Why Vegan

Posted: May 19, 2015 in @mochavegan, consistency, Speciesism, vegan
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The concept of vegan is alien to many, treated as remarkably extreme. The truth is that many change to veganism as a result of traumatic events in their lives. Whether your doctor tells you to lose weight, you witnessed animal cruelties and exploitation or you want to live a greener life, vegan is for you.

Improve your Health

People are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: you can experience increased energy and diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Planning a diet more solidly founded in whole plant-based foods will provide countless benefits. Your diet can become rich in vitamins and minerals, high in fiber and lower in saturated fat. Cholesterol comes from animal products. Dietary cholesterol is not a part of vegan diets. Consult with your doctor or dietitian if you want direct feedback or do the research yourself. My life changed dramatically. I recover faster following workouts, have significantly lower cholesterol and feel like I could live forever.

Animal Welfare

Exploiting animals isn’t necessary. It has become traditional. Diet supplementation with animals was necessary in tribes living off the land. In most societies today what you eat is your choice. Food is available at a nearby grocery store where there is a produce section in addition to the meat section. Grains are available just like seafood. We do not have to factory farm animals or over fish the oceans to have adequate, nutritionally rich food to eat.

Caring for the welfare of animals does not mean that you worship them. The Garden of Eden supported a vegan diet before the fall of man. Many have pets that are their companions and feel that their furry and feathered family members and other animals have a right to life when a choice is available. Avoiding animal products takes a stand against animal cruelty. You have a choice of what to put your fork into.

Save the World and Mankind

Some people compost, many recycle, I used to bike commute when possible. We all like to think we are making a difference through our actions. To make a widespread impact and lower your carbon footprint, consider removing animal products from your lifestyle.

Producing of meat has a greater environmental impact than many realize. We grow crops and use water required to feed the animals. Transportation of the crops to the animals, animals to the slaughterhouse and processing plants and further transportation and cold storage to reach the final spot on your grocery shelf. To support the large amount of crops required to feed the animals being grown for food, forest area destroyed to grow more grain. Deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction are serious, sometimes unrealized, impacts of meat production.

Efficiency of a vegan diet make this an effective way to positively impact the environment. Crops are grown to eat in lieu of being fed to an animal eventually intended for our plate. This reduces the cycle time of food production along with lower quantities of water being used to sustain a vegan diet.

Make the change

It is much easier than ever to make a change. Popularity of substitute (fake versions) of cheese and meats have increasing production and in many cases are tastier than than the foods they are meant to imitate. Remember, you don’t have to be a health nut to be vegan. There are many vegans that choose to cook with generous quantities of oil, enjoy their desserts and maintain a robust waistline. They just do it in a more environmentally responsible way. Whether you are considering improving your health, standing up for animals or protecting the Earth for your children’s children, vegan is the way to go!

Mark Phipps
@mochavegan
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Check Yourself

Posted: May 19, 2015 in @mochavegan

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

Milking cats and just please stop being an idiot. Listen in!

http://mochavegan.com/podcast/053/

http://mochavegan.com/podcast/052

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Crismon Elementary 6th Grade Science Camp 2015 – Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Listen in to Mocha Vegan Podcast #051 – Science Camp and Wall E

 

Hills and uneven surfaces and sunlight, oh my!

Hills and uneven surfaces and sunlight, oh my!

 

Remember going to camp as a kid? Though I never went to science camp in 6th grade, I’ve stayed in red cabins without climate control beneath beautiful trees and spent time unplugged from the busy daily life. When I was a kid, busy was riding bikes or watching cartoons. Kids have their own busy things today, but camp serves the same purpose as always: it allows you to focus on other people and nature. Learn a little about how nature works and experience living a little more simply, if only for a couple days.

100 6th graders from 3 classes experiencing the crown jewel of their elementary school time. Good times and great memories for all. I brought a small cooler with supplemental food and made a mostly vegan camping experience for me; it wasn’t hard at all.

Enjoy the skit video from the boys in our cabin, Those Ivy Boys. They may always remember this 2:40 of their camp! My son, Mark, has the hat and the footie pajamas!

1 Minute Mocha Smoothie!

Posted: April 23, 2015 in coffee
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My 2 cup Bella brand blender was great for a quick pick-me-up using yesterday’s leftover coffee:

What you can use:

1 – cup leftover coffee

1/2 cup almond milk (Dark Chocolate is awesome if you have it)

-1 to 2 scoops protein powder (if you use it)

ice to get it up to the 2 cup line

blend or shake, depending on where you are and ENJOY!

Mark

Listen to episode #50

 

MVP #050 – The Chicken or the Egg – Factory Farming Sucks