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Alternative Foods

I have never had a really good relationship with food, and I have often stated that if someone comes up with a food pill I will gladly give up all food, even chocolate, to not have the hassle of food. I contribute a lot of these problems with food to the fact that I have Aspergers.

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Sometimes I wanna eat only vegetables and sometimes all I want is cookies and chips, sometimes I eat to much, and sometimes I don’t eat enough. If left to my own devices I tend to slowly drift upwards in weight and then I have to go through a period of sharpening up to loose the weight again. I am always floating upwards, or fighting downwards, how come the downward periods always seem so much longer? (rhetorical question) And how do I know that I get all the nutrients I need, especially as a vegan, no I am not worried about protein.

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Well anyway, now there are alternative foods on the market. Not a “solve everything pill” but food in powder form that you make a shake out of and drink during the day. This way you are supposed to get every vitamin, protein, mineral and whatever else your body needs, without having to think about it, and you can also control you calorie intake to what suits you best.

Alternative foodsI am extremely intrigued by this idea, I might not want to switch to fluid meals all day, every day, but maybe ill just have a regular dinner, or when there just isn’t time or energy to make something nutritious, a time when I would have made an unhealthy pot of noodles or something like that. ¬†Maybe its hard to find a healthy meal when traveling, specially a vegan one. Thats a time when a fluid meal that contains all you need would come in very handy.

I have contacted a few companies that provides vegan produkts like this in Europe, and I will start making review posts about them. I am also planning to have a comparison post at the end to see what I thought, what they tasted like, what the cost were and whatever else I discover.

I hope some of you are as intrigued by this as I am. ūüôā


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Rats: Pet or Pest?

Diane √Ėzdamar is a¬†french illustrator / graphic designer / photographer that has spent years photographing rats to break the negative image of them by taking cute pictures, and I think she has definitely succeeded. Or what do you think?

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Okja, with a bow.

 

I thought I would write about this movie while it is fresh, while the credits are still running, the music is still in my headphones and I am still crying. Okja.
Edit: (The bit after the credits made me smile a bit again though.)

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I think, I really do, that this is one of the best movies I have ever watched, cinematically, definitely, and most importantly emotionally.
Its funny, I laughed out loud, rewound and laughed again, the animations are incredibly well made, the terrorist are hilarious (oh the umbrellas), Okja is extremely believable, Mija is a strong independent, non traditional, fantastic, hero and role model, the villans  and sell outs are recognisable with their usual motive, money, and its sad, so so sad.
Because its true, sort of, just made into a format that is easier to digest for most people.
Because this is vegan propaganda.
In fancy packeting.
With a bow.
And its brilliant.

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The person who though this up, Joon-Ho Bong, is a genius. Making a whole new creature, that we have no prior conception of, a blank so to speak, a huge, friendly creature, a best friend, a totoro, someone who saves your life, in this case literally, in reality more likely figuratively. Same same.

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And what happens, the thing that always happens, the thing that we keep ignoring, that we close our eyes to, that we pretend is ok, and “humane”.
It is not by the way.
I have spent the last half hour crying for this huge friendly blank, Okja, because of what she represents. I am vegan, and I will never eat meat or animal products again, that, I can promise.

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I hope millions of people watch this movie because of the cute creature on the poster, the fantastic performances of the actors, “aww” in the beginning, laugh in the middle, and come out of the cinema crying, rethinking their way of life.

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One Year Vegan

VeganI passed my one year on a vegan diet anniversary about a month ago. Yay!
I have been a vegetarian for many years, but suddenly, and I don’t know what took me so long, it totally didn’t make sense to consume dairy and eggs when I was shunning meat.
I thought it was going to be way harder than it was, but no, just felt right.

So what are some of the things I have experienced on this vegan year of mine?

One milestones were to find a dairy substitute that I really liked (Oatly ikaffe). I tested my way through the grocery store’s plant milks and I even did some of my own. I like oat milk the best and soy milk comes in as a close runner-up.
I’m not so into the nut ones, which is not so terribly surprising since Im not that into nuts.
And yogurt products are best made on soy!plantmilksUPp

Realising that mostly just skipping the substitute meat parts, was a big one. You really don’t need the soy nuggets and chickpea-hotdogs. I started making great meals using fruit, veggies, cereal and all those good “nature” made things.hot-dog

After a few months I started noticing that my period was getting shorter and different… unpredictable. I believe this was from all the hormones and stuff that is present in milk products that I was no longer consuming. My period has now stabilised into the same length as before but with fewer days of bleeding. Score!instagramperiodarticle_1ah9mdh-1ah9me5

I am also feeling lighter, fresher, its hard to explain. Of course I still eat candy, chocolate and sometimes junk food, but mostly its easy to be healthy on a vegan diet, and I have lost a few pounds without even trying. And I am pooping more regularly, yes I went there.vegan dish

A negative thing is being social. You can’t have a fika (coffee and a cake) at a caf√© if they don’t serve vegan stuff and have alternative milks, (I need milk in my coffee) you can just awkwardly sit there watching.
When you get invited for dinner or a birthday party, I always ask if I should bring something, and I always feel like I am such a bother, not just eating what everyone else is having. It makes social gatherings a bit les fun. Usually though everything works out fine, its just me feeling awkward.coffee

I don’t know if you noticed, but in the first sentence of the blog I said that I had been one year of a vegan diet, not that I had been vegan for one year. A full/real/hardcore vegan, or whatever you want to call him or her, does not use any animal products at all.
And I still do. I do knit with wool, but I know exactly where the wool is from, I eat locally (guy down the road) harvested honey, and I still use my leather shoes, belts and bags.
I am trying though, I do my best to make the smartest decision in every situation, and I am getting further and further, but most important I am getting more and more educated about all things vegan, and I do think I inspire and influece the people around me.

