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Pride Vegan Parade brings visibility to animal rights in Toronto


A crowd gathered during the “Pride Parade Vegan” in Toronto, Canada, to educate the local public about the movement.

“As we move forward we saw restaurants everywhere with advertisements that encouraged the consumption of meat, we feel that it is everywhere,” said the organizer of the parade, Jenny McQueen. “We are sending a message that veganism is coming,” she added, according to Toronto Ist information.

The Toronto parade takes place annually and was founded in 2009 by animal rights activist Holly Larson. About 4% of Canadians are vegans or vegetarians.

The parade was the first foray into activism student Sarah Laffin and Dylan Micallef, who claim to have waited an hour in line at a barbecue sponsored by the school to discover that there was no vegan option for them.

“More and more young people are becoming vegans. The older generation grew up thinking that eating meat is normal, but young people are beginning to realize that it is not, “Laffin said.

But the march does not address veganism only as a personal preference; many regulars explain that veganism is inherently political.

“It is important that people know that there is a relationship between food and climate change.” Said Ray Kowalchuk contingent “Climate Vegan” whose goal in the short term, is to encourage activists to think about the environmental issues and make defenders the environment become vegan too.

One of the Agriculture and UN Food Organization report of 2006 stated that animal agriculture was responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.


Vegan recipes for house cleaning


We have selected some tips to prepare vegan cleaning products, environmentally friendly, healthy, effective and very cheap, with ingredients you have at home:

General cleaning – Sodium bicarbonate is bactericidal and a powerful cleansing agent, removing odors, stains, mold and grease. It can be applied directly on the surface or diluted in water. Mixing a few drops of lemon juice with baking, you get a powerful cleaning paste.

vinegar works well because it has a high concentration of acetic acid substance degreases, disinfects, gives brightness and eliminates odors. It is present in most cleaning products. The most suitable for this purpose is the white vinegar, alcohol, being neutral. It can be used directly on the surface to be cleaned or diluted in water.

Insect repellent – boil about 20 cloves of India along with 1 cup of water for about 5 minutes. Let cool and add 1 cup of alcohol. Transfer to a spray bottle. Apply in countertops, cabinets and other places to ward off ants, cockroaches and silverfish.

Spray Carnation repellent
-500 Ml of grain alcohol
-10 G of clove India
-100 Ml of almond oil or other vegetable oil

Put alcohol and cloves in a dark bottle with cap under the light for 4 days. Stir 2 times per day. Strain and add the oil, stirring. Place the container in a repellent spray and apply to exposed skin.

Spray repellent II (great for kids and pets)
-Frasco spray
-sheets witch hazel
essential-oil of peppermint, clove, lavender or lemongrass for small children, and lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree for older children and animals.

Make a 50/50 blend of witch hazel and water and add 15 drops of essential oil of your choice. Spray on arms, legs, back and neck. For dogs and cats outdoors, spray some of it in your legs, tail, and around the collar.

repellent coconut oil (children and adults)
-1/3 Cup of coconut oil
-15 Drops of essential oil of peppermint, lavender, or clove

Mix the two ingredients and spread on the exposed parts of the body.

Oil repellent II
– Essential oil of copaiba, citronella, andiroba, rosemary or cloves
– Vegetable oil

Dilute to 20 drops of essential oil in vegetable oil 3 tablespoons tablespoons (approximately 30 ml) and apply to exposed skin.

Clean windows and walls – Mix one part vinegar with one part warm water and apply on glass or wall with a spray bottle. Scrub with a sponge and wipe with a cloth.

Stain remover for clothes – Mix the same amount of vinegar and water and spray on the stains before putting the garment to wash. The machine is also important to add a cup (tea) of pure white vinegar. Then just wash normally.

Anti mite and anti mold – mix 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking. Spray upholstery, mattresses, curtains, stuffed animals, etc. Let stand for about 20 minutes and then pass the vacuum cleaner, a soft brush or a dry cloth. Use 1 to week.

Furniture polisher – Mix two cups of vegetable oil or virgin olive oil with the juice of a lemon and apply to furniture with a soft cloth. This solution is also effective to disguise risks in light wood furniture.


Being vegan is expensive?

is vegan expensive

One of the most common arguments against veganism is its cost. For people who use this argument, veganism is a luxury, it is possible only for the rich or for people who do not have obligations.

Veganism is the ethical attitude adopted by those who recognize that animals have rights and should not be treated as a resource. The vegan seeks to do whatever is in their power to not contribute to animal exploitation and help fight it. Consume ethically is just a part of this team.

A person can practice veganism keeping it simple consumer habits and inexpensive. In fact, those who are already vegan know that this is a reality, either by necessity or by choice.

It is important to clarify: say that veganism is available is not the same as saying that 100% of people can also practice it. It is clear that people in extreme social vulnerability has no choice option in many circumstances, and this should be considered. Also it is not only people with many features that can be vegan and have quality of life.

Here are some tips that can help you apply veganism day-to-day without consuming / spend too much:
– The most basic and essential need for consumption that is is food, and much of the food that a vegan consumes are the same as a person who follows a common diet – vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, flours, etc., and they can be easily found in free and fair markets, and can consume a lot of these with little or no food preparation, in natura.

And, yes, vegetarian food is fundamentally cheaper – it costs less to produce vegetables and grains. Historically, consumption of animal food has always been associated with social status and greater purchasing power, and this is a major reason for the current increase in the consumption of these products worldwide.

– Learn to take full advantage of plant foods. Many of these foods unknowingly, are overlooked or wasted. The traditional rice and beans, for example, is a nutritionally complete dish: in addition to being an excellent source of protein, contains carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. food Parties commonly thrown away, such as skins and seeds are also rich in nutrients. Knowing the nutritional properties of food and how to leverage them holistically is valuable knowledge to reduce the need for consumption and waste, and get proper nutrition. Learn more about full use of the food here.

– Learning how to prepare homemade solutions. There are surprisingly inexpensive ways and simple to meet diverse needs of vegan fashion, in food, personal care, hygiene, etc. Learning to develop their own homemade solutions, you greatly reduces the need for consumption. homemade solutions also tend to be more healthy, as they carry fewer chemicals and harmful substances than industrial products. Here homemade health and beauty tips, health and wellness.

– If you have space at home and suitable time, cultivate a garden. There are vast content on the Internet teaching to cultivate and enjoy spaces and materials.

– Products made for vegans sometimes cost twice or more the price of a product without this classification. In some cases the high price is justified by the cost of production, but in general are not essential products, and there are also popular products, cheap and suitable for vegans, although not specifically designed to meet these people. In addition to checking the composition and animal tests are performed, it is preferable to choose handicrafts or small businesses rather than large groups and multinationals, which are almost always involved in human animal exploitation and non-human, and environmental degradation.

– And here our last suggestion: share if and when you can, rather than have – is donating food items that can give up or your time – who needs. Thus widens the circle of ethics and compassion, inclusively.


Can Pets be vegans too?

vegan pet diet

The Vegetarian Diet for dogs

Today it is known that dogs – which are omnivorous, as are humans – do not need of specific ingredients such as meat; They need specific nutrients.

A vegetarian diet for dogs and cats is already researched for many years and there are several studies on the subject. The adoption of vegetarian diets for dogs is not new – in countries like the United States and England dogs have been fed only plant products for several generations. In the UK, a vegan dog called Bramble achieved the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living dog (at the time of award). Bramble lived all these years on a vegetarian diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables and lived 27 years.

Therefore, before taking into account the fallacy that is not a “natural” food, should reflect on the validity and quality of the term “natural” in a food. Furthermore, studies show that digestion of various vegetables is not exactly lower than that of products derived from animals in dogs. For more information, read the book Dogs Vegans, Vegetarians Dogs available on site.

A healthy pet vegan diet

Many of the added ingredients in commercial pet foods are by-products of those targeted for human consumption and mainly use discarded parts. Commercial products for animals, in general, are subject to the low quality of the ingredients that make up, and all chemicals such as hormones and pesticides used, which obviously is not a healthy and adequate food. It is also known that many rations to animals can cause allergies.

Following the valuable information in books and talking to experts in the field, you can create a balanced vegetarian diet, and can even give preference to organic products, foods that will keep your dog healthy and strong.

You can follow the suggestions outlined in specialized books to prepare a homemade diet, keeping in mind the supplements necessary to ensure that all the nutrients are being provided properly, or may opt for commercial vegetarian diet.

If you feel uncomfortable with the fact include vitamin supplements in your dog’s diet, remember that there is no food in the market, be it vegetarian or not, that is not supplemented. And vitamin supplements are not harmful to the health of dogs, on the contrary, ensure the health and balance.

Can cats be fed with a vegetarian diet?

Small predators such as cats, when they hunt small animals such as mice and birds, chew and ingest full. As we know, the digestive tract of prey is always full of vegetables, leaves and grains, some already digested, others have not. This naturally omnivorous diet, when consumed by the predator, is digested and assimilated properly. Therefore, an omnivorous or totally vegetarian diet, according to the technological advances, can be considered as natural for both big cats, such as lions, the small carnivores.
In all these years of evolution, the human species, the cat, and the dog they have adapted to an omnivorous diet and even the vegetarian. But in the XXI century, there are those who doubt it and still beat the feet saying that dogs and cats are strict carnivores. Some say that the dog is a carnivore optional and, therefore, already have settled and accepted vegetarian diets for dogs, even if unwillingly. Then I answer the most frequently asked questions about vegetarian diets for cats.

1. May the cat have a totally healthy life with a vegetarian diet?
Yes! Both diets provide adequate food, that is, if they are properly balanced and conditioned according to the nutritional requirements of cats.

