Vegan Q&A

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Here are my answers to questions from Clarah G. who is interested in being vegan, has tried being vegan, and has been mostly vegetarian for two years. I hope you enjoy. -MM

CG: When did you become a vegan? Why did you make the switch?

MM: I was born in 1958; have loved fruits and starches as far back as I can remember; met a cow and chicken as a child and began to avoid them on my plate preferring fruits, veggies, and starches; quit bacon in 1972 due to migraines (nitrates); was vegetarian for about a year in 1978 and again in Feb 1990 for health, earth, budget, and animals; went plant-based August 8, 1990 for health; went vegan (lifestyle) October 1990 for animals; raw-vegan in 1999 for health; 80/10/10 HCLF vegan in 2010 for health; and rawtill4-vegan in December 2012 for warmth and socializing in addition to the previous stated reasons.

CG: What has being a vegan done for you?

MM: Being vegan helped reverse my symptoms of allergies, migraines, endometriosis, hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes), breast calcification (pre-cancer), astigmatism, myopia, PTSD, hyper-lipidemia (pre-heart-disease), etc.

CG: Are there any negative effects of veganism that you weren’t aware of before adopting the diet and lifestyle?

MM: There are so many positive effects to being vegan and now veganism is becoming socially mainstream with plant-based options available in many large chains like Chipotle’s sofritas bowl, Dunkin Donuts¬†Beyond Sausage (extra on side), Burger King Impossible Whopper (without mayo), UNO Beyond Burger and Garden Vegan Pizza, Subway plant-based meat ball sub (soon), Taco Bell, etc. and we even have a 2020 vegan presidential candidate, Cory Booker. Maybe just find an Italian, Mexican, or Asian place that has vegan options like pasta marinara, veggie burrito, or veg stir fry? Also bring your own avocado. That’s the old school way to be vegan.¬†:)

CG: Are you vegan in all aspects of life (clothing, companies, etc.) or just in food consumption?

MM: As a vegan I try to cause the least harm to animals, earth, and humans in my choices of food, clothing, entertainment, products (vivisection),¬† digital-camera (film), etc. I’m not “perfect” – for example I do not wear leather, wool, or silk but still own some dance shoes and ice skates that I’ve had since before going vegan and I think there are animal by-products in glue in walls and in rubber in car tires; but at least I have a Smart ForTwo car which gets 40 miles per gallon, I stay home a lot, and I believe that more alternatives to animal byproducts will be developed as animal factory farming deceases. (Btw, the second part of your question describes a plant-based eater which is also good for earth, health, budget, and animals.)

CG: What has been the most difficult part of veganism for you, if there are any?

MM: Being vegan is super awesome and finding vegan friends is easy on Meetup and social media and Plenty of Fish even has a vegan category that can be searched on.

CG: Have your expenses increased since becoming a vegan?

MM: I have saved lots of money on food, healthcare, heating, hot water, cleaning products, clothing, etc. – high-carb-low-fat vegan food is so clean it even keeps kitchen and dishes much cleaner.

CG: For people who would like to be vegan but don’t have the resources, what advice would you give about living a similar¬†lifestyle?

MM: Eating simple whole plant-based foods including bananas, raisins, oats, rice, legumes, potatoes, and greens saved me money on groceries and health care. The approximate price per pound for bananas is $.50, oats $1, rice $1, and dried lentils $1. Also there free wild edible plant-foods, food pantries, soup kitchens, and food stamps.

CG: Have you heard that people could stop climate change in 50 years or so if everyone became a vegan or vegetarian? What are your thoughts on this?

MM: I think in a hypothetical scenario in addition to renewable energy progress if one fifth of people went vegan each year over a period of five years the climate crisis would stop because factory farmed animals are slaughtered by age five. Right now there are more factory farm animals on earth than people, methane is worse than carbon, and plants sequester carbon in the soil and produce oxygen. Even if most people cut back on eating animal flesh, it would make a big difference for climate. Also, clean meat (aka lab meat, cloned meat, cultured meat) has a small carbon footprint and will be available soon and the price will come down as demand rises with 80% of people being environment and health conscious.

CG: Due to an interest in fresh and nutrient-rich food, imports and exports have increased– specifically in high protein crops like avocados and quinoa– this is worse for the environment. Do you think the benefits of being a vegan outweigh the negative environmental aspects?

