I just found this web site, Go Dairy Free, "The ultimate online resource for dairy free living." It offers health info, non-dairy calcium sources and requirements, recipes, dairy substitutes, tips on dining out and grocery shopping, news, product reviews, a free newsletter, and more.
My favorite bits...
Vegan eating is not a sacrifice, but a fulfilling culinary adventure... Make your mind your ally. Rather than envisioning the foods that you no longer eat, envision the wide variety of foods you now enjoy, and the unlimited treats you have yet to discover.
If you are living with loved ones who do not yet understand your new direction, remember the wise words of Albert Schweitzer:
"Example is not the main way to influence others, it is the only way."
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Good Sources of the Good Stuff April 10, 2007 3:35 PM
Again from the wonderful Vegan Peace web site, a very helpful series of definitions, descriptions, and lists & charts of the best plant sources of macronutrients (fiber & protein), vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, & the Omegas (3, 6 and 9). You can look them up by nutrient category, individual nutrient or by food. Really handy to have if you're ever wondering (or if you're asked) where you obtain these nutrients on a vegan diet and how much you should be getting.
Not that this isn't another area of vegan nutrition debate, but at least now the consensus is that we need to incorporate it, either through B-12 fortified vegan foods (some cereals, some soymilks like Silk, some nutritional yeasts like KAL Vegetarian Support Formula and Red Star, etc) or through supplements. The current debate seems to center around how much we need, how often to take it, and what the best forms of it are. As for us... we make sure we get it, we get it from several sources, and we get at least 5mcg a day.
(I have special concerns because I have MS, so I use this product, because it contains nutrients either recommended for people with MS or which are generally deficient in people with MS.
http://tinyurl.com/5gpbk While I don't necessarily think this is something vegans need, in case anyone might be interested I thought I'd mention it. It's vegan, tasty and convenient, and it's one of my sources of B-12. And I can sweeten it myself with agave nectar.
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Nutritional yeast is my favorite B-12 source, and anyone who hasn't tried it yet is missing out (IMO!) Just make sure you get one fortified with B vitamins, and don't confuse it with brewer's or bread yeast. It's pale to bright yellow (and it'll make you pee bright yellow, but don't be concerned! Your body is just expelling the remainder of one of the B-vitamins it didn't need... riboflavin? Can't remember.)
www.chooseveg.com is a really great site for hundreds of recipes, and videos on how to make some really great, unique, and tasty vegan foods ( including chocolate cake) , including many helpful tips. I highly recommend it.
Compassionate Cooks Podcasts November 10, 2007 8:56 AM
If you ever have a chance to take a cooking class from Colleen Patrick-Goodreau, or hear her speak at an event, don't miss it! She's funny, bubbly, passionate, informative, an amazing cook and an eloquent, compassionate, persuasive voice for animals and joyful vegan living!
Her web site and blogs contain a lot of great information, but her Food For Thought podcasts may be her most popular feature. Covering such topics as "Life After Cheese," "Speaking Your Truth," "Living Among Meat-Eaters," "Celebrating Halloween & Thanksgiving Without Compromising Your Values," and much more, they're inspiring, educational, sometimes funny, often poignant, and frequently life-changing. She discusses a wide variety of subjects, including relationships, social situations and advocacy; specific foods and nutrients; and the topics of "humane" animal slaughter, the "free-range" issue and various common attempts to defend animal consumption and exploitation or disparage the vegan lifestyle. She also has several podcasts devoted to specific (typically "farmed") animals (turkeys, goats, pigs, burros), discussing their true natures, histories, plights, etc.
You can listen and subscribe to her podcasts for free, share them, and/or help sponsor them.
I don't know of similar sites for other parts of the world, but there are these two in the UK. They aren't lists of humane charities, but are themselves medical research organizations that do not test on animals and are advocates/activists for the termination of animal experimentation and vivisection. They might also be a good resource for informations for residents of the UK, and they depend on charitable contributions...
If you know of other humane charity databases around the world, please post them here. If you would like to provide or you need a list of charities that are advocates of veganism, please let me know and we'll start a separate thread devoted to just that!
- which for 8 years has been mapping the veg*n world - the site now has over 4,000 members - a high % of whom actively review the restaurants / businesses listed & the members also work enthusiastically to keep the listings up to date.
The design of HappyCow is a little too "purple" for my taste & Google often throws very weird Ad's at you - but for the travelling vegan / veggie / compassionate eater there is no better resource.
"Suck it & see" - join as a member & review / add a bunch of your favorite veg*n places.
= Working chiefly under the aegis of his Center for Consumer Freedom, Berman has accused Mothers Against Drunk Driving and kindred groups (in the words of one of his Web sites) of "junk science, intimidation tactics, and even threats of violence to push their radical agenda." Another Berman Web site was devoted to dismissing the dangers of mercury levels in fish. =
= Berman's center was jump-started in 1995 with money from Philip Morris, and, thanks to memos that were made public in the discovery process during the lawsuits against Big Tobacco, his strategic vision is now plain for all to see. "The concept," he wrote Philip Morris at the time, "is to unite the restaurant and hospitality industries in a campaign to defend their consumers and marketing programs against attacks from anti-smoking, anti-drinking, anti-meat, etc. activists." The industries apparently have appreciated Berman's work. According to the Center for Media and Democracy, a former Berman associate has produced documents showing that Coca-Cola, Wendy's, Tyson Foods, Cargill and Outback Steakhouse are among Berman's largest donors. =
I've posted several articles by Dr. McDougall on various threads, but the main web site needs a more permanent parking spot.
