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What a great, simple straightforward recipe for vegan milk. Go Stella

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For my Sister in law Fi ❤

A great way to receive the amazing benefits of hemp, here is a great information on the benefits of hemp

Hemp milk recipe:
Preferably soak hemp seeds overnight
So they activate. Even better sprout them 🙂 No worries if not, just use dry seeds.

3 tablespoons of hemp seeds (grind with a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar)
2/3 cups of distilled or pure water
3 dates (optional for sweetness)

Add hemp, water and dates into food processor, blender or smoothie maker
Whizz up until water turns milky
Strain out hemp shells with nut bag, sieve or whatever you have

Simple, now you have hemp milk 🙂

Enjoy 🙂

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I’ve been after a good deodorant recipe for yonks and here’s one ready made and tested. Brilliant. I’ll be giving this a good go. At last it seems like I have the perfect use for KTC coconut oil!

Just got back from picking the girls up from kindergarten and hoping I’ll have a bit of time to blog as I can hear them playing happily in the road. It’s not quite as irresponsible as it sounds – we live in a dead end, so fingers crossed they won’t get run over.

ANYWAY, I’d like to share a couple of deodorant recipes with you. I haven’t used commercial deodorants for years. I mistrust the companies that make them and what they put in them, so for a while I used a lovely brand of natural deodorant. It came in about 6 different scents, all of which smelled divine but it cost nearly £7 a pop!

This motivated me to look into making my own deodorants and I started with a really simple recipe, using ingredients you can pick up at most supermarkets:

  • 150g coconut oil
  • 70g bicarbonate of soda

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Addicted To Meat?

Inspiring veg related story of recovery and well-being. Spectacular

Mill's Message

No meat zoneWhen are you finally going to get the message (if you haven’t already)?  Is it going to take some personal tragedy as a wake-up call?  Are you so stuck in your ways that you’re willing to risk your life or the lives of your family?  How many different clinical studies have to be undertaken for you to accept the fact that meat consumption causes cancer (Cooked Meat & Cancer, TMAO: The Real Killer In Meat, AGEs: More Bad News For Meat Eaters, World Cancer Day: Take Control) while a plant-based diet prevents, arrests and even cures the dreaded disease (My New BFF: Broccoli Sprouts, Dealing With Cancer, Preventing, Arresting & Curing The Big “C”, Which Vegetable Fights Cancer Best?) ?  If you’re still consuming meat, you need to sit down and ask yourself why you can’t stop, then do whatever you have…

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Chocolate Avocado Shake

This looks delicious… avocado and cacao (replacing the cocoa powder) and using something else instead of the honey and BINGO

FoodSmarty's Nutritional Advice

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Craving chocolate ice cream or a chocolate shake. Try this instead. It tastes the same and will make you feel great!

Avocado have monounsaturated fats called oleic acids. These are the same fats found in olives and are good for your heart and digestive system. Although this dish is high in fat remember that it is sugar and carbs that will make you fat, not healthy fats.

Ingredients:

1 avocado

1 T cocoa or carob powder

2 T honey (opt)

1/2 c soy milk or rice milk

1 c crushed ice

1/4 t maca powder (opt)

Blend in blender.

I like to only use WestSoy unsweetened soymilk because it is the only brand without “Natural Flavor”. What is that anyway?

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Brilliant non-toxic ingredients for household jobs!

You Need Food

We’re marketed so many products by companies that only care about making money. Recently I’ve taken to minimizing the number of products I purchase and using products that are food-safe instead of using harmful everyday products.

Why would I get in a shower that has been cleaned with toxic chemicals, or spray similar cleaner around my kitchen?

Also, having many products and keeping track of what was for what, when and how much always drove me nuts!  Below are products that I now swear by-I’ve highlighted the tips that I use most.

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Daniel Foggo

Daniel Foggo

In 2008 a child in Lewisham was taken to hospital after collapsing at home where doctors alerted social workers to the case. They suggested that the child’s meat and dairy free diet caused him to have rickets, being low in various nutrients. Social workers then got a restriction order preventing the family ‘snatching’ the child from hospital suggesting that neglect leading to malnutrition had caused the illness.

