Yep, Still Vegan After All These Years

Yep, Still Vegan After All These Years

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hello Endora Nolan Bell Doulton and spottin is real there's a lot of discussion on the Internet concerning leaving region leaving veganism and both sides of the issue I see that there's a lot of sorrow and a lot of rancor and a lot of disappointment among those who have left veganism which is often expressed as as
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anger and then there are reactions to that anger back of witches is sorrow and disappointment and I hope to be able to add the benefit of my experience with veganism which is entirely positive but before I start giving you my spiel I'd like you to meet someone so first o
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change o technological magic and hello everybody say hi I this is my husband Danny and before I start talking I'd like you to meet Daniel a little bit um Daniel is a 79 year old vegan he has been vegan most of his life not all of his life a little bit in the army he got off it a little
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bit in the kibbutz he got off it but he's been vegan most of his life Dan became vegan because his mom became vegan she had a stomach ailment and she went to a health farm that put her on juices many years ago was a health farm very much like the Gerson Institute and they saved her life and told her that she should go on a vegan diet and when she found that it was too hard to cook for everybody in the family vegan for
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self and regular food for everybody else the whole family switched over so Dan how old is your mom now 96 I'd may have assumed 220 and Dan regularly goes to visit his mom his mother has been either vegan or vegetarian most of her life - does she still would - eat any meat at all not no absolutely not
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so before I start talking I just want you all to know that yeah it can be done long term thanks for your help Dan that wasn't impressive enough I'm going to provide a link in the description below to a community in Israel originally from America they call themselves various
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names most people know them as the black Hebrew community they are strict vegans and have been through since the 1960s I think it's the third generation in their community who were vegan the women go through their pregnancies vegan all the children are raised vegan they're vegan all their lives and I'd like you to see the longevity of the older folks and how
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the subsequent two generations who have been raised as vegan look so that should that should silence any discussion as to whether or not veganism is a sustainable long term I've been vegan for almost seven years it just so happened I didn't even know it until the next year that I became vegan on international vegan day
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so I think that's November first right and so I know that that that's it's been so long I don't remember when I started already but I know that International week day is when I became vegan like that seven years ago I'm blessed to be living in Israel and being vegan in Israel we have the largest per capita rate of vegetarians and vegans in the world Tel
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Aviv is vegan paradise I haven't eaten there but I've been told that the best shawarma in in Israel is vegan shawarma it's not just the best vegan shawarma they say it's the best Chihuahua its award-winning that's in Tel Aviv so being vegan here is really very easy [Music] but I see that that the businesses that
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are vegan centered and vegan friendly are growing a pace so the one time difficulties of no longer exist is pretty easy thing to do I did I became vegan very very gradually I know that there are people who do it much more instantly and successfully I had to transition I went from becoming kosher to then only eating red meat on Shabbat
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and I was still eating fish and chicken during the week and then it became just eating chicken for Shabbat and then I cut that out and then it became I was still eating dairy products but no longer cow milk so for quite a while I was eating dairy products from goats sheep and and buffalo cheese and and just drinking sheep and goats milk and then I made the final transition
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almost seven years ago and I'm a happy healthy vegan the reason why I'm a happy healthy vegan is because I am satisfied with being fantabulously and perfect I learned from being kosher that absolutism is impossible according to kosher laws something is not kosher in its one part in sixty the
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food is is kosher because we know that any kind of a way of eating you cannot be a absolutist so I tried to do my best and be 100% vegan but if it happens and that has happened that for instance some rose hips not Rosa via primrose oil supplements that I was taking it turned out that the capsule wasn't vegan I
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didn't freak out about it I didn't do it intentionally I just stopped I don't make it I don't make it unpleasant my plate by becoming obsessed with absolute perfection because I realize I'm living in a non vegan world and it's gonna happen it has happened that I thought something was not tested on animals a
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shampoo or or or soap and it turned out that it was I try to be as careful as I as I possibly can by no mistakes are gonna be made I don't berate myself when I make mistakes as far as buying non leather goods I do a lot of my shopping in the Schuch where everything is cheap anyway and if I see a pair of shoes or a handbag and it looks like it might be leather I just ask the guy is this
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leather and usually the reaction that I get is listen Sweet Cheeks at this at these prices you can't expect for it to be leather and I laugh and I say you know that's what I wanted to hear that's just fine so works out pretty well I'm going to list in the description a number of names from whom I have learned a lot none of whom do I follow their program
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100% none of whom I choose very eclectic ly what works for me for instance I learned from people who follow 80/10/10 but from the very beginning I never even considered doing 80/10/10 because by the time I became vegan I was old enough to know that nature is far too wise and and
