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This week the authors of the 52 Weeks Climate Action Challenge are again encouraging you to think about what you're eating

This regular column on tips to live more sustainably comes from the52 Weeks Climate Action Challenge. The challenge was created by Laurel Hood and Sherri Jackson. Hood is a retired Collingwood Collegiate Institute teacher, and Jackson is a writer and speaker, and ran as the Green Partys candidate for the area in the last federal election. Both are climate activists.


I know you eagerly invested some time last week into researching vegetarian meals you might want to spring on your family. If you have picky or unadventurous eaters (or if its you), you may have to diplomatically broach this subject. The good news is, there are lots more options out there than simply veggie sticks and hummus. Not knocking hummus. But, you get what I mean.

You may recently have heard the term flexitarian.I personally like it, because it doesnt lump you into a category of any kind. You can eat whatever you want, but, you eat with a conscious understanding of what youre eating, where it came from, and its effect on the environment.

It encourages mostly plant-based proteins, but doesnt exclude animal products. Its more of a lifestyle than a diet, and here are the basics:

Flexitarian is basically what were suggesting, with sliding scales of animal products in your diet. If you are planning to go vegetarian/vegan or you already are, then youre already ahead of us!

Using the recipes and the groceries you bought last week, this week youre making a vegetarian mealthat you can share (or not) with your family.

As weve said before, if youve substituted meat for an all Doritos diet, vegetarianism isnt making you healthier. But, if youre eating balanced meals, and ensuring you're getting your daily intake of vitamins and nutrients, vegetarianism can provide many health benefits like improved heart health, reduced cancer risk, prevention of Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, decreased asthma symptoms, weight loss, slowing the aging process and improved bone health.

Often I hear from people that going vegetarian was their childs initiative, and they just followed along. Our kids are recognizing things that we havent that sometimes you have to change things up if you want anything to change!

If, on the other hand, your kids have built-in kale detectors, you can try some of these tips.

In your research last week, you will have more than likely discovered that vegetarian options can be easy, filling, and delicious. It doesnt have to be a hardship to choose a vegetarian/vegan option. It can be a highlight.

Eat vegan or vegetarian because you have discovered some great vegan or vegetarian meals, and youll get the added bonus of improved health, and saving the planet. Wow! All in one veggie chili. Imagine!


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Senior Living: To meat or not to meat? – The Kingston Whig-Standard

I get it, the whole not wanting to eat anything-with-a-face movement. Cows are cute. So are lambs. And piglets. And rabbits. And, sometimes, even chickens.

But and Lord, here comes the lightning bolt they also taste good.

I eat meat. Almost every day. I fry it, roast it, Panko-coat it, broil it and barbecue it. Beef, pork, chicken and lamb. And seafood. Oh, seafood.

Before you blow up my inbox with outrage and vitriol, yes, I am aware there can be mistreatment in the animal husbandry industry and, yes, I know that meat is murder and Earths good nature is often jeopardized in our quest to set the table.

So, spare me the lectures. And dont bother sending me photos of butchered calves or cooped-up chickens. I get it. I am not a monster. I, too, support the humane treatment of animals that are farmed for our dinner plates.

And I respect anyone who has courage of conviction whatever that may look like about the food they put in their bodies, and wouldnt dream of imposing my views on their choices.

Sometimes I wish I didnt eat meat, that I didnt have a lifelong gastronomic devotion to animal flesh, a culinary history that charts nearly seven decades of meat consumption and is clearly the legacy of choice and of having been raised in the mid-20th century when Sunday roast dinners were standard, and delicious, fare.

Sometimes, I even question how I can so cavalierly tempt coronary fate, for this is something often pondered by those of us in our late 60s, where ones health and acute sense of mortality are increasingly top of mind.

But, still, I eat meat.

Veganism isnt a new thing, of course. While the word itself is only about as old as the average baby boomer, vegetarianism (its less-restrictive cousin) can be traced to ancient cultures.

And right here in Canada, two decades ago, chef Yves Potvin created Yves Veggie Cuisine, a faux meat product offered up in burger, hotdog, deli and sausage form.

What is new, though, is the self-righteous army of the meatless that seems determined to shame the planetary masses, most of whom you guessed it eat meat.

Anyway, we can argue about who is more superior another time but, meantime, heres my question:

Why do vegans who hit maximum ire at the mere mention of a rare rib-eye want to eat things that arent meat but look, smell and taste like meat?

Exhibit A: The Impossible Burger.

Great name, and premise a plant-based meat patty that looks, cooks and smells like real hamburger and has the consistency and taste of real hamburger.

The Impossible Burger debuted in the U.S. in 2016 and was a huge hit, showing up on restaurant menus throughout the U.S. and Asia and, finally, last September in selected Canadian restaurants. Creative chefs have gone all Wolfgang Puck on the trend, even incorporating it on charcuterie menus.

And when youre riding an old wave to new heights, as Impossible Burger now is, you have to be clever. Which is why the Impossible Foods company recently released a fake meat patty that wait for it bleeds.

Just. Like. Real. Hamburger.

