The Vegans are Coming

I decided a while ago, actually my 2014 resolution, that I would be a vegan that people instantly warm to. I would be glowing and radiant with the message I even planned to be a body builder HA that didn’t quite happen on account that I am a lazy cow! But it is so hard because we are now becoming an actual ‘thing’ and people are so shit scared!
Scared that we may take over the world.
Scared that we may invade their homes and replace their steaks with a cabbage.
Scared that we will take away their jerky and replace it with cashews.
Scared we will donate their leather handbag and replace it with a hemp string carrier.
Scared that we will strip naked, turn off the TV and meditate.
Scared we will replace their beloved Rover with Daisy the Dairy cow and 12 rescued chickens.

God, the list could quite literally go on.
And yes, that world actually seems o.k to me! But fear not meat and dairy lovers we will not do that, what we will do is replace your food with exactly the same tasting food just without death.
Amazing!

I noticed today that the milk companies are trying very desperately  (check out this article on new social media plans by the dairy industry) to make us look unhealthy and incorrect.
Note that the meat industry gave up their propaganda a long time ago, it is of no use they can no longer convince us that supermodels eat sausage and bacon!
But
*Ta Da*
here comes the dairy industry to wreck our day!

On Twitter there is an account called @milklife…go there at your own risk.
Of course it is full of lies and propaganda and it hurts my head to see what is on there,
Let us examine this picture for example
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First off most vegans are relatively healthy in comparison to those who consume animal products and vegans are also more interested in health because it is a natural process that happens.
We see the changes in our bodies and we realize that what we eat is the whole secret it is the everything to how we feel on the inside and look on the outside.
Fuel your body with goodness.
Therefore it is my belief that most vegans who will forever live this lifestyle will make their own almond milk or seek out products that are not filled with crap.
Therefore Almond milk = Almonds + Water .

Secondly, if vegans don’t seek out the healthiest option (which is fair since our business lives demand so much of our precious time anyway)  it is ridiculous to even suggest that the only better alternative is to drink something that is completely unnatural for us.
This video will tell you everything you need to know about milk, everything is from medical journals everything is FACT!
It isn’t propaganda, it isn’t fabricated for a booming business it is simply the truth.

If humans really thought about things logically and were not clouded by fear of becoming something wacky ( I am wacky) they would know without question the right milk to drink.

*We are the only mammal that drinks milk beyond our infancy
*We are the only mammal  that drinks another mammal’s milk.
I have looked and I have yet to see a rabbit suck an elephant’s tit!
*Cow’s milk is for baby cows just like human milk is for human babies.
*Cow’s milk is designed to aid in the growth of a calf which doubles its size in 45 days where as we take 180 days . source

Vegans have been regularly accused of being judgmental and critical.
A famous plant based cook Deliciously Ella decided to air her thoughts publicly in The Telegraph newspaper this week. Scroll down to beneath the third picture of her.
Note- I have so much to say on this issue and I have done so for the past 4 days that I am moving on, she is not worth my precious time and there are far more beautiful people to be inspired by then someone who steps on minority groups to reach the top.

However, vegans are neither judgmental or critical we are passionate and driven.
When you finally see the light, when you realise you have been lied to for corporations to make money you can’t quite believe that others don’t see it too and in the process of trying to wake them up you seem arrogant.
Put that together with the fact that people don’t actually want to know the truth and don’t want to change you have a formula for disaster.

From here on forth I will be more proud of what I am but I will also be more patient and open to questions and learning.

What I ask is that people don’t believe everything they read, there is a huge amount of propaganda against the vegan movement because we simply cost corporations lots of money.
Veganism in this day and age isn’t a piece of cake, it’s easier than before but it’s still work.
Everywhere we go we have to seek out things to eat so we don’t compromise our lifestyle, we don’t live this life to be difficult it is something we must do so that we can find peace.

The Vegans are coming…Open your heart and your fridge.

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Have a Heart, Have a Salad.

