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Veganism: A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

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Veganism: "A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals." - The Vegan Society

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Boar bristle brush alternatives

Hey all, I did a search for this but most of the posts were pretty old or there weren't many answers, so I am trying again.

Do any of use or know of a boar bristle brush alternative? I've been using the same (non vegan) one for years but it's nearing the end of its life so I'm prepping for a vegan replacement.

The stiff, short bristles and hair "material" is the only thing that seems to work on my thick hair and distribute oil well.

Thanks!

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2024/01/25
14:51 UTC

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This Hack Changed My Vegan Outreach Forever [Debug Your Brain]

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2024/01/25
12:17 UTC

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I need help :(

Okay, here goes.

Open vegan since October 2021, and I love it. I feel like it is so much healthier than the standard American diet and I feel so much better knowing what I put into my body is not hurting others in the process. I don’t miss animal products at all; in fact, they repulse me.

I am also a female endurance athlete, and 17. I have not had my period since March 2022. But around this time, I also had anorexia and was getting off birth control. I would say I truly have started to eat enough this past summer, as I love running more than I love the idea of being skinny. my times have gotten better, and I overall have a lot more energy.

So, of course I’m very concerned about not having my period. My mom went as far as to make me read section about vegan athletes going back to eating meat and saying how happy and fulfilled they were after doing so.

I would never eat meat, but I am barely considering going back to vegetarian. I just don’t want to mess up my body long-term. I feel like you can get all the nutrients you need on a vegan diet, but with my past and sport I wonder if it’s not the best thing I should be doing.

Edit: I forgot to mention I have been to a female doctor; she just recommends some pharmaceuticals and to eat meat.

Please let me know if I should use another subreddit, but I truly would like some advice. I hate the idea of eating animal products again; it hurts my heart. But I also wonder about my future. Thank you for reading all the way through.

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2024/01/25
11:46 UTC

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Advice for first activist event please!

Hi all, so I’ve basically set up a vegan stall for a nationwide thing and feeling very nervous as I’ve never tried my hand at public speaking/ activism really. I know I’m jumping in at the deep end but I actually think it may be a good thing as I’m a perfectionist and worry far too much!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated ❤️🌿

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2024/01/25
11:27 UTC

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UK based data & info

I've been fully vegan for nearly a year now, and I'm feeling awesome, the more I research and learn the more I'm solidifying my own stance, But as I've been doing so, I'm finding heaps of information which is heavily US based, I understand that most of the info is also reflected elsewhere around the world, but id quite like to build up some knowledge around UK based agriculture, to be better equipped when making a stance!

Has anyone got any links or data they recommend!?

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2024/01/25
11:17 UTC

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Can I usually order Matar Mushroom from an Indian restaurant?

If I order matar mushroom from an Indian restaurant, is it usually made without dairy or something that’s not vegan?

I looked up a couple of recipes (steered away from typing vegan so I get traditional recipes) and the few I checked out didn’t have dairy.

Sometimes restaurants don’t mention if something is plant based or not, and I understand restaurants not wanting to advertise something as vegan because then there’s the whole cross contamination dilemma for the restaurants.

Anyway anyone have any insight on this? ☺️

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2024/01/25
09:10 UTC

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Meat enrages(Yang)

So I was plant based for 8 years, got a little spooked nutritionally tho I wasn't personally experiencing anything glaringly dire, so I begrudgingly started eating animals again about a year ago.

Since the New Year, I've been shifting back to plant based and I'm noticing some curious things....since I didn't flip flop my diet in 8 years I didn't havd this interesting contrast....and it had bern so long since 2014 I forgot the transition experience.

What is most striking to me is this sense of more calm and ease; partly from the metaphysical/spiritual angle of pursuing non harm aims again, but also less sense pleasure seeking from the gluttony realm.

I also noticed when I first started eating meat again months ago that my anger/aggression was a bit more boosted...perhaps due to the testerterone and concentrated protein/fat/cholesterol. Richness, "vitality" by consuming the bodies of living creatures....but not necessarily a good kind of vitality given the sources and means of enslavement, slaughter etc.

From my limited understanding of Chinese medicine, most plant foods are more yin; cool, contractive. Whole animal foods are more yang; expansive, warming.

Which makes sense given the cultural association to virility, war, combat etc and meat eating.

