Check in, raw vegan, and shark finning

Well… it’s been quite a long time since I’ve written on here. I sometimes find it hard to write for people that I don’t know.. or maybe it’s pointless and I’m just writing for myself. But either way, I wish to share the things that I know and learn about health and food. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the years, and experimented with different diets and now I think I’m getting to where I want to be.

I’ve been experimenting with a raw vegan diet, after reading the book 80/10/10 and exploring 30bananasaday.com. I know that my friends and family will think I’m crazy for trying something that may seem extreme to them, but I would hope at this point they know me well enough and expect me to do this. I get all the questions like how do you get enough protein? Or how do you get enough calories? And then I think about how I’ve never actually met someone with a protein deficiency. In fact, I think the only way to be protein deficient is if you’re not eating at all and you become frail. I am eating over 1,700 calories on this diet, it’s just that I’m eating a lot of raw fruits and veggies. I slipped up for  a few days while on vacation. I ate a lot of pizza, chips, had too much wine, and sweets. And within 2 days I was getting lots of headaches, feeling so sluggish, and (sort of tmi) but I was blocked up. I like to be regular and drop the kids off at the pool at least 2x a day! When I can’t go even once, I get a little cranky lol. So now I’m home, I’m back to my raw food, and I feel so much better. I’m more alert, happier, and very regular. But what I really like about this diet are two things – 1. I can eat a ton of food and it’s not going to make me fat or sluggish, 2. It just seems natural. If we were living in the wild without tools or fast food, we wouldn’t be eating french fries even if they are vegan. We wouldn’t be eating rice, or bread. Rice cakes wouldn’t exist. We would be eating lots of fruit because it’s easy to obtain and eat, some leafy veggies, some carrots, and the occasional pure and fresh meat that isn’t loaded with chemicals. I choose not to eat meat for ethical reasons.

So I’m thinking about how animals are treated and I remembered that I recently heard about shark finning. That’s not something I’ve ever considered but apparently shark fins are a delicacy in China and Japan. What happens is sharks are caught, de-finned, and then released back into the ocean to struggle and die. Can you imagine if someone caught you, sliced your arms off and then just left you? It would be terrifying. It would be so painful. And you wouldn’t be able to survive unless you made it to the hospital. Unfortunately sharks don’t have access to doctors with stitches, and prosthetic fins. And why in the world would someone think “hey I want to eat a shark fin!” I just don’t get it. But it’s happening and it’s unfortunate.

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Abandoned Hen Farm

This is a perfect example of why i cannot support the egg and meat industry, and why I had to stop eating animal products. I have always been an animal lover for as long as I can remember… I never enjoyed eating meat and I remember my mother forcing me to eat it all the time as a child. In the past few years, I started to question why should we eat them, why should we eat eggs. Why should an animal suffer just for one silly meal?? We’ve always been taught that we need to eat meat for the protein. There are other sources of protein that don’t involve harm to animals. In my mind, eating an egg is not as bad – nobody died for that single egg, but obviously the entire process involves a lot of pain and torture for hens. When chicks are born, their beaks are burned off so that they don’t harm other chicks. They’re confined in small cages with little room for movement. They have to walk around in feces. It’s not a healthy way to live. And of course, hens are injected with hormones and antibiotics, and those chemicals end up in the eggs. I once saw some footage from a documentary called Earthlings. When the hens were past their prime, they were kicked and stomped to death since it’s easier and cheaper than using a humane way of killing. They don’t deserve this kind of treatment, not at all. We are all equals on this planet, and they deserve our kindness, love, and respect.

This video is taken from the website of the farm animal rescue organization Animal Place in California. http://animalplace.org/emergency-turlock-hen-rescue. Earlier this month, they rescued 4,000+ starving hens that were left to die at an abandoned hen farm. The farm had 50,000+ hens, most of which had already died from lack of food and healthy living conditions. Of the survicing hens, the organization has been working to find them healthy and happy homes, but they still have around 3,000 hens in their care. My previous job was at an animal shelter, and from my experience I know that a lot of food is required to keep that many animals alive. As you can imagine, the expense is extremely high. These hens require about $300 worth of food a day!! Please make a donation if you can – anything will help and is greatly appreciated.