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I just joined. Hi everyone, I just joined here tonight, looks very interesting.Am just starting to go vegan, so have a lot to learn. I am 64 yrs old, better late than never! I live in Cambridge in beautiful New Zealand. Looking forward to learning as much as I can on here. Post Date: 08/28/16, Replies: 4
I'm new Hi. My name is Dom. A lifelong meat eater and a hater fruits and veggies. After seeing all the harm and destruction to the environment all the meat eating and producing does, I want to do my part for our environment and give up meat. I guess how do I go about it? Post Date: 08/27/16, Replies: 5
Took 30 Day Vegan Pledge Today Hi everyone Just thought I would share this moment. Today is my first day of my vegan pledge. I decided to take this step after joining Happy Cow yesterday and reading all the wonderful info here! Here goes! Post Date: 08/19/16, Replies: 4
Sprouts Farmers Market Plant-Based Sale! Hi, Veg*ns. I stopped by Sprouts tonight for a few items and ended up stocking up because they've got a great promotion going on right now... 35% off their stock of Silk, So Delicious, Earthbound Farm, Vega, and Whole Earth & Sea products through August 31st, 2016! This promotion was found in North Texas, and I hope it's nationwide. Go take advantage of you can. Post Date: 08/19/16, Replies: 0
Do NOT buy Bic, 3M, and Scotch! These companies all test on animals! And they are very common household products. For example, Bic pens and lighters, and 3M tape and bubble mailers. For pens, buy Pilot instead. They do not test on animals AND all of their products are free of animal ingredients, making them completely vegan! Pilot pens are very easy to find in stores, and they even make permanent markers, but I have never seen their markers in stores so you might have to order them online. Still better than Sharpies, because Sharpies have animal ingredients (animal derived pigment)! For tape, and bubble mailers and packing materials, I'm not completely sure, but I have found no evidence of Duck testing on animals. I am not positive if their stuff is all vegan, but at least its better than supporting 3M and Scotch, because 3M and Scotch test on animals! So unless someone has better info, I suggest Duck for mailers and tape. And glue! Gorilla Glue and Elmer's are both vegan! No animal testing or ingredients! The BAD: Bic 3M Scotch Sharpie The GOOD: Pilot Duck Gorilla Glue Elmer's Post Date: 08/18/16, Replies: 20
Inspirational Vegans Hi Everyone! We are The Vegan Edition - a digital magazine on all things vegan whether it be vegan fashion, fitness, lifestyle, health or beauty. We post regular interviews with inspiring vegans from all different walks of life that are really interesting if you want to hear about different peoples motivation for going vegan and how they lead their lives. Our latest in conversation interview is with actor Gregg Lowe : theveganedition.com/in-conversation-gregg-lowe-actor/ feel free to check it out if you are interested. The Vegan Edition Team Post Date: 08/18/16, Replies: 0
Two life changing decisions Here's my own experience. I was 50lbs overweight scary blood tests etc etc...So I decided to go meatless and then vegetarian...This concurrently affirmed by love of the animal rights movement, Two life changing decisions on the journey for me: 1. I found a personal physician who is a vegan MD ! I can't recommend this change enough - I feel empowered and am learning so much about diet as medicine...In all honesty: I look forward when I have my annual physical 2. I volunteer at animal sanctuary. Seeing how beautiful and gentle cows, goats pigs and the like in open space is profound...The people who run the sanctuary are incredible too and I feel blessed that I can take part in a few hours of work on the farm when I can...In all honesty, this is really powerful therapy for me to be with animals in a place of such compassion, care, and warmth.. In any event, I strongly recommend both additions to your life, if possible !!! Post Date: 08/15/16, Replies: 6
The most violent animal I'm tired of the worn-out excuse of meat-eaters that humans are no less violent than the other animals. "All animals have 'enemies' or at least creatures that they fear in the natural world, and some predators are feared by many. Human, however, are an enemy to all living things, despite the fact that many of us claim to love nature and even a few selected species." -from one of my books Humans kill billions of non-human animals daily - in chemicalized factory farming, in research labs, by polluting the environment and clear-cutting forests...with barely a second thought about those lives. And yet we somehow convince ourselves that we're the most intelligent, most thoughtful and most deserving of all species. Post Date: 08/15/16, Replies: 6
