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(New) The Hardest Part About Being Vegan | Part 2

[UltraVid id=204 ]When you choose to become vegan you face many challenges and obstacles but with time you learn to overcome them you learn how to find vegan options and local shops you learn how to eat out he learned the recipes and he discovered new foods and new experiences he learned how to explain veganism to friends and family and you learn how to share the message with the world you do your best with the time and skills you have but somehow he doesn’t feel like enough the hardest challenge your face will be to look into the eyes of the animals being exploited knowing you can’t undo the damage and knowing that however hard we try billions of animals will still be tortured and killed in industries that destroying the planet and ruining our health there is an urgency that can’t be ignored and despite our actions most people still don’t understand we do everything we can but still we see animal products everywhere the media ignores and insults us and adverts continue to lie we protest and we speak up but the world seems to stay the same the stagnation makes us impatient and we slowly start to lose hope again when we watch the videos again we remember the feelings we first have that broke us inside we remember how angry we were and how determined we were to end things but as time goes by it’s easy to lose hope people who were once vegan decide to change those who are passionate turn against the community almost left just confusion and doubt we know things are changing but it will never be enough in a world where our actions affect the lives of so many but sometimes in life you have to have patience you have to realize that selfless actions don’t always give us a reward you don’t need a reward to change the world for the better we’ve been taught in society to focus on our goals so we never allow ourselves to enjoy the fruits of our simple actions we may not see complete animal liberation in our lifetime but we can be a part of the change that moves towards earth every day every time we choose to do the right thing your individual actions do make a difference and your passion doesn’t go unnoticed when we fight for what we believe in the world changes around us as we plant the seeds of compassion and mindfulness in places the desperately need oh it’s not our fault that so much suffering exists versus species will have the choice to live in harmony as best we can there are industries that care only about money so with education and empowerment we can help each other avoid the lives if we want change we must live the change with patience and courage and in each moment there is always an opportunity to help the world when you truly do your best you might not change the whole world but for the individuals you inspire you change their whole world and for the beings whose lives are saved you do make a difference there are people in the world who are alive thanks to the power of plant-based nutrition and there are animals living free on sanctuaries because a handful of people chose to protect them for those individuals life is so beautiful so do your best don’t compare yourself to others and disempower yourself realize the good you do by being vegan and by sharing it with others life is a collection of moments and we can fill them with wherever we choose so I hope you can fill yours with empowered mindful actions thank you for watching this video please share this message with people who need to hear I’ll see you in the next video bye for now

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HOW TO BE RAW VEGAN ON A BUDGET – 20 TIPS

[UltraVid id=188 ]Oh my gosh I have passed figs Wow being robbed vegan on a budget is definitely doable I have now been raw almost ten years and honestly I don’t make that much money so I’m gonna share some of my tips with you today and of course not everything is gonna be applicable to everybody but I’m sure if you stay through the video that you can find at least one takeaway tip for yourself look at your budget I know it sounds like cliche almost annoying advice to hear in the past I’ve looked into raw retreats and they’re like thousands of dollars and the response that I get from the people who are putting it on is like well what’s the cost of your health really cat and it’s almost a trick question because of course your health is priceless but we also have to be smart about our money and if getting in debt it’s gonna stress you in the long run like mental health is something you have to care about as well so of course I believe your health is priceless but I’m also not here to tell you to buy that $12 pint of blueberries because they’re healthy for you if you’re asking how much it costs to be raw you know very likely it will cost more than a processed diet so it might be worthwhile to reevaluate your expenses and see if there’s any reworking you can do when it comes to your spending really look at where your money is going and decide if it’s important to you make your staple foods cheap ones bananas are a great example buy in bulk in order to get case discounts and this is gonna work for fresh fruit it works for coconut water or juices anything that you want to buy in bulk you should be able to get the wholesale price for something like a 10 to 15% case discount at any grocery store don’t be shy to talk to the staff at grocery stores and farmers markets as well research your nearest wholesaler some of them even do delivery get creative I found a really good grocery store one time because I was talking to a restaurant owner about where he got his produce shop locally and in season because of its natural abundance in season fruit is likely going to be less expensive than something that’s been shipped in is it being shipped in right now [Music] and of course this also helps support your local farmers find aesthetically challenged fruit or veggies at your grocery store or farmers market sometimes they have a rack where it’s already marked down to scale fruit sometimes you can even just talk to them one-on-one and say hey this is kind of funky it’s probably headed for the trash but I’ll take it off your hands for you you just want to mark it down for me I did go over this in my other video and I’ll link that below don’t waste your coin there are quite a few on this topic so I’ll start with one which would be low calorie fruit something like out of season fresh raspberries for example those are gonna be so expensive I would consider them