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  1. The New Papa John's Vegan Menu

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    Takeaway pizza chain Papa John's released a vegan menu today (28th January 2019) after persistent public demand and a petition with nearly 30,000 signatures urging the brand to offer vegan alternatives.

    The company released not only one vegan option, but three vegan pizza options: 

    • Vegan Sheese and Tomato
    • Garden Party with Sheese 
    • Hot Pepper Passion with Vegan Sheese

    Papa John's have also released their immensely popular marmite and cheese scrolls as now being available as a vegan option. The company has now joined other major fast food outlets such as Pizza Hut, Zizzi and Pizza Express by keeping up with consumer demand for more plant-based foods. Papa John's have made a large step by immediately releasing the vegan options at all of its stores nationwide.

    Managing Director at Papa John's, Liz Williams, has said “we worked closely with PETA who helped us develop the recipes and find the best vegan products, so we expect the new additions will be a huge hit” 

    It seems Ms William’s and others at Papa John's still managed to underestimate the vegan demand, with the new options selling out at many stores! One vegan from Eastbourne called their local store to order the new pizza for him and his wife, but the chain had sold out by lunchtime. They were told ‘they had run out... they had ordered two boxes and had run out already as the demand was so high, but it should be back in on Wednesday.’ 

    There’s a bittersweet feeling among vegans this evening, with everyone enthusiastic about the latest vegan additions selling so well, but many customers still eager to get their hands on one of the new pizzas! 

    Have you tried any of the new vegan options yet? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood

     
     
  2. Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein From?

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    Ah the question so widely asked of vegans on a daily basis. “Where do you get your protein from?”

    Despite such widespread concern for our dietary choices. I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of a vegan that has died from protein deficiency?

    In addition to the previous point, I would be surprised if you have ever heard of rhinos, gorillas, elephants etc. supplementing their diets with meat for fear of withering away.

    It is possible to obtain all the protein you need to live healthily and happily on a plant-based diet. Here are just a few ways you can hit your protein intake for the day.

    Natural Sources of Protein

    bowl of kale

    Lentils

    Any type of lentil; red, split, green, puy or otherwise is loaded with protein. Per 100g of lentils you can expect to consume around 8-9g of protein. They make for a seriously good curry too!

    Beans

    The staple of the student diet and yet incredibly nutritious. When you crack open your next tin of baked beans, you can expect around 5g of protein. Other types of beans such as pinto, or black-eyed etc are also great and contain around 7-10g of protein per 100g.

    Chickpeas

    Chickpeas are one of my favourites. Mainly because it helps me to justify the amount of hummus I eat. There is 7g of protein per 100g of chickpeas so don’t ever let anyone put you down for your love of hummus.

    Quinoa

    Okay, a bit fancy perhaps but it’s only fancy because of how incredibly healthy it is. While you only get around 4g of protein for every 100g of cooked quinoa. It is a complete protein meaning you get all 22 of the essential amino acids you need in your diet.

    Nuts and seeds

    Nuts and seeds are fantastic. Some make a great standalone snack, others make for a great supplement that you wouldn’t even notice. In a lot of cases, you can expect between 3-5g of protein per tablespoon. One of our particular favourites is Chia Seeds for their range of health benefits. You can even use them as an egg replacement!

    Oats

    Oats are respected as a wonderful carbohydrate to include in your diet, but did you know that per 100g of oats, 10% (10g) of that is protein? What better way to start your day! I usually have a bowl of porridge with almond milk and dried fruits in the morning but there are so many options to try.

    Vegetables

    Yep, vegetables have protein too. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Spinach as well as many others have between 1.5-2g of protein per 80g but we don’t tend to hear about that! (More on that later).

    Brown and Wild Rice

    per 100g of rice you can expect 4g of protein. If you’re on a budget, rice is perfect for slow release energy, fibre and protein. Making it a favourite among gym goers and meal preppers everywhere.

    Other Sources of Protein

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    Seitan

    Seitan is made from gluten, so if you are on a gluten-free diet this certainly doesn’t count. If you’re not, this delicious ingredient is packing 25g of protein per 100g. That’s huge! Not only that, but it’s also a great source of selenium, iron, calcium and phosphorous. (It makes for a great vegan kebab!)

    Tofu

    Made from soybeans and as previously mentioned in this post… beans are great for protein. Again, you can find all the essential amino acids you need in tofu. Typically containing around 10-19g of protein per 100g, you won’t be dying of protein deficiency any time soon. Most complain it’s quite bland - Try drying it out, coating it in cornstarch and adding any mix of flavours to it before frying it off and tell me if you change your mind.

