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WELCOME TO DAY NINETEEN!
Clare's advice for day nineteen:
TYPICAL COMMENT: ‘We’ve have been eating meat for years so why should we stop now?’ How can you respond? ISSUE: Numerous beliefs underpin this comment and further questioning would ascertain what specific beliefs they hold. There could be assumptions that if tradition/culture were challenged, conflict would result. Another assumption is that a specific tradition must be acceptable or else it would have been challenged. The blinkers may be on for some people who say, ‘Surely government or someone would speak out, if there was something bad behind it that was being done?’
NOTE: Many people don’t question their habits or those of others. They blindly follow or act without thinking. It isn’t until someone challenges those beliefs that they consider what beliefs they hold. A natural resistance occurs if the person feels that they are being criticised. Skilful communication is needed to open people’s eyes without them feeling they are wrong or responsible for widely held beliefs. One method to soften challenging information, is to acknowledge their statements and partner with them i.e. Indicate that societal beliefs influence everyone.
RESPONSE: a) If the person believes that tradition and culture shouldn’t be challenged, separate the arguments i.e. Culture from animal cruelty/speciesism: You can say: ‘You are correct; people have been eating meat and animal products for a long time. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t examine it and, if necessary, change it. I think there are many things that a culture does that support the culture and foster a sense of belonging and tradition. However, when these traditions cause harm, then I believe we should think again. For example, when it comes to eating animals, there are a lot of things people don’t know. Firstly, how animals are farmed, slaughtered and treated like property or objects. This results in horrible cruelty, which is unnecessary and morally indefensible. A wider argument regards what is known as ‘speciesism’. This is where members of a different species are not afforded the rights or considerations allowed to other species. For example, humans expect to have rights to live their lives free of pain and for their own right, whereas there seems to be an assumption that animals are the property of humans, as evidenced by our industrial use of them. Can I tell you more?’
b) If the person indicates that things can’t be that bad or would never be allowed, respond: ‘We’d like to believe that things that are wrong are brought to light very soon. However, there are a lot of people who have a vested interest in keeping things hidden and we wrongly assume that they can’t be going on. This is what I thought but when I became aware of how animals are treated as if purely objects or possessions, I started to look further. There are many examples in our history that when things change, we look back in horror, wondering how they were ever allowed to be different. For example, racism, sexism, ageism. What I have discovered is that ‘speciesism’ is something that has been occurring which, when people examine it fully, realise is totally unfair and unacceptable. Can I tell you more about what I know?’
TIP: Separate the issues of culture/tradition and speciesism. If you try to address them in one go, your argument will be diluted. Acknowledge what someone is saying in order to avoid any sense that you are resisting everything they say. Appeal to belief systems that were once acceptable and yet now unacceptable e.g. racism and sexism. This provides a platform upon which to discuss wider belief systems that change when it become apparent that there is a fairer way for a society to operate.
Robyn's advice for day nineteen:
Know your omegas
One of the main concerns new vegans express to me is “Where will I get my omega 3s from on a vegan diet?” Oily fish and fish oil are so widely promoted that most people think they’re the oly sources of beneficial omega 3 fats, but that simply isn’t true.
Plants – both land and aquatic – make the short chain omega 3 fat known as alpha—linolenic acid, (ALA) which is converted within our bodies into the long-chain omega 3 fats eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Fish oil contains EPA and DHA, while linseed/flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, walnuts, pepitas and green leafy vegetables contain ALA.
While most vegans who eat plenty of ALA-rich foods, and avoid excessive intake of omega 6 fats such as vegetable oils and margarine, which block the conversion of short chain to long chain omega 3s, will be able to make perfectly adequate amounts of EPA and DHA. Some people do not adequately convert their short chain omega 3s, however, due to genetic variation and/or environmental factors.
Shortage of long chain omega 3 fats can be detected by specialised blood tests such as the Holman Omega 3 Index. Vegans who have, or are at risk of, low levels of DHA and EPA can take a supplement derived from algae. Algal-derived supplements are cruelty-free, environment-friendly, free of the contaminants found in fish oil, and just as effective as fish oil supplements at raising EPA and DHA levels.
Angela's recipe idea for day nineteen:
Makes 1 cup
¾ cup raw cashews
3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp flaked salt
¼ tsp dried garlic powder
- Using a food processor, place the cashews, yeast, salt and garlic powder into the processing bowl and pulse until it forms a fine parmesan like ground.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Kym's advice for day nineteen:
Don't be hangry... pack snacks!!
'Hangry?' you say? Hangry is when you're so hungry that you get angry! :-) Let's face it, being vegan in a non-vegan world you're sometimes going to be somewhere where there are NO vegan options... so be prepared, always carry a few vegan snacks with you, especially when you go somewhere new for a day trip or holiday.
Until the rest of the world makes the kinder choice and goes vegan, there will be times that you will find that there is nothing vegan to eat. It might be a corporate lunch where all they are serving is sausage rolls... or a train trip in amsterdam with a catastrophically carnivorous menu. But all we have to do to conquer the belly rumbles is be prepared, and keep a container of trail mix (fruit and nuts), an apple, or a vegan chocolate bar into your bag or briefcase for these emergencies.
I even spotted a plastic banana travel case the other day on ebay, so you can carry one of these babies with no bruises! Check it out!
Vegan snack packing
Pack a few of your favourite snacks in the glove box of your car, your handbag, briefcase or the drawer of your desk at your office.
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Watch this excellent talk by Dr Greger: 'More than an apple a day - Preventing our most common diseases'
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 NINETEEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!