It is with this development that my aging protein-fuelled brain has a bone to pick. (Sorry.) Because, dear vegans, if you hate meat and feel the need to publicly excoriate those who farm meat, sell meat, cook meat and eat meat why, oh why, do you want to eat something that is meant to replicate real meat?

That bleeds like real meat?

When I ask this question of vegans, who are otherwise rather lovely and mostly tolerant of an old carnivore set in her ways, there are usually two eye-rolling answers: One, sometimes its just easier to blend into a meat-eating world.

Two, they used to eat meat and, dare we say, miss it.

I dont get it. Tofurky your heart out, but maybe pick a lane.

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The Turkey & Thanksgiving Myth – India Currents

The history of Thanksgiving has become a hotly contested topic. Many believe the heartwarming story of European settlers and natives celebrating their successful harvest, immortalized in American myths for generations, never happened. Some Native American tribes like the United American Indians of New England see Thanksgiving as a day of mourning for the genocide of natives.

Hundreds of years later, by continuing to celebrate Thanksgiving by slaughtering turkeys when we dont even know for sure if those birds were on the menu in the first Thanksgiving dinner, we are perpetuating a culture of violence and validating the bloodshed that has marred the history of Native Americans.

Thanksgiving turkeys the 46 million of them that arent lucky enough to be pardoned by the President are forced to live in cramped cages that are too small to even flap their wings, their toes and beaks are cut off without painkillers, and they are killed in the most inhumane manner imaginable as a PETA investigation reveals. This is unfortunate, but not surprising because there are not even minimum federal standards governing how turkeys live or die, as turkeys are exempt from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

While we turn a blind eye to the abuse of animals in slaughterhouses, as a society we have been very vocal in condemning those accused of animal abuse outside the slaughterhouse.

Football player Michael Vick continues to be hated to this day for engaging in illegal dog fighting.

The reaction to these animal abuses is understandable and laudable, but how are those of us who condoned the abuse of our Thanksgiving turkeys any different?

There is no morally coherent difference between the dog who was kicked and the chicken, pig, cow or turkey that most people will eat today. How is it that Americans, so solicitous of the animals they keep as pets, are so indifferent toward the ones they cook for dinner?

Norm Phelps, in his book Changing the Game: Why The Battle For Animal Liberation Is So Hard And How It Can Be Won notes that our paradoxical values about killing animals for food can be explained through the principle of bounded ethicality.When a belief conflicts with a behavior that people are motivated to maintain due to self interest, cultural norms and so forth, most individuals will find a way to convince themselves that their ethical principles do not apply to their own behavior.

Perhaps this is why stories about dog meat market in China and slaughtering dolphins in Japan lead to overwhelming outrage in the social media, mostly in the form of comments calling those people barbaric by those who have dont bat an eyelid towards the inhumane treatment of animals culturally deemed worthy of consumption.

It is time for us to examine our fundamental views about animal ethics, to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, are we really less barbaric than those people who kill dolphins or eat dogs?

Many omnivores vehemently defend their choice to eat meat by rhetorically asking why we should worry about animals when so many people are starving . Ironically, human starvation is just another reason to reconsider raising animals for food. Every year about 760 million tons of food is fed to farm animals. Of this enormous quantity, only a fraction of calories is consumed as meat, while about 40 million tons of food grains can end the most extreme cases of human starvation.

Vegetarianism is on the rise. A study profiled in a recent New York Times piece finds that 12% of Millennials have now embraced a vegetarian lifestyle, as compared to 4% Gen Xers, and 1% of Baby Boomers.

We should embrace the anti-animal cruelty movement. Continuing to perpetuate the violence, abuse and bloodshed that marred our history 400 year ago seems unimaginative, medieval and frankly not in line with a progressive society we aspire to become. Lets not force turkeys to live a short, cruel and thankless life and instead endeavor to create new traditions based on thoughtful reflection, reasoning and compassion.

Spending a minute to ask ourselves what the turkeys have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving is not too much to do for the sake of the bird youll be carving up for dinner.

Ashwin Murthy is a freelance writer and a Silicon Valley based software engineer.

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Kickstart your week with this healthy vegan meal plan recommended by a registered dietician – Insider – INSIDER

According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, well-planned vegan diets are healthy for people at all stages of life, including children and pregnant women.

"I recommend vegan or plant-based diets for anyone who wants to prevent or manage lifestyle diseases or who wants to optimize health," says Sujatha Rajaram, PhD, a professor with the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle and Disease Prevention at Loma Linda University.

So if you're curious about going vegan, here's a 7-day meal plan as well as more information on what to know about the vegan diet both its benefits and downsides.

"B12 and vitamin D," are common nutritional concerns on a vegan diet, says Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, who is a dietitian in private practice, author of "The Plant Powered Diet" and a vegan herself.

"The key to a healthy vegan diet is variety and balance," says Palmer. As a general rule, Palmer suggests the following foods to eat and drink on a vegan diet:

Eat often:

Eat in moderation:

Eat less often:

According to Palmer, here is an example of a healthy 7-day vegan meal plan. Adjust portion size to what best fits your daily caloric needs. A typical 2,000 calorie diet might include three full meals that are each 600 calories, and two snacks that are 100 calories each.

