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Milking cats. Sure, talk about milking and eating your house pets…

NOTES:

MVP #053 – Ethical Consistency – Stop Being an Idiot

Not really a yawn. Social media threads with conflict between vegans and carnists (meat eaters).

Vegans tend to raise questions, expose issues and identify what is wrong.

Factory Farms, crammed full of animals.

Are animals supposed to have a happy life? Yes / No

Are they fulfilling their purpose by becoming our food.

Vegan

veg·an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

Plant Based for health reasons

A plantbased 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 plantbased diet with no food from animal sources.

Meat Eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.

What Is Carnism?

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.

**SOME THINGS JUST AREN’T RIGHT**

Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.

Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.

Dairy and meat industry have influenced the food pyramid. Some more unbiased versions of recommendations are shown from University of Michigan and Harvard below.

 

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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

Is hunting necessary? Breeding deer then releasing them into the wild in order to have something to hunt…I wonder how the government is regulating these start up farms that sell direct to local restaurants.
http://www.deerfarmer.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=107:questions-and-answers-about-deer-farming
http://www.deerforums.org/index.php?/topic/10374-just-a-little-more-hypocrisy/

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
http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/

Trying Vegan facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TryingVegan/

pH of your poop…(lower is better) Stool pH and colon cancer from nutritionfacts.org
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/stool-ph-and-colon-cancer/

Nutritionfacts.org  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.

Mark

mark@mochavegan.com

@mochavegan
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MVP #052 – Animal Agriculture is Killing Our Planet – Turn the World Upside Down

Responsible pet owners

Controlling everything

Would you EAT YOUR PETS?? Adopt a pet to eat it? Not what we do in the United States.

Disturbing videos online from Korea showing atrocities towards animals:

  • Cat being burned with a torch
  • Dogs being skinned alive
  • Dogs being force-fed to fatten them up. Assume the dogs are too stressed to eat knowing what is happening to them.

How much different are these videos to things happening here in the United States legally?

Chicken farmers start with a load of chicks and a quantity of food. They are paid based upon the live weight of chickens when the contract company returns to pick up the results of their time.

Pigs are skinned after being dipped in hot water to loosen the skin. We hope that the animals are dead before this happens.

Do we really believe that the animals have no idea that they are in line for slaughter?

YOU can make a difference! Shed the blissful existence of ignorance and stop eating meat.

The goal is to achieve alignment regarding veganism within the leadership. The leadership within our family, our community, our schools, our country, our planet.

What makes a more healthy meat / animal product?

Why is eating animal products unhealthy?

Are we being punished?

Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.

We, as a species, must learn to create food to replace food that is being grown / farmed now. Find healthful alternatives. Make positive choices and impact your life and your planet.

Here’s to a less cheesy world. Evolve. Improve. Live!

Mark

mark@mochavegan.com

@mochavegan

Can you imagine, the only plant. Think about it...

Can you imagine, the only plant. Think about it…

Listen in and enjoy the commentary.

Be kind to our planet.

Mark

Listen in to the Mocha Vegan Podcast, episode #050:

If the animals could choose their food, would there be gravel in with their corn?

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If the animals could speak, what do you think they’d say?

 

People are doing a good job of wielding their power. Shouldn’t we protect those that are weaker?

 

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If the animals could organize, farmer owners would have to respond.

(or run away)

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Listen to the audio, “but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!” Maybe there is a better way, a way Beyond Meat…

Until next time,

Mark
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Listen in to the Mocha Vegan Podcast, episode #049:

 

Ducks can teach us a few things. Understand that I don’t sit for hours on end alongside the Western Canal in Arizona musing on the potential teachings of ducks. The pictures that follow were all taken while running on a recent Sunday in late March 2015. At this time of the year there are still some young duck families along with some that already have some adolescent or larger babies. The little ones tend to stay very close to momma duck where the older tend to wander a little further very much like our own children do as they age and gain confidence and abilities.

What should we learn from ducks?

