LIVING FOR LOVE

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day struggle that we forget to show love and compassion for others and for our own health and well-being.  Here are some things you can do to reconnect with yourself and to provide on-going positive energy into our world.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISIONS

It is corporate media’s job to TELL YOU what products you should be buying, what medications to take and what food to eat.  They are in the business of making profits and are not concerned with your wellness.  Think about it.  Companies are not advertising foods that prevent positive health.  Television is notorious for selling the foods that perpetuate illness such as; high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. These diseases ensure drug companies maximize their profits by giving people the dependency to live longer with their illnesses without quality of life.

News networks are not independent and are only there to serve the corporations that own them.  Look to other news sources for things that are happening locally and internationally.  www.censorednews.com is a great resource.

RECONNECT WITH NATURE

By turning off your televisions from distraction, you are able to enjoy and be present to what is around you such as nature.  Reconnecting with our environment is an excellent way to restore health and piece of mind.  You can clear your mind from daily stress by going for a walk and breathing fresh air.  Going for walks allows you to get your blood flowing and burns calories.  This is a great opportunity to give back to mother nature.  Bring a garbage bag and pick up any garbage that can harm local wildlife and that makes where ever you are walking an eye sore.

MEDITATE

Meditation is a great way to release any stress that may be living inside of you.  Stress leads to emotional and physical disease.  There are many great resources to guided meditation.  A great resource is http://www.hayhouse.com

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Perform random acts of kindness.  Not only is this beneficial to the person receiving the random act – it’s great for those who initiate it.  This doesn’t have to be a monetary act – it could be in form of a compliment or even a hug.

LOVE is powerful.  LOVE creates positive change.  LOVE is the essence of where we all came from.  It is in us to give and it is for us to receive.

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LOVE

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A MOTHER’S CRY

I don’t know about you but I have a very special bond with my mother from as early as I can remember.  Was it the gentle way she spoke, the awareness she had regarding my sensitivities, how she took a keen interest in caring and nurturing me or was our bond strengthened due to my mother’s perseverance to save my life as a new-born?  I believe it to be a combination of all these things.

I know my mother has a special bond with each of my siblings – the bond and love is different for each of us.  She has formed bonds with each of my seven sisters in different ways – she has a special bond with my brother because he is the youngest boy but with me, I feel our bond is different.  As my bond with my mother is strong with each of her children – so is the bond that is created with every mother for her newborn child.  Now, imagine if that bond is broken, imagine if you were not even give a chance to bond with the person that has given you life.  It would be devastating.

Each time a baby animal is removed from her mother – this special loving, nurturing and tender bond is broken.  I can’t imagine the anguish and pain the mother and newborn go through once they are ripped apart from one another.  Here are some facts about cows and their newborns:

  • Calves are taken from their mothers as soon as two hours after birth.
  • Calves are fed a commercial milk replacer that is made from dried milk powder or they are fed milk that has been deemed unfit for human consumption.
  • Just as human mothers bond tightly with their newborn babies – mother cows have been reported to bellow for hours or even days after her calf is taken from her.
  • Multiparous females (those giving birth for the second time or more) have higher levels of oxytocin than primiparous (those giving birth for the first time).  This means that with each subsequent birth, a mother cow presumably grows more and more bonded to her calves, and it likely becomes more and more emotionally traumatized for the cow each time a baby calf is taken from her.
  • Just as the mother forms an immediate bond with her calf, the newborn calf also has an immediate bond to his or her mother and is healthier the longer it gets to bond with its mother.

Knowing the above – how can we knowingly subject a mother and her baby to this emotional distress?  Can we justify the distress and emotional pain the mother’s and babies go through for our own satisfaction?  Is the unhealthy, nutritious-free cheese and milk worth this trauma?  Female calves are born to endure this same cruelty the mother goes through and as for the males – they are subjected to a cruelty of their own due to its tender meat as veal.

