30 for 30

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I am turning the big 3-0 this year and in honor I’ve put together a list of 30 things I’ve learned throughout my 30 years on this planet.

  1. Be who you are and be unapologetic.
    I am a self-professed nerd who likes 60s and 70s classic rock, Harry Potter, and can quote Monty Python from memory. If you don’t like it that’s your loss because it’s awesome, and so am I.
  2. Speak your mind.
    I used to sit shyly by, not wanting to stir up trouble and have people be mad at me. Now, you will get an earful from me if I hear you use a derogatory term or make someone else feel less than. (This is better in a face-to-face atmosphere.  I don’t condone internet bullying or trolling).
  3. Vote with your dollar.
    Money makes the world go round. Your time standing in line to vote for the next round of politics is not as effective as spending your money on things you believe in (organic, vegan, sustainable).
  4. Don’t be forced into things you’re not ready for.
    This is different from taking a leap of faith and getting out of your comfort zone. The main thing I’m thinking about here is kids. Throughout our relationship, we were pressured into having kids. We decided to when it was right for us and it was absolutely perfect. I don’t know if I would have been as good of a mom a few years ago.
  5. Your health is the most important thing.
    Without your health you have no quality of life. “If I’d have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself,” I knew a 75-year-old say once.  When I am 75 I want to keep exploring and don’t want my health (or lack of it) to hold me back from things I love to do. I’m not saying don’t indulge in that piece of cake; I’m saying make time for your health. Make it a TOP priority.
  6. Collect experiences instead of things.
    Is that 45th knickknack going to bring you joy or will gaining a new experience bring you more joy? Memories matter more than things.
  7. It’s ok to move on.
    We all grow and change (hopefully at least) and it’s ok to move forward with your life. It’s ok to move on from friends and hobbies that you used to have. It’s ok to not want to be the same person you once were. You can still have love for the people and be appreciative for the good times you had while not living in the past.
  8. Don’t get so caught up in how things are ‘supposed to be’.
    Things happen for a reason, when they are supposed to and not before. Stop paying so much attention to what others your age are doing and focus on what you are doing.
  9. Sleep!
    Turn off the computer. Put your phone in a different room. Keep the TV out of the bedroom and get some sleep. All that stuff will be there in the morning. GET SOME SLEEP!
  10. Invest in a good camera.
    Not a new phone with a ‘better’ camera. I mean a separate camera that only takes pictures. Learn how to use it and take some amazing photos! It will be worth it to look back on high quality images of your kids, your travels, or events instead of blurry, tiny ones from your phone.
  11. Learn to be without technology.
    Even if it’s just for a walk. It’s ok to not be accessible 24/7. You’ll return that call/text/Facebook message in 20 minutes, but for now just be without.
  12. Be frugal, not cheap.
    I’m all for saving money and I research different options and prices. However, I am more than happy to spend more money for a quality item as opposed to something that’s going to break in two weeks and be back where I was.
  13. Go neutral.
    Furniture is expensive. Go with something neutral colored and timeless. You can always change up pillows, paint, or rugs but you will regret that bright green couch in five years.
  14. Learn to let things go.
    I am not super good at this because I seem to remember every detail about everything, but it is definitely something that is important and I need to work on more. It makes life less complicated and helps you de-stress.
  15. Drink water when you’re thirsty.
    Our bodies are made from mostly water. Drinking that coffee, soda, or other beverage may taste good but it’s not what your body really wants or needs. Sure, you’ll be going to the bathroom more often but you’ll look better and feel better.
  16. Don’t be afraid of getting older.
    I hear it so often, “I am going to stay 29 forever” or “Don’t say ’40’, it will upset them.” Seriously people? There are so many who never get the chance to make these milestones. Appreciate it and the wisdom you get with it.
