Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Chance to Post in 2010...

Today is the last day of 2010! It's my last chance to make a post that will go under the year 2o10... So I'm taking an advantage of it :)

I thought I'd take time to wish you all a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hope you have a great 2011, and that it's even better than 2010! If you're new to this blog and your resolution is to go vegetarian, you've come to the right place. My resolution is to post more here!

So for now, enjoy the fireworks and celebrations and such

I do not own this picture

AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Famous Vegetarians (Updated)

So about a year ago when I started this blog, I wrote this post which contained names to famous vegetarians. This changes from time to time... There are always new celebrities, and sometimes the ones we have known for a long time go vegetarian. Because of this, I thought I'd update the post.

Here are some famous people who are vegetarian:
  • Abraham Lincoln**
  • Adam Young, singer from Owl City
  • Albert Einstein
  • Andy Hurley, drummer of Fall Out Boy
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist
  • Ashley Judd
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Billie Joe Armstrong, musician and singer of Greenday
  • Brad Pitt
  • Bob Dylan**
  • Brook Shields
  • Bruce Springsteen**
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay
  • Christofer Drew Ingle
  • Clara Barton
  • Davy Jones, musician of the Monkees**
  • Demi Moore**
  • Doris Day
  • Drew Barrymore**
  • Ellen Degeneres (vegan)
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Faith Hill**
  • Frank Iero, musician of My Chemical Romance
  • George Harrison, musician of the Beatles
  • Hayden Panettiere
  • Hayley Mills
  • Ian McKellan
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Jane Goodall
  • Jared Leto, singer of 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Jason Mraz (vegan)
  • John Campbell, bassist of Lamb of God
  • John Lennon, Beatles singer and songwriter
  • John Tesh
  • Johnny Cash**
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kirk Hammett, musician and guitarist of Metallica
  • Kirsten Bell
  • Larry Mullen Jr, musician of U2
  • Leona Lewis
  • Leonardo da Vinci (vegan)
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Lisa Simpson (hey, who said cartoons can't be celebrities?)
  • Mark Twain
  • Michael Bolton
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael "Mickey" Madden, bassist for Maroon 5 (vegan)
  • Mike Dirnt, bassist of Green Day
  • Mr.(Fred) Rogers
  • Nelly
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Paul McCartney, musician, singer and songwriter, Beatles guitarist
  • Pink
  • Philip Collen, musician, guitarist of Def Leppard
  • Phil Lesh, musician and bass player of The Grateful Dead
  • Prince
  • Reese Witherspoon**
  • Rick Allen, musician, drummer of Def Leppard
  • Ringo Starr, musician and drummer of Beatles
  • Rosa Parks
  • Russell Brand
  • Shania Twain
  • Simon Cowell**
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Terry Geezer Butler, musician of Ozzy Osbourne Band (vegan)
  • Thomas Edison
  • Travis Barker, drummer of Blink-182
  • Victoria Beckham**
  • Weird Al Yankovic (vegan)
  • And MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY more.
**Rumored to be vegetarian, but unconfirmed.

These were the people that I thought readers of my blog might like to know about the most, but there are lots more. Click HERE! to see them all.

You can also google "Is (your favorite celebrity's name) a vegetarian?", and many results will come up that will tell you!

Leave a comment and let me know if I forgot anyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

41 Reasons To Go Vegetarian

A lot of times I get asked the question... "why are you a vegetarian?" I kind of stand there, not really knowing what to say because there are so many reasons! I thought that I'd take the time to write 41 reasons that I am a vegetarian. Maybe they'll inspire to you to go vegetarian, too :)

1. The meat industry cause more pollution than any other industry

2. Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in fat than omnivorous diets

3. Meat packing companies treat workers very poorly. They have very hard, unsafe jobs but aren't paid well

4. Cows are forced into an all grain diet, when they need grass to be healthy

5. Male chickens have no use to farmers, so when they are born they are thrown into a grinder

6. Vegetarianism can prevent obesity

7. Cows are a major source of methane, a gas that is harmful to the environment

8. "Children who don't eat meat will be, in my opinion, among those adults in the next generation with no heart disease and cancer"--Charles R. Attwood, MD

