vegansofig T-minus TWO weeks until @VeganScene's Grand Opening Party in Venice Beach! Our good friend @cupmycakez will be catering the dessert menu with her adorable + delicious cupcakes!
These are the vegan, gluten free "information girl" emoji cupcakes that she made for my birthday in June. 🏻 We're hoping to have her teach a vegan cake decorating class at @VeganScene this fall. Grand opening tickets available at VeganScene.com #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig I've just opened a shop in Venice Beach called Vegan Scene. It's not just a store, it's a multi-purpose space. We have retail, classes, and parties.

We've been in our soft launch for the last few months, but I'm super stoked to announce @VeganScene's grand opening party on Friday, July 31, 2015.
Join us in celebrating with shopping, music, drinks and dancing + eats!

Thanks again for all of your support. It means the world to me. Hope to see you there! P.S. Event info and tickets are available at VeganScene.com #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Hey everyone! Sorry to be MIA for so long but I wanted to give you an update on @VeganScene, the shop and event space I'm opening up on Main Street in Venice Beach.
We have signage now, the curved bar is currently being installed, and I'm shooting for a January 2015 opening. I don't think I've ever worked so hard, but it's all finally coming together and I can't wait to open and have you all over. Keep you posted! ~Amy #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Your body requires dietary fats (Lipids). Fat provides essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce on its own and must be consumed through polyunsaturated fats in our diet. Polyunsaturated fats provide two essential fatty acids:
Linoleic Acid (LA) - Omega-6
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Omega-3
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The U.S Institute of Medicine recommends an daily ALA intake of 1.6 grams for men and 1.1 grams for women. Diets should aim for a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. The western diet, which is high in refined oils, consumes far too much Omega-6. Today, most people are averaging a ratio of 10:1 and even 20:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3.
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But is eating more fish the the answer to balance? Not necessarily. Fish don't manufacture long chain Omega-3. Their diet is high in Omega-3 rich plant foods like algae. They eat them which their body converts to DHA and EPA. We can go straight to the source and avoid the host of health and environmental troubles that come from consuming fish. Fish oil is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. They’re highly concentrated sources of contaminants and pollutants. More recently, studies have shown that eating fish and taking fish oil supplements are not as beneficial to the brain and heart functions as previously thought. In fact, fish has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Consuming fish products is not sustainable as it leads to overfishing which impacts the entire eco system.
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You can get your daily serving of Omega-3 by incorporating flaxseeds, chia seeds, kiwi, walnuts, kale, and other leafy greens into your diet. Many factors can hinder the body’s ability to convert omega-3 fatty acid to DHA and EPA, which is why it’s important to avoid overly processed foods and make sure you're getting the right balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Vegan diets lacking Omega-3 may want to take DHA-rich micro algae supplements. Conversion is easier when you balance with healthy sources of Omega-6 rich foods like sesame seeds, tahini, edamame, wheat germ, and tofu. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Vitamin B12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. It is the only vitamin synthesized exclusively by microorganisms (bacteria). Vitamin B12 is produced by soil microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots. It is a water soluble vitamin and should be consumed on a daily basis.
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B12 is the most chemically complex of all vitamins. It is essential for our health. Anyone can be B12 deficient, regardless of diet. A whopping 15% of the population suffers from a B12 deficiency. A deficiency in B12 can cause a number of symptoms from dandruff to dementia. It can cause Anemia, which can be fatal if left untreated.
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The B12 in animal products comes from the soil that the animal consumed, making it part of their bodies, which is then consumed by people who eat their flesh. However, pesticides prevent essential bacteria from producing B12. In fact, 90% of B12 supplements produced in the word are fed to livestock on factory farms.Vegans can find a reliable source of B12 in fortified nutritional yeast, fortified plant-based milks, and dietary supplements. Some claim that B12 is available in organic fruits and vegetables grown in rich soils. However, this is such a tiny amount of B12, you’re honestly better off just eating the dirt from the ground.
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Most people only require 2.5 micrograms of B12 per day. The less frequently you consume B12, the higher the total amount needs to be to give the desired absorbed amount. Studies show there are no negative side effects of taking too much B12. HOWEVER, absorption decreases drastically when the capacity of Intrinsic Factor is exceeded at 1–2 mcg of vitamin B12.
