MWTHA Blog: The Heroes Saving Animals And the Planet – Could You Be One Too?

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January’s Heroes

This month, 350,000 people are expected to go vegan. These are the heroes that are saving both animals and the planet. In most cases, they are also saving their health.

Environmental researcher, Joseph Poore, calculated that the people expected to go plant based this month will prevent 41,200 tonnes of C02 entering the atmosphere. That is equivalent to 450,000 flights from London to Berlin.

As for animals, a million will be saved from being put through the horror of slaughter, and many will be saved the suffering of being factory farmed. Studies have found that farm animals experience similar emotions to dogs, and in many cases, similar to three year old children. It therefore cannot be seen as OK to put them through suchj unimaginable horrors that we would never put children or dogs through.

Could you be one of the heroes saving animals and the planet for your children, and their children? There is no shortage of help and support online, which you will see by reading on. If you are concerned about missing out on certain vitamins and nutrients, experts explode those myths. And don’t think you have to be able to cook, because there are an enormous number of vegan convenience foods now available from supermarkets and other food outlets.

You can even calculate how much you will be helping animals and the environment with this vegan calculator.

Veganuary

Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2019 campaign, more than a quarter of a million people took the pledge to try a vegan diet, while more than 500 brands, restaurants and supermarkets promoted the campaign, and launched more than 200 new vegan products and menus in the UK market alone. 2020 is set to have an even bigger response.

Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people. And with lots of delicious food to try, there really is no down side to it.

You can find helpful tips, easy meal plans and delicious recipes, plus more on the Veganuary website.

You can sign up at uk.veganuary.com/ or veganuary.com/register/

Challenge 22

With Challenge 22 you get to try going vegan for 22 days with a group of people just like you.

You will enter a friendly and supportive environment, have your own personal mentor, plus an experienced team that is is available around the clock.

Wondering what to eat before a workout? How to get enough iron or protein? Or how a vegan diet can work with your own health needs? Certified clinical dietitians respond to health topics in the special Challenge 22 Facebook group you join.

Every day, you’ll get recipes, tips, videos and lots of motivation!

If you have questions about it, have a look at the Challenge 22 FAQ

PCRM 21 Day Vegan Kick Start

With the Physicians Committee’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, receive meal plans, recipes, and advice from nutrition experts.

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is supported by decades of research showing that a plant-based diet can help you reach a healthy weight and lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. You will get low-fat plant-based recipes that have been developed by chefs, dietitians, and experts in vegan cuisine.

It is called “Kickstart” because within 21 days you will start to feel the difference, and that will make you want to stick with it. In 21 days you can break old habits and start healthy new ones. 21 Day Vegan Kickstart provides you with all the tools you need to do that.

Going vegan is not only great for your health, but you are saving the planet for future generations, and saving many innocent animals from unimaginable suffering.

The free, evidence-based 21-Day Kickstart has everything you need to get started on a plant-based diet: meal plans, recipes, grocery lists, daily videos, nutrition tips, cooking demonstrations, and more.

More than half a million participants have already completed the program, so there are thousands of other Kickstarters that will support you.

The website is available in both English and Spanish. The mobile app “21-Day Vegan Kickstart” is free and available to download on both iTunes and Google Play.

Other Useful Information And Support

The websites above are just a few of the places you can find support to begin your vegan journey. There are many more sources of support and help, plus eye opening information, here.

Among many other resources, you will discover a website which tells you which alcoholic drinks are vegan, and if you want to avoid cooking at all costs, you can discover the large number of vegan convenience food products in the supermarkets.

MWTHA Blog: Top Choices Of Cruelty Free Chocolate For Christmas

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Having been vegan since 2017, I have spent a lot of that time tasting vegan food products. Having a very sweet tooth, a fair portion has been sweet things like chocolate. I wanted to make sure that, this Christmas, I will have chocolate to guzzle that tastes just as good as the chocolate the non-vegans around me are guzzling.

Image: Just a few of the delicious vegan chocolate bars available to chomp on this Christmas.

Choosing products without animal products in can only be a good thing, as it is far better for the environment, and does not support the exploitation of enslaved animals.

