Vegan Facts and Gift Ideas

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that vegan friend you love so much, you want to treat yourself, you have “Meatless Mondays” on your New Year’s Resolution, or want to go vegan for good (and join the 6% increase of vegan population)… No matter the reason you’re reading this, you’re in the right place to find some support and fun vegan ideas for this year-ender, as well as some trivia about vegan facts.

Veganism is not a trend from the ‘60s or the hippie era. It has been here for longer than you might think.

Zarathustra, Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle… Even Pythagoras was a vegan. A Pythagorean diet meant a plant-based diet. We’re talking about 500 B.C. here. His thoughts about meat were something like this (according to Ovid): (1)

“What wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another!”
“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

Pretty straightforward, huh? Swallow that pill of ancient wisdom while you keep scrolling.

The vegan philosophy has been around long enough for us to notice. Nowadays, there are three main reasons why to go vegan: 

  • Health: It’s a diet with low-cholesterol and even the American Diabetes Association considers that a plant-based diet is an effective option for type 2 diabetes management. There’s scientific back-up (like here and here) proving that changing your eating habits to a vegan diet will improve and even prevent heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. It’s an excellent diet to lose weight and even treat constipation. The universal panacea is healthy eating, Hippocrates knew that.
  • World: Environmental advocates claim that grain used to feed livestock for meat production could feed 1.4 billion people (the total population of India, or almost three times the population of the United States). Also, to make one pound of meat, you need 2.500 gallons of water but to make one pound of wheat, you need 25 gallons (the amount of water in a 12-minute shower). Veganism is a lifestyle that protects forests, oceans, and prevents contamination.

 

  • Animals: During 2013, 10 Americans ate approximately: (2)

1 cow
8 turkeys
4 pigs
1 duck
252 chickens

 

In 2013, the U.S. population was 316,2 million people. Do the math (I don’t really think that’s necessary), that’s a lot of animals killed for consumption only.

Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. We’re talking about 6 million animals per hour. PER HOUR. They suffer insanely before dying. If you believe in karma, a leather coat won’t do you any favor.

Whichever reason you have, thing is you’re saving yourself and the world, one step at a time, just by going vegan.

So, in order to start your vegan journey (or keep doing it), here’s a list of vegan items that will help you to have a healthier and more productive 2018:

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    Planters’ Choice Organic Herb Growing Kit + Herb Grinder

    Complete Kit to Easily Grow 4 Herbs from Seed (Basil, Cilantro, Chives & Parsley)
    with Comprehensive Guide | Unique Gift

    The kit includes:

    • 4 biodegradable growing pots.
    • 4 moisture-proof organic seed packets.
    • 4 soil discs that expand (up to 7 times) when watered.
    • 4 bamboo plant markers.
    • 1 herb grinder, so you always have fresh herbs on your dishes.

    You can grow the basic herbs for cooking: basil, cilantro, chives, and parsley. They are 100% organic and NON-GMO. Can it get any better?

    Yes. It has a fool proof instruction booklet with details on how to plant the seeds and take care of them, as well as some interesting history facts about each one.

    Finally, it has a 100% refund policy, no questions asked, if you don’t feel satisfied with the product.

    It’s an amazing gift idea for a child, a loved one or even for a self-treat. Have you been thinking about an indoor garden? This is the perfect way to start.

    Vegan Fact: Leonardo Da Vinci was vegan as well:

    “The day will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

    The guy was right.

    Learn more $29.99 $23.99
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    Vegan Cookbook for Beginners: The Essential Vegan Cookbook to Get Started

    This is the easiest way to submerge yourself in the vegan lifestyle (or to refresh vegan recipes ideas for seasoned vegans). This cookbook includes:

    • What’s the vegan diet, health benefits, how to make the transition, avoid common mistakes, vegan facts.
    • Weekly vegan meal plan.
    • Easy guidelines.
    • +150 Quick vegan recipes of smoothies, breakfasts, dressings, sauces, salads, appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts and snacks. Basically, everything you could ever need.
    • Simple shopping list.
    • Kindle or paperback format.

    It sums up the basics for a vegan lifestyle. Do you want to show your carnivore family that veganism is delicious and healthy? Do it with a black bean vegetable enchilada for dinner. Blueberry muffins for breakfast? Of course. Make homemade hummus or cilantro quinoa burgers for a vegan party. You can add vegan food to enhance any situation with this cookbook.

    Talking about food, you might have heard that the vegan diet lacks some nutrients. Let’s make a brief parenthesis to demystify this issue:

    • B12 vitamin. The most suitable plant-based source for this vitamin is nori, as shown in this Japanese study of 2014. You can take supplements as well. You need that vitamin for red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis. Start adding sushi to your meals!
    • Vitamin A. Your body can produce its own vitamin A with vegetables (like sweet potato, winter squash, and kale) and fruits (like mango, cantaloupe and red grapefruit).
    • Vitamin D. Mushrooms are the only plant-based source of vitamin D, besides the sun. It’s added in fortified soy milk and other vegan foods as well.
    • Calcium and iron. This is a myth. If you don’t eat leafy greens and fruits (besides beans and whole wheat) you won’t have enough nutrients, no matter if you’re vegan, carnivore, or whatever-vore.
    • Protein. This is the biggest and oldest myth. A protein molecule is made of little bricks called “amino acids” which our body needs in order to function properly. Plants have certain “bricks”, grains and beans have others… You must combine them to make a complete protein molecule. It sounds harder than it is. Lentils, chickpeas and quinoa are great sources of protein.

