Can I Get Some Bacon With My Eggs, Please

Everyone LOVES breakfast! Before I became a vegan breakfast was the number one meal I looked forward to actually having time to make on the weekends. From crispy bacon to eggs, pancakes, and hash browns, it all just sounds so mouth watering! I’m sure not to your surprise however, once I became a vegan it was increasingly hard for me to enjoy my favorite meal. Oatmeal became the staple with toast and fresh fruit. Which sounds amazing when you only have to eat it every once and a while, but when you force yourself to eat it almost every day it gets a little tiresome. So what I did was set out for some vegan breakfast alternatives to bring some excitement back to my breakfast menu. Now, I preface this by saying I suggest these with no dietitian license, but based solely on the recommendations of others, my individual tastes, allergies, health needs, and enjoyment!

What I did first was look on the PETA website. They have some great lists for vegan items you can easily find at your local grocery store. There are bagels, pancakes mixes, bread brands, etc. that are easy to make, find, and low cost. I recommend Melt vegan butter and Follow Your Heart vegan cream cheese, as well as Tofutti vegan cream cheese as basic refrigerator essentials. I’m going to do another post on vegan cheeses, because I have put a lot of work into this search, but one thing I will tell you is that in my opinion, for the new vegan and for many other vegans, Daiya is not a good tasting cheese. It melts very well, but it does not taste good, again in my opinion. I was very disappointed when most of the websites I looked on suggested Daiya and upon purchasing it I had to throw it away, because I just could not eat it. Oh well! A story for another day!

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Image From Shannon @ Yup, It’s Vegan

But two sites that have helped me tremendously with my transition are Vitacost.com and Vegan Essentials. They are both online grocery stores that carry vegan items. Vitacost also carries regular groceries and non-vegan products, but gives you the option to shop explicitly vegan, which I love! Vegan essentials is exactly how it sounds and carries everything from food to clothing, all vegan! I wasn’t too excited when I became forced to start getting a lot of my non-refrigerated products from online stores. I thought the prices would be out of this world, and for Vegan Essentials it is very pricey to shop, but I get most of my items from Vitacost which is very cost effective for the vegan on a budget, like myself. Pictured above we have The Vegg French Toast Mix, which for the price gives you 235 servings of delicious french toast. It is also very easy to make by only using 3 ingredients.

Next, you see Follow Your Heart’s vegan eggs. I was skeptical about this product at first, but now I find that I can’t live without it! The eggs take a little longer to cook, but are incredibly delicious and genuinely comparable to actual eggs. Last pictured above are 3 slices of vegan bacon by Lifelight. Now, when I tell you I am a bacon expert that is no exaggeration. I have tried every type of bacon from Turkey to thick maple, and when I gave up meat I never thought I’d find something even remotely close to my one true love. Guess again! Smart bacon, while different from turkey bacon by having to be cooked on the stovetop, takes just like turkey bacon! Now, if you never liked turkey bacon then I would continue looking for another substitute, but for those of you that do enjoy it look no further!

Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring and repetitive just because you’ve decided to do your part in saving the world 😉 . It can be exciting and tasty just as it was before, and I’ll be here for new vegan’s in search of advice on transitioning and product/food replacement to help along the way. I thank you for your sacrifice and pray for your good fortune and that you always remember to just Be You.!

 

Gluttony and Greed

 

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Images From Fed Up and Cowspiracy Documentaries

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of “cause” documentaries on Netflix. I stumbled upon two documentaries that have really changed my outlook on American and worldly big business: Cowspiracy and Fed Up . Based on just these two documentaries alone I have been provided with copious information about the environment and the world around me that I would have otherwise never known. Big business and big food corporations have done a fantastic job of keeping these shocking statistics out of the media. For example, 13% of children today are MORBIDLY obese, not just obese, but morbidly obese. In the next 25 years it is estimated that 1 in every 3 people will have Diabetes. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US [more than all modes of transportation combined (cars, trains, planes, etc.) – 13%] and 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The gluttony and greed of the human race is destroying the lives of the next generation and the world as we know it. Please, I beg everyone, start paying attention!!!

The Change Starts Here

“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.” – Napoleon

About a week ago the United States had over 100 lives changed forever. Orlando, Florida became the location of the largest mass shooting in American history, at a nightclub called Pulse. Pulse is known as a largely homosexual nightclub, and the shooter is said to have struggled with accepting his sexual preferences (a possible cause for his unhinging). I know I told you guys we were going to do a Top 10 posts in honor of the new Be You. Page, but I think this cause is way too large to be ignored.

Lately, the minority of focus has been African American males. It seems like every day there’s another cop shooting of a young African American male that can’t be justified by a simple “fear for one’s life.” I in no way try and belittle those wrongs or make light of those losses, but I think sometimes it’s easy to forget the struggles of others when we have such flagrant misuses of authority occurring so frequently. Last week was a shocking reminder of the prejudice other minority groups are still facing. Being different has become such a threat for American’s today. It almost makes you wonder why people would want to move here in the first place. The United States is supposed to be a melting pot of racial and ethnic acceptance, as well as social, religious, and marital/relational freedom. FREEDOM. That’s what we’re known for. We’re known for allowing people to be exactly who they are without judgment or persecution. But the more time that goes by and the more aware that I become, the more I notice that being different in the United States is almost a death sentence waiting to happen.

It is human nature to not like change and to prefer things that are normative to their group, but the extremes we’ve hit today are inexcusable. When you’re afraid to just be a minority, to just be gay, or black, or in a minority group of any kind then it should be a red flag to everyone in America that we’re doing something wrong. We’re teaching values that are giving way to violence and rigid thinking. We aren’t teaching our children to love and be loved by others, but to judge others that are unlike them, to fear them, and/or verbally and physically abuse them. Violence has become such an easy answer to delaying dealing with emotions we don’t understand. We’ve taught the next generation to take the cowards’ way out, even worse they’re now using guns. There’s no talking in gunplay, there’s no healing from death, there are no take-backs. We’ve given these children, that already lack the proper skills to process his or her emotions and already value prejudice over acceptance, access to guns. We’ve given them the ability to end the life of anyone who doesn’t see their side, agree with his or her way, or choose to live according to his or her standard. We’re failing. We’re failing to teach the next generation what’s important. We’re failing to teach them that’s it’s not about “Keeping up with the Jones’s,” it’s about being exactly who you are and loving yourself. It’s about accepting yourself and being tolerant of others.

These senseless acts of violence are cries for help from people who have lost their way. They are cries for help for entire communities and populations. It’s easy to look at the news and say, “Man, I wish that would change. There’s so much wrong with the world,” but the real change starts at home. The change starts with accepting our children and teaching them to love and accept others. The change begins when we do away with “the norm” and teach that what’s normal is exactly who they wish to be, whenever they wish to be it. The change begins when we are able to see someone different than ourselves and not see disgust or desire aggression, but see beauty and desire love and tolerance. Don’t put this burden off on the next generation, because guess who is now looking to us and paying attention to how we react to adversity and different lifestyle choices? The Next Generation. The next generation sees it all and is paying attention. The next generation sees this hate, judgment, and violence and is likely to imitate what they see if they aren’t taught otherwise. Be responsible for your part. Love all human beings and all life choices. Pass on this love and acceptance to everyone around you. Teach peace and open-mindedness. And most importantly never be afraid to, in your own life, just Be You.