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by BigBecka
Sep 10, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Ethics of going to college with animal testing
Replies: 4
Views: 3402

Re: Ethics of going to college with animal testing

Hi! That's a tough one :) I lived with a girl at Uni in this exact position. On her course she dissected animals and in her free time she was president of the animal rights society! It seems a little at odds, but actually she was in a unique position to have an informed discussion about animal testi...
by BigBecka
Jan 29, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: My sister's baby
Replies: 1
Views: 2583

Re: My sister's baby

Hey! This is a really interesting concept! I don't think there's a lot you can do - you don't want to be too pushy and cause the kids to rebel (or, worse, cause a feud with your sister!) At the end of the day it is her baby :wink: However, I think the cookbook is a great idea. By being a great, cool...
by BigBecka
Feb 10, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: *waves* New to the forum.
Replies: 2
Views: 2760

Re: *waves* New to the forum.

Hi! :) I'll be intersted to read your blog sometime?
by BigBecka
Jan 16, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: thinking about going vegan but need help
Replies: 13
Views: 2815

Re: Thinking About Going Vegan But Need Help

I find it is worth shopping around - tofu and TVP are very expensive in some shops and supermarkets. I can get large blocks of tofu very cheaply from my local asian store, and we have a health food shop selling dried goods like TVP, beans and cereals much cheaper than the supermarkets. Good luck!
by BigBecka
Jan 13, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Any hoarders or minimalists here?
Replies: 4
Views: 1209

Re: Any hoarders or minimalists here?

lol - you're not alone! My boyfriend and father are both minimalists! It's a nightmare trying to stop them throwing out records and books! :lol: When my parents got divorced, my Dad's house had no carpets, no central heating, no TV, no microwave, and he bought me a beautiful wooden rocking chair ins...
by BigBecka
Jan 7, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi from BC..!
Replies: 1
Views: 2067

Re: Hi from BC..!

Hey Parsley! :)
by BigBecka
Jan 7, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Is there anything wrong with this?
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Re: Is there anything wrong with this?

I hate those adverts so much! I once had an arguement with someone collecting for a childrens' charity that claimed to be against child abuse, and showed really upsetting and emotive TV adverts. I told him I was more likely to donate if I actually knew where the money was going. He couldn't actually...
by BigBecka
Jan 5, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Unwilling vegan
Replies: 1
Views: 2473

Re: Unwilling vegan

Hi - This is a really interesting post. I hope you can find a solution to your dilemma :) I go to a "Slimming World" group which runs a healthy eating plan for women who are pregnant, and I can really recommend Slimming World. They are one of the few slimming clubs that promote sustainable...
by BigBecka
Jan 2, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: new vegan
Replies: 6
Views: 4201

Re: new vegan

Hi! Try looking up Fruitarians - these people live off fruits (and I think some nuts). I don't know much about the subject, but it sounds like you could use some of their guidelines to ensure you get the right nutrition? Hope that helps :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruitarianism It's fine to be ...
by BigBecka
Jan 2, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Asking your opinion to my veg product
Replies: 3
Views: 1097

Re: Asking your opinion to my veg product

I like your product - have you considered releasing it in Europe? I would like a low-fat version, since the coconut milk/cream in Thai food can be high calorie. If this food had approval from a slimming club (Slimming World, Weight-Watchers, Rosemary Conley) you can use the slimming club as a market...
by BigBecka
Jan 2, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: teasing for being a vegetarian
Replies: 25
Views: 5121

Re: teasing for being a vegetarian

I found teasing stopped as I got older. Now I [very occasionally] get someone trying to wind me up, but it's usually not serious. I just say stuff like "my body doesn't really need the meat - I had enough when I was younger for a lifetime!" or start relaying stories about when I worked in ...
by BigBecka
Jan 2, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Are you an 'organic' vegan?
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Re: Are You An 'organic' Vegan?

Hey guys :) you can try to make your own organic, vegan products. Most products are essentially oil: you can use olive or canola oil instead of moisturiser, and even oil your hair instead of using conditioner. It works out a LOT cheaper! I tried making a few products like balms cold remedies and soa...
by BigBecka
Nov 3, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Need ideas on how to defend against hunters
Replies: 12
Views: 4563

Re: Need ideas on how to defend against hunters

Hey guys! :) I think the answer may depend on where you live and the kind of hunting that takes place: In the UK hunters have to ask to use your land. When fox-hunting on horseback was legal, the standard reply was "get off my land: and return by the route you came!" If people are hunting ...
by BigBecka
Oct 18, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Why the bible is not a good historical/scientific source
Replies: 31
Views: 9928

Re: Why the bible is not a good historical/scientific source

How interesting :) what caused this change in bias? ;-p

(Here, everyone seems to be becoming more Christian! :lol: )

Well, I am sure there was a guy called Jesus... Probably a few!
by BigBecka
Oct 18, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Food Cravings
Replies: 14
Views: 3140

Re: Food Cravings

Thanks, snog :) Actually, I heard people often crave potato chips when they need salt - it's a pretty good example ;-p Or sometimes the craving is indirect: you eat more carbohydrates (especially sugar) when you are tired, because your body is trying to give itself more energy. I find that it is eas...
by BigBecka
Oct 18, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Vegan Certification
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Re: Vegan Certification

Yes - the Vegan Society certify foods and produce in the UK (you can find their symbol on the packet) and they publish the Animal Free Shopper (which is a directory of all the goods they approve) - they now have an online version you can use:
http://www.vegansociety.com/afssearch.aspx
by BigBecka
Sep 25, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Why is this part of the forum called animal rights?
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

Re: Why is this part of the forum called animal rights?