It is known that milk from a cow has no nutritional benefit to humans.  In fact her are some truths about milk:

  1.  In observational studies both across countries and within single populations, higher dairy intake has been linked to increased risk of prostate cancer.
  2. Observational cohort studies have shown higher dairy intake is linked to higher ovarian cancer risk.
  3. Cow’s milk protein may play a role in triggering type 1 diabetes through a process called molecular mimicry.
  4. Across countries, populations that consume more dairy have higher rates of multiple sclerosis.
  5. In interventional animal experiments and human studies, dairy protein has been shown to increase IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) levels.  Increased levels of IGF-1 has now been implicated in several cancers.
  6. In interventional animal experiments and human experiments, dairy protein has been shown to promote increased cholesterol levels (in the human studies and animal studies) and atherosclerosis (in the animal studies).
  7. The primary milk protein (casein) promotes cancer initiated by a carcinogen in experimental animal studies.
  8. D-galactose has been found to be pro-inflammatory and actually is given to create animal models of aging.
  9. Higher milk intake is linked to acne.
  10. Milk intake has been implicated in constipation and ear infections.
  11. Milk is perhaps the most common self-reported food allergen in the world.
  12. Much of the world’s population cannot adequately digest milk due to lactose intolerance.

More information and references to the specific studies can be found via:

http://nutritionstudies.org/12-frightening-facts-milk/

There are healthier and more ethical choices than dairy, plant-based alternatives such as; almond, cashew, soy and coconut milks.  These are more nutritious for you and absolutely cruelty-free.  What we must do is unlearn all the lies that have been told to us about the benefits of milk and eating meat.  Most of these lies come from corporations who want to profit from these lies.  It is our responsibility to seek the truth and to gain awareness is the plight of those animals who are less fortunate than we are and ultimately pay the price with their lives for our ignorances.

Isn’t time we allow the bonding process between a mother and her baby instead of ignoring their cries?

Mom and calf

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

DOES EATING MEAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT?

There are many negative health implications related to a diet that is mainly made up of red meat.  In the last century, there have been huge increases in obesity due to poor diet and nutrition.  People are more keen to visit a fast-food restaurants rather than preparing their own food.  Fast-food corporations, with their endless marketing budgets, entice people with processed foods that are cheap and unhealthy and reaping the benefits of their unwillingness to take a more proactive approach to their health and well-being. 

What are the benefits to a diet high in meat consumption? (They are not really benefits):

  • High cholesterol and heart disease due to high fat and cholesterol content.
  • Conventionally raised beef contains hormones and antibiotics.
  • Processed meats (bacon, ham and sausage) are unhealthy due to their high fat, preservative and salt content.
  • The mistreatment and murder of animals. 
  • Obesity.
  • Linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart attack and cancer.

What many people are not aware of are the implications a diet high in meat has on our environment.  Factory farming is not only promoting cruel and the unethical treatment of many animals, it has a devastating effect on the environment, especially when we are seeing water shortages across the globe.  Here are some of the environmental implications:

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
  • Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (Co2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Methane is 25 – 100 times more destructive than CO2.
  • Methane has a global warming power 86 times that of CO2.
  • Livestock is responsible for 65% of all emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
  • Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050.
  • US methane emissions from livestock and natural gas are nearly equal.
  • Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) water use ranges from 70 – 140 million gallons annually in comparison, animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34 – 76 trillion gallons annually.
  • Agriculture is responsible for 80 – 90% of US water consumption.

All above facts are available via the following link:  http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

Our population is growing at an alarming rate.  Due to this population growth, the demand for meat grows and with the demand for more meat, there will be more deforestation (trees provide oxygen) and more demand for water.  Ask yourself, why is there such a huge increase in pulminary (asthma/bronchitis) disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancers and obesity?  The introduction of processed foods and factory farming are definitely contributing factors.  People are dying because of what they eat.  Does this seem right to you?  Our elected officials are not doing enough to contribute to a more sustainable future for the people those who have elected them.  They pander to big corporations who only care about their profits. 

We must take a more proactive approach to our health and our environment.  There are many people out there who have viable solutions to make our world more sustainable.  Isn’t it time to allow them to bring their initiative and ideas to the table?  Isn’t it time for REAL change and not the false identity of change our current leaders keep talking about?  Isn’t it time our governments stop spending money on war in favour of creating real positive change across the globe? 

The earth can’t sustain the population growth and our demand for more meat.  People must assess what is more important, the need to eat meat or saving our planet from destruction.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

IS YOUR FOOD CAUSING FATIGUE?

We all know and understand that food plays a very important role in how you feel.   We need to feed our bodies food that will provide proper nutrients and minerals so that we can have energy throughout the day and function at optimal health levels.  Our bodies will let us know what foods makes us feel good or make us feel bad. 

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF FOOD

A diet that consists of sugary, processed, meat and unnatural foods can increase cancer rates, diabetes, heart disease and stroke because of the artificial flavours and colours, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), MSG (monosodium glutamate), trans fat, antibiotics and hormones.  Here are some foods that are consumed in large quantities and why they are bad for your body and overall health:

Milk

  • Doesn’t provide the calcium our bones require
  • Increases risk of fractures
  • Mother’s milk is good for babies i.e., human to human, cow to calf, goat to goat, etc. once weaned off milk, animals and humans never need milk again.

http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/

Meat

  • Contain artificial preservatives which are very toxic to the body
  • Most meat today, contains antibiotics and hormones
  • Many animals are raised on foods that are unnatural to their diet and are fed GMO’s
  • Ingesting inhumane meat is unhealthy for the body and soul (the trauma and violence an animal goes through – all that negative energy is then consumed and lives within those who eat it)

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/the-secrets-out-the-reason-red-meat-is-so-bad-for-our-health/

Processed Foods (mostly boxed and packaged for longer shelf life)

  • Can be high in added sugars, low in fiber and whole grains, processed with sodium, high in fat or include trans fat and lots of saturated fat

Soft Drink/soda/pop/colas 

  • Too much sugar
  • No nutritional value
  • Could cause early menstruation in young girls

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF FOOD

Eating a plant-based diet consisting of 80% fresh, raw and organic produce is vital for our bodies to receive proper minerals and nutrients.  Eating a plant-based diet, consisting of more vegetables than fruit is beneficial for the following reasons:

  • More energy and less fatigued
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower risk of cancer
  • Better blood sugar 

You can provide the body all the proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals on a plant-based diet that includes whole grains, seeds and nuts.  Taking a proactive approach to our diet is a great way to prevent illness and maintain a healthy body.

Eating a vegetarian and vegan diet is not only a health benefit to you, it is an excellent way to be environmentally conscious and save hundreds of animals from being slaughtered/murdered.

http://www.forksoverknives.com/we-are-more-than-what-we-eat-the-hidden-benefits-of-eating-a-whole-food-plant-based-diet/

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 Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

BITE SIZE SCIENTIFIC FACTS…..

I recently purchased a book that has some excellent and easy to read scientific facts.  The book is entitled, ‘Bite-Size Science Everything You Need To Know About Science in Small, Easily Digestible Portions’ written by Robert Dinwiddie.  Here are just some of the facts:

ENVIRONMENT

The three main causes greenhouse gases:  Carbon dioxide (Co2) makes up about 74 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by human activity, methane about 16 percent, and nitrous oxide about 9 percent,  below are the relative contributions of different human activities to emissions of these three greenhouse gases.

Sources of Greenhouse Gases

  • 12% Road transport
  • 2%   Aviation
  • 2%   Other transportation
  • 28% Homes and offices
  • 31% Industry
  • 17% Deforestation and other changes in land use
  • 8%  Fossil fuel production, mining, and distribution

Nitrous Oxide Emissions

  • 6%   Industry
  • 26% Deforestation and other changes in land use
  • 62% Agricultural activities and by-products
  • 2%   Waste disposal and treatment
  • 4%   Other

Methane Emissions

  • 5%    Homes and offices
  • 7%    Deforestation and other changes in land use
  • 30%  Fossil fuel production
  • 40%  Agriculture activities and by-products
  • 18%  Waste disposal and treatment

Where have the extra carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases that have entered the atmosphere over the past 100 years come from?  Natural emissions of CO2, such as those produced by volcanic eruptions, are undoubtedly greater than those produced by human activity, but over periods longer than a few years CO2 emissions from these natural sources had been closely balanced by the absorption of the gas by natural “sinks” such as the oceans and green plants.  Climate scientists are therefore confident that most of the measured CO2 rise has come from the burning of fossil fuels-coal, crude oil, and natural gas-used to provide energy for transport and to generate electrical power and heating for industry, homes, and offices.  Much of the rest of the extra CO2 in the atmosphere has come from deforestation-the clearing of forests and the burning of wood.  This releases carbon that was previously “locked up” in trees in the form of cellulose or other carbon-containing chemicals.  Some additional CO2 emissions come from the mining, production, and distribution of fossil fuels.

If we continue to demand so much of our planet and continue to deplete our natural resources by deforestation, drilling and relying on fossil fuels, what will our future planet look like?  Isn’t it time we really think about preserving our rivers, lakes, oceans and forests and move towards a more sustainable and renewable energy sources?

HEALTH

The resting body uses energy at the same rate as a standard 100-watt lightbulb.

Thinking uses a lot of energy – the brain consumes one-fifth of all the energy used by a body at rest.

The recommended daily limit of salt is 6 grams (1/2 oz) yet some ready-made meals contain three times this amount.

If a food label lists “sodium” instead of “salt,” multiply the amount of sodium by 2.5 to get the quantity of salt.

Food is fuel.  Like any machine, the human body needs fuel for energy – to move around, keep warm, and to power the heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and even thinking.  But food is more than fuel.  It also supplies nutrients and raw minerals for growth, maintaining and repairing body tissues, and making sure all internal processes work smoothly.  So what you eat is as important as how much.  This leads to the idea of the food pyramid.  It shows foods we should consume in large amounts, those to limit, and those to avoid.  A “balanced diet” means eating the correct amounts, in proportion, of a range of dietary components.  

Carbohydrates provide energy.  They are found in starchy foods like grains, breads, pasta, and potatoes.  Proteins supply amino acids for tissue growth, maintenance, and repair.  They are mainly found in meat, fish, dairy produce, and legumes.  Fats and oils are needed for body tissues like nerves, but only in small amounts.  Plant oils are healthiest.  Vitamins and minerals are required for hundreds of internal processes; among the best sources are cereals and cereal products, and fresh fruits and vegetables, all of which also supply dietary fiber.  Foods of animal origin also supply many vitamins and minerals.  Last and far from least is water – in general at least two to three quarts (or litres) should be drunk a day.

KEY POINTS

  • The bulk of your intake should be cereal products such as whole grain bread, vegetables, and fruits.  These provide energy, vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber.
  • Put a limit on foods high in fats, oils, and sugars, such as chocolate.  They are “empty calories” with too much energy and few other nutrients.
  • Alcoholic drinks provide calories (energy) from their alcohol and carbohydrate content, but little or no other nutrients.  High consumption of alcoholic drinks is a frequent contributor to weight gain.
  • Too many sugary foods such as cookies and cakes give a “rush” of energy that soon fades.  The body prefers the slow release, complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, potatoes, and other starchy vegetables.
  • Animal fats and oils in red meats, processed meats such as salmis and burgers, fried foods, and cheeses are linked to high cholesterol, obesity and heart disease.

So it is true that  we are what we eat and that our bodies should be treated like temples.  Treat your body with kindness, love and respect and feed it a mostly plant-based diet and it will give you vitality, happiness and health.

Along with the information shared above on the environment and our health, this book provides so much more information about other issues such as; particle physics, the big bang, climate change, drug abuse, health scares, human genome, Einstein & relativity, black holes, Darwinian evolution, alternative fuels, cloning, animal testing, stem cell research and so much more.

Robert Dinwiddie has worked for over 30 years as a science writer, editor, and educator in a variety of media, including books, magazines, and electronic publishing.  Holding an MA honours degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, he has written, edited, or contributed to scores of science-related books on a wide range of subjects ranging from astronomy and earth science to medicine and modern-day technology.

You can purchase a copy of the book at your favourite bookstore.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF DAILY!

Have you ever thought about how you treat yourself on a daily basis?  Have you took notice of how you react to other people and certain situations?

I try to take notice of everything I say and do to myself or to others because ultimately, what you do or say affects every aspect of your physical and emotional state.

Why should we get angry and irritated about getting stuck in traffic?  It is frustrating but, you don’t know the reason for the jam.  If the traffic jam is a result of someone dying in this accident, wouldn’t that make the complaining pointless and irrelevant?  Wouldn’t your mood instantly change from anger to gratitude that you are alive and empathy for the friends and family of the person who died?

Why hang on to thoughts of anger, sadness and anxiety?  These thoughts will only allow the low-energy feelings to stay with you.  Next time you feel this way – try to acknowledge these feelings and think about the events that may have brought on these feelings.  Could it be an inter-action you had with a family member, co-worker, friend or spouse?  Could it be something you ate?  Could it being medication or recreational drugs and alcohol?  Recognizing what brought on these low-level energy feelings is the first step in moving towards creating postive change and positive feelings.

Motivate yourself by feeding your body and mind the things that promote positive energy.  If someone in your circle of friends is creating “static” in your life and becomes a beacon of negativity – remove yourself from that circle until the situation changes.  This is relative to family members as well – if a family member is sucking the positive energy out of you and only spews negativity, maybe it’s time to stay away from them for a while.

If low-level feelings are brought on by your job, maybe it’s time to think about changing careers.  Think about something you are passionate about and make that your job.  If you eat a lot of fast-food, carbonated soft drinks, milk or other processed foods and have many low-energy thoughts, maybe it’s time to incorporate more organic and plant-based foods into your diet.  Even the lack of exercise can bring on low-level energy feelings….change this by going jogging, doing yoga, weight-lifting, cycling and something as simple as going for a walk in the park.  

You will be surprised how much clarity, good emotional and physical health you can receive by incorporating a plant-based diet and exercise program into your life.  Don’t you deserve to have optimal emotional and physical health.  Should you not have a more holistic and proactive approach to your well-being as opposed to  medicating it with pharmaceutical drugs or unhealthy food?

Don’t be too judgemental about what you do.  Approach this part of life as an educational process.  You have learned all your current habits and you can certainly un-learn them.  Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail at something or you don’t reach a goal you set for yourself – just pick yourself up and move forward.  Acknowledge your low-level feelings with love and thank the universe for allowing you to address them.

Isn’t it time to be kind to yourself?  By being kind to yourself, you ensure that you are kind to others.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING YOUR BODY?

What we put in our bodies can actually promote positive energy or negative energy in how our bodies relate and respond to whatever it is we are giving it. 

We all know that processed foods are junk and can have a diverse affect on your health and long-term well-being.  Processed foods may even cause death.  The food and lifestyle choices we make can have a diverse affect not only directly to your health but on the environment as a whole.  (Cattle ranching/factory farming/pollution/waste).

Thinking about just the food you consumed, ask yourself, how has this food affected your body and mind?  Did you drink enough water?  Have you consumed enough vegetables, fruits, beans and seeds to give your body the vitamins and minerals required to ensure you have sufficient energy for your daily activities?  Are you feeding your body carcinogens that promote cancer in your body or feeding it fresh and organic foods that decrease your cancer risks?

What fast-food chains (McDonald’s/Burger King/KFC/Wendy’s/Tim Horton’s) promote:

  • increased risk of diabetes, heart attack and high blood pressure.
  • animal cruelty.
  • pollution (water and air).
  • deforestation (for factory farms/cattle ranches/pig farms).
  • excessive landfill waste from garbage that can’t be recycled.
  • low wages for employees but huge profits for shareholders and CEO’s.
  • bankruptcy for local farmers who can’t compete with BIG corporations.

What other things can have a diverse affect on your body?

  • pharmaceutical drugs
  • excessive alcohol
  • lack of exercise
  • breathing polluted air
  • over-the-counter drugs (allergy, sinus, headache, and all other medications for minor ailments) ***many of these medications can be stopped with proper diet and nutrition***
  • excessive recreational drug use

When we are armed with the right information and really listen to our bodies, we can have tremendous and positive effect on bodies both physically and mentally.  Try this experiment….remove all ‘white’ foods from your diet – sugar, flour, bread, pasta and notice how your body feels (after the withdrawals of course).  If you have sinus infection or allergies, remove milk from your diet and substitute it with rice/soy or almond milk.  Migraines and high blood pressure???  Remove meat from your diet for a month and notice what happens.

We have all been bombarded with lies and misconceptions about what our bodies require.  These lies and misconceptions mostly come from companies who are dependent upon our lack of knowledge and education.  As a matter-of-fact, these companies (Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Neilson, KFC, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, etc) they profit from our distractions and our unwillingness to education ourselves.  These BIG corporations work with governments to ensure their agendas are being met by pushing legislation that benefits these corporations.  Think about it – if people are not becoming sick, how can pharmaceutical companies make money, how will hospitals treat the sick, how will insurance companies deny their clients health claims?  By being vigilant and proactive in our health, we not only benefit ourselves but our environment, the local economy, small businesses, local farmers, animals, our environment and our planet.  By NOT being distracted, we can also hold our governments and corporations accountable for the damage they are doing to us and to our planet.

I’m sure most of us prefer a life free of genetically modified food, meat that isn’t pumped with steroids and antibiotics, vegetables and fruits without damaging pesticides, water that is clean and air that we can breathe.  That is not reality right now because we are not demanding these rights.  Is it not time to clear your mind and body of all the toxins and distractions that these corporations and our governments are feeding us?  Would it not be great to finally live an authentic life without the influence of poisonous foods and drugs?  Isn’t it time that we cleanse our bodies and minds?  When we remove the slave mentality that our governments and big corporations have instilled in us, we become better people, better communities and a better world.  All you have to do is start with your food.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

CHRIS BEAT CANCER!

Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003, at the age of 26.  Chris decided to have surgery but declined the chemo treatments and concluded that through nutrition and natural therapies, he would heal himself.  Today, Chris is alive and cancer-free. 

I’m sure that you are thinking:  how is this possible without modern medicine and technologies?  It’s quite simple and as Chris stated – he did it with proper nutrition and natural therapies.  Here is a short video Chris shared of a cancer-busting salad he credits for assisting him in becoming cancer-free:

To learn more about Chris Wark please visit his official webpage for some great tools and resources to help anyone who is going through a similar and life-changing event.  http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

MISCONCEPTIONS OF CARNIVORES

I used to be a carnivore and had the disposition many of my carnivore friends have today.  I remember asking the same questions many meat eaters ask their vegetarian and vegan friends.  I know that many of these questions come from the lack of education on the topics of vegetarianism and veganism.  Most people who don’t particularly live a certain lifestyle would never understand that lifestyle.  So in order to debunk some of the myths and misconceptions they have on why I choose to be a vegan – I will address many of their questions.  I hope this post allows you to appreciate my choice in becoming a vegan.

Friends – Why did you become vegetarian/vegan?

Me – Like most families, I was raised to believe that we needed to eat meat in order to have proper nutrition and being Portuguese – I ate many types of meat, your usuals like; fish, chicken, beef and the not-so-usual; rabbit and octopus.  I never question why we ate meat – it was something that we just had to do.  I did enjoy chicken and turkey but wasn’t really big with red-meat and fish.  I had vegetarian friends and I remember becoming very defensive whenever they would be invited to parties or dinners.  I thought they thought they were better than me and that we had to cater to their food choices.  It was very ignorant on my part – instead of asking questions, I just judged them and assumed that they wanted to throw their lifestyle choices in my face.  I watched a video of rabbits screaming and that did it for me – I vowed never to eat meat again because if this is the type of abuse I was supporting, I wanted no part of it.  That was over 7 years ago.  I have since become an educated vegan and know that eating meat is not essential to my diet.  So becoming vegan was strictly for ethical reasons, for me.

Friends – Where do you get your protein from?

Protein doesn’t only come from animals.  Here is where my protein comes from:

FOOD AMOUNT PROTEIN PROTEIN
    (gm) (gm/100 cal)

Tempeh 1 cup 31 9.6
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 29 9.6
Seitan 3 ounces 21 17.5
Lentils, cooked 1 cup 18 7.8
Black beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.7
Kidney beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.8
Chickpeas, cooked 1 cup 15 5.4
Pinto beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.3
Lima beans, cooked 1 cup 15 6.8
Black-eyed peas, cooked 1 cup 13 6.7
Veggie burger 1 patty 13 18.6
Veggie baked beans 1 cup 12 5.0
Tofu, firm 4 ounces 11 10.6
Tofu, regular 4 ounces 10 10.7
Bagel 1 med. (3.5 oz) 10 3.9
Quinoa, cooked 1 cup 8 3.7
Peas, cooked 1 cup 8 6.6
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), cooked 1/2 cup 8 15.0
Peanut butter 2 Tbsp 8 4.1
Veggie dog 1 link 8 13.3
Spaghetti, cooked 1 cup 8 3.7
Almonds 1/4 cup 8 3.7
Soy milk, commercial, plain 1 cup 7 7.0
Whole wheat bread 2 slices 7 5.2
Almond butter 2 Tbsp 7 3.4
Soy yogurt, plain 8 ounces 6 4.0
Bulgur, cooked 1 cup 6 3.7
Sunflower seeds 1/4 cup 6 3.3
Cashews 1/4 cup 5 2.7
Spinach, cooked 1 cup 5 13.0
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 4 6.7
Sources: USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24, 2011 and manufacturers’ information.
The recommendation for protein for adult male vegans is around 63 grams per day; for adult female vegans it is around 52 grams per day.

Sources:  http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

Friends – If you chose to become vegan for ethical reasons why do you eat plants their alive?

Me – I know that plants are living things, but they are not sentient (having the power of perception by the senses) plants can’t register pain because they have no nerve endings or nervous system.  Animals have a consciousness and can express emotion, they have survival skills and understand when they are threatened.  This is why I choose not to eat them or buy anything that is derived from their suffering. 

Friends – Why are most vegetarians and vegans so militant?

Me – Like many activist groups, there are those who are so emotionally attached to their cause and they feel the only way to get their message across is to be blatant about it.  My approach is somewhere in the middle.  I do support PETA – they are very direct in getting the message of animal cruelty across, there is no gentle way of showing how animals are inhumanely treated.  I have found it is those who question me about being a vegan that are very abrupt and angered by the choices I have made.  I keep hearing friends say “why do you have to throw your veganism in my face” – I really never do.  What I do have to do is ask questions regarding what is on the menu when I am invited to a dinner party or ask what restaurant people are going to when I’m invited out to ensure I am able to eat there.  This isn’t being militant or disruptive – it is being prepared.  Dinner parties and restaurants cater to those with carnivorous appetites – it is what is known.  

Friends – Aren’t you tired of eating leaves and salads?

Me – Being a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t limit you to eating just salads.  There are so many great foods that can be substituted for meat such as tofu, tempeh, lentils, beans, etc.  I can eat meatless burgers, pastas, soups, salads, tacos, pizza, fajitas etc….I just choose to buy plant-based foods that are organic and healthier for than processed foods.  I even drink vegan wine (Yellow Tail, Australian Shiraz).

Like I have said many times and to so many people – I didn’t become a vegetarian (and then vegan) to make your world more frustrating.  I did it to make me feel better.  I no longer contribute to the inhumane treatment of animals, I have become slightly healthier and I have decreased my carbon footprint by becoming vegan.  Here are some facts and statistics on the benefits to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle:

  1. Entire cultures of people in many regions of the world who eat mostly whole plants—suffer almost none of the chronic diseases that plague the wealthier nations.
  2. Migrant studies show clearly that when the above “peoples” move to the west that after adopting our diet-style, they soon experience the same frequency of chronic diseases as we do.
  3. The animals in the wild with DNA almost identical to human (gorillas and chimpanzees) eat nothing but raw plants.
  4. There is a mountain of clinical and scientific evidence proving disease prevention and/or reversal of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
  5. Not only is eating lots of meat, dairy, eggs and fish taking its toll on our health, it’s also extremely wasteful of our natural resources and harmful to our environment.  For all of these reasons, it is simply unsustainable: not enough land, not enough water and not enough energy.

Sources: 

http://hpjmh.com/2012/06/26/preponderance-of-evidence-for-mostly-plants/

http://www.thechinastudy.com/?s=benefits+of+plant-based+diet

We all make the choices we do in life.  My choice was to ask questions and not just believe that we do the things we do because they have always been done this way.  I never bothered looking for more than one answer and always felt that the reason we did anything was because that it was right.  I am not perfect and my lifestyle choices don’t make me better than anyone else.  What my vegan lifestyle choice has done – is made me a better person for myself.  I love that I have chosen a healthier lifestyle.  I love that I have decreased my carbon footprint but most of all, I love that I don’t contribute to the suffering and inhumane treatment of any animal.

Together, we can make the world a more postive one!

INFORMATION about a VEGAN DIET

Here are some clips to help and educate you on veganism:

Great resources for starting a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle:

PETA – How to go vegan:  http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

VEGAN SOCIETY – great resource with information and recipes on how to start a vegan lifestyle:  http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/food/

LIVING GREEN MAG – veganism and the environmental impacts:  http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/02/13/energy-ecology/veganism-the-environment-by-the-numbers-infographic/

Becoming vegan is a lifestyle choice – For me, it became hard to differentiate the difference between a domesticated animal versus all other animals.  It became difficult to eat a burger and not be fully aware that it was a living, breathing soul before it ended up as food on my plate.  The decision was clear – no more animals.  People continue to ask what I eat and are perplexed that I don’t eat, wear or purchase any products that were made on the suffering of any animals.  I drink vegan wine (Yellow Tale is my favourite – Australian Shiraz), I eat desserts, pizza’s, lasagna, burgers, fries…..but they are all made with plant-based ingredients.  Here are some of the dishes I have made:

TOFU “Egg” Salad Sandwich

Tofu Egg Salad Sandwich (9)

Mixed bean salad with tofurkey Italian “sausage”

Mixed Bean Salad with Tofurkey Italian Sausage

Meatless scallopine, mixed bean salad, and whole grain rice

PC meatless Scallopine with Seasoned Rice and Mixed bean and Vegetable Salad (8)

Breakfast jambalaya – seasoned tofu, vegetables and home fries

Rob's Breakfast Veggie Jambalaya

Vegan “chicken breast”, roasted potatoes and sautéed brocoli

Meatless Chicken Breast with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

We are only limited if we choose to be.  If you were told that eating a vegan lifestyle would promote a healthy mind and body, save countless animals from genocide/murder and help sustain our environment, wouldn’t you at least try?  We have become so conditioned to believe certain things.  These beliefs have helped corporations and governments make billions of dollars.  Isn’t it time you think for yourself and open your mind to the benefits that so many people are talking about?  Imagine cutting your prescription medications, having more energy, clearer skin, clearer thoughts, and healthier body.  Becoming vegetarian/vegan isn’t as hard as people claim it to be – that really is another myth that the meat and dairy industry would like you to believe. 

I am not condemning anyone who chooses to eat meat – I know that there are many meat eaters that are loving and caring individuals.  One day – my hope is that they have the same awareness as I do…..if you love animals so much and have compassion for them – why continue to eat them?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!