Have you seen the latest KFC advert?

I have, and it is disturbing!  

This advert consists of footage of a chicken walking around in a somewhat heroic and movie-esque fashion – with movie effects including smoke and some empowering music.  Of course for KFC, a fast food chain which mainly serves up deep fried chicken, the scene which is depicted in this ad is not only only a complete fabrication of the life that KFC chickens lead but it also appears to glorify the conditions of their chickens.

The chickens in the advert appear to have a lovely spacious home, clearly something which would be completely foreign to the millions of KFC chickens across the globe, estimated to live with around 34,000 per shed.  

Look, KFC and other fast food and supermarket brand chickens are kept in appalling conditions where they are routinely abused, killed and suffer horrifically with disease – If you don’t believe me check this out.

Further,  the advert ‘The Whole Chicken’ appears to imply something about using the whole chicken, so no waste perhaps and of course, the star of the movie looks super healthy.  However, we all know that this is not the case for chickens are pumped with antibiotics all of which end up in KFC family buckets.  

Additionally, although this advert is not claiming to promote health in KFC’S meals, the healthy looking, fleshy chicken could be seen as a healthy and nutritious meal.  However, on looking at the nutritional information on the KFC website we can see that just an extra crispy chicken breast and portion of potato wedges is going to set you back around 800 calories – without the sides and drink- check it out here.

So far the feedback on this latest ad campaign has been widely negative.  With the release of the new Netflix documentary ‘What The Health’ we are becoming more aware of the health and environmental impact that all meats including chicken are having on our quality and length of life.    

So, I ask you to imagine watching the same footage but with a puppy in place of the chicken – perhaps with an entertaining Andrex type video but imagine your disgust when the advert ends and you realise it was was for KFD (Kentucky Fried Dog) where you can get a battered dog leg for 99p and only 1300 calories.

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Just a thought…

Anyone owning a pet of any sort knows that they have to feed their animal with specific foods.  That’s obviously because the nutritional needs of say a guinea pig are quite different to that of say a horse.  Not just in quantity of course but in the nutrient make up of what the different foods offer each species.  

Mother’s milk is also for example species specific.  So cow’s milk is ideal for cows and goats milk is just dandy for goats.  Both are uniquely custom formulated just for those specific species.  Just as human milk is great for human babies.

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Cloudi doesn’t want my milk or a cows milk!

So don’t believe marketing hype that cow’s milk will ensure your wee ones are going to grow big and strong by drinking it up.  You will be filling them with antibiotics, encouraging a dishonest and greedy industry and storing up health problems for them in the future.

Side note:  Mum was reading an article in a running mag about the pro’s and con’s of milk and milk products like yogurt and cheese yesterday and the conclusion of the article seems to be reduce and be cautious.  Really?  I don’t think I am going to be “cautious” about introducing animal products that could cause such a range of ill health to my new baby any more than I am going to introduce added sugars or alcohol!

What is it that offends you?

Last week, someone criticised a meal I prepared for my sister and husband.  We had bought the new Linda McCartney burgers which apparently taste like the ‘real thing’.  I  cannot comment because as a lifelong vegetarian turned vegan I have never tried the ‘real thing’

The criticism was a misunderstanding of why a vegan might seek out meat substitutes.  I find I am explaining this more often than should be necessary to carnivores.  I am not a vegan because I don’t like the taste of animal products.  I am a vegan because I do not believe my taste preferences should contribute to the suffering of animals or the planet.

Not only did this person not understand why I would  use a meat substitute, it tastes good, DUH!  But they  also felt using a substitute as ‘gross’.

I’m really not sure what is more disgusting about a plant based burger or other substitute which is usually made from soy, mushrooms or lentils than literally eating the rotten flesh of a once living and thinking being.

In Peter Singer’s words:

“The plucked and dressed bodies of the chickens will then be sold to millions of families who will gnaw on their bones without pausing for an instant to think that they are eating the dead body of a once living creature, or to ask what was done to that creature in order to enable them to buy and eat its body.”  

So, what is it that offends you about a vegan enjoying the substitute taste and not the torture?

Think about it.

Heart-full or Heart-less?

This week we have listened to daft excuses from coffee drinkers that they can’t either a) pay an additional 25p for their takeaway hot beverage to accommodate the environmental cost of their “disposable” cups OR b) they don’t want to be carrying a “permanent” cup for filling up repeatedly,  for around £3.50 OR c) they won’t take their own flask of coffee with them.

Meanwhile we still have the vast majority of people in the West and increasingly in developing countries, eating up the Earth’s resources, polluting everything in sight for the sake of gorging on animal meat that we don’t even need, unless you live in an Igloo and you have no other recourse than to eat creatures from the sea (which is not the case for most of us!)

What to do, what to do?  How about taking a bit of responsibility and investing in equality and social cohesion?  How about aiming to live in a cruelty free and heart-full not heart-less society?

How about focusing on a wee bit of common human decency that is humane and moral.

 

 

Another happy week…

What a great week. The baby is kicking, my grandma called to see how I was doing with my pregnancy and I’m off to see mum in Spain soon with Lithy. Overall, though, I feel I’m bursting with health. Okay, yeah, the hormones get to me sometimes and I get a wee bit weepy, but “happy” weepy!

