Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Vegan

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I can tell you honestly that these nutritional powerhouses were not always on my list of favorite foods. Luckily, our palates change, and when we begin to eat healthier foods, we stop craving fatty, salty, processed, packaged junk. In this episode, I talk about my favorite foods, why they're so beneficial, and how you can prepare them easily and deliciously.

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I've always been perplexed by the claim that animal advocates are anti-human. It seems really odd to me because though we're reminded every day that humans steal, lie, cheat, kill, rape, and hurt each other, I’ve never heard any of these people called "anti-human." It seems to me that the accusation would better suit someone who actually acts against humans. It also doesn't say much about our capacity to care about more than one thing at a time. Why would my compassion for one group diminish my capacity for another? Nonetheless, animal advocates are often reluctant to publicly object to such groups as Heifer Project International, a "hunger relief" organization, lest they be accused of caring more about animals than humans. I, however, see it differently. Perpetuating a speciesist paradigm - that views animals as mere commodities with no inherent value of their own - Heifer and other organizations like it participates in what is essential a slave trade - an animal slave trade. Exporting our own preventable diseases, fostering an environmentally destructive animal ag system, imposing harmful substances on lactose-intolerant populations, desensitizing people to animal suffering, and manipulating our own compassionate sensibilities are just a few of the problems I see with this model.

Direct download: heifer.mp3
Category:Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37am PST
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Granted, this may not be the sexiest topic in the world, but understanding our basic requirements for optimum health is important. Despite what many people believe, vitamin B12 is not animal-derived. Take a listen to find out everything you've always wanted to know about this water-soluble vitamin.

Direct download: B12.mp3
Category:Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38am PST
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I’ve heard some people say that they’re not vegetarian because they don't want to make their non-vegetarian friends and family uncomfortable, they don’t want to appear difficult, they don't want to appear different. Noble though it sounds, I think we underestimate our friends and family in the guise of "protecting them" from any discomfort, and in doing so, we’re not only denying our own ethics and perpetuating the socially sanctioned abuse of animals, we’re also - potentially - denying other people their own transformation. When we deny our own truth, we may very well be denying others theirs.

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