definitely as a luxury item and maybe use some more as like enhancements to your meals if you really want to go for that flavor so adding a few into your smoothie just to get that raspberry flavor or adding them as little toppings to your desserts instead of trying to make like a whole monomial out of them I’d say to think before you buy superfoods these can be quite pricy and not always worth it don’t waste your point on smoothies from restaurants I think once in a while it’s great to treat yourself but most of the time you’ll be able to make that same meal at home for a fraction of the price lastly don’t waste your money on the pre-cut prepackaged fruits and veggies in the like quick grab fridge sections of grocery stores I know it seems convenient but it’s just their way of squeezing dollars out of you while making use of their moldy fruit that’s what they do they’re cutting off the bad sections and it’s great I think as far as like sustainability and using all the parts of the fruit but they’re quite overpriced at the end of the day nobody’s getting a deal walking out a Whole Foods with like a little twelve dollar cup of watermelon and that touches on that low calorie point from the beginning is really understand how many calories you’re getting out of each dollar you’re spending watermelons on that note be prepared for outings if you know you’re someone who’s likely to get peckish so bring food with you or simply know where you can access cheap fruit while you’re out and if you’re asking what is cheap fruit like how if I’m getting a deal that’s a great question and I’m gonna encourage you to shop around there’s definitely a learning curve to this if you’re someone who’s new to buying fresh produce something I do and would definitely recommend with regard to shopping around is I keep a digital note on my phone and as I go to the different grocery stores and farmers markets in my neighborhood I have a list of my staple foods that I kind of always buy my favorite items and I will write the different costs for each store of course costs are gonna very subtly but I start to get an idea of trends of the cost of each fruit or vegetable how that changes throughout the year and how that differs from store to store in terms of like which ones are the more fancy grocery stores that are just charging work if they can and which ones are more like budget-friendly I’d also recommend exploring Asian markets if you have access my experience is that they have pretty good prices generally and a selection of exotic fruits that are hard to find anywhere else talk to other raw vegans and vegans especially the ones in your area you can do this in person or online like Instagram or 30 bananas a day pick their brain ask where they get their cheapest stuff the raw vegan and making community is amazing and I’ve had such a phenomenal time at every gathering that I’ve been to but I would never want anyone to get this idea that they have to blow the bank on an expensive raw vegan retreat just to maintain this lifestyle cuz that’s not the case of course you have the online community for support but there’s nothing better than in real life connection and there’s definitely budget-friendly ways to do that free options include pot Luck’s in your area or a lot of gatherings are free more like one-day events that are just hosted in a park or something as for longer-term events look into your volunteer options retreats need staff festivals needs that I’ve been to at least four festivals now and I have volunteer to every single one of them and of course it’s going to be a different experience because you’re working a lot of the time but it made it possible for me actually attend on the topic of travel think about how to factor your diet into your travel plans for example it’s gonna be tremendously cheaper to be a fruitarian in Thailand then it would be in Japan it’s gonna be cheaper to travel as a fruitarian in the tropics than it would be in Alaska in wintertime for example of course your diet is not here to rule your life but it’s something to take into consideration if it’s important to you and you’re on a budget as another option maybe consider combining whooping into your travel experience if that makes sense for you you know finding a farm you can stay on work on and eat from I do have a video on this topic and I’ll link that below as well there are a lot of guerilla farming that’s happening and just natural seed spreading that’s happening so there are wild plants that you can eat from foraging is gonna be location dependent and see them dependent but definitely consider it as an option the more and more that I learned about fruit and fruit trees the more as I’m driving around I can spy them in neighborhoods so get educated on what fruit trees look like you can also access different maps online I know when I was staying in California I just googled like fruit neighborhood map or something with these keywords and I was able to find so many fig trees in my area that were just public like on the side of the road that nobody else was accessing oh my gosh I have to pass to fig Wow so there are fruit maps available there’s also Craigslist some homeowners have fruit trees in their backyard that are really just a nuisance to them and they put ads like can somebody please come pick my oranges or have free oranges that may be also accessible on Facebook groups for your neighborhood you can also put an ad on Craigslist like will come pick your fruit if I can eat it I will soon be a full-on glowing orb as the Sun that’s right here Oh better so check out your map options Craigslist and heck I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even apps nowadays that facilitate foraging consider working or volunteering even a couple times a month at your local farmers market grocery store farm or co-op I say this because employees will often read the benefit of partial discounts or extra free food plus the networking opportunities of countless I know organic can be so expensive so maybe you can’t buy it right now and that’s okay and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing maybe you can just buy some and not others get educated if you’re sensitive on which produce is most susceptible to chemicals consider secondary options so of course fresh fruits and vegetables are gonna be ideal most of the time for a digestion and nutrition etc but there’s still some really great healthy secondary options that might be worth including cuz they’re a little easier on the budget most of the time in my mind this includes dried fruit and vege frozen fruit and vege fruit and veggie juice like bottled and maybe it’s even pasteurized and that’s okay with you you know we really have to find what works best for us and at the end of the day that’s gonna be healthy or no doubt and buying like soda bah minimize eating out I say this because restaurant meals will likely not fill up the stomach of a raw vegan if being honest and maybe there’s raw vegan gourmet on offer but I find that’s not worth it for me it ends up costing me my gut with too many refined and fatty ingredients I end up just healing you’ll grow your own simple things like herbs or scallion can be really expensive in the store and practically effortless to grow at home even something like kale does pretty well a lot of places because it’s so hard me so research in your area talk to your local farmers or research online you can figure it out shop online to find the best deals for particular items so your favorite superfoods powder is flavoring supplements even kitchen equipment using powders or supplements might be helpful for you from one person to the next we’re gonna have different deficiencies or lifestyle based need if you’re lacking in particular minerals for example it might require like a whole box of mixed greens to supplement you for that those boxes can be like six to nine dollars and if you have to have that every day that’s gonna add up as an alternative you could simply add a scoop of green powder to your movie so that way you get your nutrient requirements without breaking the bank learn how to prepare healthy satisfying raw vegan meals at home this was huge for me on my journey not only did it help save me money from going to restaurants but also helped me develop my relationship with my body and food and you too and that will find your personal way that become more efficient and cost effective with meal prep so to help you with this I have my four recipe books if you’re interested in low-fat raw vegan cuisine I like to focus on Whole Foods so there’s no processed ingredients like salt or oil nothing like now let’s show you or maple syrup or agave my priority still is on the texture and taste so you’ll be feeling really satisfied and if you want to go for all four books there’s a 15% off discount just so you know those are my 20 tips I hope you enjoyed watching this video and now it was helpful for you if you would like to support me and support the vegan message give it a blank i’m sending so much love your way and support on your raw vegan journey you can do it and thanks so much bearing with me as I shift it around to accommodate this son what do you think the world are all around you

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What Do ‘Natural’ and ‘Artificial’ Flavors Really Mean?

[UltraVid id=161 ]if somebody gives you the choice between two tasty looking snack cakes but one is labeled naturally flavored and the other artificially flavored most people would probably go with the natural one it sounds better who wants to eat food that’s fake I like real food but those labels can be pretty misleading in fact the flavorings could be chemically identical there are rules as to what gets labeled natural or artificial but they’re pretty subtle and you definitely don’t need to avoid artificial flavors to stay healthier be eco-friendly the only reason you might want to opt for the natural version in some cases is it’s just its flavor and the u.s. artificial and natural flavors are defined by the Food and Drug Administration because that’s the agency that gets us a and how companies market and label their foods so first the term flavors itself refers to ingredients that are in the food mainly for their taste rather than any nutritional value so an apple and an apple pie would certainly be adding to the overall flavor but it would not technically be considered a flavor or a flavoring and the FDA considers something a natural flavor if it comes from a plant or animal that source could be virtually anything fruit bark herbs veggies meats the list is long but if it’s made from a plant or animal its natural if not its artificial it does get a little more complicated than that but in the vast majority of cases the difference between the two is only the source we’re sticking to the specifics of the us here but plenty of other countries differentiate these flavors along the same lines so you see similar claims on their food packaging seems simple enough but if you think about how we experience flavor you can see why this whole binary system the FDA has cooked up is not necessarily all that useful because what makes your favorite chocolate chip cookies so delicious comes down to the molecules you taste and smell not where those molecules come from they’re chemicals whether they come from natural sources or are made from scratch in a lab and in many cases the molecules in natural and artificial flavors are exactly the same down to the placement of each atom in bond that’s because for a lot of common flavors we know the main chemical behind them and whether you purify it from through to make it synthetically a compound as a compound as a compound take the vanilla you might use when you bake cookies the main flavor component of vanilla and the one that we recognize is having that sweet characteristic taste is a chemical called vanillin you can naturally extract it from vanilla beans by soaking them in water and alcohol or you can make the exact same chemical in the lab if you go to the all-natural root expect to pay big bucks though because vanilla beans are the fruits of finicky tropical orchids they’re a huge pain to grow and harvest and vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor we cannot grow enough beans to flavor everything we want using only the real stuff there is another natural way to get vanilla flavor with something called a cast aureum but that’s not likely to be a fan favorite that’s because it comes from the castor sacs of beavers which are located down near their tails basically flavoring via beaver but milking beavers for their secretions is not exactly a high-volume industry either so castoreum is too expensive to put in most foods but in the lab you can make this same vanillin in huge batches and for much less money by doing some fancy chemistry on paper pulp or petroleum derivatives that may sound less appetizing than getting it from beans but remember the molecule you get at the end is exactly the same and that’s how we’re able to vanilla fie most of the foods we eat so maybe don’t write off artificial vanilla just because it’s not natural you’ll save some big bucks then there are also some misconceptions about the environmental impact counterintuitive as it might sound natural flavorings aren’t always so great for nature they can have much bigger environmental footprints than their artificial counterparts take masuo lactone a chemical that tastes like coconut which you can find in the bark of certain trees in Southeast Asia the tricky part is if you strip the bark to get it you killed the tree so as much as we might want to have that lovely pina colada flavor the natural version is really inefficient and unsustainable whereas synthetic chemists can whip up Masaya lactone in the lab no tree stripping necessary granted artificial flavorings aren’t perfect for the planet either they’re often made from oil and can require special materials that aren’t environmentally friendly production can also create waste water still that’s usually better than killing entire groves of trees or going through thousands of kilo a fruit in search of specific flavor compounds there is one major downside to keeping things strictly in the lab though the taste because while synthetic vanillin is the same molecule you’ll find in the stuff from vanilla beans real vanilla has hundreds of other compounds that subtly changed the flavor artificial vanilla is a pretty good substitute because around 80% of vanilla flavor comes from that one vanillin compound most people can’t tell the difference but other flavors are much harder to replicate artificial strawberry might be delicious for example but if you think about it it doesn’t really taste like strawberries that’s because you simply can’t reproduce that flavor very well with one or two chemicals it’s super complex so the purity you get with artificial methods may sometimes make for less sophisticated flavors on the other hand it also means that those flavors are better known to scientists and more rigorously tested if this runs counter to your intuition you’re not alone packet is proudly proclaiming no artificial flavors are trying to appeal to the common feeling that substances from mother nature are inherently safer and better than ones invented and produced by people that’s called the naturalistic fallacy but nature isn’t infallible and there’s all kinds of stuff out there that’s natural but will also super kill you just because the flavoring comes from a plant or animal doesn’t mean it’s safer or healthier which is why US flavor regulations applied to both natural and artificial flavors it’s a system called generally recognized as safe or grass basically back in the mid 20th century the FDA decided that food additives should be tested although they could be exempted from review if experts already agreed that the substance was safe since the rules took full effect in the late 1950s just two flavors have been banned one natural and one artificial calamus which comes from a plant known as sweet root and cinema land throttle ate a synthetic compound that gives a grape or cherry flavor some flavorings have raised other types of health flags like diacetyl the artificial buttery flavoring and microwave popcorn if it’s inhaled in extremely large amounts like if you work in a popcorn factory and don’t use protective equipment it can cause a lung disease known as popcorn lung but eating it isn’t the problem so we still use it in theory it’s still possible that some flavors we use have minor negative health effects we just don’t know about even with this testings one complication is that the evidence is summarized by an industry group but since the rules apply to both types of flavours there’s no reason to be extra suspicious of the artificial ones another part of artificial flavorings bad reputation comes from the fact that it’s in processed foods which are less healthy for you they’re often high in sugar and fat while also being low in fiber and nutrients so that’s not the flavorings fault and of course natural flavoring is used for the exact same thing perhaps the most misleading example of this is orange juice Americans used to get most of their orange juice from concentrate but these days we tend to buy it in cartons where the juice doesn’t need to be diluted it seems like a fresher option and companies have marketed it that way to get a premium price but the juice isn’t as fresh as they make it sound because of the realities of large-scale production the juice ends up sitting in tanks for months at a time to keep it from spoiling producers pasteurize it and also remove all the oxygen in a process called d aeration to be fair that processing is important to keep the juice safe to drink but it also removes a bunch of the nicer flavor compounds that make freshly squeezed juice so refreshing the juice might not be from concentrate but companies still reef Laver it right before it’s put in the carton with what people in the industry called juice packs these packs are a mix of flavors usually from oranges orange oil or orange essence so technically they have natural sources so that doesn’t mean the flavor is coming from freshly squeezed orange juice or that the juice is somehow less processed and healthier because the flavorings are natural once you find out what the terms natural and artificial really mean you start to see this type of misleading marketing everywhere but if you think it’s confusing now just wait a few years because biotech is getting in on flavorings blurring the lines even more companies are trying to come up with new ways to make flavors that still count as natural under current labeling regulations even though the source might be bacteria or yeast rather than any recognizable plant or animal with genetic engineering you can program microbes to produce certain flavor molecules than isolate the molecules and use them just like other flavorings that could be a more efficient and eco-friendly solution in some cases especially for hard to source flavor compounds but in a way it would make the labeling claims on food packaging even more meaningless like is that all-natural vanilla flavor from vanilla beans or a very special strain of yeast if you wanted the natural stuff for a more nuanced flavor you’d have no way of knowing what you were getting for now just don’t be fooled by claims that’s sticking to natural flavors is healthier or better for the environment tastes and flavors are based on chemistry and a lot of the time the artificial ones are just as good thanks for watching this episode of scishow