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Duck Lesson #1: BE THANKFUL

Duck families along the canal seem to start with 8 ducklings. By the time these ducks reach adolescence, the numbers seem to dwindle. Be thankful for your time together.

 

 

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Duck Lesson #2: BE WATCHFUL AND TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN WELL.

Keep an eye on your family. Spend time together. Teach them the lessons you have learned. Give them some freedom as they develop and mature.

 

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Duck Lesson #3: PROVIDE FOOD AND PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

Put more thought into what you do in your day. Be ready to get started, to tackle your day with enthusiasm. Study the ‘problems’ you submit to others regularly. Most of our problems are due to our reliance on a life of convenience. Providing for your family now involves bringing home a good wage, bringing food into the home and preparing it, not necessarily foraging and hunting like families did together in ages past. Feed your family well and be in position to protect them when things do not go as planned or danger threatens.

Watch the ducks swim along, family together enjoying their time together while they look for food. You can get it all done and spend time together, too. Just keep trying, put your problems in perspective.

 

WHAT I SUGGEST

Perhaps “sign up” for a duck lesson at a body of water near you. Take a friend, significant other, kids or even your leashed dog for a walk. Observe how the ducks behave and discuss it together. Think about it. We really can learn a lot from ducks. Print out a picture and tack it up for those challenging times; it may bring a smile to your face. 🙂

Until next time,

Mark

P.S. I’d love to see your duck pictures. Please send me some!
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Selective Ignorance

People start their training for selective ignorance early in life. Until recent efforts to reduce bullying in schools, the victims of mistreatment from their peers often found the pleas for help falling on deaf ears. It always seems justifiable to mind your own business when you look at things from a “how much good could I do, anyways” perspective. This looking out for number one really makes you a big piece of number two.

Let’s talk about the animals. What can I do to help the animals? Vote with your fork. If you find pictures of chickens crammed in tiny crates with other chickens unpleasant to look at, don’t eat chicken. If you are a huge fan of Charlotte’s Web (and so are you kids), say no to pork. When videos of calves being taken away from their milk-producing mothers as soon as their born pull at your heartstrings, say NO to beef.

 

Consume no animals

Many things in life fall into the category where the velocity of daily life and the more and more overscheduled family allow convenience to trump doing the right thing. It takes more effort to do the right thing. Being consistent requires planning ahead. We are a reactive society. Unfortunately people react more strongly to the latest trends on Facebook and Twitter than they do to the ongoing imprisonment and lifelong torture of animals for our food.

I have been out of work for two months now. Keeping your morals about you becomes more challenging as pressures for new work and household budgets mount. There are always choices to make. See them and seize the opportunities. Be right with the world. To help with the grocery budget, it is okay to not have any beer. No beer at all. This did coincide with my brilliant idea to give up coffee and chocolate for lent. Giving up coffee has been an epic undertaking. Epic. Seriously, epic. “Chocolate and coffee are your two main food groups,” says my oldest daughter. So cut back on the beer and I could sleep. Sleep a lot. With my busy family, there is little time for extra sleep. See if this sounds familiar to any families out there:

Morning: Alarms start going off between 6 and 6:30 for morning showers or last-minute homework items. Three kids must all be up around 7 at the latest. My time then gets split between making breakfast and school lunches and water bottles. It is like herding cats, but usually ends well. My wife gets up around 7:30 when she is not on the road and by 7:45 and I am off to the high school. The rest of the crew is ‘ready’ to depart by 8.

8:30 starts my work day which can go until 2:30 when the kids are ready to return home. We have classes at the church, basketball, volleyball, flag football, speed and agility training and the occasional school function that pops up unexpectedly. During the school day, there are orthodontist appointments, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, calls from the school requesting forgotten books or homework, injuries from recess and taking the dog to the vet.

