Centuries of use around the world shows the efficacy of its medicinal value and health-giving benefits. Indigenous to India it also grows in South America, Asia and Africa. Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree and highly nutritional. All parts of the tree are used: young seed pods and leaves as vegetables and traditional herbal medicine. Moringa trees are used for water purification.
I made my acquaintance with Moringa many years ago while working at Neal’s Yard Health Shop. A nursing sister would come in every week and buy 3 or 4 bottles at a time. Intrigued I was curious as to why she was buying so much and asked her what she was doing with the Moringa. As a nurse she was giving it to her patients to help them recover from illness and was getting very good results. Another regular customer also came in every month for his Moringa. For him it was a great energy booster for all his sporting activities. Always willing to try out new herbs and super foods I started supplementing with Moringa and was immediately amazed at my higher energy levels and physical endurance with high intensity exercise. Ever since then I have been a great advocate for Moringa, singing its praises to everyone about its incredible benefits and value for so many different ailments.
As an anti-microbial, it has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties and contains a variety of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Moringa is valuable for health and beauty and there are few known side effects, however if you are on medication, please consult your doctor before taking moringa extract.
– Moringa has the highest O.R.A.C. (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value score ever recorded. It has an incredible amount of antioxidants, some of which are not found in any other food except Moringa. Zeatin is a plant hormone that shows promise as an early treatment for Alzheimer’s. Moringinine is a more powerful bio-available isothiocyanate than sulforane, which is found in broccoli. Studies show that Moringinine has neuro protective properties for conditions such as strokes, Parkinsons, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimers. Reducing brain inflammation and helping with feelings of depression and anxiety. Moringa has a positive impact on your energy levels and mood.
– Anti-inflammatory – The isothiocyanates in Moringa are anti-inflammatory compounds that may assist with inflammation and oedema, a painful condition where fluid builds up in body tissues.
– Anti-biotic – Moringa has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help with infections such as E.coli, H.pylori and Salmonella.
– Cancer – The active compound in Moringa, Niazimcin extract may help assist with stopping the development of cancer cells.
– Liver care – Protection against damage done to the liver by chemicals and toxins.
– Stomach and colon – The anti-microbial activity of Moringa may help with bacterial infections in the colon. Assisting with ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, diverticulitis, constipation and gastritis, treats gastric ulcers and diarrhoea. Digestion is improved with the B-Vitamins in Moringa
– Bones and skeletal health – The minerals in Moringa help build and maintain healthy bones and assist in the repair of broken bones. The anti-inflammatory effect is helpful for arthritis and rheumatism.
– Good mood – The nutritional profile of Moringa is valuable in helping with low energy levels and chronic fatigue. The nervous system benefits, anxiety, panic attacks and depression are gently supported by the proteins, vitamins and minerals.
– Heart and cardiovascular system – The high nutrition and energy that Moringa provides supports heart health, circulation and integrity of the venous system and strengthens the heart beat. High levels of antioxidants play a protective role against damage caused to the heart by chemicals and oxidative stress,
– Arterial plaque – helps to lower cholesterol and quercetin helps lower blood pressure.
– High Blood pressure – The active compounds isothiocyanate and niaziminincan help stop arteries from thickening
– Anaemia – Moringa can help the body absorb iron better, acts as a blood builder by increasing red blood cells. Helps treat and prevent anaemia and sickle cell disease.
– Respiratory tract and asthma – Assists with improving lung function, breathing. Relaxes bronchiole constriction and reduces severity of asthma
– Kidneys – Regular consumption of Moringa lessens the development of stones in the kidney and bladder. Anti-oxidants help detoxify the kidneys. People may be less likely to develop stones in the kidneys, bladder or uterus if they ingest moringa extract. Moringa contains high levels of antioxidants that might aid in reducing toxicity levels in the kidneys.
– Diabetes – Moringa is invaluable in balancing blood sugar, helps to bring down high glucose levels in the blood and the urine. Chlorogenic acid found in Moringa helps moderate blood sugar after eating a meal.
– Healing wounds – Moringa extract helps to minimise scar tissue and the healing of wounds.