New to the forum Hey guys, Just wanted to introduce myself to you all. New to the forum. Been vegetarian for 10 months. Wanted to meet some like minded people. Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 1
Feeling Alone Since Becoming Vegetarian Hi, I am a baby in the vegetarian/vegan/raw world having only started a few months ago... I've never been much of a meat eater except for junk food and always liked to think of myself as an animal rights advocate... after the realisation that I was a huge hypocrite in this area (haha) I immediately knew I had to become vegetarian... The change itself wasn't so hard given I had never really eaten much meat prior but the effect it seemed to have on the people around me was the most surprising... now don't get me wrong I expected some backlash but I really thought the people closest to me would be more supportive. My partner didn't really seem bothered about the change, except he had no-one to eat junk with anymore haha... his mother kept asking me daily if I wanted meat products and when I would remind her, she'd say something along the lines of "Oh you're still doing that then..." My father being a fisherman insisted that being a vegetarian meant I could still eat fish... and then I was of course told "I could do it if I could eat fish" and then "really? No fish?" My cousin whom is like a brother to me informed me that it was a "faze" and that I'd get over it... My best friend and her partner have continually asked "but don't you like meat?" Every.Darn.Visit... All that aside I've enjoyed being Vegetarian... and recently decided to have 2 days a week raw/vegan, no particular reason other than I'd already stopped dairy products after learning about what happens to dairy cows and their calves... (I love cows btw... so this was a big no no)... But I've realised recently that I've been feeling very lonely since becoming a vegetarian.... my partner refuses to have meals with me now... leaving me to cook and eat by myself... my friends don't invite me to dinner anymore... And just this morning (one of my vegan days) I suggested to my partner that I make him sorbet for breakfast (my new favourite breakfast) and he tells me that he feels like he's dating a completely different person... that he finds it hard to accept and remember that I'm vegetarian... that it's a turn off that I don't eat meat anymore.... Now my partner was the one person I thought didn't really mind the change as long as I didn't force it on him (which I never did. Never once did I mention his eating preferences.) So in the sense that he didn't mind, I thought I had that one shred of support... but now... I don't know any vegans/vegetarians... I used to love cooking for people and myself, now no-one wants a bar of it... I just don't know what to do... I just feel very lonely now... If you have any advice at all please send it... I'm sick of feeling like this and would appreciate the support xx I hope you're all having a fantastic day :) Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 5
Vegan powered milk? Hello everyone. I've been a vegetarian for about 3 years but felt guilty about eating meat for years leading up to that. I've been procrastinating veganism the same way I did with vegetarianism back then. The road to veganism is definetly a process for me and I'm quite proud of how close I'm getting. I no longer buy any animal products at home and I'm finding it easy to keep healthy out of the house since discovering a few vegan brands such as ilumi that do gluten free vegan pot noodles that I absolutely love! Also I'm big into raw vegan baking so always have a little something in my handbag. However my biggest downfall is when somebody offers me a cup of tea, I can't drink it black and i always seem to accept and end up drinking cows milk. Not only do I feel a bit guilty drinking it but it leaves me with a terrible bloated tummy (my tummy has felt much better since following a almost vegan diet) Any advice on powdered vegan milk with a long shelf life that I could carry in my handbag would be greatly appreciated. I drink unsweetened soy milk at home so anything with a similar taste to that. I'm also on the lookout for a vegan cheese, I've got my eye on a cashew and nutritional yeast blend which I've heard is meant to be yummy on top of meals as an alternative to hard cheese. Thankyou for taking the time to read this. Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 3
