Monthly Archives: October 2013

Love bacon?

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Everywhere I look I see bacon. Bacon-wrapped this and bacon topped that. Chocolate covered bacon. T-shirts that proclaim a love of bacon. Bacon earrings (ok they weren’t really made of bacon). Bacon ice cream. You get my point.

At the grocery store or in restaurants I guess it’s not really that expensive but how would I know, I don’t buy it. But what is the REAL cost of bacon? How do you put a cost on someone’s miserable life? How do you put a cost on inconceivable and unnecessary cruelty?

Pigs are highly intelligent, social and curious animals. Smarter than your dog. They know their names at 2-3 weeks of age. They’ve even been taught to play simple video games. Yet despite all this they are treated among the worst of all factory-farmed animals. They are forced to spend their lives living in gestation cages that measure about 2 feet wide, too small to turn around and barely stand. Smarter than your dog, I repeat. What effect do you think that has on a highly intelligent and social animal? If someone treated a dog that way we would prosecute them, wouldn’t we? Yet as a society we turn our heads and pretend it isn’t happening, but it is.

The bacon you eat is energetically contaminated. It should actually be recalled.

You don’t have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to take a stand against animal cruelty. Please join me in signing this petition against Walmart, who sources all their pork from facilities that still use these gestation crates.

If you want more information on pig gestation crates, please click here. 

This is how a pig prefers to live! Nadine at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

This is how a pig prefers to live! Nadine at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

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My Peanut Butter Cup Obsession

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I can barely look at the photos of these lil’ cuties without salivating! I told my husband the other day that peanut butter cups are my favorite food. He laughed. I was serious. Still am. Actually, I’m a self-proclaimed “PB Cup Expert”.

I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten more than any other human. My favorite always was the coveted Reese’s PB Cup. I loved it in its pristine state, made into ice cream, part of a sundae (F-r-i-e-n-dly, it’s Friendly’s in the summertime!), made into a pie, a cake, etc. What I loved about Reese’s was the peanut butter part. It has texture and is a little bit salty. Yum!

But I’ve tried others. Lot’s of wannabes. I was always disappointed in the peanut butter part. Often it was sickeningly sweet, too smooth of a texture and artificial tasting.

After becoming vegan I’ve tried some others (Justin’s and Newman’s Own) and enjoyed them but didn’t love them. THEN I found Alicia Silverstone’s recipe and bam! Damn! Hot diggity! Winner-winner- pb-cup’s-for-dinner!

I have no words for how delicious they are, just drool.

Goodbye Reese’s, I’ve outgrown you…

GMO’ed

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Wtf? I mean really. Anyone who thinks we don’t have the right to know if our food is genetically modified is INSANE. 64 countries require the labeling of GMO containing food. Obviously absent, the good ole’ USA. Wtf?

The scientist are pissed because they don’t think the public needs to know about scientific intervention. Well when it’s going in my mouth, I damn well deserve to know.

I learned this week during the GMO mini-summit that genetically engineered seeds are made by the chemical companies (Monsanto, Dupont, Dow, Bayer,etc) and they are very expensive. Genetically modified cotton seeds have seen a 8000% increase in India. Because of this and the debt that farmers are forced to accrue, 50% of India’s farmers have committed suicide. What!?!?!?

I happen to be in a town that has a Whole Foods so tonight as I gathered some supplies for a hotel room dinner, I looked for products that called out they were GMO-free. It felt good to flip off “the man” (whomever that really is!).

Until there are studies that actually prove GMO’s are safe for consumption, I will avoid them the best that I can. In the meantime, “the man” is getting nervous, good for him!

Practically Vegan

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I recently read an article where Carrie Underwood was interviewed and she called herself a “practical vegan”. I was intrigued but what she meant. She meant that she eats vegan but if she is served a dish that has some cheese sprinkled on top or around the edge of the plate, she doesn’t send it back, she deals with it. As someone who has a deep history of rigidity regarding food, I appreciated what she said.

