Why are Some Pets and Others Food?


Compassionate Communication Continued

The following is and entry (I admit I jumped ahead a little) from The Vegan’s Daily Companion.  Since there is no name attached to it, I assume it was written by the author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.  I am posting this, though, because it not only speaks her truth, but definitely mine, as well…though I also am super big on how healthy a plant-based diet is for the humans, as well as the animals…and of course how important fitness is for all of us!

Knowing Your Intention

“Although this may come as a surprise, my intention in the work I do is not to make the world vegan.  My intention is not to change someone else’s mind.  If those were my intentions, I would fail every time. It’s not my role to make anyone do anything.  All I can do is speak the truth and trust that it will inspire others to act on their own values.  That’s why I don’t like the word convert, I prefer inspire or empower.  I never set out to convert anyone.

Whenever I speak on behalf of animals, I make sure I’m clear about this intention.  Before I speak to a group, record a podcast episode, or even answer someone’s question one-on-one, I make sure-in my mind-I’m clear about my intention and my intention is this:

  –To raise awareness about the suffering of animals, to be their voice, and to speak my truth.  That’s it.

Intention is everything and people individually and collectively are smart enough to see right through you if you appear false to them–if you appear to have a hidden agenda, if you are saying one thing by really mean another.  Having a clear intention about your goal and making that goal about truth, rather than outcome, will make you a successful, effective advocate 100 percent of the time.

If someone asks me why I’m vegan, I tell my truth, my story, my reason for being vegan–which is–in short–to not contribute to suffering and violence where I have the power to do so.

Nobody can take away my story.  No one can say “that’s wrong,” or “that’s not true.”  So, if my intention is to raise awareness, be a voice for animals, and speak my truth, my intention will always be met.  My goal will always be accomplished, because I didn’t set out to do anything other than tell the truth, and I may have planted some seeds along the way.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Perhaps it planted a seed or at least inspired you to be mindful to what you are eating.  Awareness is everything……Much love….





Thursday, January 29



I just don’t think Toma (in the middle) had enough weight to lose at home, to win tonight.  He was already under 200 pounds at the last weigh in.   His face looks so slender.  Who knew how handsome he would be when the season began?  Sonya looks like a completely different woman and I think she is a great role model for a Biggest Loser Winner….Rob….he struggled a lot.  He seemed way too “wow is me,” all season.  He was negative and angry and I wonder if he will keep the weight off once the show is over.  All that said, he had the most amount of weight to still lose, which could make him the top contender.  Hmmm.  I am sad that another BL season is coming to an end.  I fell in love with the trainer, Jen.  Watching her train alongside the other two trainers last week (while Bob led the session) impressed me, as does the way she rocks her very muscular body.  That girl has some set of thighs and is a fantastic image for the slogan “strong is the new skinny.”  Her addition to the show has been very positive for me….and Jessie is just so good to look at!  Bob Harper has had my heart from the beginning and has stayed with this show through all the years.  Dolvett?  meh……..

Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday and above all else, happy, happy birthday to my new daughter, Nicole aka Mrs. Zipp.  Looks like this is the year she is going to earn the title of coast to coast 1/2 marathoner.  The world is at your fingertips, cutie.  Always know how loved you are.


Post Lunch(eon)

Just returned from another annual SilverSneakers (plus) luncheon.  We (all 110 of us) sure know how to fill a room!  Every single person who came out today is very special and once again my heart is filled with gratitude.  Thanks to my students for your kindness and generous spirits.  Thanks to my amazing co-instructor, Ellen, for organizing this event AGAIN!

Yes, it was at a Chinese buffet and one of the great things about that is that there was plenty to eat for everyone, including me.  The stir-fry bar was just perfect for me!  It was both filled with lots of assorted veggie choices AND worked into my current plan to lose my December weight — (the scale is slowly moving back to where it should be).

It’s amazing how enjoyable food can be when you feel good about what you’re eating.  There are so many options once you move past the stuff you grew up on.  Since today is Vegan (Feast) Thursday it seemed appropriate to share something I just stumbled upon.