Dinner is a challenge. For a vegan, the amount of pizza that I buy or cook is unreasonable. I am not consistent with what I preach: “Don’t eat animal products!” -à “Here’s some cheese pizza kids…” I am not Rachel Ray or Emeril, nor do I pretend to. The disparity between what I’d like to have my kids eat and what they actually eat is a chasm that I am trying to bridge. We do not sit at the table together consistently as we are not all home at the same time most days. These are lazy excuses.

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Doesn’t it?

I cook pasta and serve it with a meat and cheese free red sauce. I make vegetables, but not every day. I add in foods that I believe are important. I talk about nutrition. I garden and talk about the power of plants. I do not force anything on my kids. I want to amplify my parenting and fit it all in around finding a new job and helping my kids increase their performance in the sports of choice.

I commit to stay in shape. I am through 64 days of TapouT XT and have the aches and pains I would expect as a 47-year-old participant that doesn’t get enough rest. I try to run four days each week, including a run of at least 10-12 miles each Sunday. I have a green smoothie about three times a week and keep chia seeds in my diet to give me an edge. I drink tons of water.

I could really go for some coffee right now.

Seriously, is my suffering during lent helping God in any way? I’m not sure, but I am not getting headaches anymore and my productivity is skyrocketing. I took my girls to a mission at the church the two nights ago and heard a prayer that really got me thinking; it went something like this:

                God, please take anything or anyone from my life that is keeping me further from You.

Say that and really think it through. Coffee and chocolate, bah! Beer to save the grocery budget, pish posh. Anythingor anyone. Much of the sermon circled the idea that we try to prepare for all manners of ‘storms’ in our lives. We save money for a rainy day. We tell the kids to look both ways before they cross the street. But, the truth is we can’t really control any of it. We spend much of our time worrying and stressing about a myriad of potential life challenges that we have no control over whatsoever. I felt that the point of it all was that we have to trust God and give as much love to our people as we can.

Make good choices people. Love the Earth and those around you as much as you can. Let’s plant seeds of happiness for future generations together. :)

Mark

MVP #043 – Speciesism – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Think about how we treat 'others'

Let’s be bigger than other people

http://speciesismthemovie.com/

A note that this recording was made on Monday, January 5, 2015, the day I returned to work from a long holiday. At the end of the next day I was laid off, so I’ve had more than those days I mention in the beginning of the episode to spend with my family (just with less money…) – moving on.

The concept of ‘speciesism’ is that people are the most powerful species and discriminate and maintain control over all other species. Similar to racism and sexism, people have taken over the planet.

The animals really don’t have a chance anymore.

Factory farming is outside reasonable lines of how we should treat ANY other species.

There are horror movies that show this type of treatment towards other humans and it is a bad thing. 101 Dalmatians, a movie I watched early in life, didn’t encourage mistreatment of dogs. We don’t like people to cage up their pets or mistreat their family. Why would we condone mistreatment of the animals that were identified as our targeted food source?

Think about the implications and try to move in a positive direction. Consider vegan.

Thanks for listening.

Mark Phipps
mochavegan@gmail.com

Veganuary

Think about it.

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) Make 2015 an AMAZING year for animals: go #vegan and encourage your friends to join you, too! The Veganuary campaign can help you out for your first month. Visit www.Veganuary.com for more info!

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
Make 2015 an AMAZING year for animals: go #vegan and encourage your friends to join you, too! The Veganuary campaign can help you out for your first month. Visit www.Veganuary.com for more info!

Invasive Species- Unintended positives

Zebra Mussels invaded the Great Lakes around 1988. They far outproduce efforts to consume or eliminate them. Some benefits are noted. This invasive specie has the ability to filter large amounts of water. Though it takes some important nutrients out of the water, positive effects are noted: Water clarity is greatly improved and some fish species do better.

We are hunting deer to keep their population under control so they don’t starve to death.

SO THEY DON’T STARVE

WE are growing cattle and cutting down forests to feed our population

OR are we getting only so much cow per acre and only for people who can afford the meat

WHY are we starving? WHY aren’t we growing more grains, more food that we can eat.

