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Vegan ACT's 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge

Hi <<First Name>>! 

WELCOME TO DAY THIRTEEN! 


 


Kym's advice for day thirteen:
Educate your doctor. 
As mediator of Sydney Vegan FB group forum which has over 4,000 members, I can tell you that most vegans find that they GP is at the least sceptical and at worst downright against a vegan diet. Whether this is because a medical degree in Australia only covers a minimal level of nutrition, or they simply harbour the same dominant paradigm as the average person uneducated about plant-based diets, it can be quiet frustrating if you visit your GP and they blame any health issues on a diet that science is proving to be the healthiest possible diet for humans to have. Studies are emerging from all over the world showing the amazing healing properties of plants to protect us from cancer and provide all of our nutritional needs without the saturated fats, toxins and other nasties.

U.S. organisations such as The Pysicians Committee For Responsible Medicine and NutritionFacts are doing an incredible job to educate the public about the latest studies and development in nutrition. Australian is slowly catching on, In 2013 the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council released their latest nutrition guide, in which they state that:  “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthy and nutritionally adequate”. 

We can all help to raise awareness of the developments of nutritional science and a vegan diet as a healthy option.  


TODAYS ASSIGNMENT: 

Please print out pages 35 and 55 of this booklet, highlight the important parts regarding a vegan diet, and next time you visit your GP, if they have any issues with a vegan diet, give them a copy of it. 


NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT? 
Check out this very amazing documentary 'Mad Cowboy' about Howard Lyman, a dairy farmer who sold his farm and now teaches people about the cruelty and ecological impact of cow farming. (60 mins) --> click here

WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN? 
Watch this ground-breaking talk by Dr Near Barnard about how human beings are biologically plant-based eaters (14 mins) --> click here

CAN'T BE BOTHERED COOKING TONIGHT?
Check out the directory of vegan and vegan-friendly eateries on Happycow.com  --> click here

Kym's advice for day twelve:
Vegucate yourself with some vegan documentaries! 
So far I have given you more than twenty youtube video links to get info for free online, but there is nothing more impactful or powerful than a feature length documentary watched on a big screen - or at least on your television rather than a computer! Some of the most powerful vegan documentaries include: Peaceable Kingdom, Earthlings, Vegucated, Meat The Truth, Speciesism, The Witness, A Delicate Balanc, Mad Cowboy, The Cove, Blackfish and Forks Over Knives. Most of these have years of work involved and give an enormous insight into the compelling reasons that a vegan lifestyle is the only way we should be living. 

TODAY'S ASSIGNMENT: 
Check out some trailers, synopsis and reviews for these films, either just be searching on youtube, or try these links here here and here. Some of these films like Earthlings have a high level of animal cruelty, so be wary of what you are willing to witness and what you are comfortable with watching. Others such as Forks Over Knives or Live And Let Live contain no animal cruelty scenes at all. Forks Over Knives can be purchased at JB Hifi. Order others online via www.urbangypsyaustralia.com or Amazon. Avoid watching films through pirated video sites as its unethical and doesn't help to support the filmmakers, and we really need them to be able to make more films and fund their impor work :-)

 


NEED SOME MORE ENCOURAGEMENT? 
Check out this very inspiring and beautiful film 'MAKING THE CONNECTION' by the UK Vegan Society (30 mins) --> click here

WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN? 
Watch this ground-breaking talk by Dr Near Barnard 'Power Foods For The Brain' (75 mins) --> click here 

 


Cassies' recipe idea for day thirteen: 

Fennel, Pea and Mint Soup
Makes 4 serves
Ingredients
3 brown onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 medium potato, roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, finely diced
2 tsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped
2 sprigs mint, roughly chopped
½ tsp cracked black pepper
375ml vegetable stock
875ml water
2 cups frozen peas
1 tbsp salt
125ml coconut cream
Juice of 1 lemon
  1. Place the onion, garlic, fennel, potato, celery, thyme, mint, pepper, stock and water into a 4 litre pot and allow to simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the peas and salt and allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes. Stir through the cream and blend until smooth, using a stick mixer.
  3. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
 

Click Here for Week Two's Advice from Psychologist, Clare Mann
My aim is to give you simple strategies to understand and manage your own emotions, thoughts and self-questioning.  Additionally, I’ll provide tips and techniques to have everyday conversations easily and effectively. 

 

Click Here for Week Two's Nutrition Tips from Naturopath, Robyn Chuter
Tips of the week:  Know how much protein you need – it’s less than you think!, Know the truth about protein ‘quality’ and protein combining, Know how to get the iron you need, Know how to get the calcium you need, Know your nuts (and seeds too), Eat whole grains, and find out about the humble soybean.
 


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Congratulations making it through DAY THIRTEEN of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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