Saturday, July 17, 2010

Uh... dissection ?

So as much as vegans don't like it even i don't there must be a specific time in our lives when we are faced with this situation. I just turned vegan last year and now when i'm feeling good about my veganism here comes Biology making me feel worse during my second year high school.

I replied in a vegan forum which was about dissection. We were discussing how to avoid dissecting any kind of animal. Of course, there are alternatives... but what if there aren't and you were there during the dissection? Bah!

There must be some other way right?

1) Go and talk to your teacher

If she/ he doesn't permit you to do any other project other than dissection then ... it's a hard situation. It's either you get a score or you get zero in biology. Try asking the Principal for Student Affairs and tell him/ her that you're a vegan and that if there are any other alternatives rather than doing dissection.

2) Give them fliers

There are some sites where you can get fliers that are against dissection. There's PETA. I love PETA!

When you've got your alternatives then you're good to go.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Staying vegan and how to do it

So being a vegan is easy but sometimes we are in the verge of swerving to another direction because we stumble along the way. We are faced with situations like we need to go to a party and when we arrive there, there's no vegan food. We need to be ready for these situations, when the time comes. So here are the top 6 tips in how to stay vegan :)

1) Keep in mind, the reason why you are vegan:
Are you vegan for ethical reasons, for your health or for a healthier creulty-free lifestyle? With your reasons in mind, you won't be swerving from veganism to non- vegan. I'm sure that it will help you to stay vegan because you wouldn't be a vegan without your own reason, right?

2) Learn how to cook your own meals and read labels:
As a vegan, you need to be in control of what you consume or eat. It would be very helpful if you know how to cook your own vegan meals. There are a lot of vegan videos in youtube that teaches vegan recipes, a lot of blogs that have vegan recipes, sites that have vegan recipes and a lot of vegan cookbooks. I suggest you buy "Supermarket Vegan" which has been a very helpful companion to me in the kitchen.

So, when going grocery shopping we need to read labels of the products we want to buy... is there milk in this biscuit? or are there eggs in this pastry? It becomes a second nature for vegans to read labels, trust me.

3) Find vegan friends :)
I started being vegan without vegan friends, so i joined vegan communities and searched for a vegan/ vegetarian penpal. You would be happy because there are people who actually understand you and support you because they also experienced the situations you've been through. They can also give you advice on how they handled such hard situations.

4) Read a lot more and educate yourself.
There are a lot of times when vegans are questioned about their lifestyle and there are times when we need to defend it. In order to handle situations like these we need to stay educated and read more on vegan articles, animal rights articles and other articles that can support you.

5) Be polite
I sit at the lunch table with my friends who are not vegans and i don't force them to try veganism if they don't want to. If you're in a restaurant and you're curious if they used chicken broth in what you're going to order, just ask. If there is something that went wrong in what they served don't make a fuss over it, just tell them what seems to be the problem and what they need to do to make your meal suitable for you. Being polite would be a plus because people will like vegans and they will try it for themselves. ( maybe)

6) Just be happy and stay healthy
Plan your diet and you will stay healthy. Make sure you get the right nutrients and vitamins suitable for your age. Be happy that you're a vegan and that you're making a change no matter what they tell you, it's your choice.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Vegan entry

Hello to my fellow vegans out there. This is my first vegan blog entry and i will try to make all of my posts count especially for Filipino vegans. I'm only a vegan for 8 months and is still going strong. I have a youtube account as well. I will try to make all of my entries interesting and nice. So, i hope you like the next blog entries i will post. :)