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Old Mother Hubbard was really just an over indulgent dog owner – Day 13 of my Food Journey


When I was younger (and much MUCH poorer.) I used to look at my tragically bare cupboards and think “When my cupboards and fridge are full of food is when I will know that I have achieved success.”  That was my measuring tool and my goal.  When you go to sleep hungry more often than not, food becomes a very desired end goal. Well – I am happy to say that I have arrived… at least as far as Old Mother Hubbard is concerned.  And I’m actually a lot like that gray haired, crotchety, old broad. When you really dig into the story about the dog and the bone and cupboard you’ll see that the poor lady busted her ass day after day to make sure that her goofy dog was happy.  I know I feel like that sometimes. I crank out dish after dish so that my boys can eat healthy and satisfying meals, deserts, and snacks throughout the day.  I’m not complaining… actually I think that Hubbard went way too far trying to please that lazy ass, prank playing, manipulative, sneaky dog.  Nursery Rhymes are the worst, aren’t they?

We are fortunate that now our pantry is very large. About as big as our last house was. We are also fortunate that it is full almost all the time with multiples of everything we could ever need to make anything we could ever want – I call it our grocery store.  My husband, Son, and our numerous house guests are fortunate that I behave like I am running a barrack in the military when it comes to how it is maintained, organized, and stocked.  I do have OCD issues, but they serve me pretty well when it comes to stuff like this.

Here’s a little photographic proof I am nuts about the way my cupboards function:




The actual reason I am posting this is not to tell you about what a whack job I am with cleaning my fridge out three times a week or how I might be slightly insane enough to be compared to a nursery rhyme nut job from 1805.  No.  It’s because I know now, after 5 years of cooking relentlessly, that you MUST have a completely stocked pantry (and fridge) to cook delicious food.  The only thing I always need from the grocery store is fresh food like fruit, veggies, tofu… As long as I have a few fresh items in the house I can always make a GREAT meal, and because I cook slightly off center from the majority of the flesh eating world, I thought it might be a good idea to share what I feel are the absolute Pantry Must Haves if you are going to maintain a healthy diet for any length of time.  So here’s that list now… and I can promise that you will find nary a bone on it:

Pantry staples:
brown rice
long grain rice
sweet brown rice
Basmati rice
red/yellow/green lentils
black beans
white beans
black eyed peas
split peas
yellow/white popcorn
rice/soy/almond milk
coconut milk
apple juice
apple sauce
pure fruit jams and jellies
steel cut oatmeal
rolled oats
brown rice cereal
maple syrup
brown rice syrup
local raw honey
hazelnuts (filberts)
pine nuts
flax seed
chia seed
sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
shredded coconut
agar agar
dried daikon radish
extra virgin olive oil
coconut oil
avocado oil
sunflower oil
walnut oil
red wine vinegar
sesame oil
Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acid
ume plum vinegar
champagne vinegar
brown rice vinegar
mirin (rice cooking wine)
liquid smoke
Franks red hot
bread crumbs
nutritional yeast
jar salsa
vegetable broth
mushroom broth
quinoa flakes
all purpose flour
sprouted spelt flour
whole wheat flour
millet flour
semolina flour
almond meal
coconut palm sugar
vegetable shortening
silken tofu
brown rice pasta
multi grain pasta (quinoa or quinoa blend)
olives (variety)
sun dried tomatoes
canned pumpkin
sweet potatoes
My refrigerated staples:
umoboshi plums
miso (3-4 kinds)
Dijon/Yellow/German mustard
peanut butter
almond butter
Spice cabinet:
garlic powder
onion powder
celery seed
bay leaves
ground sage
ground ginger
ground coriander
curry powder
chili powder
ground mustard
red pepper
chili powder
black/white pepper

(Preachy side note: All of the above are without any kind of added sugar and organic unless it’s not possible to get an organic version.)

This list is constantly evolving, but most of it is almost always in my kitchen all the time. If you don’t cook much and want to try cooking more (you can do it!!) just buy what you need when you need it and eventually it will build up. Don’t buy things that you don’t know if you’ll use unless you have a recipe that calls for it. Food goes bad (what a concept) and I cook almost everyday multiple times a day. If I’m not cooking, my husband is cooking, and lately so is my 5 year old. We go through this stuff all the time and fast, and I find myself at the store at least 3 times a week, but that’s not the point here… The important thing to focus on is that we are always able to have home-made food from scratch, even when we aren’t prepared, because we always have the majority of the ingredients on-hand. It’s a classic case of how to avoid planning to fail. If you have the food and are prepared to cook, you are most of the way there.

