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If you have ever said or thought that you could "never give up cheese," this episode is for you. In it, I explore our irrational attachment to this stuff and suggest that it is a combination of factors that foster our addiction to cheese. I suggest that our desire for it is really a desire for something familiar. I suggest that it acts as a trigger for a nostalgic memory. I suggest that we use it to bring us comfort. I also suggest that it may be as simple as craving fat or salt. And I suggest that all of these things can be satisfied without cheese. I also recommend some good non-dairy cheeses as well as ways to make some of your favorite dishes without any cheese at all - dairy or non-dairy. The bottom line is: NEVER SAY NEVER. Just be willing to be open. You'll find that there is indeed life without cheese. First, we have to stop giving it so much power.

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A handful of individuals have been incredibly successful at demonizing a bean - a bean! Our obsession with single nutrients, our reliance on media sound bites for our health advice, our misunderstanding of the power of the anti-vegetarian agenda, our reliance on processed foods are the problems - not soy. Though soy foods are not miracle foods, neither are they poison. This episode seeks to put it all in perspective and demonstrate that whole soy foods can be part of a varied, whole-foods, plant-based diet - but only if you want them to be.

Direct download: soy_not_evil.mp3
Category:Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:34am PST
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The process of becoming de-sensitized to animal suffering happens at a very early age. Though our innate compassion is unfettered and unconditional when we're young, we receive messages that indicate that not only should this compassion be left on the threshold of adulthood but that certain animals are here to love and certain ones are here to use. As a result, many of us go through our entire lives detached from the animals who once permeated every aspect of our childhood and detached from our own emotions and truths. Only when the spell is broken, when we are shaken out of our sleep do we experience a profound awakening. The key is being *willing* to wake up. The key is letting go of our self-deception and lowering the defenses we built up.

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The word "mutilate" is a disturbing one, but I’m not using it merely to disturb. I’m using it because it aptly describes what I’m talking about. The root of the word means "to cut up, to cut off," and that’s what we do systematically to billions of animals - because we can. To my mind, to mutilate someone physically, to harm them physically is the ultimate violation of their rights as an individual. Please join me as we explore yet another truth - disturbing though it is - about our treatment of non-human animals. I promise the next episode will be much lighter.

Direct download: mutilation.mp3
Category:Health, Society & Culture, Fitness & Nutrition, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:34am PST
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