Plant Shift

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Following a plant-based or vegan lifestyle, is about food, drink, clothes, shoes, body treatments, hair products and more. 

It's a conscious decision to think, walk and possibly, talk a better lifestyle. 

I support individuals who are thinking about making the shift, as well as, those who have already begun their plant-based journey.

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Who says vegans can't have a 'traditional' English breakfast?

Feeling like I was missing out on 'traditional' English breakfasts!

When I was vegetarian, I enjoyed going to Cafés and ordering the 'traditional' English breakfast! was as close to traditional as it could be, without including any meat!

I wasn't a proper vegetarian then, so I did eat eggs! :/ Nevertheless, after going vegan, I often reminisced about those days and wanted to re-live the experience. 

It was about more than the food, but the food was important! This was especially true when many Cafés didn't stock vegan sausages; so the breakfast wouldn't be a very filling one, or even close to 'traditional'!

For a while we stopped looking and asking, but things changed. 

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The Jain Vegans cooking club

What is the Jain Vegan group?

The Jain Vegan group was set up by a group of individuals who were either exploring or following Jainism or Veganism or both.

They created a group on Yahoo, which has created a community for members who live all over the world. The members, just like the organisers, are either exploring or following Jainism, veganism or both. 

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What happens when your family doesn't want to go vegan but you do?

This post begins with a description of what happened when my husband told me he didn't want to follow a vegan diet any more. After this, I share how I reacted to his choice, how it caused uncertainty within the wider family and, the most important part; the solution, which freed me from negativity. 

In the second half, you'll find suggestions about what to do if your partner doesn't have the same diet or lifestyle choice as you. This section also takes in account, your reasons for following a vegan diet.

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How I define a vegan diet

Why is it helpful to have a definition of what veganism?

I wrote this definition to create a tool to communicate what you are willing to consume, so that it's easier on you and others.

Confusion about the many terms regarding what people eat

There are loads of different terms for people to remember.

- Those who eat fish but no other meat of any sort are Pescetarians.
- If you eat chicken and no other meat, you're a Pollo vegetarian.
- If someone says they are vegan but they eat meat, fish, honey, eggs etc. i.e. the only thing they have excluded from their diet is dairy; they are not vegan. They fall under the dairy-free category.

The definition of a vegan diet

A vegan diet includes any item that has not come from a living being e.g. an animal or insect. Examples of excluded foods are honey, eggs, fish, meat and products using the milk from an animal e.g. cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter etc. Vegan foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, pulses and grains. Alternatives to dairy products can be made from oats, rice, soya or nuts.

A tool to help illustrate what vegans eat

A friend of mine made a chart to show the differences between what a vegan would eat and what a 'pure' vegetarian would eat. I hope you find it helpful.

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Why vegans don't consume honey
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"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."

How to manage when you've been invited to a party or another social event that involves food

I don't think there's one, singular way, to handle social events. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be able to manage them as if they were all the same but it took me a while to realise they're not and the crux of the matter is, the people will be different. However, there is a way to make things smoother. 

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Find out what Promoe thinks we should use and consume

Here's a rap about lots of things but if you fast forward to 3 minutes and 28 seconds you'll hear some lyrics about what Promoe thinks we should and shouldn't use and consume.

No alcohol
No weed
No cigarettes
No E's
No milk
No cheese
No eggs
No meat
Just meditation and peace
Red lentils
Chick peas
Good workout
Good sleep
More sun shine....

"It's my firm intention to whop cancer into submission and I truly believe I've given myself the best start possible by radically overhauling my diet and by staying true to my motto, which is: Don't worry, be happy, feel good. The first thing I did when I was diagnosed was to turn vegan."
- Larry Hagman