WE ARE THE INVASIVE SPECIES HERE.

According to the movie, Cowspiracy: Humans and their animals raised for food used to account for less than 2% of the biomass of the planet. Today mankind and the animals associated with animal husbandry make up more than 98% of the biomass.

Mountains of cow SH!T under plastic held down by tires, lagoons of pig waste the size of four football fields – it is the pollution of a misguided industry. We are great at reacting, problem solving, but do not always balance the long term impact of our activities with the short term gain.

Listen to my on the air struggle with having animals that are used for food. Is it okay to have chickens and use their eggs for food? I have a huge problem with artificial insemination of cows with the main purpose being to produce milk. What if YOU have a baby and someone came and took the baby away as soon as you had it?!! Imagine the trauma. How could you know of these things and not DO MORE!?! Be responsible, don’t be wasteful.

At our house, we have our pets fixed so that we are not being irresponsible. Meanwhile people who are trying to make a buck jamb puppies into dirty cages in their back yard with the intent of selling them to pet stores. These things need to flip flop.

We are not managing ourselves and our environment well.

Things to watch:

Species-ism – The Movie – These guys just posted a drone fly-over of a pig farm. So disgusting what our efficiency has led to. Look for it.

A Spy Drone Flys Over A Pig Farm And … – YouTube

 

 

No burn days. Why?

Burning wood creates too much pollution. Not because it makes people cough. The state gets penalized by the Federal Government when pollution levels exceed federal standards – it is all about the money. We are reactive when we should be proactive and planting more crops that help clean the air. Planting food we can eat instead of crops to feed to animals that take too long to mature and monopolize too many resources to what you get from them. That is notwithstanding the way the animals are suffering to become food in the first place.

We are the cockroaches dirtying up the kitchen, except that we control it ALL. We make the rules. Nobody turns on the lights to watch us scatter. There is not a size D shoe that promptly ends our lives. We are not being hunted. We are only accountable to God and it appears that God is letting people make their own bed. We are going to have to lie in this bed for generations to come. We don’t want to live in a global laboratory because everything outside has been destroyed / compromised / used up … do we??

Look forward to the day when our technology allows animals to communicate with us. Look at the pig in the cage. When he looks back at you, makes eye contact and asks: WHY?! Be ready for how that is going to feel.

https://www.facebook.com/farmanimalrights/photos/a.10150297412315632.559206.132519055631/10154977715540632/?type=1&theater FARM animal rights

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Mobile Interview with Jeff Sanders.

Thank you, Jeff for being the first mobile interview for what has become the “Mobile” Vegan Podcast!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

http://jeffsanders.com/how-productive-could-you-be/

http://47strategies.com

You have to get 47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

I will post my progress over the next few months as I try to improve my performance by becoming more productive the Jeff Sanders way!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Finish Strong!

http://amystarrallen.com/goal-setting-how-to-be-specific-enough-to-cross-the-finish-line

Who are you looking at in this picture?

 

How many times have you heard it?! Anyone can start. Start a diet, start a race, start a new positive habit, start to get in shape. What separates you from the crowd is how you FINISH. Begin with the end in mind, focus on the work that creates a path to that goal and

 

CRUSH IT!

 

 

Until next time:

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

 

 

 

Eating By Numbers

Do you know that there are approximately 3500 calories in a pound?
When did you start reading labels?

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1/4 second sprayYum

Reasons for reading labels:

