As I stand here, about to face my imminent demise, I would like to reflect upon my short life on earth. I was taken away from my mother shortly after I was born and never saw her again. I will never know who my birth father is. I am only 5 years young….but I am tired, weak and ready to die. Continue reading
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I often wonder if chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are man-made. I know this is a bold thought, but it’s really hard for me to believe that we were created with the intention to suffer from disease. Unfortunately, there is no way we will ever know the answer to this notion, as it is beyond the scope of recorded medical history. At minimum, I believe there is enough current scientific evidence to suggest that the prevalence and increasing rate of chronic illness is attributable to mankind….that is, lifestyle and environmental conditions. Continue reading
In my opinion, there is a lot more to healthy eating than simple calorie counting. I believe that food source is equally important to our overall well-being. For example, I purposely avoid animal-based foods that come from a factory farm. Apart from finding the practices of factory farming objectionable, I feel that they compromise our health, the health of animals and the health of our environment.
Similarly, I make a concerted effort to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, wherever possible. My family and I frequent our local farmers market to buy organic locally grown produce. However, this can be a rather costly venture. For this reason, I have decided to take “local” to the next level in 2013 and create our own backyard farm!
Following are some chronological photos of my D.I.Y. veggie garden “project” this spring season, including some bumps along the way!! Continue reading
Every time I watch a video documentary on factory farming, it takes me hours (sometimes days) to forget the images of cruelty I witness. The lack of empathy for animals is simply traumatic. After all, animals live, breathe, think and feel just as we humans do. Hugging my dog can mend the wound, but it does not remove the scar. It begs the question….why watch these videos in the first place? Am I just torturing myself? I suppose it would be much easier to ignore these videos altogether and pretend that factory farming does not exist. But is that a worthy solution? In a way, it reminds me of the Edmund Burke quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” For that reason alone, I think it’s more important to be aware and informed, rather than comfortably burying my head in the proverbial sand. Continue reading
While I am far from a textbook vegan, I have a lot of respect for the content of this article. And the over-arching theme here holds very true, no matter what modification you intend to make. Diets do not work. Lifestyle changes do. If you want to create lasting change, it must emanate from your core.
Veganism is everywhere. It’s all over the news, grocery store aisles — even your friends and family are talking about it. Whether people choose a plant-based diet to save animals, manage cholesterol, get in shape, save the environment, or just to know what they’re putting in their body, the word “vegan” is making the shift from marginal to mainstream. But the one thing no one talks about is the #1 reason many vegan diets ultimately fail. To find out whether you’re heading for a cliff, you’ll need to ask yourself a simple question, the answer to which can spell victory or defeat in your quest to go vegan.
First, you need to understand that veganism isn’t a diet — it is a lifestyle. A diet is something you can go on and off for any given amount of time to achieve a short term result. A lifestyle incorporates diet with…
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Life’s most unlikely events will happen when you least expect them. Just when I thought that I had everything under control in my life, something triggered me to make a drastic and immediate change to my eating habits. This change has added years to my life and taken inches off of my waist. My about-face dietary transformation — in the eyes of my former self — can only be described as unorthodox and undesirable. But I now know that change was required and my current overall health is proof positive that the sacrifices were worth it. Following is a phase by phase look at how and why I decided to make a bodyweight and dietary transformation that changed my life for the better. Continue reading…