As I said yesterday, I'm pretty liberal and am more than happy for anyone to have a faith be it religious, dietary or in fact anything they chose. Its not my place to correct or point out the error of anyones ways. We all have a personal right to make our own minds up.
However, yet again Gazza the Vegan is back pouting is hatred of my diet, the fact that he doesn't know my diet is a tad worrying but what the hell, he loves making assumptions anyway so lets join him.
Gazza frequently interchanges between the terms Paleo a dietary faith which wikipedia describes as;
The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development ofagriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as the "Paleolithic diet" also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.
Centered on commonly available modern foods, the "contemporary" Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi,roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
The Western pattern diet, also called Western dietary pattern or the meat-sweet diet, is a dietary habit chosen by many people in developed countries, and increasingly in developing countries. It is characterized by high intakes of red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, and refined grains. It also typically contains high-fat dairy products, high-sugar drinks, and higher intakes of processed meat.
The term is used to describe this pattern of diet in medical literature, regardless of where the diet is found, and is often contrasted with the "prudent" diet,[vague] which has higher levels of fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, poultry and fish. Other dietary patterns described in the medical research include "drinker" and "meat-eater" patterns. Because of the variability in diets, individuals are usually classified not as simply "following" or "not following" a given diet, but instead by ranking them according to how closely their diets line up with each pattern in turn. The researchers then compare the outcomes between the group that most closely follows a given pattern to the group that least closely follows a given pattern.
Now Veganism is referred to by wikipedia as;
Veganism (/ˈviːgənɪzəm/) is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status ofsentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
Distinctions are sometimes made between different categories of veganism. Dietary vegans(or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat and fish but, in contrast to ovo-lacto vegetarians, also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals or animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the rejection of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.
The term vegan was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of the BritishVegan Society, to mean "non-dairy vegetarian"; the society also opposed the consumption of eggs. In 1951 the society extended the definition of veganism to mean "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals," and in 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking veganism to the Jain concept of ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things.
Breakfast - Vegan French Toast
6 slices of stale white wheat toast (yeah super healthy cheap white bread, we're vegans on a budget)
1 Cup. unsweetened soymilk (we touched on dirty soy previously)
3 T. garbanzo (or chickpea) flour (Mmmm)
1 T. cornstarch or arrowroot
1 T. pure maple syrup, couple dashes of cinnamon. (Not got a problem with the syrup)
Not the ideal start to the day maybe but we're still vegan and doing well.
Lets have a pack of crisps
Burt's Chips are 40gram packs is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Per 100grams is 214kcal. Ingredients are potato, dirty and dangerous sunflower oil and sea salt.
Give yourself a pat on the back, so far you've eaten a pretty processed diet.
Lets nip to Pizza Hut and see what we can chow down on
The Thin 'n Crispy crusts, regular pizza sauce, spaghetti marinara sauce, pasta, Italian and French dressings, dessert pizza crust, cherry topping and the icing are all options for vegans. Enjoy!!!
Lets get ourselves a Seitan Cheesesteaks on a roll. What the hell is seitan I hear you ask? Well wikipedia is hear to help again;
Wheat gluten, also called seitan, wheat meat, mock duck, gluten meat, or simply gluten, is afood made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked before being eaten.
Wheat gluten is an alternative to soybean-based meat substitutes such as tofu. Some types of wheat gluten have a chewy or stringy texture that resembles meat more than other substitutes. Wheat gluten is often used instead of meat in Asian, vegetarian, Buddhist, and macrobiotic cuisines.Simulated duck is a common use for wheat gluten.
Stuff it, lets fill our faces with the vegan onion rings in the picture above.
Its approaching bedtime so lets finish with a little bedtime drink;
Alpro's Almond Milk contains: Water, Sugar, Tri-calcium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum & Gellan Gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B2), B12, E, D2). The actual almond content is 2%.
A delightful end to a wonderful vegan day.
Sure I've been a tad contentious in making these grand assumptions about a possible vegan diet, however it is just intended to show that while a diet of natural foods is possible on both. Equally its easy to eat a highly processed junk laiden diet no matter what faith you follow.
The moral of the story...don't make assumptions! Oh and leave people to make their own life choices.