden in the oven.

What larks, eh? I skipped gaily to the checkout, like a spring lamb awoken to the scent of clover.

I think they do something with the lighting in supermarkets. When I got home, the vegetable looked dull, jaundiced and unresponsive. I threw it in the box next to a worried-looking parsnip, in the process discombobulating the cat, who, as I told you, has taken to nesting on top of the veg like an agricultural sphinx.

Oh, when will it be day? I asked myself, slumped on a kitchen chair in my anorak. When will this pantomime end?

Ive done as much oohing and aahing as I can. Ive booed the villains and cheered the heroes. Ive looked behind me and been truly scared, and Im still here, in my grubby kitchen/gym, tripping over barbells, headbutting the boxing bag and getting over-excited about chilli-flavoured sausages. (The veganism has gone up the spout, by the way. Sometimes you just lose the will to pulse a mushroom.)

Listen to me, pussycat, I hissed at the reclining moggie. I just cant take it any more!

This was a line echoed the other morning by a friend who rang me from her bed. I just cant take it any more! she said.

My friend lives alone; shes a gregarious and resourceful character who infuses the world around her with warmth.

I havent hugged a friend since . . .

She trailed off.

Whats the best bit? I asked her.

She didnt hesitate. Ive started painting. I do an online art class once a week. I love it.

Days later, an envelope arrived in the post. I recognised my friends loopy handwriting. Inside was a supermarket catalogue and, tucked inside that, a small painting my friend had made of reeds by water. I stuck it on the wall.

I just cant take this any more, another friend said. We were walking together along a rutted path, mud choking our boots, the wind whipping her words away.

I see my children through a Zoom lens, she said. My work is gone, I wake up every day and think: When will this end? And then I think: Hang on, will this end?

Whats the best bit? I asked her.

She didnt hesitate.

Every day the dog and I walk down to my mothers at lunchtime, she said. The dog loves it. He eats a cubed-up apple, and we chat, my mother and I. And if it wasnt for all this she gestured around her that wouldnt have happened.

A young woman I know, and love, is an advanced paramedic, working with the ambulance service in another city. Reading between the lines of her texts and messages, I hear her weariness from days spent parked in emergency bays, working in the back of an ambulance in full PPE, treating sick people waiting for a bed.

Whats the best bit when you come off your shift? I asked her.

Cooking at home, being outside, spoon-feeding porridge to the hens. Ive learned to be content without being busy.

I texted my sisters, one of whom lives abroad, and asked the same question. I was surprised at the alacrity of their responses. Both acknowledged their loneliness (not least for the other). One talked about becoming more independent, the other of rejecting guilt at not being busy and of the peace that comes from days without plans. But both spoke enthusiastically of the satisfaction of learning to knit (with very big needles).

Others in my deeply unrepresentative sample group talked about the joy of not having to commute to work, of not having to hurl themselves out of bed in the mornings, of having someone deliver their supermarket shopping. Everyone, though, said they would swap these small compensations for a chance to sit together, to raise a glass in their freezing mitts.

Whats the best bit? I asked the reclining cat in the vegetable box. She treated the cauliflower to a hopeful sideways glance. Maybe, in her dotage, she thought it was a friend.

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Eatin’ Vegan: Plant-Based Dining Options in Boise – Idaho Press-Tribune

Boise keeps growing, even during the pandemic, and restaurants are popping up all over town. Its great because it means people have more options, but one area thats sorely lacked growth is vegan cuisine. However, things are a-changing and Boise is gaining more options for people who choose a plant-based eating lifestyle. Although there are many naysayers about veganism, eating a plant-based diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier planet.

One of the main complaints toward vegan food can be the flavor, but these local restaurants serve up tasty fare that could even have omnivores asking for more. There are even some options where meat is still served but the vegan options are safe and delicious.

The Void

The Void is a vegan food truck that opened Feb. 2. Owner Justin Arroues and his partner Rylee Gabbitas put an inordinate amount of work into their food.

Ive been saving up to do this for a while, said Arroues. I was going to open a restaurant but then COVID happened, and I didnt want to support big-ag. So we came up with this idea for the truck, and weve just been testing recipes.

