Monthly Archives: February 2014

Vegan Alcohol

I love me some red wine. But did you know that some beers and wines are NOT vegan? I assumed they all were, afterall they’re made from yeast and grapes, right? Wrong! Well, don’t fret because Barnivore.com is an awesome website you can use to figure out if your favorite adult beverage is vegan-friendly. Check it out here:

http://www.barnivore.com/

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First CAT CAFE Coming to the U.S.!

I am so beyond proud to share this news!! The cat rescue I have volunteered and fostered for for the last 2 years, Cat Town, is opening the country’s first ever cat cafe. Yes, you heard me…. a cafe with cats!!! It’s a cat lady’s dream come true!

Cat cafes are huge in Japan and other parts of the world but so far no one has opened one here. Why not you ask? Mainly because the good old USA has pretty strict health codes and frowns upon people intermixing cats with lattes and danishes. However, Cat Town is bound and determined to overcome this obstacle by building a cafe along with a completely separated cat adoption center that meets all health codes. But you can bet it will be expensive!

Cat Town is an *amazing* non-profit rescue that takes cats who are on the list a Oakland animal shelter to be euthanized and places them into foster homes where they can settle in and buy time to eventually be adopted. We are a totally bootstrapped organization, 100% volunteer run and we are on a mission to decrease euthanasia rates. Cat Town specializes in the hard to place cats that other rescues look past — the under-socialized, scared, sick and older cats who do not do well in a shelter setting. Cat Town has rescued over 400 cats in just a few years since it was founded. I am so incredibly proud to be part of this organization, especially now that we will truly be making history.

The organization also holds a special place in my heart since one of my own cats, Truman, was one of my fosters. He was so scared at the shelter that they couldn’t vaccinate him and so he was scheduled to be euthanized. He came into my life when I saw his sad little shelter photo with him inside of his litter box (below). He was just 7.5 pounds at 4 years old and he had diarrhea and post-op bleeding from his neuter surgery. But I took him home and he worked his way into my heart from that day on. He is now such an important part of my life. I know so many other people who have similar stories because they adopted from Cat Town and it’s truly inspiring!

truman cage

Here’s Truman now (at a healthy 11 pounds!):

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The cat cafe will allow Cat Town to rescue even more cats just like Truman and free up space at the Oakland animal shelter for new cats coming in. It will also be an onsite adoption center which will be great since right now we don’t have a physical location and the organization is completely foster-based.

If you would like to help us, please go to our fundraising page below. Donations start at just $2 and every bit helps!! If you can’t donate, please share the link and help spread awareness about Cat Town’s mission. Thank you!!!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cat-town-cafe

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Sheridyn Fisher’s Vegan Meal Plan

sheridynSheridyn Fisher is a well-known Australian model, designer, animal rights activist and a gorgeous vegan! Here is a sample of her daily meal plan, straight from her blog, SheridynFisher.blogspot.com:

 
Morning:
My Morning Must haves – Vitamins: Iron, Vegan Glucosamine, Vegan Multivitamin, 3 teaspoons of “Supergreen” supplement powder and ½ cup of water.
sheridyn22 x teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 x Organic Wheat free Oats with almonds, Sunflower seeds, Chia Seeds, Brazil nuts, Flaxseeds with a chopped banana and blueberries or strawberries with a little rice milk.
1/2 cup of Pomegranate Juice (I love P♡M Wonderful)
1 x fresh Pressed Juice (see my natural Juice recipes)
OR
2 x teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 x Piece of Rye or Spelt bread toasted with Avocado, Rocket, sliced tomatoes and squeeze of fresh lemon or Lime

Handful of cooked mushrooms with freshly chopped garlic and rosemarySteamed Kale and Spinach

1/2 cup of Pomegranate Juice (I love P♡M Wonderful)
1 x green tea or 1 x Black coffee
OR
1x Protein Shake
Rice Milk, Water, Soy Protein, Banana, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Wheat free Muesli
OR
2 x teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic rolled Oats with Almonds, Blueberries, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds with Rice Milk & BananaSteamed Kale and Spinach or broccoli

1 x Freshly made Pressed Juice
(Celery, Zucchini, Carrot, Kale, Apple, Orange, spinach, Beetroot, Cucumber – Anything healthy that I want to add)
Morning Tea:

1 x Vegan Protein ShakeSnack on raw veggies such as broccoli, carrot, cherry tomatoes.

OR

Handful of Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts and Blueberries and banana

Lunch:
2 x Teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

Rye or Spelt bread Salad Sandwich with Avocado, hummus, Lettuce, tomato, Grated Zucchini, grated Carrot, Alfalfa, Cucumber – sometimes I will add a Vegan Lentil PattiSteamed Veggies or Salad

1 x Piece of fruit (Kiwi with skin on it orange or banana or apple)
OR

Cabbage and Tabouli Salad with Pita Bread and Hummus and 4 x Asian Bean & Kumera pieces with adzuki beans (Syndian brand)Steamed veggies or quinoa and lentil salad

OR
Raw Organic Vegan Salad with Kale, Broccoli, Green Beans, Mushrooms and possibly quinoa salad
Just wash veggies and serve!
OR
Vegan Falafel wrap with tabouli, tomatoes, cabbage salad and hummus
Afternoon
Piece of fruit (Banana, Apple, Watermelon)
1 x Vegan Protein shake after training (I don’t do this every day, in fact I try to limit protein shakes to having only 3 – 4 a week)
Dinner:
Veggie stir-fry with fresh herbs (garlic, mint, basil, chilli) I love cooking with lemon and lime too! I mix up my stir frustrating but love adding:
Tofu, Broccoli, cauliflower, Asian cabbage, celery, carrot, Kale, purple cabbage, zuchinni (I love changing veggies, its always best to keep changing veggies)
1 X Green Tea
OR
Quinoa and lentil salad with tomatoes.
Steamed Veggies (Kale, Spinach and Carrots)
OR
Home made Lentil Soup or Veggie Soup and steamed Veggies.
Vitamins before bed: Vitamin E tablet, Vegan Calcium, Vegan Multivitamin and Vitamin B.