Posted in Product Reviews, Vegan Lifestyle Tips, tagged ascenta, brain function, DHA, maca, maca root, MacaSure, nutravege, omega 3 fatty acids, sequel, vegan hormone balance, vegan nutrition, vegan supplements, vegicaps on August 25, 2010 |
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Raw Maca Root. I wonder if you can cook with it?
I realized that it’s been since September that I wrote a vegan challenge diary entry, so I thought I would share with you what’s been going on for me during this past year of being vegan. Now granted, there has been a few un-vegan moments, but I’m not one to dwell on imperfections. They happened, I moved on. I have been feeling really great so far! Food moves in and out of my body with great ease, my skin looks better now than when I was a 21 year old smoker eating fast food 4-5 times a week (not surprising) and have a growing sense of purpose and fulfillment surrounding The Vegan Project. I’m not sure if it’s the vegan food that has contributed to this or the satisfaction that comes with doing what you love every day and sharing it with others in hopes that they will love it, even just a little bit, too.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all vegan bliss. There has been some side effects along the way. A couple of us have experienced some annoying yeast imbalances due to a lack of ‘good bacteria’ in our stomachs. Seems to be under control now though, thank God! I personally have also noticed a bit of fatigue and ‘fogginess’ and a hormone imbalance during peak times, which is what sparked this post in the first place. After discussing this with the group and doing some research online I decided to embark on two different supplement regimes that are said to remedy these ailments that I would like to share with you.*
The first is Ascenta’s NutraVege, which is a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids containing high potency levels of DHA, GLA and SDA, which are vital for brain function and a healthy nervous system. Non-vegans get these from animal fat and fish oils. A concern amongst the vegan community is that the most important one, DHA, was most difficult to mimic and obtain the necessary potency. Well this brand contains 400mg compared to their non-veggie version which contains 500 mg. I don’t have much to say about NutaVege yet as it’s only been a few days, but it does have a lovely and palatable citrus flavour.
The second supplement I am experimenting with is MacaSure, by Sequel. These are certified organic Maca Root Extract Vegicaps (no gelatin) hailing from the Andean Plateaus in Peru. Maca is rich in amino acids, alkaloids, sterols, vitamins and minerals. It also claims to increase energy and stamina, enhance fertility and sexual function and aid in stress adaption and hormonal balancing. Just began this regime yesterday, so no results yet, but I tell you, I’m pretty excited at the prospect of these claims being true!
So, If any of you have tried these products or other lines out there, please let me know your thoughts. I will do my best to be most diligent with my supplements (following a routine is not my best skill) and keep you up to date on my progress.
*I like to fly by the seat of my pants, but suggest that you consult an expert before experimenting with supplements.
~The Vegan Project
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Me + You Fruit + Veg Reusable Bags
The Vegan Project recently met a lovely young lady named Jenny Hughes, creator of Me + You reusable shopping bags. Jenny could be considered a pioneer on the reusable bag front, since her first project, BYOB, launched in 2005, before everyone else jumped on the reusable bag bandwagon. Her recognition of the need in the market for fashionable, earth-friendly shopping bags landed her tons of media coverage, including features in Teen Vogue and Fashion Magazine.
Jenny’s new project, Me + You, features unique and stylish bags made of organic and natural cotton (and animal product free, of course). Each bag series is limited edition and made in Vancouver, featuring designs by local artists. Another great feature is the cute little detachable charm on each Me + You bag made of recycled wood from Jenny’s dad’s shop.
Me + You’s latest additions include a yoga bag with a recycled plastic liner for sweaty yoga clothes, and a line of reusable produce bags that can be purchased separately, or conveniently hooked onto the large bags so you never have to worry about forgetting them at home when you go to the grocery store (I know we often do).
Special Offer for Vegan Project Readers!
Jenny is offering all Vegan Project readers free shipping! If you’re interested in ordering the fruit & vegetable bags, click here and enter the coupon code ‘freeship’ at the checkout.
These earth friendly, fashionable bags are definitely something The Vegan Project can get behind. Check ‘em out at www.meandyou.ca.
Help Jenny get to the one million mark in her petition to Stop Using Plastic Bags!
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Posted in Beauty on the Outside, Product Reviews, tagged beauty products, body spray, choice's market, deodorant, dr mist, dragon's den, geneva award for invention, natural products, vegan, vegan skincare on July 30, 2010 |
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The Product: Dr Mist Lavender Scented Deodorant
Being vegan for me started with food. Then it slowly started to creep into other parts of my life. For instance, I haven’t bought leather shoes since my plunge into veganism in the Fall of 2009, or a purse for that matter. This was due to a combination of lack of funds AND a different opinion about leather products. I’ve always liked using natural skincare and hair products whenever I can (except hairspray – I use extra hold, aerosol. Don’t judge me!), and have become extra conscious of where my products are coming from over the last few months.
