We’re back with our second review of Vegan Life magazine! If you remember from last month, The Friendly Fig is now a part of Vegan Life magazine’s Blogger Team. The January/February issue of Vegan Life is another excellent issue, as always! Read on to see some of my favorite articles.
The third issue of Vegan Life is all about starting fresh. We’re all recovering from the holiday season, where we undoubtedly ate too much, exercised too little, and are now feeling pretty guilty. I’m still feeling guilty since Friends came to Netflix Jan. 1 and I’ve been doing nothing but watching it nonstop. And TV time always requires a snack, so… yeah. Lots of snacking and sitting.
I am Joey.
One of the great articles in this issue is about kicking your sugar habit. Which I mean… I don’t have a sugar habit. Maybe some of you do, but I definitely don’t. (Lots of sarcasm here.)
In this article (how perfect is that image, by the way?), Jo Hodson from Including Cake shares some great tips on kicking a sugar addiction. We all know that a ton of foods have added sugar, but when you actually see some of the numbers, it’s astounding. Pasta sauce typically has 3 teaspoons per serving. Ketchup has 1 teaspoon per serving. When you compare that with the World Health Organization’s guidelines to limit your sugar intake to just 6 teaspoons or less per day, that’s pretty crazy.
Jo’s tips work, but more importantly, they’re simple. She suggests avoiding “low fat” products that are typically packed with sugar to make up for the loss of flavor and eating more whole, unprocessed foods. Something else she recommends is the concept of “crowding out.” This means loading your plate up with low-sugar foods so you won’t even miss the bad stuff. She also highly recommends eating fat, which I could hug her for. I have always hated the obsession with low fat diets. I knew I felt better when I ate more fat – especially when it was paired with protein (nuts, seeds, etc.) – and didn’t understand how that could be a bad thing! When we cut out the sugar, we need a healthy fuel source, and that often falls to good fats.
One final tip from Jo is to commit to a challenge. I’m so inspired! I’m going to try to go four weeks with as little processed sugars as possible. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just impossible to avoid, like when you’re out to dinner. I see nothing wrong with indulging, as long as it isn’t all the time (which… uh… it is for me right now). Anyone want to join me? I’m going to combine this with my resolution to be more active. We can keep each other motivated!
Speaking of sweets, this issue has a really interesting piece on whether or not vegans should eat honey. The piece talks about the health benefits of honey (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, great for allergies) and sourcing your honey from responsible beekeepers, but also takes a look at the other side: many bees are artificially fed, and some industrial beekeepers burn hives after the honey is harvested. None of these facts are sourced, unfortunately, so I’d love to do my own research, but right now I do eat honey. For me, it’s a great unprocessed alternative and I feel good buying honey from local beekeepers at my farmers’ market. Do you eat honey?
Side note: check out this Instagram account by this awesome beekeeper that I discovered. She shares such interesting things. I’m terrified of bees, but the more I learn about them from her, the less I’m afraid!
I could go on and on about some of the other articles and recipes (one is about SHEEP you know how I love farm animals!), but I’ll let you check them out for yourself!