Can we make a difference

We are living in scary times, more and more people are standing up to large government bodies and corporations as we race towards the point of no return “the 2 degree target” however as we have already hit 1 degree is it to late.

Reflecting on this i consider what I myself can do to help achieve this goal, is it possible for one person to make a difference, then Greta Thunberg comes to mind and i think YES I CAN. You see the way i look at it is that all commercial companies will only ever supply what we are willing to buy, which is why there has been a massive decline in dairy companies and meat and a huge increase in the choices of Vegan food, we can keep pointing the finger at these companies but if we then go home and buy the products we are complaining about, these companies will still keep producing the way they are packaged and made.

The problem we face is we need a solution today and not in 5 years time, we can wait for companies to change what they do, or we can stop buying the products that have a negative effect on the environment, by doing this we are then able to force these large companies into producing there products more ethically, we can see it in the media already more and more companies are becoming more ethical, but it is for us the consumer to make the decision to stop and think about what we buy.

Ever since i have started this blog i have always looked at ways i can reduce my impact on the environment and how i can save money, I have found that by shopping around you can purchase many of the fresh food you need from the local markets which come without plastic, just remember to take your own bag, some supermarkets even offer lose vegetables, so you will need to weigh up the cost of what you buy against that of the local market. We have saved money and also reduced our waste by making some of the products we would buy from the supermarket, we now make our own screen wash for the car, I have made recipes to replace the products in the bathroom and kitchen and am now starting to grow our own food.

Now this may all sound very time consuming, but I have found it easier than i thought it would be, youtube is a invaluable tool of information, there are many helpful points of information for food, cleaning products etc, you just need to take the time to watch and try it yourself to see what you are happy with, as everyone is different.

By doing all this I have managed to reduce the rubbish in the bin to virtually nothing, instead of putting the bin out every other week i am only putting it out every 6-8 weeks and even then it is still not full, I have reduced a lot of food and paper that goes into the bin by investing in a compost bin, so any food scraps are saved and put in the composter with any paper and card we have, the point we are now addressing is the biggest obstacle plastic which is slowly getting reduced. There are some things unfortunately we cannot avoid such as the cat has a specific food for his UTI and how do we get rid of things like medication containers like the strips for paracetamol, luckily they can at least be recycled.

If you need to know anything please ask i am more than happy to share what i have learnt with who i can if it means you can reduce the negative impact on the environment, the World is slowly dieing is the way i see it because we are poisinong it and if we do not stop soon then it will be to late.

LAST WORDS…..

So i ask you from now on when you go to the shop or buy some product, make a choice based on the environment and not on the price tag, not on convenience, some times in life to do what is right is not easy. Look at what you buy and think is there a more ethical way to buy this product or can i make this myself.

Thanks again for reading this post, please contact me if you have any questions or comments and if you have any topics you would like me to look at, I also have a few recipes I should be posting soon covering body care, food and cleaning products. Lastly I am considering building a vegan social media site so would be interested to get your thoughts on that as well, stay safe and bye for now.

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Vegan Protein Drink

If you are like me I think a lot of vegan health products are way over priced, not only that but they come in packaging that 9 out of 10 times ends up in the bin, so me being me i decided to have a go at making my own, each drink contains 100% natural ingredients all of which you can find at your local supermarket. I have used this protein drink to help me add weight whilst working out, it tastes sweet but the sugar is from natural sources so it wont give you sugar spikes. It is also is very cost effective. Try this Gluten free Protein drink and let me know what you think.

vegan a solution or a problem

It is not uncommon for any Vegan to be asked this very question, each person has there own reasons and story why they became Vegan. I have seen many debates online and in the news, meat eater against Vegan each giving what they consider a valid argument why the other should conform to the others beliefs.

I reflect upon my own past why was i a meat eater, why did i not see and understand many years before, I believe it was because i was not ready to hear it at the time, I like most meat eaters consider that i needed to eat meat for its health benefits, i believed this because people far more educated than myself had told us it is what we need to do, I have however a so many have learned that much of what we are told is influenced by the powers that be, for instance many years ago the tobacco had scientist prove that smoking was good for us, combined with intelligent marketing, influenced many tens of thousands of people to smoke, i myself was one of them (luckily i do not smoke anymore, big smily face) Now you could consider that in this day and age this no longer happens, however this is not the case the companies have just got better at pushing there products, backed by qualified people who for a small price would most probably sell there own kidney, convince us to keep buying these companies products. It is no wonder that many are still resisting the change that is as far as i can see inevitable.