Day 1

Chickpea soup packs a flavorful protein punch and is a great option for dinner or lunch. Ben Monk/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Protein-rich, plant-based plain yogurt, such as those from Forager, Kite Hill and So Delicious, with berries and walnuts

Lunch: Tofu-kale-quinoa salad with vinaigrette

Dinner: Vegetable and chickpea stew with whole grain bread

Mid-morning snack: Fruit and nuts

Mid-afternoon snack: Vegetable-based smoothie, such as pumpkin or cucumber

Day 2

Avocado toast with tempeh is a quick and easy vegan lunch option for those on the go. Alexander Spatari/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Whole-wheat toast with mashed avocado and tempeh slices

Lunch: Greek vegetable salad topped with white beans and vinaigrette

Dinner: Seitan vegetable stir-fry with brown rice

Mid-morning snack: Whole grain flatbread with nut butter

Mid-afternoon snack: Fruit slices with nuts

Day 3

Tofu is a great substitute for eggs in the morning, especially in the form of a tasty scramble. Harald Walker / EyeEm/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Tofu scramble with spinach, tomato, and whole wheat bread

Lunch: Pasta cooked with bean, artichokes, kalamata olives, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs

Dinner: Chana masala with brown rice

Mid-morning snack: Plant-based yogurt and fruit

Mid-afternoon snack: Fruit with nuts

Day 4

Veggie burgers are a filling and healthy choice to satisfy your cravings for a juicy burger. istetiana/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, orange wedges

Lunch: Power bowl with quinoa, vegetables, edamame, and almonds

Dinner: Veggie burger with whole grain bun, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, condiments

Mid-morning snack: Hummus with vegetables

Mid-afternoon snack: Fruit slices with nuts

Day 5

Smoothies are a great way to get lots of fruits and veggies into your diet. Add a nut butter for extra protein. Julia Murray / EyeEm/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Protein-rich plant-based yogurt with banana and sliced almonds

Lunch: Vegetable chili with whole-grain crackers

Dinner: Vegan chickpea vegetable paella

Mid-morning snack: Fruit and nut smoothie

Mid-afternoon snack: Apple slices with tahini

Day 6

Bananas and peanut butter are a filling snack. Peanut butter provides a lot of protein to keep you full longer. HelpingHandPhotos/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Breakfast burrito with corn tortilla, black beans, and sauted vegetables

Lunch: Greek pita with white beans and cucumber-tomato salad

Dinner: Thai tofu vegetable stir-fry with brown rice

Mid-morning snack: Peanut butter with banana

Mid-afternoon snack: Whole grain flatbread and pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Day 7

Oatmeal topped with nuts and fruit is another filling and satisfying dish. Oats are a great complex carb and the addition of nuts adds protein. Arx0nt/ Getty Images

Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with fruit, plant-based milk, and walnuts

Lunch: Black bean tacos with a side of roasted broccoli

Dinner: Polenta topped with roasted eggplant, mushroom, beans, and red pepper ragout

Mid-morning snack: Fruit and nut butter smoothie

Mid-afternoon snack: Trail mix

While they may seem similar, there are some key differences between the terms vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based:

The vegan diet is actually based from vegetarianism, which became popular amongst a large percentage of Hindus during India's Vedic period (c. 1500 c. 500 BCE). Then in the 1940s, a modified version of the diet was created by a group of non-dairy vegetarians, and the term "vegan" was coined.

The main dietary difference between vegetarians and vegans is the latter eat no animal products, including dairy, eggs, honey, and gelatin. Many vegans also avoid animal products to take a stand against animal cruelty and exploitation.

Rajaram says that many studies show that vegan and plant-based eating can improve health. Major health benefits include:

Weight control: The types of foods that vegans eat, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, are high in fiber and health-protective phytonutrients. Rajaram says eating plant foods that are nutrient-dense can help increase satiety or fullness and can even lead to weight loss. A 2013 study found that a group following a vegan diet for 18 weeks lost about 9.5 pounds whereas the control group lost less than a pound. Research also shows that plant-based diets help prevent and help manage type 2 diabetes.

Lower cholesterol and blood pressure: If your cholesterol or blood pressure is too high, you may be at risk for heart disease . Studies show that a vegan diet could help. A 2017 review analyzed 49 studies comparing plant-based diets with omnivorous diets to test their effects on blood cholesterol. While vegetarian diets lowered total cholesterol, LDL, and HDL levels compared to omnivorous diets, those who followed vegan diets saw the greatest reduction in lipid levels. In addition, a 2020 analysis of studies found that plant-based diets lower blood pressure.

Longevity: All of the health benefits of a vegan diet, including weight control and lower cholesterol and blood pressure, also lead to a lower risk of dying from heart disease, according to a 2019 study. Research has also shown that vegan diets may even lead to a reduction in the risk of getting cancer.

"There are two ways that a vegan diet can be unhealthy," says Rajaram. "One way is by eating processed foods, like potato chips and soda. They are plant-based but are not 'whole foods,' which make up a healthy vegan diet. The second way a vegan diet can be unhealthy is to not get the appropriate nutrients your body needs, even if you're eating a whole-food-based vegan diet."

