Plants For The Win 💪 🌱 Why Athletes Are Turning to A vegan Diet For Power

"Following a plant-based diet can not only benefit your health and the environment, but also the animals.. I've always enjoyed friendships with animals, and once I saw some footage and read about what went on I decided to cut that out." - Peter Siddle

Yep, we feel you Peter! We absolutely LOVE when plant-powered athletes speak up about the benefits of a vegan diet. Australian cricketer Peter Siddle caught up with PETA Australia to share how turning to plants for power has changed his life.

Thank you Peter Siddle for spreading the vegan love!

Rhian x 

$2,170 Donated To Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary Thanks To You

In The Soulshine is committed to donating 10% of all profits to people and animals in need.

Recently we learnt about Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, a non-for-profit organisation in Spain devoted to the caring and nurturing for farm animals who are victims of exploitation. 

Mino Valley was founded by Abigail and her husband Mike after finding their purpose through a Veganism lifestyle. After reading their story, we were so moved by their incredible compassion and commitment to the animals that we wanted to help.

Recently Mike became seriously ill with an infection in the lymph node which doctors believe he contracted from one of the animals. The infection has left him severely ill, barely able to walk, breathless and very weak. He hasn't been able to carry out any of his normal work around the sanctuary which has left them in a terrible financial position. 

Hearing of their situation, we donated $2,170 to help Mike on his journey back to recovery, and to support Abigail and the sanctuary by providing enough food and supplies for the animals. 

"I can't even fully express how special this community, that we have built together, is to me."        - Abigail

We want to say a massive THANK YOU to you. It is because of you we were able to help this organisation and make an even bigger difference. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

If you would like to know more about Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary head to www.minovalleyfarmsanctuary.org to learn about their story. 

Tanya x

The Dark Side of Dairy and The Right Way To Get Your Calcium

We can all agree that dairy is not good for you. It's bad for the environment, bad for the animals and extremely bad for us humans. A common question that Vegans get asked all the time is, how do you get your calcium? If you struggle to find an answer to this than read on.

Here are some reasons why dairy is bad for your health and some alternate natural Vegan options to gain all the calcium you need:

CALCIUM IN DAIRY PRODUCTS:  

  • Increases risk of cancer. Swedish researchers found that drinking more than one glass of milk per day may double your risk of ovarian cancer, while a Harvard study found men who consumed more than two daily dairy servings had a 34% increased risk of developing prostate cancer, compared with those who consumed little or no dairy.

  • Cancer cell growth. Dairy products boost the amount of insulin-like growth factor in your blood, a hormone that's been shown to fuel cancer cell growth.

  • High Cholesterol. A single serving of milk can contain as much as 24 mg of cholesterol, whereas vegan food has no cholesterol.

  • Bad Bones. Instead of promoting bone health, animal protein in dairy products can have a calcium-leaching effect. 

  • Bad skin. Cow's milk contains testosterone-like hormones, which may stimulate oil glands in the skin and contribute to acne breakouts.  

  • Chronic Inflammation. Dairy is highly acidic, despite it containing high amounts of calcium that acts as an alkaline agent by nature. Milk is rich in natural acids that can cause calcium deposits to build up and potentially cause arthritis and long-term inflammation.

  • Bad Digestion. Dairy can also cause some gut damage due to the way it inflames the gut lining. It is one of the worst contributors to cause and irritate leaky gut syndrome, which can lead to autoimmune disease and other health issues over time.

CALCIUM IN VEGAN PRODUCTS: 

  • Kale. 3 cups of kale will give you 205mg of calcium

  • Sesame Seeds. (tahini) also a great source of magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.

  • Nut Milks. Cashew, Macadamia, Almond. There's no cholesterol or saturated fat in nut milk. Also low in sodium and high in healthy fats (such as omega fatty acids, found in fish), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.

  • Bok Choy and Broccoli.  Also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, iron, niacin and selenium.

  • Seaweed (Wakame) depending on the type of seaweed, it can supply up to 10 times more calcium than cow's milk

  • White Beans (Cannelini) just two cups will give 382mg of calcium and a significant amount of iron

  • Molasses. Just two tablespoons will give you 344mg of calcium

  • Firm Tofu. Just half a cup of tofu can supply as much as 861 mg of calcium.

Tofu is personally one of my all time favourite foods to eat! You can marinate it, sauté it, grill it, mash it, bake it, and even blend it to make pasta sauces or dips. Tofu will absorb any flavour that you put it with, making it suitable for so many recipes.

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Here are some simple recipes using Vegan calcium that you can share with all your friends. What's your favourite recipe? 

If you have any further questions or feedback please let us know, we're constantly learning and love educating ourselves on the power of Veganism!

Rhian xo


Sources: 
The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which started in 1989 and followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed absolutely no protective effect of dairy consumption on fracture risk in bones. - www.express.co.uk
www.onegreenplanet.org
www.forksoverknives.com
www.organicfacts.net
www.peta.org

R.I.P Tilikum - This Is Why SeaWorld Sucks

"...there was nothing enriching about Tilikum's life. He was driven insane by captivity."

Tilikum (1981 - 2017) died in captivity after 33 years, a heartbreaking end to an innocent animals life, read below Captain Paul Watson's heartfelt speech as he continues to defend our beautiful marine life.

"Sea World Continues to Mislead the Public. The Washington Post reported that SeaWorld eulogized a “long and enriching life” that “inspired millions of people.”

"A long and enriching life."

Tilikum died at age 36! This was not a long life. Granny, a wild and free Orca in British Columbian waters died recently aged 103. Whales in captivity tend to have their life spans cut in half. A 36-year old Orca is in the prime of its life.

And there was nothing enriching about Tilikum's life. He was driven insane by captivity. There is not a single documented case of a wild Orca killing a human being yet Tilikum killed three people.

The captivity of this one Orca is responsible for the tragic death of three human beings.

There was nothing enriching about spending more than three decades in a concrete pool.

There was nothing enriching about three decades of eating dead thawed rotting fish.

There was nothing enriching about having humans masturbate him to collect his sperm.

There was nothing enriching about having his teeth ground down to nubs by biting repeatedly on concrete walls.

There was nothing enriching about being sunburned and plagued by horse flies with no means of finding shelter from the sun and parasites.

There was nothing enriching about having every sound he uttered echoed back at him from the concrete walls of his prison.

There was nothing enriching about being forced to be a circus performer to entertain humans for profit.

This one statement by Sea World reveals just how much in denial these captivity profiteers are about their cruel exploitation of these magnificent self aware, highly intelligent, highly social, sentient beings.

His life was not long and his life was not enriched. What SeaWorld is saying is a self-serving lie. They want the public to believe they loved Tilikum. They didn't. They want the public to believe they did everything in their power to save Tilikum. They did not.

Sea World managed to manipulate the Humane Society of the United States into supporting their Orca program. HSUS switched from condemning the suffering experienced by the Orcas in their pools to proclaiming that the Orcas were now being treated "humanely."

HSUS transformed from being genuinely concerned for the conditions at Sea World to proclaiming that the conditions were suddenly "humane." And both HSUS and SeaWorld attempted to bamboozle the public with shallow pledges to oppose the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and the killing of seals in Canada, a pledge they did not pursue after the original announcement.

The dolphins in Taiji are being killed and captured because of facilities like SeaWorld.

Sea World has always been and continues to be part of the problem that sees thousands of dolphins slaughtered every year and the slave trade in small cetaceans spreading internationally.

Is there anything at Sea World condemning Japanese whaling and dolphin slaying? Is there a single educational exhibit condemning the massacre of pilot whales and dolphins in the Danish Faroe Islands. No, because Sea World has never been an educational facility.

Tilikum was a captive slave and his entire life was one of misery from the day he was viciously kidnapped from his mother near Iceland until the day he ignobly died in a tiny pool in Orlando, Florida.

All his life he was deprived of the taste and the feel of the Ocean. All of his life he was deprived of a diet of real live fish. All of his life he was deprived of the freedom to roam the sea, to dive and to socialize with wild Orcas in a vibrant Orca culture.

Every single person who has bought a ticket to Sea World or any other Orca and dolphin slave facility and remains unrepentant must share the responsibility for the suffering and premature death of Tilikum.

We asked Sea World to let Tilikum spend his final days in a sea pen where he could experience the ocean once again, where he could dive deep and swim for more than a few hundred meters in a straight line.

They refused. They chose to let Tilikum suffer in isolation in one of their aquatic cells.

To Sea World, he was property. He was insured and they will be compensated for his death. He was a commodity, an investment and nothing more and any tears being shed at Sea World are for the loss of a profitable piece of property and not for Tilikum as a sentient being.

One Sea World defender sent me a message today saying I was ignorant for saving that Tilikum died because of captivity. "He died from a lung infection, not captivity." she said.

Yet there are no documented observations of an Orca in the wild dying of a lung infection. It was captivity that caused the lung infection and it is captivity that causes captive Orcas to live half the life span of Orcas in the wild.

Marine Aquariums are evil places, places of misery, places of cruel prolonged suffering, places of death. They have no redeeming educational value and they are an embarrassment to all of humanity.

Tilikum suffered and died for our sins.

And the fact is that Tilikum is dead now because of Sea World and only because of Sea World.

Sea World killed Tilikum just as they have killed so many Orcas over the years."

- Captain Paul Watson (via Facebook) January 7th, 2017

Yummy Homemade Vegan Hummus

If you have been following our Instagram story over the last few days, you would have noticed our yummy homemade Vegan Hummus recipe :) It was sooooooo tasty, healthy and my kids loved it! A perfect afternoon snack with some carrot sticks or brown rice crackers. Some of you asked for the recipe so here it is: 

Hummus

Ingredients: 

1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or 1 large lemon
1/4 cup hulled tahini (I use Mayver's which is dairy, gluten and cholesterol free. Macro Organics also have a great Hulled tahini).
1 small garlic clove finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Start with 1/2 Himalayan Pink salt, then add more to taste if needed

You can also play around with flavours, adding a little bit of cumin or paprika! 

Method: 
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.
2. Add the garlic, pepper, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended.
3. Open, drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth, this takes about 1 to 2 minutes.


If your tahini is too thick or still a little chunky from the chickpeas, add a little bit of water and keep processing. It takes a little time to get the consistency right, but it is definitely worth the wait!!

What other recipes do you love to make, or would like to see on our Instagram story? Leave a comment below as I would love to see them.

Rhian x