Showing posts with label veganism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label veganism. Show all posts

Friday, 6 January 2012

Vegan job? I wish!

As you can read in my bio here I love to cook and to write and it's great when I can do both. Lately I'm not cooking that much (well, I'm cooking basically everyday but nothing special or fancy, just regular meals to give me energy and everything I need in the end of the pregnancy) but in the last months I've started to write more.

Having a vegan job is like a dream to me but it's not my priority now considering that soon I'll be a full time mom for a while! But from time to time I write articles to vegan or vegetarian magazines about vegan subjects and this really makes me happy. In December I got my first freelance article for the biggest vegetarian magazine in Brazil (called "Revista dos Vegetarianos") and I wrote about vegan paradises around the world (not places to eat, but new initiatives such as supermarkets). I was pretty happy with the final result, it's a four page article mentioned in the cover and I was even happier when the editor said I could keep sending suggestions. And now I'm finishing the second one, which will be published in their February edition :) I really hope I can find time and energy too keep doing this even after baby is born.

Also, a while ago I've written an article for the Canadian vegan magazine T.O.F.U. and the issue came on line a few days ago. It's an article about how to be vegan in Brazil and where to eat in Sao Paulo (the biggest Brazilian city), with tips from my last trip there, in May 2011. You can download the magazine here!

Let's see if 2012 brings me more writing about veganism ;-)

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

And why not go vegan in 2012?
Start trying it for a week or a month or the whole year or for a lifetime.

It is worth it ;-)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Vitamin D, veganism and information

When you're vegan you can't assume things. Searching for information is a endless "job" and I'm still impressed about how many things that are present in what we consume that we don't know what exactly they are or where they come from. In Brazil we have even less information and it's not easy to figure things out but this is one more reason to keep searching for information, writing companies, asking questions.

This week two facts about Vitamin D came to my knowledge. The first one is related to a soy milk product in Brazil, from a company called Yoki. They have a line of soy milk, with different flavours, and I read on line that the Vitamin D they use to fortify their soy milks has an animal origin (D3 and not D2, which is vegetable). This was a shocking news for a lot of vegan friends that used to consume their products to avoid consuming Ades (a popular brand that's owned by Unilever).

The second news was about Kellogs corn flakes. I read that Kellogs used to have Vitamin D2 on their cereal and recently it was replaced by D3. I don't consume them but I know vegan people who do - and one of their reasons if because these cereals are fortified with vitamins while organic ones are not.

The biggest issue for me in cases like that is that the consumer is not informed and if you don't keep reading boxes and asking for information all the time you will end up consuming something that's not suitable for vegans. I know this is a risk that everybody is dealing with when consuming "regular" products that are "accidentally" vegan, mainly because these companies don't care about veganism, they just want to reach more parcels of the consuming market. But I still believe that consumers have the right to know everything about what they are consuming.

About the Vitamin D, I'm not an expert but make sure the products you're consuming have D2 and not D3 (fortified products are the main source of Vitamin D for vegans -and also sunlight). And don't forget to check your blood from time to time to see if you need any supplements (you'll find vegan options for sure).

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Veganism: one more thought

In October, when celebrating one more vegan anniversary, I wrote that I'm having some thoughts about veganism in general and that I wanted to write more about it. Yesterday it was the World Vegan Day and considering the attendance of the event in Dublin some of that thoughts came back when I was talking to Matteo about it.

One thing that I'm noticing lately - and the fact that veganism is going more and more mainstream has helped me to notice this - is that being vegan seems to be more focused on the diet and the consumption. Of course not eating and not consuming anything derived from animals is a huge part (and maybe the core?) of veganism but it's not everything. You are, for sure, helping the animals but you could do more. I know you could say that everybody could do more and I agree with you, but there are some things that are not that hard or "extreme" as some people like to say to fight more for animal lives, for animal rights.

I'm not saying that I think every vegan should be an animal liberation  activist, involved in direct actions and I know there is a difference between being vegan and being an activist, but I think everybody should try to do more and more. How? Supporting your local vegan group, helping them with campaigns and protests (there are so many good causes around and most of the protests are pacific ones), organizing small events to spread the word, sharing vegan food with those who need food (this is a great way to help both humans and non-humans animals), etc. I know that our lives today are busy and crazy, but are you sure you can't do any of these things from time to time?

