"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
Vegetarian Society

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Myths and Facts of Vegetarianism

There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body,  for one thing.  You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet!  

Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?).  Whatever your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.

 Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case.  Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or feeling full.  Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures.  You'll soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.

Myth: Vegetarians have to eat gross meat substitutes to get protein.

Fact: Protein is present in many foods, not just tofu, from eggs to beans to nuts.  For those who do not want to eat animal products (vegans), hummus is a great way to pack protein into your diet.  Nature has given us more that enough foods to not get our protein from meat if we don't want it.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

5 reasons to try a vegetarian diet

Even if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan there are plenty of reasons to up your intake of plant-based meals. In my private practice more of my clients are experimenting with meatless cuisine than ever before, and they’re reaping the rewards. Here are five powerful benefits to embracing your inner herbivore–even part-time. 

Weight loss

In an Oxford University study of nearly 38,000 adults, researchers found that meat-eaters tended to have the highest body mass index (BMI) for their age and vegans the lowest, with vegetarians and semi-vegetarians in between. Another published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared over 10,000 vegetarians and nonvegetarians, and found that BMI values were higher in nonvegetarians in all age groups for both genders. In addition, weight gain over a 5-year period was lowest among people who adopted a diet containing fewer animal foods. 

The reason? Plant-based meals tend to be richer in antioxidants and fiber, which are both tied to weight loss, and researchers have seen an increase in calorie burn after vegan meals. Just be sure your veggie-derived meals are made from whole, nutrient-rich foods, not processed “junk food” like vegan versions of hot dogs, cookies, and donuts.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid

Everyone should try being vegetarian for one day

I don’t eat meat, I don’t enjoy eating meat and I don’t think I need to eat meat.

And although this is a personal choice that shouldn’t matter to anyone but me, I still get criticism for it. “It’s just a fad,” and “stop starving yourself” are just a couple of remarks I receive when telling someone that I don’t eat meat — so here are a few legitimate reasons, and a little responsive criticism, for the people who feel that way.

The United Nations released a statement in 2010 stating that a vegan or vegetarian diet should be a goal for everyone in America, even if it is for just one day a week. 


Because a decrease in the demand for meat and animal products decreases the production of these goods, which, in turn, decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that meat creates with its production.

So, by decreasing meat consumption, you decrease your carbon footprint. In addition, animal waste runoff from factory farms is a major pollution factor in surrounding rivers and streams — another problem that can be remedied by a decrease in meat demand.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

7 Charts That Could Convince You To Become A Vegetarian

Even if some of us never want to give up meat, strong reasons exist for sticking with vegetables only.

Global meat production almost doubled between 1980 and 2004, and the upward trend will only continue, according to a 2005 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These numbers raise increasing concerns about land and water scarcity, health, and animal welfare.

The following charts lay out some good reasons for a vegetarian diet:

World hunger

Nearly 870 million people suffer from chronic undernourishment, according to FAO. About five million adults and 10.9 million children die from malnutrition every year.
Meanwhile, global food prices have reached near record highs and are expected to remain volatile. Places like India have even seen dangerous inflation. 

Water scarcity

Water scarcity could pose an even bigger problem in the coming century. Already, it affects 2.7 billion people — nearly 40% of the world's population — for at least one month every year, according to waterfootprint.org. Global scarcity will only get worse.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

How cute is this lil fella!!

10 Ways to Help You Stick to Your New Vegetarian Diet

In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and for all of you out there who are taking the 30 Day Veg Pledge, here are 10 things that you can do to help you stick to your new and exciting lifestyle…

1. Spring Clean Your Cupboards – If it isn’t aligned with your new way of eating, get rid of it! Whether you trash it, give it away or donate it to a local shelter, just make sure it isn’t anywhere near you. The transitional phase is always the hardest and out of sight really is out of mind when it comes to food.

2. Don’t go to the Supermarket on an Empty Stomach- If you do, you’re asking for trouble. Research shows that if you go grocery shopping when you’re hungry you’re much more likely to make unhealthy food choices and end up with a trolley full of junk food. Avoid derailing your new diet by having a snack such as a piece of fruit before heading to the store.

3. Get Your Family On Board – Talk with your friends and family about your decision to go veg and express how much it would mean to you if they could join in or at least be understanding. Making multiple meals to please everyone’s palette isn’t much fun so getting them on board will make your life a whole lot easier, even if it is just some of the time!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Meat mix-up row for supermarket

A muslim customer wants action after he found pork in a supermarket’s ‘veggie’ pasties. Aisha Iqbal reports.