– Eye health – The high antioxidant levels in Moringa improve eyesight. Retinal function is improved, and the dilation of retinal capillaries and thickening membranes of capillaries may be assisted. High Beta carotene (Vitamin A), Lutein and Zeaxanthin content in Moringa helps improve and strengthen eyesight. Moringa flavonoids are helpful for glaucoma and cataracts and protecting against them.
– Skin and hair care – Moringa seed oil protects hair against damage from pollution, keeping it healthy, clean and strong. The protein in Moringa hydrates and protects the skin from damage. Helps for skin infections, cuts and sores.
– Weight management – Studies show Moringa is helpful in weight reduction and control. The high B-Vitamins help with digestion of food and preventing the storage of fat.
– Sleep – Moringa aids better sleep with high levels of Tryptophan, calcium and magnesium. Tryptophan is able to convert into serotonin, which then can convert to melatonin, which assists relaxation and sleep. Highly absorbable plant based magnesium relaxes body and mind and reduces stress levels. Also relaxes muscles and cramps.
Moringa is a power packed natural food based multivitamin containing Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Folate, Biotin, Vit C, D, E, K. Minerals: Iron, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Sulphur, Zinc. Essential Carotenoids, Beta carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin,46 antioxidants, antibiotics. Essential Amino acidsThreonine, Valine, Methionine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Lysine, Tryptophan, Valine and Arginine. Non-essential amino acids: Alanine, Cystine, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine.
The wide spectrum of phytochemicals gives Moringa many therapeutic activities, that are antibiotic, antifungal, antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, protects the brain, heart and liver and the body on a cellular level. Moringa promotes good health and can be used in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
According to Vaidya Mishra, an Ayurvedic expert from the Shankha Vamsa lineage, Moringa is both a detoxifier as well as a tonic. Whenever we detox we also use a tonic, Moringa does both. It purifies and nourishes the blood and muscle tissues, the bone marrow and the fat tissues of any toxins at the same time nourishing it.
|Taste (rasa)||Pungent/katu, tikta/bitter|
|Post||Digestive metabolic state (vipak): pungent/katu|
|Guna||Light/laghu, dry/ruksha, sharp/tikshana, fluid/sara|
|Prabhava||•Liver cleanser (yakritsodhana)
•Purifies Blood (raktasodhaka)
•Removes worms (krmi), acidic toxins from the blood (amavishagni)
•Relieves from tumor (gulma)
•Strengthens heart/ hridya, fat metabolism and weight loss/Medovishahara and regulates cholesterol.
The leaves of the Moringa tree are truly a superfood and have great nutritional value: 3 times the iron than spinach, 4 times the calcium in milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges.
Moringa has major health benefits to counteract starvation and malnutrition, especially among children, babies and nursing mothers.
Moringa trees grow well in arid and semiarid environments, giving high nutrition in the most stressed geographic regions of the world. Moringa provides food and oil for cooking and is also used for water purification.
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Since the days of war in Former Yugoslavia, I embraced uncertainty as my friend and a launching pad into a better, more expanded understanding and experience of reality. Interestingly enough, when Mohanji and I got married in 2010, he told me: “By marrying me, you have married uncertainty.” He is usually very cryptic and it takes time to understand the deeper meaning of his words. I remember smiling and giving a naughty remark: “How romantic.” But at a deeper level, it was a confirmation for me that I am on the right path.
All our comfort zones are beloved to our ego and mind full of expectations, insecurities and desires. At the soul level, there is absolutely no attachment to comfort zones. We are all equipped by our Creator to deal with anything, and by that I mean anything, that comes our way – including the current Coronavirus fear pandemic perpetuated by the media.
I would like to start this experience sharing by looking back at the start of 2020, when I conducted an unforgettable Conscious Dancing session in Belgrade, Serbia. I remember the thought I had “This year is going to be something special.” From there on, I was in a full-speed – starting from Slovenia, I travelled to Serbia to conduct a training program, then proceeded to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as Mohanji Foundation representative. This was followed by some super-intense series of yoga and meditation programs that I conducted in Qatar, various programs and trainings within Mohanji Foundation platform in Sri Lanka and India, then a month-long Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga Teacher Training Course (where I had committed to be actively involved as the Faculty till the final examinations), until the next destination where programs were planned – London.
Just before coming to India, our daughter Mila joined Mohanji and me in Sri Lanka for his birthday celebration and the travels that ensued. She was to stay with us for two weeks before resuming school in Slovenia. We even celebrated her birthday early, before she was scheduled to leave. However, just when the Yoga Teacher Training Course was ending, the sudden lock-down took place in India. In the middle of the night, as the full curfew was being enforced, I managed to reach Mohanji ashram in Bangalore, a lovely house in which Mohanji, his parents, Mila and a couple of our friends were staying. The entire situation with Coronavirus lockdown seemed like a scene from a Matrix movie. It was completely surreal.
All of this felt like somebody pressed a mighty break from above while I was on the fastest highway track, moving in full speed. “And now what?” was the natural question that arose in many minds, including mine. Air tickets were lost, programs cancelled, opportunities lost, plans changed, but at a deeper level, there was a lot to be gained. Upon Mohanji’s advice, and by the natural flow of the events that ensued, I intensified what was missing – quality time in silence within, through my own spiritual practice, as well as the quality time with our daughter Mila, who misses her parents too many times per year. Her Indian grandparents are elderly and this was a precious time for Mohan family to spend time together.
Moreover, soon after the lockdown had started, the auspicious time of Navratri came. Traditionally, this is the special time in India when different aspects and qualities of Divine Mother are being celebrated, worshipped and imbibed through a fire ceremony called Homa. Since the days of war and despair in Former Yugoslavia, when my spiritual journey effectively started, I felt an especially deep connection with the Divine Mother (in Christianity we call her Mother Mary, but later on in India, I connected at a deeper level with all aspects and qualities of Mother, including the powerful, fierce, protective one). This led me to choose the name Devi in 2015, to honour and further strengthen this sacred connection with Mother.
It is said that five is the minimum number of people needed to form solid group energy in any spiritual process. And so it happened that five of us (from Europe, USA, India and Australia), we’re blessed to get together and truly make the best out of the Coronavirus quarantine situation. We were getting up at 4.30 am to prepare and chant mantras for 3h hours every morning during those nine days of Navratri Homa. This was done in the virtual company of tens of thousands of people who were joining us through Facebook Live streaming. We were receiving feedback from people how powerful the cleansing was, crying, bliss, inner revelations, clarity at the level of the mind, deep inner experiences, all this took place.
In my case, it all culminated on the first and second day after Navratri. The morning after Navratri, on April 3rd, my usual Consciousness Kriya practice felt much deeper and I could feel the energy in my spine for quite some time afterwards. On April 4th, I followed the same routine of yoga and kriya and then felt the pull to take a nap afterwards. Mohanji told me that from 9 – 10.30 am that morning will be a “special time, highly auspicious, great for chanting Shiva mantras. Not a minute should be wasted.” I got up just on time and hurried to join my friends Rajesh and Ananth who did a prolonged Yagnya (cleansing through fire) especially for this occasion. Ananth then started chanting the Rudram – he said he has been practising Vedic chanting since childhood and really loves it. I must say it was really amazing. I could feel the effect of this Rudram, together with the Yagya that Rajesh was performing, and simply enjoyed the vibes seated next to them.
At some point I felt a super intense energy literally grabbing me from above. My eyes got rolled up and my lower jaw dropped instantly. I had no control over this energy and could not close my mouth, nor open my eyes, not to mention looking elsewhere. I was totally consumed by this intense, blissful energy. This was totally unexpected. While part of me was surrendered to this sudden state, another part of me was witnessing it all in awe, completely present in the moment. The entire experience was fascinating and a bit scary at the same time, depending on the perspective. I understand now why Kundalini is symbolically depicted as a snake. It really felt like a big snake coursing through my spine, while its hood on top of my head was like a huge, powerful magnet that kept my eyes rolled up and glued to it in the feeling of continuous, super intense presence.
