Alot of us don’t have the money to take a university class on how the body works and why Veganism is great for our health. Luckily with the internet there are ways to get free education, all you need to do is put in the time. This is my personal list of sites I use to educate myself more about Veganism and Science in general, completely for free.
This one is a bit obvious but often overlooked learning tool. By searching for a generic term like “vegan diet benefits” you will get a long list of great information. Because it is in video format it is really easy to digest and can be a relaxing activity done while eating a vegan meal or preparing for bed.
If you don’t know what to search for don’t worry, Youtube will show suggestions in the side bar of each video you are currently watching. The suggestions uses an amazing algorithm and you will find out about all kinds of new topics that you have probably never even heard of. This gets especially interesting if you are looking for fun recipes, you never know what tasty dish will pop up next.
All in all this a great learning tool that can replace most university courses if used properly. And hey if you like watching Vegan videos don’t be shy, go try and make some content of your own!
Free Courses With Course-Sidekick
Course-sidekick is another awesome site you can use to find new learning websites. It recommends sites like course hero, chegg, studyblue, and answershark to get your hands on the study materials used in universities. Some of these sites cost money, but course-sidekick shows little tricks on how to get them for free by referring friends or uploading documents. In particular it helped me figure out how to get a free account by using the course hero hack to upload documents.
Alot of university students use course hero to get access to other peoples homework for extra practice on certain on every topic imaginable. With the help of the little hack I was able to get 30 papers on veganism research and studies, which help me learn about some topics to write for this site. In addition course hero has papers on other topics relating to animal rights and social justice that are invaluable. Unlike other sites these are papers written by professors and PHD students trying to get their thesis, they are very good sources to site for any kind of paperwork.
The website khan academy has subjects on just about every topic under the sun. From math, to finance, to science, and yes even veganism! Under the biology course there is an entire lesson about how veganism can extend the life span of the average person by many years. In addition I learned about some of the chemicals and compounds in meat and how they are much harder on our liver than a plant based diet is.
The courses also have a points and experience system that is really fun to use. As soon as you master a course your khan academy pet grows in size and you can buy little trinkets to decorate it with.
Join the Vegan Society NSW and be part of an active group promoting veganism and encouraging others to move towards a cruelty-free life.
Each member receives our newsletter keeping you up-to-date with vegan news and events in NSW. You also have access to shopping discounts at a growing number of on-line and “real world” establishments and the knowledge that you are helping an organisation run by its members to encourage veganism in NSW (see the Aims and Objectives and the Constitution on the About us page).
You may join the Vegan Society NSW online by following the three steps below. Or, if you prefer not to join online, you may print the membership form (or as PDF) and post it to us.
The basic premise of veganism is an ethic of compassion to minimise suffering in the world. Any sentient being is capable of feeling pain. We vegans try to minimise harm to all sentient beings. Just about all products originating from nonhuman animals cause harm and a vegan avoids them all: flesh from slaughtered animals, dairy products from enslaved dairy cows, eggs from battery hens living in situations resembling concentration camps and more.
Another bonus for vegans is that on a low-fat vegan diet you are far less likely to suffer from major ‘diseases of civilisation’ such as heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
A diet of plant-based foods is good for the Earth. Vegan foods require the least amount of land, water and energy to produce. Vegan foods also cause the least amount of soil erosion and pollution.
Most of the food crops that are grown in developed countries go towards feeding animals for the meat, dairy and egg industries, not for feeding humans. If we cut out our consumption of animal foods, we can live on a fraction of the cost to the Earth: costs in pesticides, fossil fuel input, arable land used, water used, water pollution and soil erosion. The Earth as well as the animals will thank you for turning vegan.
Millions of people around the world are questioning their dietary habits. The typical high fat, high cholesterol, high protein, low fibre, largely refined diet has been increasingly indicted as the prime contributing cause of heart disease, strokes, circulatory ailments; diabetes; various types of cancer and numerous other serious health problems. Public attention is also being drawn to the injustice and cruelty of preventing animals from living their own natural lives in glaring contrast to the brutal realities of the appalling conditions in which our slave ‘food-animals’ are usually raised and slaughtered.
Another major source of urgent concern is that the greatest waste of natural resources, the worst producer of desert and famine, a prime motive for the despoiling of vitally needed tropical rain-forest and the most wasteful use and pollution of precious water supplies, all involve the raising, feeding and slaughtering of livestock for food. The terrible ecological results of this human short-sightedness and callousness may in many areas be passing the point of irreversibility.
Thoughtful, caring people realise there has to be a better way and there is. Veganism is an ethical way of living without the use of animal products such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy foods. Vegans enjoy a plant based diet including wholefoods as basic sources, such as vegetables, grains, legumes, fruit, nuts, and seeds. A typical vegan cookbook lists wide varieties of delightful recipes for soups, entrees, salads, dressings, vegetable dishes, casseroles, sauces, ‘dairy substitutes’, breads, pasta, pizzas and deserts (icecreams, puddings, cakes, pies and biscuits) – all made without ingredients of animal origin. This is the time tested total vegetarian system that is nutritionally balanced, helpful and humane, ethically and scientifically sound, naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, low fat and low sodium and contains no cholesterol.
Vegans also oppose the use of leather shoes, fur coats, woollen garments and other products of animal cruelty, suffering and death. Vegans realise that it makes no difference to the animal whether we kill her to eat her or wear her and that there is no ‘innocent-by-product’ of animal cruelty and exploitation.