This is a good question - very interesting thread :) I'm going to butt in! :D We are all born with basic human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the European Convention of Human Rights, etc. These rights include rights to live without torture, servitude or detention. I...
by BigBecka
Sep 25, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Shocked and appualed by the message sent out by vegtalk
Replies: 15
Views: 4793

Re: Shocked and appualed by the message sent out by vegtalk

aoas, I'm not going to give the defence you want :) the woman in the photo is thin, but not "stupidly unhealthy." I have seen thinner models in fashion magazines (and I do not support them). As such, I don't see these "blatent implications." I don't appreciate being called "...
by BigBecka
Sep 24, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Shocked and appualed by the message sent out by vegtalk
Replies: 15
Views: 4793

Re: Shocked And Appualed By The Message Sent Out By Vegtalk

aoas, I take on board your points, but statistically people lose an average of 2 stone when they become vegan. There was a warning to this effect on the vegan society website. Plus, if you need to lose weight, a low-fat vegetarian diet is a great place to start - my doctor was always telling me to c...
by BigBecka
Sep 20, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Want to be a vegan - hate vegetables and new food
Replies: 10
Views: 2113

Re: Want To Be A Vegan - Hate Vegetables And New Food

Hi Withdrawn - I also used to hate vegetables, but I found that my tastes changed as I got older, and once I became vegan. Maybe you could experiment with vegan alternatives to your favourite foods, instead of changing your diet completely? Making vegan pasta dishes is really easy - if you don't lik...
by BigBecka
Sep 3, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Sugar? What's your take on it?
Replies: 9
Views: 2018

Re: Sugar? What's Your Take On It?

Gibby - That IS interesting - I hadn't heard that!
by BigBecka
Sep 3, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: vegetarian dating a butcher!
Replies: 8
Views: 2160

Re: Vegetarian Dating A Butcher!

I don't have a problem with your boyfriend ;-p I think it is more constructive to show meat-eaters the way forward than to call them murderers or refuse to date them? My boyfriend is a meat-eater, and he's from a family of farmers and fishermen. He has remarkably similar ideas to me on some aspects ...
by BigBecka
Sep 3, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Already screwed up.
Replies: 2
Views: 2039

Re: Already screwed up.

Hahaha - I did that too :) Nice to meet you!
by BigBecka
Sep 3, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: heart palpitations, weakness during running?
Replies: 2
Views: 1904

Re: Heart Palpitations, Weakness During Running?

I am not a health professional, but I do a fair amount of exercise and have a few thoughts :) You may be feeling tired, weak and sick because your body is used to the sugar in your processed food and soda. You are currently eating very few carbohydrates, and you need carbs to fuel your exercise. (I ...
by BigBecka
Jul 28, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Germany
Replies: 10
Views: 4546

Re: Germany

Oooh, I love going to Germany, but it's not the most vegetarian-friendly country! Most restaurants and cafe's will have a 'fleischlos' option. This means "meat free" - but NOT vegetarian or vegan (you will usually get some kind of seafood and cream cheese!) Look out for 'vegetarisch' (vege...
by BigBecka
Jul 28, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Being vegetarian, shouldn't you be skinny?
Replies: 2
Views: 1148

Re: Being Vegetarian, Shouldn't You Be Skinny?

I once read that most people lose on average 2 stone when they first become vegan, but then their weight stabilises. I was always at the top of my weight bracket or overweight once I became vegan. There are a few reasons in my case: - soy milk (and cream / yoghurt) can be very high calorie: about 40...
by BigBecka
Jul 11, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Helping my 9 year old daughter make vegan food choices
Replies: 4
Views: 3297

Re: Helping my 9 year old daughter make vegan food choices

I am not a parent, but I do like your approach :) It might be useful to explore why people do eat meat and dairy. For example, as a woman she will be regularly told to eat dairy to obtain calcium and prevent osteoperosis. You could talk to her about what osteoperosis is, what other factors affect os...
by BigBecka
Jul 4, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Orange Juice Detox
Replies: 2
Views: 892

Re: Orange Juice Detox

I never went on an orange juice detox :o I do not see any benefit. If you work full time, you will almost certainly feel tired and faint if you have nothing to eat! I know some people who beleive in fasting (which is essentially what this "juice detox" is) They recommend starting the fast ...
by BigBecka
Jun 27, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Vegan Pregnancy FAQ
Replies: 2
Views: 3126

Re: Vegan Pregnancy FAQ

These are really interesting questions. I haven't got any children, but I'll share some of my friends' and family's experiences :) In the UK, a home birth is not recommended for your first child. In fact, I don't think they'll let you have one (unless you go into labour quickly and it's too dangerou...
by BigBecka
Jun 27, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Trying to lose weight is so fustrating!!
Replies: 37
Views: 8923

Re: Trying To Lose Weight Is So Fustrating!!

Yep, same here :) I've also read some reports about dark chocolate being good for you. However, it also still has a high fat and sugar content. The nice thing about really dark chocolate is that you can have a small amount to curb your chocolate craving, either a small piece with coffee or some choc...
by BigBecka
Jun 25, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Sugar? What's your take on it?
Replies: 9
Views: 2018

Re: Sugar? What's Your Take On It?

Of course, sugar is unhealthy, so its best to cut down on whether you are vegan or not :p I actually use a sweetener and occasionally agave syrup. My local shop sells vegan-society approved treats if I get peckish :)
by BigBecka
Jun 25, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Botox
Replies: 16
Views: 23843

Re: Botox

Hi ccvegan, I’ve given your post some careful thought :) First, there is no “everyone else” – just me making these comments. I do not speak for the rest of the community, and I have a biased agenda :wink: Plus, I am under no obligation to be supportive: this is a discussion board, and I am discussin...
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Botox
Replies: 16
Views: 23843

Re: Botox

Don't panic, Evut! :) Are you thinking of having botox? Or are you in a community where it is widely used? Healthy living CAN significantly slow the ageing process - Smoking, sun, poor diet and lack of water all damage the skin. Most anti-aging creams have sunscreen as their active ingredient 8) If ...
by BigBecka
Apr 5, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Which is fact and which is fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 6002

Re: Which Is Fact And Which Is Fiction?

