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Vegetarian fish food Hi, I have a goldfish called Charlie but the goldfish food I feed him is meat based and I can't find any vegetarian fish food. Does anyone know of any vegetarian fish food recipes? Thanks Post Date: 04/24/17, Replies: 1 04/24/17 1
Eating at restaurants or takeaways What is your opinion on eating at places that also serve meat dishes? I always have the fear of cross contamination and would rather not eat at places that serve meat Post Date: 04/21/17, Replies: 2 04/21/17 2
Kindness Rules Hi all. I felt compelled to share some of my thoughts in order to hopefully help new veg*s with things that a lot of people choosing this lifestyle struggle with, and also to address some other issues with long timers that I see which may be harmful to our cause in general. First things first: hang in there! Being veg isn't that hard, and there are many people, myself included, who are living proof that we won't shrivel up and die if we eliminate consuming animal products. There is a wealth of information and support at your fingertips, and every minute you invest researching will only benefit you. I've only been vegan for almost a month now, but the transition has been much easier than I thought it would. This is probably largely due to the fact that I was a strict vegetarian for 13 years before that, and because I thoroughly researched nutritional concerns beforehand. The best info I think I could give to someone who has recently switched, or is considering it, would be to research vitamins B12, D3, and omega fatty acids, which are the main concerns with switching to this type of lifestyle. And don't be concerned with protein intake, as a well balanced veg diet will provide plenty. Which brings me to my next point, ignorance. There are many, many people out there who are misled by the animal industry, although with the power of the internet that misinformation is exponentially being challenged. However, in my experience I've learned that there is one truth that will not likely change soon; haters gonna hate. Aside from and in conjunction with the merely misinformed, there are those who are downright hateful towards veg*s. I personally didn't choose this lifestyle to anger people, as I'm sure most of you didn't either, but I seem to have done it. On the flip side of that coin though, there are many veg*s who are extremist in there beliefs as well, which will only further fuel people's anger. Whether or not you chose this lifestyle to perpetuate compassion, which is personally at the core of my belief system, fighting fire with gasoline is never a good idea. I'm no saint in this area though, as I've battled with anger issues for most of my life and it used to infuriate me because of some peoples judgment about my choices. However, by grace, I have learned that it's best to just be concerned with the karma that you are accountable for, and let others reap what they sow as well. As the to title of this post states, "kindness rules" and I believe that hatred will never be abolished until enough of it is present in the world. What has helped me the most in dealing with ignorance the most has been becoming informed myself in order to defend my choices, instead of being ignorant myself, which has not always been the case. Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post, but hopefully my writing skills and breaks in text optimized readability. Thanks for reading this far if you have, and hopefully I've inspired goodness some way or another, which is the ultimate goal. Love to all. Post Date: 04/20/17, Replies: 1 04/20/17 1
Coffee Machine Help Hey I'm from the UK and newly Vegan so... new to all this stuff. Making a coffee with instant stuff from jars with soy milk isn't really cutting it for me meaning I tend to walk to my local coffee shop chain for a decent soy latte. However I'd like to save some money and make them at home so obviously... I need a coffee machine. Now all the people I know who own them have the type of machine that requires pods/capsules that already have milk powder in. What kind of coffee machine do I need to be buying where I can obviously use my own soy milk? Or are there even soy milk pods available? Thanks guys. Post Date: 04/18/17, Replies: 10 04/18/17 10
Very new vegan here! Advice please :) Hi all! So a little back story, I have been a Vegetarian for 19 years and have recently (after much research and thought) decided to transition to a Vegan lifestyle. I have been contemplating this for nearly a year but then recently watched Forks Over Knives and yeah...that was all the motivation I needed. I started being vegetarian at 12 years old after seeing a horrific video in school about what animals go through. So I've always had that passion for animals but recently also became extremely interested in the health benefits as well. I live in the U.K now, i'm from the U.S. I have been here about 1 year now. I don't really have anyone here that can relate to why I'm going vegan, so I decided to give this website a try. I also don't really have a whole lot of people here to begin with, so it is a challenge anyways finding people to talk to. However, my husband is great and very supportive, as long as I'm happy and healthy he's cool with it. I have family in America that are Vegan and even the ones that aren't totally support me doing this. But I don't have a whole lot of that here. Anyway, now to the point! (yes, I swear there is one :) **Tonight I told my in-laws that I am going to be following a vegan diet, only because they kept trying to offer me damn chocolate cake lol. I started off by saying I'm not eating dairy and eggs now. Then someone said "you're not going vegan are you?!". As if I'm going to rob a bank or something. Then everyone at once proceeded to tell me how unhealthy it is and said to just wait and see how I feel in a year (meaning after a year as a vegan i'll be in bad shape). It was so upsetting because I know it's healthy but when I tried to explain it I basically get told I'm wrong, as if I don't know what I'm doing. It's literally as soon as the word "VEGAN" is used some people just think you're crazy and don't even try to hear where your coming from. I'm used to criticizm as a vegetarian but this is of course worse. I know this is a popular topic but how did you guys deal with people close to you not supporting your decision to go Vegan? Honestly, I just really needed to vent so thanks for reading my rant! :) Post Date: 04/18/17, Replies: 12 04/18/17 12
Excellent All Around Vegan Website... Hi again all. I stumbled on a great website and just couldn't help but share it. Apologies if it's already somewhere here, but if it is I haven't seen it. It is by far the most concise rebuttal to arguments against veganism that I have seen to date, and is brilliantly put together. It also touches on many subjects important to veganism, has sources cited, and links to other reading. It is quite long and wordy, but I would highly recommended that everyone read even a portion of it if you haven't already. The web page is titled "But Lions Eat Meat" (I think), and the site itself is "vegan Future Now". If you click on the logo at the top of the page it will take you to their homepage. All-in-all an excellent resource. Copy and paste the URL below into your browser search: www.veganfuturenow.com/answering-the-objections-to-veganism/#but-lions-eat-meat Post Date: 04/16/17, Replies: 0 04/16/17 0
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: 04/15/17, Replies: 16 04/15/17 16
The Kinder Way Cosmetics -- Vegan Skincare Hi my vegans! My wife and I are the makers of a very small all vegan, natural and cruelty free skincare company called The Kinder Way Cosmetics!! We make cleansers, toners, scrubs, activated charcoal masks, moisturizers, deodorant, make up remover and an eye Serum! We would love for you all to connect with us on social media and check us out on etsy below! Thank you all so much! www.kinderwaycosmetics.etsy.com Post Date: 04/10/17, Replies: 0 04/10/17 0
Newbie Help: Pancakes I was so happy to discover that my favorite packaged pancake mix, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix, was vegan in itself! So instead of using the milk, eggs, and butter, I used almond milk, aquafaba, and earth balance soy free. The mix looked great, so I fried up in coconut oil as usual, but they stuck to the pan like cement!!!!! I couldn't even get my silicone spatula under them. Am I missing something? Again, newbie vegan here. Thanks all! :) Post Date: 04/08/17, Replies: 0 04/08/17 0
Plant based liquid meal Hi! With our start-up we offer completely balanced powdered food, to make a healthy diet in a busy lifestyle more convenient. After digging into the food industry and its problems, we knew that we wanted to help tackling this with our product and strategy. Our team reconsidered everything, which resulted in a new branding and a product free of animal-derived ingredients. I’m curious about your opinions! All feedback is welcome. Our website is https://bloomfoods.eu/en/. For those of you that are interested in trying the shake out, we also activated a coupon code: HAPPYCOW15. This gives you a 15% discount on every product in our shop, except the sample meal (€4,95). Post Date: 04/04/17, Replies: 0 04/04/17 0
Pathways Natural Living Expo What a wonderful expo to learn about health, healing, and vegan and vegetarian options! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xukWFTOowKw Post Date: 04/03/17, Replies: 0 04/03/17 0
Survey about Vegetarian and Vegan Media Hi Happy Cow community! I'm a PhD student at the University of Colorado, and I'm conducting research on how different dietary groups use vegetarian and vegan media resources. I'm trying to understand the extent to which these media resources can help people maintain and understand their dietary choices, or transition from one diet to another. Please take my survey: https://goo.gl/forms/kU0yKf5z4873P0nU2 Your response will be anonymous, and the first page of the survey will give you more information about my research aims. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is open to citizens or residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older. All dietary groups are welcome to participate! Thanks and let me know if you have any questions! :) Post Date: 04/02/17, Replies: 0 04/02/17 0
