Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Take Action!

Please take a moment to sign this petition and help those who are unable to help themselves.

Too often do corporations and greed take precedent over more important things.  Why don't we care enough about what our money is supporting?  I know most people feel that they enjoy certain things in this life and they want to still be able to enjoy them, so they live in "blissful" ignorance.  That doesn't work for me.  I firmly believe that you should be able to be informed and still be okay with what you're supporting.  I can't knowingly support an industry that is more concerned about their pockets than how living beings are treated in their care.  The next time you sit down and eat something that came from an animal, think about a few things: what kind of a life that animal had to endure to end up on your plate, the pain and suffering it could have (and most likely) gone through, the antibiotics given to them that has led to superbugs and contamination of our waterways (also contributing to dead zones), the fact that we can feed so many more people if it weren't for factory farms, the environmental degradation, and that we are treating these animals...LIVE mere commodities where their only hope lies in a species too selfish to stand up for them.  It's time for some compassion and selflessness.  This is a great way to start.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead"

Did the title get your attention or do you think you may have heard it before?  Well, you should because it's not my title, in fact, it is an inspirational documentary.  I'm a skeptic when it comes to documentaries.  I can find them rather fascinating and useful, but I always wonder what the motive is behind it.  What is the filmmaker's bias?  I heard about this particular movie through a friend of mine, and thought that it was extreme and there would be no way people could relate to it, so I questioned its effectiveness.  

I was pleasantly surprised.  This film is inspiring and can be the motivation or jump-start people need to try and change what they consume.  It's not a movie about going vegan or trying to save all the animals (although, converting to this lifestyle would aid that cause as well), but it's a movie about taking an average American, British, or an Australian, in this case, and seeing how much you can transform you mind, body, and total well-being by paying attention to what you eat and drink.  

Please, give this documentary a shot.  You might be surprised, like I was.  It may change how you think about what you currently consume in your every day life.  We must learn to be conscious of our decisions, including those dealing with food.  

You can watch this movie for free in the U.S., if you click the link below.  Otherwise, Netflix has it on their instant streaming.  Enjoy!

"Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead"

Thursday, May 17, 2012


 Dark Chocolate Raspberry Brownies with Chocolate Chips
 Carrot Cupcake with Raisins and Walnuts, "Cream Cheese" frosting rolled in chopped Walnuts
 Cous Cous with stir fried Tofu, Carrots, Corn and Peas
 Whole Wheat Penne Pasta tossed with raw Vegetables, drizzled with White Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil
 Whole Wheat Pizza crust with Tomato Sauce and Mixed Vegetables
First Green Juice

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 8 - Juice Fast

Today was the eighth day of my ten-day juice fast.  Now, it's not as difficult as it seems when you first get started.  The juice is rather satisfying and you feel really great.  I decided to write about today because I didn't really have the opportunity to juice, so I did eat.  Shame on me, but I also felt it was important to note how terrible I feel from eating.  I don't feel healthy at all right now.  My stomach feels strange, I feel tired, had a bit of a headache, and, all in all, rather lethargic.  Good news is that this is extra motivation for me to juice.  I will continue to include juice in my diet every day, if at all possible, from here on out.  

Tomorrow's menu:

Two bottles of green juice:  Cucumber, celery, bok choy, broccoli stems, kale, parsley, collard greens, apple, pear, lemon, ginger and a splash of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

One bottle of fruit juice:  Lime, strawberry, pineapple, pear and chia seeds.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 1 - Juice Fast

Day 1

Overall, I would say the first day went pretty well.  At times, I found myself wanting solid food, not because I was hungry, but because it's what I'm accustomed to.  It was more difficult when I had to cook for someone else.  However, I have felt very satisfied compared to how I normally feel.  I haven't even thought about food for the majority of the evening, and I feel better since I'm not weighted down by the useless caloric intake of less nutrient-rich food.

On the menu:

*Two green juices consisting of:  kale, collard greens, celery, spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, broccoli stems, tomato, pear, apple, lemon and ginger with a splash of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
(This was not my best green juice, so I will be modifying the recipe.  It's more about experimenting right now to see what I really like and trying new things.)

