Have you guys tried the app Buycott? I’m excited that there’s finally an app to help me keep track of all of the companies I stay away from.
Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.
When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.
Campaigns include “Say No To Monsanto” “Avoid Koch Industries” “Equality For LGBTQ” and “Vegan and Cruelty Free.” There’s even a campaign to boycott companies that sell fur.
Now there are some people that feel it’s important to support larger corporations that attempt vegan-friendly products to support the booming market of alternatives to animal products. I personally prefer to support smaller independent companies. I find that their integrity and the quality of their products is much higher than any business owned by a big corporation.
Buycott is available on the iPhone and android. Have you tried the app? Do you find it helpful? #VegansofIG
2-3 cups kale
1 cup almond milk
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp chia seeds
I’m still scared of kale, so we’ll see how it goes.
Don’t be scared of kale! A little goes a long way. We put it in soups mostly, but also bake them into chips, and wilt it with some salt and olive oil as a side to a main dish, and it also tastes good in smoothies with a lot a pineapple in them. If you mix it with something sweet I’m sure you’ll come to love it.
This is a cage-free egg farm. This supplier would be allowed to also call this farm “humanely raised” and depending on the feed, call it organic. Does it look humane to you? Does it look like they have any more space than a battery cage? They’re still debeaked. Still de-toed. The males are still ground up alive! And they’re still slaughtered. So what could possibly make this “humane”? That’s right, nothing.
Parsnip chili in bread bowl. My sister and I made a huge pot of chili last night to get us through the weekend. We just pulled up a random chili recipe off the internet. For the bread bowl cut the crust off the top of any bun, gently remove the soft inside (eat with hummus :)), brush lightly with olive oil and broil in oven until brown and crusty. spoon in hot chili and enjoy. Melt some your favorite vegan cheese on top. I would have but unemployment= thrifty grocery shopping.
Top 10 Detoxifying Foods
1. Beets - You can’t beat beets! Beets are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They’re also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium — all necessary to promote optimal detoxification and elimination. Beets also support good gallbladder and liver health — organs that are paramount for breaking down and removing toxins. The high amount of fibre in beetroot improves digestion and helps eliminate bodily waste.
2. Sea Vegetables - Often known as seaweeds, these amazing foods house powerful antioxidants that help to alkalize the blood and strengthen the digestive tract. The algin in seaweeds absorb toxins from the digestive tract in much the same way a water softener removes the hardness from tap water. Sea vegetables offer the broadest range of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean — the same minerals that are found in human blood.
3. Dandelion - Dandelions are considered a powerhouse food full of nutrients that are essential for anyone regularly eating the “Standard American Diet” (SAD). They’re a rich source of minerals and provide a variety of phytonutrients. They’re super antioxidants that support cleansing of the digestive tract and offer great liver support.
4. Broccoli Sprouts - Broccoli is part of the powerhouse brassica family of vegetables. Broccoli contains important phytochemicals that are released when they’re chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. Broccoli sprouts can actually provide more benefit than regular broccoli as they contain 20 times more sulfurophane.
5. Flax Seeds - Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract. They’re also a great source of health promoting omega 3 oils. Try consuming two tablespoons of gound flaxseeds in lemon water every morning
6. Lemon - Who doesn’t love lemon? This wonderful fruit stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body. Drinking lemon water, which is alkaline-forming, first thing in the morning will help to balance out the acidity of foods we’ve consumed. Don’t forget to add your ground flaxseeds to enhance toxin removal.
7. Garlic - No detox plan should be without some garlic: It’s a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic. Ridding your body of these pathogenic microbes can reduce endogenous (made by your body) toxins. The vital sulphuric compounds garlic contains makes it an essential detoxifier.
8. Artichoke - Artichokes are not only a very tasty food, they’re also incredibly healthy. Artichokes have been shown to increase bile production and purify/protect the liver. They also have a mild diuretic effect on the kidneys, ensuring proper removal of toxins once the liver breaks them down.
9. Curcumin - Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow color. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, lifestyle and a good supply of nutrients involved in the detox process.
10. Apples - Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fibre, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are used in the detox process.
(source: Huffington Post)