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Myths about amino acid shortages and food combining were put to rest decades ago by experts and researchers in protein nutrition. Every plant food that provides protein—which includes all grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables—contains all of the essential amino acids that are needed by humans. Individual plant foods have lower percentages of some of the amino acids relative to needs, but it doesn’t matter for those who eat a healthy vegan diet. For one thing, the body maintains its own temporary storage of amino acids. And amino acids from different foods work together throughout the day to produce the right amounts and ratios of these protein building blocks.
Virgnia Messina, R.D., quoted in A Vegan Doctor Addresses The Protein Question by Holly Wilson MD (via carnism-is)
creatingmyowndreams:

rekit:


The best deodorant you will ever use Seriously. 1/4 teaspoon in each pit and you can sweat your ass off, totally stink-free for like 2 full days. It’s a natural anti-bacterial so those little fuckers won’t multiply and make you smell. Plus it’s cheaper and healthier than any deod you can buy anywhere.
Use equal parts of the following:
-corn starch-baking soda-coconut oil-cocoa butter
With a few drops of whatever essential oil you want, for fragrance. Otherwise it basically just smells like nothing. I use tea tree oil & pine needle oil. Cuz they’re MANLY.
Note - It pretty much turns to liquid if it’s warmer than about 75 degrees. If you want to keep it solid, you can refrigerate it or add a little more corn starch.

Reblogging myself again, cuz I still use this and it’s still awesome

This is what I’ve been using for about a year now and it works wonders. Not convinced it works? My fiance is literally the smelliest human being I’ve ever met when he’s been sweating all day. I made him some with tea tree oil and he now smells nice and mint-ish as the end of the day, even if he’s been outside working. Not to mention it’s cheaper, smells better, better for you AND better for the environment to make your own :D

creatingmyowndreams:

rekit:

The best deodorant you will ever use

Seriously. 1/4 teaspoon in each pit and you can sweat your ass off, totally stink-free for like 2 full days. It’s a natural anti-bacterial so those little fuckers won’t multiply and make you smell. Plus it’s cheaper and healthier than any deod you can buy anywhere.

Use equal parts of the following:

-corn starch
-baking soda
-coconut oil
-cocoa butter

With a few drops of whatever essential oil you want, for fragrance. Otherwise it basically just smells like nothing. I use tea tree oil & pine needle oil. Cuz they’re MANLY.

Note - It pretty much turns to liquid if it’s warmer than about 75 degrees. If you want to keep it solid, you can refrigerate it or add a little more corn starch.

Reblogging myself again, cuz I still use this and it’s still awesome

This is what I’ve been using for about a year now and it works wonders.

Not convinced it works? My fiance is literally the smelliest human being I’ve ever met when he’s been sweating all day. I made him some with tea tree oil and he now smells nice and mint-ish as the end of the day, even if he’s been outside working.

Not to mention it’s cheaper, smells better, better for you AND better for the environment to make your own :D

doublefancy:

I think I need this tattooed on my forehead. 


This really irks me. Why the dichotomy? Our own health should be a top priority too. I am vegan for animals, the planet, AND my health. Veganism isn’t a political statement; it’s an entire holistic lifestyle. If you’re vegan but eating nothing but vegan junk food, you’re going to be unhealthy, you’re going to get diseases, and you’re going to end up with medical expenses to which my tax dollars will end up contributing. We have a responsibility to non-harm - and that includes ourselves, our planet, and other humans. Not just animals.

doublefancy:

I think I need this tattooed on my forehead. 

This really irks me. Why the dichotomy? Our own health should be a top priority too. I am vegan for animals, the planet, AND my health. Veganism isn’t a political statement; it’s an entire holistic lifestyle. If you’re vegan but eating nothing but vegan junk food, you’re going to be unhealthy, you’re going to get diseases, and you’re going to end up with medical expenses to which my tax dollars will end up contributing. We have a responsibility to non-harm - and that includes ourselves, our planet, and other humans. Not just animals.

silverled:

thinkveganworld:

Janet Bruno, MD - a 5-minute video on meat’s causing colon cancer.  She’s one of a growing number of medical professionals, biologists, biochemists and other scientists who show evidence that meat-eating is a leading cause of cancer.

Source for pic: Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes

Not only that, animal products have:

  • naturally occurring growth factors (stimulate growth, which increases the likelihood of cancer)
  • a non-human sugar called Neu5Gc (this foreign sugar gets incorporated into proteins on the outside of our cells bc the body mistaken it for a similar looking human sugar - Neu5Ac. But Neu5Gc is different enough to be recognized as foreign by the immune system, and causes the body to attack its own cells that got Neu5Gc incorporated in them, kind of like in an autoimmune disease. After our own immune system destroys our own cells that had Neu5Gc incorporated into them, we need to make more cells to replace the ones that got destroyed.