A West Yorkshire supermarket is embroiled in a new food labelling row after a customer found a pork sausage in a pack of apparently vegetarian pastry products.

It’s the second time in as many months that Morrisons has been criticised for a packaging blunder over its cheese and onion pasties.

After the last incident, the chain had promised to investigate to ensure the error would never happen again.

Public sector worker Naeem Khan, 38, contacted Consumerwatch after he bit into a ‘vegetarian’ pasty he bought at Morrison’s in Castleford - and found himself biting into a pork sausage.

As a strict Muslim to whom pork products are forbidden, he said he was left disgusted and feeling ill.

He complained to the store and to the supermarket’s Bradford headquarters, but says he has so far had no explanation or apology.

Read Full Story Here 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

McDonald’s Includes Vegetarian Choices on its Menu

In 2002, McDonald’s withdrew its vegetarian burger menu. Ten years later, the American giant turns again to vegetarians by offering two new option wraps with vegetables. The comeback sandwiches are 100 percent certified meatless.

The veggie burger was withdrawn in 2002 from the menus due to poor sales. However, recent trends show that vegetarian consumer-products are very popular.  Consequently, McDonald’s may have much more chance of success than 10 years ago.

We applaud the arrival of Wraps Mediterranean and Santa Fe that promote corn, black beans, hummus, cheese and other vegetables!

While it certainly looks like a healthy choice, full of color and much better than a Big Mac, nutritional information on packages do not indicate that they are the most dietary sandwiches.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Shocking Truth About 9 Foods You Thought Were Vegetarian

(from huffingtonpost.com)

It's easy to avoid the big no-no's as a vegetarian. 

Nobody gets confused about where a cheeseburger comes from. However, it's not always safe to assume that certain processed foods on the shelves are vegetarian-friendly. Some labels may be misleading -- or worse: Some foods sneak meat-based ingredients into products you'd never even imagine needing to look at the label for. In the list below, we've compiled the non-vegetarian ingredients you never saw coming...

Read Full List and Article Here 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Inspire don't Preach!

Getting pretty sick of the comments from vegans lately, have been told on a number of occasions now that I’m good....but I’m not good enough!

Everyone has their own mind and own choices in life, stop trying to force your views onto others by telling them they are not good enough.  You need to be an inspiration for others to follow your example not belittle them and throw facts at them left right and centre, people need to make choices for themselves not be forced into a corner. I have yet to speak to a Vegan who hasn't forced the issues with me and all of them in an extremely hostile way. 

The latest example of this:- went to Vegfest in London yesterday, was really enjoying my day and decided to go and see David Straitjacket perform.  He walked onto the stage and said “any vegans here” a few hands shot up, “any vegetarians here” few more hands shot up, and he then said to the vegetarians “your good but your not good enough, go vegan”. Stopped me enjoying what was otherwise a really good performance from him as I was angry.

Who gives any person the right to tell me I’m not good enough??? Think that is going to motivate me to go vegan? How about saying “there is some great information at this venue about the dairy/egg industry and some great vegan recipes, pick some up, have a read, try them”, that would INSPIRE ME.

I have never forced being a vegetarian at anyone, I respect everyone’s right to eat what they wish, I try and inspire people to go meat free, try the vegetarian lifestyle, have a few days a week without meat or at least to change to free range eggs and organic meat but I don’t stand in their face and say YOUR NOT GOOD ENOUGH!  I provide information about the benefits of being meat free but without being patronising and negative towards them.

Be a role model not a preacher!  More people will be willing to listen and be more open to change.

We need to inspire the vegetarians and vegans of tomorrow and they will in turn inspire and encourage others.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Vegetarian Zombie?

Vegetarian egg! US company creates plant-based egg

Veg egg! In some good news for vegetarians, an artificial egg made entirely from plants has been developed by food scientists at a US company.

The company has successfully created faux mayonnaise and a variety of baked goods using the egg substitute. The eggs are made from a "simple, but awesome species of peas," sorghum and  "11 plants (in total) that are particularly awesome," FoxNews.com quoted the company CEO Josh Tetrick as saying.

Tetrick sought help of Chris Jones, a contestant on the TV show 'Top Chef', and biochemist Joshua Klein to help him create, what they describe as, the most realistic egg-free egg product yet.

Tetrick insists the plant-based egg is not just for herbivores. The company may have some big name backers such as Bill Gates and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, however, some experts believe the egg and poultry industry will not be affected.

