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The vegan movement is rapidly picking up speed and I'm all for it! And while our plates are looking cruelty free, so must our entire lifestyles.
Cruelty Free Clothing
Everything Vegan Apparel creates vegan shirts with a cruelty free message. Aaron , the founder and creator of the company, uses a water based ink to print his funny vegan shirts, which is healthier for the environment. Each apparel comes with a cute message reminding the world of your vegan stance. One of my favorite messages from Everything Vegan Apparel is the reminder of how useless dairy is in regards to the human diet.
Dangerous Diary = Dangerous Curves: 3 Reasons to Eliminate dairy
1. Not your mom not your milk
Seeking curves through consuming diary is not necessary and can actually be detrimental to your health. You are not a baby cow. Mother Nature and her infinite wisdom made sure that cow's milk was the perfect food for a growing 60 pound calf into 700 pound cow. Think about the amount of hormones that must exist in this milk in order to do that on top of the additional hormones they inject into these animals. Also note dairy is the number 2 cause of inflammation in the human body, next to gluten. It causes excessive mucus build up. When I ate dairy, my pre vegan days of course, I dealt with bronchitis, ear infections, chronic chest colds, and yeast infections (I know, not the sexiest thing in the world to admit but hey it's real). Humans for the most part do not produce the enzyme lactase needed to break down the sugar lactose in milk. So building curves using diary is not worth it. What good are curves if it causes health issues? You want to look good and FEEL good as well.
2. Not the best choice for healthy bones
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and extremely important for us curve builders who lift weights (remember building muscle equals building curves). This mineral helps with contraction of the muscles. It also helps increase bone density which is necessary due to the stress heavy lifting can cause in your body. "But Gina this means I should drink milk. Milk has calcium!" Hold on buddy not so fast. Yes cow milk does contain calcium (naturally in raw milk and fortified in pasteurized milk) and yes it CAN (not always) be bio available (the extent which a nutrient can be used in the body) for absorption. But as I mention in point number 1, you are NOT a calf. Acquiring calcium should not involve health risks that dairy often comes with. Most dairy products are pasteurized which means any calcium that did exist, now has to be fortified back in. Plant based milks can also be fortified and deliver a high bio availability rate of calcium. Besides where do cows get their calcium? Are they drinking 3 glasses of milk a day? No, cows get their nutrients from plants. Things like turnip greens, kale, and mustard greens have a higher bio availability rate of calcium than dairy milk. So there is really no nutritional reason for consuming dairy.
3. It's cruel
We are curvy VEGANS, meaning besides looking sexy and being healthy, our main goal is striving to do the least amount of harm to ALL living creatures. Now some would argue that there are "humane" practices on diary farms. I won't say that every animal is tortured, however, how humane is loss of freedom? Should I be grateful if I was specifically breed for the purpose of profit just because I was not physically harm? What about my consent? Animals do not have the capability to consent so essentially it is exploitation and unethical.
A business exists for profit and cattle is the product that produces profits. The cow is literally there to make humans money. Nothing wrong with making money, (we all need money to live and and nothing is wrong with having a business). It's treating a sentient being as a product that is bothersome. Cows have to constantly be pregnant to produce product. Now cows do naturally have the capability to get pregnant yearly, but on diary farms a lot of times it happens through artificial assimilation. And when that cow goes "dry" aka no longer able to produce milk anymore guess what happens? Those animals get sold to the slaughter house to produce beef and leather. There may be some cows that are spared due to the farmers attachment to the animal, but realistically it will be unprofitable to keep every cow around that can no longer produce. That is that animals fate from the time of it's birth. To be enslaved. To be treated as a product for profit. It does not matter if the animal was treated "well" or not. Slavery is slavery. Exploitation is exploitation. It is a cruel practice.
Be Dairy Free!
Vegan is about being ethical and kind to all living creations. It's about evolving to a level of doing the least amount of harm to the planet, to animals, and to yourself. It's a lifestyle that transcends through what you eat and what you wear. And it is also about having a clear conscious so you can be light and have fun! Thank you Everything Vegan for helping me spread this message! For cruelty vegan t shirts shop at Everything Vegan Clothing.