Archive for the 'Mind Body & Spirit' Category

14
Mar
17

Why Vegans Eat Mock Meat And Dairy Alternatives

A few of my friends have been wondering what the point of faux meat is.

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1. People don’t go vegan because they don’t like the look, smell, taste or texture of animal foods. They switch to cruelty-free alternatives because they understand that animals need not be involved at all.

2. Plant-based meats are obviously better for the planet in every way as plants don’t require as much water as ‘livestock’ does. Also, read up about the land use required for and methane release caused due to animal agriculture. (It is the Number One cause of environmental destruction.)

mockmeat_fauxmeat3. Wouldn’t you like to eat a vegan steak that looks, smells, tastes and feels exactly like animal flesh but doesn’t require anybody to suffer and die? One of the many benefits of making cool choices is that you won’t be ingesting animal fat or cholesterol and will be being kinder to yourself as well. Why not play with a pig and eat a large pizza with plant-based ‘pork’ toppings and stretchy, gooey vegan cheese?

4. Meat-free and dairy-free alternatives are for the awesome people who want to pull out of the cycle of violence but don’t want to switch to fruits and vegetables right away and want to enjoy burgers and tacos and pizzas and steaks and everything else they can have Vegan.

If there’s anything at all that you’d like to know about the mental, physical or environmental benefits of being Vegan, please ask me or any Vegan you know. We will kick your…um, we’ll be glad to answer your queries.

04
Feb
17

LIST: Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

K VARADARANGAN 

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Massive campaigns for spreading awareness through talks,and audio/video presentations is the need of the hour. Also vegans must get united burying their ideological differences and keep only the liberation of animals in mind. Availability of affordable vegan products as alternatives to animal products is also going to be very helpful.

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JAYAPRAKASH SATYAMURTHY

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Veganism has to be delinked from religion. Jains and brahmins don’t have some hotline to virtue. Muslims are not evil monsters. Veganism is the philosophy of a British man who joined the dots and made an ethical connection our ancient philosophers and demagogues did not. Instead, we need to show how veganism intersects with other movements for social justice and is not just an elite fad. Especially in India, anyone can go vegan and live a healthy life without any extra expense. The ethical dimension is primary, but the linkage to religion and class has to be shattered.

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KESHAV DHAR

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I help animals by leaving them alone and not involving them or their byproducts in my lifestyle whatsoever. I now enjoy more vitality, less stress, healthy weight loss, and much greater peace of mind overall. 

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VIVEK MANI

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It’s my observation that humans are the most isolated creatures on this planet. We share our planet with at least 10 million different species of which we are one. How many of these do we interact with? NONE. The apathy that we observe by our fellow humans towards animals is based on this disconnect. There has to be animal-human interaction.

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ARJUN IYER

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I’d always felt guilty whenever I’d consumed eggs and dairy having seen Earthlings a few years ago. And yet I’d be the first one to call people out on any form of animal cruelty. One day, last May, I decided I’d have to stop  being a hypocrite and went vegan overnight.

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HASSAN AMIN (BONUS ENTRY FROM PAKISTAN)

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I started out by trying out being vegan for a week in the beginning of the year, quitting dairy food as well, as well as slowly removing myself from clothes etc made from animals. Halfway through that week I took the plunge. There was no second thoughts about it once I figured out that it was not hard at all to sustain a cruelty-free existence if one tried.

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SHASHWAT GUPTA

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I am a dietary vegan and I became one for health reasons. However with that being said, I do not use dead animal skin, so my shoes, wallet, belt are all ‘pu’. I like it, I feel great and why not. I lost 30 kgs by eating more than I ever have. I have clarity in my life and work that I have never had before. I am patient and my temperament and stamina is better.

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DEBARATI DAS

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The only thing I regret about turning vegan is that, I should’ve turned vegan much earlier in life.  I read and watched videos about the extreme cruelty meted out to animals by the dairy, poultry and meat industry- besides incessant killings, baby calves are separated from their mothers, animals are subjected to severe health hazards and endless exploitation and torture. I need to have a clean conscience and not have an exploited, brutalized and killed sentient being on my plate.

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SHAKTI SINGH

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I watched 15 mins of Earthlings, I turned it off and that’s when I gave up all sorts of meat and vowed that I will go vegan no matter what as realized the kind of torture I was giving to animals.

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PRATEEK GAUTAM

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Most Indians are arrogant, stupid, and very annoying. We take pride in really stupid and silly things. The religion we belong to, the caste we belong to, the language we speak, the money we have in our accounts etc. Most of the people who know about veganism in India take it as a threat to their community, religion, to their business and so most of the time we don’t get the response we want. People have been brain washed really bad on the name of religion, for profit, for exploiting our fellow beings.