Good cruelty free deodorant? Hi HappyCow-ers! I've recently started moving my skincare/beauty products to cruelty free only - there hasnt been any scientific advances in such areas for at least 50 years so animal testing is not only cruel, it's unnecessary! So in my switch, I've found everything switches nice and easy, except deodorant. They're hard to get here, but the two I've found (Wholistic and Lush) both just didnt work at all for me - I'd start to smell gross after a few hours and it just wasnt working. Since I'll be forking out $25-30 plus $10-20 shipping for it (living here has some real downsides!) I dont want to just buy willy-nilly! Does anyone out there have the same problem, and has found a solution? I'd love to hear it! Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 9
New vegan Hello all Help been vegan for 8 days and can't stop trumping? Had a wee accident today too! Is this normal because it's early days and my body is adapting? Anyone else experienced this Post Date: 08/14/16, Replies: 3
An Article to Persuade Non-Veg Friends Hello everyone! I came across this TIME Magazine article and was surprised when I read its last few paragraphs, which subtly promote vegetarianism/veganism. I thought that it was a very interesting article to share with friends, especially those who eat meat. time.com/4443060/humans-early-tools/?xid=newsletter-brief"]time.com/4443060/humans-early-tools/?xid=newsletter-brief Post Date: 08/13/16, Replies: 1
Is honey bad for vegetarians ? or good? Hi guys! I am a new team member. I am gonna have a clear idea about honey. I am quite sure it is bad for vegans but for vegetarians? What do you think about it? Post Date: 08/12/16, Replies: 0
struggling vegan Hi guys, So the gist of it is i need some support from fellow vegans. I dont know a single other vegan with whom i can talk about the the issues/ recipies and such.I have been mostly vegan for 2 years except i still make some bad choices involving cheese. I really would like to get more involved in activism and stick to a strict vegan diet to get healthy and feel like some support would help me do so. Where do you guys get involved with other vegans at? Post Date: 08/10/16, Replies: 5
How to deal with meat-eater & family? VG Hello, I am vegan for about a month now, and my family is still judging me, though I eat whatever I want to eat. They always say something mean. I explained them the thousands of reasons why I am vegan but it seems that all the time they forget. My friends are pretty much nice to me. But, they kind of tell me things like 'can you make an exception' and so on... So I was wondering how do you act when people are telling you not to be vegan or that kind of stuff ? Sorry for the mistakes & I am 15 y. Thank you so much :D Post Date: 08/09/16, Replies: 4
Running and Vegetarianism/Veganism Hello, all! I am a newer vegetarian who also runs competitively for her college team (D3, but hey, still serious). Any advice from athletes who are also vegetarian? Post Date: 08/04/16, Replies: 2
Vaccine warning - they are NOT vegan!! Perhaps all you Happy Cowers are well informed and know that vaccines are made with cell lines from living beings - either animals or aborted fetuses. I had no idea and was quite shocked to find out that they contain lactose, bovine casein, egg proteins, insect cells, gelatin, monkey kidney cells, calf serum, chick embryo cells, pig cells etc. There's nothing vegan about vaccines...AND they contain multiple heavy metals in addition. You can see the ingredient lists here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf and read some more here: www.learntherisk.org/ingredients/ Post Date: 08/04/16, Replies: 0
Vegan Wedding Hell- Just wondering if anyone could share tips for a vegan wedding in the NJ/NY area. My fiancee and I would love something outdoors spring/summer 2017. We are also on a pretty strict budget as we are attempting to save money for a house and are both teachers. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! Post Date: 07/23/16, Replies: 0
Getting attention Before we started our company, we knew we wanted to create a clean product. As you know, clean -meaning a low carbon footprint, healthy for both us as individuals and our planet. We have been in business manufacturing a high quality snack. We are in some very high profile retail stores (WFM). We need to spread the word about our products without spreading our wallets so wide that we loose more than we make. Where would you suggest we go to increase awareness of our brand? Post Date: 07/22/16, Replies: 3