The result is some pretty delicious food. The Void parks in front of Rhodes Skate park and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers order the food and pay online, a cashless process for COVID safety.

The truck is currently open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, though hours are subject to change. Find updates at and on the The Void Boise Instagram.

Since the opening, the truck has often had to close early because theyre selling out of food its that good. Gabbitas background is in baking, and she said that knowledge really helped her with making vegan cuisine.

It takes hours to make these recipes and so much practice, said Gabbitas. I read cookbooks over and over again. It took so long until we were happy with it. We wont serve it unless were happy with the results.

The Void serves up a big menu for all three meals but the most popular so far is the seitan Devil's chikn breast, the biscuits and Beyond Meat sausage gravy and the cheesecake. Seitan is a food made from wheat gluten and is used in lieu of meat in many vegan recipes.

Its really more of an upscale vegan fast food, and prices reflect the work that goes into it.

Arroues and Gabbitas said the desserts will change and rotate and theyll add more items. Once they get into the swing of things, they should have a little something for everyone.

My main reason for this was Im trying to make food for all people, especially meat eaters, said Arroues. The goal is to make really good food, and it might even help someone be healthier or begin to transition to veganism.

He recommends trying the fishless filets, spicy chikn sandwich or rotini and cheese.

Vegan Soul

The winner of PETAs Vegan Soul Food Award, this pop-up restaurant is a local favorite. Owner Mae Gaines has had some ups and downs trying to get the restaurant up and running, even breaking both ankles at one point, but shes persevered and pivoted when necessary.

I was going to make my big debut in January last year, but the pandemic happened and God had other plans, Gaines said. So I changed plans because I had to keep it going, and Im also scouting new locations.

For now people can browse the menu on the website,, and order online or call orders in. The restaurant pops up sporadically all over the city. The next one is at CHOW marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28. Its in celebration of Vegan Souls one-year anniversary, and the restaurant will debut its new BBQ vegan ribz.

The most popular items on the menu are the southern mock fried chicken, made out of mushrooms, a very rich macaroni and cheese and a peach cobbler. The menu and availability can change, so people can check Facebook or the website for updates.

Gaines has no plans for slowing down; shes working on adding new desserts like a pineapple upside-down cake and a banana pudding. For the summer shes also planning to serve barbecue-like vegan sausages, brisket and the new ribz.

If people like the sound of the upcoming menu, they can also go to the website and support Vegan Souls fundraiser to find a new permanent space.

High Note Cafe

The High Notes owner Maria Bahruch was already vegan, and she said the decision to make the restaurant all plant-based was, for her, a no-brainer.

The thing with cooking vegan food is, its like science, said Bahruch. Its really not hard, just about figuring it out. The best thing to do is to read recipes and take it all in and then figure out how to do it on your own.

The restaurant was only serving take-out but is now putting up outside tables for dining. The most popular item is the breakfast burrito Bahruch said they sell one for every other item, but everything is tasty. The restaurant also makes the seitan in-house, different soups that rotate and tasty desserts like fruit pies. For the full menu people can check out the website. She also plans on bringing back a popular French chocolate mousse cake.

During quarantine, Bahruch began experimenting with making cheeses, and High Note now serves homemade vegan mozzarella, parmesan and nacho cheese. Bahruch said the cheeses are not only delicious, theyre also healthier for people, and she just wants people to have more options.

Im excited even when I see other vegan restaurants open, its about time, said Bahruch. Boise is so far behind for vegan options and when I did it, it was scary because no one else had. Now more people are doing it, and thats great because we need it and its delicious.

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Dancing ‘cow’ says ‘ox’ to veganism ahead of Chinese New Year 2021 celebration –

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MANILA, Philippines There's no better way of celebrating the Year of the Ox than respecting the rights of bovines, according to animal welfare activists that trooped to Chinatown in Manila ahead of the Lunar New Year celebration on Friday.

Representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), including one dancing human in a cow costume, called the attention of passersby in front of Carriedo Fountain in Ongpin Street aroundWednesday noon.