It's like we are super charging out system with something not meant to be injested with that frequency or volume, which is kind of a lamens interpretation for heart disease, high blood pressure etc.

What say you?

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2024/01/25
07:34 UTC

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Veganism and Horses

I need to rant/discuss something in a forum that might actually understand me.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE horses, i have for a very long time. I used to take riding lessons before I went vegan and for awhile after being vegan I tried to convince myself it was still okay.
I forget what exactly prompted me to start thinking about and researching it again, I believe it was this forum, but the other day I found a really great article that explained why it is absolutely never okay to ride a horse. (Here is the link for anyone else who just wants to check it out or is also a horse lover who has gone vegan: https://veganfta.com/2022/10/12/why-vegans-dont-ride-horses/#:~:text=You%20would%20not%20do%20it%20regardless%20of%20how%20used%20they,a%20horse%20under%20any%20circumstance. ) I know now not to do it and I won't ever do it in the future.
I do still plan on rescuing a horse or two and doing my best to care for them in the best way possible FOR THEM.
But that's not what I'm here to discuss/rant about.
I'm an aspiring actress, I've always wanted to be in shows and movies that are set back in the times (like period pieces or westerns) when horses were the only mode/most popular mode of transportation for the human population. But I can't stop thinking about how I may never be able to get onto those sets because I will refuse to ride an animal based on my moral beliefs.
I've tried looking it up and all that came up was that some sets require actors to train with equestrians.
I've thought, you know, maybe my stunt double could do it for me (and even that bothers me) or maybe we could CGI some in.
I don't know, like I won't give in but I feel like I won't ever be able to fulfill those dreams just because I will refuse to do that one thing and I feel like I'll be judged by so many for it.

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2024/01/25
04:19 UTC

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What is the best non-inflammatory oil to deep fry vegan food?

I have recently became vegan and I am trying out new food ideas all the time. I used to love deep fried food and I want to make them like I used to but in a much more healthy way. What is a good oil to deep fry vegan food that is not an inflammatory oil like vegetable oil or canola oil? p.s. what foods do you like to deep fry?

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2024/01/25
01:35 UTC

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Is Strive FreeMilk vegan or not?

Is Strive's "FREEMILK, Animal-Free Dairy Milk" vegan or not?

I can't get a straight answer from the internet.

Strive, very deliberately, refuses to call it "vegan" or "plant-based," and focuses instead on the term "animal-free."

They claim to be fermenting microflora in order to produce whey that is identical to whey from dairy protein. (If you've ever made vegan yogurt from scratch, you'll have an idea of how this works).

Could there possibly be some part of this process that violates veganism? If it's just marketing...

I actually love the idea of using terms like "animal-free." I think this kind of branding increases demand, satisfies consumer concerns, and consequently helps the movement...But I want to see that "Vegan Certified" sticker on all such products too.

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2024/01/25
01:32 UTC

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Is it wrong to keep it secret?

I'm a fairly new vegan, but I was a lifelong vegetarian before. Throughout my life, I was made fun of, and given a very hard time about my vegetarianism by a lot of carnists. So I simply stopped talking about it, I made my ethical choice, and I decided to disengage from carnists entirely. Now I'm a vegan but I still just don't bring it up. If my friends want to go to a steak house for a group dinner, I just don't go. I don't feel like it's my job to try to educate them, and I also don't feel like engaging in arguments. I actually love debate, so if they asked me to tell them my opinion on veganism I would, but if they aren't, I just keep quiet. It never really seems worth it. So if I were to take a bet, zero of my friends actively know I'm vegan or vegetarian. I've told them before here or there, but they would eventually forget, and because I never reinforced it, they don't remember typically. I'm fine with that, but I was wondering if it's wrong ethically for me to not be taking a vocal advocate stance on veganism? I do have vegan listed on all my social media, and if someone asked I wouldnt lie, but it just seems like taking a vocal stance makes my life harder then it needs to be.

51 Comments
2024/01/25
00:31 UTC

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Your fav sources of protein?

Hey fellow vegans!

As part of my recovery from an eating disorder, I’ve been working with a personal trainer to gain weight and muscle. As a starting point, I’ve been recommended to try and get 130g protein a day and I wondered what everyone’s fav high protein foods are?

I have PCOS so whilst I love beans and lentils as a source of protein, I’m wary of relying on them as they are quite carbohydrate heavy. Currently I’m subsisting on mainly tofu which is great but gets a little repetitive.