9. Animals are given drugs and antibiotics to make them grow faster than they would normally be grown

10. A lot of energy is required to slaughter animals

11. Vegetarianism is cool :D

12. Pigs have their teeth and tails removed within a week of being born, with no painkillers

13. Vegetarianism can prevent heart disease

14. It is a lot cheaper to buy vegetarian food that it is to buy meat

15. Vegetarianism will make you feel happy!

16. If water consumed in the making of food a person consumes is counted in the total amount of water a person consumes, then a vegetarian consumes about 300 gallons per day, whereas a meat eater consumes 4,000

17. According to a study done in 2006, the meat industry does more environmental damage than the vehicle industry

18. World hunger can be stopped if enough people go vegetarian. All that food that the animals we eat consume could be consumed by humans for a better cause

19. Cows are sensitive animals: mother cows can be heard crying for their calves after they are taken away

20. Millions of people get sick or die from infected meat every year

21. Growing grain for animal feed is wearing out the land

22. Vegetarianism can prevent cancer

23. If you're a guy: girls will see how sensitive you are and fall in love with you ;)

24. Free range doesn't mean animals were able to roam free outdoors... They were still contained in small spaces, just not in cages

25. A lot of gas is used in transporting animals from farms to slaughter houses

26. By being vegetarian, chances are you will stop eating fast food such as McDonald's and Burger King, which are very harmful to your health

27. Meat is a dead animal... D:

28. Pigs are smarter than dogs and 3 year old human children

29. Cattle Ranching is the number one cause of Amazonian deforestation

30. Vegetarians generally live longer than meat eaters

31. It's a proven fact that cows with names give more milk.

32. You get to have the amazing title of a VEGETARIAN! how cool is that?!

33. Towns in which meat packing companies are built usually have a high crime rate, as well as other problems

34. More and more doctors/nutritionists are starting to recommend vegetarian diets

35. Chickens are kept in small spaces and hardly ever see the light of day in their entire lives

36. A meat eater's diet required two to four times more farming land than a vegetarian's

37. There are no nutrients found in meat that cannot be found in non-meat sources

38. Eighty times more fossil fuels are used in the production of animal protein that the production of plant protein

39. Chickens are forced to get fat at a rate that they can't keep up with, causing them to be only able to take a few steps at a time

40. There are many diseases that vegetarians have decreased risks of getting because of their diet

41. Vegetarians are awesome!



I got this information from...
peta2.com (What They Never Told You)
Food Inc (a documentary)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly by Marty Mattare & Wendy Muldawer
A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian by Julie Krizmanic
The Vegetarian Revolution by Giorgio Cerquett

Questions?? Leave me a comment and I'll get right back to you :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

WOW I'm getting better at this posting more often thing already! Two posts in one day! I'm on a roll! *claps for Addie*


Anyway... This is the recipe that I was talking about earlier. It was really awesome so I decided to post it! It's super easy and comes together pretty quickly. It looks really pretty too, which is cool :) I got this from my new book, The Starving Students' Vegetarian Cookbook by Dede Hall. So here's the recipe!

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
6 large fresh basil leaves, cup up
dash salt & pepper, to taste
8 oz angel hair pasta

1. Boil the water for pasta. While pasta is boiling, make the sauce...
2. In a skillet, over high heat, heat oil 1 minute. Stir in garlic and mushrooms. Cook and stir a couple of minutes, or until mushrooms are soft.
3. Reduce heat to medium, add tomatoes, basil leaves, and salt & pepper and stir to blend ingredients well. Cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. While sauce is cooking, put angel hair pasta into the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Careful: angel hair pasta cooks VERY quickly!
5. Drain cooked pasta. Serve tomato sauce over top of pasta. Enjoy!

This recipe is vegan!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

So Many Titles Are Possible!

So I will put them all here...

Wow, it's been FOREVER!
My last post was October 1st! That was over two months ago... The sad thing is, in that post I wrote"I want to try to post more often..." Haha. Looks like that didn't happen. Sorry guys, I've been pretty busy with school and... well, life. Right now it's winter break, so I'm catching up with everything. Hopefully I'll be able to find more time to post in my second semester of high school :)

Merry Christmas!
Yesterday was Christmas! Hope you all had a good one :) Also in my absence, I missed Halloween and Thanksgiving... so hope you had a fun Halloween, and a great, turkey-free Thanksgiving!