I have been in Korea for nearly 5 years on and off, through my time in Korea I have gone from being a vegetarian to a vegan and the transition in mind as well as in diet is really something quite extraordinary.

A quick explanation of how my husband, Colin and I got together is rooted in our mutual animal respect. Colin was a meat eater when I met him and quickly transitioned over to a vegetarian when he found the meat less quality than it was where he grew up in the states. It seems very strange for me to write in those terms because to me meat is meat and meat is murder but at one time we both excused everything and I do believe that is a natural process onto realizing there are no true excuses anymore.

I was volunteering for a dog rescue shelter in Gimhae, a city in the South of Korea which actually hosts a dog meat market near the bus station, always very uncomfortable to witness when arriving to help the dogs rescued from such a fate.
The dogs are in cages, dirty and uncared for and are awaiting their fate, a long tortuous death sometimes in front of other dogs.
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The ways I have heard the dogs are killed range from setting on fire to beatings to boilings.

There are many sites on the internet that will explain in more detail the killing and atrocity of the business and they can tell you more than I can or wish to.
All I know is that the Gimhae meat market is a sorry site and it’s definitely a poor man’s business (both monetarily and emotionally.)

When Colin and I volunteered for this dog shelter we felt much pride in what we were doing and even felt somewhat superior to those who don’t take time out of their social lives to help the dogs. We enjoyed the people running the shelter and those who attended and I even had a small party at mine with lots of food (mostly dairy unfortunately) to raise some money.

What I am most disappointed about is that I drew a line under this volunteering, I felt that what I was doing was completely enough and I was on top of the world, pointing out its faults and fixing them. Go ME!
Now, I am ashamed because once I even thanked a local bar for holding a hot dog contest to raise money for the dogs.

I was thanking him for the unnecessary slaughter of innocent living beings to save another much more well-loved pet.

The news is full to the brim of happy stories of dogs and cats being saved, Colin and I have 2 cats ourselves rescued from Poland but there is little evidence of happy rescued farm animals

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We have emotionally stuck these animals in a big, metal, cold barn and ignored their plight and focused on the cuter ‘pets’ to run free.

People get so outraged at Asia for killing dogs for meat and so they should but by that logic shouldn’t we be up in arms about the 6o billion farm animals slaughtered ever year for food?
Food that we are known to waste at an astonishing amount.

Humans find it difficult to understand two things.

  1. A) Humans are a species of animals too and the only way we have managed to crawl to the top of the food chain is by destroying every other animal in our path. We are highly intelligent and unfortunately we have chosen to use our brains to do harm rather than good, we even destroy our own species through war and hate how on earth could we ever sympathise /save another species?
  2. B)  All animals are equal and we are not more equal than others. We all exist by the grace of *insert who/what you believe* and we should encourage life not death.
    Dogs are no more animals than pigs than cows than chickens than rats.Why do we love one and hate another?

We have been duped, lied to and used by companies driven by greed and power. The world would be a much more beautiful place without money, living as the other animals do but we have trade, and consumerism, and class wars and power and we must try and fight it to keep our heads above the water.

I feel cheated, I want so much more out of life than what has been created by me and my fellow man.
Demand change, live like you want to not how they tell you to.

I sign petitions, I focus on specific cases at specific times on specific animals such as Lolita the Whale but I know that the only way to really change the world is if people switched to a vegan diet.
Have a heart people, have a salad!

It’s as Simple as Black and White.

Yesterday on the 17th January 2015 there was a March for Lolita in Miami.
Lolita is an Orca Whale who has been held captive in the Seaquarium, Miama for 44 years, what is worse is that she performs the same dumb performance 3 times a day for dead fish.

