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The Save Movement

Animal rights activists from around the world are conducting more Slaughterhouse vigils than ever before, this is sending a clear message to animal agriculture that people standing up for animal rights are not going away. The turnouts to these events are growing, they are becoming more organized and broadcasted to a wider audience on social media.

The vigils are conducted as a peaceful protest where activists extend their compassion, reach out to the animals with offerings of water and simply bear witness and capture their final moments to share their story with the world. Even in the face of such horrendous conditions where the animals are seen crammed into trucks and sent to their death the message the activists are sending is one of peace, Love, compassion and awareness.

With these stories being shared via social media on such a large scale, people who were simply unaware and oblivious to what is happening are seeing the truth and with the vegan movement growing at such a fast rate the day will soon arrive where the activists will outnumber authorities and the majority vote will finally put an end to this horrific trade.

If you would like to be involved in a vigil in your area please connect with THE SAVE MOVEMENT

Videos below take from Vigils during 2017 

That Vegan Couple –
vigil in Melbourne, Australia


Earthling Ed – 
vigil in Essex, England

Chiang Mai Vegan Explosion!

Chiang Mai has been rated one of the top Vegan friendly cities in the world, with its abundance of tropical fruits and a saturation of Vegan restaurants its the reason why I have called this place home for the past three years. Its believed there is over 100 vegan friendly places to eat, so where to start??

To ensure you dont miss out on the very best Chiang Mai has to offer, have a read over this article and drool over the pics. 


 

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant
Im going to start with one of my neighborhood favorites.
Serving up authentic Thai cuisine done to perfection and bursting with flavor. Anchan always delivers the goods! 
The restaurant is nice inside with friendly staff and the generous portions will ensure you are fully loaded by the time you leave. 
Favorite Dishes: Massaman Curry / Pad Thai 
Google Maps Location


 

Goodsouls 
Located inside the Old City Goodsouls is to be experienced to be believed! Undeniably the best burgers found in Chiang Mai, the flavors the sauces and the entire menu is all 100% vegan, made with Love and guaranteed to blow your mind! With an extensive menu covering everything from Pasta’s to Thai food to Burgers to delicious desserts this gem ticks all the boxes. Great customer service with a perfectly priced menu in a modern and cosy, stylish restaurant. Right now this is my top pick, you will see me here every second day! 
Favorite dish: Quinoa Eggplant Burger
Google Maps Location


 

Pun Pun Vegetarian Restaurant 
Located at the back of What Suan Doi Temple with some indoor and outdoor dining. Pun Pun has a very large menu with many creative Thai dishes and healthy drinks. With lower prices and smaller portions, I find the best way to enjoy the food here is to order a variety of things, fill up and table and indulge. Pun Pun’s Som Tum is the best in town! Its truly amazing! Ensure you visit Pun Pun during your time in Chiang Mai.
Favorite Dishes: Som Tum Laos
Google Maps Location


 

Vegan Heaven 
With a massive menu of both Western and Thai dishes. Vegan Heaven has it all! Feeling like a burger and chips, hot dog, falafel or bacon sandwich? Its all at Vegan Heaven all 100% plant based and delicious! Drop in for breakfast and order the breakfast set of scrambled tofu, hash browns, sausage and beans. Prices are excellent, portion sizes are generous, loosen your belt load up and indulge. Enjoy Vegan Heaven and support this 100% Vegan Enterprise in Chiang Mai! 
2 Locations in Chiang Mai with exact same menu
Favorite Dishes: Hot Dog with cheese / Vegan Brownie
Google Maps Location 1
Google Maps Location 2


 

May Kai Dee 
This little back alley restaurant serves up the most delicious and unique asian dishes. The food always taste fresh and bursting with flavour and like most Chiang Mai restaurants the prices are excellent. The banana flower salad is really something very special and complements all the other dishes. There are some tasty mock meat options that I highly recommend. Its all excellent! A must visit during your stay in Chiang Mai!
Favorite Dishes: Cashew Nut Sushi / Banana flower salad
Google Maps Location