MM: I read that vegan food has much lower carbon footprint than animal flesh. It takes about 17 pounds of feed grain or legumes and about 1,800 gallons of water to make one pound of beef. Much animal feed is grown in Africa and South America and transported to USA factory farms and then slaughtered animal flesh is transported all over and flesh requires refrigeration energy while grains and legumes and dried fruits and seeds do not and dry weight is much less so costs less to transport. The pounds of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per serving of beef is 6.61, cheese 2.45, pork 1.72, poultry 1.26, eggs 0.89, milk 0.72, rice 0.16, legumes 0.11, carrots 0.07, and potatoes 0.03. CO2e per Serving

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(Source: http://css.umich.edu/factsheets/carbon-footprint-factsheet)

By the way, avocados are 19% carbs, 4% protein, and 77% fat.

Humans only need <10% of calories from protein ‚Äď for example babies double their birth weight in six months on only breast-milk which is <10% protein. Also strong apes eat mostly fruit and strong horses eat grains. We can get our protein where they do. As long as we eat enough calories (approximately 2,000 calories per day for women and 3,000 calories per day for men) we get enough protein. Carbs are quickly used as fuel or stored as glycogen in muscles to be used the next day, proteins are generally used as enzymes and muscle, and fats are used primarily in the brain and nervous system and excess are stored as fat.

My Macro-Nutrient Ratio is >80% Carbohydrates : <10% Protein : <10% Fat

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Thank you for the opportunity to answer some questions to the best of my ability at this time. I will try to update if I learn more.

2019/11/14 ©MaraMore

Maine Veg Fest 2019

Join us at our 15th Annual Veg Fest

Sunday November 3, 2019  11 am to 3 pm

Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue
Portland, Maine 04102

FREE Parking, FREE Admittance, FREE Events!

Silent Auction and Raffle!

https://www.maineanimalcoalition.org/vegetarian-food-festival

https://www.meetup.com/fruitveg/events/266017227/

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Speakers:

Colin McCollough      

11:15 am              Let’s Make Vegan Easier and Healthier!

Colin McCullough brings tips and strategies from his new book¬†‚ÄėThe Healthy Vegan Cookbook‚Äô¬†to make vegan recipes fast, healthy, and convenient; Colin has been teaching vegan cooking classes in Massachusetts for several years, sharing his system of vegan cooking using healthy, whole-food ingredients to create delicious vegan meals!

Christen Mailler        

 12:30 pm                       Raising Vegan Kids                  

Christen is a co-founder with husband Casey Taft of Vegan Publishers. Christen is an artist with a BFA from the Tufts School of The Museum of Fine Arts. Having run after-school programs in the Boston area for many years, she has developed a keen interest and ability to connect with children and help them realize their artistic potential. When she’s not working on Vegan Publishers, Christen is busy raising her two girls and devoting time to her art.

Dr. Timothy R. Howe   

2:00 pm      The Plant Based Diet to Prevent, Treat, and Even Reverse Chronic Disease 

Dr. Howe will share with the audience his 30 year experience of using a ‚ÄúTherapeutic Plant Based Diet‚ÄĚ and lifestyle change to prevent, treat and sometimes even reverse such chronic diseases as Diabetes type 2, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Dementia and others.

Exhibitors and Vendors:  (watch for updates!)

                                                                                      

Food Trucks:

   Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck       Falafel Mafia

Contributors:

                                                      

Taurine Biosynthesis

Taurine is naturally derived from cysteine (found in oats, beans, rice, bananas, etc.) Mammalian taurine synthesis occurs in the pancreas via the cysteine sulfinic acid pathway. In this pathway, cysteine is first oxidized to its sulfinic acid, catalyzed by the enzyme cysteine dioxygenase. Cysteine sulfinic acid, in turn, is decarboxylated by sulfinoalanine decarboxylase to form hypotaurine. Hypotaurine is enzymatically oxidized to yield taurine by hypotaurine dehydrogenase.

Taurine is also produced by the transsulfuration pathway, which converts homocysteine into cystathionine. The cystathionine is then converted to hypotaurine by the sequential action of three enzymes: cystathionine gamma-lyase, cysteine dioxygenase, and cysteine sulfinic acid decarboxylase. Hypotaurine is then oxidized to taurine as described above.

