The Surprising Foods that May Contain Animal Products

Sometimes the hardest part about switching to a vegan diet, is the surprising amount of foods that contain animal products (that you would never even think of!).  Most people know that giving up animal products means giving up meat, dairy, eggs, fish and honey.  But did you know that switching to a vegan diet may mean that you need to find a vegan wine or beer alternative?  Or that your gummy vitamins could be made from insects?!

Here are some ingredients that are made from animals and which foods you may possibly find them in:

*Bread products may contain L-cysteine, which often comes from feathers, to keep them soft.

*Gelatin is made from the connective tissue of pigs and cows.  It is used in Jello, Gummies, and many candies.

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*Refined sugar, which is found in a plethora of sweet foods, was possibly lightened with bone char, derived from the bones of cattle.

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*Isinglass, comes from fish bladders, and is often used in the making of beer and wine.

*Shellac, an insect-based product, is sometimes used to wax fresh produce or in candy.

*Deep fried foods and fresh pasta often contain eggs.

*Whey, casein, lactose are all derived from dairy and can be found in many packaged foods and protein drinks (dairy can also be found in vitamins and pain medications).

*Cochineal, or carmine, is red food coloring that is made from insects (although we are discussing food, this one is often found in cosmetics).

*Some food additives are also derived from animals.  These include; E120, E322, E422, E471, E542, E631, E901, E904.

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The easiest way to avoid the use of animals for your food is to stick to a whole food plant based diet.  However, if you want to purchase foods that have been processed, please look for “Vegan” on the label and make sure to ALWAYS read the ingredients.

And of course, I am always here to help you!  Contact me anytime ❤

 

*This information can be found in the book Vegan Recipes and Preparation by Saskia Fraser

 

 

How much fiber are you getting and why this is important…

For anyone who has made the transition to being vegan, you know that the question that you get asked most often is, “Where do you get your protein?”  I think instead, people should ask, “Where do you get your fiber?”

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Fiber is incredibly important to our overall health and longevity.  Not only does it help us feel full after a meal, but it also helps to eliminate unwanted toxins and excess hormones.  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that, “without adequate fiber, hormones and other chemicals are continuously reabsorbed back into the bloodstream.”  In addition, did you know that fiber has the ability to control cholesterol levels and to clean out the intestines?!  Did you also know that ANIMAL PRODUCTS (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy) CONTAIN NO FIBER???!!!!!!  It’s no wonder that colon cancer and skyrocketing cholesterol levels are so common.

So, where do you get fiber and how much should you be getting daily?

Fiber is found in plant foods including: beans/lentils, soy, vegetables, fruit, and grains.  The recommended amount is 40 grams per day!  Make sure to give your digestive system a few weeks to get used to the change.  Do not add it all in at once 🙂

I hope that helps, and remember next time someone asks you about your protein, make sure to ask them about their fiber :).

 

 

Lyme Disease Anniversary and My New, Favorite Book

Hello all,

I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by and I realized just recently that we passed my Lyme Disease Anniversary!!!

October marked two years since I was first diagnosed with Lyme and so much has changed since then.  I created a quick video that will give you an update on my current Lyme Disease symptoms and discusses my treatment.  In addition, it discusses my new, favorite book: Medical Medium Thyroid Healing.   These two things may not seem related but it’ll make sense in this video.

Also, if you are currently suffering from Lyme, Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Graves’, Epstein-Barr or other illnesses, this may be the video for you.  It is amazing how all of these conditions may be related and are easily treatable (according to Medical Medium).

Please, please, please share with family and friends who may be dealing with these conditions and thank you for taking time to watch my video :).

 

Why Do Vegans Always Talk About Being Vegan???

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I set up a little experiment on Facebook and asked my followers for the one question that they have for vegans.  Most of the questions were ones that I expected.  “Where do you get your protein?” “What supplements do you take?”  But one that I didn’t expect, and caught me a bit off guard, was …..“WHY DO VEGANS ALWAYS TALK ABOUT BEING VEGAN?”  

Here is a quick video with my answer.  I hope that you will take a few moments to watch it.

***Also, if you have a question for me, please make sure to leave it in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you. ❤

 

 

5 VEGAN FOODS for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

Hello everyone and happy Food Friday!

Have you ever considered switching to a plant based diet but maybe think that it’s too complicated?  Or maybe you are afraid that you’ll have to give up all of the foods that you enjoy?!

Well I have great news for you!  You can keep eating everything that you are eating right now: pizza, burgers, ice cream!  There are vegan versions of them all!

Here are the top 5 Vegan Foods that I recommend to clients who are transitioning to a vegan diet.  Although I don’t necessarily think that they are the healthiest foods in the world, or the least inexpensive, they are great for helping you kick off the journey.  And anything is more healthy and compassionate than our normal cheese, meat and eggs!

Please check out my quick video to see these items up close and personal.  I have also listed them below.  Maybe they will find a way into your grocery cart this weekend ❤

  1.  Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
  2. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  3. Califia Almond Milk
  4. Vega Protein
  5. Beyond Burgers

EASY Vegan Recipes and Importance of B12

Hello all!

I have a confession to make:  I am in a total food rut and could literally eat the same thing every, single day.  However, I know that this is not a good thing because it deprives me of important nutrients without a variety of foods.  So, I am challenging myself to try some new recipes and I am taking you with me 🙂

In this video, I share some EASY VEGAN RECIPES with simple ingredients and little prep time.  In addition, I will discuss the two supplements that I think you should be including in your diet every day.

I hope that you enjoy this video and that you can incorporate these meals into your routine.

More food videos coming soon 🙂