 

ImmAim Vegetarian & Bike Cafe
Owned and operated by local legend Mr O and his family, ImmAim is a trendy little spot in the heart of Santitham. If your after super clean and fresh healthy ingredients, this is your place! The salads are the best in town, the curries hit the spot the smoothies are to die for. Portion sizes are generous and the price is cheap. The interior design on this 2 storey abode is very stylish and makes for a great dining experience. A new addition to ImmAim is the vegan bakery goods including sourdough bread, croissants and other sweet pastries.
Favorite dish: Sweet potato salad with Pumpkin dressing
Google Maps Location


 

Ice Love You
A Vegan ice cream parlor with a Superhero theme! This place is just unbelievably cool, swankfully decorated with some cosy sofas to chill out on. You have tons of home made vegan ice cream flavors to choose from, take a selfie with a superhero mask on and chow down on some mango sticky rice. 
Favorite Dishes: Durian Ice cream / Roti Love you 
Google Maps Location


 

Pure Vegan Heaven
One the newest additions to Chiang Mai’s Vegan circuit and a much needed vegan choice for the Nimman area is Pure Vegan Heaven. They have amazing Mexican food with real authentic Mexican taste! Super fresh ingredients here. Loads of superfood smoothies, Thai dishes and even falafel. A great menu with many creative healthy items to choose from! Drop in for breakfast and get energized with a smoothie bowl. 
Favorite Dishes: Mexican bowl / Soft shell tacos 
Google Maps Location

Penang Malaysia – Hidden Treasures

In 2015 I made my first journey to the highly diverse Island of Penang, since then I have returned every year and like any good blogging explorer I have documented my discoveries to share with the world.
Penang is a bustling little Island full of wonder, its rich in ethnicity, culture, language and religion. From its megolithic buildings that reach high to the sky, to its thick tropical jungle there is much to explore so dont be afraid to reach outside the city walls into its less populated areas,  you are sure to find a hidden treasure! 

Penang is quite different from Thai cities like Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya. It has a more westernized infrastructure. What you can expect to see is grungy streets with abstract street art, Muslim, Hindu & Buddhist temples and very large shopping malls. Many of the malls have interesting exhibitions happening like dinosaur museum, durian museum, a seen a strange haunted house (wtf?) and theres also the massive Komtar Tower. 

For anyone traveling to Penang I highly recommend exploring outside the city, bus transport is cheap and can take you anywhere around the Island. If you want to discover something with spiritual value make you journey to Kek Lok Si Temple. To get to the temple you will need to catch the bus to a drop off point then walk up a winding mountain road which in itself is a beautiful experience. Your now out of the city and amongst lush rainforest and enjoying some fresh air. Standing tall is the stunning Kwan Yin Statue at the peak of the temple grounds, an epic monument! Enjoy its beauty and the other wonders that surround it, the rest is for you to discover!

Another Temple I discovered on one of my many visits to Penang is the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, This is the tallest Hindu temple in Malaysia. Make sure you have allot of energy because you will need to climb many flights of stairs to reach the top where the temple resides and offers a breathtaking view of Penang City below. Incense fragrance fills the air as many Hindu people participe in religious traditions, reciting mantras and meditating. Be prepared for the cheeky monkeys that duck and weave around the temple walls looking for offerings of food or a chance to snatch something from your bag! 

Ok, enough of the temples. Its time to check out Penangs natural wonders. The Botanical Gardens are bursting with flora and fauna, lush running waterfalls and places to sit and relax and take it all in. Keep an eye out for more cheeky monkeys though, as there are literally hundreds up to all kind of monkey business throughout the gardens. The beautiful black “Dusky Leaf Monkey’s” singing and playing together is a real sight to see! As an Australian, I am not used to being around monkeys and when about 30 “Long-tailed Macaques” surrounded me I must say my heart was racing and I needed some space, It may be best to travel with a friend. Take your camera and you will be sure to capture some magic in Penangs Botanical Gardens.

