I have accidentally stumbled on a primarily vegan diet (which is difficult in my carnivore house). The problem is I am eating mounds of fruit, nuts, beans and grains but I’m having issues with the veggies. Of course I eat tomatoes, avocado, spinach and cucumbers without an issue but is that really enough? And how important are protein supplements?And kale. I just don’t like it. I’ve cooked it, put it in salads and my daily smoothie but either way, YUCK!
Don’t worry lots of vegans don’t like supposed staples. No one will take away you v-card for not liking certain foods. :) It sounds like you’re getting lots of good food however if you are still concerned you might consider researching some sources on being a healthy vegan, taking a multivitamin, or speaking to a dietician. If you want to incorporate other veggies you could always add them in a smoothly. That way you get extra veg in, masked by the taste of sweet fruits.
I’ve heard a few people ask this question and thought I’d just clear this up for those who are curious. Vegans do not drink milk from other animals because they believe the milk they produce goes to their babies whether they be cows, goats, etc. The reason why it is okay for vegans to breast feed their own children is because the milk humans produce is a result of that pregnancy, meant for the child they’ve made in the same way a cow milks her calf. I hope that cleared up some of the confusion. :) Basically the rule is stick to your own milk when feeding the kids.
This is a sort of follow up of the GIF set I made of Britches a few days ago.
For those of you who don’t know, Britches was a baby monkey who was stolen from his mother, and kept in a research lab at the University of California, Riverside, with a sonar device strapped to his head, and his eyes sown shut without anesthesia. The sonar device kept making a screeching sound, and this drove Britches insane. This was an experiment to study blindness.
The GIF you are seeing is Britches after being rescued by the ALF. The bitter ordeal he had to endure had scarred him more than just physically. He displayed neurotic behavior and had fits where he desperately clutched at his body.
I think it’s very important that everyone see this. The experimenters don’t want you to know that any of this goes on. Infact, before Britches story came out, Dean Leland Shannon, Chairman of the UCR Animal care committee issued a statement saying ”All the research is painless to the animals…there is no pain whatsoever”.
Mr. Grant Mack, president of the American Council of the Blind (a blind man himself) was shocked at hearing about the experiment conducted on Britches, and felt the researches would be putting their time to better use if they were to “find out about blindness from blind people, from blind parents, from blind students. People who can articulate how they really feel, and how they react”.
Britches was lucky as he was rescued, but for thousands of other animals, the horror continues.
Why am I so bothered by those using/promoting honey and other assorted bee ‘products’ as “vegan”? Please take a look at this image & consider the following:
- Bees are sentient beings who work tirelessly to gather food & supplies for their colonies.
- Bees already do plenty of service for us by helping to pollinate trees and plants so that we may reap the benefits in the form of fruit and vegetable nutrients when time comes for harvest. If it weren’t for bees, we would find little (or nothing) to eat on this planet.
- The population of bees is also now on the very precipice of massive extinction. Exploitation ≠ conservation.
Stealing bees’ food & killing them for thoughtless, self-indulgent purposes is not okay. Fellow Earthlings neither share nor benefit from popular human systems of (monetary) trade, which leads to mass suffering and unimaginable confusion for non-humans. Please consider these beings and their perspectives before making decisions which can only perpetuate their exploitation.
PLEASE SHARE THE HORRIFIC TRUTH OF THE PORK INDUSTRY!!!
Piglets are taken from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old and packed into pens until they are separated to be raised for breeding or meat. They too are overcrowded and prone to stress-related behaviors, such as cannibalism and tail-biting. Rather than give the animals more space and a better environment to prevent these problems, factory farmers chop off the piglets’ tails and often use pliers to break off the ends of their teeth. Factory farmers also rip chunks out of the young animals’ ears for identification purposes and rip out the males’ testicles to prevent them from producing sexual pheromones. All of these excruciating procedures are done without any use of painkillers.
Vegans get all their nutrients and more. (And yes, both these links are from vegan websites, but they’re sourced at the bottom. I use these because they’re the most easily navigated and understood.)
The foods highest in iron are, guess what, VEGAN! :D!
You can be healthy eating meat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy on a vegan diet. Almost everyone actually notices an improvement; others no change at all.
Healthy vegans are proof that we’re non-obligate omnivores. Science points to the idea that we were originally herbivores, but developed the ability to eat meat to survive where plant life was scarce. Our ancestors were nearly vegetarians, though, and only ate meat occasionally when there was nothing else (since hunting is much, much more difficult and time-consuming than simple harvesting is).
To try to insist that it is somehow a necessary staple is laughable. Just because the West insists on following an animal-heavy diet doesn’t mean that it’s as much of a staple as the dairy/meat/egg industries want you to think.
No medical condition requires someone to eat meat when there’s a plethora of edible plant life available; all of our nutrients can be easily gained through plant life. Even people with severe food allergies can find all of their nutrients because there is so much variety. The question is only of availability which, admittedly, not all people have.
So, since we don’t have to eat mat/dairy/eggs to survive, why are we needlessly killing and exploiting animals that are as sentient and able to suffer as we are?
That’s the real question here. Not whether we need animal products (we don’t) or whether they’re tasty (who cares?), this is about animal rights.