Thursday, September 10, 2015

Veganism + faq

One month today. One month seems like such a short time, but in only one months time I've began a journey that will forever change my views on the world. So let me start this blog out with saying that this post is extremely important to me. More important then I ever knew it would be. This post is going to be a lot of things. It will be factual, it will be eye opening, it will be graphic at times, it will probably the longest post I will ever put up, but in the end it will be educational and hopefully life changing for some of you who are willing to become educated about something that is not often talked about. Now I know that this wont be for everyone, not everyone will be willing to read this or care to have there views tampered with. Not everyone will want to see graphic images, or read through statistics but I hope that some of you do read this. I hope some of you continue to scroll through this whole page and actually click on the videos and let your mind and heart be open to change. When watching the videos I have put below please watch them with an open heart, and realize that every single person on this earth has an impact, and every single person on this earth has the ability to change the world. We do it every day. Even though we don't realize it. We leave behind something called a carbon foot print. This is how we have effected the world. You may think you have no way to change that foot print, you may think it doesn't matter. But did you know that a vegans carbon foot print from food consumption alone is only 2.89 kilos for the Average dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day. While a typical meat eaters Average dietary greenhouse-gas emissions is 7.19 per day. Such a difference. A difference that many people don't know about. Many people think that vegans are crazy. That they are hippies who care way to much about animals. They think that you've become a vegan because you want to save the animals and that's it. They don't think into the facts, the health statistics, the environmental damage. So below I have included an FAQ on question I am asked on a daily basis. Now moving forward ( this is literally the longest intro I've ever written ) I have categorized all my topics, so if you guys want to know specifically about one particular thing it will be easier to find. Enjoy. xx




Veganism

Veganism. A word that most of the population cringes at the thought of. But why? Is it because the thought of giving up a cheese burger sounds impossible? That used to be a good enough reason as any for me. I have looked into / studied about veganism for over a year now. But only committed to this life a month ago. Why you ask? Well for the same reason 90% of you who are reading this haven't made that switch either. Its scary. You think oh my gosh am I only going to be able to eat fruits and vegetables for the rest of my life?!?! Am I going to ridiculed like crazy for this decision? Do I have to give up everything else in my life that isn't vegan? It seems impossible to do. Until you just do it. But it takes some real motivation to make the change. I first tried to go vegan around a year ago. It obviously didn't go so well lol. It was so hard, and I was so undereducated so it never stuck. Back then I made the switch only because I had seen a documentary or two and felt so bad for the animals that I couldn't stand to look at a piece of steak. But transitioning into something as big as veganism shouldn't be done on a whim. You should know what to tell people when they ask you questions ( and oh trust me EVERYONE will ask you questions ) and you should have a real reason to stick with it. Your views on food have to change. When you don't know the actual facts behind what your eating you give up. You give into everyone else's insecurities, and are peer pressured back into eating ice cream. Then you think hey cheese isn't that bad for me, and by the time you know it your sitting down for dinner chomping on veal parmesan. So what will keep you motivated? Knowledge. Learning about the statistics and realizing that veganism is 50 50. Its 50% Medical and 50% ethical. The ethical side is what catches your attention but the factual, medical side is what will make you commit.


Medical reasons to go vegan

To me the scariest thing in the world has always been to go to the doctor. Its always been so terrifying to me because there is always that possibility that they could tell you what you don't want to hear. So about two months ago when I started experiencing extremely weird pain in my side I was obviously petrified. It turns out that I was experiencing the beginning effects of an ulcer (since being vegan I haven't experienced any symptoms). Now something that caught my attention back when I was speaking with my doctor was how one of the first things she told me was how I should lessen my intake of dairy. That has obviously stuck with me now into veganism. As children I don't think we really know what were putting into our bodies. I mean we all know that when we go to the doctors for a check up we are told to eat more fruit and veggies and lessen are intake of happy meals, but how come we are never told about other "good for you foods?" Why are we not told that eggs contain more cholesterol then a double cheeseburger with four slices of bacon? Why aren't we told that milk contains Growth hormone, rBGH or that one of the leaders in developing prostate cancer is due to your intake of milk and dairy. Why aren't we informed? Well you have to look at it this way, doctors are human. They don't believe in going vegan? Then your not going to be told about it. Another reason so many of us are lacking this information, money. Yes, money. The meat industry was valued at $807 billion in 2014. So its obvious were not going to be informed about something that could potentially damage that market. How ever lets look into some statistics about why going vegan is so good for your health.