The cow danced while holding a sign that read, Make it a Good Year for Cows: GO VEGAN.

Meanwhile, their companion handed out printed materials promoting veganism and vegetarianism.

The Year of the Cow is the perfect time to start practicing compassion for cows and other animals by going vegan and leaving meat and dairy off your plates, PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker said in a release.

With everything from vegan caldereta and mechado to soy and coconut milks to dairy-free cheese and ice cream available across the Philippines, PETA is calling on everyone to make the switch to cruelty-free eating today.

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Million Dollar Vegan is Giving Away Free Vegan Food in Madrid Tomorrow, 12th February – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine – vegconomist – the…

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International organisation Million Dollar Vegan, originally founded by Matthew Glover of Veganuary, Veg Capital, and VFC, will be handing out 400 vegan Pad Thai at Romero Verdes El Obradoiro restaurant in central Madrid this Friday 12 February. The food will be donated from 12 noon to 5 pm by Foods for Tomorrow, the parent company of Barcelona-based Heura Foods.

Participating in the Amor de barrio action is a good fortune and a privilege because we will be able to reach more people in the neighbourhood through our cuisine, says Sonia Romero, one of the chefs and co-founders of El Obradoiro de Romero Verde, together with Carmen Roman.

Their vegan restaurant business has faced difficulties due to the health crisis, like so many others. Nowadays, the restaurant located in the famous Malasaa neighbourhood serves takeaway food on a daily basis. Many people, who have never been interested or curious about veganism and plant-based food, will try two complete, very tasty and protein-packed dishes: our Pad Thai and Heuras Drum.

Million Dollar Vegan continues to prepare free 100% plant-based menus in order to raise awareness about veganism, the relationship of factory farming to pandemics, excessive deforestation and climate change.

Moved by the severe social crisis that is ravaging the world, this international NGO began in March last year to donate free meals in collaboration with different humanitarian organisations in 14 countries.

As part of their campaign #QuitemosLasPandemiasDelMen, they combine their outreach and communication work with these regular food donation actions, whose goal is to reach one million donated meals by 2022.


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Vegan diet: Try these 3 recipes based only on plant ingredients to give your health a boost – Times Now

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New Delhi:A vegan diet is known for the many health benefits it offers. Many people, around the world, now follow not only the vegan diet but also a vegan lifestyle in order to stay healthy and protect the environment. People who follow veganism do not consume any foods that are animal-based or derived from any animals. They also do not use products that contain any animal-based ingredients or products, or even cosmetics that are tested on animals.

Veganism has been touted as a wonderful, healthy lifestyle by many experts. A recent study also highlighted that the vegan diet, is in fact, a better diet plan for weight loss and heart health than the Mediterranean diet. If you wish to follow a vegan diet and do not know where to begin, here are some vegan recipes shared bySheryl Salis, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator.

Vegan chocolate banana muffins

Makes: 12 Muffins



Serve: 2



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Serves: 2



Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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Maisha Wynn Focuses on Vegan Food, Love and Connection with New TV Show. – Chicago Defender

Maisha Wynn, a nationally recognized media lifestyle personality, vegan enthusiast, and author, announced today during Black History and Vegan Cuisine Month that she will be the host of a new, first-of-its-kind television show called Whats on the Menu Chef that will be centered around vegan food, the power of love, and forming human connections.

As more people than ever are ditching animal byproducts to embraceveganism, the show will offer aspirational and practical guidance for people who are truly looking to live a more abundant and well-balanced lifestyle. According to a recent article by Vegan Food & Living, Veganuary, a campaign that challenges participants to eat vegan during January, saw a record-breaking 582,538 sign-ups in 2021, while some vegan meat brands have seen a sales increase of more than 200% year-over-year.

COVID-19 has impacted all of us on many levels, but if there is one bright side, its that weve had the opportunity to shift our mindsets to focus on our overall health and well-being. Thats why, I couldnt think of a better time to bring awareness to veganism with our new show, as we shed light on how to fuel and heal the body through a plant-based lifestyle, said Maisha Wynn. Veganism not only saved my life after learning about my brain aneurysm, but it taught me how to be kinder to other people. With our new show Whats on the Menu Chef, we hope to deliver a platform based on empathy and compassion knowing the world needs these values now more than ever before.