2. Will the cat suffer the lack of some nutrient?
Cats receiving specific vegetarian diets may not suffer from the lack of any nutrient because the diet is properly formulated, balanced and meet all the specific nutritional requirements. References to the formulation of diets and nutritional requirements for cats and dogs are published by the National Research Council, in the book Nutrients Requirements of Dogs and Cats in 2003 and in Brazil in papers published by nutritionists and researchers Aulus Carciofi, UNESP, and Flavia Saad, UFLA.

3. What ingredients would be more appropriate and would bring more benefits?
As power sources: rice flour, wheat, oats, corn, corn germ, barley, sorghum and linseed oil. As protein sources: corn gluten crumbs, textured soy protein and yeast. There is no ingredient that is universal, miraculously, full, the stronger and bring more benefits to the animals – be they cats, dogs or humans- or to replace all the other ingredients. The important thing is not to use only one source of energy or protein in the formula, but three or more to form a well-balanced mix. Warning: the supplier must be suitable.

4. A vegetarian diet is recommended for obese cats, diabetic, allergic, with renal, cardiovascular problems? Is it a “light” food?
No, in principle it is not a drug ratiow whose purpose is to cure or prevent disease or for the animal to lose weight. A vegetarian diet is within the rating of the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply (MAPA), a full ration in the same category as the non-vegetarian diets.

5. vegetarian diets have Taurine and Carnitine?
Yes! Vegetarian diets have synthetic Taurine and Carnitine is supplemented. The animal protein sources contain Vitamin B12, Taurine, Carnitine, and to arachidonic acid, nutrients that are not found in plant proteins. However, this does not preclude produce an exclusively vegetarian diet for cats, because there is a synthetic production of Vitamin B12, Taurine and Carnitine. As for Arachidonic Acid, there is no problem because there is a source of any such animal acid that has long been available on the international market. So just conveniently supplement the diet.


It is possible and healthy eating cats and dogs throughout life with an exclusively vegetarian diet. Ask me what advice I would give people who want to adopt a vegetarian diet for their pets, cat and dog. After a philosophical reflection on the word advice, I tell you that there are three options. The first, in a case of dog guardians, is to buy vegetarian food from a reputable animal feed industry. The second is to import the product what is available in the international market, in the case of feed for cats. The third is to do it at home, so the assistance of a veterinarian that is nutritionist is required, so he prescribes and you orient on how to prepare, maintain and provide the diet that will give your cat or dog.


Vegetarian diet can be adopted for children from weaning

vegan baby

A vegetarian diet is healthy and safe for children and there are several studies published in the scientific literature on the subject. However, there are many methodological errors in the studies condemning vegetarianism that can only be detected by reading the publications in their entirety.

As an example, a part of the scientific literature on vegan children with growth problems and malnutrition resulted from a spiritual community called Black Hebrews.

The spirit of the sect leader determined that children born in the community should be breastfed chest up to three months of life, when breast milk would be suspended and the child should receive cabbage juice with apple and a mixture of water and liquified soybeans .

This kind of conduct is not related to a vegetarian diet, but to an ignorance of the act lead to infant feeding. It is clear that, in this condition, if the orientate sect that had broth in the juice, the baby would be undernourished in the same way (and the child would not vegetarian), considering that the food meets the baby needs up to six months life is only breast milk.

In their absence, they can use specific formulas designed for infants. The withdrawal of breast milk (or substitute specific formula breastmilk) that involves serious risk of malnutrition because it does not meet the baby’s needs.

Below, I explain how the key nutrients can be extracted from a vegetarian diet.


There is no deficiency of any amino acid in plant foods, and this can be seen in the nutritional composition tables obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, Brazilian tables not allow this comparison. There are problems of absorption of these amino acids.

To illustrate the safety of vegetarian food, using the guidelines of the Food Guide of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, we set up a 1,300 kcal diet for a child 2-3 years old. A simple replacement of this meat diet for more beans, potatoes adding (containing little protein) and oils (contains protein), promotes intake of 42 g protein, more than double of what is needed to the infant.

Lysine and methionine plus amino acids questioned regarding the safety of a diet without meat, are ingested in an amount 5 times higher than necessary.


The rapid growth of the child takes the spent iron stored in the body as to increase the volume of blood and muscles, for example, iron is used.

The use of iron as a supplement is routinely done from 6 months until at least 2 years old, and advocated for the omnivorous children, according to the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics.

And it is wrong to say that vegetables have less iron than animal products. For example, in 100 g of lean red meat for 1.9 mg iron, 4.2 mg against that are found in a bean shell. Absorbed 18% (0.34 mg) of iron of the meat and 10% (0.42 mg) of this iron beans.

As much as iron absorption is higher in meat, most existing amount in beans exceeds the absorption obtained by the flesh. Thus, the iron recommendation in childhood (through diet and use of supplements) will be the same for the vegetarian child.


The phytic acid is the nutritional factor that hinders the absorption of zinc. To reduce it in vegetables (especially beans) just let soak beans in water for 8 to 12 hours. It is easy to optimize the absorption when we use the plant source of zinc.


It is provided by breast milk. When its use is not possible or desired, it will be replaced by specific formulas, designed for babies that contain this mineral at optimum levels.

The care with calcium for those who do not use milk is the same for children with allergy to cow’s milk protein and the lactose intolerant.

Do not make fuss this adequacy in the diet of these children and, likewise, there is no show of reason for calcium in a vegetarian diet without dairy products, it is easy to adjust it.

B12 vitamin

It is the only nutrient missing in the plant kingdom because, to date, the B12 found in some foods (like fermented algae and food) failed to show active in the human body.

Supplementation may be important in strict vegetarian diet – and it’s important to know that about 50% of the population eating meat has insufficient bodily levels of this vitamin, which makes them care omnivores also very important.

Omega 3

Meat beef and chicken are not good omega-3 sources, and to make matters worse, are sources of omega-6 elongated (arachidonic acid), which hinders the activation of omega-3.

Getting omega-3 in the vegetarian diet is easy as Flaxseed is a good source. And to ensure that its omega-3 is converted to its most active form, not just ingest omega-6 in large quantity, which is achieved by avoiding the consumption of fried foods, highly processed foods and oils in large quantities in food.


The vegetarian diet, including strict, can be taken safely for children from weaning, with the necessary guidelines, as they are made for the omnivorous child. A vegetarian diet since childhood promotes the use of more diverse food than omnivorous diet, as well as healthy eating habits that tend to accompany the child to adulthood, assisting in the prevention of chronic diseases that cause death in adults – such as disease cardiovascular, diabetes, and various cancers.

Breastfeeding is vegan? Clarifying a common misconception!

Breastfeeding in veganism is still a confusing issue for some people. After all, what is known is that vegans do not eat animal products (not human). For these people, it seems certain that breastfeeding is not vegan, even to the extreme of accusing these mothers and radicalism parents for allegedly depriving their children of this essential food early in their lives.

After all, vegan mothers breastfeed their children? Yes for sure! Vegans are totally in favor of breastfeeding. They agree that breast milk is a perfect food – for babies of the same species. That is, human milk is perfect for human babies, cow’s milk is perfect for calves, perfect goat milk for kids, and so on. And so the baby reaches the age for weaning, it is able to nourish with other foods.

Just as you do not see grown animals of other species ingesting milk, the human being also does not need milk after weaning, or of their own species (much less than others).

After the breastfeeding, the human being can get calcium and other nutrients from vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, tahini, almonds, soy, chia, are some examples of foods rich in calcium.

Maternity ties and protection of their children are not uniquely human. Drinking cow’s milk or any other species means taking something that does not belong to us. It was not made for us. But breast-feeding your child (or even donate your own milk to a milk bank, for example) is perfectly vegan.


Give preference to organic food


Organic agriculture is an important sustainable mode of production and which has gained ground on the world stage. Much is said about it, but doubts remain about its concept and the benefits it brings. After all, organic food is not simply one that is produced without the use of pesticides. The entire production chain, from planting to sale is managed in order to avoid damage to the environment. That is, in a sustainable manner.

Besides the absence of agrochemicals and pesticides, organic agriculture offers a rational use of natural resources, including plants, soil, water and ecosystem of animals in which the plantation is installed. The control of pests and weeds is done manually, with a focus on prevention. The soil is plowed as little as possible, keeping its original configuration. The result is minimal damage to the ecosystem.

GM foods are readily rejected by organic farmers. Because they are genetically modified to produce more, they alter the natural balance of ecosystems and tend to gradually replace species and end the genetic variability, the ability of organisms to adapt to an ecosystem for generations.

As a result of a natural production, organic foods bring numerous benefits to those who consume them. The absence of pesticides preserves the flavor and appearance of the actual plant. The organic apples, for example, are not as large and bright traditionally grown, but flavor and aroma are much more marked.

Soil and water, natural resources over which man has no control, are two of the greatest benefit from organic farming. The absence of pesticides and focus on sustainability prevent contamination of future crops and the local fauna. To sustainable use, the resources are not exhausted and remain available for future generations.

Even the farmers are benefited with organic farming. It is known that frequent contact with pesticides causes serious diseases. Organic foods can also be sold directly, in free and fair greengrocers in urban centers, providing small producers fairer trade opportunities and assuring them a better life.

Traditional farming

Traditional farming promotes: deforestation – erosion – freshwater depletion – air and water pollution – desertification – destruction of water sources – waste generation – extinction of several species of animals – damage to human health.

It also promotes the death of millions of insects by the use of agrochemicals and pesticides, both those considered “pests”, as those belonging to local biodiversity. It is evident that this is a practice inconsistent with the principles of respect vegans and animal rights.
We should whenever possible, choose organic products – for the animals, for the environment, for people and for our health.

