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A Year of Being Vegan

Today is a big day for me as it marks my one-year anniversary of becoming a vegan.  What started out as a six-week trial run that only my husband knew about has become a complete one-eighty of how I not only view food and animals, but how I view the world. Quite simply, it has changed my life.

I first wrote about why I became vegan after the six-week period was up and I knew I wasn’t going to go back to eating meat and dairy.  As I’ve said before, it was a no-brainer once I began to understand the issues.  Today I re-read what I first wrote almost a year ago about my “coming out” and with the exception of one sentence that I no longer feel the same towards (I’ve since updated the post to reflect this), nothing has changed. That is good news and bad news.  Good news because it has only strengthened my resolve to share my experience with others but bad news for the millions of animals who continue to toil away in factory farms and slaughterhouses with no choice in the matter. Continue reading

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Usher’s Misstep

As anybody who writes regularly will know, be it for themselves or for others, you often find yourself jotting down ideas as they come to you, hoping they’ll make some sense by the time you get around to writing about them.  I was looking over some of my random notes recently (I accidentally just typed “ransom notes” and made myself laugh) and came across this one I had jotted down in a rush:

“Usher and his stupid vegan comment.”

We live in a time now that is probably more obsessed with celebrities than any other century. Or maybe, thanks to social media, famous people are just more accessible than they’ve ever been before which makes our fascination with them only seem like obsession. Continue reading

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Scientific Reductionism: The Incomplete Truth

This week in the news, I read the following headline:

“Children Who Drink Non-Cow’s Milk Are Twice as Likely To Have Low Vitamin D.”

I read the article a few times and I have thoughts.  But first, allow me to clarify: I am not a scientist.  I am not a doctor.  Hell, I didn’t even go to University.  I am a layperson, a civilian, an average Joe Public. Am I biased against the meat and dairy industry and more favourable towards a vegan lifestyle? Absolutely.  But not for no reason.  I have been on both sides of that fence and I can tell you, I found there to be a lot more truth and reason on the plant-based side.  It was a no-brainer once I compared the two. Continue reading

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We’re Not Being Told the Truth About: Dairy

Dairy – and more specifically cheese – was once the reason I thought I could never be vegan.  Yet dairy (and by extension cheese) was ultimately what made me become one.  When I watched “Vegucated” and saw a newborn calf being dragged away from their mother so her milk could be used for human consumption, that was it for me. No cheese will ever be worth that sacrifice.

I became a vegan for one reason: to spare the lives of animals. And if that remained the only reason, it would still be enough.  But since last year, when I innocently started on this path in what was just supposed to be a six-week trial run, I have discovered many more reasons to remain one.  The title of a Fleetwood Mac song springs to mind in regards to that: Never Going Back Again. Continue reading

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What’s More Drastic?

Last week there was a story in the news that Canada’s “demand” for Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery has increased from 1,600 surgeries in 2006/07 to 6,000 surgeries in 2012/2013. The cost of the 6,000 surgeries was $48 million dollars.  In addition to the surgery costs are the annual costs to treat obesity-related conditions such diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, a price that currently sits between $4.6 and $7.1 billion dollars per year. According to the article, a recent study predicts that roughly 21 percent of Canadians will be obese by 2019 – a mere 5 years from now. Continue reading

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