So, You Want To Make A Real Difference In The World? Well, Before You Make A Donation, Consider the Impact of Food Choice.
If you’ve ever seen War Horse, I Am Legend, or Life of Pi – you’ll know what I’m talking about.
As the credits roll at the end of a movie like the ones listed above, you let out a heavy breath of relief as you read the following:
“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie.”
…Or maybe I just have an incredibly soft spot for animals.
When I see the horse gallop to its death, the faithful dog die defending its owner, or any other kind of animal abuse or death in general, my heart melts and I can’t help but feel connected to these animals.
This is what the title, “Vegan” means to me:
“No animals were harmed in the making of this product.”
It states that no animals were subject to a life of slavery, mutilation, or slaughter.
That no animals were beaten, abused, raped, or drugged, and that no animals were torn from their babies, or killed prematurely – for the sake of food that tastes good.
“Of course, if we really open our eyes, these are fellow sentient, feeling beings that we’re eating. And they’re not happy or peaceful: they’re suffering, in mass factories of hormone injections, daily beatings, lives of living hell, and murder.” ~ Leo Babauta, A Call for Compassion for the Defenseless
I don’t want to come on too hard here, but this is the reality of the meat and dairy industry and it’s causing an immense amount of problems. Continue reading
“Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m assuming that since you’re reading this that you’ve been on a ‘diet‘ before. Here is my problem with ‘diets‘: From what I’ve seen, people don’t start a ‘diet‘ with the intention of ‘dieting‘ for the rest of their life. Boom! There it is. Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I have been dieting for a decade and it feels great!’ – I haven’t. And if they aren’t planning on following a diet for life then quitting the diet isn’t a matter of ‘if‘ but a matter of ‘when‘ – which further implies that old ways will be re-adopted and it will eventually be as if nothing was even done in the first place! …Dang.
From my experience, people who find long term success aren’t people who ‘diet‘ but rather, are people who make lifestyle changes to their diet. Continue reading
By: Thích Nhất Hạnh, Lilian Cheung
Book Overview: Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book:
- Top 10 Quotes from Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Mindful Eating — How To Savor Every Bite and Fulfill More Than Just Your Stomach
- An Apple Meditation
- The Four Noble Truths
- How to Dwell in the Ultimate
Introduction: How to Eat Mindfully in a World of Rush and Distractions.
When hunger strikes, usually our patience dwindles. We feel our stomach twist and turn and rumble and moan so that it may be filled again – and we respond by trying to get food to it as fast as possible. When we are finally able to get a meal, it isn’t long until it all vanishes from our plate – right before our eyes – and typically re-appears somewhere in the region of our stomach… How that happens exactly? Most of us don’t remember.
In his book Savor, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the importance of being mindful while eating (and while doing most anything in life) so that a person may attain a healthier weight and a more fulfilling lifestyle. One of the central practices he talks about is the idea of slowing down and being more present before, during, and after every meal. Continue reading
“Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins