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Silent Retreat Venue Would anyone have any idea where I could find a QUIET venue to hold a 21 day silent meditation retreat in Europe. We hope to hold the retreat in mid to late June or early July and it needs to be more on the low budget end of the price scale. We would need beds for 12 people (preferably single rooms), a meditation hall and we would do all our own vegetarian cooking. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Post Date: 02/06/15, Replies: 2 02/06/15 2
Survey: Diet Restriction App Hi everyone. My team and I are in the process of creating a new app for iOS and Android for people with dietary restrictions. If you would answer 9 questions for me it would be really helpful. Your feedback is appreciated very much. Any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks. Post Date: 01/08/15, Replies: 0 01/08/15 0
Vegan Personal Training/ Meal Planning I am an a vegan Olympic weightlifter. I am the NY ambassador to Team Green at and I provide vegan personal training and meal planning for people who want to build muscle or lose weight on this lifestyle. My services are online or in person. You can email me at [email protected] Post Date: 12/19/14, Replies: 1 12/19/14 1
B12 - a new potential source discovered This is mainly of theoretical interest presently: One of the most widespread microorganisms in the world has been found to produce vitamin B12. It does it to such an extent that it is believed to be the provider of B12 to innumerable numbers of marine organisms all over the world that need it. In my blog posting "A new B12 source is discovered – the missing link for vegans?" I am discussing the possibility that this might potentically be a B12 source for vegetarians. See Jaan Post Date: 12/17/14, Replies: 1 12/17/14 1
Why sunscreen and cream are bad for you Hi all, Last week, a friend of mine told me that sunscreen and moisturizer are actually unnecessary and do more harm than good. She said that they actually CAUSE skin cancer rather than prevent it, which is why so many Americans have it nowadays, even though they use sunblock or sunscreen. She also said that the chemicals used in most moisturizing creams are bad for your skin. I always felt this way too, since the Oil of Olay moisturizing cream I put on my face feels so sticky and uncomfortable on my skin, and made my skin feel like it can't breathe. So I found it odd that so many people were recommending it, including skin care professionals. I also have started having frequent pimple outbreaks after using facial moisturizing cream. Once I stopped using facial creams, the acne stopped as well. Gee thanks Momopi, for recommending this standard skin care regiment that caused me so many acne problems, which I didn't have before. (sarcastic tone) Thanks for believing everything the skin care industry tells us without question or critical thought. Razz. I hope that now, you realize the downsides of what you were told, and its potential harmful effects and bad chemicals. Now let's look at some basic logic here: - Humans have been fine without sunscreen and facial moisturizers for thousands of years, without having any skin cancer problems. So why the hell is it a necessity nowadays when it wasn't for thousands of years? This logic fallacy is huge and not addressed by the skin care industry. - How is it that humans began having skin cancer when sunblock was invented, but they didn't have it before? That should speak volumes right there. - Humans have evolved under the sun for millions of years, so why is the sun now a dangerous thing that you have to protect against with sunscreen? The sun is the source of life and provides vitamin D for your skin. The worse it can do to you is give you a sunburn or dehydrate you. A sunburn is like a chemical peel, and not harmful at all. Kids get it all the time. It's not lethal. - How come the blacks in Africa who don't use sunscreen don't get skin cancer, but black Americans who do use sunscreen get skin cancer? That right there speaks volumes. Anyway, my facial skin has been a lot better since I stopped putting moisturizing cream on it, and using organic soap without bad chemicals on it. People like Momopi would say that I was using the wrong moisturizer and that I should keep trying others until my acne outbreaks stop. But come on, get real. There are thousands of facial moisturizers out there. I can't just buy all of them and try them every week like a wild goose chase. Besides, I don't have a dry skin problem. In fact, my face is usually oily. So what's the point of using a moisturizer anyway? Why go through all the trouble? It doesn't make sense! I don't get why highly intelligent and educated people like Momopi lack critical thinking skills when it comes to believing whatever we are told by corrupt sources. My friend told me that there is a conspiracy between the skin care industry that sells sunscreen and the cancer industry that profits from it. So you'd best avoid them both altogether. My intuition felt that she was right, based on my experience and gut feeling, as well as the basic logic points outlined above. What do you all think? Have we all been duped regarding sunscreen and facial moisturizers? Here are some articles I found that suggest that sunscreen can actually cause skin cancer and do more harm than good. One of them is even by NBC. If you Google "moisturizers cause acne" you will get many hits as well. Post Date: 12/03/14, Replies: 5 12/03/14 5
Natural remedies for scar tissue I have had two extensive surgeries one on my face and one on my clavicle, I am looking to see if anyone knows of any natural remedies to break down scar tissue. Please and thank you :) Post Date: 11/20/14, Replies: 10 11/20/14 10
Oops I Ate Meat Accidentally eating meat wreaks havoc on the digestive system Post Date: 11/20/14, Replies: 4 11/20/14 4
Books for a young vegetarian? Hi there... I just found this site and am hoping you all can help me! My daughter recently decided she wanted to be a vegetarian. She has been doing great (i am a long time veg so she's not a stranger). I was wondering if anyone could recommend some books bout the importance of nutrition and making smart choices. She is 10 years old, so they would need to be geared towards the 'tween set. I just want to make sure she understands that yes, french fries may be vegetarian, but they are still "sometimes" food and that her body needs higher quality food to grow strong and healthy. Obviously, I will guide her... But she is an avid reader and fascinated with health, so figured this would be a good way to open up the dialogue between us. In any case, do books like this exist? Or do I need to start writing one? Lol!!! Thank you kindly for any suggestions. Post Date: 11/20/14, Replies: 4 11/20/14 4
Headache when switching to vegan? Hello lovely happy cow community! I'm a brand new vegan...four days. I've been a vegetarian for about a month, but the mountain of positive evidence for living a full vegan lifestyle have kept pilling higher and higher, and I finally decided that I couldn't ignore it anymore and needed to make the switch. In the change to vegan, I not only cut out dairy and other animal products, but also out refined sugars, corn bi-products, and most processed foods. Yesterday and today, I've had stomach pains and pretty severe headaches. Is this just part of the detox process? If so, any guesses on how long it should last? I drink plenty of water (10-12 cups/day), and I eat a wide variety of healthy, whole foods, so I really can't think of anything specifically wrong in my diet that could be causing these symptoms. Post Date: 11/06/14, Replies: 14 11/06/14 14
Avocados - food of the gods! Discover why avocados should be considered a food of the gods! Post Date: 11/02/14, Replies: 7 11/02/14 7
Alopecia Treatment !! I'm a new to this site. I joined since i have have a very good friend who is experiencing Alopecia. He lost his hair within the age of 15 and even though it grew back, he dropped it all again at the chronilogical age of 24. He is having a very hard time dealing with it. He seeks mental health treatment and the man is trying his best. Just like a friend, i feel helpless and also help him. If you have any information on what you think would be appreciated contained in being supportive, please let me know?? Post Date: 11/02/14, Replies: 2 11/02/14 2
Stomach issues since vegetarianism Hey there! I started going vegetarian for a project for Environmental Science class, and lately I've noticed that my stomach has been cramping on and off. It will go from mild to severe cramping. My doctor said it's because I'm overweight. I thought it was because of coffee, so I nixed the coffee. It still happens. Could someone please give me advice for what to do? Post Date: 10/28/14, Replies: 13 10/28/14 13
Organic vs Conventional Farming Howdy everyone, I am curious to hear some opinions on the pros and cons of organic farming compared to conventional farming. During the summer I work/cultivate for an organic farmer on my father’s land. My primary job is to cultivate soybeans, corn and milo fields after they have been planted. This process leads me cultivate the same field up to 3-4 times, depending on the amount of moisture. I feel that driving the tractor over the land that many extra times is harmful to the environment, plus it adds a lot of extra work. Conventional farmers would simply spray their fields once with fertilizer and later harvest the crop, decreasing the amount of fuel used. But, it is my belief that synthetic fertilizer is harmful to the farmers using it and the consumers when we eat it. My boss gets his fertilizer from organic cattle manure, which I think is a better option. I have read some articles stating that organic farm yields are much lower than conventional farms. I’m not sure if that’s true or not. If true, it would be difficult to feed the world’s population if every farm was organic. Any thoughts or comments? Matthew Lee Post Date: 10/28/14, Replies: 7 10/28/14 7
Vegan Protein Powders Many vegetarians and vegans have come to me and asked what they should be using to increase their daily protein intake given their strict dietary constraints. Soy has been a leading source of protein for years, but we have now found other protein alternatives that are great tasting and offer excellent amino acid profiles to form complete proteins without the health concerns associated with soy. Powdered protein products are now available on the market that can take the place of soy, including pea protein isolates, rice protein concentrates, and hemp protein powders. Pea and rice proteins typically contain 80-90% protein per serving, with an amino acid profile that is easily comparable to a standard whey protein powder. Hemp protein will contain an average of 50-70% protein, but is also high in naturally-occurring omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. These materials are excellent additives to take on their own as a protein shake, or they can be added to baked goods of smoothies to help meet daily protein requirements. Vegan protein powders can be found through select online retailers and in most wholefoods and nutrition outlets. Post Date: 10/24/14, Replies: 3 10/24/14 3
Flatulence This topic is a little bit embarrassing. I started my vegan diet 1 1/2 year ago with a hydro-colon-therapy. And I have had no problems with digestions. A few weeks ago I recognized a lot of flatulence with bad smelling gas. Can anybody give me hints how to avoid this? Post Date: 10/21/14, Replies: 6 10/21/14 6
