Got my blood test results back yesterday! I stopped eating meat almost 5 years ago and have been vegan for 1 year and 1 month……. and I have no deficiencies, apart from Vitamin D - along with a huge number of people in Australia. This has very little to do with diet anyways, especially since factory farmed animals get to see the sun even less than I do! My cholesterol levels were of course excellent.
Vitamin D is of course insanely important, 10 mins of sun a day is all you need and it helps everything from mood (deficiencies can be linked to depression), to boosting energy levels and combating lethargy. I am going to attempt to boost my levels naturally and check back in 3 months.
Argh my tumblr is playing up and this post keeps disappearing/ posting to the wrong tumblr. But I think this is awesome!
i wanna puke everywhere
remember kids science is evil
vegans are evil
and only the good lord jesus christ will save you with puss and blood filled cancerous animal secretions
None of those ingredients are bad for you. I don’t understand their angle here. I wonder if people actually buy into this shit.
This just made me pretty angry. Either way you can make nut milks at home using none of those ingredients. Fucking cunts i am annoyed. I wonder how many ‘experts’ we’ll get to deal with due to this.
To me this just shows how desperate the milk industry is. They wouldn’t have had to have made this ad if they weren’t feeling threatened or starting to lose money - every day I see more and more ads for non-dairy alternatives and articles in main stream media on the benefits of non-dairy milks, including how to make it yourself. I love that stupid people will use this as an “argument” when it’s so easily smashed to pieces.It also shows how daft the milk industry and it’s minions are. Not to mention how much money they have to be able to produce a website like that. Dickheads.
So today begins my adventure of 100 days of raw veganism for the summer. However, everything calls for dates. To my knowledge dates are always just dried similar to raisins. So when recipes call for them if it just says “dates” or “pitted dates” does it mean just dried dates? Or is there such thing as fresh dates you buy in the produce section?
p.s. I actually don’t understand dates as in the social interacting between two people looking for a partner either; but that’s another problem I suppose.
Eep, saw your post in the raw vegan tag and noticed a couple of people answered this with “dry dates!” Not always true! Most people that I know eating raw are eating FRESH dates. You might not have seen them in shops because they’re in the refrigerated section (always available in my local health stores and mostly available in good supermarkets). The most common type (here in Australia) is Medjool and they have a beautiful caramel flavour.
People eating raw don’t eat foods heated above a certain temperature. Whereas good quality dried dates in health/ speciality stores may be sun dried (therefore acceptable), other types may not be - they might be dehydrated but who knows at what temperature. Further, eating them dried is harder on your teeth (the sugar sticks to them) and because they shrivel in size, you tend to eat more of them - which means more concentrated sugar and calories. When raw foodists include dates in recipes - particularly smoothies and such, they’re referring to fresh unless otherwise specified. OR, they usually soak dried dates in water to rehydrate them.
When eating raw … eating RAW is usually the best route to go.
Hey! (Did you mean hcrv? Because I don’t eat low carb! I eat high carb/ low fat.) Sorry to hear you found it difficult and expensive. As for me, well, it kind of depends on how you meant “difficult”. I personally didn’t find it too hard lifestyle-wise but then I think it’s definitely something that’d vary between people. For example, I spend most of my time at home and it is always easy for me to prepare a fresh salad or smoothie, whereas working or studying people might find it harder to carry their food with them, or buy it where they work/study. Some people might find it harder socially but I don’t tend to do meals with friends or family so that isn’t an issue for me.
In terms of difficulty with the “eating of” aspect - I didn’t find that hard either. I found eating fruit for breakfast and dinner and a salad for lunch just as easy if not easier than preparing a standard vegan meal. In fact, the only difficulty that I really find with eating raw is the occasional urge to eat cooked food (mostly boiled potato or chick peas).
Because of that, I trialled incorporating more cooked food into my diet, starting with maybe eating boiled potato once a week as a treat. In no time, this was a total slippery slope to doom. For the past two weeks I have been eating rice cakes and various other things every day. My health has completely suffered - mentally and physically! Not only that but whilst I was eating raw, I avoided most of the colds and illnesses my family had for three months. In the past two weeks since introducing non-raw foods into my life, I’ve gotten sick THREE times. A stomach bug, a cold and an allergy on top of it!
As for cost, I guess this would totally depend on where people are located too. I’m really fortunate to have access to a lot of well priced fresh produce and I can get things like bananas really cheap from local markets. This isn’t the case for everyone so I’m thankful for my privilege in this regard.
Anyway, I must say - it’s totally subjective and it’s a completely personal thing. My story obviously isn’t going to be everyone’s story - there’s just too many variables. I honestly think that high raw is still really awesome and mad props to you for eating this way. If I could trust myself to exercise willpower, I’d probably find it enjoyable and doable too. Unfortunately, because of my complex health issues - eating 100% raw just seems to be the way to go, for me.
I totes think everyone could benefit from eating a higher raw diet. Thanks so much for your message, it’s great hearing people’s experiences. You’ve got a lovely blog too, I’ll follow back from my primary account. xxx
We already have one.
It’s called veganism.
You’ll stop it before it even starts.
so much this
Correct nutrition on a vegan diet is still important in combatting these things though. Processed foods, non-organic fruit and vegetables (or not eating enough fresh produce), BPA packaged food and drinks, saturated fats, excess salt and processed sugars, additives, flavourings and preservatives, amongst other things all contribute to these same health issues as well.