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I can't believe it, but it's almost Halloween again. I love this time of year with the Halloween decorations, scary movies and a great excuse to indulge my sweet tooth with some candy. Halloween is a great time to dress up, go out with your friends or go trick or treating with your kids. Even if you are just giving out candy on Halloween, you might feel conflicted about what to hand out. Luckily, there are plenty of vegan candy options so no one has to be left out or leave your house empty handed. Here are some great vegan Halloween candy options:
If you are planning to go out on Halloween, you can use the Barnivore website to check which of your favorite drinks are vegan. (Absolut Vodka, Captain Morgan and Jack Daniel's are all vegan.)
It's also a great time of year for pumpkin-spice-flavored any kind of food you could imagine. Sometimes these foods aren't vegan, but there are still some great options. For example, Peet's has a vegan pumpkin spice latte with coconut milk and coconut whipped cream and Daiya sells a Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake.
Halloween is also a great time to think about your wardrobe and your costume. There are plenty clothing options that do not contribute to animal suffering. If you are dressing as a greaser, you don't have to wear real leather. Or if you are dressing as an aristocrat, you don't have to wear a real fur coat with a pearl necklace. You can still be stylish and have fun wearing clothes that didn't require harming animals.
Whether you are trick or treating, going out or staying in, a vegan Halloween is possible and you don't have to miss out on anything. What's your favorite vegan Halloween treat?
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The most common question vegans get is "Where do you get your protein?" I can only assume that vegan athletes get this question more than other vegans combined. The good news is that protein is found in plant foods, so you don't need to worry about being protein deficient. Research even explains that it is possible to get the nutrients you need to sustain an active lifestyle. A major concern for vegan athletes is getting enough calories, which is important since plant foods are nutrient dense, rather than calorie dense. You do need to eat more calories on a vegan diet, but like any other diet, it needs to balanced with nutrients needed to be healthy and active.
This article describes 5 professional wrestlers whose performances improved once they excluded animal products from their diet. Wrestler Pete Dunne explains: “There are assumptions made by people that if you are a vegan you won’t get the right nutrition. In actual fact it’s ideal … What we do requires high energy so being a vegan is perfect for that. It doesn’t matter what type of diet that you are on, you can always hit the right macro nutrients.”
NBA player Wilson Chandler states: "Eating a vegan diet has changed my everyday living. I sleep better, I wake up in a better mood, I recover faster, I’m not so inflamed, not so achey...I feel better overall, in everything that I do. I can take in more information easier. My mind is just open." Other basketball players that made the swtich to a vegan diet include Jahlil Okafor and Damian Lillard.
Even ballerinas are changing their diets to improve their form and stamina. Keenan McLaren Hartman of the Nashville ballet states: "I'm able to sustain my technique without feeling like I'm going to crash."
All different kinds of people go vegan for all different reasons and it's possible to be vegan in any lifestyle. These athletes prove that you can accomplish anything on a vegan diet and be strong while doing it. If you are an athlete, professional, recreational, or anything in between, please know that you can improve endurance, recovery time and be healthy by eating a vegan diet. It won't diminish your performance or hinder your ability to reach goals. Check out this article to get information and tips to succeed on a vegan diet as an athlete.
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Sometimes sticking to veganism can be discouraging especially when you are eating out. If you eat with family or friends you might only be able to eat a small salad, while everyone around you eats full plates of non-vegan food. It can feel like we as vegans are making no progress in what restaurants are serving and what food companies are offering, which couldn't be further from the truth.
Here's a list of exciting vegan options that are on the horizon:
While day to day it can seem like veganism isn't catching fire, it's important to stop and reflect on all the progress we've made. Veganism is growing because of people spreading the message, leading by example and sharing the benefits and companies are reflecting that. When there is more demand for something, companies will offer it. With more and more people turning to veganism to improve their health, save lives and improve the well-being of the planet, companies and restaurants have started to offer more vegan options. They want to be profitable and be inclusive so anyone can eat what they serve. And with more options on menus, people who aren't vegan might try some vegan food to see what it's like.
If you are vegan and want to contribute to this growing inclusion of vegan food, sign this petition to get Starbucks to offer a vegan food menu. And remember, you are making a difference! If you aren't vegan, try some vegan food to see if you like it. You might be surprised. What other places do you think should have more vegan options?
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What's up with this weather? These past few weeks have definitely some of the most hectic, scary and devastating weeks concerning the weather that I can remember. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed the Caribbean and parts of the Southeast United States and left flooding in their wake, Mexico experienced an 8.1 magnitude earthquake and the western United States had some of the worst wildfires in its history. The are another two hurricanes brewing that have potential to do some damage as well. While all of this is scary, we have the power to help change these events from becoming a normal occurrence in the future.
When we think about climate change we usually think of ice caps melting in the arctic and not about these hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires that we have been experiencing. All of these events are connected and caused by the same thing: humans. What's great about us being the problem that's causing this increase in the temperature, is that we can also be the solution.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change due to its scale and wastefulness. It accounts for 18% of global green house gas emissions which is more than all of transportation combined. Animal agriculture negatively affects our water, air and land at a much higher rate than growing plants. Simple changes to our diet can yield profound results. It is more sustainable to eat plants since it helps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions which changes the climate's current course. Plus, plant-based foods are more readily available than ever before making the switch in diet accessible. It might not always be easy, but changing our diets could save many lives and prevent people from losing everything they have.
For facts about how animal agriculture is affecting our climate, visit the Cowspiracy facts page here. For how you can help the victims of the recent hurricanes, visit this page for Irma and this page for Harvey. If you are considering going vegan, check out this awesome video about how to get started!
I have been vegan for a few years now and I can't imagine living the way I used to. It's hard to believe that I ate animals and animals products without even realizing what I was endorsing. I also didn't realize how sick I actually was. I didn't know how good I could feel until I went vegan. It's one of, if not the best decision I've ever made. Here are 5 reasons why I'm glad to be vegan:
If you are not vegan and want to experience the veganized life style, check out our next PDX event at SouthFork on August 30th. Get tickets here.