Vegetarian and Blood Sugar Hi everyone. I am new to the site and to vegetarianism. I have been in good health most of my life, but recently my doctor told me I was border line diabetic. I know how terrible this disease can be and it scares me to death. Right now I am own a brown rice diet. This is my 2nd day. I have used this diet occasionally to loose weight and clean my system. I read a book years ago titled: You Are All Sanpanku by George Osaka. It is a macrobiotic approach to general good health, and this diet has always been helpful to me. My question is; do you think this diet will lower by blood sugar levels? Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much, Charlie Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
Skin care question? I have a question regarding my skin. I've been a vegan for about 5 months now. Almost the entire time my face has been broken out with acne. I've always had a problem with acne, but never to this extent! I thought that eliminating dairy would have a positive effect on my skin, but it seems to have made it worse! Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any suggestions of what I could add or eliminate from my diet? Without compromising my veganism of course! Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 20 10/20/14 20
Natural control of blood pressure I like any advice and direction that anyone could provide on natural ways to help lower high blood pressure. I'm a Vegan, and would greatly like to get off my pills and into natural and organic ways to keep my blood pressure down. I've just begun to use Yoga for stress reduction, and breathing for control, but anything additional I could do to get it under control would be greatly appreciated. Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 11 10/20/14 11
Reliable source of protein for vegan Hi,recently I have found out that legumes(except peanuts),soy,cereals,and some vegetables are moderate in purines which can cause uric acid so it is unlucky for vegans to have them in their diets every time.Those foods that are low in purines and high in protein are nuts, seeds and hempmilk only.Am I going to eat or drink only these foods to get protein everyday? Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
Hair Care My hair is so dry ... suggestions? Post Date: 10/20/14, Replies: 7 10/20/14 7
B12 Injections in GTA I know local pharmacies throughout the GTA carry cyanocobalamin. But I'm looking for either hydroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin injections that could be purchased in order to do intramuscular injections. I know naturopaths can administer them. Does anyone know of any store/website or natural health clinic here in Ontario/around the GTA that gives the right form of B12 to its clients in injection form? Post Date: 10/18/14, Replies: 0 10/18/14 0
A Diet of Sun Light and Water Have you been following the story of Navenna Shine? She's a 65 year old woman who lives in Seattle. She's trying to emulate an obscure group of yogis known as the Breatharians, who supposedly had the ability to live on nothing more than sun light. Ms. Shine is now 33 days into her diet and has lost 20 pounds. Her goal is to be on this diet for SIX MONTHS. What do you think? Post Date: 10/08/14, Replies: 12 10/08/14 12
How Do I Reduce Fiber without Reducing Pro I've been vegetarian for almost 9 months now, and have recently started getting cramped and bloated, with occasional constipation and rough stools. I believe this is because I'm getting too much fiber, but I'm having trouble finding ways to lower my fiber intake and still meet protein requirements. I'm male and weigh 193lbs, so I generally aim for 70g a day. Generally, I eat a lot of legumes, nuts, and whole grains, tons of veggies, and a good amount of eggs and dairy. I realize tofu is low in fiber, but I only rarely eat soy because my family has a history thyroid problems I generally don't eat much seitan, because I'm concerned with high intakes of gluten causing long term harm I know I could cut out some whole grains and eat simple grains and that would reduce some of my fiber, but also protein and other nutrients. I could eat more eggs and dairy, but that's not healthy either. So I'm still left with nuts and legumes being a primary protein source, both being really high in fiber. Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Post Date: 10/08/14, Replies: 6 10/08/14 6
Rawfoodist hair I started my vegan life with a help of the following site: (by the way, have you heard about it? To me, it's a good startup - although the assortment is quite low - I've tried tofu and stevia there - quite decent, I'd like to say) So, back to the subject: not quite a lot time passed when I moved on to rawfoodism - everything was ok - until I started to loose my beautiful hair. I noticed that todays' morning - was extremely surprised - read some forums and found out that it is a usual practice - please, recommend me what to do? THANK YOU! Post Date: 10/05/14, Replies: 3 10/05/14 3
In need of Vegan friendly Midwife/OBGYN We are 9 weeks and have found no one in support of our diet. Lab tests are perfect. Her health is perfect. We just need support a healthy / no stress environment. If anyone knows of any midwives or OB's that are in Vermont, preferably in Chittenden County. Thanks in advanced!! ~Nick Post Date: 10/05/14, Replies: 1 10/05/14 1
Going Vegan-best thing I've ever done! Going Vegan was the best thing I have ever done! I have lost about 15 lbs so far and it keeps coming off, :) . And it wasn't even intentional! I went vegan for the animals. Its great I love it. :) Post Date: 07/30/14, Replies: 6 07/30/14 6
Trying to lose 10 pounds! I've been a vegan for 8 years, granted I'm only 21 and I'm not overweight. I've been trying to lose 10 pounds, from 130 to 120. It's so hard to seek advice on the issue because all the online sources simply say, "don't eat meat, don't eat dairy, don't eat wheat, don't eat processed foods" easy, I do that. I have even been avoiding beans for calories sake. I have a vegetable smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, edamame / veggie burgers for dinner and fruit for snacks. How do I lose weight?? Post Date: 07/18/14, Replies: 8 07/18/14 8

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