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Vegan Alternatives

If you plan on going vegan it’s important that you have vegan alternatives to animal foods that you have been eating on a daily basis. Having tasty vegan alternatives helps to maintain the vegan diet in the long-term and reduces the temptation to go back to eating animal foods. I have compiled a list of my favourite vegan alternatives.P1000371

  • Meat – there are many high protein alternatives to meat. Mushrooms have a meaty texture, as well as tofu and beans. You can buy Linda Mccartney or Quorn burgers. Or you can make my tasty Quinoa and Lentil Burgers
  • Eggs – you can use flax eggs (1tbsp flaxseed mixed in 2tbsp cold water) as an egg replacement to bind cakes.
  • Mayonnaise – You can buy Plamil vegan soya mayonnaise or making your own Vegan Mayonnaise is quick and easy in a blender.P1020809
  • Milk – there are many dairy free milks available in the shops such as almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and soya milk. It is easy and rewarding to make your own homemade Almond Milk.
  • Cream – you make a simple Vegan Cashew Cream to serve with strawberries or spread on a sponge cake.
  • Butter – You can use soya spread to spread on your toast or you can use coconut oil, olive oil or rapeseed oil.
  • Cheese – cheese is often the hardest animal product for people who are going vegan to give up. Tasty cheese alternatives include VioLife dairy free cheese, Tofutti and Sheese.
  • Yoghurt – Co-yo have a delicious coconut yoghurt with live cultures or you can buy soya yoghurt.P1000143
  • Ice cream – my Banana & Cashew Ice cream recipe is easy to make with only two ingredients! Or you can buy ready made dairy free ice cream from Booja Booja, Co-yo, Tofutti or Swedish Glace.

Why I’m Vegan

There are many reasons why I’m vegan which are listed below. Some of these reasons may shock you. The methods used in the animal industries are disturbing and people should be make aware of how animals are treated.

Meat – meat is produced by murdering another living being. Animals have a right to live and enjoy the freedom of their lives.

Meat is difficult to digest and contains the vibration of fear, suffering and death. The animals queue up and watch their friends, brothers and sisters being slaughtered in front of their eyes! They hear the screams and wait in fear for their turn. Their bodies are flooded with the stress hormone cortisol. And upon slaughter these hormones are still present in the meat. So when you eat meat you are consuming cortisol, adding to the excess cortisol that floods most of our bodies due to the stressful lives we lead and puts a strain on the adrenal glands.

Seafood especially tuna contains mercury and if consumed regularly can cause mercury poisoning.

What is meat? – Meat includes beef, lamb, veal, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, liver, other organ meats, all fish (yes fish is meat so if you eat fish you are not a vegetarian, you are a pescetarian!) and all seafood such as prawns, muscles, crab etc.

This video broke my heart when I saw it. How can a dog be more compassionate that a human being? We will sit by a watch a fish suffocate while the dog tries to save its’ life. The dog understands how precious life is. And we are supposed to be more intelligent?

Eggs – eggs have the potential to form into a chick if they are fertilised with sperm from a rooster. However the egg industry is one of the most cruel industries and the males chicks are ground alive on a machine with metal blades. The hens are used to produce eggs for our consumption. Many are confined to cramped, unhygienic cages and not allowed to roam free outside in the sunlight. I had tears in my eyes when I saw a picture of a male chick about to be cut up on a blade.

Dairy – Cows are abused. They are pumped full of growth hormones to build them up for slaughter as well as antibiotics which remain in the milk we drink. Dairy is acidic and mucus forming. There are some farms that treat their animals well. If you are going to buy milk and cheese it is better to buy organic and buy goat’s or sheep’s dairy as they are less intensively farmed that cows.

Leather – leather is cow’s skin! Would you wear human skin?

Merino wool – I discovered the horrors on the merino wool industry in the following video. The sheep are transported across the ocean on board freight ships in cramped conditions. When they reach land, they queue up to be slaughtered alive. Their throats are cut and their legs cut off in front of the other sheep just for the sake of getting their wool. I will never buy merino wool. 50% of merino wool is from Australia and it is hard to tell the source and the treatment of the merino sheep.

This video presented by Pink is very distressing. I was very shocked and upset when I watched it. If you are sensitive to gore then please don’t watch it.

Honey – I have been informed that honey is used to feed the baby bees and when we take it for our consumption, they have nothing to eat. So I avoid eating honey.

High vibration – to eat a plant-based diet you are consuming nutrient dense foods with a higher life-force energy and it will nourish your body and give you more vitality.

Alkaline diet – A plant-based, vegan diet is alkaline, anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Therefore it protects your body from damage and inflammation.

Thank you for reading my reasons for why I’m vegan. The methods used in some of these industries are shocking. I hope you understand more about the animal industries and the morals of eating animal produce.