What all this have to do with the event of last night? Nothing really directly related to the event, which was really great and I hope Vegan Ireland will keep doing them, but with people. I think I (still) expect too much from people but I was hoping to see more people I know there (vegans and non-vegans). Vegan Ireland does an amazing work and they need all the support they can get. It's not up to me to judge what people can or can't do, want or don't want to do, but I really believe the animals deserve all of our efforts and as many voices as we can bring together to defend them.

Buying vegan products, cooking, eating vegan food (and writing about vegan food, recipes and places to eat) is truly amazing, but it's a hard battle and we need to keep on fighting.

Monday, 10 October 2011

14 years vegan and some thoughts

October marks the month I went vegan. Back in 1997. I won't explain again why I am vegan but I feel comfortable to write about some things related to my choice here one more time.

One thing that I can say about myself is that I never stop questioning things and this includes veganism. Some people go vegan and they think that's it, they're better than other, they are doing their best and they don't need to look for more information or learn anything else about the choice they've made. I don't agree with that and seeing veganism going more and more mainstream brings me more and more thoughts.

I was already writing this post when I saw today's post of Happy Herbivore, which brought me to one of my main thoughts: to me veganism is about respect. Respect for life. Non-humane and humane. And I have to say, it's a way easier to respect the animals in the world we live today. Humane beings know how to disrespect others so well that it makes me feel sad. If you show respect for the others, respect will come back to you, that's how I think. And we, vegan people, should show even more respect. You won't create empathy being disrespectful with people who aren't vegan. And it's not you who is loosing with this, it's the animals. Being vegan is not about yourself or your ego, it's about that ones who can't defend themselves. If you want to be their voices, be kind as they are.

When I see someone like Lindsay saying she doesn't embrace the term 'vegan' anymore I feel sad, but I can understand. The difference between her and me, right now, is that I'm up to do the opposite: I will always say I am vegan cause the world need to know that there are different kinds of vegan people. Taking a stand for me is one thing I can do for the animals. Does it make me better than you or her? Absolutely not. This is just my way of thinking and acting and, as I said before, discussing, reading, talking, listening, questioning and (always) learning is a great way to be vegan (and to live life in my opinion).

This month I'm celebrating 14 years of veganism, with a healthy and vegan pregnancy and even more love and respect for the animals. I have some more thoughts to share with you regarding to veganism and I'll do this during this month.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

united by love and compassion

Photo of a photo from our album

Today me and Matteo are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary.

We have many things in common and we're different in many other things. But what made me fall in love with him was his compassion for the animals and the values we share.

As a friend told me today, we're keeping the vegan edge family alive. Hope we're doing it right ;-)

we had a 100% vegan buffet but no photos
this was the cake and the Italian confetti

Love you, husband.

Friday, 7 January 2011

All about... 2010

Since I've started the blog I've been doing the "all about... the previous year" post and this year won't be different. I like some rituals and unpredictable since I left Brazil it sounds good to keep the "traditions" that are left ;-P

2008 sounds a thousand years ago right now, but it was an important year. 2009 was a way better, but still with too many downs between some ups. But it was definitely a "building" year. But 2010 was grand and I can't stop thanking life for giving me such a good year.

I won't be able to remember all the good bits (what is a good sign) but I'll let you know my top 10:

1. I started a Master in Journalism and Media Communications
2. We moved to a house, a lovely house
3. Me and Matteo celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary and 6 years together (L)
4. I did one more issue of my paper zine, Outspoken, and the first English issue
5. I went to Brazil to see my family and best friends and it was deadly
6. I had an amazing summer, traveling around, visiting friends and my mom came to Europe for the first time
7. I saw 7 Seconds at Ieperfest and a lot of other amazing shows. Hardcore and straight edge will always be my life
8. I started working on MUZU.TV with on-line journalism and music
9. My brother's wife is pregnant and I'll be an aunt soon (L)
10. I still have the best friends in the world, no matter how far they are

And I couldn't leave out the amazing vegan food that I had this year. I didn't cook or bake that much, but still had great experiences in the kitchen. I met new (and amazing) people cause of veganism. I celebrated my 13th vegan anniversary believing more and more that I made the right choice.
Berlin is still the TOP 1 vegan-friendly city in my opinion, but I still have to go to the US. Ice cream is still the best thing in the world.