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Suggestions for things to eat (FODMAP)? Hi everyone! I'm in the UK. I'm following a gluten-free, low FODMAP diet for a few weeks to see what happens. Does anyone have any suggestions for meals I can eat, that's tasty (I've included a link to things that are supposed to be avoided)? I love spicy food by the way, and I like herbs (particularly oregano but it's not very cheap). (FODMAP link: fodmapdietrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/p/fodmap-diet-food-list.html) I'm also a vegan. And I'm on a careful budget, and buying frozen and tinned and dried (e.g. dried herbs) rather than fresh as I tend to end up forgetting about fresh and wasting it, which is a waste of money. I'm also trying, as far as practical, to avoid processed things, though I am allowing myself fortified almond milk for some calcium. So far I've thought of: - My own version of Uncle Ben's rice (only without any garlic or onion): Basically rice mixed with tinned tomatoes in tomato juice, mixed herbs, and perhaps some peppers. I previously was adding garlic but that's out the window for this diet. - A sort-of chili (with rice): Tinned tomatoes in tomato juice, cumin powder, herbs, and paprika, with rice. - A weird stiry fry (with rice): Mixed peppers, green beans, and spinach, with cumin and paprika, but I'm not sure what to use for a "sauce"; black bean has pulses and isn't cheap anyway, tomato will transform the flavour into something that doesn't taste like a stir fry, soy sauce is made from pulses (soya beans), but do you think mustard would work in a stir fry? And that's basically it for meals unless I add a bit of sunflower spread or Vitalite to some cooked spinach and green beans and carrots, and have it with rice to make it more filling. So any meal ideas? :D Also avoiding potato! Yes this may sound crazy, but there are reasons, and it's for a few weeks. Then again, I might risk some chips but not sure what to put with them to make them filling. Post Date: 07/21/16, Replies: 1
Organic Garden Organic Farms Greetings thank you for reading this email. Does anyone have any information on Organic gardens and farms located in Georgia or any surroundings states or countries. Stay positive have a great day. Post Date: 07/15/16, Replies: 0
Omega 3 So, I have some moderate brain damage and my GP has me on pharmaceutical grade fish oil. He is quite strict and requires a minimum 2:1 ratio EPA/DHA. I see the greatest improvement from taking a minimum of 500mg of EPA and currently take 1000mg. Otherwise things like my mailing address and social security number become very foggy. I've been on a particular fish oil for several years and it had become the only animal product left in my life. A few months ago I quit taking it and the effects have been fairly negative. I've begun taking it again because to hell with not remembering stuff, ya know? I have no problem avoiding all other animal products outside of this. I do not refer to myself as vegetarian so to not blur the already fuzzy line. I've spent the last 40 days back on the fish oil and my memory has begun improving again. I've tried like crazy to find a vegetarian EPA over 500mg but I can't find anything over 130 mg! I can't afford to take 5 or 10 pills a day! Do any of you know of a veggie option that might meet my requirements? This is a very important supplement to my wellbeing. The fish oil I'm taking is as responsible as possible (MSC certified and non-gmo) but I feel it's preventing me from wearing my vegetarian badge and keeping me stuck at pescetarian. I would love any suggestions. I really love remembering stuff so if I have to stay pesco then so be it... Post Date: 07/11/16, Replies: 3
Please help - question about child I am a recent vegan, and I have a 7 year old child from a previous marriage. We've always ate fairly healthy here, and of course now that I'm vegan, our meals are balanced and very healthy. My problem is that my son goes to his dad's house every other weekend and several other times throughout the year for longer stays. They have about the worst diet imaginable. They eat out for almost every meal while he's there, they allow him to have sodas, poptarts, tons and tons of candies, chips, etc. One of his recent meals was skittles, cheetos, a chocolate bar, a Crush soda, and a piece of pepperoni pizza. I know it's only a few days here and there, but can a diet this bad have an adverse effect on him when he eats very healthy most of the time? I always feel like he's detoxing when he comes home. It's always worried me to some extent, but now I worry a lot more. Any advice or help is appreciated. And unfortunately, this isn't something I can address with them as adults. Any time I try to talk to them about anything, no matter how nonconfrontational I am, it always winds up bad. Post Date: 07/08/16, Replies: 3
Storing Tofu I am currently trying to get more protein in my vegetarian diet. I am wondering what is the proper way to store it after I cook it. After the tofu is cooked do I have to store it in a container with water? Or can I just store the leftover cooked tofu in a container without water? Thanks Post Date: 07/05/16, Replies: 1

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