Hi <<First Name>>!
WELCOME TO DAY SIXTEEN!
Clare's advice for day sixeen:
As you continue on he Challenge, you will grow in confidence about the benefits of becoming vegan. Earlier tips suggested that you focus on you whilst on the Challenge and not overwhelm yourself with having to answer in-depth question about veganism. Avoid tricky debates about the ideology, because potential resistance or criticism puts extra pressure on you when you may not have the full information. As your confidence grows, you can learn to have those conversations easily. However, as you are half way through the Challenge, you might like to start preparing yourself for those discussions. A big tip is to listen to other people’s comments to ascertain their interests or concerns are and then tailor your response to that. I call this ‘Looking for the hooks’. For example, if someone asks you questions about getting sufficient protein and vitamin B12, it is likely that they are interested in the health potential of veganism. Thus, the hook would be health and wellbeing. If someone wants to know the extent of animal cruelty in factory farming, it is likely they have concerns about animal use and welfare. By listening carefully to them and responding to their concerns, you are more likely to have a constructive dialogue. If you push animal welfare concerns (because that is your primary driver), then you may, for example, alienate someone interested in job security if farming changes. There are numerous hooks upon which you can provide information about veganism. Broadly, these fall into the following categories: Anima Welfare and Social Justice, Diet and Health, Economics and Job Security (related to changes in animal farming), Environment (associated with climate change, land use and environmental impact of intensive factory farming), and Culture and Personal Choice. The latter has to do with concerns people have about traditions of diet and lifestyle (including animals in entertainment) and personal choice.
TIP: Listen closely to people who comment or want to know about veganism. Ask them questions to ascertain the hooks and use them to answer their primary concerns. Remember that multiple hooks can be identified where a person has numerous concerns e.g. Animal welfare and environment. Focus your answers on what people are concerned about to gain rapport and encourage people to have an ongoing dialogue with you about veganism. As you grow in knowledge and experience, you will become more proficient in encouraging other people to become vegan too.
Robyn's advice for day sixteen:
Don’t fall for the coconut oil hype
Coconut oil is the latest darling of health food stores and food bloggers. It’s claimed to have all sorts of health benefits, including helping you lose weight and preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and its promoters claim that, unlike other types of saturated fat, it doesn’t raise cholesterol because it has a high proportion of a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides. It’s also claimed to be the best oil to cook with because it doesn’t oxidise when heated.
But how well do these claims stack up?
A randomised crossover trial (in which people were put on 2 different test diets, one with added coconut oil and one without, in random order) found that coconut oil significantly raised the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol.
The only trial in relation to Alzheimer’s tested an isolated component of coconut oil called AC-1202 (not coconut oil itself) and found it had no clinically significant effect.
In a study comparing coconut, olive, canola and safflower oil, coconut oil was found to generate the most cancer-causing aldehydes when heated.
As for weight loss, of the more than 1000 papers on coconut oil published in the scientific literature, not one has demonstrated any benefit of coconut oil for weight loss. On the other hand, coconut oil has been found to cause less shrinkage of the testes of Mongolian gerbils when compared to animals fed with safflower oil. That sounds useful, doesn’t it?
So what should you do with that tub of coconut oil you bought at the health food store now? Put it on your hair! A study comparing mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil for prevention of damage to hair found that only coconut oil reduced protein loss from both damaged and undamaged hair. Just don’t eat the stuff!
Cassies' recipe idea for day sixteen:
¼ cup Mexican style chilli powder
1 ½ tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp flaked salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients into a jar and shake well to combine. Keep sealed until making yummy Mexican food.
Kym's advice for day fifteen:
There is no morally coherent difference between using cows for food or using cows for clothing. If we buy leather, we are supporting the assignment of property status to an innocent living being, which is utterly wrong. There are plenty of alternatives for clothing rather than leather for example hemp, canvas, plastic, acrylic, calico, cotton, corduroy, denim and the list goes on and on, in fact there are more than 60 common fabrics that are animal-free :-)
Read up on vegan fabrics here
Witness the truth about leather (warning graphic content) watch this youtube video (5 mins)
NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT?
Now that we've covered the serious stuff, its time to move into something more lighthearted with a bit of vegan comedy!
Check out this hilarious video by Melbourne songwriter 'Vegan Smythe' (3 mins)'Couldn't Give Up My Cheese'
WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN?
Watch this inspiring talk with Dr Neal Barnard 'Kickstart Your Health - The Power of A Plant Based Diet' (51 mins)
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 SIXTEEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge!