Where do Vegans get their protein from?!

Where do Vegans get their protein from?!

As all of us vegans can attest to: one of the top questions you will (yes, “will” not “might”!) hear is along the lines of “Wait, so where do you get your protein from?!”

Now, you have to give it to them, the meat industry has spent billions on advertisement, and have succeeded, at promoting flesh foods to be protein-filled health and power houses. But it seems as though each and every person is shocked, if not in disbelief, when you tell them you are getting the same exact amounts of protein as them… just without the harm.

So the go-to belief when someone would be asked to compile a list of protein-filled foods would more than likely consist of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Red Meat
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Fish: Salmon, Cod, Shellfish etc.

HOWEVER, a vegan would give you this list, and no, they aren’t lying to you!

  • Nuts: Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews etc.
  • Soy Products i.e. Soy Milk
  • Beans: Navy Beans, Black Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Fava Beans, Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Leafy Green Vegetables: Kale, Spinach, Peas, Green Beans, Lettuce, Broccoli
  • Grains: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Wheat etc.
  • Tofu

The catch about following a vegan diet, however, is the responsibility that comes with it! Clearly, you will not be getting the correct nutrient levels if you aren’t basing your diet on wholesome, plant based foods. By this I mean, if you are only eating “junk food” such as fries, chips, sweets etc. (yes, this can technically be a vegan diet) then you clearly will have insufficient protein levels, not to mention other nutrients as well!

The reason this rumor about not consuming enough protein stems is because many flesh foods do in fact have more amounts of protein, but what people don’t understand is that you don’t eat meats 24/7, whereas on a vegan diet you are constantly consuming at least one of the things on the above list, thus causing protein levels to even out!

If the above list should teach you one thing, it’s that there are so so many misconceptions about veganism that keep being spread about. Everyone I have come across, for example, has told me “Why are you doing it, isn’t it really unhealthy?” NO it’s the exact opposite. Eating nothing but plants and whole foods to fuel your insides cannot have a single detrimental effect as eating dead, rotting flesh can.

These inconsistent rumors about veganism can only be dwindled through articles such as this one, as well as through word of mouth. Each time I correct my friends’ misconceptions I know that they will alter their ideas on a cruelty-free diet accordingly!

Don’t forget how powerful word of mouth really is! Let’s make the Vegan community in Singapore as big as possible. Slowly but surely, with the proper education we can stop the ignorance and misconceptions associated with veganism such as the “protein myth”.

Like and subscribe to our blog to get a free limited time offer of a $10 voucher for my shop Everyday Vegan! Email everydayveganshop@gmail.com to get your $10 voucher to use on top of our current 20% pre-launch discount* too. 🙂

*Pre-launch discount valid till 31 August 2017

Is Veganism Really that Big?

Is Veganism Really that Big?

It’s no surprise that Veganism is a lifestyle gaining more credibility each and every day. A big part of that can be thanks to the countless celebrities jumping aboard the bandwagon each and every day.

We all know, while normal people go vegan on a small scale, the chain effect it creates is nowhere near the size of the one a famous person would. Simply put, their popularity and platform goes a long way. For them to voice that something is wrong with animal consumption, really allows for implanting that life-changing doubt in people’s brain. (Yep the world has come to this)

Endless celebrities have been going vegan, probably the biggest right now being: Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Jett, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Peter Dinklage, Stevie Wonder, Sia, Pamela Anderson, and Liam Hemsworth to name a few.

*Update: We have just added Ne-Yo to our list as he shared about going vegan on social media! Yayy! 🙂

Below you’ll find a handful of these celebrities’ claims and ideals on why they decided to make the moral lifestyle change and why they continue to instil it every day.

Miley Cyrus

Famously the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and receiving her break on Disney’s Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus has imprinted her name in the spotlight. Since 2014 this star has been vegan and active when it comes to any form of injustice. Knowing that her platform affects many, she constantly posts pictures of animal cruelty, her faux fur outfits, as well as pictures of her pets of course!

“Be the voice of those who can’t say …..’Stop.’ Who can’t say ‘that hurts.’ Who can’t say ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!”

Ariana Grande

This famous red head first got her spotlight break about 7 years back on Victorious only to branch off as an independent singer in the world of stardom. With over 20 Million views on her social media, the star’s life-changing decision to go vegetarian, and then vegan a few years after, has affected many. Ariana knows how to use her voice, as she has endless tweets to voice her cruelty-free cause from:

“Ultimately, no one wants cow tit pus in their food, do they?”

“I’ve eaten organically since I was little, and always kept meat minimal, but today marks my first day as 100% Vegan!!!! Joyous Day.”

“I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person.”

Liam Hemsworth

With him first appearing with Miley Cyrus on “The Last Song” movie 7 years ago, both starts have come to make vegans hearts melt with their relationship. Liam revealed that he went vegan in 2015 and has not regretted it! When asked about it, the kind-hearted actor said the following:

“There are no negatives to eating like this. I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it. I feel like it also has a kind of a domino effect on the rest of my life.”

Pamela Anderson

Aside from everyone else on this list, actress and model Pamela Anderson has been devoted to the cruelty-free lifestyle since she was a teen. With her face and voice showing up for endless PETA campaigns to advocate animal rights, Pamela has ensured her name on this list of Vegan Celebrities:

“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings, just so people can watch them swim in endless circles, teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals – and the lesson is not a flattering one.”

“I’m sure you agree that animals should not be abused – whether they’re cats or dogs or chickens – and that stopping this abuse should be your number one priority.”

Ne-Yo

Even more so, singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has just recently decided to go Vegan! Luckily, an uncovering, truth documentary What the Health was able to get him thinking. He was able to acknowledge where there was fault and adjust his life accordingly. Let’s all take a piece of advice from this guy!  He followed by going to social media to say the following:

“Thanks to the What the Health documentary, I’m officially going to be vegan, completely vegan…I ain’t messing with that meat no more.”

All in all, these celebrities are all beginning to understand how powerful their comments can be, and they’re using this power for the right reasons! Hopefully, as more celebrities and nameless people jump aboard this moral lifestyle choice, others who have never thought twice about the topic will begin to follow suit. As each celebrity has commonly said: There is no possible fault or down side to making the change!

Want to be a part of this ever-growing movement? Like and subscribe to our blog so we can gain even more supporters in the quest to educate as many people as possible! Even better, when you subscribe you will get a FREE limited time offer of $10 voucher to my shop Everyday Vegan! Use this $10 voucher on top of our current 20% pre-launch discount* too 🙂

*Pre-launch discount valid till 31 August 2017

I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

I quit my job and set up EVERYDAY Vegan

Yup, I took the plunge and quit my job.

Up until recently, I was a recruiter covering Finance and Risk in the financial services industry. My clients were from international banks in Singapore and Hong Kong.

I didn’t know it back then, but I had FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success. I gave up blogging on SGVegan…halted product reviews…just so that I can focus on my career.

Over the course of 15 months in my previous company, FOCUS led to:

  • “Best Rookie Singapore” 2016 award
  • Promotion + 20% salary increment
  • #2 in the Singapore office billings (after the boss)

But I was unhappy.

Money can bring happiness…until the tipping point is reached.

The tipping point for me came right after returning to the office from my wedding leave.

It suddenly dawned on me that whilst I treasured the relationships that came about during the course of my work, deep down…I was really unhappy.

I had a poisonous relationship with my job.

Thus, with the support of my newly wedded husband, I made the decision to embrace my passion and thus, EVERYDAY Vegan is born. Yes! 🙂

For your daily dose of morning inspiration quotes and lunchtime “Did you know” facts, like and follow Everyday Vegan’s Facebook page / Instagram.

EVERYDAY Vegan is a local vegan business, started by SGVegan to bring quality products into Singapore. The first product line is from Psoria-Gold. These products are preservative free + scientifically proven (published in medical journals) to improve skin appearance!

It shows great results for these conditions:

  • Acne / Rosacea
  • Injured skin (Wounds, cuts, scrapes, lacerations)
  • Inflamed skin
  • Red scaly skin / Psoriasis / Eczema
  • Sunburn
  • Scar reduction and hyperpigmentation

Made from aloe vera, this natural gel uses an active ingredient curcumin (from turmeric) which has shown fantastic anti-inflammation results clinically without any animal testingEveryday Vegan Products.pngEspecially for our blog readers: EVERYDAY Vegan will retail these products at a 20% pre-launch discount** (free shipping yay!):

  1. Daily Facial Wash @ S$26.88 (U.P. S$33.60)
  2. Curcumin Gel @ S$99.68 (U.P. S$124.60)
  3. Face Moisturiser @ S$39.20 (U.P. S$49)
  4. Face Mask @ S$54.88 (U.P. S$68.60)

Simply send us the total amount via our PayPal (paypal.me/everydayveganshop) and drop us a Facebook message or email us @ everydayveganshop@gmail.com to confirm your payment is received and we will reach out to arrange delivery. 🙂

Support us so we can bring you more quality vegan products. Let’s make being a vegan in Singapore more accessible for everyone.

Everyday is awesome when you are vegan!

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*Developed by a certified Singaporean dermatologist in the US, Dr. Madalene Heng, MD, FRACP, FACD, FAAD who has more than 140 scientific publications.

Dr. Heng is a strong proponent of the use of naturally derived curcumin as complementary treatment of skin, and believes that skin health is achieved by not only making important product choices, but lifestyle choices as well.

Back in 2011, Lilou Mace interviewed Dr. Heng during her Juicy Living Tour. In it, Dr Heng shared an least known fact that 99% East Asians are lactose intolerant – she diagnoses them with dark circles around their eyes, heavy eyelids or having large pores on the cheeks surrounded by enlarged oil pores called Sebaceous Hyperplasia.

From https://www.psoria-gold.com/lilou-mace.html

**Pre-launch discount is valid till 31 August 2017.

Winners for Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Winners for Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Thank you everybody for taking part in this major giveaway of good quality Green Tea and Coffee, that is mixed with Buckwheat for that extra health benefit! 🙂

I have just conducted a lucky draw for those of you who have taken part in this giveaway. As mentioned, those who followed SGVegan gets an extra chance in the draw.

All winners are drawn by hand. Courtesy of the boyfriend, so all’s fair, heh heh.

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (60s)

  1. V&N
  2. rhea84diblog
  3. SK
  4. Sharon Lim
  5. Masitah

Roasted Buckwheat Coffee (30s)

  1. Vivien Wong
  2. May

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea Can (2x 6cans)

  1. Bernard Koh
  2. Diana

All winners, please drop me an email @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com to confirm that you will be able to meet up in person. This will be a mass meet up so I will appreciate if you can meet up to pick up your won item. To make it easier, meet ups can be scheduled anytime during 1-5 February 2016 @ Clarke Quay MRT, 6.30pm or Clementi MRT, 7pm

I will reply your email with your preferred timing and location with an acknowledgement email containing my contact details. Please be on time as I will not be able to wait for you. All unclaimed prizes by 5 February 2016 will be donated.

For those of you have not won, here’s an additional little sweet treat 🙂

I will be giving away the 10 sample packs, containing a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Coffee. Photo as seen at the bottom of the featured image above. Simply email me @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com stating your preferred timing and location to pick up during the scheduled meet ups from 1-5 February as above.

Have a great Sunday everyone 😉 and do take part in the Instagram giveaway I am currently conducting till 17 Feb 2016 where you get to win your choice of either lavender/lemongrass/rose geranium natural shower gel here!!

5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

Hey everybody!

For those of you following me on Instagram, I am currently conducting a giveaway, for 5 winners for Que Origin shower gels in a SGVegan customised bottle as seen in the photo below:

Amanda

You get to choose your own scent of shower gel – Lemongrass (my fav!), Lavender or Rose Geranium. 🙂

Contest is running now till 17 Feb 2016, 2359hrs.

Top Prize:
1) 5 winners
2) My personalised bottle filled with your preferred scent of Que Origin natural Shower . Bath. + S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Second Prize:
1) 20 winners
2) S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Note: * denotes only applicable to first time purchase with Que Origin E-store. 

To participate:
1) Follow me @amandateng and @que_origin
2) Like and Repost this photo
3) Comment on your favourite scent – Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass
4) Hashtag 2 friends for double chance.

Rules & Regulations
1) Limited to SG residents only.
2) Contest ends on 17th Feb 2016 2359H.
3) Prizes cannot be exchange to cash nor transferable.
4) Winners will be drawn at random and will be at Organisers’ sole discretion and are final, conclusive and binding on all participants.
5) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Have you heard about the benefits of Buckwheat?

For over a year, I’ve been consuming Buckwheat Green Tea from Buckwheat Health Products Pte Ltd (BHP), a Singapore-based company founded in 2010.