  17. Don’t just do/like/believe things just because others do.
    It could be sports teams, religion, eating habits, whatever.  Just because you were raised a certain way doesn’t mean you need to continue with those beliefs.  If something doesn’t feel right to you, find something that does feel right.
  18. Treat your credit card like a debit card.
    Pay it off right away and don’t spend more than you make.  Seems pretty simple but we live in an instant gratification society with many spending way more than they make.
  19. Life goes on.
    This is a blessing and a curse.  When you lose someone you love it hurts that life can just keep moving on without them when you don’t know what you’re going to do without them. But the sun will always rise again and tomorrow is a new day.
  20. Happiness comes from within.
    You are in charge of your happiness. No one else.  Those purchases wont make you happy. That house wont make you happy.  You make you happy.
  21. Be flexible.
    I’m really really bad with this.  It’s something I’ve struggled with since I was a kid.  I have learned that I need time to wrap my head around plans and get my self mentally ready for them, and when things happen out of the blue I can get upset about it because it messes with the plans I have in my head.  Being flexible is very important and it’s something I truly need to work on.
  22. Take time for yourself.
    Many people run themselves ragged with their days (and weekends) planned down to the hour.  Take some time to be with yourself and re-charge.  Even if it’s just a little bit of a longer shower.
  23. Be with the people who are here.
    When you do have face-to-face plans with people you love, be with them.  Turn off your phone, or at the very least, put it away (OUT OF SIGHT!) and give them your full attention.  You don’t need to Google every answer to a question that is asked or immediately check your notification for that junk email you received.  Your phone will still be there later and the conversation, laughs, and love will stick with you longer than that phone will.
  24. Wear a helmet.
    I don’t care if you think it makes you look dumb, a smashed in head will make you look dumber. Your parents worked very hard to make sure you have that nice round head. Protect it. And while we’re at it, wear a seat belt too. (Do you hear me BB?!)
  25. Don’t be an ass.
    There’s a famous quote, “A person who is nice to you but is not nice to the waiter, is not a nice person.” Be nice to everyone. Waiters, retail workers, telemarketers, CEOs…everyone. It can make someone’s day to hear a few kind words. Plus (and this comes from a long line of retail/service jobs), they don’t make the rules; they just have to follow them or they’ll get fired.
  26. Cognitive dissonance is ok.
    That’s what lead to my veganism. If some kind of information is making you feel uncomfortable, try to figure out why. Maybe it will challenge your beliefs; maybe it will make you re-think everything, and maybe that’s ok.
  27. Get in the pool and get in the pictures!
    No one else cares about that extra fat on your tummy or those dimples in your thighs or the way your hip bones and shoulder blades stick out.They’re all too worried about themselves and how they look.  If you keep focusing on that and that’s your reason for not going in the water or getting in the pictures then you are going to miss out on so much. If you jump in, your kids will remember how much fun it was that you were swimming with them. They’ll get to look back on those pictures and see how much love you have for them when you hold them or smile at them. They can look back forever on that. And you will have those great memories too instead of sitting on the sidelines being too self conscious to join in the fun.
  28. Have a hobby.
    It’s so easy to go from work, to TV/computer, to bed day after day until one day you realize you aren’t happy.  This happened to me a few years go and for some reason sewing kept popping into my head. So I bought a new cross stitch kit and the rest is history! Even if I can only do a couple of lines a day I still feel like I accomplished something just for me. I have other hobbies to fill the void when I get tired of this one too. Find joy in doing something for no other reason than the fact that you enjoy it and your life will be richer for it.
  29. Laugh.
    Laugh loud. Laugh long. Laugh often.
  30. Love.
    No matter what the outcome, love is always worth it.

