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Should Vegans Eat Out?

Made a video on my Youtube channel answering the question should vegans eat out and is eating at non-vegan restaurant helping to fund the meat/dairy/egg industry. Enjoy!

Also be sure to follow me on Youtube for more videos!

Also made a video on vegan fast food hacks.

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What I Eat in a Day/Crockpot Minestrone Recipe

Breakfast 10:30am:

Bowl of grapes. There were more but ate them before picture.

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Lunch 11:30am:

Aldi has a wide array of veggie burgers that is ever growing. It’s nice when they label things as vegan.

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Snack 2:30pm:

Pita Chips from Aldi and celery with hummus.

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Snack 5pm:

These cookies from Aldi are vegan. It’s nice to find accidentally vegan products and Aldi has a lot of them. Had one.

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Snack 7pm:

Made minestrone soup in the crockpot but wasn’t quite done yet. Had a bowl of grapes, oranges and blueberries.

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Dinner 7:30pm:

Threw kidney beans, sun dried diced tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, pasta and vegetable stock together. Took longer than I anticipated to make but it turned out amazingly.

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Feeling Lost

Looking through Facebook a lot of my friends my age or younger have full time jobs, live alone/with roommates, engaged, married and/or have kids. But I recently graduated from college (in September), still live at home, no full time or even part time job. I mean I’ve applied to graduate school and got in (now just to see what the financial situation will look like) and have been applying/interviewing for jobs but nothing substantial yet.

But it seems like everyone else has their lives on track but me. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, I’ve never been in a relationship or been on a date and I feel stuck. Like I’ll never move out, get a full time job, get married and/or have kids. I know that patience is a virtue and I’m sure God is trying to teach me something but I could learn patience while having a job or while I move forward.

Should it really take this long to move forward? This popped up on my Pinterest feed. I think it popped up for a reason, as a reminder that this isn’t my forever situation.

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Vegan vs. Plant Based

I have a friend who said he is going vegan for health reasons at the beginning of the year but in the same sentence went, “but I’ll probably cheat every once in a while.” Um no you’re not vegan, you’re plant based. The definition of veganism is, “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

Veganism is an ethical position first and foremost. Yes many vegans do reap the health benefits but just going vegan isn’t going to make your health any better or make your lose weight. One can be a vegan and eat nothing but Oreos and pop, although I don’t recommend it. But if you’re putting bad things in your body at least you aren’t hurting others.

Going plant based is a diet that people then can easily cheat on when things gets difficult. Hence the Instagram picture of this person’s non-vegan heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day. But if the basis of your diet is ethical, it will be difficult and near impossible for someone to cheat and eat animal products.

Or the people who say, “I’ve tried veganism once,” after you mention you are vegan. Yes someone can stop being vegan but if it is truly an ethical position you wouldn’t go back to eating animal products when things get tough.

Sources:

vegansociety.com/go-vegan/definition-veganism

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Wait?!? It’s Vegan?!?

Products you may not think is vegan but are. Also follow me on Youtube.

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Is Cage Free Better?

Cage free. I hear this all the time in commercials or on packaging. But is cage free really better? Or is a ploy from the animal agriculture industry to get people to eat meat/eggs and think they are doing it humanely?

According to the Humane Society, “Except for “certified organic,” the U.S. government does not set definitions or requirements for egg carton labels.” Meaning that an egg producer can put cage free on the egg carton and it doesn’t have to be 100 percent accurate.

Animals raised cage free do have slightly better conditions than caged but both still go through horrible conditions and are killed prematurely. Both have their beaks cut so they can’t peck at each other because of the high stress they endure. Which in turn makes it difficult for them to eat or drink.

Cage free hens are packed in a warehouse so tight where they are unable to move so not having cages aren’t really that better than being in a cage.

Both cage free and caged chickens go to the same slaughterhouses and are treated like profit making objects instead of animals.

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Sources:

afa-online.org/docs/cagefree.pdf

humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/guide_egg_labels.html

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Top 5 Vegan Transitioning Tips