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WELCOME TO DAY TWENTY-NINE!
Clare's advice for day twenty-nine:
Lessons from Neuropsychology on How to Stay Positive
Neuropsychologists broadly agree that there are three different parts of the brain: the frontal cortex (thinking and problem solving), the mid brain and the reptilian brain at the back (survival functions and emotions). The blood flow in the brain corresponds with different moods and openness to other people and directly links to our ability to access different parts of the brain. When we are calm and relaxed, the blood flow is towards the frontal cortex and we are open to other points of view, evaluate things, problem solve and maintain an open mind. When the blood flows to the reptilian brain, we are unable to access these problem-solving functions, instead we are in ‘fight or flight mode’, become focused on ourselves, and are highly emotional and resistant to new information. A key point is that a person’s blood flow is influenced by other people’s blood flow i.e. there is a contagion effect.
EXAMPLE: Have you ever noticed that when you are around angry and negative people, you can feel negative? Likewise you feel lighter and more positive around positive people. If we were to wire you up to ascertain the blood flow in your brain, it would most certainly indicate blood flow to the back of the brain when negative and irritable and to the front part of the brain when positive and humorous.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-AWARENESS The more self-aware you are, the more you are able to protect yourself from picking up negativity from other people. This is a valuable piece of information and reminds us to spend time around positive people who are solution-focused and hopefully We are able to influence the flow of blood in our own brain by slowing down our breathing, giving ourselves a supportive pep talk and nourishing ourselves and avoiding limiting and negative self-talk. Likewise, we can influence another person’s brain blood flow to move towards the frontal cortex by being supportive, kind, empathic and non-judgemental. That is why counselling and coaching are such powerful and supportive tools.
TIP: Develop routines that support you and increase your self-esteem and surround yourself with like-minded people who talk about solutions and the vision of a more compassionate world. When you become upset by information about animal cruelty or negative effects of non-veganism on other people or the planet, look for positive ways in which you can create a better world by remaining positive and sharing the vegan message with others.
Robyn's advice for day twenty-nine:
Know the difference between ‘satisfied’ and ‘full’.
Most people notice a big difference in the way they feel after eating a vegan meal compared to a meal containing animal products. Many people enjoy the new sensation, describing it as ‘feeling lighter’ after they eat, and rate it as a huge benefit of going vegan. But others find coping with the lack of ‘fullness’ challenging, and some even misinterpret it as meaning that the diet isn’t working for them because they’re ‘hungry all the time’.
Frequently they’re told (usually by someone with a product to sell) that they’re not eating enough protein, and need to supplement with protein powder. Increasing your protein intake above what you can naturally consume in a healthy plant-based diet simply adds to toxic hunger and slows down your adaptation to a plant-based diet.
As mentioned in the previous tip on ‘toxic hunger’, true hunger is a mouth and throat sensation, not a stomach sensation such as rumbling or cramping. Uncomfortable stomach sensations can occur when you first start eating a vegan diet, primarily because your fibre intake will inevitably go up, and it can take a little while before your gut bacteria adapt to the new food supply. This settles down quickly in most people.
You can help yourself through the transition from feeling the need to be ‘full’ to being content to feel ‘satisfied’ by eating ½ cup of legumes (dried peas, beans and lentils) with each meal. The fibre and resistant starch in legumes not only fill you up now, but are fermented by gut bacteria into short chain fatty acids which reduce your appetite over the next few hours after you eat them.
Cassies' recipe idea for day twenty-nine:
Watermelon with Pistachio Dukkah
Makes ½ cup
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
½ cup pistachios, dry roasted
2 tsp flaked salt
1 kg watermelon, cubed
- In a small frypan, combine the sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds over a low heat until lightly toasted.
- In a small food processor bowl, place the spices, pistachios and salt and blend until just before ground. It is nice to keep a bit of texture to the dukkah and looks beautiful too.
- Sprinkle over the watermelon cubes.
Kym's advice for day twenty-nine:
Don't fund companies who are still testing on animals.
TODAYS ASSIGNMENT: Check out this terrific website that lists products that are certified cruelty-free (not tested on animals): www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au
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QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
Congratulations making it through DAY TWENTY-NINE of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!
Just one more day to go!
Currently there are still many large corporations testing things like cosmetics, pharmaceutical and everyday products such as cleaning products on animals. If you are willing to witness the immense cruelty of these procedures, watch this video on vivisection and animal testing. Speciesism is the justification for animal testing and it is utterly morally wrong. Certain species of animals die in horrific experiments to allegedly benefit humanity and other chosen companion animals. As Mark Twain said: "I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't... The pain which it inflicts upon un-consenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further”.
Yes, certain knowledge has been gained by animal testing in the past, however further knowledge is not worth having because it is violating the inalienable right that every sentient animal possesses; that of not being assaulted by humans. Although not widely accepted, but gaining momentum, is the abolitionist view on animal rights that maintains there is no moral justification for harmful research on animals. The benefits to humans can never justify the misery it bring to other animals.
Authorities estimate hundreds of millions of animals a year are used in animal experimentation, worldwide. Generally, animals either die because of the experiment or are killed afterward. If you agree that this is morally incorrect, simply cease buying pharmaceutical, cosmetic and everyday products that are tested on animals and you automatically remove yourself from funding this atrocious and immoral activity.