In advance of the first trailer being exclusively released to LiveToWynns Instagram and YouTube supporters, Maisha Wynn will be hosting a TV Trailer Cocktail Contest, in partnership with Aperol, where cocktail connoisseurs can create a unique Valentines Day-inspired libation for the big release. The trailer will premiere on Thursday, Feb. 11th, at 6 pm CT/7 pm ET, as the Territory Manager with Aperol, Alison Mouratis, and Maisha will be creating sexy cocktails and talking about the perfect food and cocktail pairing for seasonal vegetables. Details on how to enter the contest and rules can be found here:

As a transparent, resilient, positive, and true Wynner, Maisha Wynn is the founder of LiveToWynn, a lifestyle consulting firm dedicated to inspiring, igniting, and initiating change in others. Wynn is no stranger to the national arena. She has shared her life story and vegan expertise to some of the countrys top platforms including The Rachael Ray Show, KTLA 5 Los Angeles, Good Day Fox 5 DC, VegNews, and more.

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From raising cows to growing veggies: ranchers go vegan – Inhabitat

Richard and Cindy Traylor are part of a growing number of ranchers who have made the surprising switch to plant-based agriculture. In 2018, Honey, Cindys favorite cow, was injured. Cindy had become so attached to Honey that she didnt want the cow to go to a slaughterhouse. She got in touch with Renee King-Sonnen of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, who introduced the Traylors to a whole new way of living.

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Cindy: Everyone we have talked to has been supportive. When we explain that we now eat vegan and how good we feel, they seem curious; however, so far we have not heard that anyone has tried to change their diet. We do have a young friend who was wowed when he sat and ate spaghetti and meatballs.

Richard: When I was first confronted with veganism, I get the same ignorant response from others, which is Im carnivorous. Im a meat eater. I need the protein. Im healthy enough. It doesnt hurt the environment that bad. There are other things that hurt the environment just as bad.

Inhabitat:Tell us a little bit about why Honey the cow was so special to you.

Cindy: Honey was my baby. She would eat out of my hand and was a really gentle creature. When she gave birth, she immediately would let me know and show me her calf. I would ooh and ahh and tell her what a beautiful baby she had. She was the youngest of the mothers and she would let the other calves nurse off her. Our connection was really deep, and I hated to see her hurt!

Richard: When she was a little over a year, I built a five-strand barb wire fence, one strand at a time, from the bottom up. In essence, I taught her, albeit accidentally, how to jump the fence. Each strand I put up, I thought would be the last one she would jump. The top strand, the fifth strand, she would still jump it. I have never seen a cow that could jump fences like her. She did that for several years.

Inhabitat: What have been the best benefits to going vegan?

Cindy: Personally, I had wanted to go vegan in my twenties. I asked my doctor, who immediately told me that I couldnt. You see, I have Crohns and for decades, I was back and forth to the hospital. Now, I jumped at the chance. Not only to see how it may help me health-wise, but to do my part in ending cruelty to animals. I cannot remember feeling this good! It has really helped me with Crohns symptoms and my arthritis doesnt hurt anymore. I have neuropathy in my feet, and now I dont have that tingling all the timeit is gone! I love creating meals everything is delicious.

Richard: I dont have knee or back pain, I have more energy that individuals half my age envy. The first thing I tell people is how good I feel! I have no muscle cramps from working and sweating.

Inhabitat:What are the hardest things about going vegan?

Cindy: I had been dairy-free for decades, because I have a milk intolerance, so that was not a problem for me and Richard followed suit, because I do the cooking! There were a couple of things for me that were difficult. First, it was putting together enough recipes and understanding what veggies provide essential vitamins, minerals and protein. Then, it was finding a substitute for eggs! Baking without eggs kind of stumped me at first. Then, as I read more, I found several products to solve that problem. We now use for breakfast, Just Egg and Just Fold, which we love! Another problem for Richard, was thinking that veganism was boring, tasteless and bland. He soon realized that spices can do wonders! We both wish we had pursued this decades ago. The amazing thing now is that there are so many new plant-based products in the grocery stores and in the fast-food markets.