Hi Evut! I was just about to reply to your 'Hello' post but it doesn't exist any more. So Hello! :) I had a bit of a rant at the botox post ;p CoolBuddy - do you recommend any vegetables in particular? My veg soups always go a bit wrong... :lol: 4. American dairy products are controversial in the EU...
by BigBecka
Apr 5, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Botox
Replies: 16
Views: 23843

Re: Botox

Whatever it is made from, I wouldn't touch the stuff! Who would inject themselves with a poison to paralyse their muscles? It's crazy! And people who have botox look really false and unnatural! Wrinkles and laughter lines look nice :) I understand the need to have some beauty treatments (and believe...
by BigBecka
Mar 27, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: New Members
Topic: Help support a vegan documentary, "Don't Eat Me"
Replies: 1
Views: 1953

Re: Help support a vegan documentary, "Don't Eat Me"

Hi Nadia! This looks like it's going to be a really good film - I hope the production goes well, and I look forward to seeing it!
by BigBecka
Mar 21, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Contraceptive pills containing dairy
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: Contraceptive Pills Containing Dairy

There is a vegan contraceptive pill, but I have no idea what it is called - There's some details on the vegan society website here . Bear in mind that many contraceptive pills (and injections, implants, HRT) are made from animal-derived hormones. Personally, I don't like the idea of taking unnecessa...
by BigBecka
Mar 10, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Veganism And The Environment Forum
Topic: Population Growth and Environmentalism
Replies: 10
Views: 6279

Re: Population Growth and Environmentalism

Actually, my friends and I have been talking about exactly the same thing. In the 80s we were being told in school that Europe might have to adopt a 'one child per family' policy like China before long. Instead, the governmnet encourages people to have many children because they want a high populati...
by BigBecka
Mar 10, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Why the veggie burger tastes just as good as a non-veg one
Replies: 5
Views: 4493

Re: Why the veggie burger tastes just as good as a non-veg one

I had heard about the use of dyes in food. Did you know that much of the red meat for sale in the Supermarket has been dyed red?
by BigBecka
Mar 10, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Why Vegan?
Replies: 14
Views: 6444

Re: Why Vegan?

Hi Herschs! I just wanted to add a couple of points to this fascinating thread :) I'm no philosopher, so I hope neither of you mind me butting in :wink: Question one is important because the annuals that we eat [soy, corn, lettuce, etc] require a tremendous amount of energy input to keep sustainable...
by BigBecka
Feb 19, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: New Vegan...NO Period!?!
Replies: 12
Views: 14692

Re: New Vegan...NO Period!?!

It is true that a change in diet may make your period lighter or irregular. But it is NOT "super healthy" for your periods to stop. Periods are a natural part of being a woman! From what I have read, your periods stop because your hormones have been affected: you could also stop ovulating ...
by BigBecka
Feb 18, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Vegan Spreads
Topic: new here, mayo question...
Replies: 2
Views: 2278

Re: new here, mayo question...

I haven't tried eithoer of those. I have 'Mayola' occasionally, but the ingredients list is long and sinister! So normally going on I stick to olive oil, mustard, tomato salsa, guacamole, that kind of thing :)
by BigBecka
Feb 18, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: new to the site. new to this lifestyle aswell.
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: new to the site. new to this lifestyle aswell.

A fellow cheese-head! :cheers: Well, you still have a lot of control over what you eat as a vegan - I could give you a recipe for french fries to eat every day, but you wouldn't be a very healthy vegan :wink: I found it took a little while of experimenting with different foods before I felt healthy,...
by BigBecka
Feb 18, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Hair Loss
Replies: 142
Views: 46687

Re: Hair Loss

No problem Laforet! My mother was telling me just the other day that she had also heard something about vitamin B and hair loss. In any case, Vegans are usually advised to take vitamin B-12 supplements because they tend to be lacking in a vegan diet. You can also get it in yeast extract, soya milk, ...
by BigBecka
Feb 18, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: New Vegan...NO Period!?!
Replies: 12
Views: 14692

Re: New Vegan...NO Period!?!

I did not experience this when I became vegan, and I don't know of any other women who experienced this. :o I calculate that you may be underweight. (I'm not used to lbs, so you might want to google for a "BMI calculator" and check yourself). A lot of people lose weight when they become ve...
by BigBecka
Feb 10, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Hair Loss
Replies: 142
Views: 46687

Re: Hair Loss

Well done for dropping the weight and cholestorol :) A few years ago I read about lack of Iodine being linked to hair loss, although I subsequently wasn't able to find anything out about it :roll: Basically, in the UK most people get their iodine through cows' milk because we don't tend to use iodis...
by BigBecka
Feb 10, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: something almost primal
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Re: something almost primal

Hi Sandyloam! I haven't read this book. Would you mind summarising what these destructive properties Mr Campbell found are?
by BigBecka
Jan 22, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: something almost primal
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Re: something almost primal

Wow - I haven't seen "Happy Meat" (yet) :o Although I have noticed a movement towards "humanely raised" products (free range chicken, sustainable fish stocks, etc.). They are often promoted as healthy too. It is so scary what power the media have to feed people these stories :( O...
by BigBecka
Jan 13, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Vegan Meals
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Re: Vegan Meals

Andy, would your wife mind sharing her recipe for mushroom and linen seed cake? It sounds like a good snack. I know loads of people who buy seeds but don't know what to do with them :roll: My father insists that bread is "the staff of life" :) if it's good quality bread (and you don't need...
by BigBecka
Jan 13, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Gladiators were Vegan
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Re: Gladiators were Vegan

The sources I've seen seemed to think that Gladiators were eating a lot of carbs to give them the energy to train every day (the same as modern athletes), and that they wanted to be fat in order to sustain flesh wounds. But I don't know why they were completely vegan. Maybe meat and dairy were too e...
by BigBecka
Dec 29, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Vegan Website Reviews
Topic: Guerrilla Beauty
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: Guerrilla Beauty

Thank :) I found a "WP Super Cache" plugin which speeded everything up - something to do with wordpress pages being dynamic amd not static? And I've been playing with lots of different templates... I seem to have become the tech-person in my group :D I now have a healthy respect for webmas...
by BigBecka
Dec 27, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Member Photos!
Replies: 37
Views: 30875

Re: Member Photos!

AndyBa wrote:With the new version of the forums you can upload images, so now it is easier to post your photo here. ;)

So it is! :) Unfortunately, balancing all the colours and stuff is not so easy, so here I am in glorious technicolor! :lol:
by BigBecka
Dec 24, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Easy Vegan Christmas Recipes
Replies: 1
Views: 2518

Re: Easy Vegan Christmas Recipes

I hope I've not left it too late, Iris! I usually have a traditional roast dinner for Christmas, with a nut roast instead of the meat. You can easily get gravy powder and stuffing mix that are vegan. And I roast the potatoes in olive oil instead of animal fat. Tomorrow I will be making mushroom parc...
by BigBecka
Dec 22, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 6193

Re: Vegan Clothing

Thanks Vegangirl! Do you know who designed the dress made from recycled bottles? I'ld love to see it! :) Andy'Ba - I find it strange that people in Siberia find animal-derived clothes cheaper than synthetic fibres: over here it is wool and leather that are expensive, and the synthetic clothes are pr...
by BigBecka
Dec 15, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Gladiators were Vegan
Replies: 5
Views: 2506

Gladiators were Vegan

Our perception of physical perfection can be summed up by the Roman Gladiator :love10: Did you know that Gladiators were vegan? Archaeologists examining the remains of gladiators in Turkey have concluded that they were vegan, because of the wear to their teeth and the levels of zinc in their bones. ...
by BigBecka
Dec 15, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Online Weight & Nutrition
Replies: 8
Views: 4035

Re: Online Weight & Nutrition

I disagree, Irahat. I (and many people like me) was raised to eat a very unhealthy diet and do little exercise - family, teachers and government all contributed to this problem. It is very difficult to change the habits of a lifetime, and your body always seems to fight you! If you cannot believe th...
by BigBecka
Dec 13, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: How long are you supposed to wait to dye hair again??
Replies: 17
Views: 12915

Re: Re:

I agree for having natural look of hairs and they kept changing according to our age that also looks nice on us..!! It is nice of you to say so, Irahat :) But when I started to go grey (age 22) men only pointed and laughed at me :wink: A little grey hair is nice on women over 40 perhaps... Would yo...
by BigBecka
Dec 13, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Vegan Poem Forum
Topic: oh come all ye faithful
Replies: 6
Views: 3931

Re: oh come all ye faithful

You could make a line of vegan Christmas cards... To really put people off their Turkey :bom:
by BigBecka
Dec 13, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Food Cravings
Replies: 14
Views: 3140

Re: Food Cravings

In which way is it liberating? :o I mean, you spend your life trying to please other people, and planning to do things for yourself next year... And once you start living like this, people will exploit you: they make you work harder and harder, and you only get the minimum reward for your efforts b...
by BigBecka
Dec 13, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Vegan gays?
Replies: 19
Views: 10069

Re: Vegan gays?

You are not considering the fact that currently it is quite difficult to find a vegan partner - which already diminishes the chance of having vegan children, the child can follow the steps of his omni father etc. Well, any child has free will - even if both parents are vegan, the child will have gr...
by BigBecka
Dec 13, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Are you Vegan Sexual
Replies: 8
Views: 3055

Re: Are you Vegan Sexual

I agree, veggirl21! Well, having sex is different to having a realtionship with someone... I used to hate kissing guys in bars because they always tasted of steak or fried chicken or burger fat :puke: Living with an omni isn't so bad, so long as he eats meat that doesn't smell - I've had to hide ups...
by BigBecka
Dec 12, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Are these vegan?
Replies: 21
Views: 11620

Re: Are these vegan?

Agave nectar is a thin syrup. You buy it in a squeezy bottle - it's usually next to the sugar in the supermarket (if they stock it!). It's very sweet: you only need a little of it to replace sugar or honey :wink:
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Makeup
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Re: Vegan Makeup

I started looking into this, and then I wished I hadn't! :lol: There's a section on animal-derived additives in the back of the Animal Free Shopper (from the Vegan Society). Mine's a little out of date, but it lists the following as potential ingredients in cosmetics: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)*, am...
by BigBecka
Dec 9, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Vegan Meals
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Re: Vegan Meals

Come on, everyone! I want to see what you all eat! :D Here's what I ate today: Breakfast: 2 slices wholemeal bread, toasted, spread with sunflower margerine. Morning Snack: 1 Low-fat hummous, lettuce & tomato sandwich on wholemeal bread. 1 orange. Lunch: Spicy Vegetable pasty Afternoon snack: Ch...
by BigBecka
Dec 9, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Food Cravings
Replies: 14
Views: 3140

Re: Food Cravings

Lemon Juice? :) Well, at least you crave something that's good for you! And I am very inspired by your wife :D A lot of my friends at the slimming club are wondering whether to fight or follow their cravings. In particular, many of them put on a LOT of weight when pregnant :( Or they eat really stra...
by BigBecka
Dec 7, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Becoming Vegan
Replies: 13
Views: 6535

Re: Becoming Vegan

Thanks, Beautifulvegan! I agree, that starting slowly is key. I first became an ovo-lacto vegetarian, and then I experimented with becoming vegan (in terms of food), finally I started to think about other things, like whether food is organic or healthy (some vegan products contain hydrogenated fats,...
by BigBecka
Dec 7, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Vegan Tours
Replies: 16
Views: 10280

Re: Vegan Tours

Earlier today, a link for vegvoyages.com appeared on the googleads at the top of the front page. If you google veggie tours, there's a few around. But I like the idea of fruit-orientated tours :D like a banana tour to the Carribbean :cheers: Some tours are quite expensive: you end up spending £600+ ...
by BigBecka
Dec 5, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Vegan Website Reviews
Topic: Guerrilla Beauty
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: Guerrilla Beauty

Thanks Andy :D :lol: You are right about too much war :lol: but most of the women I spoke to liked the idea :) I think that control is a big issue for women - we are always being told to buy this and eat that, and try to look like a 17-year-old... So it is a bit like a guerrilla war: we want to take...
by BigBecka
Dec 3, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Introducing the Vegan Travel Forum
Replies: 9
Views: 5662

Re: Introducing the Vegan Travel Forum

Hmm... I think I like "Being Vegan in the UK" best - then it can be used by travellers and new vegans too. :)
by BigBecka
Dec 3, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Vegan Restaurants
Replies: 13
Views: 10670

Re: Vegan Restaurants

I agree - I don't know any vegan restaurants, but I know some good vegetarian ones :)
by BigBecka
Dec 3, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Cool Places to Go :)
Replies: 13
Views: 7385

Re: Cool Places to Go :)

How can you pay for your college without having a job? :) Well, it is university rather than college... you know how funny people get about university, so I tell people I'm at college :roll: I got government/EU funding for postgraduates, and I got a company to sponsor me also (it is cheaper to spon...
by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Early Child Development
Replies: 5
Views: 3525

Re: Early Child Development

There were quite small babies at the pool when I used to go swimming (in the warm baby pool of course - they feel the cold). I just googled "baby swim" and it seems that babies can go to swimming class from a few weeks old? Of course, it is good for the mother as well as the child: to deve...
by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: What makes a good person?
Replies: 7
Views: 5912

Re: What makes a good person?