1. How many servings does the package of goldfish have? One serving is, perhaps, 140 calories.
2. Watch out for the labeling rules: Example, zero fat cooking spray. That just doesn’t work. Canola oil in a can and then sprayed does not a fatless spray make. It is required that the spray be 1/4 of a second which makes the amount of oil sprayed contain less than 0.5 grams of fat then it can be called zero fat. Total B.S.
3. Learn something about macro nutrients: 1 gram fat = 9 calories, 1 gram carbohydrates = 4 calories = 1 gram protein. Add up the grams of each times the number of grams in the serving. The label will tell you how many fat calories are included in one serving. From that you can determine the percentage of fat by dividing the fat calories from the total calories.
4. How many calories are in a bag of chocolate chips? Multiply the number of servings in the package by the number of calories per serving. From an actual bag: Serving Size 1 Tablespoon, Servings per container 23, calories per serving 70. 70 x 23 = 1,610 calories per 11.3 ounce bag. Ouch! Imagine if you have to add oil to this melted bag of chocolate to have it flow in your chocolate fountain…See below.
5. Determine percentage of any macro-nutrient for a food by dividing the calories from, say, protein by the total calories for the serving. Look for 10% or more protein in your foods and you’ll be fine.

What is 25/25/50?

Some prescribe a diet should contain this type of balance of protein / fat / carbohydrates. I suggest that it is good to analyze what you are doing with your diet, but that a balanced diet of whole, plant-based foods will always have the best result.

Using a chocolate fountain

Either use a higher quality chocolate that contains 32-39% cocoa butter which helps create a better flow OR use other types of chocolate will require the addition of vegetable/canola oil – approximately 1 cup of oil to 5 pounds of chocolate. I recommend using high quality dipping foods with your chocolate fountain to minimize guilt. 🙂

Please find habits that you can hang on to that are good for you and keep you coming back again and again.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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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 –

KEEP THOSE THINGS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!

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:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Vegan Thanksgiving

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash credit to http://veganyackattack.com – something to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner at your favorite carnivore’s house that will raise an eyebrow or two.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Eating Insects

Mmmm, tasty!???

Cricket

Seriously, did you expect me to talk about this? In this hypothetical journey into ‘oh, no, he didn’t’ I contemplate the impacts of people eating insects.

My recipe for Halloween Cricket Stir Fry

2 cups noodles of choice
1/4 cup sliced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 T chia seeds
1 t EVOO
1 1/2 cups of crickets, fresh

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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Convert the Farms!

Vote with your fork. Every time you eat you vote with your fork. Choose the way you want the world to treat animals each time you buy food and every time your eat. People aren’t perfect. Life is Busy! Do what you can towards a brighter future for our planet.

Leaflets

 

The Mocha Vegan Podcast is recorded in Phoenix, Arizona traffic. It is my effort to make some good of a potentially crappy commute and share my thoughts with all of you.

Things to Eat

Whole grain pastas

Almond Milk

Fake Meats

Things to Do

Watch Cowspiracy

Leaflets by F.A.R.M.

Be aware of what happens to animals to make profits

660 gallons of water to produce a 1/4 pound beef patty!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Volleyball

Lizzy Phipps is playing JV Volleyball at Dobson High School. She is a center blocker. Two months ago, none of us knew what a center blocker was. Her focus and effort since August have earned her a position on the team that will continue to improve as she does. Great work, Lizzy!

Basketball

Markie is switching coaches after the summer with a very good coach. His determined level of play when he is very new to the sport continues to impress me. He has not achieved ‘statiscal’ success, but is clearly on his way. He is putting in the required effort AND MORE and his opportunities will continue to present themselves.

More Volleyball

Miss Bella, Isabella according to her uniform, has joined a 1st – 3rd grade league through the YMCA. The main focus of the game so far is the team that gets in the most serves pretty much wins. That doesn’t change for a few years, it seems… She can bump the ball and is learning to set. Depth perception is tricky when the net towers above you at nearly twice your height. For me, that would be like playing with a 12 foot net – WOW! The kids are learning, having fun and feeling successes along the way.

Sports with Swords

Michael is ready for his first sport as long as it has swordplay. Seriously, he does enjoy trying to bump the volleyball. He also like to play basketball with his big brother though the net is. Most of all, he likes boxing on the Wii. We watched Rocky this weekend and after we all went for a run, he wanted to play Wii Sports. Funny kid. I can’t believe he will be going to school this time next year.