The organic myth and free-range

Packages of meat, eggs and dairy products decorated with soothing phrases like “natural” and “free-range” with happy images of animals running around the field. Who buys organic products of animal origin and reared outdoors, because he thinks that animals are treated well, are sadly mistaken.

Many organic and free-range farms pile up thousands of animals together in sheds or sties to increase profits, as well as factory farms do, and the animals often suffer from the same mutilations, such as beak trimming, dehorning, castration, all without analgésicos- as occur in industrial farms.

Chickens organically treated in some farms suffer from higher mortality than chickens “drugged” because of the extremely crowded and filthy living conditions, coupled with the lack of antibiotics, which can lead to even more parasites that are already found in chickens receiving drugs.
The hens are not kept in cages such as factory farming standards, but the difference usually stop there. Most still have their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade and are crammed into filthy sheds; the treatment of these animals is essentially the same industrial creations. According to Richard Lobb, spokesman for the US National Chicken Council: “If you go to a free-range farm and expect to see a bunch of chickens around pastures, you’re cheating yourself.”

Many cows “organically raised” are sent to confinement for fattening prior to slaughter, which are covered in feces and mud. Cows are fattened in feedlots can still be labeled organic, as they are given organic feed.

Cows on organic dairy farms can be kept in sheds or filthy enclosures, where they spend their lives mired in their own waste, supporting the pressure forced annual pregnancies and have taken their puppies. If your tits fall ill and flash of frequent milkings, which often happens, many farmers deny them drugs because medicating the animals, they can not sell it as organic milk.

Cattle have their horns cut off and their testicles cut of his scrotum, and many are marked with irons hot coals, resulting in third-degree burns. Pigs in organic farms often have their tails cut off and their carved ears, and some have rings forced into their sensitive noses in order to keep them permanently in fuçarem the grass and dirt, which is one of the favorite pastimes of a pig. Chickens on farms of organic eggs usually have part of their beaks cut sensitive, causing acute pain and often death. Not one of these animals are administered painkillers.

At the end of their sad lives, the animals do not die on the farm are shipped on trucks through all weather extremes, often without water, food or rest, for the same abattoirs used by factory farms. There, they are hung upside down and their throats are slit, often while they are still conscious and struggling to escape. Some are still conscious when they are thrown into the hot water of the defeathering tanks or when their bodies are cut into pieces.

A healthier alternative?
The only advantage that organic products have is that they do not contain antibiotics, hormones, or an additive based on arsenic. While the meat of these animals can be a bit safer than the drugged animals, the healthiest choice is to avoid all meat, eggs and dairy products. meat, milk and organic eggs, “natural”, “humanitarian” or free-range, are still loaded from clogging fats (saturated and cholesterol) as well as all animal products are.

Main studies linking the consumption of animal products to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases deaths leaders suggest that these are components of food of animal origin and lack of fiber leading to a higher risk of many diseases.

Organic and free-range animals are killed in the same filthy slaughterhouses animal factory farms, and their meat is subject to the same potential for bacterial contamination of unsanitary conditions.


6 ways to cope with negative feelings being vegan in a world predominantly non-vegan

non vegan world

Imagine this: you walk through Facebook, through your news feed, happily reading status updates, laughing at funny comments and spying on some of the photos of their newly sent friends when he stumbles on a photo or a video posted showing some hideous kind of animal cruelty. This beats in your heart, your gut and your head, and you spend the rest of the day trying to forget what you saw.

As longstanding ethical vegans, we do not see these pictures to understand what is happening to animals on farms, behind closed doors and even in broad daylight is inhuman and criminal. Let’s face it, this type of disclosure is an attempt to convince people in their news feeds, and even though it is important for the public as a change agent, can often make us feel shocked, sad and angry; emotions that can last long after the images have left our sight.

Sometimes it only takes a cruel image or a sarcastic comment about veganism to activate our response to stress, and these feelings are activated for too long and / or often, you may be endangering your health.

So what can we do, as concerned human beings and sensitive ethical vegans to remain alert, aware and educated, but also preserve our health, happiness and social vibe at the same time? How can we avoid being overwhelmed by sadness, or deeply depressed while others around us seem oblivious to what we know?

Below are 6 ways to cope with negative feelings that can occur in as vegans in a world predominantly non-vegan:

1. Find out about what you have control
As in any situation in life, the only thing that we control is about ourselves. Despite the tireless and noble activism, we may not be able to end all animal suffering immediately, but we can decide how we act and react when we see, hear or read about the abuse of any sentient being. The next five examples address the ways to take control of your feelings so that you can be happy and healthy while helping animals.

2. Limit your exposure
Desensitization can never work with us, sensitive ethical vegans. Over time, the more we are exposed to animal cruelty, the worse we feel. I know why this is the case for me.

My goal is to keep educated as limit my exposure as much as possible. If I see a video on Facebook titled “Dog beaten by owner,” I presume I can vaguely guess what the video means, and avoid clicking the play button. Find out what causes you and then limit your exposure to these triggering events.

3. Stop a thought and replace a thought
Okay, you hit the play button of the video and can not stop playing the horrific images he saw, wishing you could change what happened. And now?

Stop a thought and replace a thought is an effective cognitive behavioral technique that can help you manage intrusive negative thoughts. The basis of the technique is that once you identify and become aware of your negative thought patterns, you consciously make an effort to change them, replacing them with thoughts that are more productive. To stop the negative thought patterns, you shift your attention away from thoughts that are harmful to your health.

For example, when you realize a repetitive negative thinking, use a phrase like “stop,” “go away” or “these thoughts are not welcome here” and choose a thought or healthier and more productive statement as a replacement.

4. Reframe your thinking
So let’s say you are a vegan ethical fervent, but their loved ones still consume animal products, and according to you, are participating in the commodification and animal cruelty. You educated them in a non-threatening and useful, but they are still opting to consume what they consider acceptable. This can leave any ethical vegan feeling helpless and hopeless, so what can we do to remedy the situation? This is where reframing comes in.

As the replacement of thought, cognitive reframing want to stop negative thought patterns, but with reframing, you are going a step further. The beauty of this is that you are not just changing your thought patterns, but you are aware assign new meanings to situations that may be triggering.

original thought, “I can not believe that my husband still eat meat after all he knows. It is being so selfish and insensitive. ”

reframed thought: “There is a lesson in this situation, and she is here to teach me to be more patient and less critical. This is an opportunity for personal growth. ”

Remember, the replacement thinking and reframing should not be used to avoid your feelings, but instead should be used when you are ruminating and thoughts become repetitive, harmful and possibly obsessive.

5. Productivity of negativity
Instead of focusing on cruel images you have seen or stories you heard and on the individuals involved, shift your focus toward something positive, such as what you can do to remedy the situations that make you feel uncomfortable and unhappy.

Write your senators, get involved in the animal activism or share your knowledge in a blog, website, or with friends. There are many ways to promote veganism – choose the ways that work for you.

6. Find a way out
When feelings become overwhelming, sometimes the only prescription is good old healthy outlet. Exercise, meditate, find support with individuals who think similarly, write, watch a funny movie, play with the animals loved ones that you care are great ways to release pent-up frustrations and activate the relaxation response.

About the claim that veganism is religion

The vegan ethical position is based ideologically on respect for animal rights and can be practiced by people of any creed, ethnicity, gender or sexual preference. But vegans are often labeled as religious proselytizing trying to “convert people to their beliefs.”

It should be noted how vastly different is choose to explore and consume animals and choose a faith. Believe in a faith or atheism is a personal decision that does not cause harm to others.

A belief system – secular or religious – can become both a stimulus to live an ethical life and compassion, as to justify a violent way of life. However, consuming animal products implies – at least – in slavery, violence and death of animals for products that we do not need to consume.

We categorically reject animal exploitation by the same ethical reasons why we are categorically against it do the same to humans.


My child is vegan. What is the problem?

vegan child

Article in The Guardian talks about the difficulties faced by those who create children with a strictly vegetarian diet.

Feeding my son has been very simple. Dealing with people’s prejudices has been the hardest part.

I had never met a vegan before I became one, so I was a little naive about how this would be received by my friends and family. As I began to explain my new power to people in my life I had noticed that I was not eating my favorite foods (cheese and more cheese), only a “eyebrow was raised.” But when I mentioned that my son of two and a half would join me in the vegan diet, there was another story. I just was not prepared for the hostility that I had to face.

I discovered that say you have a vegan child is immediately put your credibility as a mother / father under scrutiny. I was accused of forcing my son to adopt an extreme diet on a whim, making it part of an unnecessary and dangerous experience.

After a while, I was unwilling to talk about it. I started telling people I was vegan, but my son was lacto-vegetarian, change that made all the difference. I had learned that other parents used this tactic to avoid uncomfortable conversations. I was questioned with the same questions they ask about me, and protein? And iron and always avoids B12? The answers on my own power were accepted, but the information I had about the diet of my son was treated as suspicious and potentially false.

I had taken all the facts at my disposal and made a choice – after considering health issues, environmental and ethical – felt it was the best for my son. After a few weeks I began to suspect that, in fact, was the problem: not for my child to be in an unusual diet, but because it was something unusual. Is it possible that in a society centered on individualism, rich in diversity and multiculturalism, early childhood education is one of the last bastions of intolerant adherence to tradition?

When feeding my son with what would be considered the conventional diet, I had acted according to the daily amounts of guidelines and food pyramid – the traditional notion of a balanced diet that includes a “food and a rich drink in fat and sugar “in composition. When I changed the diet of my son, it occurred to me that I had followed the rules without thinking.

Choose veganism made me aware of the pressures that I did not realize they were there until they were gone. In restaurants, we asked the children’s menu, and I was at the mercy of the ads, supermarket and my son layouts, in their own way, shouting persuasion. Lunch before veganism was chaos. Spitting and screaming from his seat, he would throw himself back and forth until the chair fell, if I offered him a piece of broccoli too many times. Fortunately, there were some meals he loved: fish fingers, spaghetti bolognese and chicken nuggets was guaranteed to be devoured. Eating a diet rich in meat and dairy products possibly turned me into a compliant mother. I assumed he was getting everything he needed; not occurred to me that he might be getting too much. Since he became vegan I became totally committed to making the best possible choices for him and, after a few weeks of curry of lentils played on the carpet, I noticed that he began to clean the plate.

In a world full of alarming statistics regarding the health of our children, people certainly should be encouraged to discuss alternatives to the current conventional diet. But according to my experiences asking medical professionals advice about veganism, it’s likely that you receive only a paper on possible problems and be sent away.

Despite all the talk about nutritional deficiencies and slower growth rates, feed my vegan children has been quite simple; the hardest part has been dealing with misinformation and prejudices of the people. That, and drop the cheese.

It is very common that vegan parents listen omnivores censor your choice to create vegan children, saying that food choice is not healthy for mini people. Even worse is that this statement has scientific basis: there are several studies that show children vegan as underdeveloped and lower than expected growth. But not quite.

Conventional infant growth curves generally take into account only babies who receive some type of infant formula. Children receiving breastfeeding, as they are usually vegan children tend to gain weight more slowly as to the first year.

In 2006, the World Health Organization published the first growth curve based on children with exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months! This table is valid for children up to 5 years and drop the hypothesis that vegan children are not healthy.

This, however, does not mean that if you choose to raise your child vegan, you do not have to take some care:

Children need a greater amount of calories than adults. Foods like avocados, nuts and seeds are healthy sources and concentrated calories. Another option are the dried / dehydrated fruit, which in addition to caloric, are attractive to small because usually well docinhas.

The proteins in infant feeding are similar to proteins of adults and are the calories that will help the body metabolize these proteins so that the mini people grow.

I still recommend a nutritionist should be consulted regarding the supplementation of Vitamin B12, which is deficient in vegans. Some sites indicate brands, but do not give any supplements to your little without the guidance of a pediatrician / dietician.

Raising children vegan

Children usually naturally compassionate and animals lovers, there are rare cases in which spontaneously refuse to eat animal foods, or to participate in activities that involve their exploitation. With naturally curious minds, they tend to be receptive and interested to learn about veganism and like to share this knowledge with friends, familäres and acquaintances.

When creating vegan children, one of the biggest obstacles you have to overcome is public scrutiny of its decision. For mother and father vegan, eating animal foods is radical, but for most people, the opposite is true. It is good to keep this perspective in mind.

And we must not forget that people in general are very sensíves parenting methods and alternative food choices. We combine both situations to create vegan children, which creates potentially explosive atmospheres.

Tips to deal with questions about how you create your vegan child:

– Try to keep a sense of humor, patience and compassion.

– In difficult times, remember how you were and doubts I had before to learn about vegetarianism and veganism.

– Educate yourself. Being prepared and informed will allow you to offer appropriate responses and educated to any questioning that received. This preparation is particularly important to deal with the school, pediatricians and physicians in general.

– On occasions involving food, such as a little party for example, it is a good idea to know what will be served in advance and offer your child a vegan option like to take, so he will not feel left out. Sweets and cakes burgers and hot-dog, everything can be offered in a vegan version.

In addition to educating your child to veganism, let him know that you feed with vegetarian food because He loves you and wants the best for him.


Everyone saw the boy’s video did not want to eat the gnocchi octopus because “the octopus is the animals.” All vegan / vegetarian found beautiful. And so? That mother is omnivorous and is raising a child who refuses to feed animal protein. What to do? Deceive the child and insert hidden animal protein? Or respect the fact that it reject meat?

If you are omnivorous and are here because your son turned vegetarian or vegan, you gave a good first step: to educate yourself. You do not necessarily adhere to food choice for your child, but it is important to not only understand and respect his choice, to learn what the nutritional care to be a vegetarian / vegan healthy.

There are many websites and books that can help you, but do not take as absolute truth any information that you find first. Read, search and use your critical census (has a lot of bullshit out there that will slow you down).

In your research, you will come across vegan / vegetarian recipes so good, varied and interesting, it is possible that you or reduce your consumption of animal protein or stop taking their food too. But if neither of these happens to you, is also all right.

There are very “carnivores” convinced the world. I do not like to use the term “carnivorous” because people who eat vegetable protein are omnivorous. Using the term “carnivore” is almost pejorative among vegans because it refers to people who can not spend even a day without meat. And it is these people who will create the greatest resistance to feeding your child. Relatives, friends, neighbors and even unprepared pediatrician will not only criticize you and say that you will make your child sick. So get ready. And prepare your child to answer questions like “where do you get protein?”, “But you will not get sick?” And many others.

In my opinion, a more subtle approach works much better. I already took a dish for feijoada a friend and only told it was vegan when relatives and her friends came to ask me the recipe. They were amazed to learn that ate something vegan and liked. Then prepare snacks and snacks for your child to take to birthday parties.

Be positive! Your child will find a lot of uninformed and radical people. Teach him to be proud of their food choices and have answers to the questions will be asked to vegans for omnivores.

Finally, go to the kitchen with her son. Besides you discover new flavors, it is an opportunity to spend time together anymore.



Animals talk. Let’s listen.


The news that an elephant in a Korean zoo created a clever way to mimic human speech recently drew international media attention. His ingenious done is to contort his trunk and fold it back to his mouth to utter human words, something that can only have been the result of thought and experimentation.

Elephant clearly studied the instructions and talk to their handlers and worked it hard, to get get their attention. No need to be an interspecies translator to understand that while this lonely guy is saying, “Sit” or “Hello” in Korean, in the universal language of friendship and empathy your message is, “I’m here. Recognize me. “After all, that individual held captive does not long for the family and for freedom?

This great being gray and intelligent was a step further than Nim Chimpsky, the famous monkey had been taught American Sign Language, and that surprised Carl Sagan by waving, “Let me out.” And a step further than the beluga whale bored in a San Diego facility, which so convincingly imitated human speech, ordering a diver to “come out” of your tank, so that the diver thought his colleagues were playing a prank.

People often think that animals have no voice, but of course they have, even beyond its careful mimicry of our words. They “speak” at all times, especially one to the other. The problem is that we do not hear them; We find their annoying noises or do not care to hear or respond.

The other species give us a bath with its multilingual talents.

The subsonic rumble of elephants is used to warn other elephants a kilometer away from the armed hunters approach. Empirical evidence on the brain power of elephants led scientists to begin to develop a current dictionary of elephant language. Not only rumbling, but purring, trumpeting, screaming, singing – all these vocalizations have specific and significant meanings. When the baby elephants are roped and dragged from their desperate mothers, to catch up and have broken their spirits to the circus, his handlers reported that the newly captured babies have nightmares and cry in his sleep.

But certainly it is not just elephants. Studies show that dogs pay much attention to those that domesticated and they know that on average 200 human words without being that one is taught to them.

Anyone who has lived with a cat instantly know the difference between a meow that says, “Get out of bed – I want my breakfast,” a vibrant sound that conveys the message that a squirrel was sighted and regret suffered indicating a toe was accidentally stepped on.

What sounds like clicks and whistles to us is really a complex and sophisticated language shared by dolphins, according to a recent study. As the acoustic engineer Jack Kassewitz put it, “I’m sure that dolphins would love to have the opportunity to talk to us – if for no other reason than self-preservation.”

Not only do crows talk to each other, field observers also found that these intelligent birds use their beaks and wings to make gestures. Why does this matter? Before learning to speak, human babies point and use gestures to get or direct attention – an essential precursor to learn to speak. This is the first time researchers have seen gestures used in the wild by animals primates.

In a field study, the researchers found that wild parrots use only calls to name their babies, which are instantly identifiable. When you hear a name called, other parrots can distinguish gender, as well as companion and family to the parrot belongs, just as we do when someone calls us by name.

The voices of the animals are no less real than ours. It is the agonizing cry of a bull being stabbed in a bullring less distressed than that of a human victim to die in an alley?

Animals think? Meat eaters think not!

Australian psychologist suggests that we align our moral eating habits
A survey published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin shows that most people who eat meat are reluctant to believe that animals have mental abilities can make them think and suffering before death.

“Denial seems an attempt to justify morally,” says psychologist Brock Bastian of the University of Queensland, Australia. The researcher and his colleagues questioned the participants wanted to eat meat slices or apple after do a task. Then asked to describe, in a brief text, as thought the entire life cycle of a slaughtered animal and evaluated as the mental faculties of a bovine. Volunteers who choose to eat meat after the test had more “conservative” ideas on the minds of animals. Most denied that they could think and have feelings.

“People who live in societies that eat meat resort to denial to align their moral traditions and eat without guilt,” says Bastian.


Say no to animal testing – scientific reasons

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“Vivisection is barbaric, useless and a hindrance to scientific progress. There are, in fact, only two categories of doctors and scientists who are not opposed to vivisection: those who do not know enough about it, and those who make money from it. ”
Dr. Werner Hartinger, German surgeon (author of The Animals are Our Brothers and Sisters) 1989

Let’s see why the animal testing may not give relevant results to humans.

Some species differences may be evident (anatomy, morphology, behavior, etc.) while others can only be detected with scientific instruments (genetics, metabolism, physiology, etc.)

Genetic Differences – The chimpanzee is the most similar animal to humans. It should theoretically be the best model. viral diseases offer a clear example of the opposite: infected with the AIDS virus, the chimpanzee is not affected; infected with hepatitis B, it can only develop a mild hepatitis, which does not progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer as usually happens with us; infected with Ebola, he dies of hemorrhagic fever like us. How can we expect to find a therapeutic solution for us to study an organism that behaves sometimes randomly, sometimes like ours, sometimes differently and sometimes the complete opposite?