I like that idea Masha :) My sparring partner and I were very happy :blackeye: All the guys watching us fight seemed very happy too :-? Last year, someone advised me to smile more, and I was very surprised by how differently everyone behaved around me! What about if there was a jolly SS Guard who en...
by BigBecka
Dec 1, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Vegan gays?
Replies: 19
Views: 10069

Re: Vegan gays?

Andy... Are you teasing me? :) Or are things very different overseas?! A lesbian couple might have a male gay friend who can donate sperm. The process involves a turkey baster. I am sure you do not need a diagram! :D Or you can pay to visit a sperm bank or Womens' Clinic for anonymous donations. I t...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Juice Your Way to Good Health
Replies: 11
Views: 7622

Re: Juice Your Way to Good Health

I agree too! It is currently recommended to eat at least five portions a day of fruit and veg, and only one of these should be in the form of a juice.
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

Re: What You Should Eat!

Hey, thanks Dragonfly! I've never seen a vegetarian food pyramid before! And I didn't realise that walnuts were a good source of omega oils. The more I research this, the more confused I become! :lol: The slimming consultant I saw has put me on a plan which doesn't seem to be very good :( I shall pe...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Food Cravings
Replies: 14
Views: 3140

Food Cravings

What do you think is the cause of food cravings? Are they your body trying to tell you that you need nutrition? Last year I was in a car crash. During the week after the crash, I started to want to eat blood, specifically bloody beef-steak and venison. It was very confusing, because the look and sme...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Vegetarian Conception and Pregnancy
Replies: 1
Views: 2773

Vegetarian Conception and Pregnancy

I am hoping you guys can now help me out! [Not literally! :wink:] It is very important for modern women to optimise their health and fertility, especially since we may not find 'Mr Right' and have children until we are much older. Some websites even suggest that infertility can be cured by the corre...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Early Child Development
Replies: 5
Views: 3525

Re: Early Child Development

Sorry for the misunderstanding :roll: I have never heard of baby yoga! Most of the exercises I know are aimed at getting the mother back in shape! Has your wife/girlfriend tried Pram Aerobics? It looks like fun :D I do know that a lot of people used to take their babies swimming, and some swimming p...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 6193

Re: Vegan Clothing

-40 C? :o Are you visiting Siberia? This is very interesting! The boots really crack? :o I would love to visit this area - what advice can you and your friends give? :) The advice I gave was suitable for Scotland, where temperatures wouldn't go below -20 C (and even that would be rare!) This advice ...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Makeup
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Re: Vegan Makeup

I had a few discussions with friends about this over the week. I have to confess, I only rarely buy makeup... There are only a few cosmetics listed in the Vegan Directory, and I haven't tried most of them! However, I can recommend the following: - Barry M Cosmetics: lip liners, body glitter shaker p...
by BigBecka
Nov 29, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Vegan Website Reviews
Topic: Guerrilla Beauty
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Guerrilla Beauty

I'ld love to hear your feedback on the following website I'm involved with: http://guerrillabeauty.com/

It is a total ethical living website, rather than a dedicated vegan website. It is still in it's infancy, but I hope it will become a useful resource :)
by BigBecka
Nov 24, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 6193

Re: Vegan Clothing

This is a real problem! I have a winter sports jacket which I bought from Tchibo. It is made from synthetic fibres, but is still very warm :) I recommend looking in German and Scandinavian shops - they know all about the cold! You can buy fleeces and winter coats from surf and snowsports chains like...
by BigBecka
Nov 24, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Vegan Makeup
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Re: Vegan Makeup

Hang on Sergio! I haven't quite got my shop running! :P What kind of cosmetics would you (your friend) like? Most vegans seem to prefer natural beauty to heavy make-up - but is that due to lack of choice? Let me know her style and colouring (which famous person does she look like?) and I will try to...
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Introducing the Vegan Travel Forum
Replies: 9
Views: 5662

Re: Introducing the Vegan Travel Forum

I like this idea! I think it is best to organise this forum by country - that way people can recommend an interesting attraction or village outside the main cities. I've noticed that more people are driving around Europe (intead of flying or taking the train between cities), and 'road-tripping' seem...
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Easy Vegan Recipes
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: Easy Vegan Recipes - Baked Beans

When all else fails, remember to eat like a student! Baked beans are a great source of protein and fibre. Try to buy varieties that are low in salt and sugar :wink: Pour hot baked beans over a Baked potato, toast, or oven chips. Add fresh pepper, vegan Woucestershire sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos f...
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Easy Vegan Recipes
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: Easy Vegan Recipes - Peas and Rice

Peas and Rice (or variants on it) is popular in the Caribbean and Latin America. It doesn't actually contain any peas! The 'peas' are red kidney beans. Kidney beans should be soaked overnight and boiled for a long time, so I recommend using tinned kidney beans. Put rice and tinned kidney beans (rins...
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Easy Vegan Recipes
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: Easy Vegan Recipes - Pasta Sauce

To make a quick and easy pasta sauce, use a carton of Passata (seived tomatoes) - you can now buy it cheaply in most supermarkets. Gently fry some chopped garlic, herbs, and maybe some other vegetables (e.g. onions, mushrooms) in a pan. Add the passata, and let it warm for a few minutes. Pour over c...
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: hello to all here...
Replies: 4
Views: 2789

Re: hello to all here...

Hi Crystal! Of course you are welcome! :D
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Early Child Development
Replies: 5
Views: 3525

Re: Early Child Development

Hey Andy, I still don't have any children :cry: but it is a subject that interests me also! I urge you to be careful (I am sure you are :) ). There have been some cases on the TV of parents feeding their children a dairy-free diet, and getting it wrong :( the child's growth can be stunted, and they ...
by BigBecka
Nov 4, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Easy Vegan Recipes
Replies: 5
Views: 2714

Re: Easy Vegan Recipes

Have you tried making your own Cup Noodle or Pasta Mug Shot? These are popular light lunches or snacks, that can be prepared at work. Unfortunately, the ones you buy from the shops often contain dairy products and/or animal stock :( Of course, the noodles and pasta are exactly the same as those that...
by BigBecka
Nov 2, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

Re: What You Should Eat!