Read Full Story Here 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A Vegetarian Poem

In honor of National Poetry Day, I found this poem online by aratidevi wanted to share it:- 

Vegetarian Poem 

An innocent creature
Given the right to be free,
To grow up normally
And to grow up happily.
That is how animal's lives should be.

When man comes,
They want to please their tounge.
They make the animals suffer
And the innocent creature dies.
Cramped up in dirty cages,
Crying pains of anguish
While the animals' days are numbered
Down to their unfortunate fate.

They say meat is food
They say it's full of protein
They say it's good for blood
And many more nonsense.

This is what meat brings to your body...

High blood pressure and ulcers
Digestive problems and cancer
Lots of trouble to your organs
And to top it off with more poor health
While you openly invite
Nasty illness, disease, and germs.

Man's body is made by nature
To eat a vegetarian diet.
Do you have claws?
Do you have sharp teeth?
The answer is no
Unless you're part human.
Lions, tigers, and crocodiles
Are animals whose bodies fit for meat

Your temper is bad
You're full of revenge
You're savage and cold-hearted.
Your full of barbaric qualities
And can't control your desires.

Why can't you have within your hearts
Appreciation, kindness, respect
And have compassion for all creatures.

Be cool
Be contented
Be peaceful.
Be tender-hearted
Be civil.
Be kind to the innocent.
Be caring.
Most of all,
Be loveable.

Amazon agrees to stop selling foie gras on UK website after bowing to pressure from animal welfare campaigners

Amazon has bowed to pressure from animal welfare campaigners and decided to stop selling ‘cruel’ foie gras on its British website.

The product, which comes from ducks and geese that are force fed to make their livers grow to a large an unnatural size, has been added to a list of prohibited items.

It is highly prized by some food lovers and celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, who have included it on their menus for many years.

Setting a precedent: Amazon has taken an 'ethical lead' and delisted more than 100 foie gras products from its UK website following pressure from animal rights activists

Awesome news :o) 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Review of Henderson’s Restaurant Edinburgh

Based on Hanover Street in Edinburgh, Henderson's has been hailed by 'Scotland the Best' as a 'Scottish Pioneer', a groundbreaking business that changed the nation forever. The shop first opened in 1962, providing an outlet for the produce of Janet and Mac Henderson's East Lothian farm.

As it’s a Vegetarian Restaurant everything and anything is for veggies with a whole choice for vegans and lots of gluten free options too. Dishes change daily depending on the availability of seasonal vegetables, below is a sample menu from Henderson’s. 

Light Bites 

Henderson's chunky vegetable soup
Spiced apricot and lentil soup
Cherry tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese croquette
Spicy bean pate or lemon and rosemary hummus, served with bread or oatcakes 

Main Meals 

Broccoli and brie crumble with tomatoes, mixed peppers and onions, topped with toasted seeds and nuts
Cauliflower and chickpea curry with coconut, chilli and coriander, served with basmati rice
Spinach galette with layers of tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, cheddar cheese and a rich tomato sauce
Henderson's famous vegetarian haggis, made with lentils, kidney beans, mushrooms and spices, served with 'neeps and tatties'
Courgette, mushroom and spinach lasagne, made with a cream cheese and white wine sauce 


Savoy cabbage, apple and raisin in a light yoghurt and mayonnaise dressing
Brown and wild rice with tamari sauce and sweet peppers
Beansprouts, mixed peppers, smoked tofu and ginger
Grated carrot, cheddar cheese, red onion and watercress
Fresh beetroot and water cress with a mustard dressing
Sweet potato, roasted mixed vegetable, rockette and parmesan
Courgette, mushroom, mangetout and poppy seed, with an olive oil dressing 


Chocolate nut cake
Dried fruit, fresh apple, sour cream and ginger
Mango and passion fruit creme brulee
Belgian dark chocolate and coffee pot
Fresh fruit salad
Cherry pie 

Main Review 

I was a bit shocked when I first walked into Henderson’s as was not expecting the canteen style layout and as we were the only customers stood at the counter I felt a little under pressure to make a quick decision, stood there with my tray. I do prefer to take my time and read all the options before I make a choice.

I ordered their famous vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties in honour of my Scottish dad.  I also chose a slice of Chocolate nut cake with a delicious big dollop of cream (you could have cream, crème fraiche or yogurt).  To drink I had organic cola. I was pretty shocked at the price as wasn’t expecting it to be quite so expensive considering its canteen style (almost £40 for 2 mains, 2 slices of cakes and 2 drinks). We were given a wooden spoon and made our way to a seat to wait for the meal.  The gentleman on the till did not seem in a very good mood.

