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Climate Crisis – Going Vegan Is The Easiest First Step Towards Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, Let Me Help

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes on August 16, 2021 by darkjade68

The main unspoken reason that people don’t want to give up Meat & Dairy, is taste

My girlfriend has been a vegan activist for years, and during outreach people will ask about protein etc., but generally what it comes down to is, they don’t want to give up their burger

I get it

For me it wasn’t all that hard going vegan (Been vegan since 2013), dairy gave me a lot of sinus issues, and meat just felt heavy

Also, I’d been both vegetarian and vegan at different times prior to finally going with veganism and sticking with it

What finally pushed me over the fence, was watching a film about factory farming/the treatment of the animals prior to killing them

But enough of that, you don’t even need to watch a film like that, or see pictures of the animals, with what’s happening with our climate, that is reason enough to make the switch

There’s no more time to let other people deal with global warming, it’s here

Our main goal is to slow it down at this rate, which is within our grasp to do, but only if we literally start changing our earthly habits right now

But, that can be overwhelming thinking about all of that, which is why I’m doing this post, to give people a ‘first step’ towards changing for ourselves and our planet

Diet

First of all, I have a Vegan Cooking Blog Here James Cooks Vegan

It’s always been my opinion, that asking people to go vegan without giving them suggestions in regards to what to eat, isn’t the best strategy

So many people never even try veganism because they simply don’t know where to start in regards to foods

Protein

Soy (Tofu, Tempe Etc.), Beans (Canned or Dried) (Soak and cook)), Beyond Meat (It’s not the same as meat, but it’s awesome if you want something like it (Burgers are largely about condiments anyways)), Lentils just to name a few

Here’s A Comprehensive Chart of Vegan Protein Sources post as well

Keep in mind, going Vegan doesn’t mean everything that you eat is going to be healthy

Like any other diet, that’s up to you

A Typical Day For Me

Breakfast;

I love having a glass of 80% mineral water, 20% Orange Juice with Ice (Have it like 5 or 6 days a week, it keeps my sugars down, OJ is so sweet alone)

My general Breakfast choices are

  1. Tofu Scramble (Oil in pan, slice and dry tofu on paper towels (Optional), Crumble the Tofu in the pan, add vegetables (Tomato, Green Onion, Bell Pepper, it’s your choice… Or no vegetables at all… I also add Pepper (Optional), and on occasion some shredded Vegan Cheese (Optional)
  2. Oatmeal (I add Flax Seeds*, Peanuts (Any nut works though), Bananana and/or Blueberries… Sometimes Strawberries if they’re in season)
  3. Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Jelly (Rice cake just reduces simple carbs, I sometimes use a half or whole piece of bread as well)
  4. Just Egg (It’s a Vegan Egg product that is just awesome, mix it with the same things as the Tofu Scramble)

*Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s), 2 grams of dietary fiber and 37 calories.

Lunch Choices

There’s so many (Here’s a few)

  1. Tofu Stir Fry (Oil in pan, fresh broccoli in pan, Tofu sliced and dried on paper towels, then put in pan, Fresh or Powder Garlic, Yellow Curry, Light Soy Sauce, Peanuts, Sometimes Onion (Other Vege’s are optional, I sometimes use Frozen Mixed Asian Vegetables, or Frozen Mixed Vegetables)
  2. Chili (This can be Lunch or Dinner) – Sautee Onions in pan (Usually on 4 out of 10 Heat, better not to cook Chili too fast), once they’re ready I add Canned Beans (Pinto, Black Etc. whichever you like), I drain the liquid in the can first, and rinse the beans off, then add them to Chili Pan… I then add some Tomato Sauce (Maybe a half a can, totally up to you), some Stewed Tomatoes (Optional), Chili Powder (As much as you like) and some Cholula sauce
  3. Vegan Turkey Sandwich (I don’t like to eat a lot of bread, but on occasion I have a Vegan Turkey sandwich or wrap)

Some Dinner Choices

  1. Vegan Spaghetti (There’s all kinds of Vegan friendly Noodles, sometimes you can use actual pre-cut zucchini or squash cut into noodles, but any noodles will due other than Egg Noodles of course, and any others out there that I don’t know about that have animal products in them) I will generally then use Beyond Beef crumbled, cook it first, then add Tomato Sauce (Cook Spaghetti Sauce on 4 out of 10 too, or you might burn the sauce), Fresh Garlic, Dried Basil, Dried Oregano, Olive Oil, Sometimes a bit of Red Wine (Optional), Sometimes Fresh Tomatoes (Or Canned Stewed), Sometimes Fresh Zucchini (Optional), Sometimes instead of Beyond Meat I might use Tofu, and/or nuts (Generally Almonds, but most any kind of nut will do)
  2. Vegan Tacos – For these I’ll generally use Beyond Meat, Break it up and cook it, then add some Tomato Sauce, some Frozen Corn, some Cholula Sauce, I’ll then use Corn Tortillas/Flour Tortillas/Hard Shells (Any Tortilla or shell you’d like really, as long as it’s vegan, which most are), cut up some lettuce (Or Kale Etc.), cut up some Fresh Tomatoes, rinse some of the Frozen Corn in a strainer and add some of that on the finished taco, Vegan Cheese (Find some you like, there’s lots of vegan cheeses, I prefer the block ones that I shred, they taste better than the pre-shredded ones I’ve found, but I found that with real cheese as well), Avocado (Avocado is the best, one of the definitely Vegan Staple foods, definitely keep them around, as a snack you can even cut one in half and fill it with Hummus (Which is another great Vegan Snack/Food to have around))
  3. Dried Beans – For this it takes a bit more focus, you basically soak Pinto/Black/Lentil Etc. Beans*, then you cook them
  4. Beyond Burgers – I tend to use the Beyond Meat (Which comes in Ground Beef like packages) as opposed to the Beyond Patties, they just taste better to me… Put whatever you like on these burgers, and use (Or don’t use) whatever buns or bread (There are all kinds of other types of Vegan Pattis, I just prefer the Beyond Meat)

*To soak beans the traditional way, cover them with water by 2 inches, add 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt (or 1 tablespoon fine salt) per pound of beans, and let them soak for at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours. Drain them and rinse before using.

That should get you started, also check out my Vegan Blog Link at the top of this post for all sorts of other Vega Recipes

Trust me, of all the ways we can help our environment (Which is more important than ever with all the weather changes it’s causing), going Vegan is the easiest way to start doing your part

Plus, in my experience, going Vegan has made me an extremely creative cook

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening, good luck, and if you have any questions just reply below

Climate Change, The Latest IPCC Report, And Ways We Can Help

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life on August 9, 2021 by darkjade68

The Latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report – HERE

The Top 10 Things We Can Do To Help – HERE

Please Be Part Of Saving Our Planet & Ourselves

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life with tags , on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

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How You Can Stop Global Warming

Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining room table.

Nations around the world are upping their game in the fight against climate change, even as President Trump recently announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. And despite this reckless move, American mayors, state leaders, county officials, governors, major companies, and millions of citizens across our country have pledged that they’re “still in” when it comes to the agreement, and supporting the goal of limiting future warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Even better, a new initiative by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gives the urban layer of this movement a boost. He’s asked mayors from the 100 most populous cities in the country to share their plans for making their buildings and transportation systems run cleaner and more efficiently. The 20 that show the greatest potential for cutting the dangerous carbon pollution that’s driving climate change will share a total of $70 million in technical assistance funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners.

It’s important to remember the equally vital contributions that can be made by private citizens—which is to say, by you. “Change only happens when individuals take action,” Aliya Haq, deputy director of NRDC’s Clean Power Plan initiative, says. “There’s no other way, if it doesn’t start with people.”

The goal is simple. Carbon dioxide is the climate’s worst enemy. It’s released when oil, coal, and other fossil fuels are burned for energy—the energy we use to power our homes, cars, and smartphones. By using less of it, we can curb our own contribution to climate change while also saving money. Here are a dozen easy, effective ways each one of us can make a difference:

1. Speak up!

What’s the single biggest way you can make an impact on global climate change? “Talk to your friends and family, and make sure your representatives are making good decisions,” Haq says. By voicing your concerns—via social media or, better yet, directly to your elected officials—you send a message that you care about the warming world. Encourage Congress to enact new laws that limit carbon emissions and require polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. “The main reason elected officials do anything difficult is because their constituents make them,” Haq says. You can help protect public lands, stop offshore drilling, and more here.

Call on the Biden administration to take bold action in its first 100 days

TAKE ACTION

2. Power your home with renewable energy.

Choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e Energy, an organization that vets renewable energy options. If that isn’t possible for you, take a look at your electric bill; many utilities now list other ways to support renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.

3. Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize.

“Building heating and cooling are among the biggest uses of energy,” Haq says. Indeed, heating and air-conditioning account for almost half of home energy use. You can make your space more energy efficient by sealing drafts and ensuring it’s adequately insulated. You can also claim federal tax credits for many energy-efficiency home improvements.

4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Since they were first implemented nationally in 1987, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars. “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions,” Haq says. When shopping for refrigerators, washing machines, and other appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It will tell you which are the most efficient.

5. Reduce water waste.

Saving water reduces carbon pollution, too. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.

6. Actually eat the food you buy—and make less of it meat.

Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. “If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption,” Haq says. And since livestock products are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too.

7. Buy better bulbs.

LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They’re also cheaper in the long run: A 10-watt LED that replaces your traditional 60-watt bulb will save you $125 over the lightbulb’s life.

8. Pull the plug(s).

Taken together, the outlets in your home are likely powering about 65 different devices—an average load for a home in the U.S. Audio and video devices, cordless vacuums and power tools, and other electronics use energy even when they’re not charging. This “idle load” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. So don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.

9. Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Gas-smart cars, such as hybrids and fully electric vehicles, save fuel and money. And once all cars and light trucks meet 2025’s clean car standards, which means averaging 54.5 miles per gallon, they’ll be a mainstay. For good reason: Relative to a national fleet of vehicles that averaged only 28.3 miles per gallon in 2011, Americans will spend $80 billion less at the pump each year and cut their automotive emissions by half. Before you buy a new set of wheels, compare fuel-economy performance here.

10. Maintain your ride.

If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost.

11. Rethink planes, trains, and automobiles.

Choosing to live in walkable smart-growth cities and towns with quality public transportation leads to less driving, less money spent on fuel, and less pollution in the air. Less frequent flying can make a big difference, too. “Air transport is a major source of climate pollution,” Haq says. “If you can take a train instead, do that.”

12. Shrink your carbon profile.

You can offset the carbon you produce by purchasing carbon offsets, which represent clean power that you can add to the nation’s energy grid in place of power from fossil fuels. But not all carbon offset companies are alike. Do your homework to find the best supplier.

Dear Mr. President (Climate Crisis)

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life on January 26, 2021 by darkjade68

Plant-Based Nutrition, Where To Start

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life, Vegan, Writing with tags , on February 1, 2020 by darkjade68

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An Email I got from ‘Sprouts’ Market Original Article HERE

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Where To Start

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Qunioa BowlAre you thinking of going plant-based in 2020 but not sure where to start? Keep reading for the low-down on things plant-based and quick tips to get started.

The Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition

Plant-based nutrition is the movement encouraging folks to incorporate more fresh produce, whole grains, legumes and nuts into their diet. From meatless Mondays to vegan breakfasts, people are beginning to recognize the benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Good for You

A diet that incorporates more plant-based foods is shown to be higher in dietary fiber and lower in saturated fats and calories when compared to diets higher in meat and dairy intake.1 Eating more plant-based foods may also help maintain healthy heart function, 2 blood sugar levels3 and cholesterol.4

Good for the Planet

The production of plant-based products has proven to be an environmentally sustainable enterprise. By reducing the production of animal-based products and increasing the consumption of plant-based products, communities can lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste and energy usage.

Incorporate Plant-based Proteins

You heard that right—plant-based proteins! By incorporating legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains into your diet you can achieve the recommended daily value of protein. Plus, today there are so many complete, multisource, plant-based protein powders to help you boost your protein intake. On your next trip to Sprouts, be sure to ask our friendly and knowledgeable Vitamin Department team members about the plant-based protein powders that will fit your lifestyle and nutritional needs.

Dairy Alternatives: No-moo Milk

Gone are the days when soy milk was the only alternative.Now you can find all kinds of smooth, calcium-rich substitutions with delicious mild flavor! Soy has been joined by rice, flax, hemp and oat milk. Nut milks made from almonds, cashews, coconuts and even macadamias are tasty,healthy alternatives as well.

Meatless Meats

Filling, flavorful and nourishing, you’ll find lots of great meatless alternatives throughout our store. Craving burgers tonight? From bean and soy burgers in the freezer to pea-based proteins like Beyond Meat in the meat department, we’ve got a burger for you. Family-friendly faves like tuna salad, taco meat and chicken tenders have all been reimagined with plant-based ingredients.

Simplify! Make Easy Plant-based Meals

So now you’re asking … How easy is it to cook plant-based meals, and are they tasty? The good news is the web is chock-full of delicious plant-based recipes! Below are just a few plant-based recipes from some of our favorite brands for plant-based nutrition. Enjoy!

For Your Sweet Tooth

With non-dairy ingredients like almond and coconut milk, there’s no reason to skip dessert! Our selection of irresistibly creamy and satisfying frozen indulgences makes going plant-based a real treat. Try something new! Our Sprouts Mochi Bites are dairy-free and vegan. Based on a traditional dessert for Japanese nobles, mochi combines the chewy goodness of a sweet-rice exterior with a smooth coconut inner.

The First Step In Becoming A Global Collective Force, Is Ending The World Of ‘I’

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life, Writing with tags , , on January 24, 2020 by darkjade68

eyeFirst of all, to my Followers, I’m sorry for all the ‘world’ focused posts as of late

I’m not preaching, I promise

I promised myself that 2020 would be a time of Action for me

I’m a Writer, Filmmaker, but before that, I’m a human… A concerned one

I promise not everything I Post will be ‘world’ related, and I will not be offended if you skip these particular types of posts

Nuff Said

The First Step In Becoming A Global Collective Force, Is Ending The World Of ‘I’

There are different ways that people see, and approach life/the world

Perspectives… Mindsets

One comes from the focus of what we need and/or want

This is natural

However, many people come from a place of ‘survival’

Generally people who’ve had it rough, have tapped into their deepest nature, survival, to survive

Often it works to get us through the early years, should they be difficult

The only problem is, most people who had it rough, continue to live life coming from that same perspective

I know it seems normal, and good… And yes, it may help to insure your ‘individual’ survival…

…but

It often closes our eyes/minds to the needs, and problems we face as a collective here on this earth

I’m not picking on people like this, my Mom is very much a survivor

But I’ve seen how it keeps her down… She has dreams, but only talks about them, does not pursue them

Not because she’s not capable, but because ‘she doesn’t need to, to survive’

It’s habitual

And we all know how hard it can be to change habits…

…but it’s definitely possible

The types of things we’re facing right now in our world, are overwhelming

Terrifying

And it is my true feeling that 40-60% of the human race, instinctually, are hiding underneath a rock… Focusing on the day to day, trying to ‘survive’ individually

This also brings up another type of mindset/behavior, ‘being a victim’

Those that have been some sort of a victim when they were younger, or later, behaviorally, continue to be

Once again, not picking on these people either

Several of the people I love most in my life, had it rough, were victims whether of verbal abuse, or physical

Some part of them stays a ‘survivor’, and stays ‘afraid’

In a certain way, but living this way, you’re not 100% present, emotionally in your life

I’m not a doctor, so don’t quote me on this stuff

But it is my experience

Also, something that comes with the ‘victim’ mindset and/or behavior, and this may make some people mad, but by default these people tend to find someone, or something to blame when they run into troubles in their lives

