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Is It Hard To Be Vegan?

A question I get asked frequently is “Is it hard to be vegan” and the simple answer is “No”

Should I just end this post now?

O.k. – I’ll keep going and explain why it’s not at all difficult.

The hardest part to being vegan is taking the initial step into the plant-based kitchen.  Deciding that you’re going to flip the ratio of meat to veggie on it’s ear and go veggie to meat. In fact for many days during the week, you’re even going to try having no meat at all.

That’s the hardest part.

Once you’ve made the decision the rest kind of falls into place. Such as discovering What to Eat Instead of Meat (great title for a book … oh yes, one I’ve written).  It’s learning about having beans, peas (as in chickpeas) or lentils instead of beef, chicken or fish.

Next, it’s getting some recipes and you can’t get a better cookbook than Mr Google!!!
Just type in something like ‘vegan recipe with lentils’ and you’ll get so many hits you’ll have a hard time picking just one.

You can also meet like-minded people.  Get out there and get among other vegans and vegetarians.  You can start with FaceBook.  There are many, many vegan groups …. but a word of warning, find one that is supportive of new vegans – these are the groups that will help you whenever you need it.

Perhaps you can find a group in your town.  http://meetup.com is a brilliant place to start.  You will have to ‘join’ which is free then you can search for vegan groups in your area.

Another place to go is to the local cafe that you know sells vegan food.  Ask them if them if they know of a group that you can join.  Maybe you can put up a sign for newbie vegans to meet for coffee there.

The point of all this is that the hardest part is definitely the start.  Just like anything, when you step outside of your comfort zone it’s scary and strange – but, believe me when I say – get into this way of cooking and suddenly it becomes your comfort zone!!!

If you need help at all, I am here for you.  Jump on a live call with me for ½ hour and ask me anything you like –  it’s free and I’m happy to help.
Pop through to my appointment calendar and made a time that suits (time is shown in N.Z. zone), I’d love to connect.

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One last thing … if you’re new to veganism, then make it as healthy as you can, (yes there are unhealthy vegans), go whole-food plant based eating which will mean that you get a great bonus … your own health.

Ciao
Fee



Is the Dairy Industry Running Scared?

The word “milk” is taking a bit of a beating and the dairy industry wants it only used for animal milk.

There is continuing debate over the use of this word which I find quite fascinating.  Now the dictionary does define milk as being:

an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

which, plainly obvious a cashew nut is not.

However, with the movement growing away from animal milk and towards plant-based milks, I think we’re getting to a point where the definition may have to be reduced to – a white liquid rich in fat and protein – and leave it at that.

It appears that those who want to keep the word only to mammals are calling any plant-based milk “imitation”.  They argue:

that plant-based milk products are nutritionally inferior substitutes for cow milk and therefore must be identified as “imitation” product.

Now I would vehemently disagree with that and argue that, in fact, plant-based milk is superior as it does not have the protein casein in it, the plant-based milk has a much better quality calcium and no animals are harmed in the milking!

Even the FDA have been asked to make a ruling.  Silly part is, that I believe soymilk and almond milk are excused from this debate and can continue to use the term.

I can’t imagine anyone confusing Rice Milk with Cow’s milk …. but hey, stranger things have happened.

Source: FDA Law Blog

Ciao
Fee



Fee’s Magic Minute – Flipping Plants

What on earth do I mean by ‘flipping plants’ ?

Check out today’s Magic Minute to discover how to flip out the meat and flip in the plants

Hope you have enjoyed

Ciao
Fee



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Fee’s Magic Minute – Chicken

On this Magic Minute I’m giving you a tip if you are still eating chicken.

Chicken is one of the worst meats you can eat for a variety of reasons so on today’s Magic Minute I give you a bit of a heads up about one particular nasty it has and how you can help your body  if you still want to eat chicken.

 

Hope you got something out of this  … keep a watch for the next one

Ciao
Fee



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The Humble Little Nut

We really do sometimes take the humble little nut for granted when, in fact, it packs an almighty powerful punch.

Not only can we use the nut in different ways, but it is also a major contributor to our health.

So let’s start with the nutritional value of nuts.  Yes, it does depend a wee bit on the actual nut, but generally they are a source of:

  • protein (yes, nodding head, they are)
  • potassium,
  • calcium (see, you don’t need dairy – chop some nuts and sprinkle over dark green veg and you’re good to go!)
  • magnesium
  • anitoxidants
  • Vitamin E
  • fibre
  • selenium
  • iron

As I said – each type of nut offers different things.  However they pretty much all have fat in them – good fat – but still fat.  This is why you don’t want to sit down to a bag of nuts!!!  Instead it’s recommended that a handful a day is sufficient.  (mixed or one type).

Please avoid nuts that have been roasted as they normally will be done in oil and have salt and/or flavourings added.  It’s best to buy raw and dry roast them in the oven yourself.

HOW TO STORE.  Sadly nuts come already shelled and not chilled which means you have no idea how old they are.  If they smell a bit “off” (rancid) they are waaaaay past their ‘best by’ date.  When you get them home … pop into the fridge and they will last longer.

What to do with them:

NUT MILK

Nuts make remarkable milk that can be used either in cooking or just plain over grains or to drink. To make the nut milk –

You’ll need:.

  • Organic nuts are best and they ought to be fresh. You could use any kind of type, however, I suggest you start with either almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts or hazelnuts.
  • This is where you need to have a really good, and powerful blender – one that you make smoothies with.
    Next you’ll need something to strain the milk with.  You could use cheese cloth or muslin which I’d suggest to start with – you can get a nut milk bag later on if you want to continue making your milk.

How to:

  • Soak the nuts over night this will soften them and make it easier to blend.
  • The portion is 1 cup of nuts to 3 cups of filtered water (you can alter the amount of water as you get familiar with the process
  • Put into your blender and blend at high speed until the nuts are well mixed. (They’ll turn the colour of milk)
  • Strain the fluid through your cheese cloth to separate it from the pulp, getting out as much milk as possible by twisting the cloth.
  • You can use the pulp in baking.

If you do want to sweeten the milk, try with a little date puree which is the healthiest option … just put it back into the blender with the date puree and blend well.

NUT BUTTER

Again quite a simple process.  Your food processor will do the job effectively.

You’ll need:

  • Organic nuts and this time dry roast them and cooled
  • Oil – maybe.

How to:

  • Put the cooled nuts into the processor and start to blend them.
  • They should start forming a ball.  Some nuts won’t need the extra oil, but if you think the nuts are not forming enough of a paste, then add a little oil to help the process.
  • Once made, place into pot or small glass jar to use.

Nuts au natural:

Regardless if you have them whole or chopped they are a fabulous addition to practically anything.

  • Include cashews to stir-fried vegetables – scrumptious.
  • Obviously you can always add nuts to baking e.g. cakes, breads or cookies.
  • A little mix of nuts sprinkled over a salad or I’ve been known to put them over veggies.

That’s it – so go nutty!

Ciao
Fee



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Fee’s Magic Minute – Frying Without Oil

Yes, it can be done … Frying without oil.

Today’s Magic Minute is ready for you to view:

 

It really is a lovely way of cooking.

Ciao
Fee



Fee’s Magic Minute Introduction

This is the Introduction to a new video idea – Fee’s Magic Minute.

The idea is that I’m going to give you little snippets of tips, wisdom (will try) and anything I think might be of interest to you.

So here’s the first one which is really the introduction – also has a wee challenge in it.

Oh, and they will be approximate a minute – give or take 🙂  Enjoy.

Ciao
Fee



Is Being Vegan Expensive?

I had someone say to me the other day “Isn’t being vegan expensive?”

Surprisingly enough this is actually quite a common question.
The simple answer is “No”.

Let me explain a bit further.

The vegan’s protein ‘go to’ is usually either bean, peas or lentils and all these foods can be sourced at bulk buying outlets extremely cheaply. In fact, a pound (kilo) of lentils would probably cost less than a pound (kilo) of beef and would go sooooooo much further.  In this day and age – a pound of beef would probably only feed two people for one meal, but the lentils would feed a family of four over two meals.  Of course you would be adding to the lentil dish with other vegetables and you’re now looking at perhaps a family of 6 people over two meals …. equals, far less expensive than meat.

It’s usually fruit and veggies that are the expensive items. Now the reason for this is usually that people buy out of season. And it’s not only vegans that do that, but meat eaters as well. So, if you’re wanting to save money, then I’d suggest you wander down to your local farmers market and buy in season.
And, give your local produce outlet a try as well – in season fruits and veggies just may be cheaper than your local supermarket and chances are, better quality.

I recently posted a video on 5 of the top questions I get asked being vegan which does include the one above.  So watch the video to find out the rest:

Enjoy good food
Ciao
Fee

Here’s A Tip You Might Be Interested In

Plants are the pharmacy of our world.

Plants really are amazing things.  They can actually be your first choice pharmacy because they are all so healing in their properties.

One of the tricks, though, is to eat all the edible part of the plant.  For example: Have the apple skin as well as the flesh, or bake the potato instead of peeling off the skin.

Why? – because the healing properties work in synergy with each other.  It’s one of the reasons I don’t recommend juicing, because so much goodness is left behind.  Smoothies are better because it mulches up the whole plant therefore giving you the full benefits.

What the image says is:  Cranberries can suppress the growth of cancer cells in the liver.  Just a wee handful a day, pop onto your cereal or in your smoothie. Remember, have all the fruit, not just the juice.

Don’t forget – I have the FREE Discovery call – 1/2 an hour with me live, you can ask me anything you like and I’ll be telling you 3 secrets to a healthier life.
Jump online here: Make Your Booking

Until next time
Have great food and be compassionate to all animals

Ciao
Fee



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Some Comedy To Lighten The Mood

Nothing beats a bit of comedy to lighten the mood.

Every week on my Social Media (you’ll find links somewhere on this page), I post up a “funny”.  Usually on a Friday, but lately I’ve been putting up one on Mondays as well.  It’s been ages since I shared.

So here’s the next batch for you to enjoy ….

Click here to see more funnies

Hope you’ve enjoyed – If you have, you might like to share

Ciao
Fee



 

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