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Best Ways to Become a Vegan

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To transition towards becoming vegan will need a lot of self-control. At times, you will have cravings too. It is normal. You don't need to beat yourself to it. Whether it is that you are against animal cruelty, opting for a healthier lifestyle, or simply experimenting, adopting a vegan lifestyle will need you to plan. Doing so will help you get an idea about what dietary changes you will make, how you will make those changes, and how much it will cost you.

Here are 5 tips on how to become a vegan and adapt to the new meatless lifestyle easily.

Do Not Rush Yourself into Becoming Vegan

Experts have also recommended that you cut out one food item at a time. Leaving all at once – meat, cheese, and milk – can overwhelm or even discourage you. According to author Victoria Moran, chicken and eggs are a great way to start your journey towards veganism.

Another way she suggests is to be vegan only at home first. It will help you keep control of what you eat. You can start by becoming a vegetarian in the beginning and slowly turning into a vegan.

Experts like Mark Bittman proposes the idea of vegan before 6:00, while Andre Kroecher asks you to start by substituting one most-consumed food item with a vegan alternative. For example, dairy milk by almond milk.

Experiment with Your Food and Try New Things

Turning vegan does not imply you have to give up your love for delicious food. You can be vegan and still treat your taste buds to scrummy dishes. In fact, leaving your culinary comfort zone might even bring delicious never-thought-before recipes on your kitchen slab. Several vegan restaurants are also sprouting all around the world. They might not be as easily accessible as normal eateries, but you must know that options are available.

From meaty burgers to vegan pizza, you can get everything delivered to your house. The Internet is brimming with tempting vegan recipes that let you recreate any dish into plant-based. 

Stick to Nutritious Vegan Food

Remember that one of the major goals of veganism is to take a healthy diet. By eating processed food or skipping nutrition beats the purpose of the entire lifestyle. Also, do not assume that vegan cookies are your way to a thin waist or that garlic bread made with vegan margarine is always healthier.

Stick to a nutritional diet that included green vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, hemp seeds, tofu, and et cetera. For those who are fitness freaks or like to maintain a fit, good-looking body will find many vegan protein powders and shakes only.

There are ample resources in nature that will provide you all important proteins, vitamins, and nutrients. All you need to do is make a better choice and not treat veganism as a shortcut to a short-term goal like weight loss.

Join a Vegan Support Group

Steps to becoming vegan can make you feel overwhelmed. There is a lot more to being vegan than just dietary change. You may get asked a lot of questions and people may even scrutinize you. If you live in a family where no else is a vegan or have a group of friends who are all non-vegetarians, transition may feel challenging. 

To ease the challenge, get valuable knowledge, and learn more about lifestyle from someone who has paced the same path as you can feel reassuring. If nothing else, you will need someone to rant about how many times you’ve been asked the same questions about protein and nutrition. Where do you get them from?

You don’t always have to leave the house to join a vegan support group. Several online groups are available across Facebook.

Remember Why You Started the Vegan Journey

If you ever feel discouraged, remind yourself of the reasons that encouraged you to become vegan. Remind yourself of all the benefits of becoming vegans that you too have enjoyed.

You will probably find turning vegan a lot easier than you are expecting it to be. On any given day if you feel challenged and being vegan comes across as too tough, stop and take a deep breath, then reflect on your choices.

While you are learning how to start being vegan, keep in mind that being vegan is a lifestyle. You do not have to follow the rules rigidly. The idea is to enjoy the journey and stick to the values that had boosted you to make the transition in the first place.

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Best Ways to Become a Vegan

Posted by ED HARRIS on

To transition towards becoming vegan will need a lot of self-control. At times, you will have cravings too. It is normal. You don't need to beat yourself to it. Whether it is that you are against animal cruelty, opting for a healthier lifestyle, or simply experimenting, adopting a vegan lifestyle will need you to plan. Doing so will help you get an idea about what dietary changes you will make, how you will make those changes, and how much it will cost you.

Here are 5 tips on how to become a vegan and adapt to the new meatless lifestyle easily.

Do Not Rush Yourself into Becoming Vegan

Experts have also recommended that you cut out one food item at a time. Leaving all at once – meat, cheese, and milk – can overwhelm or even discourage you. According to author Victoria Moran, chicken and eggs are a great way to start your journey towards veganism.

Another way she suggests is to be vegan only at home first. It will help you keep control of what you eat. You can start by becoming a vegetarian in the beginning and slowly turning into a vegan.

Experts like Mark Bittman proposes the idea of vegan before 6:00, while Andre Kroecher asks you to start by substituting one most-consumed food item with a vegan alternative. For example, dairy milk by almond milk.

Experiment with Your Food and Try New Things

Turning vegan does not imply you have to give up your love for delicious food. You can be vegan and still treat your taste buds to scrummy dishes. In fact, leaving your culinary comfort zone might even bring delicious never-thought-before recipes on your kitchen slab. Several vegan restaurants are also sprouting all around the world. They might not be as easily accessible as normal eateries, but you must know that options are available.

From meaty burgers to vegan pizza, you can get everything delivered to your house. The Internet is brimming with tempting vegan recipes that let you recreate any dish into plant-based. 

Stick to Nutritious Vegan Food

Remember that one of the major goals of veganism is to take a healthy diet. By eating processed food or skipping nutrition beats the purpose of the entire lifestyle. Also, do not assume that vegan cookies are your way to a thin waist or that garlic bread made with vegan margarine is always healthier.

Stick to a nutritional diet that included green vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, hemp seeds, tofu, and et cetera. For those who are fitness freaks or like to maintain a fit, good-looking body will find many vegan protein powders and shakes only.

There are ample resources in nature that will provide you all important proteins, vitamins, and nutrients. All you need to do is make a better choice and not treat veganism as a shortcut to a short-term goal like weight loss.

Join a Vegan Support Group

Steps to becoming vegan can make you feel overwhelmed. There is a lot more to being vegan than just dietary change. You may get asked a lot of questions and people may even scrutinize you. If you live in a family where no else is a vegan or have a group of friends who are all non-vegetarians, transition may feel challenging. 

To ease the challenge, get valuable knowledge, and learn more about lifestyle from someone who has paced the same path as you can feel reassuring. If nothing else, you will need someone to rant about how many times you’ve been asked the same questions about protein and nutrition. Where do you get them from?

You don’t always have to leave the house to join a vegan support group. Several online groups are available across Facebook.

Remember Why You Started the Vegan Journey

If you ever feel discouraged, remind yourself of the reasons that encouraged you to become vegan. Remind yourself of all the benefits of becoming vegans that you too have enjoyed.

You will probably find turning vegan a lot easier than you are expecting it to be. On any given day if you feel challenged and being vegan comes across as too tough, stop and take a deep breath, then reflect on your choices.

While you are learning how to start being vegan, keep in mind that being vegan is a lifestyle. You do not have to follow the rules rigidly. The idea is to enjoy the journey and stick to the values that had boosted you to make the transition in the first place.

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Lets talk about our immune system

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

 

 

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Lets talk about our immune system

Posted by ED HARRIS on

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

 

 

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Vegan Food Inventions Leading the Plant-Based Revolution

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5 Vegan Food Inventions Leading the Plant-Based Revolution (and 5 Vegan Trends We Want to See)

The food industry is going through an immense transformation where more and more people are trying out vegan cuisine. With every passing year, inventions are becoming more extravagant than ever. Some of them are too good that the world thought they were impossible to cook until they eventually were. Of these, 5 vegan dishes are so impressive, they blow your mind and water your mouth. 

The Impossible™ Bleeding Burger

The revolutionary fake-meat trend has found a leader in Bleeding Burger. Nothing like its crumbly and dry predecessor, it looks juicier and tastier with a pink patty that is charred and smoky. It looks and tastes so meat-like that vegetarians are not even able to finish samples! The unprecedented Burger 2.0 is a delicious concoction of protein, binders, fat, and flavor. Besides, it is gluten-free. 