I've tried Linseed oil in the past - I'm not sure if it's the same thing? It was horribly expensive (considering it is grown locally!) And of course I like the Hemp oil - I think I may get some more of this. I am wondering if the vitamin supplements I was taking in the past were not good enough. Or ...
by BigBecka
Oct 31, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: What makes a good person?
Replies: 7
Views: 5912

Re: What makes a good person?

LOL, if the people that you are hitting do not have anything against it than it's ok imho. You can say the same about people that play football. They are not nice because they would take your ball without permission and run with it for a hobby. I like this a lot :lol: :lol: :lol: I think I understa...
by BigBecka
Oct 31, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Cool Places to Go :)
Replies: 13
Views: 7385

Re: Cool Places to Go :)

You are probably right, Andy :( And with the economic crisis, it is harder to just work abroad. Even in Dubai, I hear people are not being paid! :o I cannot beleive it is 2 years since I started this thread! :lol: I did get a new job, but was too nervous to work abroad... And then everything went a ...
by BigBecka
Oct 31, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: I Am A Father
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: I Am A Father

Congratulations, Andy! :D I am happy for you!
by BigBecka
Sep 20, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

I heard an article on the Radio (BBC Radio 4, which is normally a good, well researched source) about how some researchers had found that there may be a link between omega 6 from nuts and behavioural / mental health problems. I beleive they also said that eating more omega 6 than omega 3 can help ca...
by BigBecka
Sep 18, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

albertsendodd, That does NOT look like a healthy diet! There is a lot of sugar and sweeteners (which will upset your blood sugar levels) and Slimfast did horrible things to my body when I tried it (many years ago). I am really worried about you! Please don't make yourself ill! Hey Sergio! I've been ...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Vegan Nutrients Forum
Topic: Protein in Vegan Food
Replies: 7
Views: 10831

Thanks Andy :) This forum was quiet for so long, I only just realised these posts were here!
by BigBecka
May 19, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

Hi healthyheart! I think you misunderstand me! I don't eat the plan I quoted :) I included it as an example. I would like to compile an equivalent plan that is vegan, because I am worried that I don't eat the right nutrients. I have asked nurses on many occasions, and they are no help :cry: they jus...
by BigBecka
Jul 28, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Veganism And The Environment Forum
Topic: Is a Prius good for the environment?
Replies: 10
Views: 6267

Is a Prius good for the environment?

I was talking to somebody about electric and hybrid cars recently. They told me that, over the life cycle of the car, hybrid cars (e.g. Toyota Prius)are actually worse for the environment than regular petrol/diesel cars! Independent tests suggest that hybrid cars can pump out up to 56 per cent more ...
by BigBecka
Jul 8, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Vegan On The Run!
Replies: 2
Views: 8165

Vegan On The Run!

I got a new job :cheers: doing some travelling around :D However, this is presenting a problem: I will be staying in Bed & Breakfast's / Hotels a lot. I can negotiate a veggie breakfast easily enough, but I don't want to eat take-aways or go to restaurants every evening :( I have already been fi...
by BigBecka
Jul 8, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: The Killing Of Animals For Food Is Not Morally Wrong
Replies: 43
Views: 37201

if everybody were to go vegan, the food chain would become unbalanced , :o more predators = less prey so we have to "balance" the food chain by eating meat I used to believe this also :D but then I went to live in a farming area, and worked in a food factory :( My main objection to eating...
by BigBecka
May 5, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Online Weight & Nutrition
Replies: 8
Views: 4035

Online Weight & Nutrition

Just found this site. It's like an online diet diary (for those of us who have to keep such things to lose weight...) http://www.fitday.com/ However, this has a reporting function. You search for foods from their database and, when you have entered everything you have eaten, the site reports whether...
by BigBecka
May 5, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

My personal one is in progress. But I'm going to base it on the following daily plan from 'Vegetarian Cookery' by Patty Fisher. I want to improve on this plan because, although Ms Fisher is a lecturer in Nutrition, it was published in 1985 and nutritional advice has changed quite a bit since then. I...
by BigBecka
May 5, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: What You Should Eat!
Replies: 20
Views: 8101

What You Should Eat!

I worry a lot about whether I eat the right nutrients in a day - I've taken multivitamins for most of my life(!) and I am not sure that these are the best way of gaining nutrition. (Except for B12 supplements, which vegans are supposed to take...) Recently I read an article about what you could eat ...
by BigBecka
May 5, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Vegan Nutrients Forum
Topic: Nutrients project feedback and suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 10093

Hmm, I can't get onto the Nutrients database at the moment! I've tried a few times over the last week, and the page keeps timing out... Is there a problem? Or do I need a new computer? :wink: I'm trying to put together an eating plan that will include all nutrients, because I worry about missing som...
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Vegan Black List
Topic: Swiss Air does not Offer a Vegan option to Economy Class.
Replies: 4
Views: 5861

Swiss Air does not Offer a Vegan option to Economy Class.

I was recently on an Swiss Air flight, and requested a vegan option for my meal (using the option on the booking form). When the stewardess came round, she told me that they didn't provide requested food for Economy Class! So I guess you're only allowed to be vegan if you fly First Class? :angry1: S...
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Motivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2346

Motivation

I'm finding it tough to be vegan right now :( The canteen at work has stopped selling vegan sandwiches again... My body is craving junk food... and I recently went to Germany and had to live off salad bagels for a week... :pottytrain5:

What do you guys do to stay motivated?
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Wendy here.
Replies: 2
Views: 3123

Hello! :) Art college sounds so cool :roll: I found I saved a lot of cash by going veggie at Uni (though I didn't go completely vegetarian for a long time - Cheese is indeed a work of evil), so it's a smart move. Actually, have you ever been to / read much about the Bauhaus? I believe one of the art...
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Vegan Visual arts
Topic: photography: Slim legs
Replies: 10
Views: 16054

Ah, I was looking for some motivation to stay vegan (finding it hard right now :( ) - and I'd forgotten about this...