I stayed in that state for an hour or so. It was beyond amazing! The whole experience lasted exactly till the end of those 90 minutes that Mohanji described as the important time for spiritual practice. Such is the blessing of having a Spiritual Master in one’s life. It took me a while to settle down and digest this experience in silence. After I grounded myself through a bit of food and could finally manage to speak, I thanked Ananth and Rajesh from the bottom of my heart. After some time, I went upstairs to joyfully share the experience with Mohanji, although aware that he would know about it anyway. After I briefly explained what had happened, he replied in his usual, cryptic way: “I know, I saw it. Good. Write about it while it is still fresh in your mind.”
It was then that I remembered that I had committed to Mia that I would contribute to the May edition of Refresh Your Life magazine. This experience created a sufficient momentum to write.
The following day, April 5th, was yet another special day. This time it was the extraordinary astrological position of Jupiter and Pluto conjunction. A global wave of meditation was being organized by many spiritual groups across the globe, all meditating at the same time. Mohanji agreed that we too give our contribution to this wave of positivity. I was to conduct it. We chose one of our standard meditations, but I was to modify it a bit to make it match with the intention and inclusion of the element of Light that was essential for this global wave. Little did I know how deeply this would hit me. The entire meditation was preparation to safely enter into a vast state of expansion, way beyond our planet, and connect with the Light. In all my years of meditation, I have never felt the light so vividly and intensely. From the Cosmic Sun, to galactic Suns, to the Central Sun of our Galaxy, my consciousness witnessed the flow of the sacred light to our Sun and then through our crown and spine, the light was being grounded into Mother Earth, all the way to her core. At the end I chanted a special mantra, celebrating the Light. Every cell of my body was vibrating and the glory of sacred unity was felt throughout. This was beyond beautiful. Again, I received many messages of gratitude from friends, who were also blown away by the power of this meditation. One of my friends shared her vision of higher beings, way above the 5th dimension, who joined us during this meditation and supported it with their blessings. I felt so incredibly blessed to serve as an instrument in this process. I will forever treasure all these sacred experiences. If it wasn’t for the Coronavirus quarantine, I doubt I would have been to dedicate this much time to spiritual practice. Thank you Universe, I forever trust the Divine Providence behind all our experiences.
I was reminded of the ancient Chinese proverb “May you live in interesting times.” This is that special time on our planet when a huge transformation is taking place at the level of individual consciousness, collective consciousness, from the understanding of our reality and our true history, to a huge change in our education system, healthcare, financial/economic system – all of it. It is a great blessing to be alive in the here and now. My message to all the readers is – choose wisely how you utilize this precious time off that has been given to us. Be aware where your attention goes, for where the attention goes, the energy flows. May this be a great time of transformation and spiritual awakening for all of us.
Author: Devi Mohan is Global Ambassador for Mohanji Foundation, Senior Instructor of the Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga (HSTY), and Global President of ACT Foundation, an internationally active charity. Participant at various international events, initiatives, and forums: from interfaith dialogue and world peace-related forums such as the Parliament of World’s Religions, Peace Pledge Project and Unity Earth, to non-violence and women empowerment-related events and initiatives such as Vegan India Conference and Women Emerging. Through her inspirational speeches, she aims to touch the hearts of people and serve the cause of peace through the active expression of love and expansion of consciousness.
This article was first published on Refresh Your Life Magazine https://ryl.rs/
The Universe that we live in is made of a vast sea of conscious energy that has infinite potential. This energy has a unique ability that allows it to have infinite expressions which are achieved through the use of frequency. Frequency plays an important role in the creation of the Universe because frequency allows energy to express itself into any form, including particles, atoms, planets, stars, galaxies and biological life. To be more specific, every biological or non-biological thing has a unique energy signature that vibrates at certain specific frequencies.
Understanding how frequency works is important for preventing and healing disease, because when our frequencies are low, we are more vulnerable to disease. Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington, has done many tests proving that many diseases of the body develop when its frequency drops below certain frequency bands. His research on the power of frequency helped him discover that a healthy human body’s frequency is between 62 and 78 megahertz (MHz).
The next few paragraphs below, which are extracted from justalist.blogspot.com, do a great showing the different frequency levels of the human body and their relationships with certain diseases.