Ok, one of my favorite moments while visiting Penang was my trip to Batu Ferringhi Beach, I visited around mid October and to my surprise I had about 1km stretch of beach all to myself! The sun was shining about perfect 33 degrees, the beautiful ocean air smelt divine it cleansed my lungs and the water was luke warm yet refreshing. A splash in the water and a bit of sun baking was a blissful escape from Penang City’s bustling streets. If you are a beach lover I highly recommend setting aside a trip to Batu Ferringhi, its easily accessed by public bus, around 2.70 ringitts and 25 minutes drive from the city bus depot.

This article wouldn’t be complete without a review of Penangs food, if you are lucky enough to travel during June – August you will be in durian heaven. My first trip to Penang was during this time and there were many durian stalls set up around town, the durian was reasonably priced and some of the best I have eaten!

Over the 3 years traveling to Penang I have seen a explosion of Vegan options available. Some of the highlights for me included “Wholey Wonder” a little cafe that makes super healthy hearty vegan pizza’s, smoothies, pastas and all kinds of super food infused goodness! Also check out “Pinxin” a really nice restaurant with high quality asian inspired dished including Tom Yum noodles, currys and more! A trip to Little India town and you will discover many meat-free Indian Restaurants, let Happy Cow on your smartphone locate the rest.

Looking for quality budget accommodation in Penang? 
For 3 years running I have stayed at the lovely 24 Merican Road guest house in Georgetown, there is a reason I keep coming back to this place. The hosts Peter and Mei are a lovely couple that provide a warm friendly environment for you to chill and relax. For anyone doing a Thai Visa Run this place is within walking distance from both the centre of town and the Royal Thai Consulate. Read more about 24 Merican Road here > https://esquiresound.com/index.php/2017/11/04/24-merican-rd-home-away-home-guesthouse/

That concludes my Penang Adventures for now! 
But I will be back again soon and so this blog will be updated with my new discoveries over time.

World Plant Milk Day

August 22nd is World Plant Milk Day, a day we all celebrate the unstoppable trend of dairy free milk.

Cows Rejoice!
The global market for plant-based milk is forecast top a massive $16.3 billion dollars in 2018 – up dramatically from $7.4 billion in 2010. This is resulting in thousands of dairy farms closing, with recent reports showing more than a 1,000 closing in the UK since June 2013.

Dairy-free for Good Health!
There is a long-standing misconception that we need dairy milk for good health, especially calcium for strong bones. However, research over the past 20 years suggests the opposite: osteoporotic bone fracture rates are actually highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein. There is now extensive evidence that consuming milk or dairy products may contribute to the risk of several chronic health conditions like prostate and ovarian cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some childhood ailments. Learn more HERE

Plant milk is better for the environment, better for animal welfare and better for your health. There are so many different varieties to try these days, gone are the days when there was only soya milk available. My own favourite is Oat milk – if you haven’t tried them yet then give one a go. 

Osho – Cows Milk & Dairy

It is rare to find a spiritual teacher wise and bold enough to challenge our fond assumptions about the goodness of milk. Osho rises to the occasion and shares from the heart…

I have hated milk from my very childhood, but because everybody loved my body, and my family insisted that without milk you cannot remain the way you are, I had been drinking milk against my will. That is the only thing in my life that I have done against my will. And the only way I could manage it was to stop breathing and take the whole glass in a single gulp so that I didn’t smell it, because I can’t stand it. I have tried all kinds of milks, but I can’t stand the smell.

My feeling has been always — and I told my family” — Jainas should stop using all milk products because milk is just like meat. It is not vegetarian, it is animal food; and it has a double violence in it. From where does the milk come? It is the mother’s mechanism, biological mechanism, that transforms her blood into milk. You are really drinking white blood.”

My grandmother used to close her ears, “Don’t say such words because then I will not be able to drink it. I will remember ‘white blood.’ Never do such things to an old woman like me.”

