Swimming against the tide – News letter for October 2015

Nothing is impossible – when we put our minds to it!

A Summer Prayer For Peace. This tune has so much meaning and is testament to the severity and reality of human influence on planet earth. This particular single was written and released in the year of 1971 and puts complete relevance on how the population has exploded out of control in as little as 44 years. And where will the world be in a further 20 years from today? Feeling very deep.

Before reading the below, pop on the tune and be inspired by the words.

We saw 3 billion people in the year 1971. This year 2015 there are over 7 billion people and, it is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be well over 9 billion people on earth. So today, right now, is the time to make the change that is necessary for everyone’s survival:  http://www.geohive.com/earth/

 The year 1971                                           Today 2015

Indonesia 112 million ———————–253 million people
United Kingdom 55 million —————–65 million people
California 18 million—————————-38 million people
Laos 2 million —————————————7 million people
France 50 million ——————————- 65 million people
Japan 101 million ——————————128 million people
Australia 12 million—————————–23 million people
South Africa 19 million ———————–53 million people
Canada 20 million ——————————-35 million people
Mexico  47 million —————————–114 million people
Russia 237 million —————————–146 million people
Ireland 2 million ———————————–5 million people
New York 18 million —————————-20 million people
Illinois 10 million ——————————–13 million people
China 732 million—————————-1,360,720,000 people
North Vietnam 16 million——————– 92 million people
South Vietnam 17 million ——————- ”         ”          ”
The Netherlands 12 million —————–17 million people
Greece 9 million ———————————-11 million people
Texas 10 million———————————–26 million people
Israel 2 million ————————————–8 million people
Sweden 8 million———————————-10 million people
Egypt 32 million ———————————–84 million people
East Germany 16 million ———————-80 million people
Italy 10 million ————————————-60 million people
India 523 million——————————1,210,854,977 people
Cuba 8 million ————————————–11 million people

Is change impossible? Never! Nothing is impossible. It’s purely a numbers game, and a willingness to change. A paradigm shift. But it is very clear that something needs to be done urgently.

Together, we will inspire each other to do that which we know to be morally just. The minority have the will to care enough to keep chiselling at that prison brick wall until it comes down and stays down – brick by brick. It’s imperative that every single individual on earth go vegan as soon as possible. Why you may ask? Because it is clear that we cannot sustain ourselves at the going rate of annihilation. It’s that simple. The wisest annalists have been saying the same thing for quite some time now, and the statistics are clearly pointing to the evidence. We can no longer afford to destroy species, forest on land as well as in sea. We can no longer afford to destroy our air – not that we could ever afford to do so in the first place – neither did we ever have that right.

We need to level out our population. We need to focus on education and educating the masses – right down to the poorest of the poor who cannot afford the internet or to go to school. We need to stop animal *use* completely. We need to focus on looking after, feeding and educating those who are here with us right now in order to move forward properly, and we need to focus on what’s left on earth making it greener. We need to start fixing things and making things better and focusing on the positive.  In the years to come, focus must be on improving everyone’s lives spiritually with ethics and appreciation in mind.

All of that will come to pass when the predicted 9 billion people  on earth all go vegan within the next 12 years. That is going to be accomplished as every single vegan on this planet right now focuses and educates another one person to go vegan every year, year after year, after year, after year. Nothing is impossible. It may seem as though we are swimming against the tide but, the tide is changing and, people want change – they are demanding it. People are rising up – 7.3 billion people on this planet right now are revelling in change. The revolution has begun. We are living in the most exciting of times.

Vegan Love and Peace

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It’s Only Natural (ION) – Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.A

It’s Only Natural (ION)  – Award-winning Vegan Restaurant serving customers for over 30 years.

606 Main St, Middletown, Connecticut 06457 – open: Mon – Sat 07h00 to 21h00 and Sun 11h00 – 17h00

Cuisine – American (New), Brunch, Irish, Italian, Southern, Vegan.

Contact here: (860) 346-9210

Email: renana.magee@gmail.com  and web: http://www.ionrestaurant.com/

 

If you love Asian-inspired meals, you need an all-purpose vegan sauce on hand at all times.

This ginger-infused garlic sauce goes great on everything from rice to vegetables to tofu, and takes just a few minutes to put together.

Not only is it healthier than store-bought versions, but it will save you money and encourage you to throw together more simple meals at home.

VEGAN GARLIC SAUCE

2⁄3 cup tamari

1⁄2 cup vegetable broth

1⁄3 cup rice wine

31⁄2 tablespoons organic cane sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons organic olive oil

2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic

1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1⁄4 cup water

Combine tamari, vegetable broth, rice wine and sugar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water.

Heat olive oil in a pan over high heat. Cook garlic and ginger for about 30 seconds.

Add soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil.

Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the cornstarch and water solution and cook until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.

I.O.N. Restaurant (previously known as It’s Only Natural) at 606 Main St. is one of Connecticut’s first vegan restaurants. Learn more at IONrestaurant.com.

James Cameron: Want to fight climate change? Go vegan.

James Cameron, famed director and well-known climate change activist, has a message for the masses: go vegan to fight climate change.

 

Cameron, who has been vegan for four years, spoke at a climate change summit in Los Angeles earlier this week about the impact of food systems and diet on climate change.

 

In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Cameron explains:

The thing that became abundantly clear to us when we met with the experts who are working in nutrition and energy sustainability and climate change is that we can’t actually meet our emission goals if we don’t address animal agriculture, and that’s the thing that’s been left out of the conversation.

This message is crucial because many people who care about the environment still have no idea that raising animals for food is so incredibly destructive.

 

But consider this :

Going vegan immediately cuts your CO2 emissions in half.

It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just half a kilo of ‘beef’.

80 percent of land deforested in the Amazon is for raising cattle.

Factory farms grossly contaminate rivers and ground water.

While the widespread negative repercussions of animal agriculture is overwhelming, Cameron’s message is one of hope:

The simple resounding message is you will be healthier and your planet will be healthier based on a very simple thing that you can do today. And you’ll also save money because eating a plant-based diet is just frankly cheaper. It’s cheaper to produce plants. It’s less carbon footprint, less water footprint, less money footprint and better for you.

Of course, one of the best reasons and the most ethical one, to ditch animal ‘products’ is to prevent unnecessary animal suffering and death.

 

For more information on how easy going vegan is follow: howdoigovegan , and abolitionistapproach.

 

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How to go vegan. September Newsletter 2015

 

Just like most decisions that matter in life  – when we procrastinate and hum and arr, we may just miss the greatest opportunity of a life time! The easiest way to go vegan is to simply jump right in, and worry about the semantics later! There is no time like the now. Believe me when I say (and you can ask any vegan the same question), the only regret that you will ever have about going vegan is, not having done so a lot sooner!

Going vegan is the easiest thing in the world to do – you better believe it! It has never been easier than it is today! A simple mind set is all it is, and from the minute you get rolling, things start happening fast. You force yourself to find information, nutritional facts, knowledge, new friends, vegan restaurants, eco – ethical shops, and in some cases even new and exciting jobs and relationships!

Amazing changes take place immediately, notably at first, your clear conscience, and the heavy burden of letting go of all of that violence and the violence taking place in society today, that plagued you for so long. Almost immediately you look back and say – “I’m so relieved that I am no longer a part of the pain and the suffering, of animal *use*”  The weight is lifted off your shoulder instantly, you feel like a new version of a human being immediately! –  Mentally, spiritually you know that your decision to go vegan for ethical reasons is the morally right thing to do!

Your conciousness becomes heightened to your entire surrounding and to the needs of others before yours. You’re hearing and observing living beings, nature and the beautiful positive around you, you are making those connections, that you may not have even considered before! It’s the most amazing feeling. You feel as though you have finally come home!

One of the first things you may notice is how filthy the inside of your fridge and pantry is –  and that you may still have dead flesh, dairy, eggs and other items containing tortured animals still laying about. You question what to do with it all, and decide instinctively to clear it all out! Do it! Clear it all out – don’t delay. There is no place for it in your brand new life. Pull it all out, get rid of it, disinfect your fridge, your pantry and your entire kitchen and make space for the good stuff because the best is yet to come!

