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In Her Vegan Shoes

“Hear music, see beautiful colours,
Smell the autumn breeze of falling flowers.”

Make believe you’re a tiny bug.
Act out what is true about your world.
Tell us what you see,
Tell us what you hear,
Tell us what you smell, touch, and taste,
Which things are pleasant? unpleasant?

– – A powerful character appears on stage,
Sit quietly and listen a few,
To sturdy leather souls soles laid to rest in its place,
Extraordinary lives the fabric that holds the glue,
Stiff with muddy neglect.

Breathe.
Hear music, see beautiful colours,
Smell the autumn breeze of falling flowers.
Your senses now civilized to truth,
The earth a more comfortable place to walk on,
No longer the black sheep’s eyes covered too blind to see,
Swirling lines of red flowing through hands,
Carved with one point of view.

Smile.
A new day is part of life’s eternal cycle,
In this big world, spinning around in space,
A tug-of-war with words and ideals,
Shrink until they are merely dots in the distance,
Scattered in grooves on the wind that pollinate,
Man’s heart away from nature,
Dreaming of lives they wish to savour.

– – In case you missed it, also read “Fruitful Love” in Cooking Green Goodness Magazine’s Love, Cho-Cho and Perfect Imperfections issue. Fruitful Love uplifts one’s condition. Fruitful Love speaks to actions we take to nourish ourselves and powerfully support our health. Know that you have far more power over your well-being and impact in life than you might give yourself credit for. Click HERE to read more.

Disclosure: The TULIPE Booties featured in the above video was gifted by Call It Spring. All my opinions on Call It Spring’s products are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that encourage this magazine’s work and creativity, and that keep us motivated to share with you latest news and developments in veganism, such as the different factors that afford us the opportunity to enjoy the many substitutes available for all the animal products that even non-vegans enjoy.

Known and loved for its on- trend, affordable shoes and accessories, Call It Spring is now making vegan accessible. This global footwear and accessories brand has gone fully vegan! Why is this important? Customers can now shop for the PETA-Approved Vegan products online and at over 400 stores globally that are entirely free from animal materials or derivatives. Call It Spring shoes, bags and accessories are now entirely free from animal skins, feathers, fur, hair, wool fibres, shells, real silk, and animal-based adhesives or components. Click HERE for more details.

Video by Akhil Kamble, A.K. Renegade Studios akrenegade.com. Unauthorized use or distribution of this content without proper credit is prohibited.

A Quick Vegan Guide: Functions and Food Sources of Vitamins

The word “vitamin” comes from the Latin for “vital to life.” These important nutrients help release energy from food, fight infection, protect against damage to cells, promote normal growth and development and generally keep us healthy.

Some vitamins are water soluble, which means they are not stored in the body. Your body uses what it needs and releases excess amounts in your urine, making it necessary to consume these vitamins daily. Examples of water soluble vitamins include Vitamin C and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, biotin, folate and pantothenic acid). Others are fat soluble. These vitamins are stored in the body, but you need to eat a certain amount of fat to ensure that they are properly absorbed. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins.

The following is a list of the different functions of some important vitamins and list of food sources for them.

Vitamin A: FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY
  • Aids in normal bone and tooth development
  • Aids in night vision
  • Helps maintain the health of skin and membranes

Some Food Sources dark root vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, broccoli and dark leafy green vegetables including callaloo, dandelion spinach, beet greens, Swiss chard and kale

Vitamin C: FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY
  • Helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage and teeth
  • helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps gum healthy
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Aids in iron absorption

Some Food Sources oranges and orange juice, grapefruit and other grapefruit juice, kiwifruit, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and tomatoes

Vitamin D (the “sunshine vitamin”): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY
  • Helps the body absorb and use calcium and phosphorus
  • Plays a role in bone and tooth formation and maintenance

Some Food Sources mushrooms (the only plant source of vitamin D), almond milk (original fortified with vitamin D), soy yogurt fortified with vitamin D, ready-to-eat cereals and oatmeal fortified with vitamin D, orange juice fortified with vitamin D

Our bodies can actually make and absorb vitamin D from sun exposure. According the the National Institute of Health, 5 – 30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 am and 3 pm twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen is usually enough to help boost vitamin D intake. This process varies widely depending on the season, time of day, cloud cover, skin color, and sunscreen use, so eating food sources of vitamin D (such as fortified dairy products, or some mushrooms) is also important. Vitamin D is also available as a dietary supplement.

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Vitamin E: FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Protects the fat in body tissues from oxidation. This means it helps to slow down processes that damage cells.

Some Food Sources sunflower seeds, nuts, vegetable oils, papaya, peanut butter, avocados, sweet potatoes and wheat germ

Vitamin K: FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Plays an important role in blood clotting

Some Food Sources cabbage, asparagus, kale, cauliflower, dandelion, strawberries, lentils, dried soybeans, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, canola oil and soybean oil

Thiamin (vitamin B1): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Releases energy in carbohydrates
  • Aids in normal growth

Some Food Sources whole-grain and enriched breads, cereals and pasta, green peas, dried beans (kidney, navy, soybeans), lentils and nuts

Riboflavin (vitamin B2): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Plays a role in energy metabolism and tissue formation
  • Is involved in the metabolism of other B vitamins

Some Food Sources nuts, green peas, cooked spinach, beans (navy, soybeans), lentils and whole-grain and enriched breads, cereals and pasta

Niacin (vitamin B3): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Plays a role in energy metabolism
  • Aids in normal growth and development

Some Food Sources peanuts, peanut butter, beans (kidney, navy, soybeans, chickpeas), corn, green peas and whole-grain and enriched breads, cereals, pasta

Pyridoxin (vitamin B6): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Aids in energy metabolism and tissue formation

Some Food Sources whole-grains and enriched cereals, beans (kidney, navy, soybeans, chickpeas), lentils, potatoes, bananas and watermelon

Cobalamin (vitamin B12): FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Aids in red blood cell formation

Some Food Sources Some foods such as soy and rice beverages and soy-based meat substitutes, are fortified with B12. If relying on fortified foods, check the labels carefully to make sure you are getting daily recommended amount. You may find the use of B12 supplements more convenient and economical. Talk to a physician.

Folacin: FUNCTIONS IN THE BODY

  • Aids in red blood cell formation
  • Has an essential role in making new cells

Some Food Sources cooked beans (kidney, navy, soybeans, chickpeas), lentils, asparagus, cooked spinach, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, corn, green peas, oranges and orange juice, pineapple juice, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, sunflower seeds, nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ and enriched bread, cereal grains and pasta

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