The mother said

“They implied we had selectively starved one of our children. They twisted things, saying we were vegans even though we eat fish. We don’t eat dairy because asthma runs in the family and that can make it worse, but we are not vegans. We were told by social workers that they had obtained an emergency protection order in case we tried to snatch our son from the hospital, which was quite ridiculous.”

Social services continued to attempt to take the child into care but failed and eventually the child was removed from the at-risk register. While this case highlights various problems within the care protection and justice systems (legal aid was stopped because the case was considered unwinnable), it also questions the efficacy of raising children on ‘restrictive’ diets. Are the risks too great for children to thrive on a vegan diet?

Amanda Baker from the Vegan Society thinks not. She pointed out that health problems from bad diets can occur for children regardless of their diet ‘type‘. Besides, there are many health benefits associated with a vegan diet that children following regular diets lack.

When I first became vegan, many years ago I bought the excellent Vegan Nutrition by Gill Langley and later Plant Based Nutrition for Health from the Vegan Society. Either or both of these arm parents with sufficient information to very successfully bring up a vegan child. The Langley book has an entire section on child nutrition from a vegan perspective both before and after conception! There are also guides for parents wanting bring up kids on vegan diets available at the Vegetarian Resource Group and the Vegan Society.  

I read these books years ago and absorbed the general message rather than strict guidelines. Variety is key to healthy living. Get plenty of fruit and vegetables of various colours, mix your pulses, and go for whole foods rather than processed rubbish. EAT A WIDE RANGE OF HEALTHY FOODS, COOK FOR YOURSELF.

Of course we’re not all angels and we will take the easy options at times but as the Vegan Examiner points out vegans are more likely to cook food than take the TV dinner ready meal option. This diet provides children with a greater number of pro’s than cons in comparison to others with ‘regular’ diets. There’s no need to go into the health benefits of the vegan dietsuffice to say there are plenty of benefits not least reduced risk of obesity, a growing problem for children in Western societies.

The case referred to is a terrible injustice derived from prejudice or at the very least misinformation. This case is surely illegal under Harman’s Equality Law, the social workers in this case really need to learn from their mistakes so this nonsense doesn’t have to be repeated with another family wasting time and money while causing huge upset.

As a general point, I dislike the term ‘restrictive diet’. I have mentioned before that becoming vegan, rather than restricting what I ate opened up a whole new world of options. That really is the way to do it, in my opinion.

The sun has been out and when that happens I always start thinking salad and for the first one of the summer I rustled up a special carrot salad, but without raisins. I just can’t bare them in salads.

I always used to go for the simple cucumber and tomato style salads of my youth but since becoming vegan I’ve been way more experimental.

One of my favourite responses to any variety of stock statement people give when they find out you’re vegan, is related to being experimental in a salad sense

“What do you eat?”

“Pips and leaves” is my tongue in cheek reply. Pips and leaves would be considered experimental up until quite recently.

“It opens up a whole new world of different foods to try, it’s easy” is my more serious response. And of course it does.

If I hadn’t become vegetarian, in the first instance, I’m not sure I would have even tried red peppers. Eventually, maybe, but this was the catalyst to trying a lot of vegetables and other veggie foods. Becoming vegan and living in Balsall Heath expanded this out look and my veggie world exploded!

But back to my salad. I just used things I had in

  • red onion
  • two carrots, grated
  • some white cabbage
  • plenty sesame seeds
  • sprouted organic mung beans
  • ground organic hazelnuts
  • garnish – olive oil, organic cider vinegar, dash of soy sauce, plenty lemon juice and salt
First Salad of the summer

First salad

It’s a bit like a posh coleslaw but I would’ve added more seeds (pips) and some spinach leaves if I had them. I didn’t so I just chopped all the veg up nice and small and combined the lot. It was lovely and along with the sunshine made me think summery thoughts…..