Your first vegan shop is the most exciting – it’s like making love for the first time! The passion, the drive, the brand new relationship with what you now revere as real life and living! Your curiosity grows – you’re now reading ingredients on every single label on store bought goods. You’re no longer  an accomplice to murder and a part of a system that doesn’t care. You are no longer ignorant or accepting of anything less than what all nonhumans and humans deserve. You’re a leader, a creator and a scholar who want’s to learn and take ethics to a higher level, and not just an acceptable standard. These are exciting times and you feel fully in control now! You also suddenly realise how many vegan options there are out there and how delicious they all are, and that putting them together is no different to how you were doing it before, only now you are doing things better, much better for everyone including yourself! You want fruit, you want veg, you want herbs, your want grains, you want nuts, you want seeds, roots, and spices,  but you also may want to consider buying some of your favourite vegan ready made comfort foods (burgers, pies, sausages, samosas, schnitzels, nuggets etc)  including vegan dairy (milk, yoghurt, cheez).

Professionalism becomes your middle name as you start googling vegan recipes and having an absolute blast in the kitchen putting them all together! The  blender, the processor and the juicer become some of your favourite gadgets, and you shake your head in disbelief as you look at them, that they sat at the bottom of your cupboard gathering dust (as did your body) for all those years without use! These are now permanent features on your kitchen counter top as you start juicing daily – putting together the most amazing cocktails using your creative imagination skills, with fruits, veg, herbs, spices, superfoods, nuts, seeds – you name it, the sky is now your limit!

 

Now you start feeling like a superhuman being! You skin starts glowing, you have more energy and spring in your step, you become more regular, shed a few kilos,  eyes start to sparkle, you become more health concious, happy, but you become more sensitive to the stench and to the ghastly sight of dead flesh – and again you shake your head in disbelief that you consumed that crap for so many years! And naturally you may find it offensive to sit down and be in the company of someone who still chooses to consume dead animals, you don’t want it in your home and certainly you don’t want it in your kitchen or at your own table. But take every opportunity that comes your way to educate others about veganism. You will need to be pleasant, factual and firm and encouraging to be able to do this effectively. And there may be times when people may say incentive things – don’t let those people bother you at all.

Price analyst and anti wastage are now your motto! Becoming an expert at comparing prices becomes your ‘thing’, and you suddenly realize that making lots of things is more cost effective and so much easier than you thought! Experiment with your new found cheffing skills. The kitchen is now a place of joy, real talent and creativity! Making your very own milks, butters, mayo’s and cheezes, dips, jams, probiotics,  is easy, but then so is everything, when you know how. You learn how to prepare healthy nutritional food, and you make sure that your fridge is organised.  You now learn to have things on the ready for those wonderful feasts! Eat more, eat variety, and eat from your rainbow (blue, red, green, yellow, white, purple and orange). Look after your health, feed your body and mind.  And because you’re enjoying your meals so much – there is never ever any wastage!

Nutritional expert – who would have ever thought! As you learn what your body and mind is in need of to think and function clearly and properly – you become so fine tuned.  The fog just keeps lifting by the day, as you realize how lied to, you have been all these years, the law, the doctors, nonvegan ‘nutritionists’, all the bullshit and society abnorms. You learn that you don’t need that much protein and that in fact, there’s more than enough protein in every single vegan food out there, you  learn where to get iron, calcium, your vitamins, amino acids, omega’s, and that B12 is easily obtained from fortified foods or non evasive patches or supplements, at minimal cost and that even nonvegans can lack B12. Most of all you learn to get your information from reliable, trustworthy vegan sources. And if you had any ails and ills  – you notice they have improved, and in most cases are no more!

Education becomes priority because you want to share your joy with the world. You want everyone to benefit from being vegan! And why shouldn’t they – everyone deserves better. So you need confidence to do this. That’s easy! Check out reliable and trustworthy sites such as how do I go vegan and abolitionist approach ,  created by sincere people, for people who care about life, everything that matters about going vegan is right there.

