Teacher Teacher

A vegan teacher has come under investigation for educating her high school students about animal rights. Woah! Call the cops, this woman is a terrorist.

Since the consumption of meat has been linked to heart disease, cancer and obesity, why wouldn’t you want your children to make an informed decision?

I attended a non-denomination school, but in our religious classes, they taught ONLY about Christianity. I can safely re-assure you that I did not become a Christian after listening to someone speak about it. I believe religion should be taught at home. But compassion and kindness – where would you learn that but at school?

If a Christian teacher imparted her personal Christian views on a class and taught them to love Jesus, go to church, and service man-kind, she would be applauded. This teacher is sharing her personal views with her students, teaching them to love animals TOO and she is being lynched! Hypocrite much?

Some are accusing the teacher of turning her students against Christianity because they do not want to eat meat anymore. Huh? I fail to see the link.

Christian does not equal Meat Eater

Vegan does not equal Atheist

Stop using your religion to absolve yourself from guilt or justify your feasting on the bodies of animals who have spent their lives being tortured, raped and abused by humans.

Where in ANY religious book is torture OK? Yeah, thought so.

There are 16 year olds out there with tattooed butt-cracks, puffing on cancer causing cigarettes, with a baby in their arms from a man they are not married to, and you’re worried about your teenager experimenting with vegetarianism?

**Disclaimer – I am not an atheist, or agnostic. I am simply a human being who loves animals and refuses to condone their torture. I hold NO judgment towards people who choose to follow religion. But I firmly believe the baseline for all religions is at the very least, compassion**

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Veganecessities

Taking the leap towards veganism is not an easy feat. You need self-control, planning, patience and a brilliant food processor!

I renounced all animal products 20 months ago and haven’t regretted it once, not even for a split second. I’ve experimented with all the different types of eating plant based foods, from raw vegan to junk food vegan to soy vegan to healthy vegan. I have finally found a good balance that works for my body and lifestyle. 

I am all for the premise that we all need to go on own journey to find what works best for us. But I’d like to help you along the way. So I’ve come up with a few food items that are ALWAYS on my shopping list, and I simply would not be able to live without. OK maybe I could, but I’d be really depressed 😉

I’m not one of those super rich hippies. Just a regular one, with an average job, and a love for fashion so I can’t afford to break the bank on overpriced health foods. These key ingredients are great because they are easily available, cost effective, healthy in moderation, long lasting AND versatile. 

NUTS! These poor things will never see the light of day in my presence. They’re high in GOOD calories and fats. And if you listened to me like I said before, and bought a good food processor, you can make a delicious cream out of cashews and macadamias. And they are freaking delish, end of story. 

CHICKPEAS! Whether you have them in their canned form, in which case they make a great addition to salads, or curry, or if it’s been made into hummus, it makes a great addition to uhm, EVERYTHING! High in protein and iron, how could you not love em?

SPINACH! And no, not creamed spinach! Fresh baby spinach can be added to a banana and apple smoothie; used as a base for a salad, or as garnish for your creamy pasta sauce. (And yes, vegan creamy pasta is very possible and very yummy!) I bid adieu to my severe anaemia that I suffered with as a vegetarian, thanks to munching on spinach and other dark green veggies that are packed with iron. 

SPROUTS! If you, like my dad and I, love something crunchy with our sandwiches and soups, then sprouted chickpeas, lentils and mung beans are your lifesaver. 

TOFU! Scrambled. Grilled. Stir Fried. Pan Fried. Quiched. Egg Saladed. You get the point. Tofu is so eager to please, that it will be whatever you want it to be. If you are a gym bunny, then its 48 grams of protein per 100 grams will be the best plant based way to build those biceps 😉 Be sure to have a look at my Tofeta recipe here – it’s a winner 🙂

NUTRITIONAL YEAST! I think this product needs a new name, because most think that it is live yeast, like the kind you would use in bread. Or beer. But no. This yeast is de-activated dried yellow flakes of goodness that are fortified with B12 and give a cheesy nutty flavour to sauces, soups and pizzas. 

AVOCADO! There is more to this unsuspecting fruit than just guacamole. Avo on toast; avo chocolate smoothie; avo choc mousse; avo ice cream. Need I say more? 

