Hello, and welcome to Hippie Dippy Vegan. If you want to know more about veganism, this will be a good place to begin your journey. With so much information about veganism, there are times it is overwhelming and confusing. This will be a guide to valuable resources, and these are my favorites. There are links to various information sources, and websites, that are highly informative.
Most vegans say that going vegan was the best decision of their lives, and their only regret is they did not do it sooner. My husband, and I are a couple of these people. This probably comes from understanding that we are now living in a way that causes the least possible harm to animals, the environment, and to our health. There seems to be a freeing of our minds, and an awakening of our spirits. We cleansed our bodies of toxins to restore harmony and balance. Vegan is not defined merely as a diet, it is defined as a way of living.
"Humans have no need for animal products, and the increasing number of vegans on the planet is a testament to how easy it is to live a healthy, fulfilling life without participating in the systematic abuse and unnecessary killing that goes on in the animal industry every day."
~ Angel Flinn
Sattvic Diet - Interesting Read
A very wise man, and my friend from India, said that Veganism is like a Sattvic diet.With no knowledge about the diet, I did some research, and here is just a little information that I found. Very interesting, and I wanted to share it with you.
**Taken From Wikipedia
This is a diet based on foods in Ayurvedaand Yoga literature that contain sattvaquality (guna). In this system of dietary classification, foods that harm the mind or body are considered Tamasic, while those that are neither positive or negative are considered Rajasic.
Sattvic diet is meant to include food and eating habit that is "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise"
Steven Rosen (2011), Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions, Praeger, ISBN 978-0-313-39703-5, pages 25-29
^ abcScott Gerson (2002), The Ayurvedic Guide to Diet, ISBN 978-0-910261-29-6, Chapter 8: The Sattvic Diet, pages 107-132
There is a HUGE difference when they consume dairy compared to what farm factories do to our cows.
The milk must be obtained from an animal that has a spacious outdoor environment, an abundance of pasture to feed on, water to drink, is treated with love and care, and is not pregnant. It may only be collected once the mother's calf has its share.
Dairy products like yogurt and cheese (paneer) must be made that day, from milk obtained that day. Butter must be fresh daily as well, and raw; but ghee (clarified butter) can be aged forever, and is great for cooking. Freshness is key with dairy. Milk that is freshly milked from a happy cow, still warm, is nectar to man and woman. that is not consumed fresh can be refrigerated for one to two weeks in its raw state, but must be brought to a boil before drinking, and drunk while still hot/warm. Pasteurization, homogenization, and the use of GMOs and pesticides are all considered poisonous to humans—as is the consumption of milk from cows that are treated poorly, and consuming cold milk. As finding milk that surpasses these standards is extremely rare, people in western countries often choose to follow a vegan Sattvic diet.
Amazing video from the Vegan Activist. Listen with your heart. (Non-Graphic)
One person can make a difference!
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
~ Cree Indian Proverb
Look at this adorable pig. Pigs enjoy belly rubs, ear rubs, and cherish being loved, and they are extremely intelligent. One item on my bucket list is owning a pig one day! In the meantime, I sponsor a pig from The Gentle Barn, his name is Truffles, and a chicken, sheep and turkey. Yes, I have my own little farm sanctuary. LOL 🙂 There are so many animals in need, and you too can sponsor your very own animal(s). With so many sanctuaries, they are always looking for donations, and for volunteers.
As written before, pigs are highly intelligent. They like to play and learn new tricks. Pigs have great long-term memories, and can be socially manipulative with other pigs. They are also able to tell which people are nice to them, and who isn't. Naturally, pigs are able to distinguish between other pigs.
Scientists found that pigs are smarter than dogs, and can solve problems just as well as chimpanzees. The study's authors are hoping the results will make people think differently about animals that are traditionally seen as meat.
I believe that education is where people will begin to make the connection, and make the change. I hear people say to me, "That they aren't directly involved with the how the meat arrived on their plate," but we are all involved with the choices we make. Your choice is involvement.
"Set aside your preconceptions, and try to see with a fresh set of eyes that which you've never questioned."
Emily's free educational, and engaging YouTube videosabout veganism, are simply spectacular. With facts to back up whatever topic she is discussing. If you can think of a question about veganism, she has a video for it. Emily has content that is current, enlightening, well thought out, and she delivers with great style.
She does all of this from her heart as an animal activist. There is no doubt she spends endless hours researching her content for her blog, and videos. Please consider donating to her Patreon page so she can continue her important work, and subscribe to get her amazing educational videos.
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
~ Albert Schweitzer
...because vegan is peace and love ~
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"Veganism is about changing hearts. It's about showing people that it is time for our society to evolve."
~ Judy Kohl
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."