 

And lastly, one to start off with that is very very important and I think everyone needs to remember:

  1. There is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS someone willing to help.  If you think that you’re alone, you are not. No matter how bad you feel, there is always someone willing to help or just listen.  Reach out if you need help. Reach out if you need someone to talk to. It doesn’t make you weak. It makes you strong to admit that you need help. And the people who love you will be so grateful you did.
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If Done Correctly…

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*This entire post is dripping with sarcasm. Please be advised.*

New article called:

Breast milk in, cow’s milk out: Vegan diet can be healthy for children

Saskatchewan pediatrician says vegan diet not a concern if done correctly.

 

Before we delve into the article, let’s just look at the words chosen shall we?

“Vegan diet CAN be healthy”… meaning the standard American (Canadian) diet is the most healthy even with all the cancer, heart disease, diabetes, the list goes on and on…but diet isn’t the cause of that…no it’s genetics…

Next: “if done correctly”…isn’t that true for all diets whether they be short-term or a lifestyle? I mean if you’re going to eat only processed junk food that’s obviously not correct. So thanks for that insight.

 

Now for my comments on the article:

First off, why is this even an article? Choosing to go against the social norm now requires news coverage? Well then my whole life should be reported on! (I kid I kid!) If anything it does get out the word out about vegan diets.

“Millham’s son Xavier, who is now 21 months old, has never drunk cow’s milk nor eaten meat. He hasn’t had a bowl of yogurt or a spoonful of ice cream.”

Oh that poor deprived child! There are vegan replacements for all of these things and in my opinion they are better than the ‘original’ (Shout out to Coconut Bliss ice cream!)

“A pediatrician agrees it can be a healthy way to eat, even for a growing child, as long as parents are able to provide all the child’s nutritional needs.”

Sure because Froot Loops and Pop Tarts provide nutrition for kids…

She [the mom] said she isn’t worried that he doesn’t drink cow’s milk, despite a recent study saying it makes children taller. Last time she took her son to the doctor, Millham said, Xavier was in the 84th percentile for height and weight.

Who funded this study? The failing dairy industry?

“My doctor’s known that I’ve been vegan the whole time I’ve been vegan. She had no concerns,” Millham said. “It’s really common for pregnant women to be anemic. Everyone always assumed that, ‘Well, Alyx will be anemic because she’s vegan,’ but I wasn’t and my doctor was shocked that my numbers were so good.”

I got that too throughout pregnancy from people who were suddenly nutrition experts. “Are you getting enough protein?” was mostly what I got. I don’t understand why a doctor (or anyone) should be shocked because her iron level were so good. There is tons of iron in greens which (hopefully) is a big part of a vegan diet (though we eat tons of other foods #notjustsalad). And besides, cow’s milk has iron and vitamins added back into it which are synthetic and there is some skepticism about if the body absorbs them in the same fashion as naturally occurring vitamins. But I’m sure the doctor already knew that with their advanced nutrition degree. Oh wait….

Plant protein sources aren’t as easily digestible as meat, according to Kurji, so more has to be eaten to reach the required amounts.

What?! Where is the source on this? Oh, it came from a doctor with one semester of nutrition classes, oh yeah. I have never heard this in my life. Meat is one of the hardest things for your body to digest. How else do you explain feeling light after eating a vegan meal versus having to take a nap after meat (see Thanksgiving)?

Those who eat a common Western diet tend to get iron, zinc, calcium, omega 3 and B12 through animal sources, but it is possible to get all nutrients needed through fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts and grains.

No shit Sherlock.

For those who say feeding children a vegan diet is too extreme, Millham said it’s not different than anything else.

“I think everybody forces their way of life on their family. That’s what parents do, they parent,” she said. “As long as a person’s not hurting other people — and vegans clearly are not — you’re OK.”

Why do non-vegans think veganism is extreme for their kids? Seriously. Christians/Jewish/Buddhists who raise their kids in a Christians/Jewish/Buddhists household aren’t seen as extreme. People who love reading who give their kids tons of books aren’t seen as extreme. People who love biking who take their kids along aren’t seen as extreme. So why is it that it’s not extreme to eat animal flesh and secretions? …

Although one day Xavier might choose to get off the vegan bandwagon, Millham said she isn’t too worried. In the future when she sends him off to birthday parties, she said she’ll be ready with vegan options for him to take.

Oh that’s right…because our vegan kids are deprived of good-tasting food. I forgot that all we eat is grass, twigs, and berries.

I’ve been asked this question too: “What happens if BB eats pizza at a friend’s house?” To which I ask you a question: what happens if your kids watch a movie at a friends house that you don’t think is appropriate? At a certain time we have to let our kids make their own decisions and hope we raised them to make good choices. Like any good parent ever. (See my Raising a Vegan Baby post for more details).

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Raising A Vegan Baby

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Actual question I was asked, “Are you going to raise BB to be vegan?”

(INSERT EYE ROLL)

(INSERT SARCASM FONT). No we’re going to feed him raw meat.

Of course we would raise our kids to have the same values as we do. Isn’t that what all parents do?

I also get the hypothetical “what happens if he’s at McDonald’s for a friend’s birthday party?” or “what if he eats pizza at a friend’s house?”

Life is filled with what ifs, people.

At some point in every parent’s life, way sooner than we want, our kids have to start making decisions in their own life.

My response to those what ifs is always the same…well then I hope we’ve installed good values in him so he will make good decisions. Again, isn’t that the same as every parent feels when their kid leaves the house to be with friends, or drive, or move out? You always hope you’ve instilled good morals in your child.

Our plans for BB are the same that all parents have. I want him to be healthy and happy and well-rounded.

Yes, that includes food. Yes it’s going to be more difficult for him; we’ve been through it too. However, if things progress the way it seems like it’s going then maybe it wont be as difficult as we think. Veganism has grown in the last 10 years and it’s my belief that it’s only going to grow more.

Yes, of course I don’t want things to be difficult for BB. But is that a reason for me to change all my morals? Start feeding my kid meat, cheese, milk, and eggs just because it would be easier for him? Well then why don’t people change their religion? Or their skin color? Or their sexual orientation? Ok, maybe that’s not the same thing, but not harming animals for the sake of my ‘nutrition’ is a very deeply rooted value I hold and hope BB will hold it too.

Vegan Podcasts

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I have gotten into podcasts in the past few years and they’re amazing! Listening to music is so last year! My love started with This American Life (an actual radio show…yes they still have those) and snowballed from there. I have a friend who knows what I like and is always willing to recommend new ones for me (Baby Sitters Club Club!, Snap Judgement, Beautiful Anonymous). One area that I’ve discovered for myself is vegan podcasts. I’ve listened to a few different ones and some are better than others (without naming names) but in my opinion they’re  just lacking. The premise of one is having people ask questions about veganism (what to eat, what to tell people when they ask questions, etc.) and she answers with her thoughts and experiences and sometimes tackles other issues. Another one is about mainly vegan issues but goes into movie reviews, gender inequality, race, politics, and other things that aren’t necessarily vegan.  It’s not necessarily my cup of tea but I still listen.

In February it was announced that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter movies) is planning to launch her own vegan podcast. I am pretty excited and I hope it comes out soon!

The podcast market is definitely lacking in vegan podcasts and if anyone is ever interested in staring one, now is the time!

Do you listen to podcasts? Let me know your favorites!

Shark Week: A Review

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I finally got around to watching some of the Shark Week episodes that I wanted to see. The one highest on my list was Alien Sharks.  The write up was: Alien Sharks is back on Shark Week to find the strangest shark in the waters. Dr. Craig O’Connoll travels to the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert go into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the goblin shark. I love the specials where they go super deep because we see marine life that is super rare.

Some of the previews looked like they had pulled up some of the sharks which I thought was a little strange. They usually ventured to the depths instead of pulling them from their habitat but I thought ok, we’ll see what happens.

It starts off with meeting one of the teams while they went searching a Tokyo fish market looking for a goblin shark, hoping to either find one on ice or that the fishermen had seen some around.  While they were asking the fishermen there were shots of people processing fish-descaling and cutting huge chunks up to sell.

It became very evident that this show/the researchers did not care about any other marine life other than the sharks they were looking for.  The Tokyo team went out with a fisherman who, the reason he’d pulled up so many goblin sharks was because he put his nets so much deeper than others to pull up the big Japanese spider crabs that were “big money”.  The fisherman, when interviewed, actually said that the sharks were “trash” to him, which made me think what he did with them when the researchers weren’t with him. Does he throw them back or does he leave them to die on his boat because he’s too busy with the crabs? It’s also not unheard of for fishermen to just kill the sharks or other marine life that gets caught in the nets right away.

The first day the researchers went out with him they found a few different types of sharks and I assumed they were going to take measurements and throw them back. Nope. They brought a few back to shore with them to take measurements and pictures. Which means that the sharks that they had pulled from the ocean were dead. All of this footage was interspersed with shots of other fishermen throwing these STILL LIVING crabs into a bucket to get ready to sell.