What Vegans Want? Hi There! I am writing about vegan movement and lifestyle and a question come to me! WHAT VEGANS WANT/NEED? What I mean is... what do vegans want/need that is missing at the moment or what do you want in general as a vegan, any technology, restaurant, information on a specific subject, book, courses, ANYTHING that you think will add to the movement and improve the lifestyle Post Date: 03/29/17, Replies: 1 03/29/17 1
I have to feed my baby meat? Little bit of background, I'm a dairy free vegetarian and I have a five month old son. When he's 6 months we'll be introducing solids and I plan to keep him on my diet. We went to his checkup, and he's doing great! We have the same doctor, and I loved her. She was amazing through delivery of my son, so supportive. So she said we can start to introduce solids slowly at 6 months. Fruits, veggies, grains, ....meats, then whole milk at 1. I told her I wouldn't be feeding him meat or dairy, and I would let him breastfeed as long as he wants even if he goes past 1. She looked very confused and said "I understand why you'd make that choice, but why would you make it for him." .... he's my son. It makes sense for us to have the same diet. As his mother it's my job to provide him with the best of everything that I possibly can, and that includes diet. I felt so uncomfortable that she was talking down to me as if I want my son to be deficient, we've had a great relationship up until this point. She said that I have to wait until he's 2 years old. She said before he's 2 years old, I can't provide this diet for him without it significantly damaging his health. Any advice, opinions, resources appreciated, thank you. Post Date: 03/29/17, Replies: 4 03/29/17 4
More similar to meat: Tofu or Tempeh Attenpting to use a stir-fried meat 'substitute' in a dish, but I'm torn between tofu and tempeh. Also if there any brands that taste more similar, that'd be helpful. If it helps, I'm stir-frying it with sauce on a pan. Thanks Post Date: 03/23/17, Replies: 10 03/23/17 10
Help shape the future of restaurants What matters to you when choosing somewhere to eat as a vegetarian / vegan? Answer these 5 questions to help shape the future of restaurants in all things 'V'! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTYCGTG Post Date: 03/22/17, Replies: 2 03/22/17 2
The Best Vegan Candy Hey guys and gals! I know being vegan can be tough when all of your friends are eating milk chocolate, ice cream and gummy bears. But fear not! There is plenty of vegan candy out there if you know where to look. Luckily for you, the guys over at OnlyBuyVegan.com have put together an awesome list of vegan candy and treats for everyone to enjoy! Head on over there to find the best vegan gummy worms, marshmallows and chocolate. https://onlybuyvegan.com/vegan-gummy-bears/ Post Date: 03/19/17, Replies: 0 03/19/17 0
LifeLovingFoods.com presents VGKebab Hi, Just wanting to share with everyone the launch of our first product in what is expected to be a large range of vegan versions of popular foods such as grilled Kebabs and Pana Cotta desserts. We attempt to make our products tasty and easy to prepare from an instant mix. Feel free to visit us and request a free ReviewKit or share your opinion. LifeLovingFoods.com or VGKebab.com Post Date: 03/18/17, Replies: 0 03/18/17 0
10 Ethical Clothing & Accessory Brands Check out the link below, 10 Ethical Clothing & Accessory Brands :) Shop consciously and feel the difference it makes in your life, the lives around you, and this planet. These companies provide the following or many of the following types of products: Vegan, non-toxic, natural, eco-friendly, fair-trade, ethical, organic, cruelty-free, etc. https://www.cerebraluprising.com/single-post/2017/03/14/Ten-Ethical-Clothing-Accessory-Brands CHEERS! Post Date: 03/18/17, Replies: 0 03/18/17 0
Meat eater to vegan I'm finding it really hard to get enough protein in my diet I heard of these vegan protein shakes from arbonne. www.arbonne.com/Pws/JakeReynolds/store/AMUK/catalog/Nutrition,486.aspx I have tired a couple and they were amazing do you recon they are any good to keep going with Post Date: 03/15/17, Replies: 2 03/15/17 2
Any vegan food at Sheremetyevo airport? Does anyone know if you can get real -vegan- food anywhere at Sheremetyevo airport (Moscow)? /Paul Post Date: 03/15/17, Replies: 4 03/15/17 4
Textile options for vegetarians/vegans Hi, I have been a vegetarian for 2 years now and am furthermore studying a Masters programme about sustainable fashion in Berlin. I am therefore very interested to find out more about people's opinion regarding vegan textile options. So if some of you could spare a few minutes to fill out my survey (won't take longer than 5 minutes) then that would be muuuuch appreciated! https://www.esurveycreator.co.uk/s/8d6dc3f Thanks a lot for your help! :) Nadja Post Date: 03/15/17, Replies: 2 03/15/17 2
McDonalds French fries Are they suitable for vegetarians? I ask this because one facebook post said that the preparation involves the use of grease that is derived from pork lard. The McDonalds UK website denies it. But I dont see any english faq in the McDonals Korea website. Can any koreans answer this plese? Post Date: 03/15/17, Replies: 11 03/15/17 11
The Recent Chinese Takeover Why are Chinese language Forum Topics consistently taking up the front page of Happycow's Forum? They seem to arrive in groups of 5 so as to get free advertising, completely controlling the Happycow front web page. Why are Chinese language Forum Topics repetitive and dominating? I have seen the same thing submitted multiple times. Why are Chinese language Forum Topics submitted in many discussion groups, each time the same rhetoric with language software that inserts computer symbols and Chinese cuneiform in a confused manner? This makes me feel that there is a fundamental disrespect for other races, languages and individuals who regularly read and submit to the Happycow Forum. I am quickly loosing respect for the Chinese community if they think this is a successful way to win at free advertising and racial dominance. Shame on the immoral individuals who are trying to take advantage of this community resource. They need manners, one submission is enough on the narrow topics they submit. It is almost like a spam torrent. Post Date: 03/14/17, Replies: 3 03/14/17 3
We Need Vegan Clothing 100 years ago, people wore buckskin in the USA. 50 years ago, people wore animal furs in the USA. Now, everywhere one looks in the USA people are wearing cloth, mostly synthetic and cotton. It has been a slow progression but our clothing is getting increasingly vegan. Now we can buy "pleather" belts, wallets, shoes and for women, purses. We can also buy synthetic silk shirts. As a vegan, I am dismayed at this trend to imitate non-vegan clothing. We need to overhaul the clothing industry. Here are a few problems I have noticed in clothing design: 1. Men’s fashion is basically homophobic, uninspired and drab. Men tend to dress down, in T-shirts and Jeans for casual wear and for all other situations, they wear suits and ties. The neck tie is a ridiculous fashion appendage that is resource depleting with no real use nor benefit. 2. The collar for shirts has not been redesigned for over 50 years. In India, they have the Nehru collar which is basically an ethnic Muslim design, in Eastern Europe there is a smaller version of the Western collar and in the West, there is a pronounced collar both of which are for the use of ties. There is also the V neck and T-shirt collarless shirt. We need a new look that is less wasteful and we need to design beyond the need for a tie, something less resource consumptive. Gone are the days where a man could only be trusted as a professional if he has a tie and women had to wear the same collar without the tie to be respected in business. 3. The world is going synthetic with its cloth choices. Synthetics are uncomfortable and unnatural. The best material in the world is organic, un-dyed, unbleached cotton. The next best is India and Nepal’s cotton that is vegetable dyed. Hemp cloth needs to be made softer to contact human skin. Bamboo cloth is only beginning. 4. Pockets no longer function for hair brushes, combs, cell phones, music devices, wallets, and coins. Men are afraid to carry hand bags, backpacks are cumbersome and people do not know what to do. 5. Industrial clothing dyes are not ecological, are in many cases carcinogenic and effect people’s natural energy. People have Auras and auras are electrical in nature, indeed the human brain generates electricity and the nervous system is electrical as are the acupuncture points. Leather, industrial dyes, and many synthetic materials insulate and cause the human aura to not connect with the planet’s natural energy. This alienates people and separates them from nature. What do we need? 1. Cloth that has nanotechnology to give us UV protection and temperature control. 2. India and Nepali vegetable dyed cloth that is tailored for Western tastes and sizes. 3. More natural, organic fibers that are soft to wear including organic cotton, organic bamboo, and organic hemp material. 4. New designs for men’s fashion with new collars and no ties that fit a man well and allow him to sit on the floor, work in the yard and go to a restaurant without having to change attire. 5. New designs in women’s clothing that are less involved in an aesthetic power struggle with no more overstated clunky, dysfunctional appointments like overstated zippers, fragile material, bead-work that can’t be washed etc. 6. New designs in vegan wallets, brief cases, hats, and jewelry that is attractive and functional. 7. More vegan shoe designs that have arch support. We are all tired of wearing sneakers. 8. Futuristic, sexy, fun, practical, easy to clean and maintain fashion that is vegan, fair trade and ecological. Post Date: 03/14/17, Replies: 6 03/14/17 6
I'm making Organic Vegan Jerky w/ eggplant Hey friends! I started a company in Los Angeles making vegan jerky with organic eggplant. It is the closest thing to beef jerky I've ever tried. If anyone's interested please let me know or check my Facebook page or check out the link in my profile. We're running a Kickstarter right now and I'm trying to spread the word. Thank you! Holla with any questions! Post Date: 03/12/17, Replies: 0 03/12/17 0
Backyard Chickens Does eating wholseome food products from your own sustainibly raised no-kill hens and your own bee hives make you a non vegan? Post Date: 03/12/17, Replies: 2 03/12/17 2

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