Thanks for some great responses to yesterday’s entry about finding motivation. If you are looking for some motivation (who of us isn’t??) please go back and read yesterday’s comments, including a great article Carol posted, filled with some tips to get you going!
As I write this morning, I am shaking my head, as I often do, after reading the morning paper. Sure, there are lots of things that make me go HMMMMM???? but I do try hard to stay on topic, so I am zeroing in on an article I read about what’s happening in the beef industry, and really, this stuff can’t be made up. In Kentucky, a farmer who says corn is just too expensive to feed his cattle and end up on the profit side, he is supplementing his 1,400 cows feed with a high calorie source. Candy. And he is happy that it is, in deed, fattening up his cows quite nicely.
This morning I also read a very informative article about how trans fats work to not only destroy our vessels and arteries and wreak havoc on our internal organs, but they can actually negatively impact our moods by ramping up anger and aggression. This is important for us to know for ourselves AND for our children. Sending them off to school after eating packaged items like sugary filled, trans fat laden “tarts” or sweet rolls, you might just be fueling not only poor academic performance, but also fueling bullying behavior.
On a very hardcore level, there is so much evidence to support that a diet high in animal products, makes us more aggressive. Without going into all the gory details, regardless of how well animals are taken care of while being raised for food, their last day is never, ever a very good one.
These are just a few reasons to continue to embrace your fresh foods. Mother nature gives us fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, all of which, like the good mother herself, nurture our bodies from head to toe. From a personal perspective, not only did I have those great blood work results but there is no question I am a much more content, peaceful soul now than I was before I embraced a mostly plant-based diet. Even if this is strictly a mental thing (which I don’t believe) it is a comfort to know that there was no suffering involved with the food I put into my body. In yoga, we call this “do no harm.” This is a concept that goes way past the studio.
Here’s to Vegan Thursday and a day of NO HARM. Thanks for taking the time to read this and ponder the contents as they relate to your life…and remember, we are what we eat!
Before I sign off, I have to say it was great hearing from both kids last night and catching up on their latest goings on. Keeping good thoughts for the many things you both have going on. It’s a big wide wonderful world and we are so happy you are digging your teeth into it! Keep us posted on all.