*One fresh orange blueberry juice

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Juice Fast

Tomorrow, I am starting my 10-day juice fast.  No, this is not one of those quick diet plans.  I don't believe in need to change your lifestyle and what you're taking into your body on a regular basis.  I will be juicing in order to get more nutrients by consuming more raw vegetables and fruits.  I will be juicing, at least, three times a day and focusing on "green" juices.  I will juice more often if I feel I need more sustenance and these may vary from the "green" juices, such as a simple fruit juice or a different variety of vegetables.  "Green" juice, of course, is a wide array of green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cilantro, cucumber, romaine, cucumbers, etc.  A large number of these, along with an apple or pear, some lemon and ginger will be my green juice.  If you're curious about juicing, how it's beneficial, recipes or suggestions, feel free to comment or do a simple search.  A great documentary on juicing is called, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," which is available through Netflix online streaming.  There are several other documentaries and books that suggest juicing to get all of the vital nutrients your body craves.  I welcome any questions, comments, suggestions, or if you would like to join the fast!

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Got Milk?" Non-dairy for me, please.

If you have ever consumed a glass of dairy milk, a slice of cheese, or had that scoop of ice cream, please watch the 3-minute video at this link.

You owe it to the animals who are suffering, so you can enjoy these unnecessary foods.  That's right, they're unnecessary.  There are several great alternatives to dairy products.  Milk and ice cream substitutes vary widely including soy, rice, coconut, oat, hemp, and, my personal favorite, almond.  They are a little more expensive than the dairy items, but all you have to do is think of the benefits.  These alternatives are better for you, you can get more calcium into your body than you can from a regular glass of milk, and you're not supporting the terribly cruel industry that is dairy farming.

The cows are impregnated artificially, they have their calves, and are separated from them so their own offspring can't drink the milk they're supposed to have.  All, so humans can sell it to other humans and make a profit off of it.  Think about how no other animal drinks the milk from a different species.  First off, yes, we are animals too.  It is very important to not lose this connection to beings whom we share our planet with.  Second, offspring do not need milk their entire lives.

Needing milk is engrained in our culture.  It is beaten into our heads, at such a young age, that we must drink milk/consume dairy products if we want strong, healthy bones.  It is supposed to prevent osteoporosis.  Studies on the matter; however, are rather mixed and inconclusive.  This next link will give you both sides, but remember to look at who the author is and to know that people can be biased.  They can, and will, try to use anything to throw propaganda your way.

You may wonder how dairy can be so commonplace if there is footage of how the animals are treated, and there aren't really any health benefits.  Well, the answer is simple.  It's all about money.  You can even go to the American Dietetic Association's website, look at advertisers and sponsors at the bottom, and see that The National Dairy Council is one of their sponsors.  There are lobbyists and several groups and organizations who have an agenda.  Milk even has its own unique advertising and catch phrase, "Got Milk?"

Aside from the repeated impregnating of the cows and their babies being taken away from them, the new calves are either raised to become new dairy cows, killed right away, or are raised for veal (which is its own horrific story).  Dairy cows are pumped full of antibiotics, sprayed with pesticides, and many are injected with Bovine Growth Hormone to increase milk production.  Check my earlier blog titled "Companies like Monsanto" for some more information on this hormone.  It increases pus in the milk production and has been linked to cancer.  Not to mention, the European Union has banned the use of it.  Should I also bring up the fact that Monsanto was the creator of Agent Orange?  Since the animals have increased milk production, they are pumped even more spending a great deal of time standing in one spot while machines are attached to their nipples.  They can develop sores from the machines which they are not treated for.  Would you attach a machine to your dog, cat, or daughter's nipples?  I would hope not.  The increased use of antibiotics is creating superbugs and has also contributed to the problem of antibiotics not working like they used to.  There are painful procedures these animals have to go through while living on a dairy farm, and they do not receive painkillers or proper care to help with the aftermath.  Not to mention, you also have workers who have nothing better to do than to torture the animals while they are there.  Leave it to humans to be so cruel for no reason at all.  The waste produced from factory farms, including dairy farms, also contaminates our water supply and generates greenhouse gases.

I implore you to watch the video, do some research of your own, and truly consider the lives of these animals who desperately need our help.  What kind of morality do we have, if we can't stick up for those who are defenseless and powerless?