Posts Tagged ‘health’

Jon’s Malaysian Tea

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Jon kindly found the time to show us how to make a traditional Malaysian Tea. To see the video click the link below:

Jon’s Malaysian Tea

What A Freegan Waste!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on “limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources”. Freegans “embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.”[1] The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters, known as dumpster diving. The foods may have passed their display date, but haven’t passed their edible date. Freegans salvage the food for political reasons, rather than out of need.[2][3]

The word “freegan” is a portmanteau of “free” and “vegan”.[4] Freeganism started in the mid 1990s, out of the antiglobalization and environmentalist movements. Groups such as Food Not Bombs served free vegetarian and vegan food that was salvaged from food market trash by dumpster diving. The movement also has elements of Diggers, an anarchist street theater group based in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 1960s, that gave away rescued food.[4]

If you’re interested in finding out some more here are some interesting links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeganism#See_also

http://freegan.info/

Vegans Ahoy!

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Veganism is a lifestyle choice by which a person decides to live without the use of ANY animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans obviously don’t eat meat but in addition to that they also don’t consume anything else that has come from an animal such as eggs, cheese or milk. It doesn’t just stop at food products however as there are lots of clothing items that a true vegan can’t wear because the way it’s made. Most commonly shoes and trainers are an issue due to them often been bound using glue made from horses hoofs.

Every individual has different reasonings for why they became vegan with many having issue with the morals surrounding animal rights. There is however a strong environmental argument in favour of people eating vegan. This argument is based around several points one of which being that the energy and supplies used to rear livestock heavily outweighs the resources it would take to simple grow the food we feed to the animals to feed us…if that makes sense?
Basically we grow corn to feed animals – the animals get fat – we transport them – kill them – transport them – eat them. The more environmentally and vegan solution is for us to simply eat the corn.

The other environmental issues is methane. Cow’s produce lots and lots of CO2 that does have a huge effect on climate change. And yes – we can’t stop cow’s farting however if there was less demand for livestock there would be less cow’s and therefore less smelly CO2 ridden cow farts.
A study in 2006 by the University of Chicago showed that on average an individual changing from a regular diet to that of a vegan would reduce their CO2 emission by 1, 485kg per year. Which is quite a lot.

Veganism does however have it’s drawbacks. Through eating plant products exclusively vegans do miss out on certain important nutrients. Studies show that vegan diets are  lacking in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium and iodine, all of which is severe can cause serious health problems. A distinct lack in vitamin B12 can result in anemia and neurodegenerative disease although it is rare for a B12 deficiency to become clinical in most vegans.

There are plenty supplements around for vegans to take on these vitamins in other ways such as vitamin tablets and fortified foods such as soymilk fortified with calcium. It’s highly recommended that anyone wishing to lead a vegan lifestyle regularly take on supplements.

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that is growing and becoming more popular with supermarkets catering for the needs of a vegan diet more and even lots of vegan specific clothes retailers producing clothes without the use of any animal products.

What do you think of veganism? We want to know! Maybe you’re thinking of becoming vegan or perhaps you think it’s a load of tosh either way we want to know why!

Don’t go anywhere without these…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Pasta – whether it’s spaghetti, pasta, fusilli, doesn’t matter. Takes about 15 minutes to boil and has the carbohydrates you need in a balanced diet.

Garlic - You break off the cloves as and when you need them, and if it’s kept in your cupboard where it’s cool and dark, it will last around 6 weeks. You’ll use it alot.

Onions - You’ll use them a lot (again), so make sure you’ve got two or three in your cupboard. They’ll last about two weeks.

• You can really get into herbs (legal herbs) as they each add their own flavour to your dishes, and can really boost an ordinary meal. But, as we’re on a budget, we’ve just got a packet of mixed dried herbs. Because they’re dried, they’ll last ages.

Tin of chopped tomatoes - always useful to have. A quick fix for spag bol, lasagne in your cupboard.

Stock cubes - whether they’re veg, chicken or beef, these are good to have. Just crumble them into a bowl, add boiling water and stir. They’ll add flavour to your dishes and soups.

Olive oil - one thing you should try and spend a bit of money on, as a good one will make a lot of difference to your cooking. You’ll only use a small bit at a time so it’ll keep.

Salt and pepper – Whenever you boil rice or pasta, you’ll need a pinch of salt in there and you can season your food when you eat. Plus, you can pretend to be posh and say ‘would you mind passing the condiments?’