Popular Vegan Quote

Ivelina  —  August 11, 2018 — Leave a comment

“It shouldn’t be the consumer’s responsibility to figure out what’s cruel and what’s kind, what’s environmentally destructive and what’s sustainable. Cruel and destructive food products should be illegal. We don’t need the option of buying children’s toys made with lead paint, or aerosols with chlorofluorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. And we don’t need the option of buying factory-farmed animals.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerEating Animals

 

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”
― Jonathan Safran FoerEating Animals

“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson’s eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
― Ellen DeGeneresMy Point… And I Do Have One

 

 

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
― Pythagoras

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.”
― Rai Aren

“Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course, there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan”
― Gary L. Francione

“A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare. But if you will contend that you were born to an inclination to such food as you have now a mind to eat, do you then yourself kill what you would eat. But do it yourself, without the help of a chopping-knife, mallet or axe, as wolves, bears, and lions do, who kill and eat at once. Rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do. But if thou had rather stay until what thou eat is to become dead, and if thou art loath to force a soul out of its body, why then dost thou against Nature eat an animate thing? There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.”
― Plutarch

We all know how important sleep is, but too few of us get the high-quality sleep we need. Children live busy, energetic lives, regardless of their age. Their rapidly growing minds and bodies require a sufficient dose of sleep in order to develop and function properly.

 

The benefits of good sleep are endless. Unfortunately, studies have indicated that 7 out of every 10 children don’t get enough sleep, either in quality of rest or sufficient duration. A lack of sleep can lead to temper tantrums, concentration, and behavioral problems, and hinder the ability for future moments of rest. A child who is well rested can actually fall asleep easier than one who is overtired or exhausted.

 

Benefits of Healthy Rest:

  1. Physical Health:

Sleep allows our bodies to repair and rejuvenate. From repairing tissue, boosting muscle mass, synthesizing proteins, releasing growth hormones and maintaining a strong immune system sleep is an important function in physical growth and development. Also, sleep-deprived children are much more prone to common colds and the flu. Another benefit to sleeping well is weight management. Young children who see less than 10 hours sleep a night are 3x more likely to be overweight than children who achieve 12 or more hours of rest.

  1. Mental Health:

Just as with parents, sometimes if you’re tired, you’re prone to crankiness and moodiness. The same applies to your children. A lack of sleep negatively affects the way emotions regulate in the brain, increasing levels of stress, amplified anxiety, and irritation or aggression. While sleep won’t eliminate stressors altogether, it increases our readiness to cope with them.

While we sleep, our brains process and consolidate our memories. This has a profound impact on helping your children remember the important things they learn. In contrast, losing sleep makes it more likely for children to lose focus or make silly mistakes. Sleep deprivation impairs problem-solving skills when the mind is not able to function optimally.

Ways to ensure your child gets the best night’s sleep:

  1. Watch What We Eat

The wrong combination of bedtime snacks can hinder all of the other good work you’ve done in getting your child to bed with ease. A diet dictates how energetic and active we are. Be mindful of snacks with sugar and caffeine, two hyperactive ingredients not conducive to sleep. Here are some great bedtime snack ideas for children.

  1. Limit Stimuli Before Bed

Interactive stimulants are detrimental to sleep because it keeps the brain active at exactly the wrong moment. Things like a bedroom full of toys, tablets, and other appealing distractions will steal from the time we need to slumber. Try to turn off all technology an hour before bedtime. Consider replacing nightly habits with better ones, listening to an audiobook or soothing music, taking a warm bath, bedside yoga, or possibly playing a quiet game like a puzzle.

  1. Strengthen a Familiar Routine

Regular sleep times help maintain our body clock and overall circadian rhythm. Keeping to a consistent bedtime will make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep longer. During the school holidays when routines are often relaxed, the biggest challenge will present itself. Sticking to a somewhat consistent nightly routine can make a big difference and strengthen healthy habits.

  1. Understand How Much Sleep is Required by Age

Your child’s sleeping needs naturally decrease each year into adulthood where sleep duration eventually plateaus (to approximately 8 hrs). Newborns, infants, and toddlers obviously need the most sleep even in comparison to a school-age child and teenagers. Understanding how the sleep needs of your child will change allows for far more mindful decisions to be made at home, preserving bedtime as an important family time moment.

Check out this guide below to reference sleep needs by age.

 

 

Pro Tip: Allergies are common culprits of acute or even seasonal sleep deprivation in both children and adults. If you or someone in your family struggles with this burden. Consider purchasing a supportive pillow that is easy to wash. Common allergens collect in our pillows overtime and onset the uncontrollable sneezing while we should be sleeping.

 

When wanting to make drastic lifestyle changes such as becoming vegan, one of the first questions asked is, “but is it affordable”?  There is a great misconception that being vegan, especially in a family context, is extremely expensive when the exact opposite is true. It isn’t cheap living in Ireland according to The Irish Times, making it a necessity to save wherever you can. Going vegan can cut down on your monthly grocery bill significantly, especially considering that you will pay an average of €9.00 for chicken per kg compared to €1.14 for potatoes.  If you have wanted to change to a vegan lifestyle but fear the costs attached to it, don’t despair. There are a number of easy-to-follow guidelines, such as the following, that will enable you and your family to effortlessly conform to a vegan lifestyle on a budget.

Buy in bulk

You might be surprised at how much money you can save by buying in bulk. Most grocery stores and fresh produce markets have a bulk section where you can pick up larger quantities of your favorite ingredients at reduced prices. There are a number of dried, packaged ingredients such as pasta, beans, lentils and even flour that you can readily buy in bulk and simply pop unopened into your fridge to preserve. If your local market has a special on any fruit or vegetables that you and your family use on a regular basis you should definitely buy in bulk as most can be processed to an extent to preserve their lifespan. Most vegetables can either be chopped and frozen directly or precooked and then frozen for later use. When buying in bulk it is important to take note of expiry dates as you do not want your bulk purchases to spoil before you can use them.

 

Grow your own vegetables and make your own food

It may seem overly ambitious to grow your own food but nothing prevents you from planting an herb garden or filling a few planters with cabbage, kale and cherry tomatoes. You can start as small as you want and, should you wish, continuously expand until you are almost entirely self-sufficient. Buying prepackaged food is always going to end up costing more than making it yourself if you have a large family to feed. You have the added advantage of knowing exactly what is in your food when you make it yourself as opposed to always having to be somewhat cautious when eating at a restaurant or buying takeout. Even if you do want to treat yourself with takeout, you are bound to pay a lot less for a vegan option. A typical takeaway dinner kebab will cost you €2.76 while a vegan takeaway falafel wrap will only set you back €2.48.

Compare prices

Always be on the lookout for advertised specials and compare the prices of a number of grocery stores, even though it may be time-consuming.  Small, specialty locally-owned stores are often cheaper than big chain stores and may also offer a discount to regular customers. Join the social media pages of your local stores as they often post unique specials that aren’t advertised in the printed media.  The best time to hunt for bargains is mid-month when stores try to up their sales so be sure to keep your eye out for any flyers or newspaper adverts promoting in-store specials.

Going vegan may turn out to be the best gift you can bestow upon your family in terms of their health and well-being. You will not only find yourself feeling invigorated and less prone to illness but will also be astonished at how much money you are saving once you cut animal products out of your diet.