A Land Devoid of Milk & Honey
"Being vegan is a glorious adventure. It touches
every aspect of my life - my relationships, how
I relate to the world."
- Victoria Moran (Main Street Vegan)
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Fifteen years ago, after first having completely
abstained from cheese, ice cream and pizza for 24
months, I made the decision, to discontinue eating
meat, chicken, and fish.
In my own mind, I became a vegan, although I admit
to having not been a "strict" vegan. I innocently
ate cookies or bagels and muffins made with eggs, or
enjoyed a slice of toast in a diner that might have
been baked with traces of milk powder. I probably
also ate some products containing milk chocolate,
never asking the server whether the icing or filling
was of the dairy variety.
These days in 2014, I carefully read labels. I educate
myself about product ingredients. I do not eat the
muffins that I know contain eggs. I do not eat the
Middle Eastern halvah treats that I know contain honey.
Is honey vegan?
I am often asked this question, and respond
by offering a brief explanation about how bees
are abused by being fed sugar water before their own
honey is taken for human sweet teeth. I suppose
that the harvesting of their honey weakens bee's
immune systems, making them susceptible to hive
syndromes which have had a devastating effect on
Finally, I offer an alternative. I have found that
syrup from maple trees and agave cactus are great
substitutes. I use maple syrup in my tea with lemon,
and agave in various baking recipes.
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"It simply feels right to me to blend the glittery
delights of New York City with a largely raw vegan
diet - with the soul-deep conviction that animals
are not ours to eat, wear, exploit or experiment on."
- Victoria Moran