The natural results of widespread veganism are not only better human health and happier circumstances for the animal nations but also a tremendous alleviation of the environmental burden place upon this planet. As it takes two or three acres to feed someone on the Standard Australian Diet, but only a fraction of an acre to feed a vegan, the land use of economy factor has a ratio of about 10:1. In terms of water used to grow food, it takes less than 1/3 as much to feed a lacto/ovo vegetarian (one who still consumes milk and eggs) but it takes less than 1/13 of the usual amount of water, to grow the food for a vegan.
There is a better way than perpetual animal slavery, suffering and slaughter, human hunger and malnutrition, waste of natural resources and pollution of our environment.
What’s wrong with dairy? The life of a dairy cow and her offspring are painfully hard. Just like humans, cows only give milk after the birth of a baby. This means that to continue to take milk from a cow, the farmer must repeatedly impregnate her on what are commonly called “rape racks”. The calves born by dairy cows become a “waste product” of the dairy industry. They are taken away from their mother shortly after birth, causing stress to both mother and baby. Many calves are sent straight to the slaugherhouse and killed when they are just a few days old. Others are confined in small crates for a few months until they are slaughtered and their flesh sold as “white” veal. Some of the female calves become dairy cows themselves. Because she has been bred to have an unnaturally large udder, she may suffer from mastitis, an inflamation of the mammary gland which causes severe pain and distress. She may also suffer from lameness, due to the distension of her huge udder, which causes her great pain, forcing her to lie down as much as possible. After 7 or 8 years she is “spent” and taken to slaughter. In the wild she could live to be 20 years old.
What about eggs? Under natural conditions, hens live about 10 years. But the life span of a hen used for egg production is about 18 months. She spends all of this time packed into a tiny cage stacked on top of each other in huge sheds. She never sees the sunlight and is constantly stressed. She is manipulated to lay an egg almost every day of her life, laying so many eggs that her bones snap from osteoporosis. The unwanted by-products, day-old male chicks, are killed by gassing, suffocation or crushing to death.
The cruelty of fishing: Pain begins when the hook pierces the mouth and the fish is reeled in. Many people remove the hook while the fish is still alive. Pain is further increased if large fish are landed with a gaff hook. The large hook on a handle rips into the flesh of the live fish to pull out of the water. Live baiting is another barbaric activity that increases pain. A live small fish is threaded up as bait for larger fish. The needle is passed through the front of the eyesocket of both eyes. The material is then pulled through so that the hook sits on the head of the baitfish. Remember the bait fish is alive and feels pain, just as a dog or cat (or indeed a human) would. See more atfishfeel.org.
“As long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace.”
– Isaac Bashevis Singer
I recommend you go to your local co-op to look for these rather than buy them online. That way you can talk to some of the employees and ask what they prefer.
When you are looking just keep an eye out for two main words: Vegan and Slim. You want to avoid powders that are not vegan friendly obviously, but some vegan protein powders add a lot of extra soy and nut fat to make the taste creamier– by looking for the word ‘slim’ you can avoid this.
The Best Tasting
Of all of these my favorites would have to be the vega berry protein powder which is perfectly fruity. The berry flavors is made from organic fruit juice sweetner and has completely natural ingredients. If you are more of a chocolate lover than a berry fan you can also try chocolate and vanilla flavors. You can read more vega berry protein powder reviews here.
Aside from vega the next best tasting is probably orgain. It comes in chocolate or vanilla, the chocolate is absolutely delightful and creamy. The only drawback is that it is not really the best for weightloss like some of the others.
When To Take Your Protein Powder
If you are craving a mid night snack this a great chance to have some of your slim vegan protein powder instead of a piece of cake or something too carby. A protein shake like this will fill you up and instead of storing the calories as fat, your body will feed your muscles instead. This is especially true if you did any weight lifting during the day which can further increase weight loss.
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Being fashionable is important to most people – but why not do it in a way that is friendly to animals and the enviroment! Vegan Wallets are just one step towards making the world a happier and more stylish place.
Heres a list of just a few of the most popular types of vegan wallet materials:
Other Recycled Materials
Use these as a starting point for searching on big sites like amazon.
One frequently asked question is whether or not candy canes are vegan. The answer depends on the type of candy cane. If you want to be absolutely sure you need to read the ingredients or check that it is candy cane labeled vegan.
Here are the ingredients to watch out for:
Gelatin – Used in things like gummy bears to create a thick gooey substance. Horribly enough, this comes from boiling the skin, bones and tendons of sheep and cows.
Carmine – A red dye that comes from crushed beetles.
Shellac – Aka ‘beetlejuice’ is a material used to give candy a glaze and shiny look. It comes from the juice and crushed corpses of Kerria lacca insects in southeast Asia.
Candy Canes With Gelatin!
Start by searching on amazon for vegan candy canes. One brand that I have used is TrueJoy Candy Canes. Instead of carmine you should be looking for ‘organic fruit juice’ used as a die, or something similar.
Usually vegan and organic candy canes have alot less ingredients. About 5-7 compared to 15+ used on non-vegan food products.
Trujoy Candy Cane Ingredients
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Natural Peppermint Flavor, Color Added (Organic Fruit Juice).
Instead of crushed beetles for the red dye they use organic fruit juice!