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WELCOME TO DAY NINE!
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Clare's advice for day nine:
What do you say when someone says ‘What was it that affected you so much that you changed your diet? Irrespective of the reason, there is a danger that the other person will get defensive if they feel judged for doing what you have chosen not to. You don’t want to end up playing verbal table tennis with each of you defending your points of view. A simple technique avoids a ‘you and them’ exchange. Example: A friend says, ‘It’s ok to drink milk isn’t it because if you keep milking a cow, they keep producing milk?’ A truthful response might be the following: ‘Really? Calves are taken away from their mothers so we can have their milk? It sickens me to see people drinking milk now, knowing that they are causing so much anguish for mother and baby!’ However, your comment would most likely be meet a strong aggressive or defensive reaction, especially if the other person drinks milk and doesn’t even know about the reality of dairy farming. If they feel criticised, they might even defend milk drinking because they feel embarrassed, when with a different approach they might admit that they too are alarmed now that you have told them the truth. If a person feels personally attacked, their reaction might have more to do with them thinking you are rude to criticise them, rather than allowing them to stay with the uncomfortable emotion of learning about cruelty to cows. Instead, the use of the word ‘we’, includes the other person and avoids judgement. For example: Friend: ‘It’s ok to drink milk isn’t it because if you keep milking a cow, they keep producing milk?’ Your answer: ‘There was a time when I thought that too. However, I then learnt that calves are taken away from their mothers so we can take their milk. I felt outraged that WE are not told this and it has a negative effect on OUR health and how we are unwittingly collude with animal cruelty. Did you know about this or is this new to you too?’
TIP: Use the word ‘WE’. E.g. ‘We have been duped’, rather than using words that imply ‘I found out and therefore people who continue to do XYZ are wrong!’ By focusing on the industries behind food production or the information that has been kept from us, you partner with other people about what to do next, rather than coming over as superior because ‘You have seen the light and changed and they haven’t’.
Robyn's advice for day nine:
Know the truth about protein ‘quality’ and protein combining
You’ll often find plant proteins described as ‘incomplete’ or ‘lacking’ in one or more essential amino acids. This is completely untrue. All plant proteins contain all 10 essential amino acids, but some have lower proportions of certain amino acids than are found in the flesh of animals, including humans. This might be a problem if you could only ate 1 type of food, day in, day out, but in Australia we have access to a huge variety of foods, all with a different mixture of amino acids.
Our bodies maintain an ‘amino acid pool’ consisting of amino acids that we’ve absorbed from food, and reclaimed from the ‘recycling’ of our own body proteins. The composition of this pool remains remarkably constant no matter what you eat, because your body simply retains more of the amino acids that came in in lower amounts from the last meal you ate, and dumps the ones that are in oversupply.
As a result, there’s no need to carefully select ‘complementary proteins’ in each meal, such as beans and rice or peanut butter and wheat bread. The idea of protein complementarity was popularised in the 1971 book Diet for a Small Plant by Francis Moore Lappé, but Ms Lappé acknowledged in the 1991 revised edition of her book that she misunderstood the biochemistry of protein at the time she wrote the first edition, and she no longer recommends paying attention to complementary proteins.
The bottom line: eat a variety of plant foods each day, according to your appetite, and you need never worry about getting enough total protein, or any individual amino acid.
Cassie's recipe idea for day nine:
Kym's advice for day nine:
Makes 4 serves
1 brown onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
800g potatoes, peeled, diced
¼ cup coconut cream
2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp flaked salt
2 tbsp mint leaves, roughly chopped
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1. Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with cold water. Simmer over a medium heat until just cooked through. Drain, place back into the pot and set aside.
2. In a frypan, heat the nuttelex and saute the onion and garlic until golden brown. Place into the pot with the potatoes along with the coconut cream, mayonnaise, salt, mint and spring onions and mash using a potato masher.
Connect with other like-minded people and make some new vegan friends!
So you've made it through your first week being vegan. You've learnt alot, watched some videos, digested a lot of info and ingested some amazing new flavours. In writing this thirty day vegan course we are trying to give you as much encouragement as possible, as we are passionate vegans who hope to rid the world of animal suffering. But we can only do so much via emails, so we'd love for you to come along and meet some of our club members. Sydney Vegan Club does many and varied meetups and events, theres something for everyone, so if you haven't already, please find something that appeals to you and come and make some new friends! And don't worry if you are a shy person, cos guess what? Vegans are amongst the nicest sweetest people on earth - not surprising since that since we care for non-human animals, we are also caring and considerate to human animals... some of us are even party
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NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT?
Watch this terrific video that encapsulates lots of good reasons to go vegan (12 mins) --> click here
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Go to this page on Dr Greger's Nutritionalfacts.org website and learn more about heart health --> click here
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Check out our directory of over 100 eateries in Sydney with vegan options! --> click here
QUOTE FOR THE DAY
"One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them". ~ Martin Luther King Jr
Congratulations making it through DAY NINE of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!