Each species has a unique genetic heritage. The human body has between 20,000 and 25,000 genes and each gene comprises a sequence of molecules (ACGT bases) used for the production of a particular protein that provides a biological function in our body.
Sometimes two species have similarities, but they are never sufficient to allow these species to serve as a biological template for the other.

The human genome and the chimpanzee are similar to 98.76%. The human genome contains several billion bases and a single base can cause dramatic biological effects (e.g., hemophilia). So imagine the potential differences when 1.24% of the bases, tens of millions of people differ.
The human population is a heterogeneous group in which there is great variability among individuals. A person may be affected differently by a single toxic dose; and the same person may react differently at different times of his life.
Two main factors help explain the nature and extent of toxic effects.

Hereditary factors. Differences in the gene may play a role in people’s ability to metabolize toxic substances.

The physiological factors that are many and include:
– Age: sensitivity to toxic effects is different in infants, young children and the elderly
– Sex
– The nutritional status toxicity may be influenced by adipose tissue mass, dehydration, vitamin deficiency …
– Pregnancy causes changes in the metabolic activity of the body and therefore of xenobiotics during pregnancy
– Health: healthy individuals are more resistant because they can metabolize and eliminate toxins more quickly than those with damage to the liver or kidney, where these two phenomena occur, respectively.

However, toxicologists and researchers use in animal testing chemical and biomedical research. They then try to extrapolate the results to humans.

Extrapolating the results to humans
To study the condition which exists only in humans (AIDS, human cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.) The animals are modified to mimic the disease. Some are genetically engineered to be defective, others undergo invasive surgery to damage an organ (eg, laboratories and universities try to recreate parkinsonism in primates damaging your brain).
The research process can be summarized as follows:

– The observation of a pathology in human patients.
– Create a similar disease in animals.
– Find a treatment for emulated condition.
– Attempts to extrapolate the remedy for humans.

human diseases are usually related to our lifestyle and, more rarely, a genetic problem. Attempting to recreate the symptoms of human disease in animals, which does not spontaneously develop the disease, it is a waste of time and money. The results are not transferable to humans and can even be dangerous. To protect and heal the human being, we must use methods based on human data. They are ethical, reliable and low cost, as opposed to animal testing.

Examples of outcome differences between species
Aspirin is the most widely used drug in the world, but it is fatal to 99% of all animal species. Fortunately, this substance was discovered before the animal experiments came into force. If the researchers had tested on animals, they simply would have deprived humanity of this medicine.
– A sheep can ingest arsenic in any amount without suffering any consequences.
– Rabbits can eat green hemlock, highly poisonous mushroom to humans.
– Salsa kills parrots.
– A handful of almonds can kill a fox.
– Lemon juice is fatal to the cat.
– Morphine, which soothes and relieves humans, causes mice and cats come in mad excitement.
– Penicillin is lethal to mice.
– For nearly 120 years, cats, dogs and monkeys are subject to continuous testing of tobacco. They are forced to inhale smoke from 6 to 10 hours a day, between 5 and 7 days a week, depending on the laboratory. These animals are trapped by the neck and masks constantly send cigarette smoke into your lungs. Unlike humans, none of the animals developed lung cancer.

Would you take veterinary medicines to cure a disease?


Milk- things you do not know

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Some important facts about dairy products

There is in our culture a great dependence on milk and milk products; It is difficult to find processed foods or culinary preparations that do not take at least a derivative of milk ingredient. It is culturally considered necessary for good health.
Even one of the great difficulties that some vegetarians become vegan is just stop consuming these products. There are many factors that make people dependent on these foods. If you are also consumers of dairy, here’s some important information about these foods, which may help you to rethink this habit:

Milk and cheese are addictive
Scientists have known since the 80s, the cheeses contain small amounts of morphine – that same drug that doctors give to patients who are suffering a lot of pain. The milk also contains a protein called casein (corresponds to 80% of the proteins present in milk) that causes the same effect of substances known as opiates. When milk is processed into cheese these substances are more concentrated – which is why some scientists refer to cheese as “milk crack”. So the sense of need and dependence is real – milk contains this substance so that the puppy does not deviate from the mother.

Milk = pure food?
Besides the addictive aspect, the milk is so culturally associated with health, nutrition and even the feelings of love and warmth (coming from childhood) that is often difficult to even question the pure aura that surrounds it. However, the reality of animal milk is very different. A recent survey by USP, with five dairies in the state of São Paulo, shows that along the pasteurized milk production chain are critical points of contamination by pathogenic microorganisms, although a number of standards and care for hygiene and quality.
The goal of the research, led by Professor Marta Mitsui Kushida and funded by the National Scientific and Technological Development Council (CNPq), was checking in various parts of the milk production chain the occurrence of disease-causing pathogens and other micro-organisms indicators contamination.
The data collection for the survey took place between November 2010 and September 2011. Among the results of the survey, one of the most eye-catching is the number of occurrences of contamination by E. coli were contaminated 61.1% of the samples milk, 50% of the samples that make contact with the milk, such as liners and inner surfaces of equipment, and 25.9% of the samples without contact with the product, such as floors and handlers’ hands. The figures are staggering, since these strains can trigger serious diseases, e.g. hemorrhagic diarrhea and failure to vital organs.
It was also high counts of microorganisms contamination indicators. “More than 40% of raw milk for the production of pasteurized milk and 70% of raw milk referred to the production of milk type A were above permitted by relevant laws, which demonstrates great difficulty of the products suit the legislation” Natali says.

As the contamination of data identified in this study, there are indications that similar contamination or even more important in the production of milk all over the world. Most cow’s milk contains measurable amounts of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 2,200 times the acceptable level), up to 52 antibiotics, blood, pus, stool. The cow’s milk can actually contain residues of all that the cow eats, and adrenaline and pain.

Milk and diseases
Studies show the milk harm to human health; there are many experts opposed to the consumption of dairy products. The animal milk can stimulate heart disease, obesities, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate and colon cancers, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, some diseases of the retina and kidneys, type 1 diabetes in predisposed children, in which the pancreas undergoes an autoimmune destruction.

The onco-hematologist Gustavo Vilela, 39, clinical staff physician Albert Einstein Hospital, the capital, teaching of postgraduate degree in nutrition in oncology and specialized in onco-hematology at USP and the University of Paris is one of these experts It does not recommend milk to anyone, especially to their patients suffering from cancer. The doctor insists that the diet for cancer cure has been shown in several studies, one of the American Medical Collin Campbell, author of the pro-vegetarianism classic “The China Study”. “The cancer patient sometimes question” what I can eat. ” And almost always hear “what you want” response. I think that, at least, absurd. Unfortunately, there is much talk of regime in the treatment of cancer, “says Gustavo Vilela.

Animal exploitation
Animal exploitation is a very cruel reality that is not exposed by the media. Cows, like other mammals, only produce milk to feed their young, and for this reason are repeatedly impregnated by insemination methods, and their calves are taken away from you when they are born, so that the milk can then be directed to human consumption. After this traumatic process of separation of mother and creates, puppies are killed or driven to the terrible production of veal; net of their intestines is directed to the manufacture of cheeses, which serve as the coagulant.
Since cows are intensively explored in this cycle until their exhaustion – around six years – when they stop producing profitably and are then slaughtered.

Milk is rather a natural food – but their consumption is directed to the young of each animal. The adult mammal that feeds on milk, and still other species, is the man. In this process there is nothing healthy and natural, being harmful to humans and animals.

With creativity, we can play very similar way foods that take milk, using only vegetable products (here in Veggi & As provide different recipes for milk and vegetables cheeses). The industry also offers some options of milk, cheese and yogurt plant. Of course, plant foods do not have the exact taste of cow’s milk – but can result in very tasty food, healthy and free from all evils present in dairy products.

5 ridiculous myths about cow’s milk

Despite milkss pure exterior, innocent and creamy, milk has a much darker side and the dairy industry does not want you to discover.

Milk is much more than just a drink, it is a cultural phenomenon that can be observed for thousands of years, but in spite of all the research proving that milk is harmful to our lives and to the lives of cows, myths milk still ring loud and clear.


Myth 1 – You need cow’s milk for calcium
Milk is not the best source of calcium, on the contrary, the calcium contained in cow’s milk is poorly absorbed by the human body.

A milk-free diet will not leave you lacking in calcium: most calcium-rich foods on the planet come from plants, especially vegetables dark green like kale, spinach and broccoli.

Myth 2 – cow milk will give you strong bones
Similarly to say that we need cow’s milk for calcium, is also said that cow’s milk is the way we got good, strong, healthy bones. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, this ridiculous myth is so dangerous that it is hard to believe that advertisers are allowed to use it.

Research has shown that milk depletes calcium from our bones and increases the risk of fracture, and this is why the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are those where people drink more milk!

Myth 3 – Cow’s milk is not cruel
American advertisements that show celebrities sporting milk mustaches, or the fanciful advertisements happy kitty in little farm, can not hide the ugly side of the dairy industry. The calves are taken from their few hours mothers after they were born, where they are fed milk substitutes and often sold to the veal industry, where they spend months chained by the neck unable to walk, stretch your legs, and even turn, to then be killed.

Cows mothers are also forced to endure great suffering and cruelty. The stress caused by poor conditions in factory farms leads to lameness, diseases and reproductive problems making them “useless” in just 4-5 years (his natural life is 25 years), when they are sent to slaughter.

