Posted by: kidnothing | June 23, 2010

why vegan?

so, a while back i made a post about how to transition into veganism. now i’m going to give you a couple of reasons why you should try a plant-based diet.

HEALTH:
i’ll start off with health, since most people who read this blog are into health. according to the American Dietic Association’s position paper on plant-based diets, “Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein, as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.” veganism is a diet that benefits everyone who tries it(as long as you eat a balanced diet!): diabetics, people looking to lose weight, celiacs or other people who live gluten-free, babies, children, the elderly, athletes, ANYONE. a vegan diet is high in fiber & nutrients, but low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol, the latter of which is a potential witch’s brew for heart disease. people who are at high risk for cancer should also look into a vegan diet. also according toΒ the ADA’s position on vegan diets, “Vegetarians have considerably lower rates of several types of cancer than non-vegetarians. The Adventist Health Study found that non-vegetarians had a 54% increased risk for prostate cancer and an 88% increased risk for colorectal cancer, even after controlling for age, sex, and smoking.” i could go on and on all day, but i’ll continue with other points.

ANIMALS:
factory-farmed animals are among the worst-treated beings in the entire world. these animals are not only sentient, but are intelligent, capable beings. chickens understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation. pigs have been proven to be as intelligent as 3-year-old children, and they dream, recognize their names, play video games more effectively than some primates, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. cows are as diverse as cats, dogs, and people: some are bright; others are slow learners. some are bold and adventurous; others are shy and timid. some are friendly and considerate; others are bossy and devious. even fish, considered to not even BE animals by some, can recognize their “school-mates” in a crowd of other fish, and even create little “algae” gardens, weeding out the less tasty ones to make rooms for the more desirable breeds. animals are so much more intelligent than we give them credit for, and the cruelty that even “free-range”, organic farms put animals through is not okay. if these were dogs or cats, what is being done to them would be ILLEGAL and PUNISHABLE BY LAW. so, why is it okay because they’re not?
THINK ABOUT IT.

ENVIRONMENT:
global warming, overexploited natural resources, deforestation, wasted land, water pollution, air pollution… all these can be linked to raising animals for consumption. livestock emissions produce methane, which is worse for the environment than CO2. the cost of grain that is used to produce ONE 8-ounce steak can fill 45 to 50 bowls with grains that could feed the poverty-stricken. E magazine once speculated that more than one-third of all fossil fuels in america were used to raise and transport animals for food. nearly half the drinkable water in the US goes to farmed animals. the run-off from factory farms pollutes our waterways more than all other industrial sources combined. i really could go on and on, but i think you get my bottom line: factory farming is a waste of resources and is poisoning our planet.

my sources: ADA’s position paper on vegetarianism, http://www.goveg.com, http://www.chooseveg.com

you know the how. you know the why. now take that first step & go vegan.

keep it vegan,
dia.

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Posted by: kidnothing | June 20, 2010

sorryyyyyy!

i have been SO busy these past few days! it’s ridiculous!
i found an OLDDDD friend of mine, a guy who i’ve known since we were like 4 years old. he plays in a christian metal band, & so i went to see one of their shows with a friend of mine. when we got there, i saw another friend of mine from school, & caught up with her. after the (AMAZING!) show, we all went to chill at whataburger(not very vegan-friendly, lol >.>), then to my old friend’s house to watch a movie. after that, we sat around in his backyard & had a really fun time. it was seriously a much-needed night πŸ™‚ i really forgot how much i missed having this guy as a friend. i’m glad to have him back in my life, as dorky as that sounds. ha!

also, my boyfriend is leaving for louisiana for two weeks. 😦 i don’t know what i’m going to do! it’s going to suuuuuuuuuck. especially since once he comes back, he’s going to be leaving again shortly after. GAHHHH 😦 😦 😦

i’m going to post a vegan post soon, so a lookout!

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 15, 2010

sorry for the lack of posts!

sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry!
i’ve been so busy lately, haven’t had time to post anything good 😦

i promise tomorrow i will have an awesome post for you guys!

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 13, 2010

last night, i took a bath in…
green tea.
and sea salt.
my skin is soft & i smell delicious. πŸ˜›

Breakfast: mango, pineapple, and banana smoothie
RECIPE:
3/4 cup low-fat soymilk
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup fresh banana chunks(pretty much a whole medium banana)
2 tsp your favorite sweetener! (i used organic unbleached sugar)
blend until smooth, serve immediately. πŸ™‚

Snack 1: none, wasn’t hungry.

Lunch: a DEELISH sandwich of sprouted wheat, vegenaise, mustard, & a thickly sliced homegrown beefsteak tomato, topped with lots of freshly cracked pepper.

Snack 2: some apple slices & grapes.

Dinner: eugh! i TRIED to make the alfredo recipe from Vegan Yum Yum, but idk what happened! how the heck do 3 tbsp’s of soy sauce = alfredo in any way!? it just tastes like a soy-sauce gravy. 😦 i still ate half of it with whole-wheat pasta and sauteed mushrooms.

anyways, my day’s been boring. like, “i think i’ll clean to pass the time” boring.

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 11, 2010

:D

good morning world!
yes, it is past noon. BUT, i just finished making breakfast! homemade biscuits & “sausage” gravy!

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy!
serves 2-3
FOR THE BISCUITS:
1 & 1/2 cup Bisquick Heart Smart mix
1/2 cup plain soymilk

Preheat oven to 450. Stir ingredients until a soft dough forms.
Place on a surface well-sprinkled(and i mean WELL, this stuff is STICKY!) with Bisquick mix. Knead 10 times. Roll dough out to 1/2″ thick. Cut with a circle cookie cutter covered in bisquick mix. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 5-8 biscuits(says 5 on the box, i made 8 small ones because i do not own a circle cookie cutter, & had to use a drink lid and a pizza cutter).

FOR THE GRAVY:
3tbsp vegan butter(earth balance is the best!)
3tbsp flour
1/2 to 1/3 package Gimme Lean vegan breakfast sausage
1 to 1 & 1/2 cups soymilk(if you want a thicker gravy, use a little over a cup)
salt and pepper, to taste

cook broken up chunks of sausage, when done take it out of the pan(into a bowl). melt butter in the same pan, & add flour 1 tbsp at a time, stirring constantly to make a roux. when roux is thickened, add sausage back to the pan, then add soymilk a little at a time, to reach desired consistency. When desired consistency is reached, take off heat & stir in salt & pepper.
Cut biscuits in half, top with gravy, & chow down!

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 10, 2010

Tips for transitioning!

every day, i seem to get more & more readers.
i don’t know how many of you anonymous readers are vegans, but for those of you who aren’t, i’m guessing you’re reading because you’re interested in the vegan diet(or i bugged you to read, ahaha!)

anyways, i’d like anyone reading this to give veganism a trial run. and to help you along, i have some tips that made transitioning to veganism easier for me.

+first off, veganism isn’t JUST avoiding dairy, eggs, and meat. there are hidden animal products in many products, from food to makeup to hairspray. this link has some more common “hidden” animal ingredients. you should familiarize yourself with these and a few others to avoid accidentally consuming any animal products!

+veganism isn’t all reading ingredient labels and being sad when there’s whey or red 4 in something! more and more, animal-free products are appearing in supermarkets all over the country! My local Kroger has an organic/healthy living section that sells vegan meats(chorizo, sausage, chicken, kielbasa, bologna etc.), cheeses, mayonnaise(s! more than one brand!), ice cream, milks, even yogurt! not to mention that they also have veganized baked goods like waffles, breads, bagels, even doughnuts! i mean, even my local WALMART has some Boca-brand products and vegan ice cream.

+while there are MANY vegan “faux” products to choose from, you might only like one. for instance, i can’t STAND lightlife brand vegan turkey, but tofurky brand is a different taste that i much prefer. shop around and see what you like best! it may take a while.

+it’s nice to use fakes to transition into veganism, but eating too much of them really isn’t healthy. make sure your diet is centered around plants(fruits, veggies, whole wheat, legumes) and not around fakes.

+with that last point said, there are many products that are “accidentally” animal-free! as much as i dislike PETA, this is a list of commercial products(stuff you might already have in your pantry) that are vegan! it definitely makes things easier when you realize you don’t have to trash your whole pantry, right?

+if you enjoy cooking, you should try googling a vegan version of a non-vegan dish you love! i can tell you from experience, it is VERY empowering making a specific dish out of different ingredients. however, i do have to say that not all recipes taste like their non-vegan counterparts, but they do typically have the same “feel”(creaminess, spiciness, fried breading, etc.) to help ease cravings. which leads me to my next point,

+CRAVINGS. some people never get cravings for non-vegan food, some crave from day one. IT DOES GO AWAY. i promise. in the meantime, i often found that when i would crave something, it wasn’t the food itself, but a specific aspect of it. if i wanted chicken, it was often that i wanted something lemony-tasting or chewy, which i could tide over with a bit of pan-fried tofu marinated in lemon juice + other things. or when i wanted cheese, i was actually craving the high fat content, which was easily remedied with an avacado(also provides “creaminess” that i missed from cheese).

