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  1. Thread: Sentience

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    Re: Sentience

    Thanks for your reply _evelyn! I'm as interested as ever in this question. I take it that you're making the distinction between (1) animals with sentience and not self awareness, and (2) animals with...
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    Re: Happy videos of happy animals!

    ^^ I want a hammock like those bears have! They do seem happy playing together. I suppose they'd be in caves naturally, so it looks like enough space at their age before they're released in January...
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    Re: Happy videos of happy animals!

    What happened to the video I posted here of the kitten enjoying a bath?
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    Re: Fruitarian / Fruitarianism

    I agree - that seems to be the best way to look at it: in terms of nutrient content rather than whether it's raw. As a general rule, of course it's best to keep the proportion of raw foods in one's...
  5. Re: Weekly meal planning: Any successful planners care to share methods?

    Thanks again Firestorm, very much appreciated. That seems very sensible. I'll copy what you're doing for the time being.

    I agree with your approach to protein as a general rule, it has kept me...
  6. Re: Weekly meal planning: Any successful planners care to share methods?

    I'll take that as a typo - ("meat" = "mean"?) Yes, all of those. Ideally I'd plan meals for each week without too many calories, but which meet all nutritional needs, particularly vitamins,...
  7. Re: Weekly meal planning: Any successful planners care to share methods?

    ^ hehehe I find it fun to be spontaneous, and I trust my instincts to know what I need each day. as long as it's wholefoods-based & balanced I've usually seemed to get it right.

    ... but maybe...
  8. Re: Weekly meal planning: Any successful planners care to share methods?

    CluelessGit and Blueberries, we're in the majority here - so far we still outnumber the meal planners 3:2!

    Thanks Misosoup and Firestorm for your relatively rare insights. Do you list what you've...
  9. Weekly meal planning: Any successful planners care to share methods?

    Does anyone here have long-term experience planning weekly meals in advance, and following these plans successfully?

    Personally, I've done quite well following an impulsive-chaotic method, but I...
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    Re: Vegan in the Netherlands

    Thanks Ananas, I'll be visiting in a few months, and will spend some time in Den Haag. Would you say it's one of the more colourful places, with colourful people and a more bohemian atmosphere?...
  11. Poll: Re: "Honestly: Do you think vegan food is as tasty as the food you ate before?"

    There's an important distinction I think is important to this question of pleasure in food. Philosophers, Epicurus included (if memory serves), have distinguished between "higher" and "lower"...
  12. Poll: Re: "Honestly: Do you think vegan food is as tasty as the food you ate before?"

    Epicurus at about 300 BC said that he said that he tried the expensive delicacies of his day, and the peak of pleasure can be reached in eating barley bread. Context, simplicity, and naturalness are...
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    Re: Vegan weight loss

    Lilystein, that's definitely something to seek professional support with. You're not the only one on this site struggling with bulimia &/or anorexia. The rest of us can only share our relatively mild...
  14. Thread: The China Study

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    Re: The China Study

    That puts it well - although correlation is not causation, the critics can't deny that bit of info, and there's plenty of other evidence to broaden support for the case re health.

    ^^^ Thanks for...
  15. Re: Would you eat chips from a takeaway or restaurant?

    Thanks, Firestorm. This is from the Vegetarian Network Victoria ( http://www.vnv.org.au/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=79 ) --


    McDonald's (Details correct as at...
  16. Re: 2 y.o. vegan child with tooth decay. Should we change his diet?

    Maybe so, Misosoup. :) I didn't realise it was a traditional treatment - that's a bit more reason to investigate it. Do you use a special treated coconut oil from a particular manufacturer, or...
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    Re: Eating disorders, alcoholism, and veganism

    I agree Andy, and Misosoup gives an example of how it can help recovery. There's another negative stereotype this serves to uphold: the unhealthy-looking vegan. It's a good thing when vegans work out...
  18. Re: Would you eat chips from a takeaway or restaurant?