Travel with My Wife

Flying with a flight attendant has perks. My wife knows the ins and outs of travel. She is courteous enough to bring bags of candy to share with our crews, both the New York and from there to Punta Cana, D.R. They treat us very well and we even see them on the way back. We get awesome airport junk food and have snacks on the plane. Great success!

Dominican Republic

The resort we are booked at it all inclusive. We have a shuttle from the airport to drive us there (with A/C), they fawn over us at every turn when we arrive, from taking our bags, bringing us tropical drinks, giving the verbal tour en route to the room, to always being available to answer questions, no matter how simple.

After the fact, I am glad that I did not have Wi-Fi or cell service. I used Lynn’s phone to contact the kids a couple times when she was sleeping, but was otherwise content reading at night or watching a movie and just unplugging. My relaxation was a total success. Though I gained six pounds in five days, it didn’t stick. I am certain it had a lot to do with El Presidente beers and cheeseless pizzas being delivered to the room any time of day or night and the expansive buffet that had SO much fruit that I don’t know how to describe it all.

And I ran every day (success). I played beach volleyball one day. I went to a wedding one day. I went shopping. I slept in a beach chair in the shade of a palm tree for a couple hours. I ate French Fries daily. And the staff would make me vegan food whenever I wanted it. Every restaurant came up with something for me. Even though my food choices weren’t healthy, there were consistent with my moral intentions.

Being Thankful

I met hard-working locals who made me understand how lucky we are. I am fortunate to have a family and live in the United States. I think I could live there, too, and be happy with much less.

Forrest Gump

I had little or no expectations going into this trip and life is truly like a box of chocolates; this trip was a good one!

 

Until next time:

Mark
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Rich Roll

Join me for a great conversation regarding Rich Roll’s history and events leading up to his book, Finding Ultra, his podcast, and the lessons learned by experiencing the movie Cowspiracy.

Rich Roll

 

Finding Ultra

A very motivational book for me that documented Rich’s journey from addiction and poor health to being an inspiration for many others.

Finding Ultra, book by Rich Roll

 

Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret

Watch Cowspiracy and learn more

660 gallons of water to produce one 1/4 beef patty!

Listen in, make a difference. Encourage those around you to conserve water. Conserve water by not eating meat.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Running! Jeff Sanders of jeffsanders.com and host of the 5AM Miracle Podcast joins the show today. What is a vegan? And seriously, what is a raw vegan?!

Think about what you put in your body and making time to move your body.

A preview of the movie Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret and discussion about Ag Gag Laws:

Anti-Whistleblower Bills Hide Factory-Farming Abuses from the Public

We talked about how Jeff’s dog, Benny, motivated him to start putting better food in his body. Find your motivation and join the journey towards a happier and healthier life.

Apology for the audio issues at the beginning…

Be healthy and happy! 🙂

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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How Quickly Are You Dying?

The Compound Effect (thanks, Darren Hardy)

Just as the glaciers are slowing fading away, so is our collective human health. Are you slowly killing yourself? Our bodies are trying to do the best with the food and exercise we give them, but inside they are dying. Be honest and look inside your behaviors.

Find Chasing Ice on Netflix. http://www.chasingice.com/

It illustrates how slow, consistent behaviors over time have led to dramatic reductions in glaciers. A compound effect works similarly in your life: negative behaviors, no matter how small, performed over time will yield negative results.  Make small changes to day for a brighter tomorrow.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
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To run a marathon:

The goal of many a runner, a top ten bucket list item and a feat of great stature for those who succeed.

I suggest that running 20 miles does not a marathon make. Look at your entire plan and the goal you have at the end of it all.

The man who saved my life, or at least my running career, will remain a mystery to me. I just remember him stepping down off the curb and changing everything.

Wherever you are, THANK YOU.

Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural, A Health Manifesto and host of the Approaching the Natural Podcast is my guest for this episode. His down-to-earth approach to health and happiness are a great fit for a world wanting to improve. Sid advocates a small step approach.