I had a strong feeling from the very beginning that this was just blood. That’s why it increases your blood so quickly, and that’s why the child needs only milk; that’s enough, that is all his food. The mother’s milk provides the child all necessary food; nothing else is needed — and those are the days of its growth. So milk is a whole food.

On the one hand I had a strong hatred for milk because it is non-vegetarian; secondly, you are depriving the child of the cow or the buffalo. That milk is not for you. The cow has her own kids, and the milk has come to her breasts for those kids, not for you.

You will be surprised that in a country like India which pretends to be non-violent, they kill the cow’s kids because the cow will give milk first to the kids; otherwise she will try and kick you and your bucket and…. Naturally the mother wants her child to be taken care of first. Who are you? Sitting on a small stool with a bucket and trying to milk the cow — who are you? And the milk is not meant for you.

The cow has no way to know that you have purchased her. She does not understand money and purchasing or anything, but she understands one thing, that her own child is standing there deprived. So what do the Indians do? — they kill the child, stuff it, and keep the dead stuffed child close to the cow’s breasts so she goes on believing that the kid is there. The kid is dead, it is stuffed — all his bones and everything have been taken out — just to deceive the cow.

And these people believe that they are religious people, non-violent, believing in truth. They are even deceiving a poor cow. And the cow they call “mother cow”; in India the cow is worshipped like a mother. But what strange people: you worship your mother and you kill your brother? And particularly if the child is a male child, then certainly he has to be killed. If it is a female child then she is going to become a cow, so somehow she has to be preserved, but a male child can be killed. But if the cow is your mother, then the bull is bound to be your father, and you are committing patricide! — killing bulls. And the purpose of this is just to deceive their “mother,” whom they worship, for whom they create great political movements. They create riots if somebody kills a cow and continually they are asking the government to stop cow slaughter absolutely.

And what they go on doing is so ugly you cannot believe it. When I saw it for the first time in Calcutta, it was the worst thing I had ever seen. Hindus who call the cow the mother, and who are ready to be killed or to kill anybody to save the mother, do something which everybody in the world has to understand to appreciate how people can be hypocrites. They push a bamboo stick into the cow’s vagina when they are milking her. Pushing this bamboo stick in her vagina forces her to give more milk, almost double the quantity. These people call the cow mother and are fighting for her so that cow slaughter should be stopped — and this is what they are doing to their mother: pushing a bamboo in her vagina just to get the double quantity of milk.

 

When first I saw it with my own eyes, it became even difficult for me to drink milk with open eyes. But Devaraj my chef has been of great help. He has dropped all milk products — milk, butter, ghee, everything — from my food, and I feel really clean. Of course, I have lost weight, but what purpose is weight? I don’t look cut out of marble but there is no need to look cut out of marble — there are enough marble statues.

For the first time in my life I am feeling at ease with food. In India it was impossible because everybody was harassing me: “If you drop milk then there is nothing in the food. If you drop curd then there is nothing in the food. If you don’t take butter then you will lose weight.” But that weight was causing me all kinds of difficulties. Right now all of my difficulties have disappeared.

My breathing is no longer a trouble, and as my weight has been coming down my back has been getting better. Strangely, since the weight has come below one hundred and thirty pounds, my back is absolutely right. There is no strain at all; otherwise once in a while I used to feel the strain in a certain position. Now in no position am I feeling the strain.

Source – Osho Book “From Personality to Individuality”

NOTE: One of the most popular misconceptions of modern times is that cow’s milk and all its derivatives like curd, cheese, ghee etc are good for us. To learn more about the effects of cow’s milk on the human body follow here: Dairy Protein and Cancer

Cacao Mouse Raw Vegan

Super Delicious, Super easy to make Healthy and will give you loads of energy!