Myth 4 – The cows need to be milked
For some reason, the whole world believes in the illusion that the cows need to be milked, otherwise their udders will explode – in other words, by milking them we are actually doing them a favor. This myth is a complete lie.

Cows only produce milk to feed their young. If they do not have babies, not produce milk. Simple. To keep dairy cows, the farmers impregnate through artificial insemination once a year. This traumatic process forces the cows in what is known by the industry as a “rape rack.” (Something like rape and torture).

Myth 5 – Cow’s milk is for humans
No one can deny that cow’s milk is an excellent source of food … for calves. This amazing food is essential to cow cubs in their first months of life, but once weaned they’ll never drink milk, and this is the same as occurs with all species of mammals on the planet. That’s why it makes sense that humans drink animal milk.

As if that was not enough reason, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of human milk protein, contributing to a variety of diseases and illnesses.

Take down these myths may be the incentive you need to leave the milk and milk products.


Why you should not eat eggs!


Eggs seem to be a very significant friction point for people considering veganism. Unlike cows, which do not produce milk unless they have been impregnated, chicken eggs are produced naturally. It is, indeed, a natural bodily function in them. So what’s the problem? Chickens will produce eggs anyway, and if they are created in hillbillies or organic farms, what’s wrong?

The problems are many. When animals are treated as a mere resource to be used for profit, their interests will always be in that plane.

– According to law, the production of hillbillies or organic eggs must meet certain rules, such as prohibiting the use of certain cages and care in feeding and care of animals. One must keep in mind that these rules serve mainly to consumer interests, not the animals.

– These systems is forbidden to use drugs and antibiotics, which means that the animal to suffer, for example, an injury or other condition that requires the use of drugs not receive proper treatment;

– The chickens may have been created out of small cages, but possibly in filthy and overcrowded environments;

– It is true that chickens lay eggs naturally, but not indefinitely. Chickens lay eggs in a small time window of 1 to 2 years. Even creations “humanitarian” aims to profit, and if a chicken is not putting enough, it must be replaced. There is simply no capacity to keep chickens “retired” (living the rest of their lives of about 10 years), while adding new chickens to replace the old. The chickens do not lay more are killed early, often in the same slaughterhouses and under the same terrible conditions of the chickens from factory farms.

Besides all these above issues raised, the eggs are chicken – even unfertilized eggs are not produced for our consumption. There is no need to consume eggs. Both the nutritional aspect as the culinary, the eggs are fully replaceable.

The danger of consumption of eggs for human health

Here are some evidence of how the eggs are dangerous to human health:

Cholesterol pump
An egg has an average of 210 milligrams of cholesterol – the same as a packet of butter. And while it is true that dietary cholesterol does not have much effect on cholesterol levels in the blood (increased by about 10%), it is not for this reason that they are dangerous.

The pro-inflammatory effects and oxidative cholesterol in the diet has been shown that were produced in LDL. This, in turn, can damage the endothelium (lining within our arteries) and increase the cardiovascular effects. Another recent study found that regular consumption of eggs may be as bad as smoking when it comes to fatty plaques in the arteries.

Cancer risk
Though egg consumption and the risk of cancer has not been studied as thoroughly as the consumption of meat and dairy products and how these relate to the risk of cancer, the most compelling evidence suggests that egg consumption increases the risk of colorectal cancer and bladder cancer.

According to the PCRM, a case-control study conducted in Argentina found that people who consume about 1 and 1/2 eggs per week had almost five times the risk of colorectal cancer compared to individuals consuming less than 11 eggs per annum. And the World Health Organization analyzed data from 34 countries and found that the consumption of eggs was significantly and positively correlated with mortality from cancer of the colon and rectum in men and women. Moderate consumption of eggs also tripled the risk of developing bladder cancer, as determined by a case-control study of 130 cancer patients newly diagnosed bladder, published in the International Urology and Nephrology.

Salmonella poisoning
The association between Salmonellosis and consumption of raw or undercooked eggs is unquestionable and recognized worldwide as a major public health problem, including in Brazil. Salmonella is the leading cause of death related diseases foodborne in the United States. Even if you are infected but do not die of salmonella, the symptoms are quite unpleasant.

The consumption of one egg per day may shorten its life
A study by Harvard Physicians Health, which followed 20,000 physicians for over twenty years found that doctors who consumed at least one egg a day had a significantly increased risk of mortality from all causes, suggesting essentially that consuming even if only one egg a day is associated with a shorter shelf life.


How to maximize iron absorption in the strict vegetarian diet


Food and minerals you eat can have a significant influence on how iron is absorbed into your body. Watch some key foods will help you absorb as much iron as possible in your diet.

As the absorption of iron works?
Iron is the only nutrient that you eat that is strictly regulated by your body. Healthy adults will only absorb about 10 to 15 percent of your iron intake in the diet. This is because your body does not have an effective way to get rid of the iron. If there is too much iron in the body, it can lead to excessive formation of free radicals and tissue damage.

Most of its iron is found in its red blood cells, and a bit is stored in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and muscle tissue. When your body feels that these areas are low in iron, it will signal your digestive tract to increase the absorption of the nutrient. The additional iron is used to produce more blood cells red and replenish their stocks.

There are two main types of iron:
Heme iron – found in muscle tissue of animals.
Non-heme iron – found in plant foods as well as meat and eggs

The heme iron is naturally absorbed by the body more easily than non-heme iron. But this is not the end of history.

The absorption of non-heme iron can be greatly influenced by other nutrients you eat. Whereas other nutrients have little effect on the absorption of heme iron.

What helps absorption of iron
Iron is absorbed more easily when eaten with foods rich in vitamin C. It includes vitamin C supplements In fact, a 2009 study found that ingestion of a small quantity (63mg) of vitamin C with a meal rich in non-heme iron increased iron absorption by almost three times.

Some foods that are classified as the highest in vitamin C are:

Sweet chili
Dark green leafy vegetables
Red fruits (especially strawberries)
citrus fruits

These foods are especially rich in vitamin C, but most fruits and vegetables will still contain enough to help increase the absorption of iron.

Fermented foods have other organic acids and vitamin C, helping to increase the absorption of iron.

The blocking the absorption of iron
Unfortunately, the list of substances that block the absorption of iron is a little longer. Research shows that iron absorption is less when iron-rich foods are eaten with:

Phytic acid or phytate (found mainly in grains, vegetables and other seeds)
Minerals that compete with iron absorption, including calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper
tannic acid in tea
Certain herbs such as chamomile and peppermint
Caffeine (often added to soft drinks and energy drinks)

This does not mean that you need to cut all these foods in order to properly absorb iron. But it may be beneficial to pay more attention to what you are eating in combination with iron.

dietary tips for better absorption of iron
Vitamin C will always help iron absorption, regardless of the other foods you eat right now. It can counteract the effect of many of the foods that block absorption.

For example, a study took vitamin C supplements for anemic preschool children who ate purely vegetarian diets, including meals high in phytate. After 60 days, the majority of children had significantly improved health of red blood cells, and were no longer anemic.

Grains, beans and other seeds are naturally high in phytic acid. But the effective preparation can remove these largely acids. Steeping, germinating and cooking, all this removes the phytates and makes them easier to digest food and the most bioavailable iron.

High amounts of minerals seem to block the absorption of iron rather than in lesser amounts. Therefore, it is more important to avoid eating iron-rich foods with products such as multivitamins, mineral supplements or fortified vegan milks that are rich in calcium.

It is best to drink coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages at least one hour before eating. Research has shown that a cup of coffee reduced iron absorption from a meal at 39 percent, and a cup of tea reduced by 64 percent. The effects were the same when the coffee has been consumed in one hour after the meal. But there was no decrease in absorption when the coffee has been consumed an hour before the meal.

For comparative purposes, know that a serving of meat, even if it has better absorbed heme iron, it contains only 2.62 mg of iron. Already a lot of cooked lentils has 6.59 mg of iron. If you eat a lot of lentils combined with foods rich in vitamin C, you can potentially eat more iron than you consume a lot of meat.

Because food is preferable to iron supplements
Another problem that can affect iron absorption is gut health. Friendly bacteria usually make up most of your gut and keep all harmful bacteria under control.

Iron is important for human health, but many species of harmful bacteria also require iron for growth. If you have too much iron in your system, more iron will naturally be excreted through your digestive tract.

This encourages the overgrowth of harmful bacteria, which can lead to a variety of gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and impaired absorption of nutrients. Large amounts of iron supplements can often make these symptoms worse.

Comparatively, foods have much lower amounts of iron and less likely to upset the balance of your intestinal bacteria. If you take iron supplements, use probiotics or other measures to maintain healthy intestinal flora will also help in the absorption of iron.


Vegans are not malnourished or superhumans


Still today we hear that vegans are weak people, anemic, malnourished. If you do a quick search on the internet will not be difficult to find articles defending the role of meat in brain training, the need for animal protein for health and disability-related issues in vitamin B12, etc.

But many health organizations already attest to the viability of vegetarianism. Since 2009 there is the recognition of the American Dietetic Association that strict vegetarian diet is nutritionally adequate properly planned at all stages of life, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Also there are numerous scientific publications confirming its feasibility and benefits.

Some of the benefits begin to be public knowledge, with decreased risk of some cancers and heart disease. But there is also the Internet disclosure of some exaggerated promises of health, without any scientific basis, which generate unrealistic expectations about the vegetarian diet and about vegans itself.

Fact: strict vegetarian diet can be very different from person to person, so you can not fit all individuals in the same set of benefits (or disadvantages) for health just because they do not consume animal products.

It is therefore important to bear in mind that the potential benefits attributed vegetarian food are not a guarantee and nutritional assessment is recommended caution as any poorly planned diet offers health risks and the possibility of poor nutrition.

