Most of you may or may not know this, but honey is actually not Vegan. Despite the fact that we aren’t directly killing bees to harness their honey, we are still enslaving, exploiting and stealing their honey which they have worked so hard to obtain. Each bee has to visit 50-100 flowers in order to fill their stomachs. To make just 1 pound of honey, bees would have to visit 2 million flowers and they would’ve flown 55,000 miles (which is about 2 times around the world). And we are just taking all their hard work away from them for our own selfish consumption.
Most of you guys wouldn’t know this (or at least I didn’t), is the controversy of pet ownership while being a Vegan.
Why is this a concern?
You might be thinking, as long as we feed our pets Vegan food, it’s completely fine because we’re still not supporting the meat industry. However, let’s look at this issue from a ethical perspective. Ethical Vegans strive towards a day where animals of any kind are no longer considered property, or held in captivity. The whole idea of animal liberation is not compatible to pet ‘ownership’. Domestic pets even in the best case scenario, they are exploited to reproduce in order to create cross-breed species that we humans desire. We train them to be compliant and servile. So for as long as we stand, complete animal liberation is our ultimate goal, to evict them of this environment of vulnerability and give them the freedom they deserve.
There’s always this huge debate on whether Vegans are allowed to drink alcohol, and if they can whether they should or not. People tend to associate Vegans to a ton of restrictions. I hope as you read my blog, you’ll find out that despite not eating meat, dairy and eggs, we still aren’t missing out on much in life. The whole part of being a Vegan for most of us is for the sake of our own health. Its all about feeling our best and being in the right state of mind at all times. So if the question is can vegans drink alcohol? the answer is only certain brands.
Recently, I chanced upon one of Freelee’s videos of her promoting the consumption of meat. Curious, I went ahead and watched her video. SuperMeat is the latest craze amongst Vegans and animal activist. They are currently in the process of developing a system to produce a small scale of cultured meat. It’s like growing meat in a petri-dish. Best part is that there isn’t any animals harmed in the process!
How do they do it?
My latest obsession is with oat balls and this recipe that I’ve made is inspired by teenyweenytreats a little startup selling Vegan treats such as oat balls, tarts and cereal bars. They offer a wide a range of flavours, from nutty nuts to chocolate cinnamon. My personal favourite is the nutty nuts because its overloaded with peanut butter goodness. Show them some love by ordering their treats via their instagram.
Anyway back to my recipe.
This Raw Vegan Matcha Oat Ball recipe is the easiest one ever. It’s simply combining all the ingredients into a single bowl and mixing it up! It literally takes less than 10 min to get it done. Jammed packed with plant-based protein, it serves as a great afternoon snack that is convenient and portable especially if you don’t have time to fix breakfast for yourself. Without further ado, let’s get into the ingredients:
Family and friends are the people we hold close to our hearts. The struggle that many Vegans face is often rejection from their loved ones. Because food is just such an integral part of our lives, that our food preference and dietary requirements becomes a huge consideration on deciding where to eat. I admit that Vegan food is pretty expensive and not readily available, especially in Asian countries. It’s kind of ironic that the ones we love are the ones that have the hardest time accepting us. Personally, my parents found it strange that I wasn’t ordering my favourite sashimi, steak and chicken rice. What more I no longer ordered desserts, a must-have for me after every family dinner on Saturdays. Despite the fact it took 1 month for them to find out, opening up to them was the hardest. It’s always the why question that gets me. At that point of time, I was still pretty fresh into Veganism hence I wasn’t really knowledgeable in that aspect. My mum was the one that flipped. I had a huge argument with my parents and I just broke down and cried because I thought as parents, they should give me their full support. As for my friends, I am glad that none of them shun me away or thought that I was weird. They are super supportive of me and accepted my life-changing decision to become a Vegan. It’s because of them that’s why gooyokers.com is born.
It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the weather is absolutely perfect for a beach outing. Because it was my birthday, B decided to take me on an adventure, a getaway from the bustling streets of Singapore. We just simply needed a short break from work. I had no idea where B was going to bring me, so like a clueless goat, I followed. The day began with me being late to meet B, as usual. I was told to meet him at 8am but ended up only yanking myself out of bed at that time. That costs us to be late for the ferry at Marina South Pier. Hence, we just decided to take a detour back to Promenade and have my favourite cup of hot chocolate at Sarnies.
This Vegan Green Breakfast Smoothie has been my latest obsession. This is not any ordinary recipe. It is one that is jammed packed with nutrients that’ll help rejuvenate, refresh, detox and cleanse. If anything, it is the ultimate power smoothie for you to start your day right. This sachet of goodness contains:
From what I’ve learnt, there are 5 stages of grief – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and lastly, Acceptance. I think I’m currently in the stage of denial. Still believing nothing has ever happened to us. I personally think that sometimes we need our own space, to sort out our thoughts. Just when everything seems perfect to you, doesn’t mean it will always be the case. Call me a fool for putting myself through this, but I think we need this. If we get through this, it will only make us stronger.
Ever experienced the feeling of loss, heartbrokenness, or just feel your life is in a complete mess.
I believe everyone has those days. Indeed, gooyokers isn’t all about dwelling on the negatives, its about looking to the future. Today I made probably one of the most silliest decisions of my life. I let the love of my life slip away because of my moment of folly.