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far too intelligent to be that formulaic and anytime we try to impose a formula on nature it's probably not gonna work it might work for some it's not gonna work for all and I'm one of those people that I always do better better with the messy I I can't regiment myself like that with that I've learned a lot from them I consider a lot of people who do 80/10/10 my teachers
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insofar as I eat raw I follow what they teach but I don't need a hundred percent raw uh in the summer time I enjoy eating about 70 to 75 percent raw that's when I feel the absolute best I always have raw fruits for breakfast I still drink coffee I do I drink coffee I am sorry hate on me I'm not giving up my coffee
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yet maybe someday I will but in the meantime I still do my coffee with either coconut or or almonds or hazelnut milk and I sweeten it with stevia and I have my vegan gourmet coffees maybe one day I'll get off it but again I'm not striving for perfection I'm happy with what I can do so after the coffee has gone through my system I have a raw
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fruit breakfast I don't eat piles of fruit I'll eat a nice sized bowl of different kind of fruit until I'm satisfied I I never did a super high fruit thing in the winter I eat less than 70% raw because when it gets cold I'm not gonna stress out my body by trying to eat just right past when it's comfortable I do so also eat a
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little bit more cooked food during the winter in the summer it's mostly salads and I add whole-grain pastas to it we do eat a little bit of wheat but we tend more to too spelt I even like rice noodles I do eat vegan cheese's that I put into into my salads there's a
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company here in Israel that makes like the Moroccan style cigars and cool Bay and schnitzel ah schnitzel cuts kind of from as I can from amaranth I try not to eat seitan from wheat I think that's too much gluten I don't do gluten-free but I also I'm not gonna like eat you know like nothing but gluten so when I found that this
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product was made from gluten from Cameron's I was very happy to find it and I enjoy eating that and that's my schnitzel right it is possible to reach the level of health of let's say Marcus and Keira but not just from veganism alone and I was warned when I first
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became vague and I bumped to someone I've known for many many years she is a professional dietician at the hospital here in spot and I told her I became a vegan she had mentioned that I had lost weight I was looking well and she said to me anytime we upgrade our diet you get a glow don't expect that glow to last the body naturally tends to take for granted that which it eats and that
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glow will go away expect that and I'm very very happy that she told me that because that is exactly what happened if you're expecting that glow to last you're going to be disappointed it doesn't last but some people then go on to do is supplement the veganism with all kinds of supplements and diets and enemas and and in order to maintain that
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glow you have to become you know project my health that becomes your whole life your whole identity I'm not putting it down because those are the people that tend to have the most information about veganism I cannot do that my whole life is not V if one were to say how do you identify I would say I identify as someone who tries to make the world a more peaceful
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happy healthy place in general and one of the contributions that I make to that is a vegan style of eating so really what I'm on about is I'm all about peace insofar as I'm able to and part of that is being vegan I've never made that my identity I don't think it's healthy to ever tag yourself I'm vegan know people walking around the vegan t-shirts and
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all I've never done that if somebody asks me how I eat if it becomes a natural part of the conversation I'll talk about it I never bash people over the head with it I'm walking down the street you're never going to pin me out as a vegan I'm not wearing a green t-shirt this is vegan it's part of walking peacefully is doing a peaceful thing in serenity and keeping everything
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gentle around you so if I've never gotten into the strident militant kind of thing of a veganism if I'm asked I'll suggest it if somebody notices what I'm buying at the store or notices what I'm choosing from a table in which there are different things to eat then sure I'll talk about it but part of keeping the pieces is not being on a crusade I don't do a lot of exercise as you can
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see I should I should exercise more the contribution of veganism to my health is very very important to me but that's not what I'm totally on about I'm happy to be able to just at my age be able to be healthy enough to be comfortable in my body I live a sedentary life because I learn an awful lot and people who have
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spent decades of their lives sitting and reading books can expect to have the the body kind of atrophy in a way that people who live more active lifestyles can't but I like to be more physically strong and healthy and muscular and so forth and so on yeah but when I put that up against how much time that'll take from my learning I say well for me the learning is more important it's very very important to me
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when I eat something that I know that I haven't made big brown eyes cry I think a very important part of successful veganism is making a covenant with your body and saying to your body listen we have to make this work because eating
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the remains of animals who have suffered all their lives or eating the the milk products of animals whose young were taken away from them so that I can eat this cheese just because it tastes tasty to me just isn't on the table body this is a non-negotiable we're never going back to that so body you're going to just have to make do with these vegetables because there are