Today I travelled to Florida (specifically Disney World) for a national meeting for work. At lunch I had a wonderful Tuna Nicoise salad sans tuna that was served with a beautiful slice of olive bread. As I took a bite of the delicious olive bread I could taste the butter. I ate it. Then I felt the regret. I’m new to vegan living and eating away from home presents challenges. Mostly that I don’t always know how things are prepared. So I had the choice of whether to let it go or dwell on it for eternity.

I let it go. 

Veganism is True Soul Food

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securedownloadI’ve spent pretty much my entire life feeling not good enough. Always believing there was something wrong with me and always finding “evidence” that my belief was true. I used food to feel better. But it betrayed me and caused me to gain weight which was the perfect button for my older brother to push. Fatso, Thunder Thighs, Fatty, etc. Nowadays we call this bullying but back then it didn’t have a name other than “sibling rivalry”. It’s just what brothers do to sisters I was told. So I snuck more food and ate to try to make myself feel better. Now I had the shame of being fat, the shame of sneaking food and then the eventual shame of having to lie about where such-and-such food went in the house.

It all turned upside down when I was told I had “better watch it” in regards to my weight. Now the jig was up. It was now confirmed that I wasn’t good enough. So I started to diet and weight I did lose. I started to feel good, I received praise. Finally I thought I might be enough.

I decided that by taking up less room on the planet, I somehow became worthy. At less than 90 pounds I felt vindicated. Even empowered. I finally shut my brother up but I was now in a self-imposed jail cell. I was terrified of food and gaining weight. I became a  vegetarian during my anorexic year(s). I don’t often offer that up when asked why I became a vegetarian but the truth is it was easier to eliminate entire food groups to satisfy my disease.

I’ve wrestled with this many times over the years. How can I claim recovery from an eating disorder if I still maintain some of it’s rules?

I never liked eating meat. I hated the texture and when I did give it up, it was truly effortless. I’ve done a tremendous amount of soul searching when it comes to regaining my life and not going back to eating meat has always just felt natural to me. It’s part of who I am. I believe I was born to be on a plant-based diet.

So when I embraced veganism earlier this year, it was the first time I chose to eat a certain way for reasons other than my body weight. I think it is why I feel so energized by eating this way, I’m finally eating for my soul and not my head!

Flying Vegan

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My job as a corporate trainer causes me to travel alot. I have status with Delta and Southwest airlines and the gate agents now know me at my home airport. I know what all the dings mean on an airplane (the first indicating it is “now safe to use approved electronic devices”). As a vegan I am usually forced to check my luggage because I travel with a small cooler and ice pack unless I’m renting a car and will have time to shop. I’ve travelled across the entire country (from east to west coast) with a cooler full of greek yogurt (before going vegan!).

But the hardest part of it all is finding quality vegan food in an airport. Sure there’s tons of carbs to choose from (chips, bagels, pretzels) but I’m always looking for protein. Good luck! Tofu, never seen it. Tempeh, what’s that? Beans, maybe. Hummus, possibly.

I bring my own. I travel with baked tofu which happens to be made in Rochester, NY, about four hours from where I live so I tell myself I’m eating local when I eat it:) And I’ve been known to bring some baked tempeh along as well, it travels well.

Last week I even brought tofu into a restaurant while in St. Louis. Am I the only one that does this?

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Hell no GMO!

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Wow, things are really starting to shake up around GMO’s. My inbox is filled with emails regarding GMO’s. There is a FREE upcoming tele summit that you must consider attending. It’s that important. Click here to register!

So why should you care about GMO’s….genetically modified organisms? Because they are created in laboratories. This is not selective breeding where a farmer took an apple tree that produced alot of apples and grafted it with one that grew low to the ground so the apples where easier to access. GMO’s are foods that are produced from combining genes of DIFFERENT organisms. Like a fish and a tomato. Yuck!

According to the Non-GMO ProjectHigh-Risk Crops are identified as:

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

Vegan or Paleo, there seems to be no escape here from GMO’s in our food supply. While the debate is ongoing about whether GMO’s are harmful, I deserve to know if what I’m eating is genetically engineered or not and dammit, so do you!

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