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Vegans are so smart




Found this gem on FB today:

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Oh really? Is that right? So you also don’t use a vehicle that burns fossil fuels and you don’t buy food that comes in single-use packaging and you don’t buy or wear clothes that were made in Singapore or Bangladesh or Mexico? Tell me how you manage to pull that off and still be on Facebook sharing pointless self-aggrandizing memes? Please, go on, I’d LOVE to hear all about it.

Oh wait, is that an iPhone in your hand? You know the factory where those are built uses labor practices that would be illegal here in the United States, right? Okay, good. I’ll watch while you just throw that thing in a nearby pond. No, we can’t drive to a pond, that would burn fossil fuels. Let’s just walk there. While we’re walking you can tell me about all the moral compass driven decision you make every day that are so freaking good for the planet. I could really use some tips.



This satirical life lesson brought to you today by Unsolicited Advice at the Honking Goose. If you do or don’t like getting unsolicited advice from a goose, honk at me! Are your dietary choices driven by a moral compass, health reasons, or your gut calling out ‘feed me! no not salad! feed me ice cream and Doritos!’? Or, like me, all of the above?

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31 comments on “Vegans are so smart

  1. Atomic Words
    October 28, 2016

    Lol nice. I live in Nigeria and even though people are adopting alot of practices, this is still not a staple. Yes people eat salads to look fancy, stay healthy and all that. But with all the religious and traditional holidays and celebrations, meat and diary is quite big here.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 28, 2016

      Hey, thanks for your comment all the way from Nigeria. It still is mind-bending to me to think that we are in different countries with an ocean separating us and we can communicate with each other. Are you Nigerian (I don’t want to assume just because you live there)? Do you speak another language besides English?

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      • Atomic Words
        October 28, 2016

        Hey 😁😊 yes it’s awesome this thing called technology. Yes I speak Hausa which is mostly spoken in Northern Nigeria. Its one of Nigeria’s 3 major languages. And I do welcome any questions you may have 😁

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  2. michelle213norton
    October 27, 2016

    I work with a vegan who is having her first child. I overheard her make the comment that she’s rocking this pregnancy thing for a vegan. Does she know that this is an acknowledgement that veganism isn’t ideal or desirable? I’m cool with vegetarians. But I want to know what has to die for us to eat or drink dairy! It isn’t natural and it’s not healthy!!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 27, 2016

      Yeah, I would have the same reaction as you initially. But then I think to myself, there’s gotta be tons of pregnant women out there who are just eating pure crap all the time, like processed garbage devoid of nutrition. And who is judging them? You got that right: ME. I’m judging them too. And vegan mom is probably doing slightly better than that.

      What I know is that vegans in the US often rely too heavily on soy products which contain phytoestrogens that mimic our bodies natural estrogen hormone. And it is not good to have hormone imbalance during pregnancy.

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      • michelle213norton
        October 27, 2016

        The fact of the matter is that veganism is a new phenomenon. We all know that they have to take supplements as their diet lacks certain nutrients. That is a big red flag to me!!

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        • thehonkinggoose
          October 27, 2016

          Yeah, good point!

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        • thehonkinggoose
          October 27, 2016

          Although I have heard of Jamaicans who are vegan and I don’t think they have to take supplements. There is plenty of protein and nutrients available in the plant kingdom, if done right.

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          • michelle213norton
            October 28, 2016

            My understanding is that vitamin B12 is unavailable to us in plant form. Also, plant based Omega 3s are vastly inferior.

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            • onethoughtfulvegan
              November 13, 2016

              Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is produced by bacteria that live in soil. It’s present in cow meat, for example, because cows eat grass. A little dirt comes along for the ride, and the bacteria end up in the cow’s stomach. Most cheap beef you’ll find today has very little B12 because the cows are fed processed corn.
              Humans need very little B12 to survive, and in most healthy adults, it takes more than a decade for B12 deficiency to develop. As a water-soluble vitamin, it recycles within the body, and any excess is flushed out in urine. Since it recycles in the body in healthy adults, vegans only need to take a supplement once a week, or even once a month.
              There are lots of brands that sell pills of cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin. There’s also nutritional yeast flakes that contain lots of B12. It tastes sort of cheesy, and it’s very popular in vegan home cooking.
              I get my Omega 3s primarily through cooking oils I use. My favorite dish at the moment is vegetables lightly sautéed with walnut oil. My Omega levels are great.
              A healthy vegan is an educated vegan. 🙂

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            • thehonkinggoose
              November 13, 2016

              And you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy nutritional yeast – YUM! Thank you for that comment, that is really great info.

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            • michelle213norton
              November 14, 2016

              Still not sure why the need to supplement if it’s readily available. Too, as a water soluble, don’t you need to replenish daily? I thought the fat solubles were the ones that build up so that you don’t need a regular supply.