The best way to tackle these challenges is to work with a registered dietitian, says Rajaram, especially if you've never eaten a primarily plant-based diet.

Here are some ways Palmer helps clients incorporate important nutrients like B12 and vitamin D into their meal plans:

While people new to a vegan diet are often concerned about whether or not they'll get enough protein, Palmer says (and research confirms) that a well-planned vegan diet provides adequate protein.

"If you have severe food allergies, such as to soy, tree nuts, or gluten, you may have difficulty following a vegan diet," says Palmer. Similarly, she says, if you have digestive conditions that are triggered by high fiber consumption, you may have difficulty with a plant-based diet.

On a practical level, you may experience some difficulties making vegan food.

Yet finding vegan ingredients is easier than ever. "We're so lucky that today you can find vegan food alternatives, like veggie burgers, vegan butter, and plant-based milks, at your local supermarket," says Palmer. Many items require little or no cooking or additional preparation, she says.

For a family that doesn't embrace vegan eating, "try modifying family favorite recipes, like lasagna, or start meatless Mondays and make a veggie pizza," says Palmer. Not all of Palmer's family members are vegan, and sometimes they grill their own piece of fish or chicken to accompany plant-based foods.

Choosing a vegan diet is a great way to maximize your chances of leading a long and healthy life. Today you can often find vegan foods and alternatives at your local supermarket.

A great way to start is to try eating a healthy, fulfilling vegan diet for one week. Try following a vegan meal plan that offers plenty of plant proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fortified plant-based milk.

"If you're not ready to become a vegan, taking even small steps toward whole plant-food eating is beneficial," says Rajaram. "Even just deciding not to eat red or processed meat will help you begin to see more health benefits."

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Vegetarian and healthy – Economic Times


We live in an age where eating non-vegetarian food is considered to be the ultimate gastronomic delight: trendy, exotic and energising. How can we live without meat? is the cry heard from many, even those born into vegetarian families. Despite being aware that meat-eating has been proved to be injurious to health, they continue to eat meat.

Research has proved that animal fats raise the cholesterol level of blood, while certain vegetables actually lower it. Further, the amounts of toxic wastes present in the flesh of a dead animal are very high. Thus, when we eat the flesh of animals, we are not only consuming the so-called nutritive portions but also poisonous waste products. It is not possible for the body to eliminate the poisons immediately and effectively. Vegetarianism is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts of our times. Grass eaters, salad eaters, cranks and herbivores are some of the terms used with derision and in jest to refer to vegetarians.

A vegetarian diet is simple and nutritious; it gives adequate energy and is easily digested. It is wholesome and non-toxic. It affords immense variety and is also pleasing to the eye and palate. Vegetarianism could extend your life by several years, as well as lower your risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia. It is better for the planet, reducing water usage and global warming gases. And, it certainly is good for the cow, pig, lamb or chicken that you would have otherwise devoured. Giving up meat is a humane and healthy choice.

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Bitcoin’s Carnivore Cult Is Both Stupid and Correct – CoinDesk – Coindesk

This entire article is Saifedeans fault.

Saifedean Ammous, author of The Bitcoin Standard, kept heaping steak tartare onto my plate at a Bitcoin meetup back in August 2018, in between jokes about liberal plebs.

As the youngest woman in the room, per usual, I wanted acceptance from the Bitcoin clan. Despite nearly a decade of (fickle) vegetarianism, I accepted the authors meat offerings in exchange for an off-the-record interview. I torpedoed questions his way between bites. Ammous told me last week, via direct message, that he couldnt remember if that was his first public steak dinner. But there would be many that followed.

Long before he became a bitcoiner, Ammous was a carnivore.

I was, independently, into low-carb keto, he said, referring to ketogenic diets. These two things started to merge together more and more as people who were interested in Austrian economics became interested in meat and good food.

Over the past decade, bitcoin-themed steak dinners have become a global ritual, hosted by communities from San Francisco to Tokyo. It was the Kraken exchanges Bitcoin evangelist Pierre Rochard who organized most of Ammous steak-and-bitcoin dinners in New York, inviting friends from the Socratic Seminar meetup. This was all pre-COVID, of course. (These days, there are a few outdoor gatherings at beaches and parks.)

I was traveling to the U.S. and Pierre told me to stop by in New York and hed organize a dinner for me. Then 70 people showed up, Ammous said. After that, everyone on Twitter was constantly asking, and demanding, their own steak dinner in their own hometown.

Becoming a Bitcoin-carnivore evangelist

Since then, Ammous organized Bitcoin-themed dinners in more than a dozen cities, including Hong Kong, Amman, Beirut, London, Madrid and Milan. Meanwhile, hundreds of Bitcoin fans routinely post meaty food porn via Twitter and Telegram groups like Citadel Chefs. Like Ammous, they often profess theynaturally found this a hobbyist combination, rather than following a demographic trend. As Crypto Twitter icon @cryptomedici wrote: I dont follow the chad lifestyle, the chad lifestyle follows me.

Ammous is among the most famous carnivore evangelists tweeting hot pics of fatty steaks, his version of thirst traps. In fact, the prolific economist penned a manifesto for grilling steak to beat fiat food, equating empty carb calories with inflationary government-issued money.

The (tongue-in-cheek) narrative says bitcoiners like Ammous will simply avoid the impending collapse of Western civilization by re-inventing feudalism, as lords of private citadel meat-lockers paid for with the worlds hardest money. Loving meat is a part of some bitcoiners shtick, along with hating journalists and socialism. Memes and jokes abound comparing Soy Boy or vegan token fans to hyper-masculine bitcoiners.

Its very masculine to grill. In the Wild West, the cowboys are always seen having this massive steak, nutritionist Lorraine Kearney said in a phone interview. Especially if theyre trying to lift weights and bulk up, its always about eating more protein.

Back in 2018, I told Ammous Id try carnivory, if only to gloat when my body didnt magically transform into a lean, mean hodling machine. To my great dismay, two weeks of a 90% meat diet left me feeling stronger, more energetic and less emotionally volatile than Id ever been. By the third week I stopped craving sweets and my doctor noticed a significant improvement in my health, compared to my last annual physical.

As it turns out, Im hardly the first liberal woman to fall in love with both bitcoin and grilled flesh. To the contrary, author Amber OHearn was one of the most influential authors in the early days of crypto-carnivory. Shes been writing about her keto diet experiments for nearly a decade.

Im off all medications, OHearn said, describing how this diet helped after her bipolar diagnosis. Ive never had symptoms of the mood disorder again.

Like any crypto trend, believers can seem quite fanatic. Zcash co-founder Zooko Wilcox even tweeted that keto diets can help treat cancer. (Wilcox and OHearn were once married, but have since continued their meat evangelism separately.)

On the other hand, Kearney said high amounts of fat can contribute to issues like heart disease. Bitcoin-carnivores often dismiss this warning as fake news by the media-fiat-food-industrial complex, hell-bent on brainwashing the masses. Of course, every citadel-dwelling hero needs a mainstream elite villain to foil his own righteousness. However, the reality of carnivore diets may be more nuanced.

Plant-eaters clap back

Kearney agreed with OHearn, broadly speaking, that high-protein diets can be very healthy and every persons body is different.

The nutritionist said shes known clients who feel amazing after years of only eating animal protein, while others prefer low-carb diets with diverse plants. She added that grass-fed meat has many more nutrients, so results may depend on the quality of the ingredients.

The carnivore diet has been around for a number of years. But the research will take a decade, if not longer, to provide the benefits of such diets, Kearney said. When people remove inflammatory, highly processed foods and introduce a more natural diet, like with meat, theyll see results like a decrease in weight gain and bloating, less fatigue and better gut health.

There may also be some truth to the bitcoiner mantra that established norms were based on inaccurate science. Kearney said the past four decades saw a massive shift among nutritionists.

Some of the products they used to recommend were processed foods it was all about restricting calories, Kearney said. Now its more about focusing on balance and understanding the psychological aspects as well.

There are also plenty of vegan bitcoiners, from Bitcoin Core developer Matt Corrallo to Lightning Labs CEO Elizabeth Stark.

Bitcoin doesnt care what you eat, Stark said in a direct message.

The steak-loving author of Bitcoin: Sovereignty Through Mathematics, Knut Svanholm, agreed with Stark.

I believe that we should probably leave diets out of any Bitcoin discussion, Svanholm said. It tends to be a bit silly and people are semi-religious when it comes to food preferences.

Thanksgiving feasts

Meanwhile, Wilcox and OHearn are among many bitcoin aficionados who ate a predominately meat dinner for Thanksgiving 2020.

I like fatty steak, roast beef, ground beef and bacon more than turkey. And thats even more true on Thanksgiving, which is a celebration of plentitude and togetherness, Wilcox said in a direct message.

For a festive twist on the holiday classics, OHearn combined turkey with a keto-friendly stuffing.

Sausage stuffing with ground pork and pork rinds, to help absorb the fat the way bread does in a stuffing, OHearn said over the phone, describing the menu. I also eat eggs and dairy without having too much of a problem. So for holidays I might have eggnog.

It was OHearn who convinced me that bitcoiners meat fetish isnt primarily the result of loud mens testosterone-induced, Freudian fixations.

There are these ideals about what a woman should be that dissuade women from taking pleasure in their bodies and being physical. Meat is connected to that, OHearn said, contradicting the diets stereotype. Meat is sexy and carnal plus, one of my primary roles as a mother is to nourish my children, inside my body, next through breast-feeding and then preparing their food and nutrients.

Like so many bitcoiners who ate Thanksgiving dinner with their families, OHearn said she was grateful for her healthy family. As for myself, I ate plenty of plants this holiday, despite knowing lean protein makes me feel better than pecan pie. Rather than travel to family, I joined an outdoor gathering of bitcoiners for turkey, my first friendsgiving as part of the clan. I no longer felt like an outsider, nor was I the sole young woman. But I did bring my own ros, because we all know the bitcoin cowboys will only bring beer and whiskey.

It may be precisely because of our differences, instead of despite them, that we were so grateful to gather with diverse friends contributing, in our own ways, to the first open-source, digital money. Especially during the pandemic, were thankful to be a part of an economic shift that just might manage to outlive our BBQ-slathered grills and little stone castles.

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10 Quick and Great Reasons To Go Vegetarian – Longevity LIVE – Longevity LIVE

Way back when being vegetarian was being the odd one out but now, as the movement has grown in popularity, its easier than ever to go veggie! Everywhere you go nowadays, theres a vegetarian or even vegan option to accommodate those who dont eat meat. Vegetarianism has been endorsed by celebrities from Morrissey to Natalie Portman, and more doctors than ever before are advocating for vegetarianism as the healthy choice.

It used to be that eating meat was necessary for survival. As we live in an age where meat is a commodity, consuming it is now a lifestyle choice rather than a necessity. Its also often an unhealthy lifestyle choice, contributing to health issues like obesity and heart disease.

We also live in an era of increasing animal rights and environmental concerns, wherein eschewing meat is crucial for adhering to better morals. So, whether you are turning to vegetarianism because of an animal rights movement, or simply because you want to get healthier, the benefits of going vegetarian are numerous. Its never been easier, or tastier!

Numerous studies have shown that those who eat a plant-based lifestyle live longer. One such study, in the British Medical Journal, found that vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters by an average of six years! This is because the health benefits of being veggie are huge vegetarian diets are usually rich in fiber, nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which all strengthen the immune system and slow down the aging process. It can also reverse many diseases.

Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in many societies today, and vegetarian diets are naturally lower in saturated fats and cholesterol (which cause heart disease). As well as having a lower risk of heart disease, a vegetarian diet can actually reverse coronary heart disease!

There is some evidence to suggest that vegetarians have a lower rate of cancer than others who eat meat. Meat consumption, particularly red meat, has consistently been linked to cancer as it is a carcinogenic. Eating your fruits and veggies has never been easier, or better for you!

Obesity is an epidemic sweeping the Western world, and owes to a lifestyle that does not favor health supersize meals, BBQs, and stress-eating. Simply changing our diets to one more plant-based can have huge effects on the risk of obesity, actually lowering the chance of becoming obese by 43%!

Following a vegetarian diet has been proven to make the dieter lose twice as much weight as a meat-eater. A vegetarian diet does wonders for the metabolism!

Global warming is rapidly increasing the likelihood of the end of life as we know it. By the mid-20th century, as global temperatures spike, rising sea levels, and climate crises will become the norm. You can help counter this by simply skipping the meat animal agriculture creates huge amounts of greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

Whatever your stance on animal emotions, theres no denying that they feel pain like any other living creature, and factory farms are inhumane and outdated places of cruelty.

Whether its from not eating our lovely feathered and furred friends, or due to the lower levels of arachidonic acid in plant-based diets, being a vegetarian is great for your mental health!

Meat is full of bad bacteria hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics. This is because theyre fed to animals like cows during the factory farming process, and become concentrated in

animal flesh.

Aside from meat costing more than your average veggie meal, youll save a bunch on healthcare costs in the future!

Katherine Rundell is a content writer at UKWritings and Academized.She enjoys hiking and traveling, as well as cooking delicious vegetarian food. Also, she blogs on the Boomessays website.

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On this International Meatless Day, Manushi Chhillar sheds some light on following the path of vegetarianism and why a plant based diet is beneficial for her overall health. Find out more.

Ethereally beautiful Bollywood debutant Manushi Chhillar is a vegetarian and she is loving it! The young actress, who will be launched by Yash Raj Films in their tentpole film Prithviraj in which she is starring opposite superstar Akshay Kumar, says being a vegetarian is an extremely personal choice for her.

On International Meatless Day, Manushi reveals, For me, being vegetarian was more of a personal choice. It has been and will always be a way of life for me because my parents are vegetarians and I have inculcated this through them. However, they never forced this on me. I made my choice after I realised that it suits for me remarkably and makes me feel fitter and healthier.

The gorgeous beauty, whose debut is the most anticipated launch by a newcomer in 2021, says she enjoys eating clean and endorses that being a vegetarian leads to several health benefits.

Manushi says, I have since then believed in eating clean and I have realised over the years that plant based diet works better for me. I cant point out one negative to eating like this. Im a firm believer of this diet and I would recommend it to people who would want to try it out and see if they feel different after being on it. Being a vegetarian is an integral part of my life and I have realised multiple benefits due to my life choice.

Being a vegetarian and following a plant based diet comes with multiple health benefits. Some of it is that it is toxins free and provides nutrients to our body without any deficiencies.

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Non-vegetarianism affects the whole humanity – – Avenue Mail

By LalitGarg

World Non-Veg Prevention Day is observed every year on 25 November, the main purpose of celebrating this day is to be sensitive towards animal violence and motivate people towards vegetarianism.The main motive of this day is to develop a civilized, balanced and non-violent society. From world history till today, great men who have walked on non-violent ideology have been known with great respect. While great men like Lord Mahavira, Mahatma Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi made India their identity in the world through non-violence, they made people aware of non-violence and vegetarianism. Then why even today, from the country to the world, everywhere from city to village, peoples food is based on meat, due to which millions of innocent animals fall prey to human diet. Science also says that vegetarianism is the best food to prevent all kinds of diseases, from consuming non-vegetarian food where mental disorders arise. Even in the Corona epidemic, vegetarianism has been accepted as the most safe, suitable and healthy food.