I have no idea about how 2011 will be. I have a good feeling about it but I decided to not plan too much and I have no resolutions for this year. But I'm sure my life will change again. For the best. The word for 2011 is already being "surprise".

Happy 2011

Monday, 17 May 2010

All bout ... my paper zine

This is not (just) about vegan food but you can read about that too in my paper zine. In 1998 I started the paper zine Outspoken in Brazil and I'm still doing it (the next edition will be the #11). Now I decided to do the zine in English as well and this will be the #0. It is a hardcore zine and most of the articles and interviews are about hardcore, but I always try to have at least one article or one interview related to veganism. I became vegan going to hardcore shows and my way to say thanks is to continue promoting the veganism in the hardcore and trying to make the hardcore kids see that they have an option. This issue brings, among other things, an interview with John Joseph and his new book, Meat is For Pussies, and I hope that everybody - also outside the hardcore - will support the zine and get a copy of it.

If everything goes right it will be available at the gig (in Dublin) next Sunday and at the HUP on line store next week.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Meat is For Pussies - the book

I already posted here the first promo videos of John Joseph's new book, Meat is For Pussies, and the release will be on April 15th. Here's the new video:

John Joseph "Meat Is For Pussies" - dropping on April 15th, 2010 from Polygraph Productions on Vimeo.

Well, I'm a huge fan of him and I got in touch with him a couple of months ago and got an interview about the book for my paper zine, Ouspoken. I've been writing and editing this zine in Brazil since 1998 and now it will have its first edition also in English and I couldn't be more excited! I need to find some free time to finish the last details and print it, but it's almost done :)

PS. I am not an organized person, it was hard for me to admit it, but it's true. So, I missed the celebration of the 1st year anniversary of this blog (that was in fact in August of 2009). But I decided to celebrate now, 8 months later and I'm preparing my first give away!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

More news: Green food!

I told you 2010 would be a busy year! I have more news to share with you. Last year I received an invitation to be part of the German cookbook Das Ox-Kochbuch 4 and because of this I received another invitation: to write an article for a new magazine that some great people where trying to publish. Of course my answer was yes and today the first issue arrived in my mail box!

I can't understand nothing at all, but the magazine looks great. It's beautiful and I could see that there's an interview with Moby and an article with a great German chef called Attila Hildmann (I saw his book when I was in Berlin in November). My article is about Dublin ;-)

I really hope that they can continue with this project because Germany is a great country for vegetarian and vegan people and it's always important to spread the word. You can know more about the magazine here (in German).

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Veganize-se: para os meus leitores brasileiros!

Mesmo tendo um blog em inglês, o Brasil ainda é um dos países onde possuo mais leitores: amigos queridos, conhecidos, desconhecidos, todos interessados nas minhas aventuras pela cozinha e pelo mundo vegano.

Quem me conhece sabe que sou jornalista e que trabalhei nos últimos anos com conteúdos voltados para web e celular (mobile). Pensando nisso decidi me juntar ao Lembreto, um serviço de canais de conteúdo para celular. O nome do meu canal é "Veganize-se" e terá em média 5 mensagens por semana, que o assinante recebe direto no celular. As mensagens serão sempre em português, relacionadas ou não com o conteúdo postado aqui no blog :)

Para assinar o canal, basta clicar aqui ou enviar "ASSINAR VEGANIZE" para

Espero você no Veganize-se também!

Happy World Vegan Day!

The world says thanks for everything you do for the animals and for the planet.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Vegan Mofo III - Day 26 - Brazil Nut

October is flying and with it Vegan MoFo is almost ending too! It's the last week of this amazing month. And for the last posts I saved some surprises. One is that as a journalist, I love making interviews. I think it is my favorite part of this profession. And I decided to start making some interviews here too.

The first one is with Andréa Nichols, from the amazing blog Brazil Nut. Her blog is one of the first blogs about vegan food and veganism that I started to follow when I decided to join this virtual (big) world! She writes in Portuguese and always have something great to say to our Brazilian vegetarian and vegan friends.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I will be back with more interviews soon :)

All about... : Your blog is in Portuguese, so you should have basically just Brazilian readers. Why the decision about making a blog about vegan food and veganism in Portuguese? Do you think about make it in English too?