    Nutritional Yeast

    We LOVE nutritional yeast and as the name suggests - it certainly is nutritional. If you get fortified nutritional yeast, there is 14g of protein per ounce, as well as fibre, magnesium, copper, zinc and a whole array of B-Vitamins including vitamin B12 which we covered in an earlier blog post. Did I mention it tastes like cheese?

    Soy Milk

    While plenty of other plant-based milks contain protein too, soy milk really goes the extra mile with 7g of protein per cup. I tend to mix mine with a plant-based protein powder to significantly up my protein intake so there are plenty of options here to hit your goals.

    Why Do We Need Protein?

    Protein is essential in muscle repair and growth. Your skin, hair, muscles and organs all require protein to maintain themselves. Especially if you are exercising.

    The main difference between meat protein and plant-based protein is the type you are consuming. They are divided into two different categories. Complete and incomplete. This is in relation to the amino acids contained in the protein. On a plant-based diet, it is harder to find complete proteins, but as previously mentioned; seitan, tofu, nutritional yeast and other sources do contain all the amino acids you need to sustain yourself.

    So Why Is It Assumed Vegans Don’t Get Enough Protein?

    You may remember, back in the day when you were learning about nutrition, a certain pie chart that depicted what was accepted as a ‘healthy’ diet:

    nutrition chart

    As you can see, the main sources of protein we were educated to believe were healthy consisted of meat, fish and dairy primarily (and nuts in this case).

    The meat and dairy industries hold a lot of sway over how dietary benefits are marketed to us and while they do contain protein, this pie chart also fails to mention the cholesterol and unhealthy fats that come as part of this ‘healthy diet’.

    The fact that we believe that meat and dairy are the only sources of protein available to us is a matter of how they have been marketed. We have grown up believing that they are the only reliable source that will sustain us when this is simply not the case.

     


    I hope this post has highlighted to you that there are more sustainable and healthy ways of reaching your protein intake. As a vegan, I am currently training at the gym and consuming around 140g of protein each day to hit my goals. While I am far from where I aim to be, I have made tenfold the amount of progress than when I was training on a meat diet, mindlessly consuming meat and dairy because that’s where I was told to find my protein.

    Now, I am far more conscious of my eating decisions and am finally starting to reap the benefits of a more healthy and sustainable diet choice.

    there are a number of vegan bodybuilders who have hit their goals and are showcasing that you don’t need meat to get those ‘gains’. You can find inspiration on the Instagram hashtag #veganfitness

    Are you benefitting from a vegan diet? We’d love to hear your stories! Share your journey with us on the hashtag #HBivore

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    Written by Jack Ricketts
    -Him-Bivore
    Marketing has always been my career focus. I am striving to promote a plant-based lifestyle to the masses through positive campaigns and sharing the benefits of veganism. The animals, and the planet, need us more than ever to make a change. 
    You can find me on Instagram

  3. Why The '3 Vegan Celebs' Have Been Eating Meat

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    There has been a lot of confusion lately about why the 'three vegan celebrities' have been seen eating meat on the newest season of the hit show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here'.

    On the build up to the show airing, there was a lot of speculation over social media that three vegans would be entering the camp. This was met with a lot of confusion and negativity, as some of the trials require eating live insects or animal parts in order to win stars which can then be traded in for meals for fellow camp mates. 

    Confusion only increased when Fleur East was seen eating meat on the latest episode, James Mcvey was seen to be eating scones and Sair Khan was seen tucking into meat too!

    Fortunately, the celebrities friends and family have taken to social media to clarify the claims.

    Someone from James McVey's twitter posted 'Hey guys, James is vegeterian and he didn't eat any wallaby tonight, just the veggies that came with the meals they were given.' So it would appear that James has never been and is not currently vegan, but is sticking to his vegeterian diet in the jungle.

    Fitness fanatic Fleur East is believed to have been vegan in the past, for health reasons, but is more of a flexitarian and changes between diets depending on where she is and what she's doing. 

    The most questionable claim of all is that of Sair Kahn, where friends and family have posted on Twitter that 'Sair isn't vegeterian or vegan. We've no idea where that came from.'

    So there you have it, it turns out that NO vegans have entered the jungle this year, and that none will be exempt from the morally questionable bush tucker trials. Our best guess here is that the rumours were started as part of a publicity stunt, to get people talking over a contraversial topic, or perhaps even to tarnish vegan reputation when the contestants would be seen eating meat.

    If you're interested in veganism, or trying a vegan diet (and aren't planning on entering the jungle) check out the challenge 22, where you're provided with recipes, meal plans and even a personal mentor and certified nutritionist to help you start your vegan journey.

     

    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood

     

  4. Animal Welfare

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    From all of us at Her-Bivore, welcome! You've made the first step in your vegan journey. Whether that ends at the end of this blog or continues for the rest of your life is up to you, but i'm here to provide you with all the information you need to make your own decision.

