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Product Warning – Health Plus Acidophilus and other Probiotic Tablets/Capsules.

Hey everyone I’m just writing you a quick blog as a warning about this product in the image Health Plus – Acidiphilus probiotic capsules.
As you can see below these are still below their best before date up until January 2016.

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With probiotics you can normally tell if they are alive or not quite easily. All you need to do is put them into about 200 ml of milk or alternative milk and leave them somewhere with constant low heat (about 10oC-20oC is what I usually go for) for about 12-24 hours. By this point the milk should have thickened or at least started to. Sometimes it can take a little longer or be quicker depending on temperature. This means that the good bacteria is feeding on the milk and replicating itself, hence the thickening. It’s that bacteria that does your body good.

I tried 2 batches of this stuff and on both accounts the milk stayed exactly as it was. It was completely thin and watery. This means no good bacteria and no benefits at all from your tablets.

If you take probiotics in capsule or pill form I advise you to do this simple test and see if they are inert as it’s a common problem with tablet forms. There’s often no bacteria in there and if there is then it’s often dead. If you find you have this problem you can tell them the test you did and request a refund.

On the other hand if you still want the benefits of probiotics I can seriously recommend this technique I use here in my other blog.  How to Make a Continuous Supply of Cultured Vegan Soya Yogurt.

Lots of love
-ScottyRunner

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Daily Dose of Positivity and Awesomeness

Simply as the title states. A Big whopping dose of inspirational quotes to ponder over and some absolutely stunning pictures of life and Earth 🙂

I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Lots of love to you all.
-ScottyRunner

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How to Make a Continuous Supply of Cultured Vegan Soya Yogurt. Also Are Your Probiotic Tablets Inert?

Hi everyone,

So I thought I’d make a post today about making a continuous supply of cultured soya yogurt that is vegan. I had friends around for dinner last night and they were asking me about it. As we all know probiotics are excellent for the gut and digestion. I wanted to be getting a good supply of probiotics in my body. It can be one of those things easy to miss out of our diets and yet just as important as all the other elements to a healthy balanced diet. You can take tablets but during my practice to make this cultured yogurt I found several of the vegan probiotic tablets we had at home were inert. This means there didn’t appear to be any living bacteria in them at all! Please watch out for this. You can simply test them by putting one of your tablets in a little milk over night and if it’s thickening the next day then you have a good tablet. If not then you want to go get a refund!
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In this batch I’ll be using Alpro  Simply Plain Yogurt. Make sure it says “with live cultures” otherwise this wont work. This yogurt contains the beneficial bacteria S. thermophilus. I’ll be showing you how you can use just one tub of this yogurt and then make a continuous supply of it using only soya milk. This would likely work with other milks too though I have had great success with organic Soya milk.

This yogurt is great for all sorts of things. I recommend having it raw on cereals or with fruit and berries so you can put them little good guys in there to good use in your guts!. If you aren’t really eating anything that day that you could use some in, then you can always just simply eat 2 tablespoons a day on its own.

1. Take 400 ml of organic soya milk and add to a low to medium heat and heat up until it’s just bubbling but not boiling. This cleans the milk. Once heated leave to become only very slightly warm to one side.

2. Boil water and pour into a container like a jar, jug (with lid) or similar to what I used below. This is to clean the container. Then pour out the liquid and let dry upside down so nothing can get in it.

3. Pour the milk into the container.

4. Take 2 healthy tablespoons of yogurt and mix it into the slightly warmed mix and stir this well so it’s mixed in.

5. Place the receptacle in a place where there is a constant very low heat. Anything too hot will kill the bacteria we want. An airing cupboard or similar will work well. You can also wrap it in a teatowel. Leave this for 12-24 hours until it has thickened. It can take a little longer sometimes if it’s too cold because the bacteria becomes less active.
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6. Place in fridge and use within 5 days but keep at least 2 tablespoons for next batch!

NEXT BATCH! – I recommend on day 3-4 to start a new batch. You now do this with 2 tablespoons of your own made yogurt 😛 As you can see you can just keep maintaining this system. You may find your yogurt to be less sweet and a bit more sour. This is fine. One of the main ingredients of alpro yogurt is sugar whereas each time you make a batch there’s less refined sugars in there.
If your batch doesn’t work then try again. This is very easy to make but you might want to try a few times until you get it right. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

Always mix well before eating. Sometimes you’ll get clear liquid at the bottom. This is fine just mix well and it’s ready to eat.

Enjoy 😛

-ScottyRunner Xoxo


Running Update – Still Recovering Plantar Fasciitis.

