Posts by Paul R-G

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    I understand why so many may feel like not voting, but can I just beg people to use their vote this time to try to prevent a Tory government spending five more years starving our public services, and to try to get a Labour government that taxes just the top 5% and the corporations at the sort of levels used in the mid-80s so that the services we all rely on can begin to be repaired.


    I also think that re-setting the Brexit negotiations with a new team, and immediately giving all EU nationals right to remain, might not be a bad idea.

    There are vegetarian and vegan multivits with B12 in, and food sources such as Marmite with B12, so I am certain you do not need to eat meat or indeed any animal products.

    It is those two that I have always heard mentioned in the same breath, as it were. I avoid them with my daughter whenever I can.

    I have refused all Christmas leave-over offers at work, and have an organic nut and raisin mix in my drawer - brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews and raisins. I allow myself a small mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. I know they are not cheap (Sainsbury's) but the packet lasts a good while, and I understand that some new research has indicated that the actual calories absorbed from nuts are less than thought, due to the amount used in processing them. I don't know whether that is true, but the fat seems to make me feel more full than the carbs I used to have as a snack. Doing this as part of a largely vegan diet, with only a mini-snack allowed in the evening, I have lost 5lb since December 28th when I threw/gave away remaining Christmas "goodies."

    It may just be the Soil Association (UK5) organic standard, but I THINK that very soon it will be part of the standard that male calves will not be shot at birth - though I doubt they will get to live out their lives as a few of the producers allow, where you pay for the cows' (and bulls'?) pensions as it were.

    I take Omega 3 mind&more capsules from Holland and Barratt. They are vegan, and each capsule provides 200mg of DHA. They are not exactly cheap, but I don't take them every day, alternating them with Flax oil.

    My daughter has been brought up entirely veggie - she's now 5 - and she is as strong as an ox and healthy. Obviously each kid's food preferences are different, but I would just make sure that there is as much variety as possible. There is very much a you-need-meat-to-be-healthy attitude in this country; perhaps it's worth looking at how healthy people who say this are! Some otherwise intelligent people seem to think that the only way to get protein is via meat. Eating brown rice and lentils sometime near each other provides a full protein without even eating dairy products. Don't let yourself be got at by people who don't let ignorance get in the way of a good rant. :waves:

    I can't pretend I made this myself - it was on offer at Sainsbury's, and made by Kirsty's - but I really enjoyed Moroccan Vegetables with Quinoa. It's got aduki beans and pinto beans, and quinoa, brown rice and puy lentil, so super protein, as well as the sort of vegetables you would expect in a Moroccan sauce. It was really good on its own, but I might add a chopped up soya sausage just for bite next time.

    We co-slept with our daughter, and it was fine! I felt she was quite safe in what I think was actually called a gro-bag. I think it is the most natural thing in the world. I can't think of any other animal species that would leave their young upset and refuse to go to them. :)


    Try Quinoa, that contains almost everything your body needs to produce protein.


    I'm sure this is right. It's my understanding that Quinoa contains all 8 essential amino acids of protein (i.e. is as "full" a protein as beef), Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and a range of vitamins and minerals.


    Recently I've been practicing Metta (when I remember!) and I have found it a great support in 'humanising' my 'enemy' (so to speak!) by wishing good will upon them, and also for looking at myself a little more kindly! Anyone else been practicing this?


    I have been practising metta again and found it very helpful. I am getting back into my practice and wondering why I let it drop. It is very helpful for calming my anxieties and tendency to catastrophise. I have found attending my local samatha meditation group very helpful, both in the teaching received and meeting other Buddhists/those interested in Buddhism and just talking. I don't know where you live, but the website with groups listed is www.samatha.org. :waves:

    I'm vegetarian because of my Buddhist principles which lead me to avoid causing unnecessary suffering. It is not necessary to eat meat; indeed from my research the health outcomes for vegetarians with regards to heart disease, cancer and diabetes are usually better. I hope this is some help, Kestrel.

    I may be wrong but I thought schools were expected to cover Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism as well as the three Abrahamic/Ibrahimic faiths. I know that the law and religion and education in this country make an unholy mess but I am not sure if your school's policy is even legal. If it is, the adopting of some Pagan practices and trashing of the rest of it by the organised churches continues ever onwards.:curse:

    I asked about cook books on this forum when I joined and was recommended Vegan Cooking for One by Leah Leneman. I got it and have been very impressed with it. The ingredient lists are not too long or too expensive and the measurements are in imperial, metric and US, and obviously can be scaled up. Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet gives a very detailed case for Veganism and has a lot of recipes, but they are in US measures. Also from the US, The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, while not a recipe book, has a huge amount of nutritional information. It has charts of all the different plant food groups (e.g. stems and leaves, legumes, nuts etc.) and I have found that useful to help me get a range of food types when I haven't time to cook recipes; for tea I sometimes have cereal with oat milk and then a small bowl of mixed nuts, or a soya burger with tomato and mixed brown rice/oat/lentil or mixed quinoa and bulgur wheat (from TESCO I admit) or a tin of mixed bean and red pepper soup, for example. Good luck! :waves:

    Sarah, I have only just seen your starting post in this thread. It cheered me up no end. I wouldn't go and see the torch if it went past the end of my road. £9 billion to stage a competition as care homes are closed, benefits slashed and transport to school for children with special needs is cut. Fantastic! And as for the Jubilee ... The French have just elected a Socialist President of their secular republic. If only they played cricket I'd be off like a shot. I am sick of toadying obsequious garbage from the BBC THAT I PAY FOR. The same BBC that thinks that a change to tax on pasties is a more important story than the mass murder of children. :curse:

    I take Holland and Barrett's Vegan multi-vit, their Mind & More vegetarian omega 3, zinc, vit C, Co-Q-10 (for the heart - main problem in my family) and pycnogenol (pine bark - seems to have helped my asthma) - think that's it. I have heard that it's best to take a multi-vit as well as one particular vitamin, such as a B-vitamin or zinc if you feel you particularly need that, but I don't know how true that is. :)

    We employed a doula, which was an excellent decision and well worth it. I have put "we" because I felt that the doula was helpful in explaining to us both the process of labour, and dealt with queries from both of us. My wife had a long labour and found the birthing pool excellent. A paddling pool definitely would have been no good. Unfortunately we did not have a supportive midwife service. My wife had been told that she could be rung on any morning to say that a midwife would not be available for home birth that day. This in itself was a cause of stress as my wife had not had good experiences of hospitals in the past. As it was, two midwives came to her intended home birth. If I had a pound for every time they looked at their watches or pondered how long it might take I would be a rich man. They told my wife that they were not qualified to attend a birth in water, and that she would have to get out to give birth. When we protested they said that there was a midwife who could come from Pontefract, but from memory they only made one attempt to contact her, which was unsuccessful. The end of the story is that my poor wife gave birth in hospital and then developed incredibly high blood pressure and a pulse which was too fast for the machine to measure, and had her life saved by the emergency team. She is absolutely certain that this emergency developed entirely due to the stress caused by the midwives, as she had begun pushing and pushing without thought or in any relation to what her body was saying. Thankfully our daughter was born healthy, and after a lot of medication my wife is okay. I'm not being negative about a home birth here, but I am just suggesting that if you can't afford an independent midwife, which we couldn't, I would ask an awful lot of questions of your local midwives, and make your wishes absolutely clear. Good luck. :thumbup: P.S. If anyone thinks we should sue, we have had a look at the medical notes and you wouldn't think anything untoward had happened. No surprise there.

    I have eaten the Granose Meat-Free Chicken Style roast mix, and it's pretty tasty, but it is quite soft to chew. The Quorn Family Roast (I think that's what it's called) which from memory is about £3-29 at Sainsbury's, while gently flavoured, is much more "meaty" to chew, and just takes about 55 min in the oven as it is, with no preparation, with 5 min to cool before carving. It's what we'll be having for Christmas, and when mixed with roast potatoes, gravy etc. etc. I don't think you'll notice much difference. Good luck! :)

    Hi. I have attended two different meditation groups here in West Yorkshire. I have been made very welcome at both as I continue my Buddhist journey. Both are very happy to welcome beginners and the curious, and those attending are very happy to lend books/magazines/articles which may help. Both "organisations" have groups in Bristol. The Samatha Trust (www.samatha.org) teaches Samatha breathing meditation in the Theravada Thai Forest tradition. The Community of Interbeing (www.interbeing.org.uk) follows the Zen teachings of the Vietnamese monk Thich Naht Hanh. Good luck. I am absolutely no expert, but if you want to PM me any particular questions I'll do my best. :) Paul

    You have my sympathy, Kerrie-anne. We are strict veggie and bringing up our daughter the same. Having found out what meat is, she tends to ask if given something, "It hasn't got dead pig in it, has it?" I think you need to be blunt, and worry less about offending ignorant people. I don't see a moral difference between eating parmesan cheese, gelatin-containing sweets, or steak. They all contain bits of dead animals, and vegetarians, whose health outcomes are of course generally better than meat-eaters, DO NOT EAT ANIMALS! Good luck. Paul

    As a vegetarian who wants to eat more vegan food for ethical and health reasons, I have wasted money on recipe books which turn out to be American with measurements I can't understand and ingredients I have never heard of and cannot find. Can anyone recommend a basic vegan recipe book which has "British" measurements (Imperial or metric), fairly short ingredient lists, with stuff I can find in a typical supermarket (I know, I know ...). I am also a bit of a novice cook. Thanks!

    Citalopram gave my wife such a severe migraine that she ended up in hospital, and was unable to continue taking it. That said, she is unable to tolerate any of the "medical" anti-depressants. St John's Wort was the only anti-depressant that her body could tolerate, but she did not find it all that effective. I am aware that citalopram can be taken in liquid form, so it is possible to build it up from a very low dose indeed. I hope you feel better whatever you decide.