|Posted on 27 June, 2017 at 11:30||comments (0)|
Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Vegan Psychologist, Clare Mann.
She is no doubt, a lady of true inspiration to us all, including Vegans/Vegetarians around the world. She had just arrived back home, after joining a panel of medical experts at the Canberra, Australia premier of the popular documentary, "What the Health". I had a few questions for her, that you might find interesting....
What type of person becomes Vegan or Vegetarian?
According to Clare, she believes that there is a possible correlation with The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Firstly, we must define ‘ethical’ in the context of veganism/vegetarianism. Veganism is a philosophy which influences a person to take every action not to be part of using animals in any way. Therefore, they do not eat or wear animals nor do they use products that have been tested on or have used animal substances. Many vegetarians stop eating animals because of ethical reasons as they too learn about the animal abuse, often but not always becoming vegan when they realize that their dietary choices to include dairy and eggs sadly collude with animal abuse to a great extent.
The MBTI is an introspective self-report questionnaire claiming to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.
It outlines the two rational functions people possess "thinking" and "feeling". It also explains that either a person is a "thinker" or a "feeler" and uses this to guide themselves in decision-making, judging, and perception. Those categorized as thinkers tend to decide things from a more detached standpoint, looking at something as logical, consistent, following long-standing rules etc. Those who prefer feeling tend to come to decisions by associating or empathizing with the situation, looking at it 'from the inside' and weighing the situation to achieve, on balance, the greatest harmony, consensus and fit, considering the needs of the people involved. Thinkers usually have trouble interacting with people who are inconsistent or illogical, and tend to give very direct feedback to others. They are concerned with the truth and view it as more important. (Wikipedia)
With this definition of personality preference, Clare believes ethical Vegans are more likely to be “Feelers”. This doesn’t mean people with a preference for Thinking are not ethical, nor that they won’t become vegans or vegetarians, but that a high component of Feeling preference is likely to be correlated with such beliefs/actions.
What are some Psychological Benefits?
There are tremendous benefits. When someone makes the decision to become Vegan, they are joining the rising tide of social awareness, and for themselves, experiencing an expansion in their compassion beyond human beings. One can experience finding their chosen path, or purpose. Something beyond themselves. Their actions are focused toward a common goal of a new larger community or "family". Kindness and Compassion also appears to activate different parts of the brain with areas associated with empathy, becoming enlarged. All these things no doubt have direct health benefits.
What is the best way to advocate Veganism?
"The best way to change the world is to change yourself". That is first priority according to Clare. Get your house in order. If you have experienced larger amounts of ridicule and resistance to your choices, you may have anger issues that need to be calmed. The same goes for those who could be traumatized due to awareness of animal abuse etc. Your grief needs to be processed, not anger encouraged.
Calmness, and its counterpart anger is contagious so we can’t be a voice for animals if we are angry and despairing inside. If you open a conversation, in a non-judgmental tone and with the intention to be open-minded, good things often come. Clare believes, if we can give people a nudge in the right direction on a consistent basis, people will are more likely to open their minds.
She also states, "You don't have to do everything." You can choose one thing and be part of millions of people around the world who are contributing to a kinder world. For example, you might like to make "Vegan cupcakes", and that could be your contribution. Bake them, talk about them, give them out, bake them for your next get-together. This will provide ample opportunity for discussion and is a great form of advocacy.
Many resources including books, films, and articles are available for someone to distribute to their friends and family.
There is hope for the animals, the planet and our health; quite a bit actually. The road to ethical plant-based living is paved with wonderful works being done, every day.
My daughter and I give great thanks to Vegan Psychologist, Clare Mann, for providing such powerful insight.
Vegan Psychologist, Author and Communications Trainer
* Be sure to check out Clare's Essential Skills For Vegan Advocacy: Free Course
as well as the smartphone App with free training on how to talk about veganism on Google Play Vegan Voices
|Posted on 4 May, 2017 at 0:50||comments (0)|
I like to think, that everyday is an opportunity to improve on the last. With that in mind, I am constantly striving to be as nutritionally charged as I can, daily. Whatever my meals looked like yesterday, can be altered to include new and interesting flavours, and textures, including vitamins/minerals.
Of course, it has alway been more difficult when shopping, travelling, or eating out. Like most vegans/vegetarians, I am faced with situations where, my choice in diet, is found to be a "tad limitting".
My solution was to get organized. I thought about what foods/snacks I preffered, what they tasted good with, and would travel/stay fresh "on the go".
I also looked at how filling or satisfying they were, and how much energy they might give me between meals.