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Hey everyone. So here’s a little update on where my running is at-at the moment. As most of you know I have been suffering Plantar Fasciitis. I thought it had gone, but I tried to start an INSANITY program last week and it cropped back up again. I then decided to stop any training again. I’m currently doing daily rituals of strength training for my feet and stretching them several times a day.

The pain has started to go away again now and I have set a new date to return to running. My first run back with be Monday 6th April.

I have had to cancel the 40 miler I was signed up to. I’m beginning to think I need to stop signing up to events until I know I’m ready. The problem is I often think I’ll be ready, but you need to book most events way in advance and it’s difficult to know.

The next event I’m signed up to is the Great Midlands Fun Run on 31st May. I’ll be running this event for the Dr Hadwen Trust who are a charity who fund cruelty free research projects.

I’ll update how training is going soon. In the meantime I’ll carry on with my strength training and a little walking. Can’t wait to come back 🙂

Peace and love
ScottyRunner


Best Shampoo Ever? A Year Later

Almost a year ago I started a new hair treatment. I always suffered badly from dandruff. I remember when I used to let my hair grow a bit then shave it off my entire scalp was just covered in white flakes. I have been lucky to have blonde thick hair so it’s not been as noticeable. When I wear a black top though you could always see my shoulders covered in the stuff.

Back then I used to use medicated shampoo that was expensive, cruel to animals (wasn’t vegan then) and it was always hit and miss as to whether it would work or not.

Then one day started a new type of shampoo that has worked wonderfully. I haven’t suffered dandruff since. Even better is that this stuff is completely Vegan, cruelty free and extremely ethical!

For the first few weeks I thought my hair was getting worse. My scalp became oily and strandy. Then after 4-6 weeks I noticed the benefits of my new treatment and have kept these ever since.

Now it’s important to not use other products in your hair for this to work at it’s full effect. Otherwise your hair will never get used to one type of treatment and may become dull? (a specialist may confirm this….).

So what is  my special ingredient then? What is it I have been using this last year that will stop me having to fuss over dandruff any more? It’s just one simple ingredient. This ingredient isn’t difficult to come by. It’s plentiful in most places. You will normally have this right at home right now.

The special ingredient I use for my hair is water. Nothing else just water. My hair is clean, it’s shiny and doesn’t have dandruff. I have allowed my hair to repair and use it’s own natural oils to grow. Those oils are there for a reason. Now use them 🙂

-ScottyRunner


Vegan Date and Prune Brownies

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Hi everybody I hope you are all well. So this is my first time doing a recipe blog but I thought I’d do so for this brownie as it turned out so well and so light and fluffy and delicious.

I have made a few alterations to the original recipe and that’s what I’m giving you below.

The recipe is taken from The Vegan diet Recipe Book by Tony Weston and Yvonne Bishop.It is all Vegan and endorsed by the  Vegan Society.

photo 1250 g wholemeal flour
300 ml almond milk
50ml coconut oil
4 tablespoons coca powder
250 g caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
50 g ready to eat prunes, stoned
50g dates, stoned
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon flaked almonds

1. Line baking tin with baking paper/parchment and oil lightly. Preheat oven to 180 oC, Gas mark 4

2. Place 2 heaped tablespoons of the flour in a saucepan and mix in 250 ml of the almond milk. Cook, stirring constantly on a medium heat until thick. Then set aside to completely cool.

3. Combine the last 50g almond milk, oil and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir until smooth.

4. Transfer the cooled flour mixture to a food processor or liquidizer, add the sugar, salt, vanilla, prunes and dates and blend until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture and blend again.

5. Mix the remaining flour with the baking powder and the almonds, then add the prune mixture and blend again. Pour the mixture in the prepared tin and bake for 25-35 minutes, until firm to the touch.

6. Cut into slices and eat hot or cold.

Enjoy!
-ScottyRunner Xoxo


Meat Eaters… Love them or hate them?

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Before I became Vegan I was paleo. This meant that I mainly ONLY ate meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, cheese, fish and honey.

Back then I had progressed through some stages, ethical shopping, wise spending, organic produce, organic meats, reducing waste etc. I also started to live by some of the other elements to Paleo which I enjoyed a lot. Even today I find some of them are important. Being barefoot more often, rolling around in dirt and acting like a kid again, getting adequate sleep and rest and working on your mind, meditating, yoga etc.

After a long time of eating mostly all meat I began to start to feel a little uneasy about what I was eating. I then even started to call myself a ‘considerate meat eater’ whatever that means? It was from then that I started looking for something. I don’t know what but I kept looking and I came across the Earthlings movie.

