Archive for the ‘productivity’ Category

Techniques to be more productive:

A couple of things I learned during a recent run, while listening to Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income:

Wash the Dishes before starting your work each night.

Washing the dishes and catching up on the chores you typically use to procrastinate.

Stop learning!

I mean stop learning things you don’t need to know YET. There will be a time for the advanced items, just not yet. Naturally, driven personalities what to have ALL of the pieces in place / everything figured out. Take a step back and realize the freedom you have now to move forward with some uncertainty and just feel your way for whatever is best.

Thanks for listening!

Speciesism – The Movie

…if slaughterhouses had glass walls

A worthy watch. Keep asking questions.

Not Old MacDonald's Farm anymore

Containment Buildings and Waste Lagoons

ACCORDING TO THE FILM:

CHICKENS:

Chickens raised for eggs come from a chicken hatchery where about 50% are born female (they are the “lucky” ones), good for eggs. The other half / 50% are male which has resulted in being ground up or discarded alive. Just not good for those little guys.

Laying hens move into cages with 2 – 4 roommates. Cages are so small. The expected life of one of these egg-laying hens is two years. Imagine standing on a wire floor for your entire life. Sad.

Chickens raised for food have increased breast sizes so that a chicken shown on a rescue sanctuary was too large to walk. They demonstrated the social nature of the free chickens. I wish we could have two chickens at our home. They would help eat the bugs in my garden and be friends for life.

PIGS:

Pig farm. Most on the sanctuary are from North Carolina. Pig farms there are having a negative impact on the environment there. Rick, a former Marine, points out that bacon is no longer being raised on traditional farms, but on family farms. “Farms” where animals no longer see the light of day. Containment buildings with a cesspool containing pig urine and feces. The excess liquid is sprayed over adjacent fields with a giant sprinkler, misting onto adjacent properties. The fields drain into adjacent waterways and contaminate nearby wells. The smell is not good. See aerial photo above.

Things that are tough on pigs beyond the obvious sadness that comes from being locked in a building without seeing the sky:
1. young hogs being castrated without any anesthesia
2. mother pigs live in pens that are too narrow to turn around waiting to have the babies
3. tails are clipped off so that pigs do not chew off each other’s tails during stressful times

COWS:

The film says that cows raised for beef are the luckiest of the mass-farmed animals as they spend part of their life outside. HOWEVER, they do castrate bull calves. Once timing is correct, they are sold to feed lots where they are fed grain, which is harder for their stomachs to digest as it helps them bulk up more quickly.

Dairy cows are in total confinement, connected to milking machines, standing in their own waste. How can they let this be the state of things?

Please don't drink milk

Productivity is important in any business, but there should be moral boundaries

In order to maintain milk production, cows must have a calf from time-to-time. Calves are immediately taken away from the mothers and placed into a structure that looks like a large doghouse. In some cases the mother can hear the calf calling out and returns the call. Can you imagine the stress that a mother would feel knowing their baby was so close and couldn’t be reached. Why must these animals be in prison for their entire lives to serve us?

PETA

PETA makes improvements to lessen the abominations already in place. However these changes are slight and will not make a significant impact unless YOU change your behavior. Vote with your wallet, vote with your fork and MAKE AN IMPACT.

SPECIESISM

Speciesism: The Movie from Speciesism: The Movie on Vimeo.

Running!

Jeff Sanders and The 5AM Miracle

Jeff Sanders.com

Enjoy Jeff Sanders and our discussion about food, running, responsibility and how all these things work together.

Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast #27

My podcast setup:

Early Morning podcast interview

Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

Trying to learn about creating a podcast is hard. I found time to discuss it with other another podcast host.

Talking podcasting with Denny Krahe of Better Health 101 was great!

Denny Krahe – http://dkfitsolutions.com/ Podcast Host and Trainer

Denny joined me for a discussion of podcasts, family, fitness and food this week. This first section covers the podcast portion of our conversation. In a later installment of our talk, Denny discusses his latest podcast launch: The Diz Runs With Podcast

Come and join the conversation.

Check out Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast episode #17. It’s free and it should be. 🙂

FINALLY! New podcast episode up. #13 discusses mornings and setting yourself up for success with a routine.

Listen in.