The second team in Tasmania was looking for sawsharks, specifically to tag them to see how far they go. They brought up a bunch right away, tagged them and released them. One researcher attached a camera to one and was able to record some footage. (They had to retrieve the camera in order to get the footage). The second time they went out they went with a fisherman who regularly brings in and sells sawsharks.

Discovery Channel says they’re “committed to sharks and the health of our oceans” but they’re hiring fishermen who make their livings off of over fishing and selling sea creatures-some living some dead. The Tokyo fisherman seemed like he went out often for the crabs. Which, according to a Wikipedia article about spider crabs, “The population has decreased in number due to overfishing, forcing fishermen into exploring deeper waters to catch them”.

I was only able to watch this special online but during the commercial breaks, guess what made its appearance….yep commercials specifically mentioning the Shark Week specials at seafood restaurants.  I find it totally ironic that many of these specials, during Shark Week or other times, are supporting the conservation of animals and land while the commercials try to entice you to eat the very thing they’re saying to protect. Talk about dissociation amongst watchers. They even mentioned with the Tasmania team that regardless of what is brought up it’s sold and made into food (while showing images of fried fish).

After that episode which made my stomach churn, I really felt like I’d watched my last Shark Week but I decided to try at least one more. The other was about the great hammerheads and it was much better. Research by observation to figure out why they come and leave Bimini, Bahamas and with the intent to cause very little stress to the sharks. (Spoiler alert: the sharks are pregnant and feast up before heading back to their place of birth to have their pups. Also, these sharks have 20-50 pups at a time every two years! Crazy!!)

So I’m conflicted on Shark Week. There seem to be some great researchers who really care about protecting these animals while others say they care but go about really shady ways of researching. Do we not question them because they’re researchers? I understand that research has to involve some non-living specimens but can we focus more on seeing how they live while they’re alive rather than theories after they’ve been purposefully pulled from the ocean for studies?

 

P.S. A special Thank You shout out goes to my husband for listening to my long winded rant about Alien Sharks before it was put into writing.

Silk

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For the record, silk moths are pretty darn adorable!

I used to play a computer game, Where in Time is Carmen San Diego (showing my age right there with that sentence). It was my favorite game! In this game you would try to catch Carmen’s ‘goonies’ that escaped from prison and went through a time machine and were causing mayhem throughout time.  One place we went was Ancient China, Genghis Khan China, and in order to get information we had to help people along the way.  One woman we ran into was making silk and she needed help. So we found her worms, then fed them leaves. As soon as their cocoons were spun we put them in the pot of water and it bubbled and then a silk tapestry came out! Wow this is so cool, my 12-year-old self thought. And then I just kept moving through the game.

The thing I just realized now is that I believe the game led us to believe the worms had fun in their boiling bath and could go on to produce more silk. (I’m not 100% sure because that was quite a long time ago and such a small part of the game).

After the silk topic was brought back up in a podcast I was listening to, I decided to look into it more (silk, not the computer game).

Silk worms are gorged on mulberry leaves which causes them to make their cocoons. Once the cocoons are made the worms, fully in their cocoons are thrown into boiling water where the worms are dissolved and their cocoons become the silk fibers we know of.  It takes 3000 silk worms in order to produce 1 k (about 2 pounds) of silk. “It takes about 5000 silkworms to make a pure silk kimono.”

Apparently, there are different kinds of silk too that are produced by other insects. I think one reason why silk isn’t always thought of as a ‘problem’ in the vegan community is because it’s hard for us to relate to insects and think they have thoughts and feelings. Just because they’re creepy crawly and I don’t want them in my house does not mean that they don’t feel fear and pain just like we do.

If you really think about it, silk is not just cruel but pretty gross. You’re basically wearing worm secretions. You’re laying your head on a pillow case made from worm barf. I mean that’s how cocoons are created.

I know insects are pretty low on the ‘things to care about’ totem-pole, but why do bees matter more than worms? Or ladybugs more than spiders? They all have a place in this world just like cows, dogs, and us. Being a vegan means not consuming, wearing, or using any animal products and not exploiting them. As Dr. Seuss says, “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. This goes for animals too.

