The Frustration of Veganism

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You often hear people discuss the “challenges” of becoming vegan such as limiting yourself, constantly having to read ingredients, not being able to eat at certain restaurants, expenses, etc. However, no one ever mentioned to me the most difficult part of veganism: other people. The constant battle that you face everyday is having to justify yourself to ignorant, inconsiderate, and often down-right rude people.

Before becoming vegan, I was, of course, exposed to the classic holier-than-thou vegan stereotype. I never thought much of it, but after becoming vegan myself, it is infuriating. As a vegan, you are questioned and criticized at every turn (at least if you are from an area like I am.) But if you even attempt to defend yourself, then you are just some “crazy” tree-hugger that thinks you are better than everyone else.

You are expected to have endless references from which you acquired your knowledge, yet no one else seems to need any kind of justification for their false statements about meat and dairy and protein and whatnot. I would have hoped that by this point in history that people would know that just because something is widely believed, does not make it true. I just cannot for the life of me understand what these vegan critics want from us.

Vegans are the victims of endless jokes and ribbing that we are supposed to just brush off. Well, I am fed up with it. This is not just some silly game to make ourselves feel important. Why would so many people make such a drastic change from the ordinary just to feel superior? We are clearly standing up for the things we believe. I am sorry that that seems to threaten so many people out there. If you don’t want to lend a hand in saving our environment, your own body, and millions of innocent lives, then that is your problem, but don’t you dare try to make me feel silly for doing so. Even if the world is too far gone to save, I will not be a part of its destruction and it sickens me that so many people would rather do that than open their minds to a new way of living and admit that we as a species have been selfish and careless.

Time to stand up for our Mother Earth, my loves. ❤

5 Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle

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Unlike many people out there. I have no interest in guilting anyone into becoming a vegan. I do not want anyone to feel like they are an awful person for eating meat, because not so long ago, I was one of those people. It can be extremely hard to break away from the norms of our society. It is even harder when you feel like to do so you have to admit you have been committing evil and shameful acts. So don’t look at it that way. We all make mistakes, and the meat and dairy industries are working hard every day to make sure that consuming animal products is one of them. Instead of focusing on the abuse and the pain and all the years you have been a part of it, focus on all of the positive aspects of veganism! Your body deserves to receive the nourishment it was meant to have. Be kind to yourself! Allow me to show you the benefits of veganism instead of just the consequences of carnism.

1. Weight Loss: Veganism is a wonderful and healthy way to shed those extra pounds. A lot of people try vegetarianism as a way of accomplishing this, but as one of the many people who have tried that and failed, I can tell you that veganism actually does work! A vegetarian diet leaves most people suddenly replacing the meat in their diets with more bread, pasta, pastries, and cheese. This may even cause you to gain weight. However, veganism forces you to center your diet around fruits and vegetables. It is awfully hard to be unhealthy and vegan. Even high calorie vegan meals are better for your body and are less likely to be turned into fat. Unlike calories from meat and dairy, which cannot be burnt up without exercise, plant based calories can be used immediately and efficiently by your body. When you eat the things your body needs, you will gravitate towards the weight nature intended without really trying.

2. No Food Hangovers: You know that feeling you have right after eating a decadent meal at a restaurant or after a holiday meal? You almost just want to lay down and die. Well, thanks to a vegan diet, I no longer have to suffer through that. I can eat as much as I want during a meal, yet I still feel wonderful afterwards. I don’t feel heavy or bloated at all! It is such a relief to know that horrible “too full” feeling is in the past.

3. Quicker Food Prep: One of the benefits of veganism that never even crossed my mind is how much easier cooking is. I am not a chef by any means, but I assume many of you are, so this may be a bigger plus for you than it is for me. I would always remember waiting for, what seemed like an eternity, for my mother to finish cooking dinner each night. Now that I use imitation meat or tofu for most of my dishes, I no longer have to wait nearly as long! While meat needs to be cooked thoroughly until it is safe, imitation meat/tofu only needs to be cooked until it is warm, which takes much less time. I am the first one to eat at any barbecue!