I don't believe she's vegan though :blackeye: My legs don't look like that :wink:
by BigBecka
Mar 2, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: The munchies!
Replies: 13
Views: 3750

Hi - how are things in Iceland? :D I didn't think it was a very veggie-friendly place? I'm a total bread addict - so I snack on sandwiches, or sometimes I make a sort of Ploughman's lunch: nice bread with sunflower spread, tomatoes, ploughman's pickle (e.g. branston's), pickled onions (or beetroot, ...
by BigBecka
Mar 1, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Plan to analyse impact of vegan diet on diabetes
Replies: 2
Views: 2276

Certainly overprocessed foods usually contain sugar syrups, which are linked to developing Type II Diabetes. However, I have also heard of diabetics being advised to cut out red meat and dairy. I remember from when I was on low-carb diets (before I turned vegetarian!), that milk actually contains a ...
by BigBecka
Mar 1, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: How long are you supposed to wait to dye hair again??
Replies: 17
Views: 12915

Ooh! thanks :) The person in the review got her Henna from Lush, and there happens to be a branch of Lush in a nearby town! I had no idea Lush sold henna - they keep a few blocks on a high shelf, right at the back of the shop :-? They also mail order now :D We have an open market here something like...
by BigBecka
Feb 26, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Natural Cleaning Recipes
Replies: 7
Views: 7192

Apparently, you should use the inside of the peel, because it contains all the oils that are needed... Then buff with a soft cloth. I have to confess, I haven't tried it :) BTW, I thought my idea with the vodka came from somewhere :roll: Here's how to use lager to clean: http://www.youtube.com/watch...
by BigBecka
Feb 25, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: How long are you supposed to wait to dye hair again??
Replies: 17
Views: 12915

Where does your girlfriend buy Henna? And do they have a mail order site?! :lol: I used to use it (my hair was bright red! :D ) but I haven't seen any for sale in a long time... :( The Body Shop seem to have stopped selling it since they were taken over by L'Oreal :-? I bleached my hair last year (h...
by BigBecka
Feb 23, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: How long are you supposed to wait to dye hair again??
Replies: 17
Views: 12915

You are obviously not grey yet, Andy!

(Oops, I shouldn't have admitted to that... :))
by BigBecka
Feb 23, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: So new I don't know WHAT to do :)
Replies: 2
Views: 3049

Hi Corrihar! Sounds like you're already halfway there! :wink: I became vegan by making small changes: When I was a student, I started bulking out my meals with vegetables, to save money on meat! I learned to cook things like curries, casseroles, pasta sauces. Then I cut out meat, and replaced it wit...
by BigBecka
Feb 3, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Cool Places to Go :)
Replies: 13
Views: 7385

My first thought was near the Redwood Forests in Northern California, USA. Or perhaps in the San Fransico area (Lots of Vegan Dining) to be close to them. Aww, my sister loves it over in California, but I've never been :wink: I didn't know that was where the giant redwoods were - are they the ones ...
by BigBecka
Jan 25, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Suggestions and Support
Topic: Typo
Replies: 3
Views: 4153

Typo

Just a quickie... :wink: I just noticed something! When you first get to the forum, there is a section at the top that says: Welcome to our Online Vegan Community. Please feel free to navigate the forums, read and reply to topics, ask questions and write blogs. No registration is needed for any of t...
by BigBecka
Jan 24, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Vegan Cinema Lounge - Movies Discussion
Topic: Avatar - The Last Air Bender
Replies: 20
Views: 13544

Ah, I haven't read the book yet. I'm told that the English translation is not as good as the Russian language version :( but I'm going to read it anyway :)
by BigBecka
Jan 24, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Vegan Visual arts
Topic: Help on graphics software?
Replies: 4
Views: 3732

BigBecka, what do you need the software for? What do you want to make with it? Well, firstly for general interest - I used to study art years ago, and I love fantasy art but have never been any good with airbrushes :( a lot of artists seem to work in CGI now Second, I sometimes do some CAD contract...
by BigBecka
Jan 21, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Suggestions and Support
Topic: New Ads
Replies: 3
Views: 4082

Oh, good, thank you :D
by BigBecka
Jan 21, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Vegan Relationships
Topic: her/his parents against veganism
Replies: 9
Views: 7828

Oh dear... that's a sticky one :( I usually cook my own food, since I have to watch my weight anyway and fit my meals around training :wink: It's a bit anti-social, but I think it's the only solution to living with non-vegans! Anyway, they should be pleased their daughter is going out with a nice ve...
by BigBecka
Jan 21, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Meat tastes too good to become a vegetarian.
Replies: 9
Views: 5487

Yes, I like the quick reply :) - it's very useful - sometimes my computer used to time out while I was trying to reply, which was annoying It's a new thing, now guests can post messages too, without registration.. but they have to enter the image confirmation code to avoid automated spam. I think th...
by BigBecka
Jan 20, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Meat tastes too good to become a vegetarian.
Replies: 9
Views: 5487

Huh, I seem to have turned into Vegan Forums Guest :confused3:
by BigBecka
Jan 18, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: hemp hemp hemp!
Replies: 4
Views: 2703

Hey, they're really pretty! I hope business is going well :)

One of my schoolfriends used to have quite a business going, making friendship bracelets and hair wraps for a local hippy-shop :wink: They used to take ages to make though - I'm kinda glad they went out of fashion!
by BigBecka
Jan 18, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: Suggestions and Support
Topic: New Ads
Replies: 3
Views: 4082

New Ads

WTF! :o Adverts everywhere! There are lots of photos of a model called Sophie, 24, London, down the side of the screen. She wants to date me, but I don't wanna date her :confused1: That much make-up and bleach isn't good for you... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by BigBecka
Jan 2, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Help Please, on vegan menu
Replies: 13
Views: 6119

I'm also quite interested in what everyone else eats in a typical day :roll: My new years' resolution (well, one of them...) is to cut down on the comfort food and see if I can be a bit more healthy :wink:
by BigBecka
Dec 30, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Vegan Cinema Lounge - Movies Discussion
Topic: Avatar - The Last Air Bender
Replies: 20
Views: 13544

Have you seen Nightwatch? :D It is such a cool movie :D :D :D http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0403358/

The animated sequence in there was the sort of thing I was trying to describe :wink:
by BigBecka
Dec 30, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Help Please, on vegan menu
Replies: 13
Views: 6119

hey BigBecka, where'd you get those hemp seeds? You can get them quite easily in health food shops over here - even some supermarkets stock them. It is illegal to grow hemp in the US, so that might explain why it is harder to get the seeds? :dontknow: Nutiva seem to import them: there's some inform...
by BigBecka
Dec 26, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: What are the alternatives to testing on animals?
Replies: 5
Views: 5552

