Thursday, July 19, 2012

Becoming aware of what we eat



I'm sure you've heard the old expression "don't shop hungry" you are bound to buy junk food that you don;t need to eat and don't necessarily even like. your hunger clouds your judgement and you are much less aware of what you are choosing. I'm realizing the truth of this more and more this week. I've been trying to be vegan for a week and it is a lot more difficult than i expected. It's not that i crave dairy or eggs because i really don't I've been perfectly content without them. the problem is that there have been occasions this week where I've eaten animal products without even thinking about it. for example i met a friend for breakfast today, and i consciously asked for no cheese on my sandwich, however i completely spaced out and ordered yogurt. i'm less upset about breaking my vegan-ism than i am about how unaware was about what i was eating.

We as Americans often eat the most convenient food available without regard for nutrition. this is a big part of why there is an epidemic of obesity in this country. there is a fast food restaurant on every corner and we've all but done away with cooking and eating meals as family units. i'm not saying that we all need to survive on carrot sticks and water but if everyone took a moment before they ate to think about what they are eating. it may not make a difference for some people but me personally if i sit and think about what i'm eating i am much more likely to choose a healthy alternative than just grab the first thing i see.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bucket List

this is a list that will probably always be growing and changing
  1. write a novel
  2. learn to sing and write a song
  3. start a clothing line 
  4. grow my hair past my waist
  5. visit a foreign country

vegan for a week

While i have been vegetarian for most of my life i have one very bad animal product addiction...............CHEESE. my friends even joke about me having a mouse in my stomach that i have to feed. I always respond by squeaking at them. All jokes aside i do feel that I eat too much cheese. this week I am going to attempt a completely vegan diet and see where that gets me with my food craving. i'm not saying i'll never eat cheese again but merely that i'm trying to curb the addiction and reduce the amount. Though i do believe that the factory farming industry in the US is cruel, I'll never be a political militaristic vegan. If people raised their own animals in humane living conditions we would be very much more aware of our foods and in that case i would have much less of an issue with meat. I personally would still never eat meat because i couldn't bring myself to kill an animal so that i could eat it. But i digress the point of this post was to kick off my week of vegan eating. In addition to removing butter cheese eggs and other animal products from my diet i'm also going to place a renewed focus on fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet and focus less on processed foods. this should hopefully not be too difficult due to the fact  most processed foods contain animal products and i will be avoiding them anyway. I do have some special foods to help myself not miss dairy too much and those i will be talking about in my youtube video which i will post below. I am not focusing on the doom and gloom side of veganism for a reason but if you want more information on factory farms and reasons prople become vegan you can check out http://vegan.org and/ or the ever controversial http://www.peta.org .  Anyway i am giving this a try for a week and i will check back in and let you know how it goes and if there are benefits. feel free to comment and i'll try to respond but please refrain from personal attacks.