BHP is now currently sold in over 40 medical halls and restaurants island-wide and have helped many Singaporeans health wise. BHP has since earned many awards such as SME1 Asia Awards 2011, Top 100 Singapore Excellence Award 2011/2012 and Singapore Brand 2012 Award 

What’s so special about BHP? Well, instead of using normal Buckwheat, BHP choses to use Black Pearl Buckwheat where the rutin content is a few fold much higher than normal buckwheat. I was told that…

  • Normal Buckwheat pricing US$0.50 to US$2 per kg.
  • Black Pearl Buckwheat pricing US$21 to US$2000 per kg. Depending MOQ.

Here’s an image that shows the benefits of Black Pearl Buckwheat:

SGVegan_Black Pearl Buckwheat

The green tea used is sencha, harvested within 14 days from 50-500 year old green tea trees as BHP says that such trees offer much better health benefits such as prevention of cancer or stopping cancer cells from replicating. As such, the price per kg of green tea leaves are more expensive compared to the usual green tea.

In short, enjoying BHP products help to:
  1. Reduce High Blood Sugar
  2. Reduce High Blood Pressure
  3. Reduce High Cholesterol

And also, it will additionally improve kidney and liver function and reduce weight! 🙂

The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea is very smooth and delicious when consumed hot. The tea bag is made of really good material, and I can get at least 3 cups of tea just from 1 teabag.

After drinking this Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea from BHP, I personally find that the rest of the general green tea has a very “siap” taste.

The Buckwheat Green Tea can contains much lesser sugar compared to the other green tea drinks in the market and is very delicious when consumed chilled with a meal. Mmmmhhhmmm.

I’m not a coffee person so I’ve not tried the coffee but my grandmother enjoyed it so much, I heard that she finished the 5 packs I passed to her very fast!

So, with the upcoming CNY, I would like to share this great Singapore products from BHP, so that we can enjoy our sugar rich CNY cookies! 🙂

SGVegan_Buckwheat Giveaway
SGVegan Buckwheat Giveaway: 4 x 6cans (UP $9.50/pack); 2 x 30s Buckwheat Coffee (UP $22/box); 5 x 60s Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (UP $36/box)

I will be giving the Buckwheat Green Tea can in a set of 2 packs.

Please leave a comment below as to which BHP product

(Buckwheat Green Tea Can, Buckwheat Coffee, Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea) you would like to get. 🙂

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016, 12 noon. Winners will be contacted via the email address used to leave the comment and a meet up will be arranged.

Here are the expiry dates:

SGVegan_Buckwheat Green Tea Expiry
Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea
SGVegan_Buckwheat Coffee Expiry
Buckwheat Coffee
SGVegan_Buckwheat Can Expiry
Buckwheat Green Tea Can

If you would like to purchase the BHP Buckwheat products for your family members, you can head on down to: http://www.buckwheat.com.sg/products/buckwheat-products.html to make an order. Delivery is free, no minimum order, and you receive your products very fast too! Otherwise they can be found in most medical halls.

There is currently a very special price exclusive gift hamper set you can order for your family members. It comes shrink wrapped with the plastic gift tray:

Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket
Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket @ $88 (valid till 29 Feb 2016)

Do note that the Buckwheat Chia cookies contain butter and eggs and are therefore not suitable for vegans. However, the reasoning behind the Buckwheat Chia cookies is that kidney patients are unable to consume much fluids so drinking Buckwheat Green Tea/Coffee will not be suitable for them.

A clean way to spring clean for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Feb!

A clean way to spring clean for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Feb!

(By Angela)
Yet, do you know that common household cleaning products can contain unsafe ingredients that can cause problems in your health? Look out for these ingredients: 2-Butoxphenol, which can cause skin and eye irritations, phthalates (Synthetic fragrances) and synthetic colourant dyes which may cause cancer and other adverse health effects.

Household Cleaning Products Survey 2015 show that 70% of Singaporeans fail to look into green alternatives for household cleaning products.

As a tutor with a home-based business, I tend to cook a lot at home and do household chores myself.

Coming from a family of four, I do most of the dishwashing while my mum washes the clothes mostly.

I came across Biohome, a product range for green household cleaning purposes when I was shopping at Fairprice. These products are made from 100% plant based active ingredients and are therefore vegan by default. I tried the following three products-Dishwashing Detergent, Laundry Detergent and Floor Cleaner.