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The argument over veganism not being “natural” is particularly ironic now that animals have to take B12 supplements. Not only is it harder to absorb B12 in farmed animal flesh, but they heighten risk of developing cancer and heart disease. It's safer to skip animals products and get our B12 from Methylcobalamin supplements. Veganism really is the future and no dementia for you! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Many commonly eaten plant based foods are high in iron. In fact, some of the top iron sources are vegan. So why are vegan and vegetarian diets dismissed by disapproving omnivores as “anemic?” Not understanding the science behind nutrition is what leads to common misconceptions in plant based diets. So let’s set things straight:
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Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to the body. However, taking too much iron can result in iron overload. Excess iron can lead to a number of complications, so it's important to keep track of your intake.
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There are two types of iron:
Heme iron, which is found in animals (meat, poultry, and fish)
Non-heme iron, which is from plants.
Heme iron is better absorbed than non-heme iron. However, it is easier to overload on heme iron than non-heme iron. Interestingly enough, vegans and vegetarians are no more likely to become anemic than an omnivore. There’s also evidence that shows that low-normal iron (which is what vegans and vegetarians store) are actually beneficial and lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
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Now that we know vegan iron is non-heme iron, it’s just as (if not more) important to focus on iron absorption than to just eat a lot of iron rich foods.
Here are some tips:

Combine Vegan (non-heme) iron foods with foods rich in Vitamin C. Even better is to eat foods that are rich in both iron and Vitamin C like leafy greens, broccoli, and tomato sauce.
Avoid hefty meals and eat smaller amounts throughout the day to maximize absorption.
Avoid absorption inhibitors like coffee and tea 1-2 hours before and/or after a meal.
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Sadly, spinach which is very high in iron, also contains oxalates that block absorption. That is why it spinach did not make this list. Regardless, Popeye The Sailor Man is still a badass. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig One of the more disturbing cases of #Greenwashing belongs to Dawn Soap. They claim that “Dawn Saves Wildlife” by donating soap and funding to clean up animals after oil spills. Instead of truly saving animals, they’re using the photos of cute animals to sell dish soap. However, in order to ACTUALLY donate to the animals, you have to register the soap you bought on their website along with giving over your personal information. Here’s the real kicker: Dawn contains an antibacterial agent called Triclosan which was recently declared as “TOXIC to aquatic life and birds.” Many environmental groups have called for Triclosan to be banned. Not surprising seeing as Dawn is owned by animal testing giant, Procter and Gamble.
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Sneakier cases of greenwashing can be found on totally un-natural products claiming to be "100% natural." The FDA restricts the term "natural" to products that contain no artificial or synthetic substances, such as color additives and flavors. But FDA allows the "natural" label on products containing GMOs, or genetically engineered ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is made from genetically engineered corn.
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General Mills (which owns Natural Valley) recently had a class action law suit brought against them for advertising their GMO-licious bars as “100% Natural” when they’re anything but. Unfortunately, that lawsuit was dismissed, but many other lawsuits going after similar deceptive advertising have succeeded. This has turned out to be quite costly for big food corporations like General Mills and Conagra, and we can thank the GMO awareness movement for that. Unfortunately, this has not stopped General Mills from greenwashing. They’ve started to shift away from generic “natural” labeling, but now their bars claim to be made with “100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Which just so happens to be the only ingredient not genetically modified. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Proteins are huge molecules made up of smaller molecules called amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids available to us. Eight of these amino acids are considered essential, meaning you have to get them in your diet (or from a supplement) because your body can’t manufacture them. In general, it is better to get your nutrients from your diet, than a pill.
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All plants contain amino acids. The only difference is that some have a lower percentage of amino acids in comparison to the rest of the parts of the plant.
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The term “complete protein” refers to foods that have all nine essential amino acids present in the correct proportion for our bodies to build protein with. The term “incomplete protein” refers to foods which have all the essential amino acids, but are simply low in one or more of them. This is called the “limiting amino acid”. While it’s true that most whole plant foods have one or more limiting amino acids and are thus “incomplete” — this shouldn’t send you running for a steak.
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Our bodies are brilliant, and every food that goes into your system must be broken apart and its nutrients absorbed. During the digestion process, amino acid chains from all sources are broken down and made ready for our bodies to use. If you’re eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, grains and legumes, then your body simply collects what it needs from the “amino soup” that your digestion system has absorbed.
