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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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Baby Factory Farm Animal Poem

From precious birth it all begins
Quickly ripped away from my dear kin

I cry for days for mom to come
She never does and I am glum

I’d rather run and jump and play
But stand quite still and eat all day

Then one day, I leave my pen
Never to eat (or breath) again.

Mark Phipps
Mocha Vegan Podcast
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@mochavegan #vegan

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. Anything or 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

 

 

 

Bring Coffee And A Donut. Set Them On The Desk. Do Not Speak. Do Not Make Eye Contact. Back Away Slowly. And We All Might Just Survive This.

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Too late.

As I am starting my day without coffee and/or chocolate for day 8 of lent, I thought this article is well-placed. 🙂 Do what you can for others in your own way. The good feelings you get will help improve your performance AND some of your friends may follow suit and give to the community as well.

Mark

Latest Podcast Episode #43 – Speciesism

Don’t give up coffee and chocolate this Lent!

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“As Lent rolls around each year, people ask themselves what they’re going to give up. It’s often chocolate, coffee, TV, or a particular luxury item. However, some people ask, “What extra thing can I add to my Lenten observance?” It might be a few hours of volunteering, or spending more time with family or friends, or just being mindful to set aside some time for prayer each day.

Lent offers us six weeks to enter deeply into the work of returning and rebuilding a loving relationship with God and with other people. Lent is about something more, not something less.

While this might seem like a clever way of making sure fair trade coffee and chocolate are mindfully consumed throughout the Lenten season, we invite you to do something more during Lent.”

 

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from http://www.crsfairtrade.org/lent/

 

As I am starting my day without coffee and/or chocolate for day 8 of lent, I thought this article is well-placed. 🙂 Do what you can for others in your own way. The good feelings you get will help improve your performance AND some of your friends may follow suit and give to the community as well.

Mark

Latest Podcast Episode #43 – Speciesism

 

Running!

Jeff Sanders and The 5AM Miracle

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

Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast #27

Eat more chicken my @$$.

Check out my podcast rant. There is hope.

Ha ha, very funny. No, it is NOT that I can’t eat that; I CHOOSE not to eat that.

I choose not to participate in Foster Farms and their ridiculous management of living things.

I choose not to support the beef or dairy industries in their playing GOD with the lives of animals.  Impregnate the cow over and over, make sure it continues to provide milk. I understand that a few things are not practical, like being able to provide ALL of your own food in most any climate.

Let’s look at this from another perspective, an impossible example:

We lose our status as top of the food chain by war and occupation (like what happened at the hands of Germany in World War II) or by alien invasion – no matter WHAT happened, but consider the situation. What if we became the enslaved, those forced to provide for others. I’m not talking about sharecropping here. What if the new people in charge chose any group of people, by region, race, social or financial situation, religion, WHATEVER – and they made that group the herd? What if it was your neighborhood and your friends and family that were now fed hormone-laden food to fatten you up and you were artificially impregnated as a woman or castrated as a man?! You wait out your life to become food for your captors.

I am not a tree hugger, but I have a sense of right and wrong. This week’s podcast will be a rant. Since very few people are listening, I want to share how I really feel.

If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen.

Maybe everyone should milk their freaking cats and give the cows a break. Eat more chicken my @$$.