Here's a link to 57 health benefits of going vegan - http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/

Here is an article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - on why vegan diets reduce the risk of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1627S.full









Meat

Meat. Something that everyone grows up with the mind set that you have to have meat for a well balanced meal.  You always here parents telling there children to eat there chicken! That's its good for them and that they need to finish it before the can be excused from the table. But how good is meat for you? Truth is meat is filled with toxins. That is why when you change from being a meat eater to a vegetarian or vegan you go through a withdrawal. They have a stimulant effect that causes use to depend on it. Now what do this toxins do to our body? Here's a few things that can be caused specifically by meat Infectious Cancer Cells, Mad Cow Disease (CJD) , Swine Flue, Avian Flu, Salmonella, Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases (PMWS) – disease related with pig, Listeria, Toxemias of pregnancy, Colon bacillus, Bluetongue. Just to name a few. ( Click UNDERLINED text to see where I got this information) Here is a few things that are inside the meat you consume on an everyday basis Antibiotics, Growth Hormone, Steroids, Chemical Toxins from Slaughter Process, PCDDs (Dioxins), Meat and Red Dye (Red dye 40), Sodium Nitrite, Bone Meal , Arsenic, Concentrated bacteria toxic, Grinded Styrofoam and plastic bags, High concentration of pentobarbital sodium (the pink stuff) which is used as lethal injection for euthanizing shelter cats and dogs, and
Vermicides used for cats and dogs.

The Ethical Reason you shouldn't eat meat

Now if the health statistics didn't steer you away from meat this next part might... So we all love our pets, right? The thought of someone eating a little fluffy kitty is enough to turn your stomach, but why doesn't the thought of a little baby cow make you gag? Truth is, it probably does. But we aren't the ones out there killing the little pig or lamb our selves so we become emotionally detached. Here's a video that is perfect at helping you under stand the connection and the hypocrisy that happens when you make the emotional connection.



 
 
What happens to those animals that we as people mindlessly eat everyday? What do they have to go through? WARNING this video is extremely graphic but shows the reality of what happens to all the different types of animals in the meat industry. This also makes the connection between egg laying hens and dairy cows, & how ALL these animals are mistreated, then killed.
 
 
 
 
The images you are about to witness are extremely GRAPHIC and are important to show those of you who do not care to see the above video, what really happens behind closed doors.
 
 
 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dairy
 
 
One of the number one questions I get asked is why is dairy bad? People make the connection between animals and why its bad to eat them, but seem to never see the truth behind the dairy industry. For some reason everyone I talk to seems to think that cows that are used for milk grow up on sweet little farm and they wear cow bells, and everything's all cute and sweet. But sadly that's not the reality. You could say "well I only drink milk from family farms!!." But here's the reality... words like "family farms" & "cage free" & "free range" are all marketing ploys. There packaging and adverts are often adorned with a picture of a happy little dairy cow smiling big, but that's just not the reality. No matter where your milk comes from it isn't ethical. Along side with the 11 billion dollar a year industry being completely unethical, it also has an effect on our health. One thing that will really turn you away from drinking milk is what is inside. Something you probably didn't know is that milk contains alarming levels of pus. Yes that's right pus. The same pus that is inside of a zit. DISCUSTING.. The pus found inside cows milk is actually called somatic cells, and a 8oz glass of milk can contain up to 180,000,000 pus cells!!! These somatic cells come about from the infected utter of a cow. Another reason milk is bad for us, is rBGH. A growth hormone I touched on before. This hormone is injected into dairy cows to produce more milk, that increases the risk of cancer. This hormone has been banned from countries like Canada, and massive brands like Walmart have taken milk that has been affected by rBGH off there shelves. Now what if you are saying "I only drink raw organic milk from a local dairy farm!!" Well the truth behind even raw unfiltered milk, is that it contains over 80 active hormones NATRUALLY that shouldn't be inside the human body. Now milk is often referred to a mucus forming food meaning, that since cows milk is meant for a baby cow it naturally shouldn't be put into a humans body. So when these hormones are now entered into our bodies we go into complete inflammation, because our anti bodies do not know what it is. Another factor with in milk is the hormone called IGF1 that causes cells to replicate (obviously deadly for people with cancer.) One more thing about milk that you may not know is that it contains something called casomorphine. This Is a mucus producing substance with in milk that can stimulate the production of mucus with in our respiratory glands. Now to let you in on the ethical side of things. If you watched the previous video you will have heard them say "dairy cows have it the worst off." To elaborate on this I leave you will this video WARNING GRAPHIC
 
 
 
                                     
 
 
The images you are about to witness are extremely GRAPHIC and are important to show those of you who do not care to see the above video, what really happens behind closed doors.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eggs
 
Another commonly asked question, brought to my attention are that of eggs. Why are eggs so bad for you? Here's why. First lets start off with the study that show eggs are so high in cholesterol that one egg yolk is higher then a Hardee's monster burger. That's a burger with two patties, three slices of cheese, and four strips of bacon. ONE single egg yolk contains 215 mg, while that Hardee's monster burger only contains 210 mg. It is said that a healthy person should consume no more then 300 mg per day of cholesterol and a person with cardiovascular disease should NOT exceed 200mg. That means one single egg yolk would be over you whole days worth of cholesterol intake to remain healthy (yes cholesterol is essential for good health its just the right cholesterol.) There is also a step wide increase of people being at risk for type two diabetes bye the amount of eggs that said person consumes. Just one single egg a week increased the risk for diabetes by 76%. Something to think about is also how safe eggs are(not). The USDA has a strict rule for eggs, that the egg industry is not aloud to print false or misleading promises about eggs. There basically not aloud to lie to the people, they just have to manipulate there words and adverts. Did you know the USDA will not allow printing of words like "Healthy" "weight loss" "nutritious" they cant even deem eggs as "SAFE" in there advertisement's. Please take a look at the emails below, exchanged between the USDA and an egg company trying to run an ad for there eggs.
 







 
 
 
 
 
 A study showing different ways eggs effect our health
 
 


 
 
 
 Now I'm going to leave you with a video that goes over a lot of what I just touched on - the health factors, and then another one aimed to show you why chickens are mistreated in the egg industry.
 
 
 
                                 
 
                                 
 
 
 
The images you are about to witness are extremely GRAPHIC and are important to show those of you who do not care to see the above video, what really happens behind closed doors.
 
 




 
 
 
 
Environment
 
I touched on this subject in my intro. To save time, I would love for you all to watch the video below, this video touched my heart and I hope it does the same for you.  "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
 
 
                                     
 




 

 
 
 
FAQ
 
 
 
Q: Where do vegans get there protein?!??!
 
A: Proteins come from a ton of vegan foods. Like beans, lentils, bread, peanut butter ect. Here's a list of protein packed vegan foods from veganproteins.com
 
  • Watercress 84%, Mushrooms 56%, Spinach 50%, Sprouts 35+
  • Kidney Beans 58%, Navy Beans 37%, Soybeans 35%
  • Wheat Germ 26%, Rye 18%, Oatmeal 17%, Peanuts 18%
  • Pumpkin Seeds 18%, Sunflower Seeds 16%, Cantaloupes 10%, Peaches 9%, Oranges 8%

  • Q: But what about calcium? Iron??

