Because vegans eat like rabbits ✋ Look at this gooey vegan yummy goodness! My tortillas have tomatoes,sour cream,sausages,red sauce, lettuce, and melted cheese. With avocados on the side and am drinking Bolthouse fruit juice. 100% vegan and 100% meat and dairy free! #whatveganseat#veganism#meatfreeliving
06.11.2017 Sunday breakfast. We had zucchini & potatoes fritters, more veggies and nutrients instead of sugar & starch from pancake 😊
It was a fullfilling Sunday, attended Buddhist class in the morning as usual, and went to a child nutritions workshop in the noon till evening. Came back home massage my girls, tuck them to bed... only till that I can complete my posting. Luckily, I have a very helpful hubby 💪, he done all the chores, and took good care of the girls while I was not around. Gave him a big hug once I reached home, love u so much my dear and thank you ❤❤❤
2 medium potatoes (grated)
Half zucchini (grated)
Half carrot (grated)
Half yellow onion (finely diced)
120gm plain flour
Half cup of water
1 tsp of baking powder
Salt & pepper to taste ~ mix everything into batter.
~ pan fry in a non-stick frying pan with a little bit of oil over low heat until golden brown and serve. 😋
I #honestly think I will get used to not eating meat! Amazing lunch today: Mushroom and Spinach Kiev with split green beans and orzo in garlic cream cheese sauce!! #yummy People have asked me why I'm going #meatfree ... I have a stance that I know that meat is being produced for humans to eat! I know and understand the need for proteins in meat etc... I also don't like the idea that an animal is killed so I can eat it. It's a big fight I've had in my head for years. I was #vegetarian for a long while during school! I'm also doing it because I just don't eat that much meat, so why not cut it out. Ive set it as a challenge as my hubby is a caveman like monster when it comes to meat and would eat steak all day every day... I will prove to him he doesn't need it!! I vow to never be a vegan - I love cheese too much #sorry !! #vegetarian#pescitarian#sustainable#food#yum#meatfreeliving#nomeat#yey#mumlife#mummyblogger#l4l#wannabeblogger
I'm planning on going vegan soon. But first I'm gonna finish up all these meaty things in my fridge and freezer. Today it's this nummy salami. 2018 will be all about health and wellness, clean eating and preserving longevity. Making plans for the future one step at a time. Bye bye salami. Hello clean colon and arteries.
Today is day 90 of no meat eating challenge and we are so excited to continue this journey even further. We won't go back to meat and have goals to go even further with our vegetarian ways. How proud I am of my kids and husband for taking their time to research on their own the pros and cons of this journey. I am even prouder that they want to continue.
24.08.2017 Lunch was Chinese fried noodle with kimchi. Even without any meat it is just tasty maybe even better.
I started meat free living since 1st of Jan. It was hard for me to prepare food at the beginning, Abigail, the meat lover will ask for meat every meal, that made me prepare an extra dish separately just for her. It been almost 8 months, now my girls n hubby have adapted to my meat free cooking. Today she finished a big bowl of noodle and all the vegetables. What's the magic? I think, It's because I prepare food with passion and LOVE ❤ that melted their heart. Besides that I had never force her to follow my habit but what i did was lead by example and act as her role model. I eat healthily and appreciate all kind of food except maybe meat. Kids learn and imitate fast. If we want our kids to have a good diet habit we should start with our self, don't you agree?
Coconut-Crusted Fishless Sticks [ Vegan ]
This recipe from @foodmonsterapp uses whole Hearts of Palm to veganize an old favourite of children by carefully tearing the whole hearts of palm into pieces that are then shaped into "fish" sticks then coated and baked.
The Dill Mayonaisse uses vegan mayo and fresh dill to make this look and taste quite a bit like the real deal ( although WAY better of course). ••• Tip: I would omit any added salt and rinse the hearts of palm really well unless you like a high salt taste. 🍃🌿
Hearts of Palm are harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees. 🌿
1) Zinc - contains a high content of this mineral which helps heal wounds as it plays a role in cell division, and cell growth. It's needed for the body's immune system to properly work, is also necessary for the senses of smell and taste, and needed to help breakdown carbohydrates.
2) Vitamin B2 - important for red blood cell function of carrying oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin B6 - crucial mood stabilizer ( western diets are deficient in this vitamin,,, causing road rage etc!) 3) Fiber - a rich source of fiber that helps balance levels of cholesterol and glucose in the blood, helps prevent colon cancer and regulates intestinal transit.
4) Good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, copper, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Finally tried Beyond Burger in Hong Kong, much touted plant based burger patty backed by some high profile investors. The reddish patty appear familiar, until I realised that I have created something similar with purple sweet potatoes before. Beyond Burger used beetroot as natural colouring. I am gonna try making this vegan burger again, this time shape into thicker slice patty like this!
Part 3 of why meat does not belong in this image. 🌿🍃
The Heart Disease Connection: 🌿🍃
Children as young as 10 years of age are showing signs of coronary artery disease! 😳 That in itself seems a dietary form of child abuse!
Not all countries have high rates of heart disease,,, just the ones consuming a high intake of meat, other animal products, and processed foods. 🌿🍃
What is it about meat that causes heart disease??
Saturated Fats: 🍃
During WW11 restrictions of meat supplies in Europe lead to a dramatic drop in heart disease. Once supplies returned so did rates of heart disease. Not hard to see meat and saturated fat as the villains here. LDL ( the bad cholesterol) is increased when these animal products are consumed.
Within hours a single high fat animal meal increases the lipids circulating in the bloodstream contributing to more plaque buildup ( atherosclerosis) on the lining of arteries until the occlusion is so severe it causes a heart attack. Sometimes a fatal cardiac arrest is the first and only warning that heart disease is even present. •••
Not just the fat by itself that causes problems. Endotoxins, bacterial toxins, are part of the bacteria that meat harbours but are not destroyed by cooking, stomach acid, or digestive enzymes. These endotoxins can trigger inflammation when they are absorbed by the saturated fat and ferried across the gut wall into the bloodstream where they cause an inflammatory reaction in the arteries. Again leading to more plaque buildup.
These reactions happen at every meat meal ,,, inflammatory response which starts to settle down then along comes the next meat-meal which once more creates an inflammatory response fostering a state of chronic low-grade inflammation. And ON and ON it goes developing heart disease bit by bit. 🍃
Evidence based studies have shown for years that plant based eating can not only halt heart disease but actually REVERSE it. Not only does a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans help clean the arteries of plaque but it also improves artery function. Win win. 👏
Why meat doesn't belong in this image ,,, The cancer connection Part 2 🌿🍃
••• Heme Iron:
Animal foods are the only source of heme iron and evidence has linked over consumption of this form of iron ( as opposed to non-heme iron found in plants) to various cancers, including colorectal cancer. 🌿🍃
Heterocyclic amines, which is a formaldehyde-like substance that forms when cooking at high temperatures or over an open flame. 🔥
Eating grilled, barbecued, and smoked meat is associated with an increased risk of prostate and breast cancers. 🌱🍃
Eating more fruits and vegetables helps to mitigate the effects of HCAs and heme iron but doesn't negate them. •••
Acidosis occurs when arterial blood pH falls below 7.35 ( the normal pH is between 7.35 and 7.45). Cellular metabolic activity is affected by, and affects, the pH of body fluids.
A heavy intake of animal products creates acidosis in the body and evidence is suggesting that chronic acidosis may act in ways that promote cancer. 🌱🍃
••• Chicken intake has spiked over the last few years as has rates of lymphoma. For lymphatic cancers, including leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma a vegetarian or vegan diet is highly protective. 🍃🌱
What about organic, grass-fed, hormone free meat? No free pass since the IGF1, HCAs, acidosis, etc are all still present to promote cancer, which it does! 🌱🌿
And lastly a word on telomeres.
Telomeres are caps found on the ends of chromosomes which serve a protective purpose by keeping them from unraveling. In humans, the average telomere length declines from about 11 kilo bases at birth to less than 4 in old age, with decline rates greater in men than women. Preventing the degradation of telomeres can prevent aging. In studies where participants were placed on a vegan diet for 3 months their telomeres lengthened by 29% ,,, a huge difference just by changing their diet to remove all animal products. Pretty hard to argue with that kind of success!!! 😳✅ •••
Which image does NOT belong in this group and why not??🌿🍃
The one product that has been injected with synthetic chemicals to keep it looking 'just slaughtered, red-colour fresh' would be the easy, right answer.
But what else makes meat such an unhealthy choice??🌿🍃
Several Factors: Part 1
Let's explore the Cancer Connection today. •
1) IGF1 - A growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1 circulates in our bodies at all times to create new cells and destroy cells that are damaged, precancerous, cancerous, or just worn out. This is a crucial hormone that regulates cell growth, synthesizes new DNA, and keeps the number of cells we have in balance. Levels are higher during periods of growth then diminish once we become adults. ••
Consumption of animal protein stimulates IGF-1 production - whether it's meat protein, egg-white protein, or milk protein. Milk cows are routinely given growth hormones ( even hormone-free ORGANIC milk contains high IGF-1 amounts since it was intended by nature to feed a baby calf), as well milk's high protein content also increases IGF-1 levels in humans. 🌿•••
The more animal protein eaten the more IGF1 is produced and that can accelerate cancer growth and inhibit the death of cancer cells.
2) IGF-1 "binding protein" is a protein released by the liver to mop up any excess IGF-1 that's in the bloodstream and take it out of circulation. Animal protein consumption can lower levels of this important protein allowing even more IGF-1 to circulate thereby increasing cancer risk. 🌿••
Eating a plant-based diet can increase the binding protein by 50%!!
Only those who limit their intake of all animal protein can see a significant drop in levels of cancer-promoting IGF1 and increase levels of protective binding proteins.
Vegetarians consuming eggs and milk don't achieve the same drop in IGF1 as vegans.
Side Note: Vegan men have higher testosterone levels than vegetarians or meat eaters. ✅
Veganize 'meat' loaf🌿
Lentil-Walnut-Loaf With a Balsamic-Apple Glaze
••• This recipe from @ohsheglows Cookbook is so very satisfying, and jammed with nutrients! 🍃
Ingredients pictured above include: lentils - walnuts - ground flaxseeds - garlic - onions - celery - carrots - apple - raisins - oat flour- gluten free bread crumbs - fresh thyme leaves - dried oregano - freshly ground black pepper - sea salt. 🌿🍃
Lentils as a Superfood 🌱
1) Protein - 2nd highest protein content of all legumes after soybeans) without the fat or cholesterol of a loaf made with meat. When paired with a whole grain like brown rice or quinoa it's a complete vegan protein source- meaning all the essential amino acids are present. 🌿
2) Soluble fiber in lentils helps lower cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. 🍃
3) Excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that helps build new cells which is crucial during pregnancy.🌿 4) Good source of iron, zinc and magnesium. 🍃
5) Good for the environment - nitrogen producing bacteria grow at the roots thereby enriching the soil. 🌿
Lentils were not used much in American cuisine until World War Two when they were promoted as an alternative to meat because of low cost, availability, and nutritional importance. They remain just as important today as a high quality meat alternative. ✅