Now I say this, and leave you with a final thought –  educating as many people as you can on the planet to go vegan is a numbers game. If all vegans today convince one more person to go vegan, and they do the same every year, and the year after that, and the year after that etc. We will have a vegan world within six years!  And to think that none of this would have been possible, if YOU had not decided and acted upon with conviction, on that very special day, to just jump right into it and go vegan without any further ado – you concur with your own thoughts that there is no other way to do it, and that is the best way!  You learnt everything that matters along the way.  It is the best decision that you have ever made for animals, for the planet and for yourself. Being vegan is amazing, being vegan is fun, it’s wow!  Being vegan brings with it so much joy and kindness and health. And you realize that you’ve been gone for so long, and you wonder what was holding you back, and what you were waiting for!

Be vegan, stay vegan and educate others to do the same! Vegan love.

Homemade nutella using only 3 ingredients!

Happiness in a jar! I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like Nutella. There is, indeed, something magical about chocolate and hazelnuts mixed together into a creamy delight. I’ve tried tons of recipes for homemade Nutella, but I always seem to go back to these three.

Now, I never considered myself an indecisive person, but I can’t for the life of me choose which one of these recipes I like the most. All three recipes are vegan and free of refined sugar, and most importantly require only 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

Nutella With Maple Syrup:

1 cup hazelnuts

1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder

¼ cup maple syrup (agave or coconut nectar also work)

water (I usually use about ¼ cup)

Nutella With Dates:

1 cup hazelnuts

1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder

12 dates

water (I usually use ⅔-1cup)

Nutella With Coconut Sugar:

1 cup hazelnuts

1½ tbsp cacao/cocoa powder

¼ cup + 2 tbsp of coconut sugar

½ tsp vanilla (optional)

pinch of salt (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 360F/180C.

Place hazelnuts in a baking dish in single layer and roast for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Remove hazelnuts from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Place hazelnuts in food processor and blend for 10 minutes until they turn into hazelnut butter. I usually stop my food processor every minute or so to give it a break and scrape the sides.

*IF USING DATES* Soak dates in hot water for 5-15 minutes depending on how soft they are.

Add cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup/soaked dates/coconut sugar) to the food processor. Blend for about a minute.

While the food processor is still running, gradually add water to reach the desire consistency. Blend for 2 minutes or so until the mixture is smooth.

*IMPORTANT* The amount of water you need will depend on what sweetener you’re using. I usually add ¼ cup of water when I make Nutella with maple syrup, ⅔-1 cup if I’m using dates, and NO WATER if I’m using coconut sugar.

 

How to make vegan mayonnaise in 5 minutes.

Simple recipes are awesome. Simple and delicious recipes are even better. This is definitely one of those recipes. I’ve tried quite a few store-bought vegan mayos, but I was never completely satisfied with the ingredients they use (too many preservatives).  So I decided to make vegan mayonnaise at home. You’re going to love how easy this is!

Ingredients:

½ cup unsweetened soy milk

1 cup grapeseed oil (olive oil works too)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

½ tsp agave (or another sweetened of your choice)

¼ tsp dry mustard (or ½ tsp Dijon mustard)

¾ tsp salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for oil in a high-speed blender and blend on high speed for 1 minute.

Reduce the speed to low and gradually pour in the oil. Continue blending on low speed for another minute. The mixture will slowly thicken.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

The V-Spot – Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A

The V-Spot  is a vegan restaurant specializing in Latin cuisine and certified Kosher. They also have gluten-free options, fresh juice, fruit smoothies, soymilk shakes, a backyard patio, & vegan desserts. They have been featured on the Eyewitness News segment Neighborhood Eats, Telemundo, Brooklyn News 12 and El Diario newspaper. In addition, their empanadas are sold in bars and cafes around NYC.
Their cuisine style can be described as a combination of American (New), American (Traditional), Asian Fusion, Brunch, Burgers, Caribbean, Diners, Fast Food, Indian/Pakistani, Italian, Latin American, Mexican, Sandwiches, Soul Food, Tapas Bars, Tex-Mex, Thai, Vegan.
They only take cash – so come prepared.  They serve breakfast, lunch, dinners, coffee and drinks.
Full address: 156 5th Ave, Btwn Douglas & Degraw, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Call them: (718) 928-8778
email:  stevevspot@gmail.com and webhttp://www.VSPOT.nyc/
Give them a shout!