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  • Raw marshmallow

    Irish moss, agave, salt, flavorings like vanilla and lots of air. Now kids how do you put them together?

    ClaireT
  • Raw marshmallow

    So I tried mixing lucuma powder with agave, and I didn’t quite get a marshmallow. More like sweet potato puree although it definatelt tasted amazing! Am I doing something wrong?

    ClaireT
  • where to buy chia seeds

    I have been taking Pure Organic Chia Seeds for the past 5 years. It is a great superfood to supplement the usual rice, potato and bread for my breakfast and meals.

    Chia seeds are superfoods with numerous health benefits. Chia are excellent for our heart as they are rich in omega fatty acids which increase good cholesterol (HDL) and prevent the deposition of bad fats (LDL) in our blood vessels.

    Also, chia seeds are rich in fibre and proteins which makes them an ideal option for weight watchers, gym goers, athletes and also for general well-being. In addition to this, their anti-oxidant content protects our cell membranes from getting damaged from free radicals and prevents oxidative stress.

    TammiTrue
  • Raw food cleanse

    I am about a week in to a raw food diet. My jeans are already lose and I definitely went down a notch in my belt. I haven’t weighed myself nor do I plan to anytime soon. But I have lost weight just by looking at myself and feeling my clothes looser.

    I have been eating plant-based for about a year or more and I have noticed a pattern where I get a craving for sushi/sashimi or (cooked) salmon about every 2-3 weeks so I am still going to have sashimi as my one animal food. (Raw eggs don’t seem very appealing.) I will try not to eat sashimi unless I’m really desperate but I’m also not going to put my health at risk if I feel I really need it in my diet.

    Anyway my sleep is a little wonky but I feel great aside from that. Perhaps it is just my body adjusting. We also just experienced a drop in temperature here (NJ) as we enter the winter season so I’m thinking that is having an effect on me as well.

    ClaireTTammiTrue
  • Raw food cleanse

    I am about a week in to a raw food diet. My jeans are already lose and I definitely went down a notch in my belt. I haven’t weighed myself nor do I plan to anytime soon. But I have lost weight just by looking at myself and feeling my clothes looser.

    I have been eating plant-based for about a year or more and I have noticed a pattern where I get a craving for sushi/sashimi or (cooked) salmon about every 2-3 weeks so I am still going to have sashimi as my one animal food. (Raw eggs don’t seem very appealing.) I will try not to eat sashimi unless I’m really desperate but I’m also not going to put my health at risk if I feel I really need it in my diet.

    Anyway my sleep is a little wonky but I feel great aside from that. Perhaps it is just my body adjusting. We also just experienced a drop in temperature here (NJ) as we enter the winter season so I’m thinking that is having an effect on me as well.

    ClaireTTammiTrue
  • Natural Perfume

    I wear conventional perfume also. I don’t think you are “very bad” for doing it. Honestly, I think most people on this board are entirely too hard on themselves. You are already taking great measures to live a clean life that most people aren’t. We are exposed to so many toxins on a daily basis just from living on this planet that I don’t really think that a spritz of perfume is going to kill you. I do use natural personal care products, other than my perfume. It just makes me feel too sexy and glamorous to give it up!

    ClaireT
  • Natural Perfume

    My friend chastiszed me for wearing conventional perfume.. I know.. I know.. very bad. So what do you all do for an alternative? I was thinking of mixing some vanilla/ coconut essential oils.. any suggestions on good products or how you deal with the no perfume thing

    ClaireT
  • Ethical fruitarianism

    Thank you for your kind comment Claire, it warms up my heart.

    TammiTrue
  • Ethical fruitarianism

    I like your perspective. It's very thoughtful and caring. 

    ColasTammiTrue
  • Ethical fruitarianism

    Hi, my name is Colas and I'm an ethical fruitarian. I believe that plants are sentient and can feel pain. So I only eat fruits in the botanical sense of the word. In other words, I only eat the fleshy part that surrounds the seed. From my perspective, fruits are willingly given by the plant. So by eating fruits and dispersing the seeds, we fulfill the wish of the plant, accomplish the will of God and contribute to turning the Earth into a garden of Eden. I do not eat cereals, leafy greens, nuts or seeds! This way of life fills me with bliss, felicity and happiness. Plants have a brain-like structure in their roots which enables them to feel emotions like us. This is why I consider ethical fruitarianism to be a moral extension of veganism. I believe that carefully harvested fruits are the only food that has the potential to be 100% karma free. Animals are worthy of compassion even though they look different. Well, so are plants! As a Science teacher with an ardent passion for botany, I have developed a profound love for our vegetal cousins. On a spiritual level, I believe that God is everything and that we are all part of Her/Him, even the most cruel animal exploiters. So I love every living being wholeheartedly in a non judgemental fashion. Ethical fruitarianism is also known as Eden fruitarianism, a term coined by author Mango Wodzak. If anyone is sincerely interested in this way of life, please by all means get in touch with me, I'll be more than happy to share my thoughts and experience.

     

    Now, some vegans may object to ethical fruitarianism: "But plants are not sentient, they cannot feel pain as they have no brain!" Well, I empathise with this perspective as I used to think this way myself. I was a vegan for many years before converting to ethical fruitarianism. I also used to believe that plants could not feel pain because they lacked a brain or a nervous system, so I know where vegans that use this argument are coming from. When faced with the typical arguments made by non vegans (and plants though?), I used to repeat devoutly the mantra I had been taught about plants lacking nociceptors and thus being unable to feel pain. I would go on in great details about their so called "sensitivity", which I would argue was nothing but the automated response of mechanoreceptors. To be honest, whether I argued this way or not I can't really remember. Anyway, all of that was before I delved thoroughly into plant anatomy and the root brain theory. All of that was before my certainties about plants shattered into smithereens. I appreciate that when non vegans object to veganism with the traditional "and plants though?", this is sheer hypocrisy as they do not care for plants in the slightest. Nevertheless, the classic vegan counterarguments do not withstand scrutiny and close examination. Crucially, they do not stand up to the latest research in the field of plant neurobiology, which is at the cutting edge of botany. You may want to watch the YouTube talks from plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso. I particularly recommend "Are plants sentient?" and "The roots of plants". Many scholars in the field of plant neurobiology believe that plants are sentient. The root apex can sense 15 physical and chemical parameters. The plant uses neurotransmitters and electrical impulses to pass on information. The roots of plants form brain-like structures and for all practical purposes act as brains. Plants communicate with each other and animals, they trade nutrients with fungi, they display memory and learning skills, they show compassion (especially towards their close relative), they are sentient beings like you and I! This is why ethical fruitarianism is the only form of absolute non violence, ahimsa, towards all living beings. Not to mention that when crops are harvested, hundreds of mice, shrews, grasshoppers, etc. are mauled by the tractor blades while their habitat is being destroyed. This does not happen when fruits are carefully harvested. So not only is fruitarianism beneficial to plants, it is also highly beneficial to animals. It is the only path through which the Earth will eventually be turned into a garden of Eden.

    Many thanks for reading!

    ClaireTTammiTrue