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WELCOME TO DAY FOURTEEN!
Clare's advice for day fourteen:
Today I want to demonstrate the power of the mind is and how this knowledge can directly influence your life. Professor Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief tells a story of a doctor who diagnosed a patient with a terminal illness and advised that he had only a few months to live. The patient died a few months later but an autopsy revealed no evidence of the condition. The doctor was greatly alarmed and realised the power of the patient’s belief in bringing about his death. An enormous amount of research exists of how a person’s beliefs about their health influences their physical condition, particularly if they trust the source (or see the person as an authority figure). Imagine the things we’re told about what is good for us e.g. that we can only get protein from certain sources or that dairy milk is the only source of calcium. Each of us is subject to varying levels of conditioning over our lifetimes. Becoming a vegan will challenge beliefs that many people don’t even know they have. Evidence of this is apparent from resistance or criticism a vegan often receives from non-vegans whose views are challenged merely by the fact you have chosen to do something different. There is overwhelming evidence that a vegan diet is preferable to a non-vegan diet on so many levels and yet the conditioning everyone has received influences people to reject the evidence. With this knowledge of how powerful beliefs are in creating physical outcomes, you must STOP an erroneous belief before it takes hold. How do you do this? If you have any doubts or concerns so far on the Challenge, take direct action NOW. Reach out to the vegan community online or post a direct question to us. We can provide you with sound information from our own skill base or experience that the vegan diet will overwhelmingly have a positive impact on your physical health. Don’t allow doubts to grow that have been planted by people who would prefer you don’t become vegan.
TIP: Don’t allow your mind to slip into any negativity regarding the positive benefits of veganism. The Vegan 30-Day Challenge is here to support you at every step. Direct any questions or concerns to your mentor and STAY POSITIVE. Choose to believe ‘without a shadow of a doubt’ that your health is improving more and more as each day passes. The evidence for the positive benefits of veganism is very sound. Ensure your mind fully digests this reality and supports you all the way.
Robyn's advice for day fourteen:
The humble soybean supplies quality nutrition and is a useful part of the vegan diet, but myths about it abound. Many people void soy-based foods because they’ve read that it causes cancer, thyroid problems, infertility, sexual abnormalities e.g. ‘man boobs’ and early puberty in girls, and a host of other problems.The reality is that none of these health problems have been found to occur in humans who eat traditional soy foods such as edamame (green soy beans), tofu, tempeh, and soy milk made from whole soy beans.Get clear about soy.
Most of the claimed health problems occur only in species of animals which are unable to digest soy, or in animals which are fed a ‘chow’ based on isolated soy protein as their sole item of diet. This in no way equates to a human being eating a serve each of tofu and tempeh per week, whole soy bean milk on their porridge, and edamame a couple of times per week.
Large, independently-funded and well-conducted studies show that regular consumption of traditional soy foods reduces the risk of breast, endometrial and prostate cancer, and may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and heart disease.
I recommend consuming traditional soy foods several times per week. Avoid foods made from isolate soy protein as some studies have shown that this raises your level of the cancer-promoting hormone IGF-1, whereas traditional soy foods lower it.
Cassies' recipe idea for day fourteen:
Hearty Bean and Vegetable Stew
Kym's advice for day fourteen:
What does a vegan eat on a plane? Most airlines are up with doing vegan food, after all there are so many high-flying celebrities who are vegan and are frequent flyers! We recently and a thread on this and our Sydney Vegans group members reported the following experiences:
"Qantas has always been excellent in my opinion, and the twice I've flown Air New Zealand I've been impressed with the vegan food. In 2008 I flew Thai Airways to Italy and on both legs I had great food. Dhal with rice and veggies on one and a bean and veg casserole with mashed potatoes on another (it was the vegan, vegetarian, kosher and halal option. Lol)". - Bek
"I flew with Singapore airlines a few times, from Sydney to Singapore, and got really yum vegan meals (from memory was grilled eggplant and cous cous type thing) with a big 'VEGAN' label on the top, got it before everyone else too haha. I think we specified online when booking, and when we were seated they came found me and put a sticker on my chair so the staff knew who got the vegan food. Seemed very organised and didn't give me anything non-vegan." - Kelly
We did also have some members say that the food was terrible or that they stuffed up and brought food that was not vegan, so it would be wise to bring a few snacks just in case. Its essential that you let your airline know that you require a vegan meal in advance, so look for the option when booking online, or if you don't see on, phone the airline to ask for a vegan meal.
Dream about your next exotic holiday, flying over the pacific with a delicious vegan meal in your lap :-)
NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT?
Now that we've covered the serious stuff, its time to move into some more lighthearted vegan entertainment!
Check out this hilarious video by vegan superhero John Sakars 'Shit Meat Eaters Say' (10 mins) --> click here
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Watch this ground-breaking Tedx talk by Dr Caldwell Esselstyn "Making Heart Attacks History" (14mins) --> click here
CAN'T BE BOTHERED COOKING TONIGHT?
Check out our directory of over 100 eateries in Sydney with vegan options! --> click here
QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Congratulations making it through DAY FOURTEEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!
Makes 6 serves
1 tbsp olive oil
2 brown onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 medium potatoes, diced 1cm pieces
420g can diced tomatoes
1 litre vegetable stock
420g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
420g can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
420g can 4 bean mix, drained, rinsed
1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbsp pink salt
1 tsp black pepper, ground
- In a 5 litre soup pot heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in the tomato paste and saute for a further 2 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the carrots, celery and potato and stir well to coat with tomato. Stir through the canned tomatoes and then rinse the can out with the 420ml boiling water and pour into the pot. In a 500ml heatproof jug, dissolve the stock cubes in 500ml of boiling water and pour into the pot.
- Add the beans, parsley, salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Cook over a low heat, stirring regularly, for approximately 4 hours.