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WELCOME TO DAY THIRTY!
Congratulations! From Clare Mann:
You have reached day 30 of the Vegan Challenge and shown your commitment and perseverance. Now its time to continue practising all the skills you have been taught so they become habitual.
ACTION: After reading this section today, look back over the 30 days advice I have given you and prioritise what you need to refine and practice. Put aside 30 mins each day to focus and learn about veganism, contact people in the Sydney Vegan Club to discuss your ideas, questions and contributions.
RESOURCES: Throughout the Challenge, you have received numerous resources to call upon beyond the daily input from Kym, Angela, Robyn and myself. These provide rich sources of information and assistance and I encourage you to make it part of your daily routine to explore them and increase your knowledge and expertise in all aspects of veganism.
I offer counselling for vegans 1:1 or for couples in Sydney, over the phone or on Skype. Information available via www.thesydneypsychologist.com . You can have an Initial FREE 20 mins phone consultation to help you decide whether I am the right person to consult and for me to assess whether I am the best person to assist you.
Here’s to your success!
Congratulations and advice from Robyn:
Plug yourself in to reliable vegan nutrition resources
The Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It has revolutionised the way we connect to each, allowing people from all over the planet to offer each other support and information – as we’re doing together in this 30 Day Vegan Challenge! It has also made it much easier for practitioners like me to keep up with new research, since everything is now available on the Internet, rather than being locked up in academic libraries.
But unfortunately, the Internet has made it possible for anyone who has an opinion on something to start their own website, blog, Youtube channel or Facebook group to push their point of view, and this has resulted in much confusion among members of the public who don’t have the background in human nutrition and physiology to be able to discern fact from fiction; marketing hype from carefully-tested hypothesis.
This is the process I follow when I’m reading nutrition information on the web:
- Check who the author is. What are their qualifications; have they actually treated patients/clients or do they simply have an interest in nutrition and are writing about their personal experience? As researchers like to say, “The plural of ‘anecdote’ is NOT ‘data’.” Just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, or even a large minority of people.
- Check whether any scientific references are given for the claims being made. My policy is to immediately close any website that does not cite sources for the information it is giving. I always follow up the sources cited to check that they actually support the claim being made.
- Check the claims being made in PubMed (www.pubmed.com). PubMed is a central database of abstracts (summaries) of papers published on scientific journals from all over the world. If anyone has ever proven that apple cider vinegar cures cancer (in humans, that is, not killing cancer cells in a petrie dish), they will have published the finding and it will be indexed in PubMed (go ahead and search it now!).
- Google the claim and check the websites that support it. If they’re all blogs and websites selling products, the claim is probably not solidly grounded. If they’re reputable sites that have some kind of system for assessing claims, such as WebMD, you can have more trust in it.
- For user-friendly explanations of complex scientific research and nutritional information, you simply can’t go past Dr Michael Greger’s websitewww.nutritionfacts.org. It’s highly searchable, and each topic is covered in a brief (2-10 minute) video that draws on multiple scientific studies (all of them given in the Sources Cited section, so you can follow up on the research yourself).
- Finally, a shameless plug: please subscribe to my free weekly e-newsletterEMPOWERED! which brings you nutrition information in a form that obeys all the above rules :-) Just go to www.empowertotalhealth.com.au to subscribe.
Congratulations and one more fantastic recipe from Cassie:
Whole Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Jam
Makes 1 cup
300g tiny strawberries, tops removed, washed, dried
1/2 cup caster sugar
rind and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 vanilla bean, split (sliced down the centre)
- Place three small plates into the freezer for the jam test.
- Place all ingredients into a heavy based 1 litre saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries produce a small amount of juice.
- Simmer over a low heat, stirring occasionally. This process should take about 10 minutes.
- Test the jam by spooning a few drips onto the chilled plate. If not thick enough for your liking, simmer for a further 2 minutes before re testing. Repeat until your desired texture is reached.
- Pour jam into a sterilised jam jar and seal the lid. Allow to cool.
Congratulations and advice from Kym:
Congratulations on your first thirty days as a vegan!
TODAYS ASSIGNMENT: Celebrate becoming vegan! Treat yourself to an amazing tasty and nutritious meal, buy yourself a new vegan book, some vegan clothes or shoes, make a donation to an animal sanctuary or vegan education organisation or tell your friends and family how happy you are to have completed the 30 Day Vegan Challenge - invite them to do the same so that they too can help make a difference for the animals, our health and our environment!
Share the love!
One question you might be wondering now is: 'When can i call myself a vegan?". Well, thats entirely up to you - but my advice is that you are already a vegan. When you first signed up for the challenge, you made the choice to work towards ceasing the use of animals for food, clothing or entertainment wherever possible, and this is what veganism is all about. Even if you accidentally consumed food that you didn't realise contained an animal product, or purchased something that you didn't know was tested on animals, the truth is in your intention, you have actively made the decision to reduce your harm to animals as much as possible, and as a vegan - this needs to be an ongoing act. If you travel somewhere, go to someones house for a meal or find a new product in a shop that you are interested in, as a vegan you need to be mindful of the source of this product and find out if it is cruelty-free or not.
It will take some time before you have enough knowledge and experience as a vegan to really know where you draw the line with your relationship to animals and nature and your place within it, how to go about your daily life and chase your dreams while standing up for what you know is the right treatment of animal in a world that so carelessly abuses them. So as long as you are working hard to have a lifestyle that does not exploit animals, then call yourself vegan, be proud to do so and be happy that you are helping improve things for the animals.
The next step on your vegan journey is to follow up on some of the resources suggested by Clare and Robyn and to make more like-minded friends who will support and inspire you. Also start to share what you have learnt with others, as one thing this world certainly needs is more compassion and kindness and this starts with education, this is something that we can all do :-)
Copy this link and distribute it widely: http://www.sydneyveganclub.com.au/30daychallenge
Also I'd love to hear your feedback about the challenge, so please feel free to email me and let me know if you found it helpful, or have any suggestions for other topics that we should cover :-)
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