Genius Brain Frequency 80-82 MHz
Brain Frequency Range 72-90 MHz
Normal Brain Frequency 72 MHz
Human Body 62-78 MHz
Human Body: from Neck up 72-78 MHz
Human Body: from Neck down 60-68 MHz Thyroid and Parathyroid glands are 62-68 MHz
Thymus Gland is 65-68 MHz
Heart is 67-70 MHz
Lungs are 58-65 MHz
Liver is 55-60 MHz
Pancreas is 60-80 MHz
Colds and Flu start at: 57-60 MHz
Disease starts at: 58 MHz
Candida overgrowth starts at: 55 MHz
Receptive to Epstein Barr at: 52 MHz
Receptive to Cancer at: 42 MHz
Death begins at: 25 MHz
According to Dr. Royal R. Rife, every disease has a frequency. He found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease and that others would destroy disease. Substances with higher frequency will destroy diseases of a lower frequency. The study of frequencies raises an important question, concerning the frequencies of substances we eat, breathe and absorb. Many pollutants lower healthy frequency. Processed/canned food has a frequency of zero. Fresh produce has up to 15 Hz, dried herbs from 12 to 22 Hz and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 Hz.
In theory, if we can keep the frequency of our bodies above 62 MHz, diseases and harmful microorganisms would have a very hard time surviving in our bodies. To prevent the frequency of our bodies from dropping to low levels, we need to avoid eating junk food, canned food and processed food as much as possible. We also need to meditate on a daily basis because meditation increases the frequency of our energies.
The idea of using frequency to heal diseases is nothing new. In fact, in the early 1900s certain scientists were already using frequency devices to cure diseases. Some of these scientists were even able to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells using only frequency devices. Unfortunately, most of these scientists gave up their practices because of threats from the conventional drug industry.
Frequency devices are able to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells because the frequency signature of cancer cells is different from healthy cells. Once the frequency signature of the cancer cell is determined, scientists can use frequency devices to generate a specific frequency that can destroy cancer cells. This can also be applied to bacterias and viruses. Using frequency devices to generate frequencies to destroy cells and microorganisms is not that hard with the right knowledge and skills. However, to destroy more evolved organisms using frequency devices is a lot harder.
To be able to use the power of frequency to destroy or harm more evolved organisms, such as animals and humans, a great understanding of energy mechanics and the subject is required. Frequency devices can also be used as scalar weapons or for controlling the mind of the people to a certain point.
About the Author
Pao L. Chang is the editor and founder of OmniThought.org and EnergyFanatics.com, two comprehensive blogs dedicated to educating people about energy mechanics, wellness, self-improvement, natural food, alternative medicine and spiritual well-being. He loves to explore the mystery of alternative medicine, the science of consciousness, quantum mechanics, sacred geometry and how energy affects the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. His main goal is to help people free their minds so they can become true thinkers and visionaries.
So, you’ve found the woman of your dreams. She’s beautiful, sexy, smart, loving, sarcastic, feisty, nerdy, adventurous and a million other things that make you want to make her yours. Forever. There’s only one problem…she’s too strong willed…stubborn even. She poses a challenge, and a threat to your oh so fragile male ego.
She is the untamed mare that you catch a brief glimpse of before she disappears from your line of vision. To leisurely admire her beauty, you tell yourself she has to be shod, bridled and corralled (so you can take care of her as you would really like to). I understand.
She is Mount Everest. That breathtaking mountain whose majesty you believe you can truly appreciate once you stock up on the ropes, boots and other mountain climbing paraphernalia, get your hooks into her, and somehow reach the summit. Oh! Be careful! You don’t want to get hurt should you fall…she is not the gentle hill in your neck of the woods that you’re familiar with. She is Mount freaking Everest. Beautiful, yes, but with sharp edges that can hurt…your pride. Your feelings, maybe even your heart.
And so you tell yourself you both will be happy if only she wasn’t so stubborn, or so whatever it is that makes you want to kiss her and kill her at the same time. You plot and scheme up ways to storm the impregnable fortress. You utilize all the weapons in your arsenal: your charm, your sexual prowess, your money, your logic, your wit, your cunning. You are patient, honest, kind. You are frustrated, angry, filled with despair.
That’s why I’m about to tell you the secret to conquer the unconquerable woman. My sisters may see this as me being a traitor, but I feel I must tell you. You were made for each other, and it would be stupid to let this get in the way.
Maybe she is naturally wild. And by wild I don’t mean promiscuous (I can’t help you there, you’d both need to see a therapist/psychologist). By ‘wild’ I mean the naturally carefree spirit that defies any and every restriction which seeks to conform it to standards that don’t align with its true essence.
To ‘tame’ the Mare, you have to break her spirit; the very thing that attracted you to her in the first place.
To conquer Mount Everest, you have to trek the path other Climbers have used on the same quest. Perhaps these other Climbers were irreverent, did not understand or appreciate her sacredness. For you to follow in their footsteps would trigger old hurts and resentment…you may reach the summit, but at what cost? Maybe you’re a Maverick. You will create your own path, but this too may cause damage. In climbing virgin territory, to secure a foothold, you may loosen rocks, displace wildlife that may lead to problems in the future.
The key to conquering the unconquerable woman is to not conquer her at all. To conquer the unconquerable woman you have to allow her to surrender herself to you.
For her to surrender, she has to feel safe; physically, emotionally, sexually and spiritually safe.
For her to feel safe, you have to create a space where she is understood, appreciated and most of all, accepted…flaws and all. It does not mean you cannot or should not voice your opinions, complaints or concerns. It just means that you do so without making her feel she is obligated to change the essence of who she is and what she desires solely to be with you. Though she can give you unlimited pleasure, and you can reciprocate I’m sure (otherwise, I wouldn’t be divulging this secret), you should know that she was not created simply to please you. Like you, she was born into the earth realm to testify to the glory of the Creator, to fulfill her destiny, to learn the lessons she needs to learn in order to evolve to the next level of consciousness…
Maybe both your destinies are tied together, maybe not. One thing is for sure, the quality of your connection with each other will improve once you learn to love her as she needs to be loved – not as you have loved other women.
She is after all, Mount freaking Everest.
Go forth and conquer!
Haneefah is the creative Director of her recently formed internet station Island Beat TV, and host of Owambe Jam, a cultural event to celebrate World Poetry Day.
Web: watch.islandbeattv.com/blog/, www.facebook.com/Owambejam
Yummy, delicious food presented in an appealing manner and all aroma can tantalize one’s taste-buds and make the mouth to water. But, and this is a big but, when the same food transforms to shit and garbage, spreading its stink all over how obnoxious it feels!
These are however, two sides of the same picture. It takes someone as magnanimous as the Earth to absorb all the shit gracefully and someone as graceful as a Plant to transform it into life again! This very simple food-cycle goes around in our environment on daily basis. Just think over it, think of all the processing the Earth has to do in order to transform all our garbage into soil and all the efforts that plants have to make to transform it to food again. It takes years.
In our fast paced lives we are hardly left with time to think over this grave situation, that we forget that eating and digesting is also a tremendous job that the body has to perform. It is a huge task to transform food into human. Your body has taken up this job voluntarily. Give attention to this process, help the body in assimilation, by allowing it time for absorption and taking appropriate gaps between meals.
Eating mindfully means to know your food. Treat your food personally relate to it like a person. Know how it was prepared, where the ingredients were bought, do you know the person who prepared it? How do you relate to the person who prepared it? All this awareness can take your eating experience to a totally different level. You start to feel the the food and enjoy it better than if you consume in a hurry or eat it mindlessly watching TV or texting on your phone. Eating mindfully helps in better absorption of the food.
A hands on experience in growing simple vegetables like tomatoes or chilies can help to gain insight into the life of a plant… how the plant makes its way through the soil and awakens to the light above it. Home-grown veggies make the meals tastier as it has double the amount of ‘you’ in it.
Make soil for your plants at home. kitchen wastes like peels, tea-bags, left-over food, which have no plastic or metal in them (as these two are difficult to decompose) make for an excellent compost waste. Take a medium sized pot with some soil in it, add the kitchen waste to it and top it again with a layer of soil. Doing this as a daily practice can get you humus rich soil for your kitchen-garden in a month’s time. This whole exercise heightens the awareness about how much waste is produced in our kitchens daily and how long it takes to decompose it.
