|Hi <<First Name>>!
WELCOME TO DAY TWENTY-SEVEN!
Clare's advice for day twenty-seven
‘What you focus you will tend to multiply’.
On the 30-Day Vegan Challenge, you have undoubtedly become more aware of vegan food and cruelty free products that are available and sometimes how difficult it is to source them in certain areas. If you have chosen veganism for ethical reasons, you may find yourself becoming more sensitive when seeing images or hearing stories about animal cruelty. This is because when we focus on something, we tend to see things related to it more often, even if these things existed before. It is all too easy to become disheartened if you live in an area where obtaining vegan products isn’t easy. You may also become overwhelmed with the extent of animal cruelty as you hear new stories about how institutionalised animal exploitation is. You must become vigilant and actively choose to be positive. You can become disheartened and wonder if things will ever change. Alternatively, you can choose right now to accept that you are part of a global, positive change on the planet, which is simultaneously enhancing your personal health and wellbeing. What you focus on tends to multiply. Remember, only a few years ago, it was impossible to get soya milk in a café. Now it easy and almost 100% guaranteed in major cities. There are special sections for vegan and vegetarian foods at supermarkets where people previously wouldn’t have known what vegan meant if you had asked them. I remember in the 1970s in the UK when only one vegetarian restaurant chain with vegan options existed. It was called Cranks. The work ‘Crank’ humorously indicated that way people tended to view this food choice but the creators saw through the criticism and knew that by taking action, things would change. Today we see veganism growing with well-known leaders and celebrities often adopting it as better choice than carnism. Because of your daily choice to eat and shop vegan, you are individually contributing to the growth of veganism on the planet. Each day you choose with your palette and purse to move social awareness of compassion and responsibility towards a positive end.
TIP: Surround yourself with like-minded people and talk about how exciting it is to be part of a social justice movement that is sweeping the globe. Enjoy your increased vitality and good health and the growing community of friends with whom you are building lifelong connections. Remember, what you focus on, multiplies. So focus on the positive and enjoy the journey!
Robyn's advice for day twenty-seven:
Eat only when hungry.
According to an ancient Egyptian proverb, “One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive; the other three quarters keeps your doctor alive.” Given the skyrocketing ‘health care’ costs of both industrialised and developing countries all over the world, it looks like we’re all keeping lots of doctors alive!
We live in an era in which recreational eating is so entrenched in our culture, we don’t even stop to think about it. We’re bombarded by food advertising whenever we drive down a highway, turn on the TV or radio or even watch a Youtube video, ensuring that the thought of food is never far from our minds. And the proliferation of cafés, restaurants, take-aways and drive-throughs, not to mention snack food options in supermarkets, petrol stations and convenience stores, makes certain that the foods the ads encouraged us to crave are never far from our grasp.
Even nutritious foods are harmful when eaten to excess; let alone highly-processed junk foods, vegan or not! Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that saying ‘no’ to food outside of ‘proper’ meal-times will deprive them of the pleasure of eating. Nothing could be further from the truth: Waiting until you’re actually hungry before you eat enhances the pleasure of eating, because it sharpens your senses, allowing you to fully appreciate the sight, aroma, texture and taste of the food.
Also, when you wait until you’re hungry before you eat, you have a much better sense of how much you need to eat before you’re satisfied. People who eat ‘by the clock’ or constantly graze, are almost always so out of touch with their biological need for food that they have no idea when they’ve had enough.
Be careful, though, that you don’t mistake ‘toxic hunger’ for the true hunger that signals that your body is ready for food. More on this in tomorrow’s Tip!
Cassies' recipe idea for day twenty-seven:
Kym's advice for day twenty-seven:
Horse trainers and jockeys say 'we love our horses and they are well looked after'. Is this true? Is horse racing inherently cruelty and immoral?
Spicy Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Makes 4 serves
125g dried vermicelli noodles
1 cucumber, halved, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled, finely diced
1 capsicum, thinly sliced
1/4 wombok (Chinese cabbage), thinly sliced
1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped, soaked
1/2 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
1 birds eye chilli, thinly sliced
juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, peeled, minced
1cm piece ginger, peeled, minced
- Place the noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and set aside for 2-3 minutes to soak. Use a fork to separate, drain and set aside.
- To make the dressing, add all dressing ingredients to a sealable jar and shake until smooth, approximately 1 minute.
- In a large bowl, toss together the remaining salad ingredients and drizzle over the dressing.
It certainly is. Of course people involved in this shockingly cruel industry would say that the horses are looked after, because sadly they have spent many years convincing themselves of this and maintaining their speciesist views.
Horse racing has perhaps the most 'glamorous' image of all so-called animal 'sports' . It is so alluring to many people that major race-meets such as the Melbourne Cup are even 'celebrated' with public holidays. Socialites spend thousands on designer outfits, the champagne flows, and millions of dollars are gambled on the outcome of races. But what is the life of a racehorse really like? And what of the thousands of horses that fail to 'make the grade'?
TODAYS ASSIGNMENT: Spend ten minutes and find out more about the reality of what goes on behind the scenes, and how spent horses are treated as 'wastage' by this cruel industry. Heres a great place to get some info: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/horse_racing.php
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Go to this page and check out some short videos about the benefits of a plant diet for arterial health!
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 TWENTY-SEVEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!