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DEVESH DAYAL

devesh_dayalThe real clincher was when I watched the documentary Earthlings, which introduced me to the concept of species-ism for the very first time. Within the first ten minutes of that documentary, I was done. I didn’t want to contribute to that mass suffering just for my own enjoyment. I made a Facebook post announcing my mental shift, and also talking about the guilt I felt for mindlessly engaging in such destructive behavior for 21 years of my life. I then went on to binge read Vegan Sidekick comics, and could not believe how illogically I had been living my entire life beforehand. 

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JIGMET WANGCHOK

jigmetwangchokLike most people, I was raised to ignore the “animalness” of the animals I was eating. To victimize another being for pleasure is not something I’ve ever been able to live with. When I realized that by eating meat I was causing pain and suffering to other beings who were, in their capacity for suffering, more like me than unlike me, I could no longer justify that decision to myself anymore. And I found out that I didn’t even need animal flesh to be healthy. It is important to me to feel that I’m being true to my own sense of ethics, and veganism does that for me.

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NEERAJAN SAHA

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I am now aware all the time that nonhuman earthlings are SHARING the Earth WITH US, they aren’t here FOR us. So, other than helping out obviously “cute” and “sad” looking animals, my treatment of random insects (dangerous or not)  ants, a sudden lizard on the road etc..has totally changed. I make sure I get them away from me without harming them.

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KUSH MISHRA

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Being born in a Brahmin family I was vegetarian already. I was raised in the best way by my parents – they made me value every life present on earth. But I was not vegan till the time I watched this video by PETA on cows, pigs and poultry birds… that’s when I decided to go vegan!

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ADITYA MEHTA

adityamehta_solardeityI AM VEGAN because I am awake to the suffering of nonhuman animals caused by humans and wish to be no part of it. There’s no way I’d harm an animal for my food or clothing or for anything at all, so there’s no way in hell I’m going to pay other humans to do it.

EVERY MEMBER OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM wants and deserves our friendship, love and respect as much as the animals a lot of us live with, and I feel a very deep connection with all of them and the earth.

I WILL NEVER stop talking about veganism because what others think of as their personal choice is affecting not only animals who suffer only because they were not born human but also the condition of our planet and the present and future of humans as well.

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FOOD REVIEW: EVERY NON-VEGAN RESTAURANT 

23
Nov
14

The Most Powerful Speech I’ve Ever Heard

06
Dec
12

I’m Going Back To Alcohol, Because Fuck Sobriety

AlcoholBannerYeah, I’m sick of it. Staying off the booze for 11 months has greatly helped, and I don’t see how abstaining for another two weeks to complete a year will get me a blow job or anything else. I feel great; my family is healthy; my rabbits love me; my band has kicked major ass this year; and this blog rules – so I don’t see a reason to not drink. Sobriety has been fun, but it’s time to get serious. See you at some bar!alcohol1

SEE: ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ | Why I Quit Drinking Alcohol

18
Nov
12

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

mdmaSo, a really good friend decided I’d been off drugs for long enough and bought a gram of MDMA for us to escape from reality for some time. He thought I’d need a lot of convincing, but I was subconsciously desperate to get my mind off a lot of things. It’d been more than 19 months since I’d done anything – I quit smoking tobacco/grass/hash on 7th April 2011 (this friend’s birthday), and didn’t want to smoke or drink. Since my last two attempts at doing MDMA were major flops – the pill I had wasn’t Ecstasy, and the power I’d snorted was a very bad drug – I readily agreed to his offer. Snorting the MDMA didn’t turn me into a party animal, but it did make me feel very good; it was an experience I needed. Anyway, now that I’m done with it, and because I’ll never go back to smoking, and because I have no intention of returning to alcohol, either – I’m looking forward to experiencing the effects of DMT sometime, and a few more LSD trips, all of which will make me happier.

MORE ON DRUGS:

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Discourage Crystal-Meth Use

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A Nightmare, Two Weeks After Quitting Hash

IMPORTANT: Why We Should Learn To Respect Drugs

29
Oct
12

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Alone

If anyone ever tells you that drinking alone is an early sign of alcoholism, just tell them to fuck off.