I’m not perfect at this by any means.  I still manage to eat a bag of delicious sodium charged Snapea Crisps for lunch and then 5 oatmeal cookies that were supposed to be for my kid.  But I’m much less likely to follow it up by going out to dinner at some random restaurant and eating even worse if my house is stocked with choices… so it is.

I’d love to know what’s in your pantry that you consider staples and why. I love learning new things and trying new food and creating alternative healthy recipes. Let’s all help each other get inspired!!  Show me your pantry!!!  Let’s go – let’s do this!!

Happy cooking!
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Subway To Hell – Day 9 on my journey to a healthier me


Subway to Hell

Ok – I admit it – before I got healthy and cleaned up my eating habits, I ate at Subway ALL THE TIME – I mean like practically every day. No seriously – I Fing loved that place! Cheap,”Healthy,” “Fresh,” and I could get vegetarian food that wasn’t french fries (not that I don’t LOVE some french fires now and then) and I could do it guilt free!
Well that was then – hmmm… my how times have changed.  A little knowledge goes a long flame ridden way.
My husband Zeke came across this lovely little Subway Sandwiches expose that I was pretty horrified to read. My precious Subway? E Tu Brute? I wish I could go into the bathroom and stick my finger down my throat and get rid of those 7300 sandwiches I ate between the ages of 12 and 32.
Here is the article link:
I encourage you STRONGLY to read it. It’s important that you know how food is marketed and the extreme contrast in what the food actually is = anything but healthy.

Poor poor Jared. I hope he’s okay with all of this. He must be sick to his stomach! OR he’s just literally sick and has no idea how it could have happened. I mean – he lost weight so he MUST be healthy, right??? Wrong. Very very wrong. Healthy is not about being skinny. Healthy is about not being sick, tired, bloated, dizzy, weak, rashy, itchy, scaly, crampy and all the other symptoms that start off your journey into disease, sickness, cancer, and untimely death.

You know what – I’m not going to take the chance that you don’t click on that link.  So I’m copying some the text here.  I originally posted the entire thing but my blogging husband gave me the Copyright lecture about how that’s a violation, along with the pictures I find online that I’m not crediting the photographers for – let alone asking their permission.  Ugh.  So many rules.  Here I was just thinking I was being generous, instead I’m on my way to internet prison.  So anyway – you only get a snippit, but read the whole thing!!  Go – Do – Read – Learn!

{Excerpt from 03 Mar 2013 by Clark Kent}
…Did you ever hear of a chemical ingredient called azodicarbonamide? Me either. It’s banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia. But not at Subway. Interestingly enough, if you get caught using it in Singapore you get up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000.
And why? Because it’s primary use is in the production of foamed plastics. But in the good ole U S of A, it can be used as a food additive, a flour-bleaching agent, and a dough conditioner because it improves the elasticity of bread.
The U.K. has found that azodicarbonamide is a potential cause of asthma if inhaled, and for people that have sensitivity to food dyes and other allergens in food, this can increasingly aggravate the symptoms.
Somebody should inform Subway that to make real whole-wheat bread all you really need is whole-wheat flour, yeast, salt, water, and maybe some honey. But that doesn’t really do anything for shelf life or the fact that the stores do not bake their breads.
While all the sandwiches contain chemical additives, refined bleached flour, preservatives, artificial colors, MSG, refined sugars, GMOs, and over 50 ingredients, only three contain nitrates. Yea! Far out! Only three!
Those that contain the nitrates are the Ham Sandwich, the Subway Club, and the Turkey Breast and Ham. Basically, these are processed meat sandwiches and the nitrates contribute significantly to disease…

So there you go… disgusting so far, right?  Make sure you read the rest. And enjoy that little bit of info and get your ass out of fast food restaurants.  Even the Healthy ones.  Because I love you.