In meat-eaters this cycle leads to chronic inflammation and chronic cell-division to replace the destroyed cells. And every time cells divide:

  • There’s a chance the genome won’t be replicated correctly (an accumulation of the right type of mutations can lead to cancer)
  • The ends of our chromosomes (telomeres) shorten. (Can lead to aging & cancer)

This reminds me of what my cancer prof said to my class, “Sometimes I wonder how anyone can get cancer (because the body has some bad ass defenses), but sometimes I wonder how we don’t all get cancer all the time”. 

This is  one of those times when i wonder about the latter, especially concernine meat eaters. 

Anonymous
asks:
I'm curious why you didn't touch on the subsidies that vegetable and fruit producing farms receive?

arocoun:

carnism-is:

havocados:

vegansmustbestopped:

Gee wiz….I don’t know. It must have slipped my mind. I’m getting forgetful in my old age.

"not all subsidies" go to meat and dairy

Jesus Christ I knew it was bad, but didn’t know it was -that- bad.

Same here!  Wow…

Oh god, my tax dollars are supporting healthy sustainable food? SAY IT ISN’T SO.

How does one become vegan? Any advice?

arocoun:

If you’re really stumped, follow a vegan meal plan.  You can literally just Google it:

"affordable vegan meal plan"

"soy-free vegan meal plan"

…and so on.  As for me, I mostly sustain myself on pasta, rice, beans, and foraged greens.  Oh, and lots of PB&J sandwiches.

http://www.barbarawood.com/blog/archive/2012/08/07/archive/2012/07/04/archive/2009/12/images/blog_130303_food.jpg

For some it can seem overwhelming at first, but the gist of it is mainly to stop eating meat or dairy or purchasing animal products like leather.  A lot of it is dependent on your lifestyle; if you don’t have time to make a lot of your own meals, your options will be different.  There are vegan “meat,” milk, butter, and egg options available at most grocery stores now; if you live near a Whole Foods, you’re in luck — but be careful because some more mainstream products like Amy’s/Kashi/Cascadian Farm brands can be found cheaper at traditional grocery stores.

There is more to veganism than food and clothing, but it’s important to keep things simple in the beginning so as to not get overwhelmed.  In terms of eating, my diet is more varied as a vegan than it ever was before.  In a typical week I will eat smoothies, toast, oatmeal, sandwiches (PB&J or tomato/avocado/sprouts/hummus/onion/basil), enchiladas w/ guac, chili, a rice/beans dish with additions like corn and cilantro… artichokes, salads, (veggie) burgers, cookies, cake, burritos, pasta, chips, stir fry, roasted veggies w/ seasoning, mashed potatoes, homemade soups, Indian dishes, waffles w/ whipped (coconut) cream and fruit.  The possibilities are almost endless.  I’ve been vegan for a little over two years and it really is a process; in the beginning food was a lot less varied.  It may seem boring at first until you learn more recipes and get comfortable making new things. But eventually you’ll learn how to glance at a recipe and know what to use in place of the eggs or dairy, and it will still turn out delicious.

The most important thing to remember is that being vegan does not mean food has to be boring, tasteless, or low-calorie (I’ve actually GAINED weight as a vegan).  Veganism isn’t about elimination; it’s about alternatives.  You just have to be willing to learn, research, and be a little creative.

I’ve gotten several recipes from this site (all delicious):
http://ohsheglows.com/

pleatedjeans:

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No; America is fat because they choose to buy the hamburger and fries instead of actually buying vegetables at the grocery store and making their own salad, which is cheaper than the hamburger and fries.I know this is meant to be funny but, well, it’s not.  It’s perpetuating this bullshit excuse that being healthy is “too expensive” or “elitist”.  For one, the burger/fries/coke is FAR too many calories for one meal, and may even top the amount of calories one needs in an entire day, so you’re already eating more than you need, which means you’re not as poor as you’d like to think.  In the grocery store, meat and cheese are some of the most expensive food there is.  Rice, beans, and grains are far cheaper, even if you’re not bringing fruits or vegetables into the picture.  There are all kinds of websites and books (like “vegan on $4 a day”) that illustrate this fallacy.Bottom line, people just want an excuse to keep eating their unhealthy crap.  Being healthy — healthier, at least — is not elitist or expensive.  Even if it may cost more to fill your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, why not consider the amount of medical bills you’ll be saving over the course of your lifetime?For anyone who says they can’t afford to eat healthy food, I say you really can’t afford not to.  I grew up in a one-income household, and my father didn’t make much money to begin with, but we always ate healthy food.  We also didn’t buy junk food, soda, booze, cigarettes, or any of the other things people spend money on, and most of our clothes came from the thrift store.  I saw how our money was spent, and health was the priority.  So unless you’re living on the street, you really can’t say that you can’t afford to eat well.  You just have to re-prioritize your spending.

pleatedjeans:

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No; America is fat because they choose to buy the hamburger and fries instead of actually buying vegetables at the grocery store and making their own salad, which is cheaper than the hamburger and fries.