Veganism defends ethics and compassion and rejects violence – toward all sentient beings, ourselves included. The health benefits arising are very welcome, but we must beware of stereotypes. And also remember that being vegan is not a search for purity, but to do what is in our power to end animal exploitation.


4 myths about soy you probably still believe

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Soy in Human Health

You certainly do not HAVE to eat soy products being vegetarian or vegan. But for many, options such as veggie burgers, soy milk and miso make convenient and tasty dishes.

Many questions about soy consumption persist: soy is healthy for men? And what happens to those who have breast cancer and eat soy?

So the Huffington Post has addressed some of the biggest myths of soy – and here are some things you need to stop believing.

MYTH: Soy is not a good source of protein.
Soybean is known to be a complete protein, which means that contain all the essential amino acids have to ingest food, because they are not produced by the body. A cup cooked soybeans contain about 22 grams of protein.

MYTH: products that mimic soy meat are nutritious because they are vegetarians.
Fact: Shaping soy something that looks like a chicken nugget or a sausage usually requires processing, which can lead to long lists of ingredients. Many of these products are also rich in fat and sodium. As with almost all foods, the closer the natural soy is the point of consumption, the better.

MYTH: soy causes breast cancer
Yes, some types of breast cancer grow in the presence of estrogen, and yes, soy can act like estrogen. But there is no direct link saying that soy causes cancer.

Among the observational studies in human beings which receive large quantities soy diet, the results showed that no link with breast cancer or at lower rates of disease. “(…) Studies in humans showed no damage by eating soy foods,” said Marji McCullough, strategic director of nutritional epidemiology at the American Cancer Society, wrote to the organization. “Moderate consumption of soy foods appears safe for both breast cancer survivors as for the general population, and may also reduce the risk of breast cancer.”

MYTH: Men should not eat soy.
Fact: Concerns about the activities similar to soy estrogen has caused concern that soy products can decrease testosterone in men, but clinical studies do not support this fear. There are at least two reports of men who underwent feminizing changes in their bodies (one of whom had type 1 diabetes) after consumption of high soy doses, but even at higher rates than the average consumption – higher even than the which is typical of Asian cultures – science has found no evidence to warn men against soy intake. In fact, men can also benefit from a little soy in the diet, a reduction of evidence in the risk of prostate cancer.


9 Vegan egg substitutes that can be used in virtually any Recipe

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As the eggs are present in many conventional recipes, know how to replace them is important when cooking.

In some recipes, eggs act as a binder. Its fat content also adds flavor. Other times, they act as a leavening agent or thickening.

Fortunately, there are other ingredients that can serve the same purpose. Of course, the flavor and texture may change. It may take some time to get used to these new ingredients, which is not a problem. There is a good chance that you go to worship these changes over time.

To begin, here is a list of common vegans substitutes (and not so common) to the egg:

1. Apple Puree
Use a quarter cup of cooked and mashed apple as a substitute for each egg.

2. Banana
You can use mashed bananas (where silver banana has the taste less sweet and intense). Use a ripe banana for each egg.

3. Pumpkin
The creamy consistency of cooked pumpkin is good for cooking. You will need a quarter cup to replace each egg.

4. Flaxseed
Flax seeds are a superfood full of fiber and healthy fats.

It can also be used as an egg substitute. For each egg, mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed soup with three tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, allowing the seeds absorb water. Add the mixture to its mass as usual.

5. Seed chia
As well as flaxseed, chia is on the superfoods list. It is also rich in healthy fats and fibers, along with magnesium and antioxidants.

For each egg that needs to be replaced, mix a tablespoon of chia seeds soup with three tablespoons of water. Let the mixture rest for 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the seeds to absorb water. It will form a gel.

6. Vegan Yogurt
Thanks to the consistency and texture of yogurt, this food can be used in place of eggs. Use a yogurt cup room (soybean, coconut) for each egg. It is better to opt for yogurt with no added flavor.

7. Chickpea flour
Many people are not aware of the versatility of this ingredient! Mix chickpea flour glass room with a quarter cup of water or vegetable milk. This mixture is enough to replace an egg in a recipe.

8. Tofu
Tofu is a star when it comes to vegan food. To use it as a substitute, use crushed tofu in dishes such as stews and salads. You can still spread it in a pan with some vegetables and let it brown.

9. Avocados
Like other foods on this list, the avocado is soft and creamy in its natural state. Two tablespoons to one cup of mashed avocado room can replace an egg, depending on the recipe. Experiment with the ingredient is the key.


Why you should never visit a zoo!

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Zoos are prisons where thousands of animals are prisioners to the enjoyment of those who will visit them. In these prisons, with the illusion of being free, there are all kinds of animals exposed as works of art in a museum. A visit to any zoo is enough for realizing that freedom does not exist. The cages, cages and other spaces more or less reduced are the “houses” where prisoners are forced to live many animals away from their natural habitat and far from knowing a fulfilling life. The information is the NGO Animal Equality.

Animals such as lions, tigers, deer, elephants, etc., which usually travel long distances in a short time looking for food and they need direct contact with other animals like them, pass the bored and lonely days or no more than a companion of his kind. His actions “usual” are regulated in zoos and eliminated with feeding and mating systems. The day to day in zoos is monotonous and repetitive. In most cases there is not any privacy or stimulation, and so – as would happen with us – the animals have a great physical and emotional suffering. This suffering due to lack of freedom is something so obvious that in all zoos, if you look with a little more attention, you will see animals with psychological disorders due to stress and anxiety to live caged cause them. Many animals exhibit stereotyped behavior, ie monotonously repeat the same pattern of behavior and / or movements.

Born free or born slaves?

Many people think it is acceptable to kidnap an animal that lives in their natural habitat for caging him in a zoo cage than a lifetime an animal born in captivity, or vice versa. But the fact is that the suffering to which they are subjected by the lack of freedom can not be justified according to the place where he was born. Those who were born in freedom will have to suffer the loss of his family, the anguished transport to the zoo, the confusion of not understanding what happened, etc. Since those born in captivity, also those who were born free, will suffer all your life not being able to live it according to their nature, need and how they themselves decide.

Educational purposes?

Some say that zoos are places for educational purposes, that is, teach your visitors the different behaviors of the animals, influencing humans to respect them, but the truth is that what is learned in a zoo, is that it is acceptable to deprive an animal of their freedom for our benefit. Regardless that zoos are places where you can learn about the behavior of animals, their existence is unacceptable. Depriving someone of their liberty and cause their suffering can not be justified in any case with the excuse that we learn something from this. To many of us probably care how they live and relate to people of other cultures and societies, but never aprovaríamos that people were deprived of their liberty to facilitate our learning. Animals as beings with their own interests, deserve to be respected in the same way.

Preserving species condemning individuals

Another argument found by those who defend the existence of zoos is that they meet a conservation function, in other words, these sites are created, mated and caged animals that are endangered so that we may know them. Thus, there are those who defend zoos as conservation of certain species of local, to keep their existence because of the interest we have we, the humans, enjoy your life. But the truth is that the important thing is not the disappearance of a species, but the death and suffering of these beings that conform. A species does not suffer the disappearance, who are suffering each of which form part of it, and therefore the existence of a particular group never justify the enslavement of their people.

Other victims

Animals that are exposed in zoos are not the only ones who suffer because of their existence … rabbits, rats, chicks and other animals are raised and killed for food exposed to animals. In addition, some of the animals that are exposed do not end up attracting so many visitors and so many are killed or sold. Deer, lions, tigers and other animals that are old (no longer being as attractive as when they are young), fall ill or are sold to hunters who pay for the privilege of killing them in their private game reserves. Other animals “left over” are also sold to circuses and smaller or less reputable zoos.

In addition to zoos

If you are a person interested in learning about the animals (we can not forget that humans are also animals) there are many things you can do to meet them and even to help them. First, do not go to the zoo or the places where the animals are exposed and deprived of freedom. Circuses, aquariums, golfinários, etc. are all different faces of the same coin: animal exploitation. You can learn a lot about the animals visiting Web pages with video documentaries, books and encyclopedias, etc. But perhaps the best for this is that we learn to respect them and to recognize that, even though we are very different in some things in the background (the ability to suffer and enjoy our lives) are equal. You can also help animals making other people also forget to visit these types of sites, talking to your friends and family about why should not visit zoos, distributing leaflets or other information about speciesism, helping NGOs to achieve their goals in behalf of animals, etc. There are many ways to help animals and do any of them end their lives in a zoo.

Being vegan is not only a diet without meat! Be brave, stand up for those in need!


Vegan clothing alternatives

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vegan alternatives for clothing and shoes

Animal exploitation goes far beyond our plate; it can be present in many products in an obscure way, causing doubt and confusion about their origins. We’ll cover here materials used in the manufacture of items of clothing and other textiles (clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, table bed and bath, furniture upholstery, etc.)

The animal materials used for these purposes are by-product of livestock or breeding specifically for this exploratory purpose, or they may have been hunted in their natural habitat. Here are some of the most common materials and their vegan alternatives:

It is the leathery skin of animals used in shoes, belts, wallets, purses, suitcases, briefcases, coats, hats, among others. Most of the leather comes from animal victims of the livestock industry.
Despite the leather bulls and cows to be the most used, are increasing the use of many other animals for this purpose, such as goats, pigs, sheep, alligators, snakes, pigs, fish.

Warning: the so-called ecological leather is not vegan – is the animal leather tanning which is free of pollutants and harmful additives.

Vegan alternatives are: “leather” synthetic – produced from petroleum products; and “leather” vegetable – vegan and environmentally friendly alternative because its raw material is the latex extracted from rubber trees.

It is a kind of shaggy leather removed from the bottom of the skin chamois, goats, cows, pigs, calves, deer and especially lambs.
Synthetic suede substitute, produced from micro fibers such as polyester or polyurethane.

It is made from silkworm silk cocoon. About 1,500 silk worms are killed to produce 100 grams of tissue.
It is substituted for rayon made from a blend of polyester, rayon and other synthetic fibers.

Woolen yarn
It is derived from the sheep’s fur that after sheared, it is industrially processed.
The alternative is acrylic, synthetic wool, produced from petroleum products.

Some animals are hunted and others are bred in captivity for this purpose. A lot of species is a victim of this industry, such as chichilas, rabbits, foxes, seals, otters, badgers, beavers, among others.
There are synthetic clothing such as polyester and acrylic, which mimic the skins.

Among vegan products whenever possible we give preference to using vegetable and organic material, and recycled or eco-friendly synthetic materials for the manufacture of some of these products (mainly petroleum products) is extremely polluting.

plant materials commonly used in clothing are cotton, linen, jute, hemp, sisal, latex, among others.

How to identify the material used
There are some ways widespread popularly identify the material used in making the product – like smell, regularity, pattern, texture, etc. However, none of them is reliable.
Also do not rely solely on the word of the seller, who in most cases do not know the background materials used in parts (and some do not hesitate to say what the customer wants to hear). Ideally, look for brands of reliable companies that make clear the material used in their products and service via SAC have to solve all your questions about the cooking process and material. In Brazil there are already some brands of clothing and vegan accessories.

Exercise your power as a consumer: ask appropriate information from the manufacturer. If the information provided is not satisfactory, complain to the company, demand changes or even boycott that brand.



Peas, Carrots and Tempeh with Miso-Almond Sauce

A menu 100% vegan, from appetizers to dessert, seems something of annoying people but an experience I did at home one day, was very interesting.

I invited some friends (all omnivores) for dinner and the menu was 100% vegan. At the end of dinner I said, I noticed that there was nothing of animal origin at this dinner? Everyone was impressed because no one notices much in the ingredients when the food is good and we are satisfied.
Prepare a full vegan menu however, is not always easy, then think of it, we made a list of recipes for you also surprise your friends. Can you live without meat in a good, enough to live even without eating any animal products. We are not saying to become radicalized, but to experience new things from time to time. What about?


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Always have to have entries at a dinner worth its salt, because people have come hungry and so will be distracting while you finish putting the finishing touches on revenue.

Below are the links with the revenue of 5 vegan entries: gazpacho, guacamole, vegetables chips, pumpkin seeds and falafel, to choose which (or what) do.


Main course

As a main course, we brought the recipe for a super rich rice can be served accompanied by salad (recipes below) and other contours, whose recipes you will find below:


* 2 Carrots

* 1 onion

* 1 piece of ginger

* 6 asparagus Asparagus

* 3 cups Brown Rice

* 2 teaspoons salt

* 2 spicy paprika teaspoons

Rice preparation:
1. Chop the onion into thin slices and place in a pan with a little oil.

2. Finely chop a piece of ginger into very small pieces, add to the pan.

3. Cut the asparagus and place in pan.

4. When the onion is golden, add 3 cups of rice. Now you have to stir the ingredients well. Leave for 1 minute or two and add 8 cups of water.

5. Add seasoning to taste, I recommend the paprika and salt, but if they like the curry is also very tasty.

6. When the rice is almost at the point, add the grated carrots.

7. Cover the pan and wait for the rest of the water evaporates.

8. There go to eat!

Vegan Salad

* American Lettuce

* Arugula

* Cherry tomato

* Radish

* Carrot

* Purple Onion

* Nuts

* Alfalfa

* Mustard

* Olive oil

* Aceto Balsamic

* Honey

1. Many people believe that to cut the leaves with a knife, took a few benefits of it, so I recommend to cut the lettuce and arugula with his hands.

2. Cut the tomatoes in half.

3. Cut the radish slices

4. Grate the carrot

5. Cut the red onion into very thin slices.

6. Place the ingredients in a deep pot, along with the nuts and sprouts and mix the ingredients with your hands.

7. In a small pot, prepare the sauce for the salad:

8. Place plenty of olive oil, a tablespoon and neat mustard and one teaspoon of honey, add a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Vegan salad 2

* Grain Chickpeas

* Bean sprouts

* Purple Lettuce

* Tomato

* Chard

* Cucumber

* Onion

* olive oil

* shoyu

* A little mineral water

* lemon juice

* Sesame

1. Place the chickpeas in boiling water and add a pinch of salt in the water. Let the water until it does to take a bite in the grain. Allow it to cool.

2. Place in a deep pot chard and red lettuce (cut by hand), tomatoes cut into squares, like cucumber.

3. Cut the onion into thin slices and place in pan with bean sprouts with a little water, if you want to add parsley to water. Leave until the ingredients change texture. It’s good to expect to cool ingredients before adding them to the salad.

4. Put everything in the container and mix with your hands.

5. In a small bowl, prepare the sauce, put a reasonable amount of olive oil (do not forget that olive oil is the base of the sauce, then can exaggerate), add 2 tablespoons of water tea and soy sauce. Add a whimsical tablespoon sesame and lemon juice.

6. Now just enjoy!

Other contours to accompany rice

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In addition to salads, you can also offer soy, zucchini in the oven, grilled or pan of chickpea puree, carrots, cauliflower and beans, whose revenues follow the links below:




Queen cocada

And to finish with a flourish your 100% vegan menu, could not miss the sweet dessert.

How about making cocadas? We have recipes cocadas that lead condensed, healthy and vegan milk.

Or see the recipes below other options for vegan desserts to your guests:

Chia pudding

Ingredients for pudding chia
* 6 tablespoons chia

* 9 tablespoons of vegetable milk or rice milk

* Leave moisturizing for 10 min

* 1 frozen banana

* 1/2 cup of rice milk or sunflower seed

* 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

* ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 2-3 dates or dried figs

Way to make pudding chia
Mix shake with chia and voila! The dessert can now be eaten!

Live carrot cake

Ingredients for live carrot cake
* 2-3 small carrots peeled

* 6 dates, pitted and dried figs

* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

* 1/2 cup almonds

Live coverage for carrot cake
* 1/2 chocolate bar melted without milk


* Coconut oil, cocoa powder, coconut sugar or brown

Preparation of living carrot cake
1. Beat all the dough ingredients in processor or blender and put in silicone form. Take the freezer for about 10.

2. Place the sauce in the pasta and return the cake to the refrigerator, wait a bit and serve!

Passion fruit mousse

Ingredients for passion fruit mousse
1 cup (tea) of raw cashew nuts (about 100g)

1 cup (tea) of passion fruit (if you prefer you can strain the passion to take the seeds

1 cup (tea) of filtered water

* 2 brown sugar teaspoons

* 1/2 teaspoon (tea) agar

Cover (optional)
* 100g semisweet chocolate (without milk) or 3 tablespoons (tea) cocoa and 1 cinnamon

* 2 tablespoons (soup) of coconut milk (optional)

passion fruit mousse preparation
1. Place the brown-of-cashews in a bowl, cover with double the water and soak for 8 hours. Drain, and rinse.

2. In a blender, place the passion fruit (strained if you prefer), water, and sugar, beat for about 1 minute.

3. Place this mixture in a pan and add the agar-agar. Mix and simmer over medium heat. Stir forever. When it starts to boil, lower the heat, leave on low heat just under a minute and can turn off!

4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and place in a blender with the brown-of-cashew, beat until the mixture appears uniform.

5. Place in the refrigerator and ready!

Optional coverage:

If you want to make a chocolate coating for mousse, just melt the dark chocolate without milk in double boiler, place the coconut milk and mix. If you prefer, instead of making chocolate without milk, can cause

3 tablespoons (tea) cocoa

1 cinnamon

Add the coconut milk, mix and ready!

Put the syrup bend the mousse and can now eat!

Orange peel and honey tangerine

* Peel of 1 tangerine or orange

* 5 tablespoons brown sugar

Preparation of orange peel honey or mandarin
1. Cut the peel tangerine or orange (as you prefer) and let soak for 2/3 days on the water, exchanging the liquid at least 2 times a day.

2. After these days sauce, put the peels in a pot with water and boil, repeat this process three times due to the acidity and bitterness of the peel.

3. Discard the water and place the brown sugar, always stir until it melts and get a new consistency, wait until it begins to melt and always stir to not stick. Once you are with a less liquid consistency turn off the heat and pour the cones on a plate. Allow to cool and pulls away the cones, if you want to put a little more sugar and can now eat !!

then account for people like your dinner was! And a great appetite to everyone !!


Learn how to make a tasty vegan burger


Practical and healthy, the lentil burger is an option for snack.

More and more people around the world are seeking food free of animal protein. Having a healthy diet on a daily basis, is not a simple task. But for those seeking practical suggestions for snacks that can break a branch in times of uncertainty, we separate a lentil burger recipe. The suggestion is very handy for a Sunday snack with family or friends. Check out all the steps:


– 1 cup raw lentils
– 1 cup of oatmeal (or rice flour intolerance to gluten)
– 1 large onion
– Parsley to taste
– Salt to taste
– Salsa to taste
– vegetable oil

Method of preparation:

In a large saucepan cook the lentils until tender. Drain the water and transfer to a large bowl. Add garlic, onion, parsley, olive oil, salt, season with cumin to taste, and mix lightly mashing some grains. Need not be homogeneous, may leave some whole grains to give texture to the burger.

Add the oatmeal gradually to give the point of modeling. Shape into burgers with about 1.5cm thick. To help, you can pass an oil wire in his hands, so that they do not stick.

Place the burgers on a greased or parchment paper and freeze for an hour. After that, heat a frying pan and brown the burgers.