    There was a big protest about this in India some years back, after McDonald's failed to be open & transparent about it and Hindu customers eventually discovered they had been consuming beef. Whether...
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    Re: Eating disorders, Alcoholism, and Veganism

    Perhaps a veg* diet seems to make sense as a way to lose weight, but on the whole, among all of us who are vegans for ethical reasons, I don't think there's any connection. What's the evidence?
  20. Re: 2 y.o. vegan child with tooth decay. Should we change his diet?

    ^^^ It's good you picked up on that, Korn. It's surprising that such outdated advice is still given & followed.

    ^ I'd be very sceptical about those digested coconut oil claims - the alleged...
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    Re: Sprouted Buckwheat Pancakes

    I'm not surprised it didn't hold together. Maybe include some un-sprouted flour? Or use conventional flour to make pancakes and use the sprouts in a fresh salad!
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    Re: Need help with mice

    Legions of mice? They'll probably like the house for warmth & shelter, even if they can't reach food. Other than live traps, which you're already doing, there are sound deterrents and mouse repellent...
  23. Thread: Sentience

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    Re: Sentience

    Thanks for taking the time to reply, Fiver. Tom Regan's position is generally my "go-to" too, although I don't entirely agree with everything he argues, and it has been a while since I read his Case...
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    Re: Pictures of good vegan food you've eaten! (2)

    You've inspired me to make bread again, so thank you! :D
  25. Thread: Sentience

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    Sentience

    Having looked up various definitions of "sentience", I'm still unclear. It seems to be a category of attributes, including hedonic capacity and perhaps some level of awareness or experience. Anyone...
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    Re: Pictures of good vegan food you've eaten! (2)

    It is lucky, but their range isn't great, and your home-made breads look so much better!
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    Re: Pictures of good vegan food you've eaten! (2)

    It was a letter-number code; I don't remember which, but I looked it up in "The Chemical Maze" and it's sometimes an animal product. I'll go for the fresh yeast sold at a local vegan bakery. I've...
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    Re: Pictures of good vegan food you've eaten! (2)

    What kind of yeast do you use in your breads, Risker? Last time I tried buying dry yeast every brand contained a dubious additive. Fresh yeast from a local bakery?
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    Re: I Have no clue where to start.

    Hello, Jay. Welcome. :)

    I had a very similar experience emotionally after my vegan turning point, involving a rational look at the situation for non-human animals. I felt that way too, about...
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    Re: Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist?

    ^^ I agree, N. I still oppose the use of animals in medical research, but I can see it's far closer to a grey area than cosmetic testing, which is unambiguously wrong.

    ^ That's a horrible...
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    Re: Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist?

    We're all vegans here; you don't need to convince me of that. Nobody here is advocating any of those things. I think this thread is going in circles, so I'll just leave it at there. :)
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    Re: Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist?

    Doesn't this suggest that we need animals to suffer to convert more people to veg*?
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    Re: Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist?

    So much of all medical/biological knowledge was developed with animal testing, and it's all interdependent. We can either avoid it all, or draw the line somewhere. I think the lesser evil is in the...
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    Re: Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist?

    ^^^ Smint, thanks for the references. Quality research on effective use of our resources should really be a high priority, and we should all be well informed of it. I'll look for the reports of the...
  35. Thread: Blenders

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    Re: Blenders

    I used to grind my own flour with a hand-wound mill. It was good exercise, but very time consuming, and only for dry ingredients. I hadn't though that such blenders existed for home use. I will have...
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    Re: The healty eating guide

    Thank you, MD, I just downloaded it. Lots of wrong apps were listed in search results for "Healthy Eating Guide", but I found it with the name "Happy Cow VeginOut".
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    Re: The healty eating guide

    Thanks, DVP! Very handy. It's interesting to compare the number of places listed between cities. I agree the name's a bit silly, but I hadn't seen this guide before, & I'm pleased to find it.
  38. Thread: Blenders

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    Re: Blenders

    RW that's a great review. You really have me thinking about how such a blender could "open up worlds" for me too.
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    Re: What vegan restaurants are in your area?

    In Melbourne, Shakahari
    http://www.shakahari.com.au/
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    Re: Need to gain weight

    That would be very healthy. I've wanted to find a better way to eat stinging nettles - very nutritious - I'll give it a go. Its taste reminds me of seaweed, but not in a good way. What do you blend...
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