Tag Archives: food

Syria, Europe – what to do?

It’s hard to find the words to describe how one feels seeing the pain and terror in Europe right now due to the humanitarian crisis unfolding and the mass migration of people.

Helplessness is easy. Finding the cause or next steps is hard.

A possible equation is as follows:

Animal agriculture -> deforestation -> Water drought -> global warming -> lack of wheat/bread (food) -> WAR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrHQ-96DTYA  in 2013 = Syria in food crises. Then follows war.

Eating Disorders affect up to 24 million Americans and 70 million individuals worldwide, while the rest of the world is starving or at war because of it. If history has shown us anything, it surely displays a record of hunger leading to really bad ideas like in WWII.

More so than ever we need to consider our own personal choices. What we put on our plates and how we treat Mother Earth matters. Please do what you can to help.

Happy Learning! 

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

If you had to sit down and watch any factual documentary about the environmental crisis facing the world today Cowspiracy is a top choice. Backed by Executive Producer and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, this educational video will showcase all the reasons you should adopt a more natural vegetable based diet ASAP.

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Basically animal agriculture is taking up too much forest space to grow crops to feed all the cows/animals we humans eat. Since humans can get all the protein they need from plant based foods, and the whole ‘eat meat for protein’ marketing-hoax has been exposed – there is nothing stopping you from adopting more vegetables, crops, roots, fruits, legumes, seeds, soy, rice, whey (the list goes on) into your diet right now in order to do your part to save the environment. Not to mention that eating a animal based SAD diet will give you cancer and heart disease pronto.

On the plus side, vegetarians are more lean, vegetarian bodybuilders and athletes are quicker to recover from injury, and eating vegan maximizes performance.

“Vegetarians tend to be leaner than meat eaters, even those who skin their chicken and trim the fat off their steak; and, in general, leaner persons tend to be healthier. Being lean does not mean being skinny. It means having a low percentage of body fat.” 

For those of you who like to run here is a list of vegetarian things to eat to maximize your run, and to see even more vegan success stories check out this link from Forks Over Knives!

Happy Learning! 

got some milk from a cow?

Its been long established that consuming milk from an animal is not good for humans. Weak bones, cancer, weight gain and bad skin is just some of the reasons to ease up on the amount of milk and cheese you consume per day.

The mecca of all things not milk is the site NOTMILK.COM.

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And when you think about it, why would big industry want us to feed this stuff to our little kids if there is so much evidence it can cause their developing bodies and brains – harm? As you can see below, it’s common that all these cows bleed from their udders. Then we ‘clean’ it up, throw it in a container and drink it?

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John A. McDougall, M.D has this excellent video on the dangerous side effects consuming cow milk will have on your health.

So, what’s the alternative? Glad you asked, as the list is long!

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Happy milking! 

the earth and its earthlings

Beyond any other documentary to watch about the extent of how humans have exploited animals is Earthlings. There is nothing quite like watching real footage of how humans have unleashed their own version of hell upon the planet – a much more horrid and grotesque version of hell than humans self describe in the Bible.

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Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research.  A good way to describe this movie is to say, there is life before and life AFTER watching EarthlingsBest quote to sum up the importance of this movie is:

“If I could make everyone in the world see one film,
I’d make them see EARTHLINGS.”-  Peter Singer, author Animal Liberation

Nothing can quite prepare you for staring hard reality right in the eye, or how you will feel once the wool has been pulled from your eyes. Here is Ellen DeGeneres describing her own experience seeing the movie for the first time and her continued journey of learning to live a more healthy life.

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Happy Learning!

forks and chopsticks

In the effort to learn more about how food is made in USA, sooner or later readers will come across Forks over Knives. It’s hard to summarize the effect this documentary might have on the way you view food, or you discovering how the government and massive corporations have lied to American families about what certain foods will do to their health and life quality.

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Not every viewer will walk away from the film and think that a plant-based diet is for them, but most will feel compelled to take a close look at the balance of their meal plan: How much meat and diary food are we eating today versus 50 years ago and what is it doing to the cancer rate in your community?

Eating Clean is a movement in this same direction: How and when should you swap a meal of heavily processed junk food for a home made meal with some vegetables? There is an excellent book on this topic from Reno as seen below.

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Most people can subscribe to a lifestyle that incorporates balance and moderation, especially if it offers joy and health in abundance.

Happy learning! 

agricultural construction

Growing up near farms and knowing farmers I thought that farms and the animals on them, even if they were raised for food, lead happy lives.

Then off course I realized that the American way of pushing quality down, prices down and always hunger for more profits – by higher quantities of purchases and wider market adoption had destroyed not only traditional towns, family bonds – but also agricultural construction. The movie Food Inc showcases this fact so clearly, and the scene of a mother loosing her 5 year old son in a horrid way to expired cow meat – a hamburger, is a gruesome thing to witness.

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Off course no one cares for an animal or a person, if those animals and people are working inside a factory farm of dark walls and concrete instead of on a green meadow. For centuries the art of raising crops or animals to feed people were a job of great honor in society, even though it wasn’t very glamorous, and it sad to see the great country of America destroy this tradition.

USA needs to break down its industrial agriculture and bring back the family farms. America also need to bring back its industries from abroad, and Americans must agree to pay a bit more for their product in order to sustain its own workforce. This will also ensure products of greater quality which can withstand the tooth of time and ensure a more environmentally friendly approach to consumerism.

Buy local, buy organic and ask your family farmer for a custom delivery of grass fed grass fished meat delivery to support their hard work.

Stay Healthy!

the art of eating

Not all food is created equal hence the modern concept “Not all calories are created equal”. More folks are battling their scales and waistlines, and 18% of American children aged 6–11 years were obese in 2012. So America decided that it’s OK that 1 out of every 5th child is overweight, and the number keeps climbing.

Big industry took over making the dinner plate and everything on it, as people chose to outsource their lives and homes and focus on their careers: Fast cars, degrees, houses, clothes, furniture, relationships.. Stress.  But the basic human act of making and eating a meal together is a very emotional and binding experience. It grounds us and has long been a staple in family lives. I recall reading “Eating Animals” and it really stuck a cord.

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As the art of eating basic homemade food went out the window, we saw a rise in the diet industry, eating disorders, cancer and heart problems. Not to mention the destruction of the country itself, and the risk to people when water supplies become polluted. I mean, Flint water crises anyone?

Aren’t anyone connecting the dots: It starts over there, but soon enough it will be here on your own doorstep. Then what? Who will fight for you when everyone else is already drinking poisoned water and getting sick for life? When is America going to get back to thinking about the collective community instead of the immediate need for the next fix of packaged and polluting junk food?

What happened to the American dream of enjoying childhood as an active and healthy kid fishing in the river and eating it for dinner?

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Happy Learning!