Make the best out of waste, even if the efforts are not yielding any tomatoes or chilies, they can at least help increase the awareness!
Author: Jyoti Prateek
Okay, vegans. I know what you’re thinking. There have been many articles with similar titles circulating around the internet for years, and after you read the article you realize the person, although technically vegan, also had a serious eating disorder like anorexia or even the lesser-known “orthorexia,” or was on a restricted calorie cleanse consisting of lettuce water, or they were homicidal parents feeding their baby one carrot a day – or something like that. Somehow, people like this even manage to wind up on the Today show with book deals, as we saw earlier this week.
Well, this is not one of those stories. For me and my fiancé, our regular vegan diet actually almost killed us. If you’re thinking about veganism, you’ll want to read this – and vegans, please hear us out.
The Best of Intentions
I believe people are vegan for really, really good reasons. In a nutshell, they’ve learned that we make the choice every day to either pay people to breed and intentionally kill vulnerable animals for our pleasure – or to just not do that. After all, these animals value their lives as much as our pets do and are just as worthy of love.
Then they learn that dairy and eggs are as bad as animal meat, because newborn males are an unfortunate byproduct of egg and dairy production and are typically killed – while their sisters and mothers are forced into production before being butchered once “spent” a mere fraction into their lifetime. And they learn that this is part of the typical process even if the farms are “humane,” small, local, organic, pastured, cage-free, or free-range.
They learn about the many scientific and academic sources showing that vegan diets represent perhaps the most significant environmental effort one can make, requiring about half the water and emissions to produce compared to typical Western diets. This is starting to become more mainstream information, especially since Cowspiracy hit Netflix.
Oh – and this is not a small point – vegans learn that plant-based diets feed far more human beings. As a recent Chemical and Engineering News cover story explains, producing meat and animal products “requires a lot of animals raised on huge, unsustainable amounts of plant protein,” adding, “A switch to plant proteins by those who can afford meat would go a long way to feeding the growing global population while using fewer of the planet’s resources.”
So how could we just sit by and continue to opt in to this human-created nightmare called animal agriculture when we could just make a very simple, doable lifestyle change to create less harm?
With that background, hopefully you can understand why we chose to go vegan. Our hearts were in the right places. I’d been totally vegan for about 3 years after dabbling in varying degrees of vegetarianism throughout my life. My now-fiancé Craig made the shift after we’d been together for a few months, which you can read about here.
What We Ate
Unlike the typical negative stories of vegans eating very restrictive diets, we basically ate everything under the sun other than animal products, of course. Craig’s an amazing cook and I’m not so bad myself. Since there are 20,000+ edible plant species on planet Earth to choose from and tons of ways to enjoy fresh, frozen, and prepared fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, mushrooms, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, it wasn’t hard. We made rich cheeses, sausages, ice creams, gravies and more, all without animals. It’s not like we were stranded on a desert island without a plentiful supply of food. And when we got lazy, there were plenty of yummy pre-made vegan meats and cheeses to choose from at the store, even after we moved from an urban to a rural area.
We stuffed our faces full of delicious, nutritious food basically every day with few exceptions – say, that time on a business trip I was stuck with omnivores who looked pityingly at my wilted salad and plain baked potato at the restrictive omni restaurant they took me to. (I snuck out after for a real meal at Native Foods.) But generally everywhere we went, we could get satisfying vegan meals, even from popular chains like Subway to Taco Bell to Chipotle.
Whenever I used an app to see if I was getting enough protein, I’d usually had more than enough even just by lunch! I’d always tried to take a daily multi-vitamin even when I was omni, and that didn’t change, but I now took a vegan-friendly version when I remembered to (and I admit I often forgot). Like my old supplement – and like those given to livestock themselves – it included vitamin B12. Salt is iodized, folic acid is added to many packaged goods, and vitamin D is added to cows’ milk, so we didn’t find it weird to be getting a nutrient obtained from bacteria in isolation rather than from the flesh and fluids of animals.
So What Went Wrong?
We were getting all our nutrients like everyone else and were totally healthy. I hadn’t wasted away, my hair wasn’t falling out, etc. When I gave blood at a blood drive, the nurse commented on my high iron levels. At my annual physical checkups, my physician never mentioned anything was remotely amiss. And despite working in offices where colds and flus regularly made the rounds, neither of us had gotten the flu since going vegan, or even much of the sniffles.
Yes, sometimes it was hard socially, like when my uncle asked me why vegans don’t care more about people. I told him we don’t kill and eat people, either. That shut him up. (I could direct those with further objections here or give them the handy anti-vegan bullsh*t mix n’ match for fun.) And that time when the waiter accidentally put dairy milk in my oatmeal, instead of throwing a tantrum, I politely requested another bowl. The struggle is… real?
I should add that Craig is a molecular biologist and I have an MBA in environmental science, so we know better than to intentionally harm ourselves to avoid harming others – or so we thought. After all, despite lots of anecdotal confirmation bias-affirming claims to the contrary, the American Dietetic Association / Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (and all its international counterparts) declare a vegan diet is healthful and appropriate for all stages of life, with not one medical association claiming otherwise or that the flesh or fluid of any animal is somehow necessary to cure, treat, or prevent any deficiency, disease, or twinge of discomfort. Not only that, but a growing body of evidence shows that animal products don’t do a body good after all.
So how did our vegan diet almost kill us? Well, it was a couple of months ago when we ran out of cashew milk (one of many tasty non-animal milks) and bananas. I really, really like to make shakes every day around midafternoon – peanut butter, dates, vanilla, chocolate, berries, whatever – with a frozen banana for a creamy base. I swear it tastes like soft serve ice cream, but healthy. You can add hemp, chia, and/or flax seeds and a few Brazil nuts for an extra boost of sustenance too, if you’re into that sort of thing.
So we ended up going to the grocery store to get more milk and bananas, and as we were crossing the street to the store after parking… wait for it… a car totally came out of nowhere and almost hit us! It was seriously a really close call. We could have been killed. We almost died!
If we hadn’t been vegan, we wouldn’t have run out of cashew milk, and we probably wouldn’t have been drinking a midafternoon shake because we probably would have still been in a food coma from eating severed birds’ wings or someone’s ribcage with mammary secretion dip or whatever the hell it is omnis eat these days. Am I right?
Ever since that fateful day, even though our vegan diet almost killed us, we’re actually both… still vegan. You heard me right.
We decided that we’d still rather not pay people to do things like fire bolts into sweet animals’ brains and slit their throats, grind up newborn male chicks in macerators, place “spent” hens in gassing chamber units, force females to lactate by impregnating them and then removing and either killing their babies or forcing them into the same servitude based on their gender, turn “spent” mothers into hamburger meat, remove fishes from the rapidly depleting oceans to become “seafood” no one needs (or feed for filthy fish farms for more manufactured seafood no one needs), or heck, even to steal honey we also don’t need that bees produce for their own personal use and whom we have to sedate in order to take. That would be like, I don’t know, aliens breeding humans for our ear wax.
In fact, seeing as the global population is now seven billion humans and SEVENTY billion farmed animals, we’d rather not pay people to artificially inseminate animals at all! And if we want to talk about our diets almost killing us, perhaps the focus should be on the many pervasive lifestyle diseases either directly caused or greatly exacerbated by animal-derived foods, many of which actually kill people. In fact, heart disease, which vegans rarely get, is the number one thing that actually kills people!
So yes, even after our frightening ordeal, Craig and I are still eating delicious, nutritious food every day, even though we almost died from doing so. That’s how dedicated we are.
After all, we have somehow managed to peel back multiple, complicated layers of confusion and cognitive dissonance we’d picked up from a lifetime of sensationalist articles like the one you thought you were about to read. Like you, we had constant exposure to the same repeated myths and misinformation about where nutrients must come from, had been told the same fairy tales about farming animals for their flesh and fluids, and we also operated in a social context that reduced our natural wisdom and empathy for animals; animals whose individuality and cuteness we would have otherwise gone gaga over – or whom we would have at least respected enough to just leave the hell alone and eaten or worn something else.
We didn’t come this far to turn back now, careless drivers and annoying lifestyle bloggers be damned.
Article by Lorelei Plotczyk