At the time of the Corona catastrophe, the voice of change in the food for the happy life and health of human beings is heard all over the world. The number of people who give up non-vegetarian food is increasing not only in India but in the world. According to a recent survey conducted by global research company Ipsos, 63 % of Indians are now adopting vegetarianism instead of non-vegetarian food. According to news, 1.5 million people in America are vegetarian. 10.5% of the population of the Netherlands was vegetarian ten years ago, while currently 5% of the people there are vegetarian. According to the well-known Gallup poll, three thousand people are becoming vegetarian every week in England. There are now more than 25 million people who are vegetarian. The shortness of life due to increasing diseases has forced a person to adopt vegetarianism; the truth is that vegetarianism is an advanced lifestyle, safe diet.

Doctors around the world have proved that vegetarian food is the best for good health. A balanced diet consisting of fruits, herbs, vegetables, different types of pulses, seeds and milk products etc. does not produce any poisonous elements in the food. The main reason for this is that when an animal is killed it becomes a dead substance. This does not apply with vegetables. If a vegetable is cut in half and sowed in the ground, then it will be produced again as a vegetable tree. Because it is a living substance. But this cannot be said for a sheep, lamb or a rooster. Other specific discoveries have also revealed that when an animal is killed, it becomes so frightened that the toxic elements emanating and spread all over its body and those poisonous elements are in the form of flesh. Then after eating the animal flesh the same toxins have been transferred into the body of humans. Our body is not capable of completely removing those poisonous elements. The result is high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, etc.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that in terms of health, we should be completely vegetarian while prohibiting non-vegetarian food. Nature has made man vegetarian by nature. No laborious animal consumes animal flesh, be it horse or camel, bull or elephant. Then why does a human being become non vegetarian, contrary to his nature; spread fatal diseases and deformities of the world?

Eating meat only for taste is not only violence but also the culmination of the nature of forgiveness. In the Sushruta Samhita:, it is written that cooking food is a sacred act like a yajna. A carnivore produces poisonous elements that make a person cruel and violent, reducing his bodys immunity and making him prone to other diseases like blood pressure and heart diseases.Tamsik food produces deformities like anger and laziness in the human body. It is also said that the food should be eaten as it is.

Mahatma Gandhi used to say that taste is not in substance, but in mans own tongue. Far from opposing non-vegetarianism in the country of Gandhi, who controlled the taste of tongues with neem, it is worrisome that in some areas, the emphasis on non-vegetarianism is worrisome, even shameful for the non-violence worshipers. The meat industry has been adopting various tactics to encourage and promote meat eating. Such mischiefs have been happening in India too. The business people have been undertaking such so-called cruel and religious beliefs taken for granted for their own benefit and also for the promotion and use of meat and eggs.

The poultry industry tried its best to spread its commercial net by promoting eggs as vegetarian and non-living. But it is auspicious dialogue that now vegetarianism has started in India, making it a lifestyle of the people is a moral obligation of every enlightened citizen in favour of non-violence and against the ruthless killing of innocent creatures and unborn seedlings for the sake of happiness. It is the first duty of everyone to prepare the public.

Efforts have been made to promote vegetarianism in India, not only in India but the great intellectuals of the world, e.g. Aristotle, Plato, Leonardo Davinci, Shakespeare, Darwin, P. H. Huxley, Emerson, Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Sir Julian Huxley, Leo Tolstoy, Shelly, Russo, etc. were all vegetarians. In terms of human structure, we will see that vegetarian food is our natural food. Americas world-renowned nutritionist Dr. Michael Klepper says that the yellow part of the egg is the largest source of cholesterol and frozen lubricants in the world, which is fatal to health.

Today the biggest problem in the world is to prevent further peace of world peace and violence. There are clouds of violence and terrorism everywhere. If they can be stopped, then only by propelling human nature towards non-violence and vegetarianism. We also have a duty under Article 51A (G) of the Indian Constitution to have mercy on all living beings and remember that if we cannot provide life to someone, then we have no right to take his life. The question is why then we have been undertaking extensive efforts to develop and encourage slaughterhouses here? After all, why have we become so insensitive?

In the last few years, a large number of vegetarians have been seen in western countries ever since new researches have proved that vegetarianism is safer as human food. Not only this, people have also come to understand that non-vegetarianism is not just the cause of diseases, but are contrary to non-violence, peace, environment, agriculture, morality and human values. It is also negative for the economy. Modernism has become synonymous in the West. People can be seen taking pride in declaring themselves vegetarian as leaders of this new trend.