10 months after quitting alcohol, it is even more clear why drinking alone is not only not a bad thing but a privilege. Drinkers of alcohol should consider it their right to drink without the company of people, for it is only when you’re throwing back drinks all by yourself that you can truly experience the greatness of alcohol in all its wonder and reap the mental and physical benefits of imbibing. In fact, it’s perfectly okay to not answer phone calls even from other booze hounds who can’t handle their own company and will bore you till the end of time. Why the fuck should you be with people who can’t be by themselves? Given that alcohol is a social lubricant that helps forge bonds instantly, it needs to be told that having people around every time you’re downing a few pegs can be bad for your health. Because it’s terrible to have to sit around after you’re done for the evening only because it would be rude of you to get up and leave when the others still have a few more to go. Also, such situations make you consume more alcohol than you otherwise would, because it’s so boring to sit around and watch others drink. In short, you’re stuck in a smoke-filled bar drinking beyond your capacity because you don’t want to seem impolite. Even worse than that is the bullshit you have to endure: people who used to drink can understand how people can become after a few beers and not make a big deal of it, but some drunks will let you know at least nine times in the three precious hours of your life you’re spending trying to make sense of the wisdom they’re spouting that you used to be more likeable when you were a booze hound, even though you won’t hurt their feelings by letting them know that if it weren’t for their inebriated state, you’d be utilizing your time doing something you actually enjoy instead of pretending you were taking everything they said seriously and that you could’ve had dinner when you got hungry at a restaurant that serves food worth eating. So, if anyone ever tells you that drinking alone is an early sign of alcoholism, just tell them to fuck off, because it’s better to have a couple of whiskies with only your thoughts or a book for company and then retire to bed at a respectable hour than feel trapped in a circle of morons who think they have you in rapt attention. Yes, I’m still off the sauce.

Why I Quit Drinking Alcohol | 5 Ways To Stop Drinking Alcohol

Sula Vineyards, Nashik | A Borderline Alcoholic, After Six Months Of Sobriety

19
Jun
12

A Former Borderline Alcoholic, After Six Months Of Sobriety

I wanted/needed a lifestyle change. A healthier one. I was growing increasingly tired of feeling that drinking regularly was a heroic activity. Same old routine. The waiters didn’t even have to ask what I wanted. They’d put a quarter of my brand of whisky and a bottle of soda on the table and go to get the ice. So often, almost every day, for the last 15 years I drank alcohol. I don’t think any occasion was complete without alcohol. In fact, if there wasn’t anything to drink, it wasn’t even an occasion. I was the most enthusiastic drinker I knew. Always ready to drink. I used to drink with ALL my friends… guys, girls, everyone. And then there was those two-three times in a month when I’d be by myself and say, “Let me drink in peace today.” I knew I wasn’t an alcoholic, but I also knew I wasn’t the guy who could have a pint or two every Sunday or two small drinks every night and go home. I’d drink till the booze was there, every day. It was time to find a new way to look at life. Where I could see things clearly and remember how I fell asleep the night before. I was done with calling my mum to say I’d have dinner the next day, and then rushing off to a bar by 7, coming home wasted and then waking up feeling like shit the next morning. My friends laughed every time I announced I was going to quit smoking. I said that every night for around five of the fifteen years that I smoked away. They’d ask me if I was quitting the next day and then they’d laugh, and they’d tell each other, “He’s quitting for ever!” Then they’d all laugh. Then I quit smoking cigarettes, grass and hash on April 7, 2011. World Health Day. They thought I’d get back to it in two-three months. They’ve stopped laughing. They’d even laugh when I used to tell them I was sick of drinking. They didn’t find it funny when I announced it on the blog, because they know I never bullshit on the blog. Nobody’s fucking laughing. Ain’t nobody ever gonna laugh now. I don’t miss getting drunk. I miss drinking good beer and writing beer reviews. I was the only guy in this country doing it. But I know I can’t have another beer again. Not one pint, not one sip. Because then there’ll be no end, and I’ll have to start all over again. And I can’t think of a better way of setting an example for others. I mean, I’m not a lifelong puritan. I’m a reformed sinner. I don’t want to sound righteous or anal. I’m never gonna preach to kids or my friends. All I can do is set an example with my actions. I didn’t quit smoking when girlfriends wanted me to. I quit smoking and drugs when I felt ready to make that change. It was the same with drinking. I was ready for another way of life, and for this new way of life, I had to remove alcohol from my path. It was supposed to be harder than quitting cigarettes and drugs, because smoking had become a pain, while drinking alcohol was always pleasurable. But it was very easy to quit drinking alcohol because my body, mind and spirit were not enjoying it anymore. In fact, they were pleading to be freed from it. The same way I didn’t try to quit smoking, I didn’t try to quit drinking… I just quit. There was nothing to control because there were no cravings or urges and I had simply lost the will to drink. I quit, that’s it. More than anyone else and anything else, I owed it to myself.

The Day I Gave Up Alcohol How To Quit: 5 Ways To Stop Drinking




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