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no other options causing pain to eat is just a non-negotiable and when we have entered into a covenant like that with our body and the body gets a very very clear unwavering unequivocal signal that it has to process the vegan food as living tissue it does it responds to
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that agreement if the body picks up in the mind that it's a little bit negotiable then the taste buds start to take to tease you to tantalize you to tried it you know then that that whole thing happens that does not happen when the body gets a signal where you're saying to it listen let's respect each other we'll both be happier if we do this successfully together I'm going to list
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a number of my vegan sources for information people whom I watch and who sites I turn to for information some of whom I'm personally in touch with them personally in touch with people from the Gerson Institute and we communicate on on Facebook and they're wonderful wonderful people some of whom I just know from their work on the net these
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are all people whose wonderful wonderful work and contributions have contributed to my vegan success and again one of the reasons why they've contributed to my vegan success is because I never intended to do exactly what they do or take it whole cloth everything that I know about juicing I from jay kordich but I never intended to
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live mostly on juice everything I know about 80/10/10 and what's good to eat is raw food I learned from Christina and damn the man and making that lovely young woman Megan but I never had any intention of living according to 80/10/10 I picked eclectically and made it work I'm always making adjustments
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the way I noticed like what like um I look back over a year and I see that gradually over a period of a year my vegan way of eating has changed a little bit there are some things that I'm doing identically to the way I did in the beginning like eating mostly fruit which I learned from the Fit for Life program back in the 1980s when that book was written by Marilyn and what's-his-name
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the diamonds will come to me and the idea of eating raw fruit just just made sense so I I do that but other things change and I change in accordance with the what are their names Alba Marilyn and uh I don't know if diamonds that they wrote a book called food for life there were a few books and some things
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do change I'm always making adjustments I find that if I eat too many vegan products I don't feel so well so I am trying to limit that recently I am eating less sugar I'm putting stevia into my coffee I'm eating less sugar in general when I do eat sugar I try to eat more coconut sugar than cane sugar
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[Music] cut out the honey a long long time ago a long time ago probably within the first year that I always speaking I went off the honey and you know once I found out how honey was made I couldn't I I think that there there are more gentle ways of getting honey but I can live without it I love maple syrup I like sugar from coconut sugar so why should I eat honey
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I don't I'm happy and and reasonably healthy for my age I became vegan just as I was transitioning into menopause and my iron levels are higher than they've ever been but that could be again because I'm not losing a lot of iron but neither am i iron deficient we have our vitamin b12 checked by our vitamin b12 levels are just fine
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I do supplement my diet with spirulina I take spirulina just about every day and evening primrose oil from my hair I take a vegan hair vitamin which helps the body in general and I take dr. Christopher's yes to formulas for the thyroid so I take as both of his thyroid formulas together with eating Brazil
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nuts 2 or 3 Brazil nuts every day and some coconut oil I don't eat gobs of coconut oil I do eat some for my for my thyroid and and I take a vegan magnesium zinc and calcium supplement and that's basically about it I hope that this has helped yeah they are old vegan folks and there are vegan communities that have
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been vegan of her generation certainly can be done long term and I hope that this kind of contributes something to the happy and healthy and mutually respectful you dialogue concerning veganism thank you for listening I'm going to show you my my raw cheesecake I'm very proud of it it's not as pretty as the stuff that Cristina makes you know but I'm proud of it so
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I'll show you what it looked like we had it for sure the world thanks for listening yeah we do the whole raw vegan cheesecake thing which is absolutely perfect for the Shavuot holiday which we just finished I made them as cupcake kind of things and in bigger forms the bottom of it is pistachios and mulberries dates and coconut and the cheese part of it is
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frozen banana and coconut cream some baobab powder and a little bit of coconut sugar and the tapa there are two toppings that the first topping is pineapple and dates and chia seeds that I put into a blender and then on top of that I had I had cherries dried cherries I soaked them with some more dates and more chia seeds and put that on top of
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it I think everything here is organic except for the pistachios we are very lucky lucky to have a lovely lovely family who runs a farm who supplies the whole area with with organic produce which they deliver and that's big blessing recently I also came across another project of an organic farm on which it's being run by some young
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people near Tiberias they have a program there for a helping young people who are getting into trouble and dropped out of school to work on the organic form and help with the deliveries and kids who otherwise wouldn't have a framework in which to be have an extremely healthy productive loving way of finding themselves the people that run the form
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are young people so they themselves understand what it is to be a young person and I was just so delighted to find that project and it's an honor to to be able to support them

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