Andrea: I do think about writing in English all the time. Sometimes I blog in both languages, but it’s mostly in Portuguese. I started the blog in Portuguese because a few years ago, when my husband and I became vegan and I decided to write about it and show how easy it was, there weren’t a lot of blogs in Portuguese and there were a ton in English. Since my point was to help, I figured I should do it in my mother tongue.

Andréa e Clementine

All about... : You live in NY and are always involved in some kind of animal liberation activism. Do you think the city has a lot of groups and people involved? Did you do that in Brazil too? What are the mainly differences, in your opinion, between the activism in Brazil and in the US?

Andrea: Activism here (in the US) is very strong, very powerful. I didn’t feel the same in Brazil when I used to live there. But that was 8 years ago. It’s getting better and better from what I see and read. And I’m hopeful.

All about... : You are always blogging some great recipes. How often do you cook? What do you like to cook more?

Andrea: Thanks! I rarely cook. I’m not crazy about cooking as much as I am about eating, discovering new recipes and taking pictures of food. :) My husband is the one who cooks at our home and he cooks so well. He has no fear. He’ll look at any recipe and go: “I can do this”. And he does! I’m always looking for new ideas and recipes to bring to him. I’d say I’m a lucky gal. :) I like cooking simple things, mostly appetizers. And I like to present them nicely. I’m more about the way the food looks.

All about... : What tips you can give to people that are thinking about becoming vegan?

Andrea: Stop thinking and just go vegan! Anybody can do it at any time. No preparation is needed. It’s much easier that people think and it’s the best thing one can do to help animals, to help the planet and for one’s own health. If somebody wants to be ethical and environment-friendly, going vegan is the 1st thing to do.

All about... : Do you have any favorite vegan cook book?

Andrea: All our cookbooks are awesome. To name a few: The Urban Vegan, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Planet, Veganomicon…

Andrea: Thanks for inviting me to respond to your questions, Glauce! I’m a big fan of your blog and your cupcakes!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Vegan Mofo III - Day 13 - Great cause

As I told you in the first day of the Vegan MoFo, veganism for me is not just about the food/diet, it's a life choice, a choice for the life. So this is a short update to post a link of something great: Lush is launching this week the "Fabulous Mrs Bubble Bar". The proceeds of the product will go to the Hunt Saboteurs Association and you can read more about it here.

How cute are they?


Thursday, 8 October 2009

Vegan MoFo III - Day 8 - Vegan for life

Maybe you don't know, but I became vegan after starting to go to hardcore shows in the end of the 1990s (I'm celebrating 12 years being vegan this month!). If you are already a reader of this blog, you know that hardcore is a big part of my life and I have some posts about it. And because of that I sometimes write about hardcore bands or lyrics that I really like and that I think have a great message.

If you are a vegan in the hardcore scene, you know who are Earth Crisis. You may don't like them or don't agree with all the ideas they have, but you know them. So do I. And I'm glad that there are bands that still care about writing lyrics about veganism.

The first album of Earth Crisis is from 1992, the last one, 2009. During all these years I see people becoming vegan and coming back to eat meat in the hardcore world. That's the way it is and I think it will be always like that. But I am glad that I had the opportunity to read and learn more about veganism and could make my choice, a choice for life. And I am still writing about it too.

Earth Crisis - Morality dictates
Gomorrah'S Season Ends - 1996)

Crowded against one another, or penned into an artifical environment.
Unbearable lonliness, separated
from their fellow creatures contact.
Individual innocent beings, each cow, sheep, pig, goat or chicken.
Viewed as a product to processed.
Raised only to be slaughtered and consumed.
Murdered victims enshrouded with false names that deny their suffering.

Beef, mutton, pork and poultry.
Creatures torn and butchered only for the petiness of the flavour of their decaying flesh.
The carnage of the slaughterhouse is all completely unnecessary for sustenance of techonologically advanced mankind.
Constantly brainwashed from the beginning
to believe the opposite of this truth.
The brutality is anacceptable.
I strive to end the exploitation.
Morality dictates.

Morality dictates. Morality dictates.
Morality dictates that I live vegan.