Shark Week

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Discovery Channel’s 2017 Line Up

The amazing Shark Week is next week! Something I’ve loved since I was a kid (along with most people it seems)! I love sharks and have since I got my very first Shark edition of Zoobooks Magazine in the mail in the 90s.  I’ve read that edition so many times that it’s falling apart…anyway…

When I was young, shark week was about learning about sharks and getting more information out to the public in the hopes that if people know about them, they’ll want to save them.  The exact opposite of all of the shark attack videos that are constantly being made.

However, Discovery Channel has decided to kick off Shark Week with a show called “Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives”. Sigh. I thought we had gotten past that. Well that’s what puts butts in the seats right? Showing sharks as mindless killing machines.

Sharks don’t kill just to kill…that’s serial killers. They kill because 1. they’re hungry or 2. they bit just to taste to see if humans are food and since we are so fragile, their teeth do major damage and people end up dying from their injuries.

In past Shark Week specials we learned that sharks are playful. We watched as a shark came up to the side of a boat and the researcher was able to touch its nose, push it to the side and the shark came back to do it again. We also learned that sharks don’t have ‘soulless black eyes’. There is actually a ring of blue around the black.

Growing up, I had a friend who lived in the Midwest and had never been to the ocean and her biggest fear was sharks. Where did this come from? From the fear porn surrounding sharks.

The more we learn about animals the more we love them and want to protect them. Shark fins are still a delicacy in (mostly) Asian cultures which to ‘harvest’ consists of cutting off the fins of sharks WHILE THEY’RE STILL ALIVE and throwing the body back into the ocean.  If sharks are constantly portrayed as mindless killers, who is going to want to protect them?

Instead of the shark attack shows and movies, let’s learn more about them. They’re fascinating and so many things are still unknown about them. Let’s try to find out more before they disappear all together.

Say it with me:

“I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”

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Engage

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A family member posted the photo shown at the beginning of this blog on Facebook.  Alarm bells went off in my head “THIS IS SO WRONG!!” This is nothing new.  Posts happen all the time without people looking into them and just assuming that they’re true, especially from this person.

I said to myself, Don’t engage…just scroll past…don’t engage...Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to myself.  I engaged.

I was the pushy, sarcastic vegan (I’m naturally sarcastic so that’s nothing I can help). I posted:  “Yeah you’re right. we shouldn’t try to find vegan alternatives to all those things (which exist) or at the very least try to minimize our contribution to animal suffering and do what’s best for our health.”

Then he claimed he was not against veganism in general but that organic farmers still use animal products to fertilize, etc.

My husband then intervened and posted a link to http://veganorganic.net/ which is a website that aims “to research and promote vegan organic (also known as stockfree organic) methods of agriculture and horticulture throughout the world so that green, clean and cruelty-free food becomes widely available.”

Which got no response.  What did get posted were bible verses about how God put animals on this earth for us….I’m not going to try to argue with someone’s religion (and I’m sure they knew that).  And frankly at that point I was done arguing anyway. (I posted a few memes but wasn’t going to get into it more).

The point is, that there are always people who will disagree with you and tell you why you’re wrong, from both sides no matter what you are arguing-politics, health, religion, movies, etc.  Every one of us slips up and wants to tell someone else why they’re wrong. I did this time and EVERYTHING was telling me to ignore it.  Next time I’ll probably ignore it but I do believe that we should stand up for what we believe in but also know when to stop.  Maybe next time I’ll be less snarky (which is pretty hard) and just post a fact about finding vegan alternatives and let others come to their own conclusion.  If someone is not ready for new information there is nothing you can do to change their minds about it.  It’s just going to make them stick their heels in and say “bacon” to everything you say.  We have to be accepting of other’s viewpoints just as we would want them to be accepting of ours. Yes, I totally agree that we shouldn’t be the ones called ‘zealots’ because we want to end animal suffering but that’s where all change started. With a group of zealots wanting to make a difference.

What The Health Review

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Holy shit guys….

I don’t even know what to say…

Watch it. That’s all.

 

Just kidding. I have more to say. But seriously, watch it.

This is a new documentary on Netflix by the makers of Cowspiracy and they did another amazing job.

There is so much information in this movie that I don’t know how they organized it in a way that made it easy to understand and follow. And when I say so much information, the first half hour was LOADED with so much information that I filled up my note pad and had to stop taking notes.

