Alkaline Veganism

spelt-flourDr. Sebi is a pathologist, herbalist, biochemist, and naturalist who has educated people about the African Bio-mineral Balance. He began creating natural vegetation cell food compounds geared for inter-cellular cleansing and the revitalization of all the cells that make up the human body.

This simply means curing the body of disease by cleansing it through herbs of natural vegetation and alkaline foods. This also means staying away from acid-based foods–for example starch!

Starch is a chemical–not a food–that derives from hybridization because when a food is not natural it produces a chemical(starch). When a food is natural, it has a ph of 7.0 or above.

Spelt is an ancient grain that carries less gluten than your modern wheat. Spelt is my FAVORITE non-starch and non-sugar flour to bake breads with.  You can make pancakes, flatbread, banana bread, buns, pasta noodles, and so much more!

Health benefits:

  • protein
  • carbs
  • iron
  • copper
  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • zinc
  • selenium
  • niacin
  • thiamine
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What’s Your Favorite Tea?

I’ve been in love with tea long before becoming vegan. After deciding to do away with juices and other sugary drinks, hot steeping tea became my favorite substitute. tea-bags-1322551At the moment my favorite tea is roasted dandelion root and chamomile, sweetened with agave nectar. Tea is great during breakfast or even better at night.Find your favorite tea!

I used to be in  love with a variety of fruit flavored teas. There are so many to play around with. Don’t be afraid to experiment! There are so many benefits to drinking tea, like:

  • Tea contains antioxidants
  • Tea has less caffeine than coffee
  • Tea may help with weight loss
  • Tea may boost the immune system
  • Tea may keep your smile bright(does not erode tooth enamel)

 

Nutrition on the Go!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the go! Through my struggle of becoming vegan I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. Here are two easy tips on how to stay hydrated and full throughout the day.

1. Tea

Try hot tea instead of hot coffee. Coffee is filled with caffeine to keep you energized, while tea can be used to calm an upset stomach.

2. Fruit

All fruits are 80% filled with water.

Along with other health benefits, tea and fruit are easy ways to keep the body hydrated.

 

 

 

 

Preparation is Key!

Being prepared is one of the most important things you’ll have to be as a vegan. Considering we can’t consume anything that comes from an animal—i.e. beef, pork, chicken, seafood, cheese, milk, etc.— our choices can be limited at times. So remember when I said the struggle gets blog-postreal? Well its gets even more real on the weekends I have drill. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I’m not only a working college student but I’m also enlisted in the Army National Guard.

Sometimes in the military we’re ordered to travel and complete missions that could take ALL day. Yes, we get fed but I absolutely refuse to eat a plate lunch of processed foods or even worse–a MRE!

Staying prepared means staying focused! Of course, I’m the only solider in the unit with a traveling lunchbox filled with

  • apples
  • bananas
  • pears
  • walnuts
  • raisins
  • agave nectar

I usually blend the walnuts, raisins, banana, and agave together in a small container to create my own personal trail mix.SO I definitely understand the struggle of being a vegan–a southern vegan–and a military southern vegan.

Just remember, preparation is KEY!

 

Welcome to MY Southern Struggle!

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Like any other South Louisianian, I too was once in love with EVERYTHING seafood.But throughout my transition I’ve learned to fall in love with other foods.

Now that doesn’t mean I haven’t cheated along the way.

I’m a full time college student with two jobs. So I MOST DEFINITELY understand the struggle of meal prepping or simply finding something nutritional to eat.

So this blog is a support system for other southern vegans or any vegan—who like me—doesn’t have it all figured out yet.

I’m here to encourage and strengthen you along the way. Don’t worry! We can get through the struggle together!