You are quite right Sergio: these are just my personal views and thoughts, and not representative of other vegans :) I agree that medical advancement should not be slowed, and I see that there is a Public Relations issue here. Perhaps I should have written that there will be no need for animal tests...
by BigBecka
Dec 26, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Help Please, on vegan menu
Replies: 13
Views: 6119

At the moment I have hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds :) I'm out of poppy seeds and sesame seeds :( I have some recipes for "rustic" bread, where you add some oats and golden syrup to the mix - that comes out very dense! I'm also experimenting with some of the flours the shops...
by BigBecka
Dec 26, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Spices and Herbs
Topic: Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Replies: 3
Views: 4735

Wow, Bee! You've been hard at work! :wink: Thanks for posting all these - I'm quite interested in herbs :roll: I've used lavender oil for some years now, and thought I'ld post a little about aromatherapy :) It's good to have some in the first aid kit, even if you're not into aromatherapy. Lavender i...
by BigBecka
Dec 26, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Spices and Herbs
Topic: Nettle
Replies: 2
Views: 4630

At this time of year, there are a lot of herbal teas and detoxifying supplements for sale, to help us recover from the party season :) A lot of these herbal teas contain nettle, which is an old folk remedy. Nettle is caffeine-free, nutritious, and is thought to detoxify the blood. It is also a diure...
by BigBecka
Dec 26, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Spices and Herbs
Topic: St John's Wort
Replies: 2
Views: 4165

In the UK, St John's Wort is sold as a herbal remedy for depression. Many women take it to remedy Pre-Menstrual Tension and "winter blues." It must be used with care, as it can interact with other medications, including birth-control pills. In other EU contries, such as Ireland and Germany...
by BigBecka
Dec 21, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Help Please, on vegan menu
Replies: 13
Views: 6119

:) I love homemade bread too - my boyfriend calls it lemnas or dwarf bread because I put way too many seeds and stuff in there... It's a bit dense... :lol:

I ought to add my usual disclaimer, that I'm not a nutritional expert or anything! These are just few ideas intended to be start... :wink:
by BigBecka
Dec 21, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Help Please, on vegan menu
Replies: 13
Views: 6119

Hey, Black Phase! Here's the sort of thing I eat in a day: Breakfast, with fruit juice and some really nice black filter coffee: :D - Wholegrain toast with sunflower spread and marmite (yeast extract), - or porridge (made with water) with a spoonful of golden syrup. - If you eat a cooked breakfast, ...
by BigBecka
Dec 17, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: could this be bad?
Replies: 5
Views: 3228

OK, I'm no medical expert, these are just a few thoughts. (Quite a few! :lol: ) But I think this could be bad. A healthy body should not feel like sh** and have panic attacks! the lunch break at work is only 20 mins. That's the absolute minimum allowed in the UK (in line with EU legislation) for wor...
by BigBecka
Dec 17, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Neck Muscle Injury
Replies: 2
Views: 2893

Hmm, that's a tricky one! :) I've pulled neck muscles in the past by weights and exercise. I've never had anything that persisted for more than a few weeks, though... :( Pilates or yoga may help improve your posture, and prevent you straining the injury any further (often people have poor posture wi...
by BigBecka
Dec 17, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: A quick question about this forum
Replies: 2
Views: 3192

I'm very confused! I didn't think this was a forum for the spiritually mismatched! I thought most people on here were men! And I don't think there's any gender hatred here. I think you might be referring to one or two of my posts? I sometimes talk about female examples because that's what I know. Bu...
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: What are the alternatives to testing on animals?
Replies: 5
Views: 5552

In scientific fields outside biology, animal tests are largely obsolete. We no longer crash-test pigs, or send dogs into space. Why? Because the data provided by these tests is not representative of humans in those situations. In other fields, the use of dummies (artificial bodies) and mathematical/...
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Meat tastes too good to become a vegetarian.
Replies: 9
Views: 5487

LOL! :lol: I wondered what had happened to you, Backwood :D
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Don't only humans have the ability to use tools?
Replies: 5
Views: 4732

Birds use tools too! Some birds will use rocks to open shells, or twigs/catus spines to catch grubs http://www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordb ... Using.html
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: not vegan cure to cancer?
Replies: 3
Views: 4299

I'm afraid I deal with practicalities, and this situation would never happen. - For a start, any test programme needs several subjects, plus a control group, to ensure that the results are consistent and repeatable (and not due to something you haven't thought of!). - If you were certain enough of a...
by BigBecka
Dec 11, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Don't only humans understand abstract concepts?
Replies: 3
Views: 4499

Some scientists have thought that the noises dolphins make may be a language, for many years now. There is also reserach into Prarie Dog language, whale song, and some of the noises other apes make to communicate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_language Only humans talk about abstract concepts,...
by BigBecka
Dec 9, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi, Everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 4456

Hi! :) Cool 8)

A few years ago the Vegan Society had a campaign to "go vegan for a day" - maybe if you're interested it would answer (or raise?!) a few questions? One of my non-vegan friends discovered a love of rice milk! :lol: Just a suggestion - I'm not trying to bash you!
by BigBecka
Dec 9, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Donald Trump to build on UK conservation site!
Replies: 0
Views: 1868

Donald Trump to build on UK conservation site!

I was just sent this by a friend in the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). I think this cause needs some international awareness! If Donald Trump can get away with building golf courses on a SSSI, money can buy anything and conservation stands for nothing. NB: A SSSI is a Site of Spec...
by BigBecka
Dec 9, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: A tofu Idea
Replies: 4
Views: 4416

Hi Marie, I don't live in the US, but here's some thoughts if they're any use to you! :wink: ∑ what method you use to get the water out of your own tofu; I pour the excess water down the sink, and I wrap the tofu in a few (3 or 4) sheets of paper kitchen towel. Then I leave the tofu for around...
by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: hi again!
Replies: 5
Views: 3794

I love your use of smilies, BigBecka
Aw, thanks :D I'm one of those people who wave their hands about and waggle their eyebrows loads in real life! I'm petrified people won't know when I joking online - hence the smilies :)
by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2007 11:30 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: An artist who wants to finish what he starts and always do t
Replies: 2
Views: 3505

Hi Nefrit! I will start innumerable things but rebel at finishing. Oh, I know this feeling so well! I recently started Yoga - I think it might help you too? I do it to improve my flexibility, but I've noticed some tangible psychological effects already (after about 12 weeks) - a result of the laid b...

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