Inhabitat:Tell us a little bit about what the RAP Summit is and your involvement in it.

Cindy: Well, we attended the first Summit in November, as ranchers in transition. Right now, we do not have our cattle on our property, so in order to have an agriculture exemption, we need to find our niche for the future. There are a lot of options, and our state is specific as to what we can grow. The Rancher Advocacy Program (RAP) is helping us find our way. Renee and Tommy [Sonnen] are there to help us with any questions and find experts in whatever direction we choose to go. We have held Zoom meetings with everyone to brainstorm and talk about what we need to do. Renee and Tommy have been incredibly supportive.

Inhabitat:What are some of the new uses youre considering for your land?

Cindy: Right now, we have several ideas: growing hemp for CBD oil, peas and fava beans for protein sources (this was something that vegan cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner mentioned at the Summit), as we want to produce a product that will be marketable and beneficial for the environment. Bamboo is another option we have been considering; however, this may not be doable for us at this time.

Inhabitat:How do animal and plant-based agriculture compare as far as making a living?

Cindy: Well, animal agriculture is less intensive during the warm months, as the pastures provide most of the cattles feed. We have two ponds for drinking, so that is also taken care of. There is fencing to repair, cattle to take to the market (which I always hated!), hay to buy and store. Plant-based agriculture will be more work-intensive. Irrigation, picking the produce, weeding, marketing, packaging, talking to vendors. The list goes on and on. However, it will be more fulfilling to know that we are not sending an animal to market to get slaughtered. And we are helping the environment. For example, peas and fava beans give back nitrogen to the soil. Other plants will be rotated to put back other nutrients into the soil. That way, less fertilizers are needed.

Richard: We hope to give back to the soil, rather than take from the soil, which we have done for decades. We want to have a healthy environment for the future.

Inhabitat:What else should others know about transitioning from raising cows to plants?

Cindy: There are lots of people out there who are knowledgeable and willing to be mentors to help ranchers transition to another industry. I can attest that changing over to plants is emotionally freeing, because I used to dread when the calves got to a certain age/weight. I dont think anyone likes to have their animals slaughtered.

Richard: The environment is most important to protect our planet. The entire process of methane gases causing rising temperatures, growing hay, grasses equals less trees and less oxygen, the runoff of the fertilizers that end up in the creeks, bayous, rivers and oceans is poisoning the planet.

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Russell Brand Responds To TikTok Star That Vegan Teacher Calls For Tolerance Online – Plant Based News

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Comedian Russell Brand has responded to TikTok star That Vegan Teacher calling for acceptance and tolerance online.

The stars latest YouTube video explores howThat Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has become a media sensation.

What is it about her, veganism, and what human beings eat that causes so much controversy? Brand asks.

Is it that shes a bit judged because shes not what you expect to see on TikTok? Like everything is a bit hippy-dippy Is it also that people dont like to be preached at?

Im vegan myself but Ive always tried to stay clear of that kind of political aspect, or at least the evangelical aspect of veganism. But, the fact is, our diet and what we regard as sacred have always been intertwined.

Brand goes on to explain how hunter-gatherer societies worshipped, revered, and held as sacred the meat or food that they hunted.

He then adds: Its interesting that in the English language there are different words for animals when theyre alive to when theyre served as food

But for me, theres something about the way not eating animals necessarily being fundamentally and entirely wrong but it does seem to be something we need to keep at arms length.

And That Vegan Teacher, in the very first joke of hers that Ive seen, is sort of satirically and humorously claiming a divine connection

The celeb says that while veganism is important to him its also important that he stop short of judgment or condemnation of others based on what they eat.

Responding to That Vegan Teachers Eating Animals Is Wrong song, Brand said: Is it that it seems a bit unaware? Is it that? Like it seems sort of overly sincere and reductive. Eating animals is wrong completely agree with that Im a vegan. Im sort of not a real fan of McDonalds apart from how bloody delicious.