The atmosphere and decor was very arty and very rustic, I can imagine a little too rustic for some peoples tastes.

When the Haggis arrived all snug in its filo pastry blanket, neeps and tatties all surrounded by what I think was a red wine style gravy/sauce, I was so excited to try this and the first mouthful was everything I was expecting, however, after that, every mouthful tasted the same, the gravy/sauce was so strong it overpowered the whole dish. I ate around ¾ of the dish before I couldn’t eat anymore of that gravy/sauce.

Then I started on my pudding of Chocolate Nut Cake and I can say it’s one of the best slices of cake I have ever eaten, It was deeeeeeeeeelicious.

In conclusion, I was so disappointed at a) the canteen style set up b) the haggis main course and c) the price. Positive things were the waitress we had was lovely and friendly and the chocolate cake was amazing. I don’t think I will be visiting Henderson’s again.

2 out of 5 Tomatoes Awarded (they got one full tomato just for the cake)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

PETA's Top 10 Reasons to Give Up Meat This World Vegetarian Day, 1 October

Gone are the days when vegetarians were served up lumpy lentil stews and dull-as-dishwater veggie dahls. Veggie faux meats such as bacon and sausages - along with an ever-expanding variety of fresh fruit and veggies - mean the vegetarian diet has taken the world by storm.

With World Vegetarian Day coming up on 1 October, here without further ado are PETA's Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Meat:

1. Helping Animals Also Helps the Global Poor

The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people - more than the entire human population on Earth. Meanwhile, more than 1 billion people worldwide are undernourished. By feeding grain currently funnelled to farmed animals to starving people instead, everyone would have enough to eat. Care about global poverty? Time to ditch animal products.

2. Eating Meat Supports Cruelty to Animals

Green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes are not the reality for more than 95% of animals raised for food. On today's factory farms, animals are crammed into filthy wire cages, gestation crates and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise families, forage for food or do anything else that is natural and important to them. They won't even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.

Read Full List and Story Here 


Monday, 30 September 2013

Go vegetarian - we dare you!

Vegetarians are challenging non-vegetarians to go meat-free for a month (or just a week or a day if a month is too scary), kicking off on World Vegetarian Day this coming Tuesday, 1 October.

The aim is to win more converts to a meat-free diet - or at least a meat-light one, which, in addition to its health and animal rights benefits, also gives  the environment a break by reducing the demand for livestock farming – the most resource-heavy form of food production with the highest carbon emissions.

Non-vegetarians can return-challenge the herbivores in October by asking them to give  their lifestyle a healthy tweak too: walk to work, say, or cut out the booze.

Read Full Story Here

Mark Ronson Turned Vegetarian After Paul Sir Paul Mccartney Sessions

Music producer MARK RONSON has given up eating meat after working with vegetarian superstar SIR PAUL McCARTNEY.
The studio wizard was recruited by The Beatles legend to work on his upcoming album New, and he changed his diet after gorging on vegetarian dishes which were available for free during their studio sessions. 

He tells Mojo magazine, "Did the experience (of working with McCartney) change me? Yes, it turned me into a vegetarian! I'm a (late night) studio rat, and if you ordered food at two in the morning it was free if it was veggie. Better than ordering a Nando's. You have more energy, which you can see every day in Paul, he's so driven."

Read Full Story Here 

Latest Rant!

Rant about takeaway food and constantly getting orders wrong.

Is it just me or does anyone else have this problem that you order a vegetarian option from a menu and you end up with flesh!

I order vegetarian (the clue is in the name!) spring rolls from a Chinese, second one in, full of Pork!

Order Mushroom Stroganoff from an Italian, turns up full of BEEF!

I don’t feel safe ordering food anymore!!!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Vegan hiker walks 2,655 miles in record 59 days for animal rights

(from http://www.examiner.com)

Vegan hiker Josh Garrett walked 2,655 miles from Mexico to Canada in a record 59 days to raise awareness for animal cruelty and funds for the animal-rights group Mercy for Animals.

Garrett battled heat stroke, loneliness and exhaustion during his harrowing solo hike, walking an average of 45 miles a day. When he felt like giving up, Josh, 30, said his love for animals kept him going.

"What got me through those difficult times was thinking about why I was out there in the first place," "I was really surprised how mentally challenging it was."