This has been a good year! Veganism gets five out of five radishes!

Here are links to some of my vegan recipes:

  1. Vegan Overnight Oats
  2. Vegan Chocolat Birthday Cake
  3. Asian Inspired Vedgetble Stew
  4. Soba Noodles

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a great way for us that are reeeeealy tried in the morning, like

“stir oatmeal for five minutes is too much”
tired, and
“I forgot to heat the water before I poured it over my tea”
tired, to get a good healthy, hearty breakfast.

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It’s a lot like uncooked, cold, slightly slimy, flavoured oatmeal, mainly because that is what it is.
I’m really selling it here, I can feel it.
Seriously its tasty! I like it and I’m a picky eater, and you can do like a million variations of it all to you liking, here are three of my favourites.

I found this first recipe for vegan chocolate banana overnight oats, but I lost the source! I have the recipe on a pice of paper but no idea where I got it from. Well not much I can do about that now. (I really looked for it)
Hint: The banana goes in the next morning!!

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Perfect for us non morning people.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 dl dried cranberries
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix the oats and cocoa powder, then add everything else, except the banana. Mix well, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips

You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like. And also maybe a bit of peanut butter wouldn’t go amiss in this one, you could mash it up with the banana. You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and add the sweetener of your choice.

But I am not really a “chocolate first thing in the morning” kind of gal, so I came up with this raisin cinnamon version.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cinnamon always works in the morning


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 dl raisins
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix everything together, except the banana. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips


You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like.
Start with the smaller amount of cinnamon you can always add more later.
You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and add the sweetener of your choice.

And this Blueberry Vanilla one.

Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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This one turns purple!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 dl rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp of pure ground vanilla, or splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 dl of frozen blueberries, or fresh if you have them
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 dl of your favourite plant milk, maybe go a little light on the milk here since the blueberries ad moisture
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions

  1. Start preparing the night before. In a fridge safe container mix everything together, except the banana. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next morning, take out your container, stir everything a bit, mash a banana and and stir it in.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

Tips


You have to test around a bit with the amount of plant milk to get the consistency you like.
You can of course change the seeds to anything you like and ad the sweetener of your choice.


Vegan Overnight OatsI got some more Ideas while writing..

  • how about a chocolate cherry one
  • or chocolate mint
  • maybe cinnamon orange
  • I mean almost any berry or fruit would probably be tasty

I spent the whole week trying and tasting. ūüôā I hope I gave you some breakfast inspiration and if you haven’t tried overnight oats you should definetly give it a go.


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6 Easy Tips to Becoming Vegan

Are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian or a vegan? Are you wondering what that would entail and if you could do it, or want to do it? Here are 6 of my best tips for making it easier to become vegan.

TV1.  Start by watching these documentaries, or one of them, to understand what impact the meat and dairy industry has on the environment, our bodies and how the animals are treated.

And “The best speech you will ever hear” by Gary Yourofsky.
I have linked the titles to their corresponding trailer on YouTube. You can find some of them on Netflix, or free on YouTube.

How do you feel about veganism now?

plantmilksUPp2. Ok, milk. I did a test when I began being vegan.
I love lattes, that’s how I drink my coffee, and I love it, and need at least one a day. So if I was not able to find a milk substitute that I liked, then I was sort of screwed.
I changed to one of the favourite plant milks I had tried, Oatly’s oat milk especially for coffee, called ikaffe = incoffee, for one whole week. Then I made myself a cow milk latte and an oat milk latte and tried both.
The result was that they both tasted funny, the oat one tasted, not surprisingly slightly of oat, and the cow milk one had a weird metallic meaty taste.
I had no problem switching to plant milk after that.
It’s worth a try, right.

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¬†My third tip is, skip the meat/dairy substitutes to begin with. They won’t taste like “hotdog” or “parmesan”, not while the real taste is fresh in you mind. Go for the vegetables, grains and fruits.
Then after a while, you can try the substitutes and see if you like them for their own taste and not what they are trying to taste like.

Holy-Nut-vegan-treats-450x5504. Your favourite treats. Try to find a vegan alternative to your favourite treats.
There are lots of great vegan chocolate out there.
Cookies, Oreos are vegan in some countries.
Vegan ice cream is usually just as good as other prepackaged ice cream.
Chips often have milk powder on them, but if you go for a “rustic” kind they are usually good, and Pringles have a “vegan” sign on their vegan chips. Yay Pringles!
Nuts and seeds are tasty and so are fruit, but never, ever let anyone tell you that fruit is candy! It’s not, its fruit! But try nice cream, its fruit and yummy!
If you can’t find anything good in you local grocery store, try searching on the internet. I have heard that iHearb is good, but I have never ordered from there myself.

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5.¬†Find a community of fellow vegans, whether it’s on Facebook, ¬†Instagram or any other place you feel comfortable, dare I say it, maybe not even a virtual one! A place to swap recipes and get motivated. Maybe someone has found the most gorgeous vegan ice-cream in you area, you would want to know about that right! And the same for knowing about that totally disgusting power bar popping up in the shops.

apples6. Ha, you thought I would stop at five! No, I have Aspergers I don’t like fives. ūüėÄ
Important tip number six is; be prepared, have a nut bar or a pice of fruit with you, because you might just find yourself hungry and in a place without vegan options.
Not to say It has to be hard eating out. You can use you vegan community to help you find great eating spots almost everywhere.

Oh, quick tips:

  • you are going to eat a lot of bananas
  • no, you are not going to die from protein deficiency
  • b12 is a good idea
  • learn to read on the back of Everything
  • Why not do some vegan cross stitch, download for free herekrosstitsh

I sincerely hope this helps you who want to go vegan and make the rest of you think about it. ūüôā
Love to everyone, even the animals!


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