I got some new cookbooks!
So as I just mentioned above ^, yesterday was Christmas! Two of my presents were vegetarian cookbooks, and they seem like really good ones. One was The Starting Students' Vegetarian Cookbook by Dede Hall. The cover describes it as "over 150 recipes for quick, cheap, and delicious meals!" So as you may have figured out, this book is designed for vegetarian college students with limited time and money who want to eat healthy food. There are all kinds of recipes in it, including sections just for Italian and Mexican foods! I'm making a recipe from it after I write this post... If it's a good one, I'll post it tonight :) The other cookbook I got was Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly by Marty Mattare & Wendy Muldawer. This book was designed for vegetarian parents who want to raise their children vegetarian. It has a lot of healthy recipes that kids, adults, and everyone in between are guaranteed to enjoy! I haven't looked at it a whole lot yet, but it seems like it has some great lunch ideas. I'll post more about both of these books later...

I didn't completely forget about the blog!
I've been working on a post for a long time... It's titled "Reasons to Go Vegetarian" I'm trying to put a number in front of that (ex., 35 reasons), but there are so many I keep coming up with some! That's why it's taking so long... But hopefully you will find it interesting, and it will make you glad that you're a vegetarian. I know they make me glad I'm a vegetarian :D

So unless I post that recipe tonight, bye for now! Expect a post soon. I'm going to say it again... I'll try to post more often on this blog! I mean it this time!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Hey guys! Today (October 1st) is World Vegetarian Day! Whoo hoo!!

So how have you guys celebrated? I haven't done anything, since I nearly forgot! Yesterday in my Biology/Health class, we started a project on how today's food affects us, the environment, and animals. I don't know if you have heard of it, but there is a documentary called Food Inc., and it's about how food has changed over the past 50 years more than it has in the past 1,000. It also showed how animals are raised in farms that are more like factories nowadays, which made a lot of people cringe...

It's quite ironic that we started this project the day before World Vegetarian Day, huh?

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been pretty busy with starting high school and what not. Oh, I thought I should make a resoulution for World Vegetarian Day, so here it is:

My World Vegetarian Day Resolution: Post on my blog more!!

HAPPY WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY EVERYONE!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Being Vegetarian without being Anemic

This is a very important topic that has recently been drawn to my attention. I've heard stories (and personally know one person) who were vegetarians but learned they were Anemic. Instead of changing their diet, they simply stopped being vegetarian...

But what if you don't want to stop being vegetarian?

That's what this post is about.

First off, some readers may not know what Anemia is: it's medical condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells to function properly. Red blood cells help carry oxygen to the tissues, and do do this they need Iron, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12. Symptoms of Anemia include being tired, fatigued easily, appearing pale, heart racing, shortness of breath, hair loss, malaise, and worsening heart problems. Sometimes, Anemics will not feel any symptoms, but it can still be a problem, and in the worse of cases, deadly. But don't let that scare you! Read on and find out how to treat it without having to eat a steak.

For more information on Anemia, click here. This is where I got all of my information on it. Now here is how to be a vegetarian without being Anemic!


When you're Anemic, it probably means you aren't getting enough Iron, Vitamin C, or Vitamin B12. These things are found in meat, and by eliminating meat, you need to make sure you get enough of these from other sources. Here is a chart that shows how much of these things you should be consuming daily:

Vitamin/Mineral

Females (age 11-18)

Males (age 11-18)

Vitamin C

50-60 mg

50-60 mg

Vitamin B12

2.0ug

2.0ug

Iron

15mg

12mg


But, in what foods are these found? Here is a list:
Vegetarian sources of Iron:
~Cereal
~Bread
~Oatmeal
~Wheat germ
~Soybeans
~Tempeh
~Tofu
~Soy milk
~Cashews
~Pumpkin seeds
~Sunflower seeds
Vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12:
~Chick peas
~Lima beans
~Lentils
~Soybeans
~Tempeh
~Tofu
~Textured vegetable protein
~Corn
~Peas
~Milk
~Cheese
~Yogurt
~Cereals
Vegetarian sources of Vitamin C
~Fruits such as Kiwis, Oranges, Guavas, Grapefruits, Strawberries, or Cantaloupes.
~ Brussels Sprouts
~Red and Green Sweet Peppers
~Vegetable juices such as V8.

Another approach to getting enough of these is to take a vitamin. Rainbow Light makes a good multivitamin called "Active Health Teen". It's 100% plant based, so it's good for vegetarians and vegans to take. I take it myself sometimes, and it's great! Click here if you would like to learn more about them or buy some for yourself.

So now you know... Now can now be a vegetarian without being anemic!

If you have any thoughts/questions, please share them in a comment!