    As the most well known reason for veganism; animal welfare is at the forefront of many vegan campaigns. I'm not surprised you've ended up here, many of us would never hurt an animal ourselves and even class ourselves as animal lovers. Therefore questioning the morality of paying someone else to do it for us is the next natural step in the process.

    If you want a shock tactic, and have a strong stomach, click here to watch Dominion. I can promise you'll be vegan by the time it's finished, but I will give you a graphic warning. If you're wanting some written facts and statistics, that's what I'll cover in this blog. 

    Many slaughterhouse workers are paid based on the number of animals they kill, rather than an hourly basis, this causes many workers to rush, providing improper deaths to many animals.

    Cows

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    Many of you have probably seen healthy looking cows in lushious green fields as you're driving through the countryside, but this is what the indistry wants you to see. It's no surprise that cows go for slaughter, it's something we all try not to think about as long as it's done humanely right? But what is a humane way of taking the life of a being that doesn't want to die. With 20% of British beef coming from intensively farmed cows who will never leave a barn until they're loaded onto a slaughter truck. You can't trust those supermarket posters of happy cows in a field titled 'We only use 100% British beef'.

    The most common slaughter method for cattle is the stun method, where they are stunned using a stun gun and then have their throat slit. The two types of stun gun used are one which penetrates the skull, causing unconsciousness due to direct brain damage, or a non penetrative stun gun which impacts the brain without entering the skull. Many abattoir reports state that animals 'will not stand still' due to ineffective stun methods. The EU Scientific Veterinary Committee estimate that around 5 to 10% of cattle are not stunned effectively with the captive bolt - or up to 230,000 animals a year. 

    Dairy cows have an even worse deal than that of meat cattle, as all dairy cows end up as beef regardless. After 4 years of being artificially inseminated (the process of a farmer using his arm and tool to impregnate the cow while she is held in a machine referred to as a 'rape rack' in the industry) she is then sent to slaughter herself, as her body is exhausted from producing 10 times more milk than she naturally would. In order to produce milk, the dairy cow needs to be pregnant or have recently given birth. Calves are taken from their mother within 48 hours of birth, and females are fed formula in seperate cages until they can take their mothers place as a dairy cow, whereas males are seen as a byproduct of the industry and are slaughtered for veal.

    Pigs

    Pig Farming

    Despite the myth of pigs being dirty creatures, they are actually highly intelligent, social creatures. Pigs are often kept indoors for their entire life, in such cramped conditions that they fight among themselves in order to try and have some space. If you've ever seen an agriculture based cruelty video on Facebook, chances are it'll have been of a pig. Pig's are often kicked and beaten in large commercial farms, simply because 'they can be'. 

    Even those pigs which live 'happy' lives on smaller family farms have the same fate as those from intensive farming when sent to the abattoir. Pigs are generally slaughtered at around 6 months old, despite having a natural age span of 10-15 years. Most pigs are electrically stunned and research has shown that the inaccurate placement of the electric tongs is a big problem within the industry. Research has shown that 36% of tong placements do not span the brain as required by law. 13.3% of pigs are stunned on the snout and jaws - a position which is not recommended because animals may fail to lose consciousness. Viva! estimates that in the UK, 125,000 pigs a year will not be stunned at all because of this.

    Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks and Geese

    Chicken Farming

    We've all seen the horrific images from battery farms, so many people take pride in shopping from local farms or buying higher welfare meat. Unfortuntly the RSPCA approved space for a chicken is the size of an A4 piece of paper. The average Sunday dinner chicken will have more space in the oven than it did during its entire life.

    An estimated 1.7 million birds die per year before they even reach the slaughterhouse. This is from heart failure, physical damage and even having their skulls crushed when the doors of transporters are closed. All birds are hung by their feet and lowered into a electric bath in order to stun them before their necks are run past a blade and their throat slit. Unfortunately for turkeys, their wings can hang lower than their head, causing painful pre-stun electric shocks. Any bird who lifts its head before as they enter the bath are supposed to then be decapitated by a slaughterhouse worker, but given the quantity of birds and the speed of the process, many continue to the blade fully concious.

    Any bird who regains conciousness (which can take as little as 22 seconds for egg hens) before they die (which can take up to 5 minutes from the point of the blade) will then be entered into the scoulding tank alive.

    All egg laying hens will only generally be kept on a farm for 1 year after they start laying eggs, after this they are considered 'spent' and sent for slaughter. In the wild, hens would generally only lay 10-15 eggs per year as it is so labouring and requires so much energy. 

    Sheep

    Sheep Farming

    Sheep can suffer from a great deal of illness and an estimated 15% of lambs will die from one of these before they reach slaughter age. Tail docking of lambs is perfomed to make shearing and handling easier, and often happens without any anaesthetic.