I agree with everyones right to express themselves freely. Im simply trying to understand why this woman has become the subject and I think that part of it might be a kind of unblinking sincerity.

The video mentions how That Vegan Teacher attracted global media attention by urging celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to go vegan.

In one of her videos, Diekmeyer sings the celeb a song, telling him hurting animals is wrong. She adds: And if you call me a donut, thats fine, as long as youre vegan from now on.

In response, Ramsay posted a video nodding along to the song whilst eating lettuce. He called her a vegan donut and at the end of the video, took a large bite from a burger.

Beef burgers were consumed while making this TikTok was the caption. Later posting the video on his Instagram account, Ramsay said: Its an honor a song was written about me.and now back to my beef burger.

While That Vegan Teacher has stirred opinions online due to her comparison of animal agriculture to the Holocaust as well as her use of terms such as meat is murder.

She also received backlash for arguing that coming out as a vegan is more special than coming out as gay. While Brand did not mention these points, he did address online trolling.

If youre trolling what is in your heart while youre doing the trolling? He asked.

Its anger, isnt it? And sort of disdain and judgment. Now, it cant really be for her can it? You could completely ignore it.

Certainly, it would be good if, in my opinion, if more people were vegan. Certainly would be good in my opinion if there was a general sense, particularly online, of acceptance and tolerance. Beyond tolerance actually, because it suggests something is a bit annoying and youre putting up with it like a deep acceptance that people are so different.

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Busting the myths around veganism- How to go vegan- what to replace with what? – The Times of India Blog

Vegan lifestyle is a way of using all plant-based products be it food, cosmetics, or any other life choice. The aim is to adapt to cruelty free living against animals, thereby also enhancing once health and body. Vegan food has been in light for quite sometimes now, but due to the limited awareness around vegan food, there are several myths that need to be understood for developing a better vegan lifestyle. Let us have a look at some of these-

1. Vegan food is protein deficient-It is true that egg and meat are a high source of protein but saying that vegan food does not have enough protein content is a myth. A diet including beans and greens can easily average out your protein intake in a day.

A normal person needs 56 gm of protein in a day that can be easily achieved by consuming a cup of kidney beans also known as rajma, along with some peanut butter or one bowl of dal. You can also add almonds, soy milk, tofu, and green vegetables to complete the protein content in the diet. An average Indian diet contains pulses and greens which are enough quantity of protein for a human body.

2. No milk= weaker bones- One of the most deeply rooted myth in the Indian households is that milk is beneficial for your bones. While milk does contain calcium- approx. 130mg per 100 ml, but just like protein obtained from animals, milk is also likely to acidify the human bodys pH level, which activates a biological correction. As we know calcium is a very efficient acid neutralizer and is available in our bones in huge quantity, the same calcium that our body bones need to stay strong is harnessed to counteract the acidifying impact of milk. Therefore, the body becomes calcium deficit with the consumption of milk.

India is amongst the largest producer of milk and on the contrary it also has over 10 million cases of osteoporosis every year. Calcium can easily be obtained from several plant-based diets like sesame, beans, broccoli, sunflower seeds, almonds, soya milk, green leafy vegetables, and tofu.

3. Vegan diets are unhealthy- That is incorrect! It would rather not be wrong today that vegan diets like no other diets are wholesome and full of all nutrients that provides the body the much-needed nourishment and growth. According to a report by WHO (World Health Organization), it quotes, Households should select predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, pulses, or legumes, and minimally processed starchy staple foods. The evidence that such diets will prevent or delay a significant proportion of non-communicable chronic diseases is consistent. A predominantly plant-based diet has a low energy density, which may protect against obesity. Hence there is no denying the fact that vegan food adds value and amongst the top 10 lifestyle related ailments in India, eight can be prevented by moving to a plant-based intake. Vegans are less prone to suffer from obesity, heart disease,cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other lifestyle disorders.