You see it is only a matter of time before we no longer see meat or dairy on the shelves, the reason for this is the same reason why animals still suffer. Shops and supermarkets are driven by consumer spending and the less people who buy the less they will supply, it is that simple, eventually it will not be profitable for companies to sell products made from any animal by product. You also have to consider this by buying cruelty free no one suffers, yet you can still buy your burger or drink your milk shake it is just made from plants instead of animals.

Since becoming Vegan i have seen the pace pick up as more and more companies go out of business, we are all becoming more aware of our health and with the help of social channels such as youtube and facebook are able to see first hand the effects of animal agriculture.

One of the big issues on everyones mind at the moment is Global Warming, currently countries around the world are trying to reduce the impact they have on the planet before it is to late and mother nature takes over completely, a big contribution to global warming is animal agriculture, we clear thousands and thousands of acres of land, to make way for crops to be grown, most of the food around the world grown is fed to livestock, did you know it takes around 8 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat and this also does not include the amount of water livestock drink.

Health is a big problem any where in the world, many illnesses we see today have only come around in the last 30-40 years, heart disease has been on the rise for some time, but how can this be many of the illeneses we suffer from today are down to the diet we eat, studies such as the China study have shown that we can track health issues and diet, we have become a world of fast food takeaways, mass producing animals to meet with a growing population, at the same time we have seen countries that never used to suffer from heart disease now catching up with the US as they change there diet to more meat and dairy.

Weight is big business, you only have to watch youtube to see this it seems that everyone is suddenly starting some new fitness channel nowadays, it is not surprising that weight is a issue when milk is designed to turn a new born calf into a young cow, there is more casein in cows milk than humans and high levels of oestregen, to much oestergeon can cause us serious issues such as cancer, many people are actually lactose intollereant. I remember seeing a photo of a man in a business suit drinking from a cow. But because we bottle it up in convienient packaging we drink it but we sould not gom out and drink from the cow itself and we are the only species on the planet that still drinks milk in adulthood and drinks another species milk.

Of all the reasons to become Vegan i think the biggest is animal welfare i still see images of some of the footage i have seen, animals killed whilst still aware of what is going on, you can literarily see the fear in there eyes, and why do we do this, because we can we are the one thing wrong on this planet yet we are the most privileged, we have the ability to be so amazing and achieve so much yet there are people on this planet who still corrupt it for there own gain, we all know who i am on about. However there is hope as large food chains such as Tesco, Morrisons etc are starting to produce there own vegan options, many celebrities are starting to get behind Veganism.

So why am i Vegan, have you got all day as it may take a while lol, I am Vegan because i choose not to benefit from the suffering of someone else, I am vegan because I have a responsibility to leave this planet in a better condition than i found it, I am Vegan because if i eat plants instead of animals we can give much of the food we grow to those who are hungry in the world, I am Vegan because i am fed up of watching rainforests that have been growing for thousands of years destroyed to make way for food frown, by being Vegan much of the land we use for growing food could be given back to the wildlife around us, i am vegan because i wish to live a life free from illness due to high cholesterol and finally i am vegan because i owe it to my children to remain healthy enough to look after myself when i am older and not burden them and put them through the sadness of myself laying in some hospital bed because of the food i have ate (dont get me wrong i know i may still ill, but for reference i have not been to the doctors in over 4 years)

Comment below if you are Vegan and what made you become Vegan

Orange & Grapefruit LIP BALM

When we first became Vegan there were not many choices available, combined with the high costs of what was available got me to thinking, surely we can make these things ourselves, after all how complex is it, so I researched and tested different ingredients until I was happy with the results, what I discovered is that the cost to make a product that we buy in the shop, costs a fraction of what it sells for. I estimated that some companies must be marking up products from anywhere between 150-300%. Also to make many products we buy is quite simple you just need to understand how, so over the next few months i am going to be sharing with you some of the recipes I have produced for myself, my family & friends. Whats more if you have got a little money you can start to produce your own body care and sell for a small profit. So the first of these videos is how to make your own Vegan Lipbalm, you only need a few ingredients which you can purchase from Amazon, i will include links below to were i get mine from, the companies I buy from do not test on animals, that was the one thing it took me a little research and a few conversations to check but i imagine you will have more choices now.