The ideology of Western philosophies, which once used to consider meat eating as the most suitable, has started to turn towards vegetarianism. This should be called a good sign in favour of vegetarianism from many perspectives. Non-vegetarians are the cause of many problems and this is causing tremendous damage to agriculture. In Ayurveda, non veg has been called the home of diseases. The flag-bearer of agro-culture has always been a driver of many values like non-violence and love. It is important that central and state governments can solve the problem of food grains of the country by closing slaughterhouses, while at the same time they can also solve the problem of water, environment, dwindling livestock, milk, ghee and fertilizer. The employment that crores of people will get is different. Promoting vegetarianism means enhanced health as well as improved economy and progressive lifestyle. If we can educate the coming generations about vegetarianism, and tell people about its benefits, and advise them to eat non-vegetarian food, then it will be a real meaning to celebrate World Non-Vegetarian Prevention Day.

(Lalit Garg is a Journalist, columnist, writer and member of Rajbhasa samiti, Ministry of Home Affairs. The views expressed are personal opinion of the author. He can be reached at

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A turkeyless Thanksgiving: Celebrating the holidays on a plant-based diet – Red and Black

Americans ate 45 million turkeys for Thanksgiving in 2017, according to an article from CNBC. Those who practice vegetarianism, veganism or other plant-based diets, however, forgo the classic main dish.

Plant-based eating is nothing new. People have practiced vegetarian diets, or abstained from certain kinds of meat, for thousands of years based on cultural and religious reasons. In the last few decades, however, the number of people transitioning to plant-based diets has been on the rise. More and more people are giving up meat not for cultural or religious reasons, but because of concern for animal welfare and the environment.

In 2018, Izy Dobbins became a vegetarian after cutting down on meat when she started college, she said. Dobbins, a senior advertising major from Savannah, said the primary reason she made the switch was the impact eating meat has on the environment.

My first semester of freshman year I took a class where we had a unit on sustainability and we talked a lot about the impact of our diets on sustainability and how meat is such a great personal contributor to climate change, Dobbins said. And I thought, well, I don't eat that much meat anyway I might as well just not eat it at all.

Abby Winograd, a junior international affairs major from Miami, Florida, decided to become a vegetarian when she was 10 because of her love for animals. Then, when she was 18, she decided to make the switch to veganism out of environmental concerns involving the meat and dairy industries. Her family has also made the switch to a more plant-based diet over the last decade, now only occasionally having eggs or dairy, she said.

After making big lifestyle changes, the holidays can be difficult. Diana Richtman, a senior womens studies and English double major, has been a vegetarian for almost five years, she said. During her first holiday season after going vegetarian, she missed some of the foods she used to enjoy, like her familys stuffing, she said. In addition to missing some of her favorite foods, some of her family members didnt understand her new diet.

I have tofurkey every year and I don't go a year without [my immediate family] commenting on that, Richtman said. I think my extended family because they see me lessthey're very curious about what I'm eating, not necessarily in a bad way but when you're just trying to have a meal it could be a little frustrating to have someone asking you what you're eating.

Dobbins has experienced similar sentiments from her family, she said, not necessarily during Thanksgiving, but during other holidays like Christmas and the Fourth of July. Her grandparents will still sometimes ask her if shes eating meat again, she said. Even though Winograds family is mostly plant-based, shes faced challenges when it comes to her diet as well. When shed go to a friends house for Shabbat or other Jewish holidays, there wasnt always food she was able to eat there, she said.

While the holidays can pose some problems for vegans and vegetarians, the season can bring joy as well. Richtmans sister recently went vegan, and the two have been sharing recipes theyre excited to try together. Last year, Winograd got to host her family for a vegan Thanksgiving at her apartment in Athens, she said.

For the first time, my family came to Athens and I hosted them in my apartment, and we all did a big vegan Thanksgiving, Winograd said. That rocked and it brought a lot more meaning to it for me, because I wasn't just miserable.

Even though lots of holiday foods include meat or animal-based ingredients, there are many holiday foods vegans and vegetarians get to enjoy. Dobbins said she enjoys making stews, soups and chilis. She said these recipes can easily be made into vegetarian dishes, while still including protein and fiber. For her familys vegan Thanksgiving, Winograd made vegan mac and cheese using ingredients like cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast and Panko breadcrumbs, she said. Even though Richtman misses her familys stuffing, she said she still gets to enjoy her moms brown sugar and cinnamon sweet potatoes.

Entering into your first holiday season after going vegan, vegetarian or plant-based can be intimidating. Richtmans advice? Dont take things too seriously. If youre planning on bringing a dish to a gathering, aim to make it something everyone will enjoy even if it is vegetarian or vegan, she said. Dobbins said going easy on yourself during the holidays can also be helpful. If youre new to your plant-based diet, allowing yourself to have a few animal products will make the transition easier, she said.

During the holidays I would say if you're someone who's trying to cut down on meat, only eat the best meat, Dobbins said. Instead of eating meat for every meal, like when you're at home making a turkey sandwich, make that lunch something vegetarian. And then when it's fancy dinner time and you're getting a steak or ribs, or you're getting the juicy ham, enjoy that because that's the good stuff.

Winograd also shared Dobbins sentiment that when transitioning to a plant-based diet, it doesnt have to be all or nothing. Everyone is at a different step in the process of having a vegan, vegetarian or plant-based lifestyle, she said.

You can't make fun of or look down on other people that are in the process of becoming vegan and might be breaking it sometimes or enjoying the food they grew up eating, Winograd said. We're all on this journey of making the world better.

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