Garrett, who has been a vegan for the past year and a half, subsisted on a diet of vegan bars, peanut butter, kale chips and corn nuts during his grueling trek across the Pacific Crest Trail from June 10 to Aug. 8.

Garrett, a track coach and exercise physiology instructor at Santa Monica College, converted to a vegan diet in 2011 after watching a video of turkeys being processed during Thanksgiving. He was astounded by the senseless cruelty he witnessed.

"Some guy at a slaughterhouse is using live turkeys, suspended upside down on a conveyor belt, as punching bags," Josh recalled. "It made me sick to my stomach. My consciousness started to change."

Read Full Story Here 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The best countries in the world for vegetarians

(from http://www.theguardian.com)

Glasgow has been heralded as the best city in the world for vegans, but where are the best nations for travellers on a meat-free diet?

So now that we've established – or at least Peta has– that Glasgow is the most vegetarian/vegan friendly place in the UK the next question is, which the best country for vegetarians and vegans?

In many countries, eating meat is part of the national identity. Think of Australian barbecues, American cowboys and South American cattle ranchers. There was controversy earlier this year when President Obama hosted a dinner for 12 Republican senators, and one of them ordered a vegetarian meal. The identity of the culprit was protected, for fear that exposure could mean losing their seat. TV host Bill Maher commented that American voters would sooner elect a gay president than a vegetarian.

Republican senators in Iowa and Texas said vegetarians were ''un-American" and made public pledges to eat more meat.

Still, once you've waved the political madness aside, you'll find that cutting-edge vegetarian and vegan cuisine thrives on America's east and west coasts. San Francisco still benefits from its hippie heritage with decent vegetarian and vegan options as standard around the Haight. San Francisco's Zen Center established Greens in 1976, and various cookbooks from its resident chefs continue to influence the menus of vegetarian eateries worldwide. Millennium, in the city centre, ranks as one of the world's top vegan restaurants with impressive high-end cuisine. Seattle and Portland are hot spots, with vegan bakeries, breweries, clothing stores, bike shops and even – in Portland – a vegan strip joint. However, Peta's choice for the top city in the US this year was, surprisingly, Austin, Texas. In the heart of ranching country, vegan entreprenuers have taken to the streets with food trucks offering tempeh burritos and chicken faux-jitas. It can still be a struggle to find vegetarian food in small-town diners, and it makes most sense to look for sustenance in areas that are highly populated and diverse: big cosmopolitan cities are the best place to look for vegetarian and vegan food.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Rare sea turtle spotted off British coast

(from www.telegraph.co.uk)

A rare, endangered sea turtle has been spotted off the British coast after getting lost while swimming more than 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The 4ft loggerhead turtle surfaced off the Dorset coast during its annual migration from the east coast of America to the Mediterranean. 

It is thought the unusually warm UK waters fooled the creature into thinking it had arrived in the Canary Islands. 

The loggerhead was spotted by sailor Jim Davies off Portland Bill, Dorset. 

Visits to British shores from loggerheads are incredibly rare, with the last reported sighting of a loggerhead off Dorset in 1938. 

In 2012 there were 45 sightings of the more common leatherback turtles in UK waters but only four loggerheads were spotted and all of them were dead. 

Read Full Story Here 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Veg Fest 5th-6th October 2013

VegfestUK London takes place over two days in October 2013, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with the show open 11am - 7pm both days

Up to 190 stalls 

  • Stalls on 2 floors
  • Stacks of special offers and free tasters!!!
  • Huge savings on leading brands
  • Cookery Classes both days with special guest Chad Sarno
  • Talks and Presentations - Nutrition, Lifestyle, Campaigns
  • 2 Workshops areas
  • Living Raw Prep Zone
  • Performance Stage featuring special guest Macka B (Sunday)
  • 2 x Cinemas
  • Meet the Experts sessions
  • Comedy Hours both days, with Dave Spikey & Andrew O'Neill
  • VegfestUK Awards Presentation on Saturday
  •  Kids Cookery Classes and activities
  • 12 specialist global Caterers plus Snack Bars & many other food stalls
  • Expected up to 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend
  • Free Nutritional Advice for visitors
  • Fun for all the family!!!!
  • Everything at the event is 100% plant based - no animal products permitted

Admission £10 each day, £6 Claimants, £2 Kids under 16. Tickets are available in advance or pay on the gate (subject to availability).

Tickets bought in advance are on special offer for a limited period only

Buy One Get One Free

Download the event programme HERE 

Come on down and meet new friends and taste some delicious animal free food!!

I can’t wait -  see you all there!!!!