this is what i can think of off the top of my head. suggestions? questions? comments? voice them below. πŸ™‚

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 9, 2010

Vegan Deliciousness!

i thought i’d show you a few things i’ve made regularly since becoming vegan. πŸ™‚

spicytofu
okay, i’ll be the first to admit that this does NOT look appetizing. but, it is DELICIOUS! it is pan-friend tofu and vegetables in a spicy sauce. DELICIOUS with a ginger dipping sauce that tastes JUST LIKE the one from Benihana! i’ll post the recipes soon.

cookies
absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS vegan cookies! even my parents enjoyed them, & they scorn vegan cooking.

cheezysauce
Veganomicon’s Cheezy Sauce! this is from when i made the Mac Daddy recipe.

macntofu
the macaroni and tofu, ready for the sauce/to be baked!

macncheeze
baking in the oven πŸ™‚ it looks so delicious right there!

macncheeze2
the finished product! πŸ™‚

serving
an individual serving of it. πŸ™‚

cupcakes
deLISH vegan cupcakes. the recipe is a few posts down! πŸ™‚

vegansausage"cheese"muffin
this is Gimme Lean vegan breakfast sausage & a Tofutti american “cheese” slice on a sprouted grain english muffin. delicious, but i think next time i’ll make a tofu “egg” or something.

cheezespreadandcrackers
this is a vegan savory “cheese” spread/dip i made for a party once. it’s great on veggies, crackers(as shown here), or even on a sandwich. basically, you take a tub of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, add two tbsp + another 1/2 tbsp of nutritional yeast, plus garlic powder and dried basil to taste. mix with a spoon by hand until the softened. let sit in the fridge if you’d like, then serve!

that’s it so far! i’ll be posting these from time to time.
so, what do you guys think?

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 8, 2010

gahhh.

i feel poopy. 😦 and it’s raining! i wanted to go jogging, argh!
oh well, i got stuff to do today.
[x]health store(DAIYA(was out! JKASDHAJSH), ESSENTIAL OIL, POSSIBLY NETI POT?(not selling them))
[x]vaccuum
[x]drop off camera to get a disc of pictures

OMFG it’s raining really hard! gah!
man, nobody knows how to drive. there were like two wrecks, pig cars were everywhere, and when i was trying to pull out of the strip center by the road i needed to be on instead of the intersection, i almost got hit three times. I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY YOU MORONS, NOT YOU! ugh.
and i’m really bummed that the daiya vegan cheese was out. the woman there said they MIGHT get more on thursday, so fingers crossed.
also, i saw my old computer teacher. she’s the coolest πŸ™‚

i swear, at some point i’m going to make a big vegan/eco-friendly/healthy post. i’ll probably make a food pic post after i get my pictures off my camera.

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 7, 2010

BLAUGH!

i have so much to do! i’ll make a list. priority-based.

[x]go to bank
[]exercise
[x]thank-you letters
[x]shopping

intake:

breakfast: clif bar with 12oz. v8 (310 cal, 13g protein, 8g fiber, 58g carbs, 5g fat)
snack 1: apple chunks with grapes (40 cal, 0g protein, 1g fiber, 10g carbs, 0g fat)
lunch: Ezekiel english muffin with Lightlife ground “sausage” & Tofutti american slice(316 cal, 18g protein, 9g fiber, 38g carbs, 9g fat)
snack 2: 2tbsp “cheesy” dip with triscuits(205 cal, 6g protein, 4.2g fiber, 25g carbs, 9.3g fat)
dinner: gardein chik’n filets with vegenaise/mustard dip and brown rice(287 cal, 22g protein, 3.3g fiber, 23g carbs, 12g fat)

water: [x][x][x][x][x][]
veggies: [x][x][x][][]

keep it vegan,
dia.

Posted by: kidnothing | June 6, 2010

WHOOOOOO!

I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL YESTERDAY! :DDD finally!!! (i also have $300+ in grad money… :D)

things that i WILL accomplish this summer:

+learning how to knit.
+do something i like with my hair, for once.
+lose weight/get healthy again.
+write a lot more.
+update my xanga(http://thefadd.xanga.com/) blog and this blog.

intake:

breakfast: 290 cals, 8g protein, 6g fiber, 47g carbs
snack: 18 cals, .9g protein, 1.2g fiber, 4g carbs
lunch:

water: [x][x][x][][][]

keep it vegan,
dia.

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