I would really love to hear your suggestions. I’m based in the UK but have access to most supermarkets. Thankyou :-)

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2024/01/24
21:27 UTC

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This blew my mind. A bunch of people thinking that getting rid of plastic straws is a better way to save the fish than to stop fishing.

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2024/01/24
20:59 UTC

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Parents should tell their children where meat comes from.

Sorry if this might’ve been brought up before or something.

In geography, me and my class are learning about the food chain in ecosystems. I’m not paying attention for a split second and then suddenly my teacher’s talking about how uncomfortable it feels to eat bacon with her young daughter while watching peppa pig. She said it “feels kinda wrong” and she “doesn’t want to traumatise her just yet”. Well, maybe the reason she feels it’s wrong is because it is. I think children absolutely deserve to know where meat comes from at an early age. They’re taught to believe that livestock are happy, with “Old McDonald had a farm”. Personally, I wish I had been told as soon as I was old enough to talk full sentences. If you can’t tell your child because you think it’s traumatising for them, what do you think that tells you about the ethics of eating meat? A lot. And if it traumatises them, good. That’s the reality of it, and I think it would be better to tell them the truth than to lie to them.

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2024/01/24
20:46 UTC

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Kimchi isn’t vegan :(

Baby vegan here. I feel terrible. I had a medical procedure done today and didn’t feel up to making lunch. I ordered a tofu bowl with spinach, slaw, pickled cucumbers and kimchi. I had no idea kimchi usually has seafood paste. :( what other foods are sneakily not vegan? I don’t want to make the same mistake again.

Edit: Thank you so much for all the support, helpful advice, and great vegan kimchi recommendations! I know that kimchi can often contain fish products. I don’t mean to imply that all kimchi isn’t vegan.

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2024/01/24
19:22 UTC

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Vegan Diets Can Keep Bad Cholesterol Incredibly Low--And Other Info on LDL and CVD risk

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2024/01/24
19:03 UTC

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It started as WFPB but then

Two weeks in, I decided to open my eyes and watch the documentaries — you know the ones.

I wept.

I played a role in contributing to the cruel suffering and deaths of so many.

Now I’m committing to living as vegan as possible.

Something switched in my brain, literally instantly.

You can’t unsee or unhear or unexperience that. I think that’s why most don’t want to watch them — they know deep down that the suffering is real, and it’s hard to justify after knowing the truth.

But I’m absolutely glad I opened my eyes.

And even beyond that — /I/ myself feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually better. Cleaner.

I eat more volume, and I’m losing weight effortlessly. My meal choices are simple, and I feel good knowing every meal is a vote not just for my own health but for the health of others.

I feel more empowered in my eating choices because I know I’m nourishing myself.

And six months ago? I would have never guessed I’d be in this spot. I guess the message hit at the right time for me to receive it, and I’m really grateful to be here.

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2024/01/24
17:14 UTC

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Having a baby made me want to go vegan - anyone else?

Hi! I feel like if I try to explain this to people in my daily life they would dismiss it as bizarre, but I’m curious if anybody else has experienced this. I always used to know vaguely that animal agriculture harmful, but I deliberately avoided reading about it because I was afraid of needing to change and of the social friction. But then two things happened in the last year that really changed my perspective. One is that I finally read This Is Vegan Propaganda, which had been on my shelf for like a year, and the other is that I had a baby and started breastfeeding.

Having a baby really cracked my heart open to the suffering of the world, and suddenly I deeply empathized with the experience of animals forced to give birth and overproduce milk, who then have their babies taken away. But I haven’t said that to anyone I know because I feel so weird saying “I don’t want to drink cow’s milk anymore because I know what it’s like to be milked”! Obviously I value my own child more highly than a calf, if I were forced to choose, but that’s besides the point. To that cow - her baby is just as precious to her as mine is to me.

And pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding is such an intense experience, even for me who had a pretty easy time of it. Every breastfeeding mom I know is like “pumping sucks”, and you can get all sorts of issues like mastitis from oversupply. I started to think about how, for a dairy cow, that’s their entire adult life. Just pregnancy, birth, and pumping, with no relief.

98 Comments
2024/01/24
16:19 UTC

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Vegans: which of the following would influence you most to become a vegan activist?

Activist (noun): a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change. If you are already a vegan activist, please choose which influenced you the most.