4. Eating vegan means expensive food This is one of the most common myths, as people think that replacing meat with vegan food that look fancy is costlier. But that is not true. Eating vegan is much more affordable that eating meat, fish, or dairy. Your grocery bill that contains soy milk and tofu products will be lesser than that of a non-vegetarian or vegetarian on an average.

The basic ingredients in most of the food items remain the same with small changes like the use of sunflower oil instead of ghee or the use of tofu or jackfruit instead of meat. These small changes minimize the amount of your grocery bill. Additionally, you can also make the soy milk or almond milk at home rather than buying the packaged ones.

5. Vegan food only means salads Yes, vegan eats only plants but that does not mean only raw plants. Plant-based diet includes fruits, beans, whole grains, potatoes etc. which are cooked into amazing dishes like Mexican rice,lasagna, pizza,rajma chawal, chole bathure and what not! So vegan food is all fun and scrumptious while also living a cruelty free life.

How to go vegan

There is no ritual of going vegan. It is all about the life choices and of course the food choices you make. To go vegan, consume food products that are completely plant-based. Bust your myths around vegan food and go cruelty free by being a part of a healthy and morally driven community!

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What Veganism Looks Like in the South for Nicholls Student – Nicholls Worth

Nicholls student Rodney Woods has gained some traction lately on social media with posts of vegan dishes he created.

Woods, a sophomore Studio Fine Arts major from Thibodaux, said he began his journey in veganism in March of 2020.

At first I was just very curious about the lifestyle, Woods said. I just wanted to try it out for a month or two, but those two months extended to 3 or 4 months.

Woods said beginning his first attempt at veganism was very overwhelming. He said he was trying to cook something every night while also trying to keep up with school work as well as maintaining his photography business, Visuals by Duke.

It was just stressful, so I ended up stopping, Woods said. But when I stopped, I didnt really change my eating habits.

Woods said that hes allergic to seafood, doesnt care for pork, is lactose intolerant and doesnt eat red meat because of the health consequences. Being that chicken was the only animal product he would eat, he said the transition wasnt that difficult.

After a while I just felt like being vegan was the lifestyle that was meant for me, Woods said.

Woods said he felt the need to go back to vegan-eating because of how he felt while he was doing it.

I was so much happier eating completely clean; my body felt completely different, said Woods. Within the first two or three weeks I lost 15 pounds.

He said that the thing that really pushed him to go back to veganism was the knowledge of health issues on both sides of his family. He said his family members struggle with diabetes and high blood pressure.

Im only 20 right now. If I could prevent that at a young age, then why not? Woods said.

Woods said that cooking has been a hobby of his for a long time, so it wasnt difficult to start creating his own vegan dishes.

I find that its easier to cook plant-based meals than meals with animal products, Woods said. Vegetables soak up all the flavors.

Woods said that he makes a lot of traditional southern dishes, such as jambalaya and gumbo.

A lot of people ask me, How do you make a vegan gumbo? Woods said. I say, Easy, take out the meat!

Woods said he usually sells plates of his vegan dishes to his community every other weekend, but he has slowed down since school has started.

If I can do something like that for the community to show people that you dont need meat to make a good dish, I mean, why not? Woods said. We have this large stigma in the black community, and in the south in general, where the first thing they think when they hear vegan is just plants.

Woods also said he wants to break the stigma that going vegan is expensive. He explained how switching some products, such as salts, oils and flours may be more expensive, but it ends up being cheaper once you are no longer buying expensive meat products.

The price of certain vegetables stays between one to two dollars, Woods said. Ive never been to the store and paid over $3 for a single vegetable.

Woods also explained that veganism replenishes itself at no cost a lot of times. He said he has a garden where he grows herbs and vegetables, which he plants after using parts of them in his dishes.

Woods twitter account, where he has gained popularity with photos and recipes of his vegan dishes, has nearly 7,000 followers. He said he likes that he is able to use his platform to share how easy and delicious veganism is and to see how it impacts his followers lives.

When I show them that you can get creative with different vegetables, they all start asking for the recipe. Woods said. Its not hard, its just a mind thing.

Woods said that he is currently working on his own vegan cookbook that he says will hopefully be out by the end of June 2021.

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