Activism & Animal Rights

Why I’m Vegan

To sum up, there’s really no justifiable reason NOT to be vegan in 2019.  With so many cruelty free alternatives for meats, dairy and eggs, why would someone continue to pay others to mistreat and slaughter animals by the TRILLIONS every single year??  I truly believe that the generations to come, will look back at this atrocity which such shame and disbelief.  Want to know why many people continue to consume dead animal flesh and secretions?   Convenience, habit, taste and traditions.

There are plenty of health studies out there that prove whole plant based foods are optimal for humans.  And there’s even more studies out there that prove animal products are the leading cause of deaths for humans.  Heart disease is the number one killer in humans and stems from saturated fats and cholesterol which are mainly found in animal products.  Certain forms of cancer are also the cause of too much processed meats and dairy.  Dairy plays a huge role in hormonal cancers (breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular).  Don’t you think it’s weird how we continue to drink breast milk after our early childhood years from another species???  How many people would be grossed out if it were pig breast milk or dog breast milk or better yet, human breast milk??  It’s just all so weird and we’re not baby cows after all.  The hormones found in cow’s milk does a number on our bodies.  “Milk does a body good is not science, it’s marketing.”- Dr. Milton Mills, MD

Ethically speaking, most people are against animal abuse and if they had to slaughter or even witness the slaughter of the animal they want to eat, they wouldn’t do it.  Earthlings and Dominion are two very powerful documentaries that show the truth on how these animals are raised, farmed and slaughtered.  Every single one of them fight until their very last breath to survive.  We all just want to live in peace; human animals and non-human animals.

Environmentally speaking, we’re screwed.  We’ll not so much us but our kids and their kids.  The amount of pollution and waste created by the animal agricultural industry has come to a point of no return.  Deforestation to make room for more animals or to grow the food to feed to the animals is beyond devastating to comprehend.  Dead zones in the oceans with fish-less oceans predicted by the year 2048!  If the fish go, we all go.  We are destroying our beautiful planet by using and consuming other sentient beings.

Being vegan is taking an ethical stance against all intentional animal abuse.  This includes avoiding food and clothing derived from animals along with products tested on animals and using animals for our entertainment (zoos, circuses, etc.)  Just by existing, humans will destroy some life forms by driving, walking, crop farming, etc.  We must do our part to cause the LEAST amount of harm to others (whether directly or indirectly).  I am vegan because we must be the change we wish to see in the world.  Could you imagine how much better off we all would be if we were taught to respect all life forms and not just those we consider pets?

Peace begins on your plate.  #bevegan

*DISCLOSURE* I by no means am posting this to shame non-vegans.  I wasn’t vegan for the first 32 years of my life and it is not my place to judge.  Most people do not know how bad it actually is for the animals nor do they care to witness it.  I called myself an animal lover all my life all while consuming their dead, tortured bodies and sporting Coach purses made of cow skin.  I urge each and every one of you to please do your own research because once we know better, we can do better.  And those that have the privilege to know have the duty to act.  It is my duty to spread awareness as far and wide as possible.  It’s the very least I can do; especially since I contributed to their suffering for most of my life.

Vegan Living

Move it Mondays

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Like 99.9% of people, I made a New Years resolution this year to get in shape.  Not only to get in shape, but to get more flexible.  I have a goal to get both of my splits by the end of February.  Growing up, I considered myself pretty athletic.  I did gymnastics then competition cheerleading through high school and then urban dance in college.  Throughout my life however, I was never able to master both left and right splits.

I envision myself dancing to choreography I make up in my head.  Why is it that I’m so much better at picturing myself dancing than ACTUALLY dancing??  I feel like a complete tool when I try and recreate the moves I envision in real life.  Even more so when I take a dance class… especially hip hop.  That’s the style I feel more comfortable in but only when I free style.  Try and teach me some moves and I forget all my skills.

A long term goal for me is to be able to choreography a dance I actually look good performing so I can incorporate my activism lifestyle with it.  To accomplish this however, I need to take all sorts of dance classes, gym classes, and put in the long hours and hard work myself.  As for gym classes, I take a Balance and Flex class on Tuesdays, a Strength Training class on Wednesdays and a Pilates class on Thursdays.  Mondays are for actual dance classes (either hip hop or modern).  And of course, I can’t forget yoga!  No set days for yoga but it’s so good for the body and mind as well, so I try and fit it in when possible.

I feel so out of my comfort zone on Mondays but it’s a small price to pay in order to achieve my long term dance goal.  Tonight I’ll take one step closer on turning this goal into a reality.  Even if it means putting myself out there and feeling so out of place.

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Vegan Living

Happy New(ish) Year!

Hellooo 2019 peeps!  Is everyone still as focused on their new year goals as they were in December?!  I know I’m not… Hence starting my first blog post a week into February.  Its Friday night, my 2 and a half year old is making a mess with his cereal, glued to his tablet whilst I have moscato in my glass and endless amounts of Friends on Netflix.  Hoping this first blog sparks a fire under my butt and I stay consistent.  That’s the key in life, right? Consistency.  Fall down 99 times, get up 100.  My mission is to share my stories and passion in life.  To showcase the good, the bad and the ugly.  The struggles and consistent hard work you need in life to turn your dreams into reality.  Putting it all out here to hold myself accountable.  Hope you all are ready for me!  😀