This is to make 1 lip balm for a 15ml tin
Ingredients
Jojoba Oil – 5 drops
Grapeseed Oil – 5 ml
Patchouli Oil – 2 drops
Grapefruit Essential Oil – 2 drops
Orange Essential Oil – 2 drops
Vegetable Glycerine – 5 ml
Calendula Oil – 2 drops
Vitamin C – 2 drops
Vitamin E – 2 drops
Avocado Oil – 2 drops
Argan Oil – 2 drops
Soya Wax – 10 grams
Alternatively, message me and I will send you one (you will need to pay for the cost of postage and ingredients)

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compost and Crops Episode 1 September 2019

Its always good to buy organic but even better if you can grow yourself, in this weeks video I am showing you what I am doing in the garden and showing you how the vegetables are doing, great news is we have finally got a proper compost box. Many of the veg is growing well, however, I am trying a couple of tests to see if it is better to germinate in gardeners grit or compost and the results are in.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

You know there is nothing better than the smell of freshly cooked food in the home, i always look to see how quickly what i cook disappears off the side to see good it tastes, so when i turn my back for 2 seconds and half the finished product is gone, then ask the family what happened and they all say they dont know with a suspicious face and a mouth still full then i think that is the greatest compliment of all, so when cooking these i hope your family loves them as much as mine.

INGREDIENTS

  • Gluten Free Plain Flour – 300 grams
  • Caster Sugar – 200 grams
  • Plant based butter – 200 grams
  • Vanilla Extract – 4 teaspoons
  • Golden Syrup – 1 tablespoon
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chips – 85 grams
  • A Pinch of Salt

Gluten Free VEGAN BANANA BREAD

Full list of ingredients below
This Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread went down a storm with the family, in fact, it was so popular I had to make a second one.

Ingredients:
3 Ripe Bananas
2 Cups of Gluten-Free Flour
0.5 teaspoons of Salt
0.5 Cup of Plant-Based Butter
1 A cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Flaxseed, combined with 2 tablespoons of water, leave this to stand for 5 minutes (egg replacement)
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
0.5 Cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
0.5 Cup of Walnuts Pieces (place in pillowcase or bag and hit with a rolling pin or pulse in a blender)

Quick and Easy Method

  1. Add all dry ingredients together, stir until incorporated
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and mix until combined.
  3. Tip into a bowl and fold in chocolate chips and walnuts
  4. Line a baking tin and then tip in ingredients
  5. Bake on Gas Mark 4/350 degrees for around 1 hour, do the knife test by taking a sharp knife inserting into the cake and when you pull it out it should be dry.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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vegan gluten free chocolate chip WAFFLES

The biggest hurdle we have faced as vegans is not only are we against any form of food that has caused harm to another animal, but the fact that our son has a issue with gluten it causes his eczema to flare up quite bad, however we still as with anyone else want the odd treat from time to time. I wont explain how many times i had to change the recipe on this, i felt a bit like alexander bell inventing the light bulb.

The key i found was to change the flour for one as the gluten in flour is what makes it rise, which is what we are trying to avoid here, when i figured that part out the rest was easy.

You have to try these we all love them, the ingredients are below and they dont take that long to make, the hardest part is waiting for them to cook, also fighting our son jack off as he try’s to claim them all as his and then hides them like some sort of hidden treasure.

Let me know how you get on with them, also what other recipes would you like me to do?

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of gluten free self raising flour
  • .5 teaspoon of salt
  • .5 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1.5 cups of non dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • .5 cup of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • .5 cup of caster sugar

No bake, millionaire bites

Ok so we have been buying the mini bites from Tescos, the problem is they come in small plastic packaging so that is not good, it always amazes me that companies that are meant to be healthy they spend all this time making a great product just to fall at the last hurdle, so I spent a few days trying to replicate the recipe if not make it better and found these came as close as I could to them. Now to the great thing is they don’t cost that much to make and no plastic packaging. Which means one less thing we have to buy in plastic.

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