Beyond Sausage and Meatless Bacon

Vegan aisle is on the rise as food like plant-based sausages and bacon find their spots in its rows. Made without gluten or soy, these pork alternatives have brought back the succulent flavors to a vegan’s table. Both boast a healthy blend of ingredients, which has more nutritious value and less fat than meat.

Vegan Pizza 

When the most sought-after dish gets a vegan makeover, you know the world is changing.

What makes vegan pizza an impressive invention is a fact that the dish is all about cheese. And it is no secret that in the vegan world, cheese is a big no-no. 

Yet the melty goodness has been achieved and yes, without dairy products. The perfect mix of nuts, vegetable oil, tapioca flour, pea protein, and nutritional yeast has recreated the yeasty flavor with an added twist of veganism. Today there's a plant-based facsimile for almost every popular pizza cheese.

Vegan Belgian Waffles 

Because vegans too have a sweet tooth! The much-talked-about Belgian waffles are a dish on everyone’s bucket list, and vegans are no exceptions. With the invention of gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free alternatives, now we can also happily strike it off. 

Vegan Omelet

The invention that taught the world how to make an omelet without breaking eggs deserves to be on this list. With the goodness of gram flour, these eggless omelets are not just delicious but also healthier and protein-rich. More so than touted egg whites.

5 Vegan Trends We Want to See in Future

While a shift in the food industry and lifestyle is evident, there are 5 major vegan trends that are still missing. 

Plant-Based Milk with Higher Nutritional Value

Yes, when it comes to non-dairy milk, options are pretty much endless. Yet, a better substitute for cow milk is needed to enrich the nutrient profile of plant-based milk. While some brands are offering milk with more sugar, others are overloading their product with calcium. Hopefully, in the future, brands will come forth and provide better plant-based milk.

Vegan Caramel at Starbucks

It’s 2020 and vegans want to drink almond milk caramel macchiato, and without having to ask them to skip the caramel. The trend may come off as footling, but many vegans are awaiting this little change.

More Unprocessed Ingredients 

It is great that vegan cuisine is evolving, recreating substitutes for meat and dairy products. But many companies, to give their products long shelf life, add processed fillers, sugar, and preservatives to them. It is shocking how a diet based on the idea of healthy-eating can plummet off beam when brands start refining instead of redefining veganism.

Dialed Down Vegan Prices

Turning vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, only it is. While a frozen pack of vegetables won’t cost much, any vegan embarking on a more organic journey will pay several times the amount. But even with the organic aspect aside, vegan specialties like veggie burgers cost more than their meaty counterparts.

Making a transition would be a lot easier and encouraging if veganism didn’t need deeper pockets. After all, there are foodies, Amante de café, wine connoisseurs, and travelers among vegans too. Eschewing fast food, avoiding restaurants, and eating at home is not always possible!

More Vegan Carnivals and Cruises

Carnivals and food fests are great ways to spend an outing with family and friends. But not having a suitable selection of food can damper the day. The world has witnessed vegan food fests, then why not carnivals and cruises as well? Even the mental image of enjoying a non-dairy ice-cream on the ocean is tantalizing. And the thought of enjoying a cruelty-free burger after going on a Ferris Wheel is nothing short of a #lifegoal.

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Vegan Food Inventions Leading the Plant-Based Revolution

Posted by ED HARRIS on

5 Vegan Food Inventions Leading the Plant-Based Revolution (and 5 Vegan Trends We Want to See)

The food industry is going through an immense transformation where more and more people are trying out vegan cuisine. With every passing year, inventions are becoming more extravagant than ever. Some of them are too good that the world thought they were impossible to cook until they eventually were. Of these, 5 vegan dishes are so impressive, they blow your mind and water your mouth. 

The Impossible™ Bleeding Burger

The revolutionary fake-meat trend has found a leader in Bleeding Burger. Nothing like its crumbly and dry predecessor, it looks juicier and tastier with a pink patty that is charred and smoky. It looks and tastes so meat-like that vegetarians are not even able to finish samples! The unprecedented Burger 2.0 is a delicious concoction of protein, binders, fat, and flavor. Besides, it is gluten-free. 