SOY! I’ve never had the desire to eat a fake chicken schnitzel or a mock beef patty, purely because I have never eaten the real thing. I was born into a full on vegetarian family, and we sustained ourselves on lentils, beans, and various other vegetables. And the occasional samosa or three. My waist line 2 years ago will corroborate that! I digress. I have nothing against fake meats, from a vegan standpoint. No animals were harmed, and they don’t really taste like meat anyway (according to most meat eaters I have asked) they just provide a quick easy meal for those days you are too tired to cook, and are a decent source of protein. So keep a pack in the freezer, just in case! 

OATS! Whether you like steel cut oats, sugary sweet granola or jungle oats bars, this is a staple for most vegans as it is a super filling breakfast! Here is a hint to make your day – Dark Chocolate Jungle Oats bars are VEGAN! Hand me that and a cappuccino on a Monday morning and then we’re talking!

CHOCOLATE! No convincing necessary, I’m sure! Oreos, Aero Dark, Nikki Dark and selected Lindt’s are vegan. Go forth and indulge!

OLIVE OIL! I am a serious salad-aholic! I make a delicious and nutritious salad daily for lunch and gulp it down like there’s no tomorrow. And I am completely and totally against salad dressing. So I make a simple dressing with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and mixed herbs. 

CHICKPEA FLOUR! Who woulda known that generations of Indians had it right. Chickpea flour aka besan aka gram flour, is the main ingredient of bhajias, those delicious oily Indian specimens of deliciousness. But I’ve found it makes an amazing white sauce, and savoury pancakes, mmm 🙂 Its gluten free too, so if that means anything to you, give it a go. 

If you live in South Africa, and want to know where to buy some of these products to veganize your cooking, please contact me. I would love to help!

Every little bit makes a difference.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  ~ Albert Einstein

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Earth Life!


Hold up. Can we all get off the earth day bandwagon please?

We should not be introspective about how our actions are destroying the planet today. We should be that way EVERYDAY.

We are intelligent beings so why are we destroying the only home we have, as though we can simply up and move to the next home? More so, why are we only REALISING what we are doing for one day of the year, and then not taking any action the rest of the year?

I know nobody is perfect, but every little step taken towards sustainable living counts. If you really want to safeguard the planet Earth, read on, and let’s make a difference together ..

Give dairy free milks a chance!

There are approximately 250 million dairy cows in the world at the moment. The impact of dairy farming on the environment is an unpleasant trifecta of increased greenhouse emissions, deterioration of our water resources, and a decay of the quality of our soil.

“Ten per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to dairy farming”

Use cloth bags!

Those unassuming plastic bags you buy at supermarkets are one of the Earths hugest enemies. We need to align ourselves against these deathly grocery carriers. 1 plastic bag takes 100 years to decompose, and during that time they release toxins into our soil, rivers and oceans. The production of these bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum and stray bags choke and strangle wildlife.

Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of”

Eat less meat!

Think about the slice of bacon you had for breakfast today. Before landing up on your plate, it had quite a detrimental effect on the environment. Take into account the land used to rear the pig. Consider the water, fertilizer and grain to sustain the pig until it is ready for slaughter. The pollution associated with that is rather extensive.

“It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make 1 calorie from plant protein”

Be prudent with paper!

The next time you go to your local coffee shop for a soy latte, take along your own drinking cup! If you can email documents, do so, instead of printing them out. And if you must print, recycle J

“Paper production has ranked among the most resource-intensive and highly polluting of all manufacturing industries

You’d be surprised to learn that many of your daily activities, and items that you make use of often, contribute to the decline of our environment. Small steps towards more eco-friendly living can make a big difference and you it won’t affect the quality of your life either.

Sentimental Facebook statuses; photos of beautiful scenery, animals running freely and dolphins gamboling in the open ocean are not going to save our planet. Only you can!

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to” – Terri Swearingen

“Our world has enough for each person’s need, but not for his greed” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” – Alice Walker

http://www.50waystohelp.com/ 

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/

http://livingonthecheap.com/five-easy-frugal-steps-to-sustainable-living/

http://www.eco-friendly-digest.com/eco-friendly-living.html

 

happy earth