Caring for Animals, at Home and Abroad

A number of incidents have made the news lately about people treating animals badly while on vacation. In the Bahamas, several swimming pigs died after tourists gave them alcohol. A woman in Florida was arrested after posing on a sea turtle. Another sea turtle suffered indirectly from human actions after eating 915 coins.

What can we learn from this? Well, certainly that we should not give animals alcohol, nor sit on wild animals, nor throw coins into animal habitats. But these stories also serve as a reminder that when we travel, we are visiting environments that are new to us, but are homes to creatures who deserve our respect. As an advocate for animals, stay alert and speak up if you see animals being mistreated, wherever you may roam.

A vegan bodybuilding experiment: Joshua Knox at TEDxFremont

The Great Challenge: Farming, Food and Climate Change

Cowspiracy Infographic

Protein and the myth we’re fed | Del Sroufe | TEDxYearlingRoad

How to build muscle on a vegan diet according to bodybuilder Robert Cheeke

6 Simple Ways to Be the Healthiest Vegan Ever

What in processed meats is so carcinogenic?

What was the meat industry’s response to the recommendation of leading cancer charities to stop eating processed meat, like bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausage and lunchmeat?

According to the World Health Organization’s IARC, processed meat is now a class 1 carcinogen, the highest designation. How is it that schools still feed it to our children?

Ultraman Rich Roll and the Plantpower Way | Dispatches

The cow is already dead

Many say “the cow is already dead, if I don’t eat the meat, it will go to waste.” I can see your point of view. On the other hand, if you keep eating meat, you will be feeding the supply and demand chain. If there is no demand, the cows won’t be killed for meat. Instead of raising cows, those cattle farms could turn to plant farms. Makes sense?

You might say that it will never happen. If you take a look at the food evolution on the last few years, you will notice an increasing demand for organic products, grass fed cows and free range chickens. We have markets exclusively dedicated to organic products. Farmer’s markets are popping all over the country.

News about the dairy industry is starting to mention the raising consumption of soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk.

Change starts with one step in the right direction. Suddenly, it gets a momentum that revolutionizes the old assumptions. At one point in history, people believed the Earth was flat.

Nowadays, we hear more and more about plant-based diets, raw diet, whole foods, non- GMO produce, gluten-free, lactose-free, non-processed foods and the list keeps growing.

I won’t suggest that you change all at once. Start by incorporating vegetables and fruits to your plate and reducing the amount of meat. Once you begin to enjoy it, try to eat vegan for one week. Once feel more energetic and your skin clears up, try it for a month.

Check out the great blogs full of delicious and easy vegan recipes or visit a cool vegan restaurant.

Let me know how it goes.