If you are unaware of the emotional and physical abuse dairy cows live through, or want to learn more about it, watch this short video.

The Life Of Dairy Cows, In Short

If you imagine this happening to you, you can empathise with how cruel it is: Dairy cows are impregnated over and over again so they produce milk. They have their babies taken away over and over again, so we can steal their calf’s milk. They pine and cry for their babies for many days, over and over again. The baby cries and pines for their mother. If their calf is male, they are killed in any manner of cruel ways, or kept in a crate until slaughtered. If female, the calf is given the same life of misery their mothers had. If you want to be informed, look into dairy industry cruelty further online.

***OUR TOP CRUELTY FREE CHOCOLATE CHOICES***

I’ve tried many vegan chocolate bars in my mission to find ones that are just as sweet, creamy, and melt-in-the-mouth as their non-vegan counterparts. Many times my hopes have been high, only to be dashed. But I have found my favourites. I also have the input of my other half, Steve, and my friend, Helen.

Rapunzel Nirwana Praline

Pros: This praline chocolate bar is not only sweet enough, but it melts in the mouth perfectly. The chocolate tastes really nice.

Cons: The big draw back is that in most areas, this is hard to come by, unless ordered online. It come from Germany. The first time I tried it I had found it in the 8th Day Co-op in Manchester. I sometimes get a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, Steve says he does not experience this.

Galaxy Caramelised Hazelnut

Pros: This bar is sweet enough and the chocolate tastes nice. These are available at Tesco.

Cons: at room temperature, I find it doesn’t melt in the mouth as easily as I’d like it to, but if I warm it with my body heat to soften it a little before eating it, that resolves it. Plus, Steve doesn’t notice this con at all, so it’s not a con for him.

Galaxy Smooth Orange

Pros: This is a lovely orange flavoured sweet and creamy chocolate. These are available at Tesco.

Cons: The same as above.

Galaxy Caramel and Sea Salt

Pros: This is sweet enough, and salty too. It is the favourite out of the three vegan Galaxy bars of Steve and my friend Helen.

Cons: Same as above.

Vivani Or iChoc White Nougat Crisp

Pros: These are lovely and sweet. Although not as easily found as the Galaxy vegan bars, these bars seem to be more commonly found than the Rapunzel Nirwana Praline bars. You can buy them online and in some health food/vegan shops.

Cons: Same as above, and it’s a shame they are not more readily available in more shops.

Bohme Orange Creme

Pros: Although this has a shell of dark chocolate, the sweet orange filling compensates and makes it sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely too.

Cons: I was really pleased to be able to get these bars fairly cheaply from Home Bargains, but then they just suddenly stopped being stocked, so now I don’t know where to find them. I only hope HB bring them back.

Moser Roth Orange Creams

Pros: These orange cream chocolates have a dark chocolate shell, but the orange cream inside is so sweet that it compensates and makes them sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely.

Cons: It turns out these are one of the “Special” items that Aldi only gets in stock for a short while. They are all gone out of my Aldi. I can only hope they bring them back.

Go Max Go Thumbs Up Bar

Pros: A final favourite of mine is this bar, available from the AnimalAid online shop. It is both sweet enough, and just the right amount of salty with it. I didn’t notice it having that feeling waxy or claggy in my mouth.

Cons: These bars are expensive for the size they are. They can only be bought online or in some health food/vegan shops. The chocolate on its own is not very nice, as I could tell from trying many of the other bars in the Go Max Go range. Thankfully, there is not much of it on the bar and you don’t notice it.

Nomo Caramel And Sea Salt

Pros: This is another Favourite of Steve’s, but not mine, is Nomo caramel and sea salt, found in some Tesco stores.

Cons: This does not melt in my mouth easily enough and feels waxy, claggy and clumpy. Steve does not really notice it and doesn’t think it’s a con like I do.

If you would like to see how you could have a Christmas without hurting animals, you can find an ethical shopping guide for animal lovers, here, and ways to avoid hurting animals with your Christmas, here. This will all also help the planet too.