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I was thinking about an article I remember reading a couple of years ago. It recounted how so called “vegan” parents were charged with abuse because their child was admitted to hospital with a degenerative bone disease which was attributed to the “vegan” diet she had been fed from birth.

Now, I don’t doubt that the physicians were right with their diagnosis – who am I to argue against the medical establishment?  However, my view and practice of living a “vegan” lifestyle is synonymous to me with good health and happiness.

My diet is based around my increasing knowledge of the importance of the range of nutrients that I need to consume to ensure that I maintain optimum health for both myself and the baby.

And my approach to activity is the same.  Sure, I can train for a marathon from time to time and that is a great mental and physical challenge (admittedly not everyone’s cup of tea). On a day to day basis, though, I practice a sustainable level of exercise.  I build it into my daily living. For example, instead of driving or using public transport  walk to work and walk to the shops, carrying my shopping home.  For some folk that would be enough, others might like to add in some yoga or swimming.

Returning to the “abusive” parents above. Surely it is not irresponsible to bring a child up plant based, but rather it is irresponsible to feed a child badly, isn’t it?  Let me know what you think….

Mum has started a new blog check it out here 

This week she is talking about so called “non treat” days.

 

Getting my 10 a day…

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When I start my day with my favourite big green smoothie I am getting at least four of my 10 portions of fruit of veg into me right at the start.

(10 portions is the recommendations from a new study led by Imperial College London)

By lunchtime I will have added at least another two, snacking on an apple or carrots with maybe a veg filled burrito or hearty vegetable soup (or both) at lunch – another two added.

Homeward bound I might go for a mango before my run and then I will polish of a huge salad with dinner maybe with falafel or veg sausages, a further three or more.

So on an average day I easily eat at least 12 portions of fruit and vegetables.  Add to this my daily portions of beans, lentils, rice and nuts and I just don’t usually have space left in me to worry about eating sugary or fatty stuff.

But if I wanted to I would because for one, I am human and just sometimes I want to, two I am pregnant and have cravings and three, well sometimes there is a celebration like a birthday or wedding or just a night out and less healthy foods are available and I don’t want to say “no thanks”.

The balance of my diet is firmly in the “well healthy” quadrant – what about yours?

Mum has started a new blog check it out here.

This week she is talking about the sustainability of the foods served in schools and hospitals.

 

Why do you eat meat?

We vegan’s get a lot of flack from meat eaters who claim that we are pushy and judgemental.

Well, to be honest I am a bit pushy about promoting animal welfare, the consequences of poor diet and of course what we are doing to our environment.  And yes I am a little judgemental about the general lack of care and bad behaviour by those around me who don’t care about these things.   

So what, I am human as well as vegan and I am allowed to feel frustrated and sometimes downright angry over issues that are seriously close to my heart!

But here’s the rub.  I don’t spend all that much time carping on at folk to change their behaviours as I don’t think it a particularly effective way to encourage change.  BUT,  I am constantly asked curious questions about veganism and very often I am on the receiving end of accusations, head shakes and claims that my diet is unhealthy!  I have noticed that many of  my accusers are generally overweight and inactive people!  

Here are a selection of the more “nicely put” questions.

  • “Why are you vegan?”
  • “Where do you get your protein?”
  • “Do you think your diet has something to do with you getting the common cold?”
  • “But bacon!”
  • “You can’t be fit and healthy on a vegan diet”
  • “Being Vegan doesn’t make you better than me”

Considering that all these questions and oh, so many more have been answered by science and good old common sense I won’t dwell on them for too long.  

First of all I am vegan because I don’t  want to be involved in the unnecessary suffering of my fellow creatures.

 

I get my protein from a whole range of sustainable and healthier sources than a meat eater that includes: beans, lentils, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  

Being vegan does not make me more susceptible to illness.  However just as with meat eaters, vegans, vegetarian or paleo, not eating well, doing little exercise and generally not looking after oneself will very possibly make you more susceptible to illness.  

Bacon – well if you are really reduced to continuing to eat a meat filled diet because you like the taste of bacon then perhaps you should seek some help – you are literally the reason for the unnecessary torture of pigs – sentient animals with more intelligence than cats, dogs and some children.  

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Here’s me and my Vegan Mum-Multiple half marathon and full marathon runners!

For the fit and healthy thing – not only do I maintain a healthy fit body,  I run long distances up to marathons, workout 5-6 times a week and eat a well balanced diet full of deliciously, colourful greenness.  

Finally, I am one of three siblings raised as vegetarian and we have all became vegan in recent years – we are all tall, fit and strong.   

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Here’s me and my little sister- super healthy and super strong!

Am I a better citizen, well yes I am!  As a vegan I have a reduced carbon footprint, my good health will overall reduce my NHS bill and I am not responsible for the slaughter of sentient beings.

Now, tell me – Why are you not vegan?

  • Does the increasing threat to our planet not concern your conscious?
  • Are you happy to be the reason animals suffer?
  • Are you really ignorant of your increased risk of heart problems, cancers, diabetes and  immunity to antibiotics?
  • Does bacon taste that good? If human flesh was so tasty would you eat that too?

So, before you ask a vegan why they have chosen an ETHICAL lifestyle, please stop and ask yourself why you have not.

The team at Falda_Eats