I wasn’t designed to eat meat – or do anything else I don’t want to do.

Ok – rant incoming.

I keep my blog postings very neutral, I don’t try and force my opinions or beliefs on anyone, I just share vegan alternatives and tips. I’m never rude to meat eaters and I don’t show too much emotion when online but today I have something on my mind I just need to get out.

I hear every now and then comments like ‘humans are supposed to eat me’ and more recently I was told ‘humans were designed to eat meat.’

Ok cool – who designed you?

This person wasn’t religious, they believed in evolution. Evolution isn’t design – it’s the natural development of something though?

evolution
ˌiːvəˈluːʃ(ə)n,ˈɛv-/Submit
noun
the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth.

design
dɪˈzʌɪn/Submit
verb
do or plan (something) with a specific purpose in mind.

So already I am confused – you were either designed by someone or something, or you naturally evolved – which one is it?

‘I evolved’

Ok fine. What did you evolve from?

‘An ape.’

Ok – an ape. Also fine, but apes in the wild are herbivores/omnivores?

Before man learned to hunt, we were gatherers. Plants and roots were gathered and eaten, then man-made a conscious decision to make tools to then go and eat animals.

And if you really want to get into the scientific specifics (just because I am on a roll now lol), let’s compare humans to herbivores and carnivores.

Humans and herbivores don’t have claws like carnivores.
Humans and herbivores don’t have fangs/huge sharp canines like carnivores.
Humans and herbivores have possess and intestinal tract which is around 10-12 times our body length, unlike the carnivore who’s intestinal tract is around 3 times their body length so they can break down and process meat quickly.

Do you see where I am going with this?

If I was designed to eat meat, then I wasn’t designed very well.

The point I am trying to make here is that I was not designed to do anything. Just like the cavemen who made a decision that they would like to start hunting and eating animals, I have made the decision that I do not want to eat animals. I you want to eat animals that is your decision, but I just won’t be told by anyone that I was designed to do anything I don’t want to do.

So to conclude my little rant I will leave you with this;

As a human, I am not designed to do anything or eat anything I don’t want to. I won’t just eat meat because ‘everyone else does’ or because other people think we should. I don’t want to eat meat because I think it is wrong. (I am very healthy and happy without it btw.)

I wasn’t given claws to eat animals, but I was given a conscious to think for myself and decide and act upon what I think is right and wrong. If you want to challenge me about eating meat, you need to come up with something better than this ‘design’ stuff.

Perhaps I need re-designed. Anyway rant over! Enjoy the rest of your day! Jess xx

P.S I feel so much better now lol

Tips For Vegans Dining Out

Yes – vegans can still eat out (it’s not as hard as you think)

I love eating out, whether its date nights with my man or a brunch with the girls, I love vising new places, trying new menus and foods with a nice cocktail. Who doesn’t?

Some of questions I get asked a lot (I am sure other vegans will relate here) are things like – ‘can you even eat here?’ or ‘is there anything for you on the menu?’.

When I was first transitioning from vegetarian to a plant based diet, admittedly I did find it kinda hard to begin with but it’s not an issue for me now at all. Here are some tips I’ve picked up and wanted to share with you guys.

1. Check the menu first
Pretty obvious I know, but I always have a quick glance online or request a copy of a menu to get an idea of my options are going to be.

2. Salads are always a safe bet
Ditch the meat/dairy and ask for extra veg like avocado. If the salad is served with a creamy dressing, just ask to swap it for a dairy free option if they have one or oil. Ask for a lemon/lime and squeeze some of the juice on it.

3. Call the restaurant before hand
Most menus will say at the bottom something along the lines of ‘if you have any dietary requirements, please inform us’. I have called a few places before and just asked if its possible they could make something suitable for me – no dramas

4. Sides & starters are your best friends
No vegan friendly mains? I find a lot of places usually have veggie starters and side dishes and I have ordered a few small dishes before.

5. Just have pizza (yay)
Go for pizza with a tomato base sauce and no cheese. Not only is it still really tasty, it’s healthier and much lower in fat too, win – win. Check out my post about cheeseless pizza from pizzahut.

6. Put some thought into the restaurant theme
Think about it – for vegan food I always find that Chinese, Thai and Mexican have good options. Wok friend veggie and tofu dishes are available at most Asian restaurants (just watch out for the fish sauce) and Mexican food is full of sizzling veg and bean dishes.

7. Don’t feel bad for asking about vegan options!
Admittedly I did used to feel a little awkward. Asking questions about ingredients or ‘can you swap this for this’ and ‘can I have extra this’. But here’s the thing – you, like everyone else at the table, are essentially paying a company/business for a service and a meal. You have absolutely every right as a customer to ask questions about the menu and ask for changes to dishes – your paying for it remember! Never once have I been made to feel like I was being a fussy or difficult customer. Actually on some occasions chefs have even gone the extra mile for me. You don’t ask you don’t get – simple.

Do you guys have any other tips for eating out? Let me know! Have a good Monday! Jess xx

BTW Vegans Can Still Eat Chocolate

“Vegan chocolate is the answer, who cares what the question is”

“But don’t you miss stuff…. like chocolate?”

“Um no because I still eat it…”

During the transition from vegetarian to vegan, you get a lot of questions. People always ask me what I can and can’t eat, but one of the most commonly asked questions is “but do you not miss *insert dairy/meat product that I have no desire to eat yet alone miss here*”

I love chocolate – who doesn’t? I am still a human being lol.

OK so here’s the deal: When cacao beans are pressed cold, this removes all of the fat, but saves you all the nutrition. When raw cacao is heated, it becomes cocoa. Unrefined cocoa powder isn’t bad for you, but most of the time it has been tampered with and filled with sugars and dairy before used in chocolate products.

So you need to look for one of 3 things:

  1. Chocolate that contains at least 60% of cacao (all bars of chocolate will tell you e.g 70% cocoa solids)
  2. Vegan chocolate brands – I am obsesed with Pana Chocolate as they have loads of flavors – but seriously there are so many good brands online
  3. Recipes online and get baking

You will probably be surprised to hear that there are so many vegan chocolate options out there, my fav chocolate indulgence is the Lindt Excellence 70% chocolate – SO GOOD. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money – the Bournville chocolate by Cadbury is also vegan for example. Vegan chocolate is available to suit all budgets.

When checking out labels and trying to figure out if your buying a vegan chocolate bar or not – just watch out for milk power/milk fat/butter etc. Tip – the less amount of ingredients the better. Even for non-vegans, the higher the amount of cacao = the higher nutritional value your chocolate has. Raw cacao has so many benefits – why would you want to add a heap of sugar and milk?

I have a few vegan chocolatey recipes on the blog to check out like my Vegan Nutella  and my Vegan Dark Chocolate Orange Rice Cakes. 

Do you guys know of any good vegan chocolate brands? Let me know – I always like trying new chocolate 🙂 

Ok time to go eat chocolate & read – Jess x