John McDougall, MD is a board certified internist (and author) who advocates a very low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet. His web site has a lot of well-researched articles about health and nutrition, along with over 2000 free recipes (Mary McDougall is an RN and the co-author of several cookbooks), archived newsletters, weight loss information, a forum, upcoming events, and profiles of "Star McDougallers," (which make for inspiring reading). You can also sign up for his free newsletter.
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Grassroots Veganism w/Jo Stepaniak April 04, 2008 7:58 AM
There are several resources on this site, from rotating recipes to thought-provoking essays. But the feature I've always found most helpful is the "Ask Jo" column. It's updated infrequently, but the archives are extensive and cover pretty much everything a vegan (whether not-yet, new or veteran) will at some point probably wonder, encounter and/or struggle with, including food and other products, philosophy, ethical considerations, relationships, activism, and those sometimes challenging or just plain pesky social situations, all from a compassionate point of view. You may not always agree with her, but Jo's perspective is always thoughtful, eloquent, insightful and valuable. And, I think, a great resource to share here! Click on the banner to visit her site.
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A friend with an ant invasion sent me looking for humane ways to deal with the ants in her pants pantry and thus I found this Satya article, which addresses not just ants, but several other critters you may not want as houseguests...
(The article talks about this from an "urban living, apartment-dwelling" perspective, but we know that most of these wee beasties can show up anywhere! So these humane tips should be helpful for anyone.) I want to realise brotherhood or identity, not merely with the beings
called human, but with all life, even with such things as crawl upon
earth. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Hold fast to vegetarianism and abstain from taking life... Whenever
taking a step, always watch for ants and insects. ~Wen Ch'ang (5th century)
Crush not yonder ant as it draggeth along its grain; for it too liveth, and its life is dear to it. A shadow there must be, and a stone upon the heart, that could wish to sorrow the heart even of an ant. Strike
not with the hand of violence the head of the feeble; for one day, like
the ant, thou mayest fall under the foot thyself. ~Sadi (13th century)
about the smallest: A tiny insect, just think of it. A living,
breathing, thinking, feeling creature, with a fully functioning
digestive and reproductive system... A masterpiece in miniature!... Let us not turn a blind eye to their sufferings, for after all,
all life is sacred and pain is still pain, suffering is still
suffering, regardless of whoever - or whatever, is the victim.
heart, gentle heart: Rescue the drowning insect; carry the snail on the
pavement to safety; return the helpless worm, writhing on concrete, to
the sanctuary of Mother Earth. Render help and kindness, wherever it
is needed, to all life, great or small. Suffering has no boundaries,
neither should compassion. ~Holy Lance
Ahem. Humane Guide to "Pest" Control April 25, 2008 2:36 PM
Care2's gremlins apparently ate half the subject line of my previous post. It should say, "Humane Guide to Pest Control!" But I'm not up for deleting and re-posting it, so it's just going to have to sit there looking forever ridiculous. Or suspenseful... "Hmmm, Humane Guide to... to what?! I must know! I'll have to read the post immediately and find out!" (Mwahahaha! )
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Friends of Animals recently launched a very informative web site called... Vegan Means
VeganMeans is an informational website produced byFriends of Animals. Its main goals are to offer support and well-researched information that will benefit both experienced and aspiring vegans alike.
It's very thorough, covering a wide range of topics, especially under the "Why Vegan?" and "How Vegan?" sections, and I recommend exploring it all. But these three pages are especially relevant to this group!
Becoming vegan is not about cutting animal-based foods out of your diet, its about crowding them out.
The key here is to make an ongoing effort to sample unfamiliar vegan foods. Of course, you wont like everything you try. But youre certain to like some of it, and youll most definitely stumble upon foods you adore. Every time you find a healthy food that you really like, you can incorporate it into your regular diet. Over time, whenever you get hungry, youll find that the first foods that come to mind just happen to be vegan.
So you see, a transition to a vegan diet has nothing to do with willpower, and everything with making a conscientious and ongoing effort to discover new foods. The more new foods you sample on a regular basis, the quicker and more gracefully your transition to a vegan diet will go.
You may find it helpful to set aside thirty minutes a day to cultivating your vegan habit, with a different activity each day. One day you might browse through a vegan cookbook looking for appealing recipes. The next day you might eat out at a vegan-friendly restaurant and try an unfamiliar dish. The day after that you might read through a book on vegan nutrition before bed. On other days you might try cooking new vegan recipes, or browsing your natural foods store for vegan items youve not yet sampled. As you can see, there are all sorts of fun things you can do to push yourself closer to a vegan diet. ~Erik Marcus
"Nutritional yeast is my favorite B-12 source, and anyone who hasn't tried it yet is missing out (IMO!) Just make sure you get one fortified with B vitamins, and don't confuse it with brewer's or bread yeast."
I'm just wondering, I'm a vegetarian and we all know that b12 is located mostly in animal products, how can i get vitamin b12 then?
My answer to your B12 concern is Sea Buckthorn. & you can eat it raw or dried. Anyway, if you have nothing against pills, then there is a large amount of vegan B12 supplements available in most pharmacies.