Beyond Sausage and Meatless Bacon

Vegan aisle is on the rise as food like plant-based sausages and bacon find their spots in its rows. Made without gluten or soy, these pork alternatives have brought back the succulent flavors to a vegan’s table. Both boast a healthy blend of ingredients, which has more nutritious value and less fat than meat.

Vegan Pizza 

When the most sought-after dish gets a vegan makeover, you know the world is changing.

What makes vegan pizza an impressive invention is a fact that the dish is all about cheese. And it is no secret that in the vegan world, cheese is a big no-no. 

Yet the melty goodness has been achieved and yes, without dairy products. The perfect mix of nuts, vegetable oil, tapioca flour, pea protein, and nutritional yeast has recreated the yeasty flavor with an added twist of veganism. Today there's a plant-based facsimile for almost every popular pizza cheese.

Vegan Belgian Waffles 

Because vegans too have a sweet tooth! The much-talked-about Belgian waffles are a dish on everyone’s bucket list, and vegans are no exceptions. With the invention of gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free alternatives, now we can also happily strike it off. 

Vegan Omelet

The invention that taught the world how to make an omelet without breaking eggs deserves to be on this list. With the goodness of gram flour, these eggless omelets are not just delicious but also healthier and protein-rich. More so than touted egg whites.

5 Vegan Trends We Want to See in Future

While a shift in the food industry and lifestyle is evident, there are 5 major vegan trends that are still missing. 

Plant-Based Milk with Higher Nutritional Value

Yes, when it comes to non-dairy milk, options are pretty much endless. Yet, a better substitute for cow milk is needed to enrich the nutrient profile of plant-based milk. While some brands are offering milk with more sugar, others are overloading their product with calcium. Hopefully, in the future, brands will come forth and provide better plant-based milk.

Vegan Caramel at Starbucks

It’s 2020 and vegans want to drink almond milk caramel macchiato, and without having to ask them to skip the caramel. The trend may come off as footling, but many vegans are awaiting this little change.

More Unprocessed Ingredients 

It is great that vegan cuisine is evolving, recreating substitutes for meat and dairy products. But many companies, to give their products long shelf life, add processed fillers, sugar, and preservatives to them. It is shocking how a diet based on the idea of healthy-eating can plummet off beam when brands start refining instead of redefining veganism.

Dialed Down Vegan Prices

Turning vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, only it is. While a frozen pack of vegetables won’t cost much, any vegan embarking on a more organic journey will pay several times the amount. But even with the organic aspect aside, vegan specialties like veggie burgers cost more than their meaty counterparts.

Making a transition would be a lot easier and encouraging if veganism didn’t need deeper pockets. After all, there are foodies, Amante de café, wine connoisseurs, and travelers among vegans too. Eschewing fast food, avoiding restaurants, and eating at home is not always possible!

More Vegan Carnivals and Cruises

Carnivals and food fests are great ways to spend an outing with family and friends. But not having a suitable selection of food can damper the day. The world has witnessed vegan food fests, then why not carnivals and cruises as well? Even the mental image of enjoying a non-dairy ice-cream on the ocean is tantalizing. And the thought of enjoying a cruelty-free burger after going on a Ferris Wheel is nothing short of a #lifegoal.

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DHAL, A CLASSIC INDIAN DISH

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My trips to India let make share a delicious recipe made with yellow split peas.

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DHAL, A CLASSIC INDIAN DISH

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My trips to India let make share a delicious recipe made with yellow split peas.

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Vegan Potsticker with Soy Vinegar

Posted by ED HARRIS on

While working in New York City at a restaurant called Micheal's I started teaching my self more about Asian flavors and came up with this recipe. I share it with you because it means so much to me.

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Vegan Potsticker with Soy Vinegar

Posted by ED HARRIS on

While working in New York City at a restaurant called Micheal's I started teaching my self more about Asian flavors and came up with this recipe. I share it with you because it means so much to me.

Read more