Now we’re not talking about the situations where they ‘were’ actually victims (Generally when they were young), I’m talking about in situations where they weren’t victims (Generally beyond childhood, when something happens, and they don’t want to, or don’t know how to take responsibility for it)

Ok, nuff said about those two behaviors

My point is this, there’s a lot going on globally, things that are calling upon us as a collective to comprehend, make a plan, take action

And for that we need to come together

We need to think of both ourselves, and one another

We need to come out of our ‘individual’ worlds and take action as best we can

Don’t get me wrong, our individual lives are the foundation of each of us, do not disregard this by any means

But we do need to come out of our individual bubbles, our ‘I’ focus, and work together immediately

Nuff said

Thanks for listening

PICTURE ART by Ryky

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Dear God, Powers That Be, Or Anyone That Can Help Our World Sway Its’ Direction Towards Climate & Global Prosperity

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life with tags , , , on January 23, 2020 by darkjade68

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Never in my lifetime did I think I’d be around to see what’s going on with the planet at this exact moment

Between the Climate, Nuclear Threat & Technology in Weapons, things have become so close to what we’ve seen in the movies, and heard all our lives was going to happen, that as a Writer, I don’t even think I could write a Post Apocalyptic story, it’s just to damn close to where we’re potentially heading

I’m not an alarmist, I’m far from it

But our governments are failing us

So if anyone out there’s listening, please help us redirect our world in a direction of prosperity

I’m 51 years old, young, but still have had an amazing life

Can you possibly imagine how this must all feel for younger people?

Worse

The Doomsday Clock Is Now At 100 Seconds To Midnight

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life, Writing with tags on January 23, 2020 by darkjade68

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Important Stuff Click Link to watch Scientists Etc. Talk HERE

 

What Is Climate Change? (NASA)

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life with tags on January 14, 2020 by darkjade68

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What Is Climate Change? (NASA)

They Are Living, Breathing Beings Of Light

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes, Writing with tags , , on January 12, 2020 by darkjade68

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This post is not meant to judge, nor lecture… Think of it as a plea, and something for you to consider

There was a time when most Humans on this planet needed animals in their diet, and in some areas of the world, there still are (Due to other things than the bodies actual need for animals themselves)

But that time has come, and gone

I’ve been a Vegan for 7 years, and it’s been great… Truly

My girlfriend is actually an Activist, I am not (Well, maybe in this small way)

Generally most reply “What about protein?”

But that is only the first wave of defense that they come up with, in reality, protein is not an issue with Veganism… It’s just a matter of being made aware of the other proteins that exist

But in the end, what I’ve noticed the most from her reach out conversations is, in the end, it’s the ‘taste’ that causes people to deny the idea of changing what they eat

Speaking as someone who started being a Vegan at the age of 44, taste has not been an issue in regards to eating a Vegan diet

It simply made me a more creative cook, and in the end, I’ve had some of the best food of my life

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Take for instance this Thanksgiving Platter I had/created this last November (Above)

It was literally the best Thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever had

And it’s not just that I’m a great cook, it’s completely doable (Here’s some more Photos from this years Feast)

In fact, I truly believe that if we’re going to reach out and ask people to make changes to their diet, the least we can do is give them some menu ideas, which is why I created my ‘James Cooks Vegan‘ Blog

I’ve got 70+ Recipes on there

Also, keep in mind, eating Vegan, doesn’t necessarily mean eating healthy

It just means you don’t include Animal, and Dairy in your diet

Beyond not really needing to eat/include Animal in our diets, Factory Farming is really messing up our climate (I watched the Documentary Earthlings on YouTube in 2013, which really pushed me over into Veganism… But, I have to warn, it’s very graphic)

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‘The Game Changers’ Is the most current Film I’ve watched (It’s on Netflix &/or rentable), which came out in 2018

This Film gives you some info. on the science in regards to Veganism, and shows some amazing athletes etc. whom have made the change

Anyway, I didn’t plan on doing this post, but 2020 for me is a time of action in general, and so you may see me do some posts here and there on some things in that respect

Nuff Said,

Thanks for Listening/Reading

DarkJade-