An open letter to omnivores… 

Seriously who thought fuck face Omnivores would’ve been telling you that you had to have meat. That she was a chosen one and (me) simply loved such a  calling and needed help with my game.

Well I’m here to tell you that you have no damn right to tell me how the right way to eat protein is. We, as  humans have found a way to eat protein no matter what the asshole behind us in the queue said.

Meat-eaters will never stop asking and vegans always get sick of hearing it:
“How do you get your protein?”
The image of a skinny (not to mention gangly and dread-headed) hippie has typically been the poster child of veganism. After all, there’s no way we can be muscular, fit and even bulky as vegans, right?
Wrong.
Vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, and Jimi Sitko are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron – no flesh-eating necessary.
So how do you get your protein? Here are 10 vegan sources to try on for size:
1. Veggies: Yep, good old greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. You get the idea.

 

2. Hemp. No, you don’t have to get high to get your protein. But toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein – just like that.

 

3. Non-Dairy Milk. Got (soy) milk? A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.

 

4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.

 

5. Quinoa. I kinda think quinoa is God’s gift to vegans (and gluten-free peeps!), as it’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. And at about 2 bucks a pop, it’s a cheap vegan’s BFF.

 

7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.

 

9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs abour 30 grams of protein! That’s more than 5 eggs or a regular hamburger patty.

 

10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.

 

Still want to ask me where I get my protein? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

Cruelty…

Do you know what really does piss me off more than anything in this whole entire world? Cruelty towards a sentient being who cannot fight back. A being, whether animal or human who is not able to speak out and fight back against its tormentors.

There are cases in the news every single day of animals or humans at risk who are subjected to the most horrific levels of cruelty. This simply must stop.

The monsters that perpetrate these acts are not always lone wolves or solitary and lonely people. They can often pass themselves off as functioning members of society. They can pass themselves off as cult leaders. Take Aravindan Balakrishnan. He lead a Maoist cult and morphed himself into comrade Bala. He conrolled, abused and beat his own daughter. Yet members of the collective STILL defend him. Isn’t it amazing how people can become blind to violence and cruelty in this day and age.

Aravindan Balakrishnan found guilty.
Katherine Lemansky, 45, from North Carolina, shot to notoriety as she cruelly duct taped her dog’s mouth shut to silence it and then posted boastful pictures of her cruelty on Facebook! Thankfully she was charged by police, but as yet, her animals remain in her position. Not good! However she appears in court on 14th December so we can hope she is suitably punished for what she did.

Woman stupidly tapes dog’s mouth shut.
We see knee jerk reactions and people expressing the desire to do violent and horrible things to the perpetrators. Do we not need to stop and think for a moment that violence begets violence and that is never the answer. Instead, we must be the change we wish to see in this world. We must be a voice for the voiceless ones.