Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunday Thought: Going Veggie


Happy Sunday everyone, I thought i would do my first every Sunday Thought on something very close to my heart which is being vegetarianism, the whys and the options of what you can eat :). I hope you enjoy reading and seeing a bit of my journey.
As soon as i mention to people that i am vegetarian they all act surprised and then the questions start:
What, so you dont eat chicken? or bacon? But you must eat fish? And when the answer to all those question is No they start acting as if they almost feel sorry for me. The next response is I don't know how you can do. You don't know what you are missing! Yes i do and quite frankly i do not want to be eating meat or fish. I want to have a more sustainable organic lifestyle and i love the fact that my lifestyle is #crueltyfree. The next questions that always follow are where do you get your protein from and why did you become vegetarian. And after speaking to other vegans and vegetarians it would seem i am not alone.
I usually start of by saying that its a healthier option and that i love animals too much to want to have them murdered just so i can eat them. I then get the usual eye roll or comment on how i am missing out on so much and sometimes though not often, i will try and explain the benefits of being vegetarian and of how there are many other ways of getting protein. 
So today in honour of all those questions i thought i would give you my top 5-8 reasons why i went and stayed vegetarian.

1. You will live longer . Ok so at age 7 i didn't not know this one but its once reason to stay vegetarian. We all want to live longer right so why are we doing everything we can to shorten outlives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age. Yikes so not a happy thought. lol.
2. You’ll help reduce famine. (Another one i didnt know at age 7) About 70 percent of all grain produced in the world is fed to animals raised for slaughter. Lets take America for example, the 7 billion livestock animals consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the American population. “If all the grain currently fed to livestock were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million
3.You’ll ward off disease. Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer. Though not hayfever as anyone who knows me will tell you i sneeze about 50 times a day if not more :(
4.You’ll have more energy.   Balanced vegetarian diets are naturally free of cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal products that physically slow us down and keep us hitting the snooze button morning after morning. And because whole grains, lentils, fruits and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates, they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel.
5.You’ll help reduce pollution. Some people become vegetarians after realising the devastation that the meat industry is having on the environment Runoff from farmlands is one of the greatest threats to water quality today. Agricultural activities that cause pollution include confined animal facilities.
6. And i am really happy about this one. You’ll reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses. No mad cow disease for me :) plus i am safe in the knowledge that i am not one of the people who ate horse at Ikea. Though the hypocrisy kills me. Horses and Cows are both animals and is one is not better that the other.
7.Ok so the next one is not so pretty or glamorous but You’ll be more ‘regular.’ Eating a lot of vegetables necessarily means consuming more fibre, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fibre. People who eat lower on the food chain tend to have fewer instances of constipation, haemorrhoid.
8.You’ll spare animals. Many vegetarians give up meat because of their concern for animals. Thats me!! Ten billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption each year. And, unlike the farms of yesteryear where animals roamed freely, today most animals are factory farmed: —crammed into cages where they can barely move and fed a diet tainted with pesticides and antibiotics. These animals spend their entire lives in crates or stalls so small that they can’’t even turn around. Farmed animals are not protected from cruelty under the law——in fact, the majority of anticruelty laws specifically exempt farm animals from basic humane protection.

I would be lying if i said i didn't want you to go vegetarian. Compassion for animals was a big part of my reason for doing so and so i would love it if nobody ate them. I understand its a really hard decision to make and i am not going to tell you whats best for you. Thats for you to decide, although you should keep in mind that - It’’s a breeze. It’’s almost effortless these days to find great-tasting and good-for-you vegetarian foods, whether you’re strolling the aisles of your local supermarket or walking down the street at lunchtime. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, look no further than the internet, your favorite bookseller or your local vegetarian society’’s newsletter for culinary tips and great recipes. And if you’’re eating out, almost any ethnic restaurant will offer vegetarian selections.
I wanted to share with you as well some of my favourite meals and websites that i use to live my #cruletyfree semi sustainable lifestyle.
Yummy homemade Granola with Almond Milk- I didn't have fruits on the day :(
ADD some ice and Coconut/ Almond mild and you have the perfect tasting smoothie
Option for a lunch 
One of my own inventions and this with couscous or quinoa is simple amazing and full of protein!
 Last year my dad got an allotment and since then our family's relationship with all things free has changed. We grow out own and not only is this cheaper but healthier as well as we can ensure that its organic. Harvesting and planting is my favourite time as i get to see what my seedling grown into.
I got these leaks from the allotment the other day and they made a nice healthy leak and potato soup.Another personal favourite that i like to make with our home grown produce is spinach and leak soup. It doesn't sound appetising but its simple delicious.
Two websites i love :
http://ohmyveggies.com
http://cookieandkate.com
 I am going to include a recipe series on my blog soon. I just need to get myself more organise put i hope that once i start it it will encourage more and more of you to start living #crueltyfree organic sustainable lifestyles. Let me know what you guys think in the comments as i love to hear your thoughts.

Love y'all but i am now off to enjoy the sun this happy sunday. Speak to y'all soon
Love Issie xox


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