Veganism and Scallops, Clams, Oysters, Mussels?

thenewfoundvegan:

We know cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, sheep, goats, fish, whales etc…. Are all sentient beings capable of emotion, love, compassion, fear, empathy. They all have central nervous systems, they feel pain when cut.

Oysters, Scallops, Clams, Mussels… These creatures do NOT have central nervous systems… Do they feel pain? They are living creatures for sure, but do they have a sense of self anymore then a plant does? Is it not ethical to eat them as a Vegan?

Not that I have eaten them since going Vegan. I’m more just curious where people stand on this issue.

I personally don’t eat them. For several reasons, but the main one being it just doesn’t feel right. Aside from the mercury concerns associated with any seafood, there are negative environmental impacts associated with things like scallop dredging. I can’t see anything that is glaringly ethically wrong with eating bivalves derived from aquaculture, however. If someone, for whatever reason (though I can’t imagine what that reason would be), needed to incorporate an animal food into their diets I would prefer it be farmed bivalves. Ideally though I’d rather we just let the oceans be. 

4/22

We were doing blood samples in one of my labs, and it turns out I have some pretty ballin hemoglobin levels. Good to know that I’m not even remotely anemic.

First coconut I’ve ever opened on my own! #coconut #whatveganseat #healthy food #what I eat

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First coconut I’ve ever opened on my own! #coconut #whatveganseat #healthy food #what I eat

Small Asian supermarket haul. 20 sweet ripe mangos for $7! Papaya, young coconuts, malted soy milk, mung beans, soba noodles, dessert tofu, vinegar and stir fry sauces. I’m gonna be rolling in the tropical fruit the next few days.

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Small Asian supermarket haul. 20 sweet ripe mangos for $7! Papaya, young coconuts, malted soy milk, mung beans, soba noodles, dessert tofu, vinegar and stir fry sauces. I’m gonna be rolling in the tropical fruit the next few days.

Happy Easter everybody!

Last night I deactivated my Facebook. It was making me unhappy and wasting my time, and I know enough people in my classes now that I don’t need to rely on class fb pages for things, so goodbye! It’s a very refreshing feeling.

Today I took the freshman vegan girls that I met carpooling to an animal rights conference a few weeks ago to bottomless vegan brunch. It was really nice and the food was good. After we were done eating we went to a nearby Asian supermarket since they had never been. Got some fruit and other good stuff, and we all split a case of young coconuts.

I’m working on a life reboot right now, since spring feels like such an appropriate time for growth. I’m sure you guys will be hearing more in the near future.

Hope your Easter is going swell!

Sweet juicy pineapple and my little marmalade kitty.

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Sweet juicy pineapple and my little marmalade kitty.

Anonymous:
How long did it take you to lose the weight?

It took me about four months to get from 155 to under 135. I also put on a lot of muscle during that process because I was combining weight training with cardio. I hovered between 135 and 130 for a long time while I wasn’t actively trying to lose weight. Getting from around 130 to around 125 took maybe a month and a half, maybe two of concentrated effort. The lower you go the harder it is to lose weight haha :]

4/18

Went to Costco today. They had the magic bullet on sale for pretty cheap. Decided to try it out since my roommates this year have really put my blender through the wringer. Took it home. Made 1&1/2 smoothies and it completely destroyed it’s own blade turning mechanism. Exchanged it because Costco is awesome and the woman working returns said she had never seen that before. Made chickpea salad for a sandwich, and then made the exact same smoothie to test run it. This blender is pretty damn sweet. 

Just tried daiya cream cheese

Bombdotcom.

Anonymous:
would you please give an example of what you might eat in a day? and i love your blog!! everything that you make looks so tasty!

Aw thanks babe :] 

What I eat varies a lot from day to day (especially recently) but I’ll give you an example of what an ideal day would be for me.

Breakfast:

Either a smoothie made of banana, frozen fruit, protein powder, & almond milk OR rolled oats with berries, peanut butter, and a splash of almond milk

Lunch:

Lunch is super unpredictable and is chosen depending on how hungry I am and how much time I have, but it can be a big salad with beans/tempeh, tomatoes, and avocado, OR something super fast to make/eat like microwaveable frozen veggie pot stickers, OR a grain salad (like my quinoa salad) that I made ahead of time, OR maybe even a peanut butter sandwich and some fruit if I’m stuck on campus

Dinner: 

Dinner also varies a lot but is generally some kind of veggie/tofu stir fry, soup, or chili.

Snacks:

If I want a snack I usually grab a piece of fruit or some carrots and hummus. I prefer big meals over snacking though.

Picked some strawberries up from a roadside farm/stand.

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Picked some strawberries up from a roadside farm/stand.

Anonymous:
what's the difference between a clinical nutritionist and a certified dietician? Also, have you run into any problems about being vegan and studying nutrition in a country that is very big into meat and dairy? thanks!

Well, for starters,as far as I’m aware a clinical nutritionist isn’t a thing. Clinical Nutrition is a field of study that prepares you to be a Registered Dietitian (RD), which is what I believe you mean by certified dietitian. If you’re wondering what the difference is between people who call themselves “nutritionists” and Registered Dietitians, it’s certification and education requirements. Different states have varying rules and regulations on who can identify themselves as a nutritionist, and in some instances that person may not have any formal training whatsoever, as it’s not a strictly regulated term. A Registered Dietitian, however, must receive at least a bachelor’s degree in an accredited nutrition program (this is what I’m doing right now), follow that up with an accredited internship (6-12 months), and then pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. 

And so far it actually hasn’t been as frustrating as I thought it might be. I haven’t come across a professor yet who has promoted the idea that vegan diets are in any way unhealthy or inadequate if done reasonably. The only thing that really gets to me is the whole “milk for calcium” and “dairy is so important” dogma that’s pervasive in our entire society but is particularly annoying when you’re hearing it in lectures all the time.

Thanks for the question love :] Hope that wasn’t too long/boring

veganvibez:

julroses:

what are these called? they are lovely~

i’m almost certain this lovely plant is lavender. it smells so divine!

Not lavender. Those are definitely lilacs. Both purple flowers but very different plant structures/fragrances.

(via herbal-outfitters)

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veganvibez:

julroses:

what are these called? they are lovely~

i’m almost certain this lovely plant is lavender. it smells so divine!

Not lavender. Those are definitely lilacs. Both purple flowers but very different plant structures/fragrances.

(via herbal-outfitters)

And more meal prep.

Just a little meal prep.