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51 Comments
2024/01/24
14:50 UTC

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Veganism is the only problem in my relationship

I am a 20-year-old young man with a 20-year-old girlfriend who is vegan, and after a year of dating I am very happy with our life but I am not vegan and sometimes veganism affects our relationship. We are both foreign students in Germany and there are many vegan options to choose from in restaurants and supermarkets here (compared to my home country). My girlfriend is going to be vegan for 4 years and veganism is a big part of her life, she has many books on veganism, an Instagram page of her vegan recipes, a virtual store of vegan sweets and she is even studying in one of the best universities at Germany Nutrition, so believe me when I tell you that she is not a typical person pretending to be vegan.

Luckily I'm not a big fan of meat (except fish but here in Germany it's expensive) and I love salads, plus my girlfriend cooks very well so the food doesn't exactly bother as much when eating at home.The problem with all this is that I am not vegan, I understand their way of life and way of doing things but I have lived a totally different life but I cannot force myself to be something that I know I am not, and this girl is vegan but she is also an excellent person and above all she is very empathic so she is not going to force me to veganism or anything, even every time we talk about the subject it is me asking her about veganism because of my curiosity but she has never criticized me because of what many say " eat corpses."

I had a previous relationship of 4 years in my adolescence and in this year with her I have lived, I have loved and experienced so many unimaginable things that I really feel that she is the person I want in my life forever, but I am not vegan and maybe I never will be. And This has created problems for both of us, because sometimes we go out to visit a city and the restaurants are either all vegan (I'm not a big fan of the food) or not at all vegan and she has to eat tomato soup or rice with tofu or she brings a Taper with her food done.

I really love going out to eat and connecting especially in my native country, so I have doubts that it could happen the moment she comes to my country or if I continue with her and we move in together (we are planning that) I will feel guilty cooking meat always on his face, knowing that it makes her feel bad, and I also know that she has a dream of having a vegan cafe where she can serve vegan cakes and sweets. Wouldn't I be an obstacle for her to continue her vegan life? She has always been compromised to veganism and I don't want her love for me to blind her and forget these dreams. Or if her clients find out that her partner is not vegan and me at her house cooks meat, wouldn't they try to cancel her? or other vegan friends she may make in the future will not they criticize her just because I am not vegan?

I love her and this relationship is all i have in this foreign country, but i am afraid it will not work.

And yes I've tried to become vegan but a big part of my life is the food and to cook, my family memories are eating and cooking. I would love to present her to my family and all eat together deliceuos food made by me and my dad. But sadly it seems that will never happen and the worst part its that is nobody foult maybe mine idk.

My english is very bad btw She speaks portuguese, I speak spanish, the world around me is in german so i confuse the languages a little bit

Td;lr: I have problems in my relationship due to veganism and dont know how to react to them

UPDATE; To clarify: I am not against Veganism nor do I think it is a problem. It's just that Veganism causes certain problems in my relationship. I am very supportive of all Vegans and have nothing against them, I respect and admire them for fighting for their ideals despite people telling them otherwise, as long as they are not mean to others for not thinking the same as them and understand that everyone has a different life all good.

160 Comments
2024/01/24
09:42 UTC

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Better source for information about macaques/monkeys picking coconuts?

Does anyone have an information source that discusses the use of monkey/macaque labor in coconut picking that doesn't cite a report by PETA? Every source I've found cites PETA only. I'm fine with PETA but they are so polarizing that it is hard to advocate for coconut caution with just this one source even in my vegan household. Thanks so much!

12 Comments
2024/01/24
04:56 UTC

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Vegan Origin Stories, animated by 10 artists from 9 different countries.

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2024/01/24
04:41 UTC

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This 1000 calorie shake everyday healthy or unhealthy?

I’ve been drinking the same shake for breakfast for about 8 months and feel find but still wondering..

1 Cup of oats, 1 Avocado, 1-2 Scoops of Leanfit Organic Plant Based Protein, 2 Frozen Bananas, 1 Tbs Organic Peanut Butter, 1 Cup of Soy Milk, 2 Tbs of Hemp Hearts, 1 Tbs Chia Seeds, 1 Tbs Flaxseeds, 1 Tbs Wheatgerm, Lots of Cinnamon, Water

Comes to 1.5L

21 Comments
2024/01/24
04:14 UTC

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