After reading some articles about the dangers of using antiperspirants I decided to try the ‘au natural’ options. I was definitely skeptical. After living in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood and inhaling a constant stream of body odour masked under the scent of patchouli and other essential oils, I dreaded the thought of that being me. I just can’t smell like that. I’m not hating, I just can’t! While I appreciate the free spirit of those that embrace their natural human scent, I gag at the thought of my own, thus drawing the line here with a big fat sharpie. So…
I tried the crystal. Nope. I tried some hemp/tea tree stick. Nope again. And this time I was utterly horrified at the stench of a thousand open graves that was wafting up from my underarms. So with my tail between my legs, I threw the hippy sticks in the trash, went to Shopper’s, picked up a stick of Dove unscented, and let out a sigh of relief.
Well that stick ran out recently and I was feeling optimistic, so I went to Choices and had a chat with a woman that works in the body care section. I explained my armpit woes and she suggested a spray. She had had a similar experience and found that when it comes to natural deodorants, sprays are the way to go. She suggested I try Dr. Mist Lavender Scented Deodorant. This spray has been featured on The Dragon’s Den and won the Geneva Award for Invention.
Active Ingredients: De-ionized Water.
Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Calcium, Magnesium, Essential Oil.
The Verdict: I tested it out at the club, during a long shift slinging drinks on a summer night. I forewarned my co-workers of this little experiment and begged them to inform me of it’s possible failure. But, to my surprise, it worked! Since then it has been serving me well. Just spritz under the arms, rub it in for even distribution, flap your arms around like a maniac till it dries and you’ll be ready for anything!
~The Vegan Project
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The Product: Veggie Patch brand Meatless Buffalo Wings (looks like a chicken nugget) Simulated Chicken. Contains No Poultry. 0 trans fats per 80 gram serving.
Knowing the transition into veganism would be a great challenge for me, someone who is rail thin and has the metabolism of a humming bird and an appetite of a voracious pack of wolves, I purchased these simulated chicken nuggets to get me through the times of cravings I knew I would experience. After yesterday’s outburst which Jesse touched on and I choose not to comment on but will blame on meat withdrawls or perhaps detoxing, I grabbed these bad boys from the freezer and deep fried them in olive oil and served them with some sweet chili sauce for a satisfying junk food snack. Then I got to reading the ingredients list… Dry egg whites were listed twice! First in the ‘chicken mixture’ and second in the batter ingredients. It also said it contains dairy which I could not identify any sort of dairy item in the ingredients list. I understand the power of marketing and how packaging influences a consumers buying decisions but labeling something as “meatless” and specifically stating ” CONTAINS NO POULTRY” when it has EGGS listed twice in the ingredients list made me a bit pissed off. Their tricky packaging made me cheat the diet and it wasn’t even a worth while cheat at that.
It really opened my eyes to how difficult it must be for someone with egg allergies to go out and purchase any processed products if this STILL contained eggs. I’ve very glad that this diet is a choice for me and not a neccessity as there are so many restrictions and not a lot of great products on the market yet.
The Verdict: Veggie Patch brand Meatless Buffalo Wings – I give you 3 stars out of 5 at achieving a simulated texture and flavor of a chicken nugget, and a negative 5 stars and a f*** you to your big fat liar packaging.
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Before my vegan days there was one snack I was known to indulge on, probably more than one should, the 7-11 Taquito. Something about those crispy hand-rolled tacos just got my mouth watering every time, if I didn’t think about what was in them and the caloric breakdown…
Well, i found a vegan version in my very own local IGA! In the organic freezer section were Starlite Cuisine’s Crispy Rolled Tacos, Chipotle Chicken Flavour. They are $7.99 for 6 tacos (let’s keep our eyes open for these to go on sale) and only take 15-20 minutes in a conventional oven at 350F . They have 310 calories per 2 tacos, 11 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 3 grams of fibre and absolutely no questionable ingredients. They came out crispy and delicious! I blended Tofutti sour cream with a whole lot of Louisiana hot sauce for my dipping pleasure.
Overall, I give these TVP approval. We vegans do a LOT of cooking and sometimes it’s just nice to have a quick and easy treat
If you’ve tried these, tell us what you think…we love to hear from you!
The Vegan Project
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