After watching this I changed overnight. I gutted the entire house out and started all over again as a 100% Vegan. I knew that I could not continue to do the things I was doing. After one day I went from enjoying meats (most of the time) to being absolutely repulsed by he idea of consuming it. I removed all products around the home with animal parts on or in them too.
Then it was so clear and I just didn’t understand how I never saw it before. There’s no such thing as a considerate meat eater. Organic or not. The animal just wants to live and when we kill them to eat them this can never be done humanely because we don’t need to eat animals to survive. In fact we can live much healthier longer lives being vegan.

For a while I began to wonder why everyone couldn’t see it. It was so obvious and I went on a mission trying to force this information onto others. I judged people and told them that they were wrong. I lost a lot of friends through this. Many of them good people. Many of them the same good person I was back then. I was a good person when I was a non Vegan and I’m a good person now I am Vegan. There is no distinction between the two. It’s just that I have been better informed now and taken action on what I have learnt.

I often see people posting extremely negative images and videos on Facebook. They go on to shout at the world of non Vegans and tell them to wake up. They tell them that they are wrong in doing what they are doing. They tell them they are bad people. They call them murderers, rapists, abusers and a whole myriad of negative things.

If anyone would have told me this as a non Vegan I would have pushed them away and not wanted anything to do with them. “how dare they speak to me like that. I am a good person with a good heart. I love animals too. I am not wasteful; I eat all my meat. They provide me with the things professionals tell me I ‘need’ to be healthy”.

I wonder how many people we can help spread our cause to if we use empathy and understanding and love and compassion the same way we do with animals? Since I changed my approach/attitude I have found many more people come into my life. I approach it now with love rather than hate and condemnation. I get more people asking me about Veganism than before.
“You’re always so positive and your Vegan. What made you become Vegan?” They say
“Now isn’t the time to discuss it” I reply
“oh go on”
“Oh very well then if YOU insist. What would YOU like to know exactly about Veganism and I’ll be happy to answer?”

You see how I kept them in control there? It makes them feel important and listened to. It makes them want to engage with you. Then it’s very important to address these issues with love and great care. There’s a need to explain things in simple terms nicely without ever telling them that what they are doing is wrong. Just state the facts and allow them themselves to discuss with themselves in their own heads about what is right and wrong. Often times they will come up with the idea themselves. As soon as you begin to tell them they are wrong directly you will almost immediately lose them and they will become defensive. This is normal it happens to all of us when we feel that we are being attacked. Very few people are good at dealing with these kinds of attacks on their personal choices and beliefs and so it’s best to avoid them. Let them decide for themselves.

For those who believe that animal abusers should be killed why do you believe this? No person is born bad. You can look to any child to notice this. People become a product of the society in which they are born into. Even look at people like Two Gun Crowley who went on a 3 month killing spree in New York 1931. When they finally caught him he had a note inside his jacket saying “Under my coat is a weary heart a kind one-one that would do nobody harm”. People don’t need more hate and anger and condemnation. What they need is love and compassion and empathy and education. We have it wrong at the moment. When someone commits a crime they are put in jail and the key is thrown away and not found again for a very long time. What happens to this person? They are then released back into the same environment that got them there in the first place. The system thinks that if they put people in jail they’ll do their time and not want to go back in jail again and thus not commit another crime? This doesn’t work. They need rehabilitation. They need caring for, they need to get better. They need to learn better coping mechanisms.  They need people to love them and support them. We need to expect great things from them not bad things.

I believe everyone has the ability to change. Though to change, a person must be given a chance. Nobody is beyond help if they are shown the right attention to grow into the better person they deserve to be. The better person the world deserves them to be.

On a final note I think it’s important to remember one of those key benefits to why we became Vegan. To show compassion to all living animals. As Vegans we often look to animals and feel nothing but absolute love and compassion for them. You feel it like a light inside your heart. It makes you feel content, at peace and majorly in love. We even do this to animals that eat other animals. Humans are animals too. If we can not extend our love and compassion accordingly how can we truly be vegan? Being Vegan should be much more than just caring for animals and not eating them and supporting change. It should be about spreading love to every single living thing in life. When you do this you find that much change can happen. You’ll find new people coming into your life and more of those in your life looking for answers. Be there for them as a friend. Listen to them attentively with empathy and without judgement.

It’s time to find love and happiness in your lives rather than focusing on all the bad that is happening in the world. If you feel there’s still more you need to know then make a list and research these ASAP and then you must switch off and put aside. Listen to the important things but do not let them affect your positive attitude. Make the choice to live your days in happiness. It is as simple as making the choice. Live it and breath it.

I love you all my dear friends. Stay strong, stay happy.
-ScottyRunner

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