Ingredients
2 Avocado
Cacao Powder or Nibs
Almond Milk 3/4 of a cup
Agave Syrup or Rice/Maple Syrup

Combine in Blender
Scoop out Avocado
Pour in Almond Milk
add 1 table spoon of Agave syrup
3 table spoons of Cacao Powder
Blend up until smooth and creamy
garnish with chia seeds, strawberries and mint leaves
enjoy!

**I find it tastes even better after sitting in the fridge overnight. 😉

 

From Overweight Couch Potato to Super Fit Iron Man

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Watch this epic weight loss transformation documented by YouTube blogger now turned Iron Man Health Coach. Craig “Cycling Slim” has documented his entire weight loss success story on YouTube proving the results of what works and what doesn’t. He is a shining example to people out there that don’t know where to start. Ditching dairy, meat and eggs played a major factor in Craigs ability to gain the energy required to start cycling. He focuses allot on hi-carb intake eating allot of fruit during the day and enjoys delicious meals of rice, beans and potatoes in the evening. He now has his sights set on competing in Iron Man competitions and is coaching others to take their life to the next level. Check out “Cycling Slims” YouTube channel and get inspired! Cycling Slim on YouTube

He can be contacted via his website for coaching sessions http://www.cyclingslim.com

Beetroot Pumpkin Chickpea Salad

Hello Salad Lovers,

You might remember a scene from the Simpsons episode when Lisa turned Vegetarian and everyone started singing and dancing “You don’t win friends with salad!”
Well this salad certainly will win friends. I took it to a work lunch and it was a hit. The next few days I had everyone asking me for the recipe.
Here is it.

Ingredients
1/2 Butternut Pumkin
1 Small Sweet Potato
1 Beetroot
1/2 Red Onion
1 can Chickpeas
2 small handfuls Baby Spinach
1 small bunch Parsley
Ground Cumin
Sea Salt & Cracked black Peper
Virgin Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Walnuts

Method
– Dice pumpkin, sweet potato & beetroot into small cubes. Combine into a bowl with oil, cumin, salt & pepper.
Mix it together so veggies are covered.
– Lay out veggies on cooking tray and cook for 20 mins at 220 degrees.
– Allow veggies to cool.
– Dice up red onion and parsley
– Combine chickpeas, spinach, red onion, parsley and veggies into a bowl. Mix it together, add a little more salt, pepper and cumin.
– Squeeze over lemon juice, add walnuts and stir through.
– Ready to eat 🙂

Osho – Food is Love

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Osho answered,”Do you know that food is directly related to love. The love, which a baby has for his mother, is based on the fact that he gets milk from her. Love is as essential for life, as food is. 

If food is cooked or eaten mechanically then one cannot enjoy it or get the feeling of satisfaction. While cooking the lady of the house expresses her love and concern for the family. The members of her family also enjoy the food cooked by her because it becomes delicious when it is cooked with so much motherly concern.”

“In western countries now ladies have no time for cooking. So they are using tinned food, which is prepared mechanically, without any feeling of love and affection. That is why families over there are disintegrating and they are not close to each other.”

The Inward Journey In Osho Guidance

Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Raw vegan deserts using nuts and seeds are awesome because they are packed full of anti-oxidants, which means they are good for our skin, they are a great protein source and are high in omega 3’s. Which means you can have your cake and eat it too! 😉

Ingredients
3/4 cup or raw walnuts
3/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of dates
2 cups of raw cashews (soaked for 4+ hours min)
1/4 cup of agave syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 vanilla bean
8 – 10 strawberries

Method

Crust 
3/4 cup or raw walnuts
3/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of dates (add more if needed)
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until dough-ee.
line the bottom of a spring cake pan and place in freezer to harden while mixing filling.

Filling
3 cups of raw cashews (soaked for 4+ hours)
1/2 cup of agave syrup
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1/2 cup of coconut oil
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
layer filling over crust about 2cm thick
place back in freezer while making sauce

Strawberry Sauce
8 – 10 strawberries
4 dates
mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until a saucy consistency.
spread over top of filling and put back into freezer before serving
Enjoy!