    Sheep suffer from a wide range of diseases such as lameness, mastitis, foot and mouth disease and copper poisoning. Pneumonia and hypothermia, from harsh weather conditions, are prevalent in sheep in the winter. Indoor housing has increased disease problems with infectious diseases accounting for 60% of lamb deaths.

    Wool shearing is often done based on the number of sheep, rather than an hourly rate, therefore it is more financially beneficial for shearers to work as quickly as possible, often causing them to be impatient and frustrated with any sheep that won't cooperate as well as leading to common shearing accidents.

    Veganism

    Now that you've got some of the main facts, I hope this is enough to convince you to try vegnaism. If it isn't, scroll back up to the top and watch Dominion. If you need any help with your transition to a vegan lifestyle, don't hesitate to get in touch! Make sure you sign up for Challenge 22+ and check out all our recipes too!

    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood

  5. Environmental Veganism

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    It's no secret that our planet is dying, and many of us try to do what we can to help reduce the negative impact we are having on speeding that up, but one of the easiest ways you can help the planet is by going vegan. 

    Here's the facts:

    But what does this all mean?

    Water

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    A lot of people believe water is an abundant resource on this planet, after all it does make up 71% of the entire planet right? While this is true, only 3% of the Earth's water is freshwater, and only 1% is suitable for drinking. With growing populations and so many extra thirsty mouths to quench, is it fair that we use all that water for a burger?

    Many people believe our water source is infinite (limitless), but unfortunately, this isnt true. Saving water falls as a personal responsibiliy for every single one of us on this planet. While you may be thinking 'but Amy, what about all that extra water that will be needed to grow all the extra fruits and vegetables if everyone goes vegan?' and that's a very fair question! Cows are especially responsible for having a large water footprint (or should I say hoof print?), one cow will drink 30 gallons of water per day, and this can double in hot weather. Then you need to take into acount the water that is required to grow the 27lbs of food they eat on a daily basis, and it soon adds up to far more than would be required to feed a human (or even an entire family!) for the same period of time.

    Greenhouse Gasses

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    Livestock and their byproducts produce at least 32,000 million tons of CO2 per year, or 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions, whereas the entire transport sector combined is only responsible for 13%. I would also imagine you've heard about all the methane cows produce at some point in your life, but did you know that methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 and with emissions predicted to increase by 80% by 2050, we really need to act now. 

    Someone once told me that we have a responsiblity to the next generation to leave the planet in a better state than we found it, and I believe this kind of mindset is the only way we can save the planet before it's too late.

    Deforestation

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    Every second, 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared for grazing livestock, with 'slash and burn' being a commonly used practise of clearing rainforest quickly. We lose up to 137 animal, plant and insect species every day due to the destruction of these bio-diverse regions of our planet. These amazing rainforests once covered 14% of our entire planet, and are now only covering a mere 6%, and experts estimate that within 40 years this number could reach 0 if drastic action isn't taken to restore them. With more than half of the world's 10 million species living in tropical rainforests, we are on the verge of the sixth extinction, which will likely be mankind's final act.

    Oceans

    Ocean Damage

    One of the biggest consequences of industrial fishing is extinction. The atlantic cod was once so abundanct you could near enough walk across the oceans on their back (not that this would be a very vegan thing to do, but you get what I mean) but they were fished to near extinction, to the point where Canada had to put a ban on the fishing of them to try to save them from completely dissapearing from the oceans.

    Fishing is also one of the biggest destroyers of habitats under the ocean. Many types of net trawl across the bottom of the ocean, destorying everything in their path and reducing water quality, this threat to bio-diversity has resulted in humanity driving the oceans towards unprecidented species extinction. 

    One popular type of fishing in tropical waters is blast fishing, in which sticks of dynamite are thrown into the water. These stun the fish, and often cause them to float to the surface making for easy capture, but is one of the largest destroyers of coral reef, not to mention all the bycatch (fish caught that are unfit or unintended for consumption) that are killed.

    Bycatch in other areas of fising, such as those using large nets spanning many kilometers can include anything from dolphins and turtles to even sea birds who become caught up and quickly drown. 

    Veganism

    Veganism is about far more than instagram followers, fancy meals, diet trends or health, it could be our final chance to preserve and restore the planet which sustains life for billions of creatures every day. 

    If you're ready to give it a go, check out some of our recipes, sign yourself up for Challenge 22+ and make the best decision of your life. If you still need a little convincing, check our our Health and Animals sections, and next time you see a vegan option in a cafe of restaurant, give it a go! You might just like it!

    If you have any questions about anything to do with veganism, or need guidance or advice, dont hesitate to get in touch.

    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood