Vegan Body Building

Before I jump into this, a word on promoting male stereotypes:  We do not, in any way, promote an ideal male or female body type or image  (please read these articles on toxic masculinity and why we should recognize what we do to reinforce these cultural norms ourselves) .  This is intentionally an article about male competitive body building, and why going vegan is totally applicable to this lifestyle, and also healthier.  I have included some names of competitive female bodybuilders at the end, but it is not the focus of this article.

We advocate for health, which definitely does not need to involve body building, in fact, I think many or most body builders do ENORMOUS damage to their body in the pursuit of the single minded goal of bulking up, not to mention stress injuries and other common sports injuries that are a risk factor in any athletic pursuit.  I (Suzi) am not a physical trainer, but I have clocked several hours in Rehab medicine, assisted on many studies, read many protocols for treatment and do a  lot of research.  Therefore, I can say it is likely POSSIBLE to be a bodybuilder, maybe even a competitive one, and to be healthy while doing it.  I don’t have the answer, but what I do know is that going vegan responsibly would go a LONG WAY to addressing some of the health concerns that would be generated by ingesting that much saturated fat, and animal protein.

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Chocolate Mousse

Whether you are aiming for a guilt-free dessert, pudding topping or filling, this creamy delicious sweet indulgence is loaded with a nutrient density that is nothing to sneeze at!  The optional chia seeds add a lovely texture and pack this baby full of omegas too.  Don’t forget, you can leave the salt out or simply add a splash of lemon juice instead to make this healthy raw dessert completely Sugar Oil and Salt (SOS) free.

 

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Lab GROWN- Vegan Tech triumph or disaster?

labmeatShmeat. Frankenmeat. Some vegans may consider this the holy grail, real cheese and real meat without the animal cruelty. Oddly enough, vegans may be more excited about this than meat eaters,  already having been adjusted to substitutions and mock-meats for decades. Omnivores may have a more difficult time adjusting to the idea of food science (despite having been fed a diet of processed food-like materials for years).

So is frankenmeat the answer, or just another attempt we humans are making to justify our bad drug addictions?

First, lets explore how they are making, and intend to make Shmeat.

The Shmeat is created through a process similar to how we repair, and bulk up, our muscle tissue.  They take muscle tissue core samples from a cow neck (kind of like a syringe biopsy) and then feed it fetal calf serum. Then they starve the cells, causing them to divide and then combine into muscle fibers called myotubes, and then it replicates again and again until they have enough.  See VIDEO about how its made.

They seem to be coming from a good place, these scientists: “What people need to realize is that it will have a positive effect on many things, including animal welfare, because we would need to slaughter fewer animals, our efficiency with certain resources, and the environment,” (Professor Mark Post, Maastricht University).

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Emissions: Cars vs Cattle?

Conversations about air pollution, carbon footprints, greenhouse gases usually focus on cars/transportation and the nebulous concept of “industry” calling to mind post-industrial brick smoke towers pumping black smoke into the sky for some factory that is as monolithic and ominous at it is cartoonish and NOT the biggest contributor to toxic air pollution.

Several studies on the sources and causes of emissions have been done, like this 2006 study and many responses by agriculture and commentaries have monitored small changes, talking about industry practice reform, such as the independent.

Detractors argue that the 3.5% decrease to observable methane emissions over 8 years is PROOF that the agricultural industry simply needs reforms to correct the issue…ignoring the fact that at 14.5% (whether we agree with this figures or not) still makes livestock the #2 ABOVE transportation, and behind the nebulous “industry”.  methane-vs-co2-graphic-new Continue reading Emissions: Cars vs Cattle?

Vegan Mac’N’Cheese SMACKDOWN

Baltimore is home to a fantastic Vegan community, and coming soon is an event presented by the beloved monthly Bmore Vegan Drinks and the emerging Pep Foods Collective, which will be part battle royal, and part fundraiser.

Pep Foods is part social initiative, part multi-company collective, and part Vegan food producer and distributor.  Healthy foods as an affordable alternative to animal products, through cooking, urban farming, and The Eating for Life Program.  The Smackdown is one of several upcoming fundraising initiatives the collective is undertaking to fund the completion of their kitchen and get their food distributed at low cost to communities in need, and businesses who want to offer more tasty and nutritious vegan options.

February 20th, 2016 Baltimore City, come sample the culinary best from 20+ local vegan chefs, meet other vegans, chefs, foodies, activists, and new friends!

 

 

#VeganMacSmack #VeganBaltimore #PEPFoods #BmoreVegan

 

Kimchi- Delicious Recipe for Digestive Health

Korean traditional kimchi includes fish paste, Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste), cabbage and daikon, which means not only is it not vegan, but is uses obscure ingredients. Tradition is important, and is a food obstacle for many vegans, but so is accuracy.

Never fear!

Did you know that basically every Korean with a mother and a kitchen has done their Kimchi differently?  So let’s make our own!

Here is an easy recipe with 9 grocery store ingredients, many you already have:

 

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DXE- Disruption for the Cause

A public place, a restaurant, a grocery store.  These are all places where people gather, and they are also places where decisions get made.  Some of these decisions can effect the rest of someone’s life, and to people working for Animal Rights this fact is very true.

On Saturday January 30th, a group of people self-organized with DXE- Direct Action Everywhere  did several “disruptions” in Washington, DC in order to encourage people to question the choices in what they eat, what they buy, and in general to attempt to break down the denial we all have about what goes into our choices: the human, environmental, and animal costs of consumer goods and our lifestyles.

Using song, calling out facts, and signs, all over the world activists disrupt the daily “ignore what we don’t see” patterns we all fall into, and encourage a deeper investigation to these issues.

Calling out: “Their Bodies,” or “Their eggs” or “Their children” and the response “Not ours”

Calling out: “They have families,” or “They feel pain” and the response “Just like us”

Powerful stuff.  DXE has organized activist efforts all over, connect with them, link above, to find out how you too can get involved raising awareness and advocating for animals who can’t speak up for themselves.

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