I tried to imagine this as part of my life, I teach English to children in South Korea and I see different kids with different levels and different textbooks every day. So I thought how horrid it would be to see the same snotty kids, having the same conversations, answering the same questions 3 times a day and not even for freedom, not even for my weekends, not even for a comfortable home. I do it for dead fish that I would catch in the wild in a much more interesting way, it is my nature to dive deep to hunt for live fish.
I don’t get a day off, I sit in a bath tub waiting for the same class to come back and do the same thing again and again. BnNDuKYIIAEsrDj

Hugo, another captive whale in with Lolita for 10 years with whom Lolita did have intercourse with but no babies were produced, died from Aneurysm Cerebral Artery in 1980. He bashed his head against the concrete wall repeatedly either out of boredom or in an attempt to commit suicide, suicide isn’t a ridiculous concept when you think that Orca whales are possible as smart as chimpanzees if not smarter, more intelligent than us? I am going to go with yes since we are the ones who pay good money to see someone stand on an Orca’s stomach rather than go on one of the epic tours that exist to see Orcas in the wild..
God we are dumb.

I went to one because I was dumb.
I went to Seaworld in Florida about 10 years ago and watched the amazing Orca Whale dance and bounce and perform. It’s dorsal fin bent from being in captivity something that is a very rare occurrence in the wild because of the space to move and jump and dive and exercise.
I read that their collapsed dorsal fins are comparable to us going to the gym, if we work a muscle with weights it will become strong and muscular if an Orca Whale exercises its dorsal fin it will become strong and muscular too.

100% of captive males have collapsed dorsal fins.

Many people find it disrespectful when animal rights is compared to human rights. I personally am very careful not to use the word ‘holocaust’  when I refer to animal rights even though by definition holocaust means ‘destruction or slaughter on a mass scale’.
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(Picture by Colin Culbreth)
Some people at the March yesterday chose to be open and frank and compare the Lolita captivity to the slavery of the 18th and 19th century. To those who choose a life of ignorance this also seems disrespectful but for those who choose to see the cruelty that exists in this entertainment it is a very obvious comparison.

I was teary eyed when seeing some of the beautiful talks at the March yesterday, here is one describing the release plan for Lolita.
Seaquarium, Miami has been on TV announcing that Lolita will certainly die if she is released.
My answer to this is , if she dies she will die free.
Is her death in the ocean, in her own home worse than the death of Hugo who bashed his head against a concrete wall?

Seaquarium is scared, they are trying to use any means necessary to stop people being compassionate and to keep the money coming in. They have absolutely no right to even have an opinion on this since they are the ones who forced her into this life in the first place.

They should be shamed into silence.

I am not American but I feel strongly tied to America since I married one, my only good excuse for this is that he is incredibly good looking, and I do feel that as a country they have a huge amount of faults. I used to see it as the greatest country on earth but unfortunetly this is far from how I see it now for many reasons but if they pull together and manage to free Lolita, if the incredible March held in Miami yesterday makes history I will sing  the American national anthem! (well one verse anyway let’s not get ahead of ourselves 😉 )
America has the chance to show the rest of the world that it is leaps and bounds ahead.
As that wonderful Statue of Liberty says
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..”

Whoa…This is Heavy!

Congratulations, if you are reading this you made it to the year that Marty McFly flew to in his DeLorean! 2015!

I truly believed that 2014 was the year that vegans were going to rule the world, or at least make big movements and we did make some (check out these bad boys) but now is the year to really make a difference.

We are now recognised as more than just hippie weirdos in mainstream media, my husband and I have noticed that the references to veganism has become more and more acceptable and less used as a punchline well except for this.

We were the awesome Lesbian vegans in ‘Pride’ and we were portrayed as a  vegan son in an episode of Midsomer Murders (yes, my husband and I shamelessly watch this on You Tube) who made a point to mention why the Dairy Industry is awful and who wasn’t the murderer of those that ran the Dairy farm …
Hooray!

Also if you haven’t watched ‘Bones’ you should because animal activist and vegan actress Emily Deschanel uses her show to drop great big vegan hints and we love her for it!

It has become politically incorrect/professional suicide to portray us as the loser/enemy, why? maybe because there are so many of us out there now!

Again…
Hooray!!

I would tell people who are considering joining the increasingly growing movement to plan, plan, plan before doing so, not to put you off but to ensure that you don’t fall off the wagon soon after. It disheartens me that I hear so many stories of people giving up being vegan because it was too hard to be healthy when the reality is that it is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself, other humans, animals and the environment.

We are not at a place yet where veganism is as convenient as eating meat is but we are certainly getting there.

Give it time and realise that the more we (the consumers) demand, the more we can get.

7 Basic steps to being a vegan from a fellow vegan (not an expert in any way, shape or form)

1. Prepare. Read vegan blogs, those that will really show you healthy recipes that are quick and easy and also give you support. Knowing there are other vegans out there always helps me and puts a huge smile on my face.

Here are a list of the best to follow but bear in mind there are so many out there you just have to do a faithful google search 😉

2. Don’t eat less, eat MORE. The thing about being a vegan is that it opens up your world to a different food mindset. When I was 17 I became a vegetarian then I read and at 28 I became a vegan then I read and a year later I started eating organic and a lot healthier, diving into the world of words I had never heard before..Quinoa, Flax, Nutritional yeast, Chickpeas, Chia, Turmeric…. the list goes on.

I had grown up on fish fingers, chips, and beans and I have come a long way with a long way to go.

You don’t have to eat any less as a vegan you can eat so much more especially if it is all good, unprocessed food.

3. Start your day with a smoothie. I love smoothies, sometimes when I wake up I am so tired that I can’t even imagine beginning to teach 5 year olds at 9am (yes, I do that as a living!) but instead of a coffee, which is what most people will look for especially in Korea (where I teach said 5 year olds), I have a smoothie. The best thing about them is that you are literally packing so much food into it that you are saving so much time remembering to eat it all later.

Our morning smoothie,

1 +1/2 bananas

2-3 oranges

2-3 handfuls of frozen fruit (blueberries/strawberries/blackberries..whatever is in the freezer/on sale at the time)

Molasses (needs time to get used to but tastes so sweet and packed with Iron)

Spinach (Cannot be tasted and is digested more successfully with Vit. C)

2 tablespoons of Flax/chia mix

I have basically had all my fruit needs met before I start work and I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day unless to snack.

4. Make notes about how your body and mind changes. I am not anywhere near as healthy as some and I am very lazy when it comes to exercise, but I have noticed changes that really make a difference to me.

I have a lot more long-lasting energy that consistently keeps me going through the day.

My skin has improved it used to be a lot dryer especially at the elbows.

I don’t have white spots under my finger nails. (A common idea is that these white spots are calcium deficiencies and if you have them you MUST drink more milk! HA)

I went to the dentist 6 months ago to have an x-ray of the bones that support my teeth which are now very strong and very healthy!

I have lost weight that I found hard to shift before and it stays off, even if I eat a thousand ‘fatty’ avocados.
Good fat is Good fat so don’t give it up!

5. Find vegan friends/groups. I have wonderful friends from my dark past as a meat eater 😉 who support me wholeheartedly but I cannot be myself with them as much as I would like. When it comes to food I always try my best not to be the burden, but sometimes I would LOVE to be the burden. That is where vegan friends come in, being able to eat openly and talk about issues is such a weight lifter.
Vegan groups can be found anywhere, there is even a vegan potluck in Seoul, Korea!

6. Always remember why. My reason for being a vegan is first and foremost because of the animals which always helps my will power stay strong, but whether you are a vegan for animals, health or the environment keep focussed at all times so you don’t slip out of habit.

7. Don’t listen to others. Most vegans will tell you that the hardest part about being a vegan is dealing with people, not finding food or eating right just the people! People can be brutal, forgive their ignorance and hurtful comments. Don’t forget all vegans have experienced the exact same situations and questions that you will inevitably be faced with. Read this article and memorise the responses. 🙂

Go forth and prosper young vegan, you are about to change the world!