Dishwashing Detergent

I find that general dishwashing detergent happens to irritate my skin, and leave my hands greasy.

Random fact: Do you know that a hawker works from 5.20am to 11.00pm every day, serving 100 to 120 plates a day. And most hawkers wash the dishes by themselves. I observed that many of them have wrinkly hands and dry skin that get sensitive and red easily. I am actually afraid that I might develop hand wrinkles in the long run, with so much chemicals added to my hands every day.

The detergent is made of derived ingredients from coconut. I like that it removes grease from plates well without leaving any residue or grease. I just need a pump of detergent to clean a load of dishes. It also helps to save water due to its low foam formula. My hands feel soft and smooth,with a slight lemongrass and green tea fragrance, but the fragrance smells slightly chemical.

Laundry Detergent

Due to the rainy season, we sometimes take in clothes that are not completely dry because another round of laundry needs to be hung in the same spot. The clothes tend to smell bad and it is because fillers interact with the bacteria and moisture and cause bad odors.

But my mum found that there was no bad smell after leaving clothes in the open. Perhaps it is because this laundry detergent contains no fillers.

The laundry detergent cleans the clothes well using Plantmoist technology and comes with slight Hyacinth and Nectarine fragrance. The detergent is suitable for indoor drying as well.

The laundry detergent is very concentrated, so my mum just needs to use a little bit each time. My mum found lots of laundry suds with just a little bit of detergent and water.

Floor cleaner

The floor cleaner is also made from natural ingredients. It cleans the greasy floor of my kitchen well.

The floor also doesn’t feel sticky. It does not contain any wax though so don’t expect that your floor will look sparkly shiny. There is a slight lemongrass and green tea fragrance that still reminds me of chemicals. I love to lie on the clean, nice smelling floor and read books!

Summary – Angela’s thoughts:

I am overall satisfied with the green household cleaning products. Though they just contain natural ingredients, their cleaning power is still comparable to conventional cleaning products. The price is also quite affordable. The packaging also looks great. If you want a free trial of Biohome products, just head over to its Facebook page and send through your personal details.

SGVegan’s thoughts:

You can commonly find Bio-Home products in the major supermarkets in Singapore, such as the image below which I took in NTUC:

SGVegan_BioHomeNTUC

Do note that for the Delicate Bio-Home laundry detergent, it contains hydrolysed silk protein, which Bio-Home is only able to verify that the silk worms emerge hatched from the weaved silk cocoons (they eat their way out) but not of the hatched adult moth’s well-bring.

SGVegan has chosen not to review/use the delicate version as we know that usually such silk worms emerge with underdeveloped mouth parts and unable to fly (source).

Here is what Bio-Home has replied with regards to the use of this hydrolysed silk protein in their delicate  laundry detergent:

With regards to the process of drawing the silk protein, supplier has indicated that it is taken after the silkworm have morph into moth because they only need to extract the protein found in the silk by hydrolysing it unlike fabric manufacturer who needs pure and undamaged silk before silkworm turn into moth.

Therefore we do not harm the silkworm – clearly being a eco green brand, we have taken steps to ensure that does not happen. There are no other plant based compounds that has similar silk protein structure.

Why we use silk protein because it is a natural ingredient that is suitable for people with sensitive skin. With more exposure to chemicals on a daily basis (be it processed food, cleaning agent or simply the haze / air) more and more people are getting skin irritation and skin sensitivity.

Silk protein protects and retain moisture on the skin.

I personally find that when I use the regular laundry detergent, I need to use more and sun dry my clothes. Air drying in an enclosed area will lead to some clothes smelling bad. But otherwise, I really like the scent.

Like Angela mentioned, the floor cleaner also foams up really well. Just a tiny small amount in a large pail does the job when mopping.

With regards to the multi-purpose cleaning spray, I personally find that if I happen to take a whiff of the spray scent while spraying, I end up choking as the smell is really strong. So do be careful when using it.

Giveaway!

I have 2 sample bags from Bio-Home, each containing a small bottle of laundry detergent, floor cleaner, dishwashing liquid and multi-purpose cleaner.

SGVegan_Biohome sample bag

Follow SGVegan with your email address (top right of page) and comment on this post as to why you would like to win the Bio-Home sample bag.

Winners to be drawn on 24 January 2016, 2pm. All winners will be contacted and a meet-up will be arranged. 🙂