Mmmmmmm… Humble Pie for breakfast is delicious – Day 7



Although it tastes bitter at first bite – I highly recommend having a good portion of Humble Pie to balance your system out every now and then. It keeps you grounded, focused, and humble – Which is why I think they named it that.  I’m working on a sugar free, vegan version, but for now – I’ll just take my lumps in whatever form they come to me.

This morning was the day we established our Baseline at Crossfit Thrice for the 90 Day Challenge.  This is so we can have something to gauge our progress at the end of the 90 days. The list on the board looked bad – and it was not easy, but I did it:

1000 Meter Row
40 Bur-pees
30 Sit-ups
20 Push-Ups
10 Pull-ups

So all of the above took me 15 min 37 seconds to complete. Considering I felt like I would never finish those bur-pees, I can’t do a single push-up without being on my knees, and I have to use two VERY fat bands to assist my pull-ups, I am pretty pleased that not only did I get through it, but I recovered quickly and felt pretty great. Now before you start thinking WOW – she’s amazing! Let me tell you that I was easily the slowest time listed on that board… by a LOT! So as much as I want to believe I am in good shape – I have a long way to go. (At least 90 days, anyway.) My understanding is that we will do this again in 90 Days and see what my time and assisted level is then. My goal is, of course, better time, no knees, and no bands. There will probably still be bands though.

Then I had all my measurements taken… ugh. A helpful necessity if you are setting goals, but just ugh.  Next I take a picture of my body, set my goals in writing and try to get hyper focused on what food I am putting in my body.  As of Monday The trainers at Thrice get serious – or so I hope.  But either way… it’s on.


Today is a good day for soup… Day 6 on the Food Journey


Soup is SUCH an easy standby for a healthy balanced dinner. My 5 year old will eat just about any vegetable I puree in the form of soup. So will my husband and myself for that matter!  And since it’s cold and wintry and dark out there right now, we should all be making homemade soup at least once a week! It’s so easy! Who’s with me??!!??

I really get bored with the same 25 things I tend to cook and need new ideas all the time.  Here’s a healthy recipe that my friend Sue, who’s way way way down in Los Angeles, emailed me so I could post it on the blog way over here on the World Wide Web. It looks pretty darn delicioso (that’s Spanish for delicious – in case you’re not from LA like me and Sue) and I am going to make it for dinner in the next few days. NOTE: This is a plan ahead recipe so… plan ahead.

1 cauliflower head, roasted
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped
1 cup celery (about two stalks), chopped
1 head roasted garlic, peeled
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs unsalted butter (for Vegan try using Earth Balance or Coconut Oil)
1 tbs fresh parsley, minced
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, removed from stems
4 cups vegetable stock
1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
Optional: (not for Vegans obviously – and not needed if you’re trying to health it up!)
1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In advance -up to a day ahead- roast the cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 375º. Meanwhile, break down the head of cauliflower into individual florets. Layer the cauliflower on to a large, rimmed sheetpan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Roast for 30-35 minutes, until the cauliflower is fork-tender and begins to brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
In a large stock-pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the onion, leeks and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Add the garlic, and using a wooden spoon, smash the garlic into a paste. Add the butter, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and let cook until the butter melts.
Add the roasted cauliflower and vegetable stock. Stir to combine. Let the soup come to a boil, then turn the heat to low, and let simmer 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, and using an immersion blender, blend the soup to a smooth consistency.
If using, add the cream and/or Parmesan, and stir to combine. Serve hot with crispy bread or fresh croutons and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Then Sue tops it with her own creation of curry croutons: take day old crusty bread and cut into cubes then in a pan melt 2T butter and a little olive oil add 1T curry power then add bread and cook until toasty!
Smart – and it sounds like a delicious addition, but I think I will opt out on this for my 90 day food journey and keep it in mind for another time.

As a Thank You gift to Sue M. who offered up her recipe (I honestly don’t know where she got it from, but I’m not getting paid – so who cares) I have purchased her this fine piece of Addict apparel:


I hope you love it Sue – wear it proudly!

Day 5 – Just a spoonful of sugar…


Oh Mary Poppins – you were so sweet! And so intuitive!! How did you know that Sugar and medicine would go hand in hand? Well, you were magic – That’s how!!


Back to the blog…
Yesterday I was working out at “the box” (that’s Crossfit for “Gym”) and there was another member there and he was talking about how he has stopped eating sugar for the 90 Day Food Journey. Woo Hoo!!  That’s awesome news for everyone. He noted how surprised he was that so many things in his house had sugar in it and how he had to throw out half of the food in his cupboards.
It made me realize how not so obvious this epidemic is to people. Our house has not had items with sugar in it since I was about 3 months pregnant with my son, London, 5.5 years ago (except for very small and sneaky amounts hidden in the form of emergency chocolate.) When we first gave up sugar it was exhausting reading every label, checking every single ingredient and having to ask about everything every time we were outside of the house – we were very strict about it. But after years of this constant scrutiny I can now tell if something has sugar in it just by how the packaging is designed. It’s crazy actually, but you start to get a very keen sense for who makes what and how.
Here is what I believe sugar can do:

  1. taste delicious!
  2. break down your immune system
  3. inflame your cels
  4. make you feel very happy very quickly!
  5. make you feel very tired and crappy immediately after that
  6. mess with your hormones, which in turn will…
  7. mess with your skin
  8. mess with your moods
  9. smell so good, look so clean, white, and pretty, and be so versatile when you cook and/or bake!
  10. deplete your body of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  11. add no nutritional value at all – no vitamins, minerals or nutrients of any kind – at all – ever – in any way
  12. make GREAT lipstick! sugar lips
  13. remind you of your childhood and other familiar things that keep you emotionally safe
  14. destroy your health and other things that otherwise might not be threatened


Now here’s a more impressive list I found in 2.5 seconds via a tool I have called Google:

* Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)

* Sugar feeds cancer

* Sugar increases cholesterol

* Sugar can weaken eyesight

* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

* Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

* Sugar causes food allergies

* Sugar contributes to diabetes

* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

* Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

* Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

* Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

* Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

* Sugar contributes to osteoporosis

Try Googling these three words:  “EFFECTS OF SUGAR”  Then grab a pillow for your seat cuz you’re gonna be there a long time sifting through the endless information.

Here is a pretty good (albeit long) list of things that are versions of “sugar” but called something else (note: the names in Green are the sugars that I am willing to use because I understanding that they are not super detrimental, shocking to your system, and don’t deplete you of nutrients:

    • Agave Nectar
    • Barley Malt Syrup
    • Beet Sugar
    • Brown Rice Syrup
    • Brown Sugar
    • Cane Crystals (or, even better, “cane juice crystals”)
    • Cane Sugar
    • Coconut Sugar, or Coconut Palm Sugar
    • Corn sweetener
    • Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
    • Dehydrated Cane Juice
    • Dextrin
    • Dextrose
    • Evaporated Cane Juice
    • Fructose
    • Fruit juice concentrate
    • Glucose
    • High-fructose corn syrup
    • Honey (I only use small amounts of LOCAL unfiltered honey – I do not recommend buying store bought honey – it’s absolutely terrible for your body – GOOGLE IT!!)
    • Invert sugar
    • Lactose
    • Maltodextrin
    • Malt syrup
    • Maltose
    • Maple syrup
    • Molasses
    • Palm Sugar
    • Raw sugar
    • Rice Syrup
    • Saccharose
    • Sorghum or sorghum syrup
    • Sucrose
    • Syrup
    • Treacle
    • Turbinado Sugar
    • Xylose

    ugh – isn’t learning about what we eat totally depressing and exhausting?  BUT it’s also exciting and empowering!!!

Dear Sugar, 
   Like every famously enduring thing – you are SO complicated.  I will always love you, but I just need to leave you behind because you are toxic and I got rid of all the toxic stuff in my life when I left Los Angeles and moved to Bend, Oregon.  You can come visit now and then.  I’ll let you in if there’s a party and I don’t want to bum out the whole crowd with my “naturally” delicious baked goods and desserts.  But other than that – I’ll see you next December when my willpower is weak from fun, temptation, and holiday craziness.  Until then… I’m over you, Sugar, as is my family.

Day 5 – no sugar… going strong!



Holy Hydration Batman! Day 3 of my Food Journey


So this morning I got up feeling guuuud. Then I got out my fancy “tell me everything” scale.

I’m sorry, did you say 30.5 percent BODY FAT! come on. That’s imposssible with an extra s.

How did that happen? Okay. Well it did. And here’s my husband’s theory: dehydration. And it’s true – since I moved into the high altitude of Central Oregon I am always dehydrated. I probably was before I moved, but my old scale was much more forgiving and… old, so I never knew. My fancy new scale is always telling me that my muscles are weak, my bones are thin and I’m way under hydrated. I try to only get on it once in a while so we can stay friends.

Here’s the thing, if you’re not hydrated properly your body hangs on to all your fat. Why is nature so cruel? So one of my many Food Journey goals is to get re-hydrated soon. Today I drank 8 oz of coconut water right after I got off that stupid scale. Coconut is an awesome re-hydrator because it has natural electrolytes – never drink anything that’s green or yellow or red or BLUE!! Oye. You can also buy organic coconut water powder and bring it with you places that don’t offer such exotic healthy beverages. It’s very easy to mix with water and it basically tastes just like the bottled variety. I also drank tea all day today – lots of tea. And water, and more tea. Ugh – is my body fat percentage down yet? I’m exhausted from all the drinking.

Maybe I should just do what Jennifer Beals did in Flashdance – she clearly did not have any issues with dehydration:

Isn't that a bit maniacal?

I loved that movie so so much.

So my official goal #1 is get my body’s water percentage back up over my current 45%. According to the internet and my scale it should be at around 50%. Here is a link to a great website that I love to use as a reference for stuff like this.

There are also reference charts all over google that tell you what your optimum body fat and body water weight should be around. Here’s one I found that was right in line with what my super fancy scale tells me:

If you’ve never paid attention you should consider looking into it. Dehydration can cause tons of ailments that aren’t as buzzy as the F word (fat). Headaches, nausea, fatigue, hunger… and on and on. Google it! It won’t be hard to find more info.

Now go have a glass of water… a big one.


Today was not a %100 day – at all.


So today was the 2nd official day of my 90 day food journey back into awesome health. I DID get up at 5:50 A.M. and get my rickety old ass to the gym by 6:25 A.M. I DID have a pretty awesome workout (thank you, Brent) I DID feel amazing when I got home and I was totally pumped to go the distance with perfect health choices for the rest of the day.
But instead… I got home from working out and had a scoop of organic Vegan protein powder in organic pomegranate juice with water (thoroughly researched by my husband- consisting of mainly pea protein and making up a complete amino acid profile… blah blah blah… I hate supplements) then finished my son’s organic coco rice puffs (the super healthy kind, of course – no Cuckoo Birds on the box) then got to work with my usual day with really no plan in mind as for food.  By the time 11am rolled around I was STARVING! (Thank you, Brent) However, now I’m in the middle of doing inventory and year end financial things that can’t wait so I grabbed a BAG OF (organic) VEGETABLE BROWN RICE CRACKERS out of the cupboard and ATE THEM ALL at my desk!!!!


Yes. seriously.

But don’t worry because I then I made up for it by eating a rather large piece of (organic… you get the point) gingerbread chocolate that I still had lingering around from Christmas – oh so good.  NO – bad!

Seriously.  I did this.  I was not forced.  This is what I chose.

After feeling pathetic (but happy from the creamy smooth chocolate) and guilty – I cracked open the next fast thing I could find… are you ready?  A CAN of Greek Dolmas – and yes, organic, and yes, I ate the whole thing.

Thank god my husband saved me and made a respectable organic dinner:
TruRoots Sprouted rice and quinoa
Steamed/mashed Red Curry Squash, carrots and broccoli
Sauteed Temphe and onions (in coconut oil)
and London made his famous “everything else” juice which was broccoli stems, kale, carrots, ginger, and apple tonight. (My little dude has been juicing the fridge since he mastered his Gross Motor Skills about three years ago – he’s a total pro.)

Okay – so I am realizing that I need to plan this shit out long before I get hungry. I read it all the time and I KNOW this, but I have gotten out of the habit of paying attention unless my son is involved, so here I am… eating Chocolate for lunch (yay!!) like I’m 25 again. Not ideal. Tomorrow I plan on planning better, but I’m so slammed that I don’t even know how I am writing this post right now. So we’ll see. I think leftovers from tonights dinner are a good idea for lunch but then what about tomorrows dinner?? sigh. “Baby steps” I guess is what I would tell my friends.

I’d like to re-stress that no mater what I eat it’s almost without exception going to be organic. Please buy organic – it might save your life and it will definitely send a powerful message to the food industry. Chemicals are not food – not even bad food like gingerbread chocolate. NO chemicals! Please. I’m begging you.
Until tomorrow…

The 90 Day Food Challenge Begins…


So if you know me at all you probably know that the last thing I need is MORE things to be challenging about the food that I eat. However, the fantastic people at Cross-fit Thrice in the always lovely Bend, Oregon have challenged everyone of their Cross-fitters to a 90 Day Food Challenge and, of course, I am in. I realized that this would be a perfect time to get back to my food blog, get more recipes posted, rant, rave, and do what I do best… talk about it all.
Tonight was the first meeting at “The Box” (that’s Cross-fit for “Gym”) to discuss the realities of our food (some of which I do not agree with – naturally) and get us motivated and going in the right direction. It was also intended to get us to commit to the 90 days. So I did… Kinda.  I greatly appreciate what the Trainers at Cross-fit Thrice are trying to do by bringing attention to the most important thing about being physically fit and healthy…. FOOD!! What a concept.  I love that these guys (and girl) Sean, Brent, and Kimberly care enough about their clients that they are attempting to tackle such an insurmountable and daunting task… change the way people eat.  How can I not get behind this?

As you might expect there are mostly meat eaters (actually I think I may be the only Vegan/Vegetarian in the place) and lots of Paleo Diet followers at our gym. I can not commit to ever doing either of those things, but I am hoping to set my food related health goals, commit to them, and get my ass back into a place of extremely awesome health. Over the last few years Zeke and I have moved too far away from the healthy lifestyle that we adopted during my pregnancy with my Son, London. We are still more healthy and committed to clean, organic, vegan food than most people will ever be, but there has been more consumption of sugar, alcohol, and yes – cheese (my version of crack cocaine – I just can’t quit it!!) than I care to admit.  Moving to Bend, starting a new business, relaxing for the first time in my life, making fantastic new friends… it all slowly added up to “who cares what we are eating anymore? Let’s just enjoy this perfect life!”  But it’s time to stop pretending like we don’t need an overhaul.  And this is the right time and reason.

I’m going to try to post my progress everyday throughout the 90 days.  Along with it I will try to get back to posting the food I am cooking/eating with my family.  I have forgotten SO many of crazy delicious things that I have cooked over the last year or so, which is a bummer because that was the main reason I started this blog… so I wouldn’t forget what I make, and so I would always have my recipes and meal ideas at my fingertips.  Tomorrow I will go to cross-fit at 6:30am and then come home and get to work setting goals.  So, there is much more to come…


More science to back up healthy habits –


Please stop using your microwaves… It’s really not that hard. Just unplug it and throw it away.

Plant dead in 10 days when only given water that was microwaved… links to colon cancer…  permanent brain damage… killing breast milk nutrients…

ugh. It’s all so depressing.  Just don’t do it – please.


SUCH a downer – but facts are facts…


A note about my eating habits, and the eating habits I teach my son.

As a vegan/vegetarian I am signed up with every activist group you can imagine.  I LIKE every “Animal Rights” page on Facebook, I even get mail from non-for profit groups almost weekly.  So I see A LOT of awful stuff.  It keeps me feeling good about my decision not to partake in the animal industry in any way.  Animals should not be an industry of any kind.  That is my belief, and  live it with action.

Here is a video that is EXTREMELY difficult to watch.  I couldn’t watch more than a minute of it. I wanted to share it because it’s real.  Of course you don’t have to watch it, but I think it’s important to know what you support and where your money goes.  When you buy meat, milk, eggs, shoes, couches, belts, etc… YOU are supporting what you will see in this video.  YOU are the reason it continues. I know it’s not pleasant.  But it’s true. If we all stopped supporting it, and demanded responsible, humane practices from the people whom we choose to give our money to, things would change.  Money talks.   These animals have no voice, but they are real, feeling thinking, living beings. Do SOMETHING… because they can’t.

I promise, one of these days I will have some extra time to post some recipes.  It’s been madness in our house lately.  I am missing my food blog…



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