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Another bonus: Plant-based foods are free from cholesterol and tend to be high in fiber.
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the 11/16 #VegansofIGmeetup in Phoenix! And three cheers to my Arizona co-host @fecaled.
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I did learn a very important lesson: NEVER plan an event near the campus of a notorious party school... during football season...on the same night as a home game...Holy shiitake mushrooms. We had to change locations at the very last minute, but it somehow all ended up working out!
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We had a great time hanging out at the Mellow Marshmallow munching on vegan pizza and beer. All the craziness aside, Arizona vegans are awesome. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
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All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + Meetup.com pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@fecaled
@veganmark
@raqueliiita
@apriloneil
@thisveganlife
@heyorge
@ihatecassandraleann
@yoginibk
@24carrots
@xplicit_rage
@skalady21
@calebstrykr
@marilynmenascott
@plantmurderonly
@veganheathen666
@krystalmath
AND... Tim, Rita, Maria, and Eddie.
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With the holidays coming up, all future meetups will be in 2014. I might do an NYE event in LA, but that's still up in the air. I'll keep you posted! Happy holidays. ~Amy #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Part three of Vegans of Instagram series on common animal ingredients in our food and products:
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Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae and adult queens. It is collected from each individual queen cell (honeycomb) when the queen larvae are about four days old. Royal Jelly makes workers into queens. It is used as as a source of B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.Most honey comes from full-time factory bee farmers.
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Shellac (E904) Shellac is a coating or glaze derived from the hardened, resinous material secreted by the female Kerria Lacca Insect. Shellac is scraped from the bark of the trees where they live. Often they are heated until they die of heat exhaustion. 300,000 lac insects are killed for every kilogram (2.2 lbs.) Shellac may be found in a furniture polish and varnish, aluminum foil coating, paper coating, hairspray, shampoos, perfume, makeup, printing inks and paints, and much more. Shellac is often called "Confectioner’s glaze” in candy and donut glaze.
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Tallow. Rendered beef or mutton fat. Industrial use of tallow can be just about any type of animal fat (e.g. cow, pig, deer). Tallow is in a variety of products from wax paper, crayons, margarines, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving creams, other cosmetics. Chemicals (e.g., PCB) can be in animal tallow. Tallow is sometimes known as "Stearic Acid.” **Some Tallow is vegetable sourced.**
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Whey. The watery serum that remains after most of the protein and fat have been removed from milk during the cheese-making process. Usually in cakes, cookies, candies, breads, and supplements.
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vegansofig Part two of our series on common animal ingredients in our food and products. In their natural form, these ingredients are #NotVegan or #NotVegetarian. Vegan or Vegetarian alternatives are typically synthetic.
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Keratin. Natural Keratin is an extremely strong protein that is a major component in skin, hair, nails, feathers, hooves, horns, and teeth. Used in hair rinses, shampoos, and permanent wave solutions. Keratin is not naturally found in vegetables. Vegan keratin products might contain the amino acids necessary to produce keratin naturally.
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L-cysteine/L-cystine (E920) Animal: (Poultry. Typically duck feathers) Hog’s hair as a source is likely when the hair/feather supply is low. Used as a dough conditioner in most bread products. It is most common in pizza dough and bagels. Einstein Bros, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds have all confirmed the use of poultry feather-based L. Cysteine in many of their other products.
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Lanolin. (Wool Fat. Wool Wax) A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin-care products and cosmetics and in medicines. Most chewing gums list "gum base" as one of their ingredients, masking lanolin as an ingredient. The starting material used to produce this vitamin D3 is Lanolin.
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Pepsin. In cow and hogs' stomachs. A clotting agent used in some cheeses and vitamins. Pepsin is a component of rennet (see below) used to curdle milk during the manufacture of cheese.
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Rennet [Rennin] Enzyme from the stomach of slaughtered newly-born calves. Used in cheesemaking, rennet custard (junket), and in many coagulated dairy products. The coagulation of milk is achieved by the addition of rennet. Most cheeses (especially Parmesan, Grana Padano, and Gorgonzola are NOT vegetarian.
Up next: Part Three (R-W) #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Here are some common animal ingredients that sneak their way into our food and products. This is part one of the series starting with letters A-I. These ingredients are almost always #NotVegan. I'll have a separate series for ingredients like "Glycerine" which can be sourced from vegan or animal ingredients.
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Albumen {Albumin} In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. In cosmetics, albumen is usually derived from egg whites and used as a coagulating agent. In cakes, cookies, candies, etc. Egg whites sometimes used in "clearing" wines.
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Carmine. Cochineal. Carminic Acid. Red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. Reportedly, 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this red dye. Used in cosmetics, shampoos, red apple sauce, and other foods (including red lollipops and food coloring). ________________________
Casein. Caseinate. Sodium Caseinate. Milk protein. In "nondairy" creamers, soy cheese, many cosmetics, hair preparations, beauty masks. May soy cheeses are not vegan because they contain casein. It's what gives soy cheese its (slightly) cheese-like flavor and texture.
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Gelatin. Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. From cows, pigs, and more recently, horse hooves and fish by-products. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (e.g., Jell-O). In candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On photographic film and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules. Sometimes used to assist in "clearing" wines.
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Isinglass. A form of gelatin prepared from the internal membranes of fish bladders. Sometimes used in "clearing" wines and in foods. Up next: Part Two (K-R) #VegansofIG
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vegansofig VEAL is a by-product of the dairy industry. For female cows to produce milk, they are kept in a constant cycle of being pregnant and giving birth.
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All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his/her arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina.The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.” ________________________
If given the opportunity, a dairy cow and her calf would remain companions for life. The forced separation on factory farms causes cows and calves an incredible amount of pain and grief.
Once separated, the cows are then hooked up to milking machines, enslaved to produce milk for humans that was intended for their baby that was ripped away. And when they stop lactating, they’re impregnated again. The same vicious cycle continues until the cows can no longer produce milk. When they're all dried up they’re sent to slaughter. ________________________
Male calves are useless for milk production. Dairy cows are a different breed of cattle from the ones raised for beef. Dairy cows, female and male, lack the musculature necessary to maximize profits for beef producers. About half of the female calves will become dairy cows, to replace their mothers. The other half of the females are useless to the dairy industry. Nearly all of the male calves and half of the female calves are taken from their mothers, to be turned into veal.
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Calves raised for veal are forced to spend their short lives in individual crates that are no more than 30 inches wide and 72 inches long. These crates are designed to prohibit exercise and normal muscle growth in order to produce tender “gourmet” veal. The calves are fed a milk substitute that is purposely low in iron so that they will become anemic and their flesh will stay pale. After four months "living" in these conditions, they're sent to the slaughterhouse.
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It's sad to think that this heinous industry is thriving because of society's mass consumption of dairy products. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup + Halloween Costume Party at Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City on Halloween night!
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And a very special thank you to @mollie_engelhart, @floresjr, and the entire @thekindsage/@kindkreme team. Can't forget @meandmrcassidy (@hopeleigh + @mrscottcassidy) for the music. And @vinnyvegan for donating his awesome t-shirts to the costume contest.
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Congrats to our costume contest winners: @veganbeastmode + @jplancaster who dressed up as a The Vegan Police and a Free Range Chicken.
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All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + Meetup.com pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@veganbeastmode
@veganyackattack
@wakeupcaroline
@glassesgirl79
@mallorymturner
@veggiefixation
@awnuhkuh
@absoluteperfectshawn
@nicolelgp
@happyveggiegirl
@elderkinc
@cwmoss
@uncletiimo
@kristrina
@mikeymagnum
@vintagecatra
@beinvegan
@xedup
@kcrawks
@p4v1t0
@jplancaster
@vegantiki
@healingthrufood
@silviaryan
@deft0ned
@djnametag
@valerie807
@brianc1995
@allthatjill
@martin_ps
@mrhairypants
@hypnohappiness
@_veganbabe
@_truth_102
@yeseniatinkerbell15
AND...
Whitney, Brooke, Heather, Neil, Garrett, Michele, Debbie, Kevin, Ben, and Abby.
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The Las Vegas meetup will be re-scheduled, but I have not set a date yet. I need some time to recover after LAX
The Phoenix meetup is still on and will be held at The Yard House in Scottsdale on November 16th. ________________________
Thank you for all of your support! Hope to see you soon! ~Amy #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at @ChicagoDiner on last Saturday! We had engagements, birthdays, and our very own vegan Ryan Gosling!
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All of the photos from the 10/12 Chicago meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: Facebook.com/VegansofIG AND Meetup.com/VegansofIG
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Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@kateveltkamp
@sonofabear
@wtfveganfood
@101darwins
@89wanderer
@zeuquez
@veg_meg
@drchizzad
@vegan_ryan_gosling
@byfarthecutest
@isaacwastaken
@jennifermolayem
@earthsanctuary
@multispecieschildren
@thesweetbunnyproject
@crispyindeed
@xbcmx
@ggloworm
@xjack20x
@hiraethvegan +Tony
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I'm back home in LA and have two weeks off before I start traveling again. UPCOMING EVENTS: Los Angeles (Halloween edition) on October 31st. Las Vegas on November 1st. Phoenix on November 16th.
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I might move the Florida dates back in order to make meetups happen in Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta after New Years. Also, the Austin meetup will officially be on April 4th (the night before VegFest.) New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. will most likely be in late April or early May. Stay tuned for more cities! #VegansofIG
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  •   thesweetbunnyproject Hope you come back soon! 3y
  •   ggmojo Is the Chicago Diner a vegan eaterie or do they just cater some vegan foods? 2mon
  •   uhohely @ggmojo they are vegetarian but just about everything is available vegan or vegan on its own. Their slogan is "meat free since '83!" 3w

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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Double Wide Grill on Thursday night. Almost all of of our attendees were runners or marathoners, which was very cool. I had an awesome night hanging out with an inspiring group of VERY fit vegans.
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All of the photos from the 10/10 Pittsburgh meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: Facebook.com/VegansofIG AND Meetup.com/VegansofIG
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I was a bit nervous about hosting the event on a weeknight, but we had a great crowd! Here's all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@fit2veganchick
@jencat162
@kateporigow
@jgigliotti33
@vegangrrljille
@jodihackett
@erinc_new_vegan
@marcus_a_b
@thefavoritebarista
@fists_of_fructose
@phia_p
@charlemaniac
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UPCOMING EVENTS: Chicago on October 12th. Los Angeles (Halloween edition) on October 31st. Las Vegas on November 1st. Phoenix on November 16th. Miami + Orlando in Mid-December. When I fly home on Monday I'll begin announcing cities for 2014 dates. #VegansofIG
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  •   mrhairypants So excited for Los Angeles! 3y
  •   vegolife Hi! Our page is all about getting people to notice the bright side of being a vegan. The most important thing is to see animals as our equals, but also that eating vegan food will make people more healthy. Please check us out :) /@vegolife 3y
  •   fightforus Looking for a good vegan or vegetarian place to eat in pitt? 2y
  •   daisha0321 I missed it . When will there be another one? 3mon

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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Middle East in Cambridge last night. I met so many of my vegan insta crushes. It was an awesome night!
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All of the photos from the 10/5 Boston meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: Facebook.com/VegansofIG AND Meetup.com/VegansofIG
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Here's all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@lgraves
@pansymaiden
@vegancookiemonster @slowclubcookery
@weheartvegan
@jeskaboston
@liveahhh
@iamalexeaves
@thejway
@jasonrodger920
@hhamel244
@powerbyplants
@dtugs
@stephaniembain
@wildewyatt
@smallspace
@veganhiker
@amalgosaibi
@aliaalalawi
@alexar1018
@abeskyoga
@jamiejhagen
@adamtheinfamous
@bostonrosa
@msbrandiebrown
@kisumxes
As well as
Kerin, Ryan, Kate, and Mike.
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UPCOMING EVENTS: Pittsburgh on Oct 10th and Chicago on Oct 12th. A Halloween event in LA on Oct 31st. Vegas meetup on Nov 1st, and a Phoenix meetup on Nov 16th. Miami + Orlando in December. All other cities will be in 2014. See ya soon! #VegansofIG
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  •   yummmyvegan Wish I could have gone, but I was away. Hope there is another one sooner rather than later. 3y
  •   veganfoodfreak @vegansofig I live in El Monte I think I'm the only vegan in the whole city :-( Is there a location for the LA meetup? 3y
  •   nicolesnoise that looks so fun! 3y
  •   slowclubcookery Thank you so much for hosting! It was great to finally get to meet some of my favorite fellow IGers! 3y

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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at Georgetown Liquor Company in Seattle! Seattle is really awesome. It's beautiful and everyone I met was super friendly. It's definitely one of my new favorite cities and I'm very much looking forward to visiting again!
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All of the photos from the 9/22 Seattle meetup are up. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends. You can find them at: Facebook.com/VegansofIG AND Meetup.com/VegansofIG
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I know I'm missing a few people, but here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@poppy_x
@xmyasha
@jeaniebellini
@plantfaster
@veganscore
@wokwildside
@hotpieceofclass
@viceisnice
@ashleycharisse
@ladysabotagepoop
@weaseltractor
@vegansara
@hreinholt
@clairebringstherain
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The re-cap from the PDX 9/20 meetup is on the previous photo. Also, the next three meetups are back to back to back: October 5th in Boston, October 10th in Pittsburgh, and October 12th in Chicago. See you soon! #VegansofIG
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  •   veganbellavida How do you find out when the next one is? I'm in Seattle.. 3y
  •   eco3p I would love to attend!!! Go vegan 3y
  •   luminouszest Yummy and happiness!!:) 3y
  •   karuna_mama :) When is the next one?? Sad I missed it :/ 2y

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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at @whiteowlsocialclub in Portland! And a very special thank you to my PDX co-hosts @vegankitten and @elizabet__ for all of their help.
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All of the photos from the 9/20 Portland meetup are up. You can find them at: Facebook.com/VegansofIG AND Meetup.com/VegansofIG
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I had so much fun in Portland and it was such a pleasure getting to meet everyone. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@vegankitten
@vegan_ninja
@sobo21
@veggieshaveaheart
@brewinhand
@bunlove
@thatgoesinthere
@xvegancatx
@berrygoodboy
@bess_c
@total_clarity
@buxombaphomet
@brandemics
@aapljack
@tinealexander
@elizabet__
@animalkind
@westonde
@iwillchristenu
@missmallard
@alleykatpinup
@padsby
@stacibrit
@justinoctane
@trainlights
@midaprilsky
@cthulhu7
@codyzeek
@heartgoeshere @rmscooters
@ashleymeadows
@nathanaelmillar
@awesomonkey
@gleneston
@_ladygrey_
@enya91
@walrusshipdown
And Jeremy, Chris, Jenna, Willy.
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I'll post the Seattle re-cap next. Also, the next three meetups are back to back to back: October 5th in Boston, October 10th in Pittsburgh, and October 12th in Chicago. See you soon! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Bone char is used to filter impurities in sugar and to strip away the brown color. It’s produced using the bones of cows. The bones are bleached in the sun and heated until they become a filter. "Brown sugar" is actually just white sugar that has had coloring and flavoring (molasses) added to it after it already had its natural brown coloring removed. Sugar producers like Domino Foods and C&H will often refer to Bone Char as "natural charcoal." ________________________
Cane sugar is cured using bone char. Beet sugar isn’t. Unfortunately, most of sugar beets in the US and Canada are primarily GMO crop. The majority of commercial fructose on the market is derived from corn or beet source (both of which are fine). FYI: Some companies DO mix beet and cane together. Dextrose is derived from corn as well. Sucrose could be just about anything, so you'll need to verify with the company. Beet, Unrefined, Turbinado, USDA Organic, and Raw are all phrases that let you know bone char was NOT used in your sugar. Same goes for organic cane juice.. Agave Nectar, Xylitol (birch sugar), Coconut Palm Sugar, Stevia, Maple Syrup (lard-free), Brown Rice Syrup, Fruit Juice Concentrates, Date Sugar, and Fructose are all VEGAN alternatives to sugar.
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Many countries in Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand, have banned the use of bone char in the refining process. However, if you purchase foods in any of these countries, it’s essential to make sure that the sugar they contain is actually manufactured locally.
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To make things even more confusing, not all sugar production plants use bone char. Supermarket brands of sugar (e.g., Giant, Townhouse, etc.) obtain their sugar from several different refineries, making it impossible to know whether it has been filtered with bone char. The sugar issue get's really tricky when you have to factor in the sugar used in other confectionary products. Again, it all depends on which plant the sugar was obtained from. For those of you that avoid sugar, that's one less thing to worry about. For anyone with with a sweet tooth, now you're a savvy sugar shopper! #VegansofIG
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