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Oxidative degradation of cysteine to taurine

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurine

Cronometer Food Diary example for 110 lb 5’4″ female age 61 moderately active:

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United by Cory Booker

(Ad) UNITED: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by United States Senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Cory Booker, is an amazing inspiring true story of challenges, solutions, unity, justice, civic grace, courageous empathy, kindness, love, success, and abundance.

I read (Ad) UNITED: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good from cover to cover in one day as I couldn’t put it down and I shared photos of my favorite parts below, but I encourage you to read it yourself and go meet Cory Booker in person and see for yourself why I believe team Cory Booker 2020 is the best ever candidate to unify and heal our country and co-create opportunity and justice for all.

Cory spent his entire career running towards big challenges that others had given up on, bringing people together to do things that others thought were impossible.

As a tenant lawyer, city councilman, mayor, and now U.S. senator, Cory has spent his life bringing people together to take on the problems we face. And what he’s learned is that the support of a loving community can overcome even the most insurmountable challenges. His vision for our country is one in which we are measured by our ability to love and to come together to create a more fair and just nation for everyone.

As a college football player, Cory Booker, noticed improved performance as vegetarian and became a humanitarian, tenants rights attorney, environmentalist, mayor, vegan, United States senator, part raw-vegan, climate steward, New York Times best selling author of (Ad) UNITED: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, sponsor of the First Step Act (criminal justice reform), Next Step Act, Marijuana Justice Act, Climate Stewardship Act, Primate Protection Act, and 2020 presidential hopeful.

Learn more about where Cory stands on the issues at https://corybooker.com/issues/

Visit the Cory 2020 site https://corybooker.com

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2020 Poll & CO2e per food

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When asked in a survey from Senator Cory Booker, “What issues are most important to you when picking a 2020 political candidate?”; I chose, “Climate Change”, and also wrote in the little box under “Other”,

“Vegan food choices, clean renewable energy (solar, wind), orchards, gardens and composting at all schools, military bases, public lands, prisons, hospitals, etc to stop climate change, feed needy, lead by example, and teach how food impacts climate footprint. Also grow hemp for oil, seeds, textiles, $. And end war.”

https://act.corybooker.com/page/s/supporter-survey

(https://vegnews.com/2019/2/cory-booker-on-animal-rights-veganism-and-how-to-change-the-world)

I replied to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s survey, “Go vegan for climate, health, economy, sustainability, hunger, peace, animals.”

https://my.elizabethwarren.com/page/s/ew-issuessurvey

Please sign petition to the president:
Plant-based USA
Please share. Thank you.

*Photo credit: http://css.umich.edu/factsheets/carbon-footprint-factsheet

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Free Healthcare

I believe healthcare should be free for all and already basically is with natural wellness diet and lifestyle, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on auto insurance, Liability Insurance on homeowner’s, businesses, and municipality insurance to cover accidents. On top of that there are crowd funding sites like GoFundMe to help pay for extreme medical needs as well as charities like DoctorsWithoutBorders and StJude.

Wellness with lifestyle and nutrition is basically free because healthy lifestyle and plant-based nutrition creates wellness and prevents or reverses health challenges. However unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle creates chronic health challenges. The current popular expensive high fat animal protein fad diet is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and kidney disease. Human beings are designed to live on fruits, vegetables, seeds, sprouted grains and legumes.

Also Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and liability is available on most auto insurance and most homes and public places have liability insurance in case of accidental injury and there are crowd-source funding and personal injury litigation options.

More info in Vegan Q&A: https://maramore.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/vqa/

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Nutritionfacts.org Livestream

Watch Dr. Greger’s new PBS special Live-stream on August 8, 2017 @ 8pm on NutritionFacts.org. https://nutritionfacts.org/live

See his book here: How Not To Die

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Share with friends and family:  NutritionFacts.org   https://nutritionfacts.org/live

See his book here: How Not To Die

You can watch the trailer here:

This is the first pilot screening. The better it does, in terms of viewership and pledges, the more stations across the country will pick it up in the Fall.

So grab some fruit, salad, kale-chips, or air-popped organic popcorn and livestream at NutritionFacts.org.   

Michael Greger M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM

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See his book here: How Not To Die