Keep this list by the fridge or "on" the fridge, to make it a quick reference, before heading out the door.....
|Posted on 28 April, 2017 at 14:00||comments (0)|
In the past, the thought of making home-made almond milk, made me tired. Long drawn out processes, are always daunting. I am happy to say, I don't feel that way anymore. After much consideration, I came up with a great idea, and it was simple.
If you've heard of the original process using cheesecloth and squeezing, I have simply replaced it, with the filtering action of the bodum. The bodum was introduced by a Danish gentleman, Peter Bodum in 1944. It is essentially a french press coffee maker, that was initially fitted with either a cheesecloth or metal filter.
The great thing is that most of the process takes place in the bodum, itself. Therefore, easy cleanup.
Here's what you do....
1. Soak 1 cup of almonds for approxiamately 12 hours, in pure water, in the bodum
2. Drain and rinse the almonds thoroughly in clean water
3. Combine the almonds with 4 cups of water in your blender, and chop/mix thoroughly
4. Pour mixture into bodum, and "press" or "plunge" 3 -4 times
5. Now, pour out almond milk into glass pitcher
6. Remaining chopped almond mix can be put into the blender again and more water added. Repeat #3 - #5, at least 2 more times
Essentially, you are trying to extract as much of the almond, as you can. Thereby, making it more nutrient dense, smooth and delicious.
Sugar/ stevia or even dates can be used for sweetening. Of course, cocoa powder is added (to taste) for your chocolate flavour.
Give it a try folks, and let me know your thoughts.......
|Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 13:10||comments (0)|
As Vegetarian/Vegans we need to ensure we get the protein, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12 and Omega 3's that are required.
This is not an easy task, when trying to feed yourself or your family and ensure you/they get all the nutrients needed daily.
Keeping track of Recommended daily values (RDV) can be extremely difficult. I confronted Susan Mcfarlane, Registered Dietician,
with this dilema. She is a Vegan herself, and understands our concerns.
Her advice was simple and complete. "Use a list" of foods that should be eaten every day. By "default" you are accomplishing a
balanced diet, and taking in a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and oils. Using the list daily, meal planning can be made easy and more enjoyable.
In addition, including a rainbow of colours, when choosing fruits and vegetables, can vary your intake and achieve more balance.
Susan also mentioned, it is a great idea to seek out a Registered Dietician, as a Vegetarian/Vegan. I agree, having a daughter
who is vegetarian and very picky.
Thanks go to Susan Mcfarlane (RD) Ottawa, Ont. Canada, for her collaboration, and welcome advice.
I have this list available in pdf form as well (great for your purse/refrigerator) . If you wish to have your own personal copy,
let me know via the CONTACT page:)
|Posted on 30 March, 2017 at 10:00||comments (0)|
From today onwards, you're going to be able to set up a no-nonsense,
quick and easy space, from which all your vegetarian/vegan
meals can originate. Sounds too good to be true?
Well, I think this list will get you started, in the best possible direction.
You'll probably agree, but a great pantry is full of staples, favorites,
excellent substitutes, and the spices we need daily.
#1 Empty your Pantry
#2 Add items that follow, categorizing as you stock the shelves..
1. Beans/Lentils - Kidney, Black,White and Garbanzo (Chickpeas) Green and Red Lentils
2. Whole wheat/ Chickpea Flour - Chickpea flour is fantasticand rising in popularity currently
3. Nuts/Seeds - Almonds, Pistachios (my daughter loves these) Walnuts,Cashews,
Hemp hearts, Sunflower seeds, and Pumpkin seeds
4. Almond Milk / Coconut Milk - I like to keep large amounts of Almond milk on hand
due to the amount of vitamin B12 fortification. (enjoy Blue Diamond and Silk)
Coconut Milk is great for adding flavor when cooking
5. Garlic/Onions/Potatoes - Absolute staples
6. Low Sodium Soy Sauce and Tahini - Great for sauces/stir-fry dishes etc.
7. Brown Sugar/ Maple Syrup- sweeteners. Maple Syrup is loaded with antioxidants.
8. Tomato Paste (Organic) - Again, an important staple item
9. Olive / Coconut Oil / White wine vinegar / Balsalmic Vinegar- 2 or more is good to keep on hand
10. Raisins/Dates - Raisins are very alkaline, and great for adding to recipes/cereal. Dates are
high in iron
11. Spices - Your spice section is very personal, so I will leave it to you.
I always keep Garam Masala, tumeric, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne pepper....
(1 extra item ) Nutritional Yeast is another item that has fortified Vitamin B12 (Great to add
to dishes requiring a taste similiar to cheese.