Posts by kalicet

#Veganism and #Christianity

Some religions have specific rules around what is acceptable to eat, where as Christianity allows its followers to eat whatever they like and in the same breath tells it’s followers not to look down on what other people choose to eat.

So where does this leave you if you are a vegan interested in Christianity or a Christian interested in veganism? In a pretty good place as it happens.

In the beginning.
Christianity teaches that God made the world (no arguments about how here please), that he made it good and he put humanity in charge of caring for it all. Now if someone dear to you handed over their prize possession and asked you to take care of it, you wouldn’t trash it, right?

As a Christian, my veganism is very much part of my love for God and all he has made. Also, I notice that before people mucked up their relationship with God, they were vegans, so I feel it is a very natural thing for me to be a vegan, all the while remembering not to judge those who eat meat. And speaking of judgement:

Love your neighbour as yourself
Jesus taught that we shouldn’t judge other people, which informs how I approach meat eaters. By the same token, it should mean that church is a place where vegans don’t get judged.

In reality it can be a place where misunderstanding around veganism is a rife as it is anywhere else, although I have to say in my own experience, church has been wonderful.

Our church did a rota of dinners (to bless us after the birth if our boy) which lasted us two weeks. And this from meat eaters who all cheerfully went online to look up vegan recipes to feed us.

Spreading the word
…On veganism is no different from talking about Christianity. You can’t make anyone believe anything. People look at our actions way more than words. Its why my husband and I don’t talk to people about becoming a vegan very often… But we do invite people round for dinner. It means we get to show hospitality towards others and they get to try food they might otherwise not have chosen.

At the end if the day kindness and genuine friendship are great helps to the cause… Both veganism and Christianity.

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#Soy #formula – my view

Our boy is now seven weeks old. He is the child we never thought we would have, and as I am 43 at the end of the week, I really did think it was too late. It makes the decisions over what we feed him even more important to us.

My husband and I are both vegans and we shall be raising our son vegan. It has proved so much easier to explain our soy and rice based formula choice by pointing out the allergies in our family rather than talking about being vegan – somehow allergies prove more acceptable than our desire to ideas around the environment and animals.

But then that has been easier than finding something for B to eat. I had intended to breast feed him, but when my milk didn’t come in, we were faced with finding something else.

The first thing we fed him was SMA soya formula. It isn’t truly vegan as the D3 comes from lanolin, but vegetarian was as close as we could find.


Also we had heard that you shouldn’t feed a child soya before the age of one year. But needs must, we had to feed him something and it was better than cows milk.

The soy immediately stopped him up and he didn’t poop for three days, until I fed him lots of boiled water. Also we were still looking for a truly vegan formula. Eventually we found a rice based formula called Premiriz which is truly vegan.

It isn’t sold in the UK, but we could buy from France (thank goodness for google translate).
We bought it from https://www.greenweez.com and at nearly 27 euros a tin, it is really expensive. We reckon that including postage, it works out at £25 a tin, compared to the soy at £13. It means we are now feeding our boy both soy and rice formula.

The rice keeps his digestion on track and we feel that as well as being cheaper, feeding him soy as well will prepare his digestion for soy when he is weened.

We have found a solution which while not perfect, is the best fit we can find. The bottom line is, that soy formula alone is not a great solution for feeding a vegan baby, but it is, in my opinion, a valuable contribution to their diet.

Back to blogging and the new member of Team Turnbull

Its been a while since i blogged properly… I have been busy growing and delivering our first child.

Small T is our miracle boy and today he is six weeks old. I cant even begin to tell you how grateful to God i am for his arrival.

So as you can imagine its all change in our lives, and yet we are still who we always were.. Just minus lots of sleep.

In it all i had a 30 hour labour and an emergency cesarean, while R had spinal surgery on a back injury which had left him in excruciating pain.

You would think we were disheartened and down, but the joy of small keeps our perspective and we both enjoy the good things of now and have hope for the future.

Now we have a son to share what matters to us with. Our faith, our care for God’s world expressed through being vegan and living as lightly as we can in relation to the planet.

And fun stuff… We will forever be a geek household.

So expect future posts on all such things and our adventures as parents:

Christian culture, summer grumpiness and the joy of decent people.

Today God gave me a loving, but firm kick up the backside.

For a while now, at this time of year, I have got a proper grump on.

I see lots of people on Facebook, Twitter etc going off to various Christian conferences – new wine, the 24-7 stuff, greenbelt, you name it… it all looks so lovely, but we can’t afford any of it. And at the end of September we will have even less as our first child arrives.

Gone are the days when as a youth group member my church paid for me to go on CPAS holidays or as a young adult I did new wine as a volunteer, because I could as a young free and single person.

Now we are not poor. We can afford Netflix and the TV licence. We also have a once a month date night budget. 

On top of all that I’m a youth pastor and my lovely church pays for my husband and I to go to the aog conference.

So really I have no room to moan. 

All the same, I know a lot of people with less money than us who live hand to mouth, and lots of people who like us can’t afford to go away for any sort of holiday, conferences included. 

It makes me cross that access to all this beautiful, amazing teaching, worship, general God stuff is only for the wealthy or those who belong to big enough churches they can afford to pay for their skint members.

So it was in a fit of grumpiness I responded to Krish Kandiah’s post about Books for life LIVE.

That’ll teach me… he, and others responded with such humble generosity. Take a look:

It’s left me both humbled and blessed… and wondering what solutions there could be for all those skint believers out there. 
At the.end of the day, speakers, preachers and authors also need to eat. But surely technology could bring stuff local? I know you can get lots talks on video, and that at big conferences stuff is streamed live from one venue to a second… maybe it could be streamed to local churches… I don’t know. There just has to be a way of being more inclusive.

Which brings me back to the book conference. Turns out if I had stopped and looked I would have known I couldn’t go anyway, it’s 13 days after baby’s due date.

But I do have a plan. You may have seen little free library on Facebook… I wonder if our church could have a Christian little free library? I mean, how cool would that be. I’m going to ask…

And I resolve to have more action and less grumpiness.

#Vegan #glutenfree Walnut almond and lentil “meatballs”

At this time of year R can’t have wheat as it affects his hayfever, so the flour in these meatballs is gluten free. We had them covered in barbecue cook in sauce, chips and stir-fry.

200g red lentils

20g vegan bouillon

141g onion (1 onion) chopped

50g walnuts chopped

30g almonds chopped

110g gluten free flour

Cook the lentils in water with the bouillon untill it reaches dhal consistency.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients, form into about 24 balls and then bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 200C 

Eat with your favourite sauce.