Raising Vegans

I am the voice of the voiceless
Through me the dumb shall speak
Till the deaf world’s ear
Be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.

And I am my brother’s keeper
And I shall fight his fight
And speak the word
For beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

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It is my sole job in life to raise up compassionate warriors. I’m not talking about just animals, I’m talking about warriors to be the voice of the voiceless. The voice of the planet. the voice of the children. The voice of the poor. The voice of the exploited.

There is one question I get asked that is second in popularity only to “Where do you get your protein?” It’s almost just as annoying. People always wonder if we force our dietary habits upon our children. I’m not the type of parent who makes a different meal for each of her finicky children. H – no. So yes, to an extent, our children eat whatever I make. To the vegans who ask this, its music to their ears (until I elaborate). To the carnivores, it’s  shock and dismay.

When we attend a function or are at a restaurant our children are allowed to order or eat whatever is available. If they choose to consume animal products, it is their own choice. This is infuriating to some. If animal rights is so near and dear to our hearts why let our children consume them?

Veganism and animal activism is a very personal choice. I would prefer for them to come to this realization that animals deserve our respect, on their own terms. I hear young children mimic their parents beliefs all the time. I’m a republican I’ll hear them say. I’m a Christian, they’ll claim with pride. They have no idea what either of these things mean, but still their parents will beam with pride. The only problem is as soon as someone really questions their beliefs, if they are only superficial (meaning an extension of their parents beliefs) they’ll falter quickly.

More resilient is the child who chooses their own belief systems. It is better for a parent to lead by example, then to say this is my belief, but never live by them. Isn’t that often what we do as parents? The old do as I say and not as I do. It won’t yield long term results.

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it"

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”

Because we distance ourselves so much from the food we eat, we thought putting a face to the burger would help provoke a sense of awareness.  We visited a local organic farm and let our children spend the day seeing just how lovable, sweet, and fun farm animals could be.

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Amy’s Local Organic Farm

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 There the children were able to pet sweet cows, play with pigs, and pick fresh vegetables and apples. They fed lambs and watch baby goats run and play. I love the sweet lambs my son exclaimed! It was touching to see them experience affection for animals that are seen as nothing more than a profit. A commodity to be treated in any manner we see fit.

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“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”

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“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food”

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It’s so important to remember that our children become some version of who we are as people. Be someone worthy of being emulated. I’m not just talking about veganism, or animal activism. Raise little ones who care and stand for something. Raise little ones who will stand for something they believe in. Teach them that there are things in this world worth fighting for. Worth being persecuted for. Whether it be for the well being of animals, the planet, or other people. Raise children who want to change the hearts of the world. What parent wouldn’t be proud. Alyssa, Luke & Jacob here is my hope for you: Don’t settle for anything less than changing the world. For whatever you believe. Don’t hang up your beliefs on the shelf because they make you different. Be the change I’ve always wanted to see in the world. Be the voice for those who can’t make the change themselves.

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“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

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Soft and Chewy Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I don’t post treats too often these days. There so light, fluffy and delicious. That’s just not my bag these days (Well, Hunky-fit still thinks so). I often find myself heavy-hearted by the state of the world. The state of my fellow-mans health. The state of the environment. The state of the creatures who suffer at our hands; or our mouths?

I was reading recently that chemotherapy improves lifespan by only 2%. This means that if you live 100 days with cancer, chemotherapy will only ensure you live 102 days. You’re not even guaranteed a better quality of life. I’ve seen the health (or what’s left of it) of my friends and family deteriorate at the hands of this solution to cancer. We are using a carcinogen to treat cancer. Say it out loud with me. Really stop and think about it. WE ARE USING A KNOWN CARCINOGEN TO TREAT CANCER. Have you ever seen the nurses who administer this ‘treatment’? They have to double glove. Completely suit up, and take extra precaution against this ‘treatment’ touching their skin. Friends, they’re going to inject this shit into your body. The stuff they can’t even touch it. AdobePhotoshopExpress_a2e0bced8505468b96544d637080f388

But! Treating cancer with fresh fruits and vegetables is illegal in this country. To find this type of treatment you’ll have to head south of the border to the Gerson Therapy Institute in Tijuana Mexico. I don’t know the last time I double gloved to eat a fresh juicy peach. Do you?  I’m not saying don’t get treatment. I’m not saying don’t take your doctor’s advice. I’m saying research your options. Don’t be bullied into something you’re not ready to commit to.

When did we lose all of our intuition? We need people to tell us when to do everything. People tell us when to eat, when to sleep, how much to sleep, and how much to eat. They tell us when to shit, how often we need to shit, and what consistency our shit should be. They tell us how much water to drink. We  are told how much we need to exercise. What the type of exercise is best for our bodies and the best time of day to exercise. We have recommendations for how long to breastfeed our babies, how long to pump them full of fluid from another animal, they tell us how much they should weigh, and how tall they should be. We lose sleep over our children only saying 16 words by two instead of the recommended 18. We fret about how much sun exposure we get. We fret about the effects of fretting on the body. Do you see where I am going with this? Stop. Breathe. Listen.

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We see experts, Doctors, to cure us from the same afflictions that they suffer from. They get cancer. They get heart disease, and they get diabetes. And we  go see them to help us! That’s like seeing an obese personal trainer and hoping they’ll help you get fit and slim. Take back your control. Use your gosh darn common sense. Shit.

In the scheme of things isn’t is silly for me to talk about cookies? Oh, and you better believe those cookies are hella tasty.

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Makes about 18 cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups whole rolled oats (divided)

1/2 cup whole raw almonds

3/4 cups date crystals

1 cup organic (sulfur dioxide free) raisins

1/4 cup tahini

3/4 cups water

1/3 cup maple syrup. Organic. Grade A

1/2 tsp. salt.

Directions (Heat oven to 375 degrees)

1. To your vitamix or food processor add date crystals, 1.5 cups oats, and almonds. Blend into a flour.

2. To a bowl add blended ingredients. Add all other ingredients and combine.

3. Roll out a spoonful of batter and place on lined baking sheet. Press down with finger tips to flatten into cookie shape.

4. Cook for 12 minutes on top rack.

 

 

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The Process of Unprocessed Shopping

I know a lot of people who want to make the change to a healthier lifestyle, but just don’t know where to start. Hey, I have been in your shoes. Changing your dietary habits can sometimes feel like changing religion or political parties. And friends and family members will often treat it as such. That’s okay. They may think you’re crazy at first, but as soon as they see your skin glowing, your hair shining, and your eyes twinkling, they may start singing a different tune.

To help take the load off of your transition, I’ve been trying to post more about how we eat and what items we buy. Overall lifestyle post. For those who wonder into their local health food store and feel like they’ve entered a foreign country, these posts are for you. I will be posting our weekly grocery shopping trip to give you a good grasp on just what we consume. We grocery shop at least three times a week, but we typically have one large purchase. That’s what I’ll focus on.

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Total Purchase: $155.01      Store: Sprouts     Location: California

Procude:

  • 3 lb Brussel Sprouts ($5.87)
  • 4 Cantaloupe Melons ($6.00)
  • 2.75 lb Cherries ($8.10)
  • 2 Green Bell Pepper ($1.00)
  • 6 Hass Avocados ($5.28)
  • 6 Limes ($1.20)
  • 2 Packages Organic Alfalfa Sprouts ($3.98)
  • 2 lb Organic Broccoli ($3.17)
  • 1 lb Organic Tomato ($2.42)
  • 3 lb Organic Fuji Apples ($5.99)
  • 1 Organic Red Leaf Lettuce ($1.50)
  • 1 Pack Organic Romaine Hearts ($2.99)
  • 8 lb Organic Bananas ($7.73)
  • 2 Packs Organic Celery Stalks ($3.98)
  • 1 bunch Organic Cilantro (.99)
  • Organic Green Kale (.99)
  • 2.34 lb Red Onion ($2.32)
  • 3.28 lb Yams ($4.23)
  • 4.94 lb Yellow Onion ($2.47)

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Grocery, Can, Bottle

  • `1 can 100% Coconut Water ($1.69)
  • Raw Agave nectar ($6.29)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar ($3.29)
  • Can Tomato Sauce No Salt Added ($1.49)
  • Chile Chipotle ($1.39)
  • Liquid Aminos ($3.99)
  • Braggs Salad Dressing ($4.99)
  • Organic Ketchup ($2.49)
  • Organic Salsa ($2.99)

Soy Products:

  • 2 packages Organic Tempeh ($4.86)
  • Organic Sprouted Tofu ($2.79)

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Bulk Products:

  • Deglet Pitted Dates ($5.17)
  • Deglet Pitted Dates ($5.31)
  • Rolled Oats ($4.41)
  • Steel cut Oats ($1.99)
  • Whole Raw Almonds ($11.83)

Frozen:

  • Organic Corn Tortillas ($1.79)

You’ll soon see we stick to the same foods and eat seasonally. Meaning, we won’t buy peaches that have traveled halfway around the world during winter. We stick to what is available, and try to get whats on sale. For a family of five, if we cut out the organic food, we live just as cheaply as our meat-eating relatives. We buy fruits that are on sale, dice and freeze them for quick smoothies in the summer. People often associate warm fuzzy comforting feelings with food. This is why we turn to food when were stressed. It’s not the act of eating that is comforting, it’s the act of dining.  Spending an hour around the table having good conversation with the people you love. That’s what comforts us. We can still have that with a plant-based diet. We spend six nights a week gathered around our plant-based meals, listening to each other’s days. Laughing and sharing stories.  The comfort of dining paired with the nourishment from eating plant-based gives us the best of both worlds. Plus that rockin body we’ve always longed for doesn’t hurt either.