4. New Foods: Making the transition to a vegan diet closes the door to many classic food options. However, it also opens many doors to new, exciting, and foreign foods as well. The best part is, these new dishes are healthy as well as delicious! Many of my favorite foods were not discovered until I became vegan. There is not a single day that I miss meat or dairy. Also, veganism allows you to appreciate more fully the simple foods that you used to take for granted. I have never loved broccoli, bananas, and apples more. Fruits are as they should be to me now, a delicious delight.

5. Overall Health: By far the best part of veganism is the health aspect. I have never felt better in all of my life. I have more energy than I ever have. I am able to do more at the gym. Even my thoughts are more clear and organized in my mind. Vegans life longer and are less likely to develop problems such as obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. These are some of the biggest health problems in America today. This generation also eats more meat and dairy products than previous generations. This is not a coincidence people. Don’t destroy your body. It is the vessel that will carry your consciousness through your whole life. Be kind to it. Take care of yourself. The best part is, doing so will allow you to care for all those innocent animals as well.

So there you have it! Five of the best benefits of becoming vegan. Those aren’t the only ones either! Leave a comment and tell me one of your favorite parts of becoming vegan. I would love to hear what you have to say!

Stay peaceful, loves.

 

15 Cheap Vegan Treats

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One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when transitioning into a vegan diet (especially in an remote area like where I am from) is giving up practically every type of chocolate or pastry. There are plenty of recipes available online to create vegan deserts and even sweet vegan morsels for sale in stores nearby if you are lucky. However, being a poor college student (and, might I add, unskilled chef), living in an area that is not quite vegan friendly, it can be hard to find the time, money, or opportunity to prepare of buy a vegan treat. After being a vegetarian/vegan for the past three years and checking practically every label in existence, I have discovered many wonderful vegan-friendly alternatives in the most unexpected treats. Unlike most things you can find online, these options are cheap and require no cooking or baking! I wanted to formally share my findings with my fellow vegans. In can be hard to resist temptation when craving something sweet and sugary to munch on. I hope these vegan delights can help you out!

The following sweet treats are all 100% vegan friendly:

  1. Star Kiss Pops at DairyQueen
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  2. Fruit Pop Tarts without icing (Not entirely sure about all flavors, but all are worth a check) 51SikHaodFL._SY300_
  3. Great Value (Walmart) brand knock-off Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies  0007874208616_500X500
  4. Great Value knock-off Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies 0007874208636_500X500
  5. Homemade Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats (The store bought ones contain animal products.) Recipe.del-fleur-cinema-cafe-rice-krispie-treat-lg
  6. Kroger Private Selection Fruit sorbets (This can be a good alternative to ice cream that is cheaper than the vegan versions. However, I am not sure if all brands are vegan.) private-selection-sorbetto-pomegranate-163471
  7. Stauffers Iced Animal Cookies (Beware: Frosted Animal Cookies contain milk products.) PI72320041S
  8. Certain brands of semi-sweet chocolate chips Enjoy-Life-Semi-sweet-Chocolate-Mini-Chips-853522000306
  9. Pilsbury Icing (Not positive on all flavors, but I have yet to find one that isn’t vegan.) Eats_15_PillsburySupremeChocolateFudgeIcing
  10. Gushers 6176F5KKVPL
  11. Oreos SONY DSC
  12. Orange and Stawberry Wafer Cookies 467_StrawberrySugarWafers_IMG6949_770x520
  13. Certain off-brand fudge striped shortbread cookies 0007874237254_500X500
  14. Sour Patch Kids 08-sour-patch-kids-lgn
  15. Nerds Nerds-SurfnTurf-im-131158

I hope that these vegan friendly treats will help you to satisfy those sugar cravings. They have done wonders to keep me on the wagon in the past. However, I wouldn’t recommend you make any of these items a staple part of your diet. One of the best benefits of a vegan lifestyle is not having to feel shitty after you eat. Even though these foods are technically vegan they are still not healthy in any way, shape, or form. That being said, happy munching! ^_^