I know this is meant to be funny but, well, it’s not.  It’s perpetuating this bullshit excuse that being healthy is “too expensive” or “elitist”.  For one, the burger/fries/coke is FAR too many calories for one meal, and may even top the amount of calories one needs in an entire day, so you’re already eating more than you need, which means you’re not as poor as you’d like to think.  In the grocery store, meat and cheese are some of the most expensive food there is.  Rice, beans, and grains are far cheaper, even if you’re not bringing fruits or vegetables into the picture.  There are all kinds of websites and books (like “vegan on $4 a day”) that illustrate this fallacy.

Bottom line, people just want an excuse to keep eating their unhealthy crap.  Being healthy — healthier, at least — is not elitist or expensive.  Even if it may cost more to fill your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, why not consider the amount of medical bills you’ll be saving over the course of your lifetime?

For anyone who says they can’t afford to eat healthy food, I say you really can’t afford not to.  I grew up in a one-income household, and my father didn’t make much money to begin with, but we always ate healthy food.  We also didn’t buy junk food, soda, booze, cigarettes, or any of the other things people spend money on, and most of our clothes came from the thrift store.  I saw how our money was spent, and health was the priority.  So unless you’re living on the street, you really can’t say that you can’t afford to eat well.  You just have to re-prioritize your spending.

Nothing like starting the morning hearing a diabetic complain about getting “strange looks” when they order diet soda because they can’t drink regular soda.

Here’s a thought, stop drinking soda.  It’s poison.  Especially diet.

I don’t understand why someone who already has a life-altering disease wouldn’t be taking every conceivable measure to make themselves as healthy as possible.  It is beyond me.

*sigh*

Here’s a little guide for people who think you can’t get enough calories on a vegan diet.

A variety of things I may eat in a given day (obviously not all in one day) and approximately how many calories are in a realistic serving size:

Smoothie (orange juice, banana, frozen fruit, coconut yogurt, whatever): ~300
Oatmeal: 200-300
Cereal w/ non-dairy milk: ~200
Toast w/ Earth Balance butter, jelly, peanut butter, etc: 100-400
Chipotle veggie burrito: (~800) or bowl (~550)
Panera Mediterranean veggie sans feta: 400ish? I forget.
Sandwich (avocado/tomato/onion with hummus, or PB&J): ~300-500
Veggie chili: 200-300
My husband’s homemade enchiladas w/ homemade guac: DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU EAT B/C DELICIOUS, PROBABLY 600-800
Black bean salad: ~200?
Chana palak w/ naan: a lot; this is probably where my 5 extra lbs came from.
Sunday buffet at any Indian restaurant: god help you
Spaghetti w/ sauce (add garlic, mushrooms, peppers if you want): 300-400
Veggie burger w/ fries from Bahama Breeze: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from Marlow’s Tavern: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from so many other places who have it: too many
Tabbouleh, mom’s recipe: 150-200
Whole Foods vegan cookie: god I don’t even want to know
Taco salad (rice, beans, tomato/lettuce/onion/avocado, crunched up chips): plenty
Pumpkin bread: ask for recipe, try not to eat it all
Van’s waffle w/ coconut whipped cream and strawberries: ~250?
Homemade vegan chocolate cake: doesn’t matter b/c you will eat it all in one sitting
Celery w/ peanut butter and raisins: depends on how much PB you use
Artichokes w/ garlic “butter” (Earth Balance): probably 300 just from the butter
Vegan biscuit: 170
Stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes: don’t know, don’t want to know
Mac-n-cheese w/ Daiya: no idea
Vegan pizza (now available at Uncle Maddio’s, and Ammazza if you’re in Atlanta): depends on how much you eat.  I ate it all.
One of those $4 chocolate bars from World Market with the love poems inside: 170/serving (3 servings to a bar… good luck).

These are just off the top of my head in five minutes, and most of these aren’t even that healthy (of course I encourage salads and greens too, as well as snacking on fruit and nuts, but I was trying to appeal to people having issues with the indulgence/convenience challenges of veganism — IT’S OKAY TO EAT MORE THAN SPROUTS, YOU KNOW :D). You can find several of these on the recipe blog I used to keep (now I post recipes here).

I recently read that Kristen Bell reverted from veganism to vegetarianism while breastfeeding because she felt she “couldn’t get enough calories” from veganism, claiming she would’ve had to eat all day long in order to get enough.  Apparently she thinks raw vegetables are the only food that exists?  Oh, and eggs/dairy now, I guess.  I actually liked her — especially her love of sloths, and obvious respect for animals, not to mention Frozen — and I was really disappointed to read that.  I know celebrities are generally filled to the brim with horseshit and I rarely have any respect for the lot of them, but she actually seemed all right.

So here’s a sad but defiant response to that disappointing interview.  Giving up veganism is sad enough, but making up ridiculous excuses for why is so much worse.

*sigh*