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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