Still More Compassionate Communication….

And here’s another chance to have more compassionate communication:

Why do we say “It’s no use beating a dead horse?”  I like the suggestion of instead saying, “It’s no use watering a dead flower.”  Horses are some of the most beautiful animals in the world and just the THOUGHT of beating one, dead or alive, evokes such sad emotions and ugly visuals.

Yesterday I was sharing some thoughts with an old public school friend/neighbor about the journey of living on a plant-based diet.  We were discussing how the journey may start for one reason but the more aware we become, the more reasons we find.  To further emphasize this point, I would like to share a quote from the Vegan’s Daily Companion.  This one comes from Wayne in Texas who was raised on farms as was his wife.  His family was in the hog industry and her’s in the beef industry.  In his 30s he received a tragic diagnosis of sudden cardiac death syndrome (was revived and had a defib implanted).  Almost a decade later his was was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and given 2 years to live.  He goes on to say…”I went full-on vegan and at last healthy check my heart was found to be healthy and no damage from the past trauma was apparent.  I now prepare my wife’s food.  Her health has improved and she now only has to wear her oxygen at night.  Soon she will have another heart function study and I know it will show improvement.  As I did more research, I became overwhelmed by grief for all the victims of the slaughterhouse industry.  I didn’t want to become a tree-hugging vegan; I only wanted to save my wife.  But I have had an awakening that I never expected.”

Once again, I urge anyone with health problems to consider what they are eating!  This is NOT only about animal products.  I have so many students who complain about joint problems and they all use artificial sweeteners…Why not try just cutting them out for 30 days and see??  Also turmeric is a great spice to help combat inflammation and can be used fresh, dried or even in a pill form.  I also recently learned that the 3 main instigators of diarrhea are–coffee, dairy and artificial sweeteners.  I know that one hits home with many–a cup of coffee with a little milk and some splenda and you have inside yourself your very own chemistry lab!

I never want to preach…I really don’t.  I just want to share information that I stumble upon because I am so interested in nutrition/health/fitness.  I hope you always read my entries knowing that is where they are coming from and that today, on Vegan (feast) Thursday, you will consider not only a meatless meal or 2 or 3, but also the scientific correlations between what you are ingesting and how that is effecting your health.  Namaste…………….

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.