What is Veganism and who are vegans? ( A brief history too)

What is Veganism and who are vegans?

Most people in this day and age do have an understanding of who vegans are, but this post is for those of you who aren’t fully aware of the term. Be enlightened.
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Vegetarianism can be traced to Ancient India and Greece, but the English word vegetarian came into use in the 19th century to refer to those who avoided meat. The Oxford English Dictionary attributes its earliest known use to the English actress Fanny Kemble, writing in Georgia in the United States in 1839. Vegetarians who also avoided eggs and dairy products, or avoided using animals for any purpose, were referred to as strict or total vegetarians.
But the term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals. Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries, and several top athletes in endurance sports, such as theIronman triathlon and the ultramarathon, began to practise veganism and raw veganism.
Under the vegan umbrella today we have a lot of sectors and the most common ones are:
  1. raw vegan ( those who eat only raw fruits and vegetables with the occasional nuts and sees)
  2. High carb vegans : Those who consume a diet high in carbohydrates such as fruits, rice, pasta etc
  3. fruitarian : these vegans consume only fruits as their staple but some may say mostly fruits and some vegetables or fruits nuts and vegetables but fruit being the dominant food.
  4. Raw till 4:  this is where you eat raw foods till 4 or lunch time and then you can have a cooked meal.
  5. Ethical vegan: The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals and animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

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These are the main types of vegans out there today!! And I myself am an advocate of this life style and have really benifitted  from eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and I suggest you all give it a go and see how fantastic how you feel 🙂

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And there you have it! 🙂

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What is Lethargy, and how to overcome it?

Lethargy is not a word we hear everyday here where I live but I think its time that we start using it since more people are showing symptoms.

So lethargy ( Aka fatigue) is where you are feeling weak, light-headed, constantly tired and weary, familiar? .
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Now feeling all this can be fine, but the problem is that more and more people are feeling this way at times where they should be most active, like in the morning at work or while driving etc.
Now did you ever stop and think why am I constantly tired? Have you tried something different? The solution to feeling lethargic could be easily treated or at least reduced drastically but we usually don’t pay attention to it and keep living our lives filled with lethargy and it’s no fun seeing your life pass right before you while you yawn all day.
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So let’s take a look at why we could be feeling lethargic, maybe we didn’t sleep well the night before (which has been going on for months/years) or maybe we haven’t been eating right, or maybe even we haven’t made time to get our bodies moving (read my previous post : Just do it! ) and maybe your’e overweight and that’s taking a toll on your body, and even maybe you’re dehydrated and your body is in need of some H20 ( but you reach out for some tea/coffee instead for a quick fix and you end up causing even more damage overall ) and maybe there’s been a weather change and your immune system is just not taking it, and those are the main maybe(s) that I have for you for now.
Now, how can we make ourselves feel better, more energetic, more aware, and more present (especially at work)?. Here are a few tips of mine and I really hope that you try them out because it has worked wonders for me:
  1. Drink water people!! Yes, water could be playing a key factor on how you feel everyday and you are simply ignoring that by having caffeine which causes you to dehydrate and leaves you lethargic in the long run. My advice would be ditch the coffee/tea, red bulls and all those other drugs and drink a liter of water upon waking up followed by a green smoothie, a fruit smoothie or even 100% natural pasteurized juice would be a better option than caffeine. Get high on nature’s juices.
  2. Move a little people: A little brisk walk could make the world of difference. We are always constantly sitting. At work, at home, in the car and when we finally decide to leave the house we go to a restaurant/coffee shop. That simply cannot be good for our bodies.
  3. Check your diet:. Are you eating clean, eating real foods or are you constantly eating out, snaking on biscuits and potato crisps? Switch your diet to a more natural diet and instead of the biscuits aim for dates, fruit juice, raisins, dry fig, nuts, apples and bananas( or any other fruit of that matter ). You will feel better, mentally and physically and you will start to have that raw energy.
  4. And last, but definitely not least ,get some sleep: Early nights will really help you feel better. Sleep early, so you have the energy to wake up early and maybe prepare a smoothie for work or even go for a walk. I know in this time and age it’s really difficult for people to do that, but I really suggest you consider it and just get your ego out of the way (which probably tells you to stay up watch some tv , meet friends, you’re not 60 or 6 years old, and maybe go through Instagram/Facebook for the 50th time today). I say shut it down, shut down your phone while you’re at it, tell your friends that you’ll all meet them for early morning for a walk instead 😉 win!
I have written a lot and don’t intend to bore you, my posts are usually short and up to the point but I feel like this was a topic that had to be brought up and all the things mentioned are simply habits that we all have to instill in us for it to be don long-term . So, I propose you challenge yourselves and do like a 30 day clean up which will extremely difficult at first but will be very rewarding and worth it at the end.
Wishing you all clarity, energy, wellness and RAW POWAH!!
Hope this post was helpful, share your thoughts down below.

What is Organic and why Organic?

It all began while I was teaching a class about food( An English class) and we began talking about aisles, groceries and so on. So I brought up “Organic” and was shocked at all the responses I got. Not many people knew what organic was. So I decided to write blog post about it. What is organic?! As referred to in the textbook I teach from: “organic is foods made like in the old days ( with no artificial chemicals )”

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Most people think that organic foods are a luxury, a high-end product and that it’s unnecessary to purchase ( it could be a little pricey compared to conventional) and there isn’t really a difference at times with certain products, but on the contrary the conventional food we eat is the special one if you think about it. It is either genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides/fungicides etc in order for it to grow faster and to be produced in larger quantities and we end up eating that. I know I know, organic is expensive and we can’t afford it and wouldn’t be able to buy everything organic and so on. I totally agree, heck I don’t even buy everything organic. Unfortunately the time and world we live in makes it hard and expensive for us to really consume what is truly natural, but we can all make an improvement on what we put in our bodies. 

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Why organic again?! Here are just a few of the many good reasons:

1) Cause it’s food made with no artificial chemicals, need I say more? )
2) It’s what we are supposed to be eating (Remember the old days, where people longer, healthier, happier and less stressful )
3) Our bodies function better having what is intended for it to eat ( Natures food and not labs food ).
4) GMO (Genetically modified organisms) and the pesticides in our food?!
5) Organic food is more nutritious due to better soil
5) Need I be more convincing?

So how about the next time you’re out shopping for some groceries, try to aim for organic whenever possible and choose foods wisely. Some products are all not that expensive. The difference may be very little but our bodies will thank us for it in the long run and will thus function better and keep us healthier and happier beings.  Affordable Organic options to opt for:  1) pasta  2) rice 3) sugar (raw cane or coconut) 4) cereal  5) vegan mayonnaise 6) ketchup 7) quinoa  8) seeds (flax, hemp, sunflower and chia) 9) dried fruits  These are some options that you can start with and if you’re not going to buy organic at least avoid food that contain loads of unknown ingredients and go for the more “natural ones”. Fruit juices especially nowadays are just loaded with unknown crap and the ingredients are mostly numbers. Go for all natural “ no added preservatives and color” and start from there.
Let me know down below what you think, your comments and criticisms are welcomed!!