    A: Here are 25 vegan foods sources of calcium as depicted by care2.com

    1. Kale (1 cup contains 180 mg)
    2. Collard Greens (1 cup contains over 350 mg)
    3. Blackstrap Molasses (2 tablespoons contains 400 mg)
    4. Tempeh (1 cup contains 215 mg)
    5. Turnip Greens (1 cup contains 250 mg)
    6. Fortified non-dairy milk (1 cup contains 200-300 mg)
    7. Hemp milk (1 cup contains 460 mg)
    8. Fortified orange juice (1 cup contains 300 mg)
    9. Tahini (2 tablespoons contains 130 mg)
    10. Almond butter (2 tablespoons contains 85 mg)
    11. Great northern beans (1 cup contains 120 mg)
    12. Soybeans (1 cup contains 175 mg)
    13. Broccoli (1 cup contains 95 mg)
    14. Raw fennel (1 medium bulb contains 115 mg)
    15. Blackberries (1 cup contains 40 mg)
    16. Black Currants (1 cup contains 62 mg)
    17. Oranges (1 orange contains between 50 and 60 mg)
    18. Dried apricots (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
    19. Figs (1/2 cup contains 120 mg)
    20. Dates (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
    21. Artichoke (1 medium artichoke contains 55 mg)
    22. Roasted sesame seeds (1 oz. contains 35 mg)
    23. Adzuki beans (1 cup contains 65 mg)
    24. Navy beans (1 cup contains 125 mg)
    25. Amaranth (1 cup contains 275 mg)

    Iron - Dried beans and dark green leafy vegetables are especially good sources of iron, even better on a per calorie basis than meat. Iron absorption is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C along with foods containing iron. Vegetarians do not have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than do meat eaters - http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.php

    Q: Why are eggs so bad? I don't understand?

    A: I get asked this question a lot, so refer to the egg section above.

    Q: I am vegetarian, isn't that enough?

    A: Here's the thing, I always thought it was enough. But you have to realize that dairy and eggs are just as bad for you as meat. If your a vegetarian and are so for ethical reasons check out the videos above to see how the industries are all connected. The dairy industry, is the veal industry, is the beef industry. However if you souly cannot make the vegan switch, then I still thank you for all the lives you have saved by cutting out meat. <3

    Q: I love animals, but could never stop eating meat.. that doesn't mean I am bad person!!!

    A: No, of course not. Not a bad person, just and under educated one on a subject hardly touched on. Its not your fault. I went almost 19 years in the dark about what I was consuming. Most people have compassion for animals, it just takes time to make the connection on a emotional level to recognize that what you are consuming for dinner, you are also going to the petting zoo to pet.

    Q: So what can you eat?!? Like do you just eat fruit and vegetables?

    A : All you have to do is google "Vegan recipes" and thousands of options will come up. I have learned how to be a much better cook because of it. Everything from pizza to pancakes can be vegan-ized! But incase you wanted some "normal" foods, here's some you may not have known were vegan http://www.powered-by-produce.com/2013/12/02/foods-you-didnt-know-were-vegan/


    Q: BUT ITS NATRUAL FOR US TO EAT MEAT!!!!

    A: Here is the thing, I truly believe it is natural for some species to eat meat just not humans. Look at us vs a lion. A lion can go out and hunt down a zebra. They can kill and eat it with in minutes. Its unlike what we as humans do. Even if we had the tools to kill and dismember a animal, we couldn't just eat it in its entirety like a lion could. We have to cook our meat, other wise we would get very sick. But lions? They don't have to cook meat, why? Because there body can break it down naturally unlike humans. Also look at what we have. Our tools if you will. We have small nails, and flat teeth all of which real "Meat Eaters" don't have. Something to think about.


    We have come to an end.

    I would just like to say thank you to any of you whom chose to read this article in its entirety. I genuinely appreciate it. I have sat here typing and researching for a little over five hours now, all in the hopes that maybe just maybe some of you will read this and change your thoughts on this subject. Forgive me if this ending is a little sappy but it is one in the morning as I write this, and I cant help but feel like I was given this platform to speak my mind for a reason. I have started to realize my words may have effect or persuasion on you, my readers. If they didn't I don't think I would have an email box filled with companies that want to have me endorse there products. So for this reason, I wanted to talk, enlighten and educate you all on this really important subject. I figured what is the point of having multi thousands of views per month on here, and over 6 thousand followers on instagram if I don't use my words for good. I hope you looked into your heart and made the connection whilst reading this, and I hope that we can all do a little good in the world. If you have decided to become one of the 9.5 million Americans that are vegan, on behalf of the small three percent I commend you. Thank you for taking your precious time to read this article. xx

    -Love Savvy

    
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