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

(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 – 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

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Harvest

Garden organic tomatoes and cucumbers from seed and wild autumn berries

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My veganic compost works well!

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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Dog Food

Dished up homemade vegan dog food: water, lentils, rice, etc. Can add apple-cider-vinegar to prevent fleas and worms. Maybe add a bit of (Ad) Taurine? Enzymes for elders? Dogs need one gram of protein per pound of ideal body weight per day (ie: 6g/day for chihuahua).

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Budget

811 WILD SQ FT SPROUTI’ve been a low-income divorced single-mom vegan since 1990, raw-vegan since 1999, and high high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan since 2010; so here is my response to the question, “How much does it cost to be raw vegan?” I use cronpmeter.com (set to LFRV) to make sure I eat enough calories. Bananas are only $.50/lb (50 cents per pound). There are about 4 bananas per pound. 1 banana is 100 calories so 14 bananas (2 bunches or two 48 oz blender full) have 1,400 calories for $1.75 (14/4=3.5lbs x $.50) multiplied by 7 is $12.25 per week. (Dates cost $4/lb which have 1,279 calories. $28/week.) Walnuts are $5.49/lb(32T) and I eat 2T/day which have 82 calories and costs $.34/day or $2.40/week. A bag of three organic romaine hearts or organic celery or box of organic baby spinach or arugula is about $3 and half pound of organic hemp seeds or organic pumpkin seeds is about $3. I add whatever else I can afford for variety; ie: melon, mango, papaya, tomato, raisins, cucumber, yam, oats, legumes, wild rice, etc. Wild Autumn Berries grow in my yard for free! :) The book, Edible Wild Plants, helps me find free edible wild plant foods. The Sprouting Book helps me grow my own sprouts very affordably. Square Foot Gardening helps me grow some of my own food. The book, The 80/10/10 Diet, and the online community, 30 Bananas A Day, provide valuable information and support. The high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan or vegan lifestyle is affordable, nutritious, and sustainable! :)

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Parrots

I went with my friend, George Sommers, author of I SAW WILD PARROTS IN NEW YORK CITY!, Yellow Bird, and Papita to The Parrot Society of New England’s “Spring Is In The Air” Bird Behavior and Toy Rehab Seminar in Manchester, NH. The workshop by Robin Shewokis and Concetta DellaRocco Ferragamo included parrot care, training, Q&A, and a mock training session I was volunteered into as the “trainer” of another woman as the “parrot”. In attendance were many beautiful parrots and people including the talented artist, Jill Casteel, with her beautiful artwork. I took a few photos with my camera until the battery died and more with my cell phone which I will “upload” later. The macaw below would fluff it’s wings every time I said, “You’re so pretty.” Afterwards we watched a fun DVD that came with the book, Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo, on his portable DVD player on the lawn while Yellow Bird and Papita chirped contentedly together in their love nest.

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Apparently the natural habitat of these lovely exotic animals and their human friends is being rapidly destroyed by “Big-Agri-Biz” to graze cattle which seems an inefficient, uneconomical, and unsustainable use of natural resources because the Amazon Rainforest produces most of the oxygen we need and fruits, veggies, and seeds contain all the nutrients we need including carbohydrates, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (prevent and reverse cancer), fiber, enzymes, and phyto-nutrients to build natural wellness and prevent costly health care crisis. See Earth and AURAw.com. Thank you.