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MVP #054 – Your Morning Choices Could Save Your Life
Are you working in a positive direction or slipping backwards?
Opportunity cost = missed opportunities caused by choices.
Opportunity cost can be good or bad? You can choose to get up in the morning and move your body and your opportunity cost was only a few minutes of sleep. Choosing bad foods for breakfast could cost you some of your performance during the day that day. Find good habits, clear out the excuses, help yourself and help others along the way.

1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Some meat eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.
Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.
Dairy and meat industry have sponsored the food pyramid.

Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Infographic on grams of protein per 100g of a food:

Get educated so you can see the options available to you.
What’s in your salad? Lazy vegan salad toppings…
Where do you get your fiber?

If Vegans Said the Stuff Meat-Eaters Say

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Make a difference. Be responsible. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you can prevent something bad from happening.
Be the example. Become the person you want other people to be.
Are cattle keeping our water hostage?
We force the animals to reproduce. Reduce the demand, reduce the available profits, reduce the number of factory farmed animals.

How consistent are you ethically? Is it okay to kill certain animals and not others? Can we force feed geese, but not dogs? Where do you draw the line?

Milking cats? How is that different than what we do with cows?
Could you have a litter of puppies … and then eat them?
What beliefs were you brought up with?

Vegan kickstart
Trying Vegan facebook group contains an encyclopedia of research comparison to help cut through the acres of research. Nice work!
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.

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Personal accountability

Are you in charge of your life? Are in responsible for the things that happen to you? You should be.


The Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast is recorded in Mark’s mobile recording studio on the 101 Freeway near Mesa, Arizona.


Are you accountable?

Want to improve your service to others? Try reading The QBQ by John G. Miller. Learn how to go the extra mile to make a huge impact in some else’s life.


Personal Accountability

If you leave the match too close, a bad call can decide the result

Asking appropriate questions

Try to provide good service to those around you. Improve your interactions treating everyone as a customer.

“What can I do to make this better?”

Avoid questions with WHO or WHY as they tend to place blame and not work towards a positive solution. Try asking yourself, “What can I do to push this situation in a positive direction?” Don’t blame the Oreos for your addiction; take control of your eating compulsion. Find a way to make different choices. If, like me, you have issues with a sleeve of Oreos or a bag of chips or a tub of hummus –


Limit your exposure to things that make you act inappropriately.

“How can I help you, Sir?”

Try using both “what” and “how” in questions seeking a positive solution. Ask yourself, “How can I not eat the entire sleeve of Oreos” (even though they are in the house). “What can I do to stop eating Oreos once I start?” DO NOT get caught up in blame and helplessness, such as:
“Why can’t I stop eating them?!”
“Who put these Oreos right in front of my pantry?!”

Include the word “I” in your questions

“How can I make things a little better for you, Sir?”

Make the most of your situation, whatever it is. I find myself stuck in traffic many days each week, sometimes twice a day. Does frustration run amuck? At first, yes, but perhaps an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and family, make calls for work and RECORD THE MOCHA VEGAN PODCAST. To start in the right direction, I tried to figure out how to address the frustration. I bought a new stereo for my old car that had a working CD player, allowed Bluetooth connection to my phone. I downloaded podcasts and audio books and listened to them during the commute.

When life gives you lemons…make lemonade.

Until next time:


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