Earth Crisis - To the Death
(To the Death - 2009)

(Just a piece of the lyrics):

Meat, dairy industries connect
To end with the same fate
Enslaved and entombed
I disengage the death machine
Boxcars, stockyards – the killing floor
Decapitated in the abattoir
Partake suffer the consequence
Anthropocentric arrogance
Beneath the glare
Days of agony are spent
Caged, chained or penned
Above a floor of wire fence
Every basic right denied
Even the freedom of movement
Inescapable insanity
Dominates every moment
Vegan for life
Vegan to the death

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Meat is still murder

I'm still working hard.

I'm still baking a lot!

The husband is still cooking!

Meat is still murder.

Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER
And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER
And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die?
Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench
It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
Oh ... and who cares about and animals life?

(The Smiths)

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

"That's how you become a cro-mag!"

I saw two amazing videos at the blog After The Storm about the new John Joseph's new book "Meat Is For Pussies" and I need to share them with you. For those who don't know hardcore is really important to me and I love Cro-Mags.

It's really cool to see a man with 47 years old that is still on hardcore and that is still vegetarian. If these two things are important to you too, listen to what he has to say:

John Joseph New York City Urban Warfare Cro-Mag Training from Polygraph Productions on Vimeo.

John Joseph on what's really going green from Polygraph Productions on Vimeo.

PS. Franz, my friend, this post is also for you ;-)

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Simply... vegan!

Our lunch last Saturday made me think about at least 3 posts I wrote here: best Brazilian combination (rice and beans), all about... colors! and cooking with pleasure. We had a delicious lunch and so simple, so easy to cook.

But the most important thing I'd like to write here today is about simplicity of being vegan. I always think that is easier to be vegan in a country like Ireland, with many british influences which include vegetarianism and veganism. Here we can buy vegan cheese, cream cheese, ham, ice cream, chocolate and a lot of other stuff. But these are not things you need to eat everyday, these are things we like. Day by day we eat the simple food: pasta, rice and beans with vegetables, lot of potatoes recipes, risotto, gnocchi, salads, etc. And this kind of food is easy to find and it's cheap.

Sometimes I think people like to complicate things. To make them seem more difficult that they really are. I'm not saying that it is easy to be vegan. It is a big change. But it's not impossible and everybody can be healthy, eat well and be happy being vegan. You just need to find the best way.

There are so many options of food that are naturally vegetarian (or even vegan)... First, concentrate yourself on the kind of food you like. Start eating a vegan version of them. And think about try new things. There is a lot of food that I didn't eat before and now I love. I'm not saying that you have to like everything that is vegan, this does not exist, but you can discover a new universe with new flavours.

Simplicity is a great choice of life, always! Just try it some times ;o)

Friday, 20 March 2009

Change Your Diet - Change the World!

MeatOut is an international event, organized by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement):

"On (or around) March 20 — the first day of spring — thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational Meatout events. Activities include colorful festivals, lectures, public dinners, feed-ins, cooking demos, food samplings, leafleting, information tables and more.

The occasion is Meatout, the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots diet education campaign. This year is the 25th annual observance! Every spring, thousands of caring Meatout supporters educate their communities and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to pledge to "kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains."

This year's theme is Change Your Diet - Change the World!"

(Font: FARM)

How about changing your diet today and start changing the world?

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Um pouco mais de informação em português: Cantinho Vegetariano

(Pic: FARM E-card - Send one to your friends!)

Sunday, 15 March 2009

"Stop Consuming Animals"

Propagandhi is an amazing band. And a vegan band. If you don't know them, check the songs and lyrics. They released a new album recently and you can check a small interview on VegNews.

Here one great lyric of the album "Less Talk, More Rock" (1996):

I speak outside what is recognized as the border between "reason" and "insanity".
But I consider it a measure of my humanity to be written off
by the living graves of a billion murdered lives.
And I'm not ashamed of my recurring dreams about me and a gun and a different species
(hint: starts with "h" and rhymes with "Neuman's")
of carnage strewn about the stockyards, the factories and farms.
Still I know as well as anyone that it does less good
than harm to be this honest with a conscience eased by lies.
But you cannot deny that meat is still murder.
Dairy is still rape.
And I'm still as stupid as anyone, but I know my mistakes.
I have recognized one form of oppression, now I recognize the rest.
And life's too short to make another's shorter- (animal liberation now!).

Propagandhi playing in São Paulo (Brazil) - 2007
Pic by Mauricio Santana


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