Check out his podcast on iTunes and Stitcher: Approaching the Natural

 

Join Sid Garza-Hillman for a spreecast, the first Saturday of each month at spreecast.com.

 

So training for Boston, sure, I am training for Boston. Not a chance in H-E double hockey sticks that I have that ability, right? My right knee says F-U, not a chance. Looks like I might have to try even harder than I thought.

I have run 8 miles in an hour before, even 16 in 2 hours. It WAS on a treadmill and I had a water bottle holder, but it has been done. SO what if it was ten years ago. I am far too stubborn to let something as unimportant as AGING get in my way.

Please come and visit me in the hospital after the race.

Swimming is a great summer activity; get out and try it!

Two running concepts for you today:

1. Run farther.

By consistently running during the week you give yourself the ability to slow down and increase your distance on the weekend. Eat well and properly fuel your body and stay hydrated. You can do it. Try not to increase too much at a time. Slow and steady for increases in effort. If you go too far, too quickly, the aches and pains may make you not want to keep trying.

2. Fun faster.

Introducing some speed training into your weekly regimen will provide vast rewards in  your overall performance. Imagine you run 10 minute miles. That is what you’ve always done, you are comfortable with it. So when you run, your pace is typically around 10 minutes per mile. The trick is to increase your effort for short durations and experience what speed feels like. Speed IS relative and you don’t have to chase cars down the street like a rapid dog to see results. Increase your pace for a short time and then relax back into your base pace of, perhaps 10 minutes per mile. Use YOUR pace as the base and on occasion, increase from that and then return back to the same pace after the interval. Yes, my friends, that is all it takes to say you did an interval run!

Try something new this week: Run longer or faster … and eventually you’ll do both.

Is there anything you always wanted to do or have or be good at? NOW is the time to make a ridiculous goal and make it come true.

Stretch yourself and and step squarely OUTSIDE your comfort zone.

See you in Boston 2015!

(I am freaking out because I don’t know HOW I am going to do this!!!)

“Oh, that’s right, you can’t eat that, right? You’re a vegan.” No. Actually, I CHOOSE not to eat that. I CHOOSE not to support businesses that are exploiting animals. What if I talked about WHY I do not eat what you eat?! You might not enjoy that meat anymore. So back off.

Read my post from June 10, 2014 on mochavegan.com and get the message.

The story in the last chapter for Seth Godin’s Tribes describing how San Francisco became a no kill city thanks to one man filled my soul today. Change from the bottom up, something previously thought impossible, IS possible today.

Be that change.

Mark exposes multiple other podcasts for what they are. What got Mocha Vegan started? Is it safe to cross the streams?

Tune in and find out.

Jeff Sanders, Rich Roll, No Meat Athlete, Matt Frazier, Approaching the Natural, Sid Garza-Hillman, The 5AM Miracle, Jeff Sanders, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy

My first podcasts:

Rich Roll Podcast
Finding Ultra
No Meat Athlete Radio
No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier
Approaching the Natural, A Health Manifesto by Sid Garza-Hillman
Approaching the Natural Podcast (Small Steps Advocate)

Things I’ve found cool, that may be of use to you:

The 5AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders (Darren Hardy fan)
The 5AM Blueprint
Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn
Seth Godin’s Startup School
Tribes by Seth Godin
Podcast Answer Man with Cliff Ravenscraft

I Want to Make People Feel as Good as I do!
I have more excuses than results lately.

Only 24 hours in every day.
Be social, have a BBQ or a block party, be NICE TO EACH OTHER!

Does anyone know how to make one of those voicemail submission buttons on their site?

MVP #002 – Being Vegan Could Save Your Life! – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Save yourself! Protect your manhood and stay away from the blue pill. Get into the greens and grains and make your own healthful future!

Portable digital audio recorder from Zoom. The H4N makes recording on the go really easy! Even in the car on the 101 freeway!!!

Have fun with your kids while entertaining them. Q stands for quince! Show them the way, but let them make their own choices.