Working with nutrition as a vegan

I went to listen to a lecture about a vegan diet and i actually got a little irritated. The person holding the lecture was very anti vegan diet. I understand that not everyone can go vegan and some groups need to think extra about certain vitamins and minerals… aswell as all vegans need to take b12 supplements (and vitamin D is recommended as well.)

However the lecturers recommendation wss basically to not go vegan and that people need fish and dairy to be healthy. It wasn’t just me who got irritated over this… my friends got irritated aswell. And they all agreed that i could have held the lecture ans been more inspiring and given better advice and tips as well as meal inspiration.

As a vegan it is important to be aware of a healthy diet and to do research such as where to get calcium,iron, d vitamin, protein etc But also to make sure you replace meat, fish and dairy with vegan options… not just cut food out of your diet. The problem is if people don’t eat varied or just cut food out of their diet without finding replacements.

What this lecture made me realise is that yes, i can infact make a difference. There needs to be more vegans in the nutrition branch. Of course you need to listen to the individual and give advice based on their requirements and preferences.

But for people who want to eat more plant based or want more knowledge or inspiration about a vegan diet, then i am a good person to contact or ask for advice.

I want to inspire and motivate rather than criticize or make everyone eat 100% vegan. Instead promote small changes and increase awareness and knowledge that a vegan diet can be healthy.

Of course having nutrition knowledge helps as well as living in a country with lots of vegan options and having family and friends who are supportive and/or interested in a vegan diet.

Basically…. if you are vegan and want to work with nutrition, know that you are important and can make a difference.

I am not someone who wants to work only with vegans or aspiring vegans, but i know that i atleast have my niche and that vegans or aspiring vegans can always turn to me for advice or help!!!

A healthy vegan can make alot more difference than an unhealthy vegan!!

I thought I’d write a post about gluten intolerance, celiaki and IBS soon as well as i got some extra inspiration from one of the other lectures i listened to!!

Why eating fish isn’t vegan – overfishing, more plastic than fish in the water?

I have several posts on my blog about meat, dairy and eggs…. but what about fish?

Is fishing really so bad? Isn’t fish healthy? Do we need to eat fish? What about Omega 3?

Let’s start off with why eating fish isn’t vegan and the ethical part about fishing, and then  in a second post i will write more about the nutrition and health benefits/consequences of eating fish.

Many don’t see fish as unethical to eat…. many can easier make a connection with mammals such as cows, pigs, hens (but even then, many don’t see why it is wrong to eat them). People tend to forget that fish have feelings and want to live, just as much as any other animal or human. They might not have the same emotions, thoughts, consciousness as other animals or humans… but when fish are caught and killed they are often done so in brutal ways and are often left to suffocate. At the end of the day, fishing = killing an animal that wants to live. (Read more HERE: fish feel pain)

There is also a problem that certain fish are being overfished and this can cause problems in eco system and sea life. All the fish and different sea life have a purpose and place in the eco system and environment of the water… it is a balance and when one type of fish is gone from that eco system it can cause an imbalance. (Read more about overfishing: HERE)

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Fishing and selling fish is a HUGE business and fishing isn’t always regulated which has lead to quotas (how much of a certain type of fish that the boat/business can fish/sell), but also lead to illegal fishing. At this rate of fishing, it is thought that there will be more plastic and pollution in the water than actual fish (this of course can be debated but you can read more HERE) .

I recommend you watch the last episode of the show Rotten on Netflix which is about fishing – if you want to know more.

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Just like with bees and wildlife… sealife is an important part of our ecosystem and if one type of animal begins to die out, it can have much larger consequences, which is why there should be stricter rules but also that people are aware of what type of fish they eat/buy, if they do eat fish. Optimal – from a vegan and even environmental view – is to not eat fish.

However fish can have some health benefits, but even some health consequences if you eat the wrong fish or too much of certain fish. But a post about that is coming up in a few days!

 

**Also, fishing as a sport isn’t vegan. Even if you catch fish and release them it can cause stress for the fish which isn’t healthy or fair to the fish. And fish as sporting isn’t ethical at all just like hunting.

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Vegan questions! – Smoking as a vegan & eat insects?

I got two rather interesting questions related to veganism which i thought i would answer! I have been meaning to write a post about both these topics, but i thought why not answer them both in this one post as i got asked about them!

Are cigarettes and smoking vegan?

No, cigarettes and smoking are not considered vegan, and this is because tobacco has been (and is?) tested on animals.  Not to mention that certain parts of the cigarette can contain animal products such as beeswax and apparently pigs blood can be in cigarettes (source)

Then there is of course the fact that cigarettes and tobacco are awful for your health and the environment – but if we are looking at just a vegan and animal rights perspective that isn’t as huge a role (however, health and environment should still matter!).

However, some vegans began smoking before they went vegan and it is an awful addiction and not as easy to stop or cut out of your life as maybe animal products in beauty/hair/makeup/household products and in your diet.

The recommendation is of course to not smoke from all aspects because it has no benefits at all, however it is also an addiction and if you are a vegan who smokes and are trying to actively stop it doesn’t make you less of a vegan.

Both medicines and tobacco are tested on animals, however medicines unlike tabacco can be lifesaving and a necessity, i.e choosing to not take medicine because it is animal tested can be detrimental, but choosing to not consume tabacco is just a smart choice. So for the sake of your health, environment and the animals you shouldn’t smoke, but like mentioned… it is an addiction and not so easy to break – but it is possible to quit!!

Is eating bugs/insects considered vegan?

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One of the latest trends i have noticed is consuming insects… this may sound gross and i personally don’t find it so appetizing, but it is supposed to be a good source of protein, not to mention an environmentally friendly source of protein.

