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Vegan Broth Better than FUCKING Bone Broth

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Vegan Broth Better than FUCKING Bone Broth

Ok peeps, here is another vent. The whole hype about bone broth gets me (as a vegetarian turning Vegan) a little upset. I understand that the gelatin and collagen are parts of bone broth, but HELLO PEEPS, our bodies can make collagen through food. And even if we are consuming heavy meat based products loaded with collagen, we still needs to manufacture it in OUR OWN bodies. Hence diets such as GAPS, Paleo, SCD compromise the ethics of vegans and vegetarians. Thus I refuse to accept that only a meat laden diet works for vegans.

There are experts out there insisting that vegans and vegetarians should be consuming bone broth, which I don’t think is very good at all. I understand that there may be a need for various ‘meat based’ products and I am not criticizing meat eaters (eat the damn meat if you want!!!) But stop forcing meat based products down our vegan and vegetarians throats.

After much research on this topic, I figured out that ANIMAL PROTEIN IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH, there are alternatives, which in some cases may even prove to be better than the meat sources. Bone Broth has been tooted in the media for all its wonderful benefits, it is definitely a health trend at the moment, but to be honest it is nothing special. Yes it has bones in it (dead animal carcasses, but we can still get benefits from a vegan source).

As human beings, we can make our own collagen. As it turns out vegans can make their own collagen. Our bodies cannot even digest collagen as a whole food, did you know that? We have to absorb the nutrients from it and utilize those raw nutrients as building blocks to make it!!! Hence eating collagen doesn't mean having ‘more of it”. In fact if you are eating dark leafy greens, these plants offer rich sources of collagen building blocks.

So to heal stomach lining, especially from gelatin, there are other plant sources that will help you instead of resorting to DEAD ANIMAL CARCASSES. May take longer, but hey nothing comes easy.

In Ayurveda, foods like healing aloe vera, ghee, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and kombu can help with gut healing. Also fermented foods like miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir etc. All those minerals found in bone broth are also found in vegetarian counterparts.

So to my fellow vegans and vegetarians, YOU CAN GET A PLANT BASED SOURCE OF BONE BROTH, which is probably better than dead animals boiled down!!!

For your broth feel free to use the following ingredients for a warm rich and nutrient dense broth.

  • Wakame seaweed, Kombu seaweed, hiziki seaweed - omega 3, great for intestinal health, packed with essential minerals and vitamins such as iron, calcium, magnesium and iodine.

  • Shitake Mushrooms, Cordyceps -packed with flavor and cancer fighting agents, great source of zinc, vit D and B. Contains all essential amino acids and is considered a pre-biotic.

  • Coconut oil, Ghee - healthy fat stable and great for gut healing, as it feeds the probiotics already in the gut. Liquid gold. Helps one absorb essential nutrients.

  • Turmeric, Ginger considered rhizomes, and help with tissue absorption and detox according to Ayurvedic. It is anti-inflammatory.

  • Dark leafy Greens such as kale, choi sum, spinach you name it!! Packed with vitamins K, A, C and minerals magnesium and calcium, good protein and prebiotic source.

  • Noosh or Nutrtional Yeast is packed with B vitamins, a wholly stable source vitamins

So you see folks, there are vegan alternatives. Stay tuned in recipes section for VEGAN BONE BROTH….

  • check out recipes for a great VEGAN BONE BROTH RECIPE

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Detoxing - The Scoop

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Detoxing - The Scoop

So I have taken on the challenge of the 3 day cleanse from none other than Punch Detox. This cleanse states that it helps remove toxins from the system. 

There are many signs of toxicity and usually when I feel myself coming down with a flu I usually get right to fasting, as this can really facilitate healing from a much greater level. I actually had gastro last week in Singapore and so I decided to give my body a full overhaul by doing the Punch Detox challenge. Since I have fasted before, I did level 2, which is awesome because it doesn’t have high amounts of sugar and sweetness common to other fasts. I can honestly say that Day 1 wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Although I had only a slight headache, I expected this because this is what I suffered from the first time I ever did a cleanse, and at that time I was in caffeine withdrawal mode, which is horrible!!!There are many detox symptoms which can run rampant if the diet is still loaded with sugar, caffeine and processed foods such as cookies and chips and I highly recommend that you ween off these foods close to a week or two before you fast, it will ease symptoms. 

In Ayurvedic medicine, such extreme juice cleansing is not really recommended for Vata types, although Pitta and Kapha types can benefit from it. Kapha will benefit the most from juice cleansing. Vata types can still do cleansing via a Kichari Cleanse, as this is ledd harsh for them and can still cleanse the entire body. Kichari is known as the food of the God’s because civilisations were sustained solely on beans and rice, not only does it nourish the body completely, but it allows the body to reach homeostasis. The beans are the split yellow kinds called dhal, more specifically mung dhal, which causes the least amount of disruption for the Vata type. As Vata experiences the most gas, the split beans can be cooked with kombu.

The truth is that detoxing or cleansing is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Just look at all the religions across the board, lent, ramadan, navratari etc. Mostly we get out of the way and let our body’s do all the work for us. By giving a much needed break to our digestion, the body can then get to work on removing toxins from the deeper layers of our being. This is why you see common detox symptoms such as headaches, sluggishness dry mouth, runny nose, irritability or anger, weakness, cravings, nausea, constipation or diarrhoea, and gas. By allowing our body to do the work, we can naturally and safely achieve homeostasis and remove unwanted cravings. Some people feel an intense amount of energy whilst fasting as the energy that usually goes into digesting is now available. I know of some Vata types that have fasted and felt high or spacey. It really all depends on your Ayurvedic constitution. 

The Punch Detox is a great way to reboot your system, as you don’t feel like you are starving your body. The juices are fair and not too sweet. The best part about day 1 was the gasPUNCHO, as it felt heavy enough to be like a soup. 

There are many different ways that you can fast , water fasts, juice fasts and mono fasts. With water fasting you only take water for a length of time. I would not recommend this unless you have experience fasting. The juice fasting is one of the most popular ways because you are still flooding your body with optimal nutrition so your energy levels can remain high. With mono fasting you are still eating solids but you eat the same thing to prevent the body from breaking down many different kind of foods, this is another way to cleanse and can be adapted for Vata types in Ayurveda. Hence Kichari. 

Now on Day 2, my headache has stopped and my tongue is slightly coated, a common symptoms of detoxing. I’m really looking forward to seeing the result after day 3. 

For doing a complete Kichari cleanse, please visit ready made meals section here. 

Until day 3!!!

 

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Vegan Catering Hong Kong

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Vegan Catering Hong Kong

Love True Food was happy to be participating in a casual networking event for Health & Wellness practitioners a Alive Wellness. 

We made a range of vegetarian canapés;

Tandoori Cauliflower Mini Burgers
Vol au Vent Hummus Cucumber Cups
South Indian Doklas with Coconut Chutney
Thai Veggie Wraps - with Sweet Chilli Sauce
Mini Sweet Tarts

We are so pleased the event was a success and look forward to catering more vegan markets here in Hong Kong. Please do not hesitate to contact us here, or get some of our yummy frozen foods at i-Detox in Central. 

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