We hope these tips, link and bits of advice will help you on your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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 Clare's advice for day twelve:  

Today I want to teach you an important communication technique which can be used generally as well as when talking about veganism. It can be used when you have told someone something that they find difficult to accept. For example, you may have told someone how milk is produced and they resist it. Instead of providing more evidence in the hope that soon they will suddenly get it, ask questions instead. For example, in response to comments like ‘Surely milk isn’t produced like that!’ ask questions like, ‘What is your understanding of how milk is produced?’ or ‘What do you think about what I have told you?’ These questions provide them with the opportunity to explore their own thoughts and emotions more fully rather than struggling with resisting their emotions (in respect to what you have told them). This simple technique is part of effective listening. It also clarifies any misunderstanding of what we think people are reacting to, instead you give them the opportunity to say more of why they are reacting as they are.

TIP: Encourage people to defend their reactions to what you are saying rather than providing them with more and more information in the hope that they will suddenly ‘get it’. Do this by asking them questions to explore their reactions and transmute their strong emotions, rather than antagonising them with more information, which ends up with them ‘shooting the messenger’.

Robyn's advice for day twelve:

Know your nuts (and seeds too)

Nuts and seeds are nutritious foods for everyone. They’re important sources of minerals, healthy fats and protein in the vegan diet. Many large, long-term studies have shown that regular consumption of nuts and seeds protects against heart disease, sudden cardiac death, diabetes, some types of cancer, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases.

Nuts and seeds, rather than extracted oils, should be the major source of fat in your daily diet. Although most studies show that nuts and seeds do not promote weight gain, if you’re overweight you should limit your intake of nuts and seeds to 30-40 g per day for women, and 45-55 g per day for men.

Nuts and seeds are best eaten raw, as roasting generates cancer-causing chemicals, oxidises the oils in nuts, and decreases protein availability.

Have a wide selection of nuts and seeds every day, or vary the types you eat from day to day. Choose from almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed (linseed), hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamias, pecans, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts. Peanuts are not true nuts, being members of the legumes family, but appear to have many of the same health benefits as tree nuts.


Cassies' recipe idea for day twelve: 

Creamy Brown Lentils and Pistachio Dukkah
Makes 4 serves
3 tbsp nuttelex
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup puy (brown) lentils, washed
1 tsp salt
375ml vegetable stock
1 litre water
2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil
Pistachio Dukkah
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon, ground
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp pistachio nuts
1 tsp sea salt
  1. In a saucepan, melt the nuttelex over a medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until softened. Add the lentils and salt and allow to saute for 1 minute.
  2. Pour over the stock and water and allow to simmer over a low heat for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. To make the dukkah, place all ingredients into frypan and toast until fragrant, approximately 6 minutes over a medium heat, stirring constantly. Allow to cool and using a food processor, process until desired consistency is reached. You want to have some small lumps still visible.
  4. Serve the lentils with dukkah and drizzle with lemon olive oil.
Kym's advice for day twelve:
Vegucate yourself with some vegan documentaries! 
So far I have given you more than twenty youtube video links to get info for free online, but there is nothing more impactful or powerful than a feature length documentary watched on a big screen - or at least on your television rather than a computer! Some of the most powerful vegan documentaries include: Peaceable Kingdom, Earthlings, Vegucated, Meat The Truth, Speciesism, The Witness, A Delicate Balanc, Mad Cowboy, The Cove, Blackfish and Forks Over Knives. Most of these have years of work involved and give an enormous insight into the compelling reasons that a vegan lifestyle is the only way we should be living. 

Check out some trailers, synopsis and reviews for these films, either just be searching on youtube, or try these links here here and here. Some of these films like Earthilngs have a high level of animal cruelty, so be wary of what you are willing to witness and what you are comfortable with watching. Others such as Forks Over Knives contain no animal cruelty scenes. Forks Over Knives can be purchased in Sydney at JB Hifi or IKU wholefoods stores. Order others online via www.urbangypsyaustralia.com or Amazon. Avoid watching films through pirated video sites as its unethical and doesn't help to support the filmmakers, and we really need them to be able to make more films and fund their impor work :-)

Check out this very inspiring and beautiful film 'MAKING THE CONNECTION' by the UK Vegan Society (30 mins) -->click here

Watch this ground-breaking talk by Dr Near Barnard 'Power Foods For The Brain' (75 mins) --> click here 

Check out our directory of over 100 eateries in Sydney with vegan options!  --> click here 


Congratulations making it through DAY TWELVE of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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