I don’t want to give too much away but my jaw dropped to the floor more times than I could count in just the first 15 minutes with health statistics.

Yes this is a very pro-vegan (plant-based) movie (obviously or I wouldn’t be talking about it) but one thing I noticed was that even if you didn’t give a rip about animal welfare, this movie has so many reasons for going vegan that have nothing to do with animal welfare.

Paraphrasing: when the body breaks down cheese it targets the same receptors in the brain as heroin does (to a lesser extent).  Meaning, it’s highly addictive.

My favorite thing they did was expertly expel the protein myth, the canine teeth for tearing meat myth, and the omnivore myth.

Two of my favorite protein myth quotes that I will be using from now on when I get asked “Where do you get your protein?”

The protein that humans get from animals comes from plants.

The diets highest in protein create diabetes, heart disease, cancer.

I also love that they showed strong plant-based people at the end, including the 300 Pound Vegan; debunking the myth that eating only plants makes you super frail when in fact everyone I’ve seen looks like they’re thriving. When I used to eat meat/dairy I would pick up milk from an Amish farmer and there was a woman who all she ate was meat, milk, and cheese (maybe eggs too, I can’t remember) but she looked like her skin was hanging off her bones.

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“Edgar your skin’s hanging off your bones.”

The first thing I said to my husband after watching this was ‘how can we get all of our family to watch this?’

If you figure out how…let me know.

 

Freeing Animals, One Step at a Time

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One day buddy…one day.

One small step on the ladder of saving animals! First it’s Sea World stopping the use of orcas (though not all the other animals the have in captivity but baby steps I guess or maybe we call them snail steps). Now New York City is banning the use of wild animals in circuses. And it wasn’t even close! “In a decisive vote of 43 to 6, the New York City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of wild animals in circuses”. WHAAAA?!

“Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post agree: The momentum of the animal rights movement is not going to stop with wild animal acts. In a few short years, they may “free wild animals from captivity by shuttering New York’s zoos,” warned The Daily News. “If the zealots can finish off the circus, they’ll set their sights on zoos and aquariums next,” the Post wrote bitterly. These editorials echo the worst fears of the lobbyists for a dying industry: First circuses, then racetracks, then labs, then aquariums, then zoos, then farms. “Don’t expect it to end here,” said the Post.”

HAHAHA! I find this so funny because it makes me giddy! Let me call out this quote:

“If the zealots can finish off the circus, they’ll set their sights on zoos and aquariums next,” the Post wrote bitterly.

First off, zealots…haha. Second off, YES! THAT IS THE POINT!!! Freeing animals from the circus is just a small step for the animals. Animal rights activists want ALL animals freed from places they’re being exploited. For vegans it’s not just no animal products, it’s anti-animal exploitation as well. And what are zoos, aquariums, and circuses? They are ONLY places where animals are being used to bring in money. That’s it. No one would go to a zoo with no animals and just nature documentaries playing.

My all time favorite quote from the article:

Animal advocates have turned the impossible into the inevitable.

And:

Everyone who was ever told to “man up” and “get over” cruelty to animals — anyone who was ever told that the exploitation of animals is simply a fact of life — can now say with confidence: “No. It doesn’t have to be this way. A better, kinder world is possible.”

(Can I just quote the entire article as a post?!) The meat industry has always lead society to believe that ‘real men’ eat meat and that meat=manliness. Hunting as well. I’m not saying it’s only men but it’s definitely seen as a ‘manly sport’ (different post about why hunting is not a sport). To me, a ‘real man’ isn’t cruel. He values life, in all forms.

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(Alright, last one)

So once again, I find myself agreeing with The Daily News: “[I]t’s hypocritical as hell for government to ban heavily regulated circuses while we put captive wild animals on display for our edification, nevermind put millions of other animals on our plates.”

EXACTLY!!! That’s what we’ve been saying ALL along. Why do you eat a burger and think that’s ok, while petting your dog? It’s completely hypocritical.

It’s one small step on the animal rights ladder but we’re working our way to the top! It’s a long, uphill battle but we’re doing it! Rights for all animals, not just our pets!

Read the article here. The NYC Circus Ban Is Just The Beginning  Seriously, it’s amazing!