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  3. awax1217
    October 25, 2016

    I cut out most meats for they caused my cholesterol problem. Deli meats are filled with stuff that enhances cancer growth. I do eat salmon, but not steak. I lost ninety pounds and saved my life.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 25, 2016

      That’s awesome man. I’m poking fun here, but in all seriousness, I do take a lot of care with what I eat and even more so with what I feed my kids. Almost all the meat and dairy we eat is organic, grass fed, and when available, local too.

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      • awax1217
        October 25, 2016

        In my blog is a few blogs on the losing the weight. Give them a read. I think you will find them interesting. M y wife is a veggie lover. Second gen. Our kids two out of the three grew up and stayed veg. Son eats a little meat.

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  4. vvuureoc
    October 24, 2016

    Do not mind you buying KFC ,,,vegetables aint that bad

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  5. Elyse
    October 24, 2016

    You will regret this post. Because RIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING, YOU PUSHED MY MOST SENSITIVE BUTTON.

    You are right. Veganism is a religion. My sister-in-law is a militant vegan. A bird lover, too. Every thanksgiving which I always host, I manage to not kill her and feast on her carcass.

    Not that I’m bitter …

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 24, 2016

      I certainly don’t regret it right now.

      Wow, okay. First of all, I thought you were coming at me with anger (all caps, plus the threat that I will regret this post). But then I reread and now I think maybe you are just mad at your militant vegan sister-in-law.

      Secondly, if she is so opposed to eating turkey, why does she come to your house on Thanksgiving? Do you cook a turkey every year? It sounds like an unpleasant experience for the both of you. Do you think there could be another work-around option that would please both of you? Maybe you could split the holiday into two different days: she could host a vegan meal for everyone one day; and you could host the traditional thanksgiving meal on another day. Or you could trade off: one year she hosts, the next year you host.

      If you don’t mind me saying, I think you might be taking this a little too seriously. And I think your militant vegan sister-in-law is DEFINITELY taking Thanksgiving way too seriously. Geez. Have you asked her if she would be willing to throw her iPhone into a pond? You could walk there together, and then on the way back, calmly discuss meal plan compromises that everyone can live with.

      #unsolicitedadvice

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      • Elyse
        October 24, 2016

        Sorry to worry you. I had lunch with her today, so I’m gearing up … but not at you!

        There are solutions, but none are realistic.

        We host all holidays because we have room. My sister-in-law (husband’s sister) lives in a tiny — FILTHY– apartment. She doesn’t cook. I have a big house. I cook. Thanksgiving is a tall order without food nazis. (We also have someone who doesn’t eat gluten, a regular vegetarian who must eat fish with every meal because of a protein issue and two fussy eaters who don’t like anything.).

        But you’re right, I take this waaaay to seriously. I mean that. I need to find my sense of humor about this holiday. It’s probably is hiding under the tofu pumpkin mousse.

        (I restrained myself the first time. I am sooooooo sorry to inflict this on you. Really.

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        • thehonkinggoose
          October 24, 2016

          No, please, don’t be sorry. I love it. Best comment all week. Sending you strength for the upcoming holiday… it sounds like more than a handful.

          Tofu pumpkin mousse though, I might have to try making that. I work at a restaurant and our lavender chocolate mousse is my specialty, but it would be fun to mix it up for the holidays.

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          • Elyse
            October 24, 2016

            Thanks for the strength. And the reminder to find my sense of humor.

            Here’s my vegan pumpkin mousse (which is quite tasty) https://www.mysanfranciscokitchen.com/easy-vegan-pumpkin-mousse/

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            • thehonkinggoose
              October 24, 2016

              Oh a recipe! Thank you! I’m totally going to try this.

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            • thehonkinggoose
              October 27, 2016

              I tried making this today, and I have to say: not great. Maybe I should add more sugar. I don’t love it. :/

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            • Elyse
              October 27, 2016

              Oh sorry. It was a big hit with the vegan/gluten free/fish eating vegetarian crowd. I tasted it, but opted for real pumpkin pie.

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            • thehonkinggoose
              October 27, 2016

              I’m still going to try serving it at the restaurant where I work, people like a vegan dessert option.

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            • Elyse
              October 27, 2016

              Go for it. 10% of the proceeds go to Reformed Vegans!

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            • thehonkinggoose
              November 3, 2016

              I’m very excited to report that yesterday during my prep shift at the restaurant, I made a version of this pumpkin mousse which I am absolutely thrilled with! I added a little more sugar and whipped coconut milk, which made it light and fluffy and OH SO YUMMY! Thanks for the help. This is the first “special” that I have contributed to the menu and I feel proud. Thanks, again.

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            • Elyse
              November 3, 2016

              Great! I will perhaps try that when I make it for Turkey Day!

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            • thehonkinggoose
              November 3, 2016

              If you do, the coconut milk and bowl and mixer blades need to be cold. It doesn’t whip as well as cream, but it works ok. 🙂

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            • Elyse
              November 3, 2016

              Thanks!

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