    The other issue with protein is the daily intake needed. Some people consider that a vegan diet doesn’t offer enough protein, but how much is enough? An average person needs 0.8-1.3 grams per kg (0.36-0.6 grams per pound. Check this information herehere, and here). So:

    A 70kg person would need a daily protein intake of 56 grams.

    This can be accomplished easily in a vegan diet. One serving of tofu contains 11 to 25 grams of protein, ½ cup of lentils contains 10 grams, edamame has 22 grams per cup, broccoli has 3 grams per cup… And we’re talking about high-quality protein here, bombs of minerals and vitamins. Shake off that protein excuse.

    Even though the daily-intake-needed-of- protein studies are far from over, a vegan diet can offer the amount you need and huge health benefits.

    Learn more $11.99 $10.79
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    Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer

    Folksmate Mandoline Slicer with Strong Stainless Steel Spiral 3-Blade
    Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Make for Low Carb / Paleo / Gluten-Free

    This is the perfect vegan gift. Really. With it, you can have fresh veggies or fruits ready to eat in no time.

    • It has 3 sharp Japanese 420-grade hardened stainless steel blades. This will cut those stubborn carrots or help you make a nice zucchini spaghetti.
    • It has a suction cup that firmly locks on the countertop to prevent accidents.
    • It’s easy to use. You can set it up quickly and later take it apart and store in a drawer.
    • The blades are color-coded, depending on the kind of cut you want. They are easy to change, and the design allows you to store them safely.
    • It’s safe to use. The steady design lets you make your veggie noodles keeping your hands far from the blades.

    With it, you can make new recipes or adapt the ones you already know. The cookbook and the spiralizer make the perfect vegan kit for starters!

    Vegan Fact: The word “vegan” was coined in 1944, due to the foundation of the new movement leaded by non-dairy vegetarians that later turned into The Vegan Society. They needed a word to describe the movement, so “dairyban”, “vitan”, and “benevore” were discussed. At the end, they opted for “vegan”, as it contains the first three and last two letters of “vegetarian”. In the words of one of the founders, Donald Watson:

    “It marked the beginning and end of vegetarian.”

    But, the word “vegan” existed among science-fiction writers to describe the inhabitants of the “Vega” star.

    Also, “Veganism” is an acronym for “Saving me”.

    Learn more $49.99 $17.99
  • Vegan as F*ck 2018 Planner

    Vegan Weekly Monthly Planner Calendar Organiser and Journal
    with Inspirational Quotes + To Do Lists with Vegan Design Cover (Vegan Gifts) (Volume 8)

    Whether you’re vegan or want to be for 2018, this planner is for you. Some of us need a place to organize everything. Here, you’ll have:

    • A weekly and monthly planner to schedule your meetings and keep track of deadlines. Also, to make your daily/weekly vegan meal plan.
    • All your weekly to-do lists in one single place. Stop relying on the post-it’s adhesive properties.
    • A notes section to write a new vegan recipe, things to remember, or draw doodles at the corners.
    • Inspirational quotes to help you through the day, or maybe to write them as an Instagram caption for your TBT’s.
    • An 8.5×11″ size, sturdy stock. Perfect to carry to school/college/work or to have on your desk.
    • U.S. holidays and fun holidays (National Spaghetti Day, anyone?).

    Vegan Fact: The World Vegan Day is celebrated every November 1st since 1994. It was meant to commemorate the anniversary of The Vegan Society organisation, founded in 1944. Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) are vegans. One more reason to enjoy “Creep” or “Californication”!

    Learn more $10.98
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    Holiday Collection Home Spa Bath and Body Natural Skin Care Gift Sets By Namaste Skin

    You want a raise on your salary for the upcoming year? Soften the mood of your boss with this amazing skin care collection. Don’t know what to buy for your sister? Look no further. Want to treat yourself with a home-spa session? Buy this and go straight to the bathtub! The world could fall apart but you won’t care with this relaxing aromatherapy assets.

    This cruelty-free, vegan kit includes:

    • Hand & body lotion.
    • Shower gel.
    • Charcoal facial mask.
    • Eye cream.
    • Bath salt.
    • Wood brush.
    • Shower pouf.
    • Pumice stone.
    • Sisel sponge.
    • Rolling massager.

    They come in a gift box, so you can send it right away with no worries!

    Vegan Fact: Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles tend to be health-conscious. This population tend to smoke less and exercise more. This is probably due to their philosophy. For example, Olivia Wilde started a campaign with her best friend, Barbara Burchfield, as a response to non-sustainable fundraising efforts. Have more information about it here.

    Learn more $22.95 $19.95

Last But Not Least

The reason you have for going or being vegan doesn’t matter. The fact is that, together, we make a huge impact, one person at a time. Let’s increase that 6%!

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so, it becomes a moral choice, and one that is having a huge impact on the planet.” – James Cameron.

Michelle Torres

About Michelle Torres

Michelle Torres is a vegan physiotherapist obsessed with learning new things. In her natural state, she'll be with a cup of coffee and some music writing a post about veganism or laughing. Probably the latter.

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