In some countries they already eat insects and it isn’t something strange… it can be eaten in many different ways and some places even covered in chocolate, however in many countries it is considered taboo and strange to eat insects. Not to mention that it isn’t deemed safe to eat insects and not allowed to be sold. However, i believe you can buy foods with insect and eat yourself but not allowed to be sold.

So… is eating insects vegan? This is rather tricky, because if i was forced to either eat a chicken burger or a burger made from insects i would rather eat the insect burger because i believe that chickens have more consciousness and awareness compared to bugs. However, insects are still “beings” and not something we should eat. Also the problem is that if it becomes trendy and something that begins being produced in larger amounts it would lead to insect farming (from what i understand.) I don’t know how ethical that would be.

But also…. how can we know that insects don’t feel or think or aren’t aware? Not to mention, i can’t quite shake the fact that insects are rather disgusting according to me and not something i want to eat… just because i find it disgusting.

However using insects in food doesn’t mean eating insects just as they are, instead it is often a flour or powder, i.e they crush up the insects to form powder/flour and that is then used in bars or bread or whatever other production which might make it less disgusting….. because the truth is, many flours actually have insects or crushed up insects in them and we don’t even know!

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Is it vegan though? This is up to each vegan to decide where they draw the line. According to me it isnt, because i believe insects still have the will to live and killing insects is killing a “being” that still wants to live….. not to mention what effect would it have on the eco-system. Of course, i believe it is more environmentally friendly and a source of protein to eat insects instead of meat. So if a person is vegan for the environment and not so much for the ethical belief that all animals and beings have the right to live, then they might consider eating insects as it is deemed better for the environment.

I personally wouldn’t eat products with insects, instead i will stick to my plants and food that doesn’t involve the death of other animals or beings. (OF COURSE… there are so many more aspects to this, such as palm oil and coconut oil and their effect on the rainforest and animals that live there. Also i can’t buy all my product organic meaning that buying non organic food can have an effect on the workers who produce those foods and then of course that growing different vegetables and fruits can kill different insects in the process…. but there is only so much one person can do and take action against. I.e i would have to grow my own organic vegetables without any chemicals to avoid killing bugs and never buy anything in the store if i wanted to make sure i wasn’t contributing to any animal suffering or death.)

Another note, i have heard some researchers talk about making insect burgers and that insects will or should replace meat… but i doubt that will happen. Considering that many meat eaters don’t even want to eat realistic fake meat i doubt that they would switch their meat and cheese burger for an insect burger…. but who knows!

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Vegan Animal Rights Masterpost – Articles and information about different aspects of veganism

When you first go Vegan you may not be doing alot of research into animal rights or different aspects of veganism. You may just be focusing on eating plant based and looking at ingredients and figuring out what is vegan or not but after some time you may be interested in reading more. Or atleast having some information and facts if someone asks you about different aspects of veganism. I am still learning, there are times i am asked questions such as “why is this not vegan” and i don’t really have an answer, and that is ok. You don’t always have to have an answer. If you believe in veganism then that is your choice, but i often think it can be good to have objective and reliable information when talking about veganism because if it was just as simple as “i believe this is right” then you can’t really argue against someone who eats lots of meat and dairy and uses the excuse “I believe this is right”. Instead having facts makes it easier to argue and talk about veganism and why it is positive!

I found this master post from Acti-Veg and thought it would be good to repost here for those of you who are interested. Of course, my recommendation is to just save the post and look at the links when you have some free time over or if you want to read about certain specific things. But of course, Google and being source critical are a great way as well. Not to mention that pages such as Vegansociety, Väljvego, Peta are good sources to go to for information. However, as they aren’t so objective the information and articles they post are all for veganism of course. I think it can be good to read both sides just to get an idea of the arguments against veganism and to be fully objective to information – that is just me anyway.

I am going to continue writing about veganism, different posts and advice and continue to help you all if you need it 🙂

 

“Below is a list of sources for specific facts relating to animal rights, broken down by topic. Most sources are unbiased, but in cases where they’re not they’re either from animal agriculture interest groups themselves or from suitably reliable organisations or publications. ”

Animals as Food

Animals as Entertainment

Animals as Clothing

Animal Testing

Environment and Conservation

Human Impact of Animal Agriculture

Health

5 steps to a more vegan lifestyle – Post series.

Hello,

I thought i would start with a weekly series of “steps to make your life more vegan” with small changes you can make in your lifestyle that really aren’t so complicated. It can atleast be a first step towards a more vegan lifestyle, because at times it can seem overwhelming to change everything at once or go from 0 to 100. So maybe you can’t/don’t eat fully vegan at the moment but that is your goal, then along with eating more vegan you can make other steps in your lifestyle towards more vegan choices so that it isn’t so overwhelming.

Next time you need to buy new toothpaste, buy vegan toothpaste. (Some vegan brands to try)

 

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I use Humble toothpaste:

 

 

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Also in Sweden Eldorado, a cheap toothbrush brand is vegan 🙂

 

Same goes for shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant (do you want me to make a post with some vegan brands/products?).

 

Next time you need to buy new household dishwasher, soap, washing powder buy vegan and cruelty free version.

 

If you use honey at home switch it to agave or similar. (Reasons why honey isn’t vegan HERE)

 

Next time you buy new make up, begin with ATLEAST making sure the brand is cruelty free – the next step after that can be making sure the product is vegan i.e no animal derivatives in the product. I.e cruelty free doesn’t automatically mean the product is vegan, HOWEVER vegan product automatically means it is cruelty free as well…. hope that makes sense. And you can see some CF/non CF brands HERE) There is a list with vegan brands HERE which you can look at 🙂Image result for vegan makeup

Also an extra one…. Now when it is winter and soon christmas, why not buy a vegan advents calender instead of one with dairy chocolate? Some examples below:

 

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