The Launch of My New Website!

February 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I’m excited to announce the launch of my new website and vegan video series, VeganBreak.com!

I’m starting Vegan Break as an attempt to make veganism more accessible to the general public. I’ll be making short videos a couple times a week about all things vegan–vegan products, book and cookbook reviews, cooking, health, nutrition, under-reported food news, and much more!¬† Here is the first episode:

If you’re vegan, thinking about going vegan, or just interested in healthy compassionate eating and living, I hope you will enjoy my website and find my videos helpful!

Hugs,

Michelle ūüôā

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Thanksgiving Reflection

November 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Dear Friends,
 
¬†¬†¬†¬† I’m spending thanksgiving alone in Ohio this year, so I’ve had some time to reflect. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful tradition of appreication, family, and delicious food. It breaks my heart to know that some people in this world can’t afford a thanksgiving meal or can’t be with their families on this day. For that reason I’ve started making a point of donating a thanksgiving meal to the hungry every year. But just as heartwrenching is the knowledge that at the center of most thanksgiving tables lies the body of an individual who suffered a life of continual discomfort, pain, and misery just so we can eat her at in the course of one meal. It strikes me as a contradiction to the spirit of Thanksgiving that we take the lives of others in order to celebrate our own, especially when it is possible to have healthful and delicious meals without doing so.

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¬†¬†¬†¬† Having a turkey at Thanksgiving¬†is a tradition that we’ve all grown up with, and that we’ve all participated in for a long time, but that few people really think about. We look upon some behaviors and traditions of the past (such as slavery, the treatment of women, the persecution of jews, etc.) with disgust, and wish that people had stopped participating in them. But it is important to notice that injustice is not a thing of the past–it is very much a part of our present day society. We are participants in some of the most intense, widespread, systematic and socially sanctioned suffering ever inflicted by humans on this planet, and that is the production and slaughter of animals for food. It is a horror hidden behind closed doors, and one that will not end until we stop supporting it.
 
I hope that you take a moment this thanksgiving to reflect, to open your heart to the feelings of others, and to embrace the sense of compassion that I know lies within all of us.
 
With love,
 
Michelle

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The Ultimate Vegan Guide

November 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

A new book hit the Amazon marketplace today–The Ultimate Vegan Guide is the third published¬†masterpiece of¬†vegan guru Erik Marcus. You may know him from his previous books, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, or Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, but most likely you know him from his blog:¬†www.vegan.com.

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This book is the perfect guide to living a compassionate vegan life. Covering subjects ranging from home cooking to dining out to advanced activism, this book may soon become every compassionate person’s survival guide. Erik Marcus explains, “I wrote this book because it‚Äôs almost 2009 and our literature still didn‚Äôt have a breezy, fun, yet thorough introduction to how to go vegan.” According to the Amazon.com product description,

“YOU could be the world’s next vegan. It’s easy if you know how, and this uniquely helpful book tells you everything you need to know. Every topic related to vegan living is covered, including cooking, nutrition, food shopping, dining out, and much more. You’ll get clear and straight-forward guidance from one of the world’s most respected vegan authors. Going vegan is something you can easily accomplish; let The Ultimate Vegan Guide show you the way.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold! Two copies (one for myself and one to keep on hand for the next time someone asks me where I get my protein) should be arriving at my door any day now. I can’t wait!

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A Moment for the Pigs

June 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s funny… when I was little I had no idea meat came from real live animals. I though it was just named after them. When I found out the truth,¬†I was horrified. I had no idea I had been eating food that had once had a face, had once been alive and full of feeling and emotion. By age¬†eight I had become a vegetarian.

Today I am a vegan.

This is why:

 

This is not natural. But it is boasted about by the Wisconsin Pork Association!

For all those ham, pork &¬†bacon lovers…

Please take a moment to remember the pigs that died for you.

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Great cheese comes from Happy Cows?

June 6, 2008 at 12:09 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

 

A close friend asked me a question that I now¬†realize is central to the miscommunication between vegetarians and omnivores. He asked me if I would eat an animal raised on an ‘old-school’ grass farm like that described in the book “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. I responded that although I¬†personally would not eat it because I know I don’t need to and¬†I see no reason to kill needlessly, I am not opposed to the killing and eating of these humanely treated animals. What? Yes, you heard me right:

 

I am a vegan and I am not opposed to eating meat.

 

No this isn’t an oxymoron, and no it isn’t rare. It is not meat eating that most vegetarians¬†and vegans¬†are opposed to, but the¬†inhumane treatment¬†of animals while they are alive.¬† I am not opposed to the killing of animals (everyone‚Äôs gotta die, right? And it‚Äôs rarely pleasant), I’m opposed to infliction of unnecessary suffering.¬†I do in fact support grass farms where animals get to live out lives free from intensive confinement, constant pain, suffering, abuse and neglect before they are killed and eaten.

 

Why, then, am I a vegetarian?

 

Unfortunately, 98-99% of the meat in this country is produced through factory farming (Peter Singer, ‚ÄúThe Ethics of What We Eat‚ÄĚ), so ‘humane’ alternatives are very difficult to find. Truly humane meat¬†is almost impossible to find.¬†Labels such as “free range‚ÄĚ ‚Äúhumane certified‚ÄĚ ‚Äúorganic‚ÄĚ etc. are deceiving and in reality¬†mean very little.¬†“Organic” meat and dairy, for example, often comes from animals that suffer more than non-organic animals, because they¬†are kept in the same conditions¬†but are not given antibiotics and¬†treatment that¬†the others are provided.¬†Ultimately, unless I raised the animals¬†myself or visited the¬†farms I¬†purchased meat from,¬†I could not trust that the animals were humanely raised.

 

For anyone interested in this subject, I highly recommend the book ‚ÄúThe Ethics of What We Eat‚ÄĚ by Peter Singer. It‚Äôs an eye opener about the meat industry and its relation with this country. It is an¬†incredibly well researched book, and sheds light on the practices and the labels (“free range‚ÄĚ ‚Äúhumane certified‚ÄĚ ‚Äúorganic‚ÄĚ etc.)¬†without being preachy.

 

 

“Great Cheese Comes From Happy Cows”

 

 

 

 

Do you really believe that?

 

 

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Oprah Winfrey Goes Vegan!

May 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Unbelievable. Oprah is going vegan for a 21-day cleanse!  Way to GO Oprah!!

This is definitely the biggest vegan-oriented news of the year, and quite possibly the decade.”¬†–vegan.comThe Cattlemen and dairy folks must be crapping their knickers right about now.” -Erik Marcus

According to Oprah, so far so good!¬†In¬†her blog she¬†wrote:¬†“So this first day wasn’t hard at all. For breakfast, I had steel-cut oatmeal with fresh blueberries, strawberries, chopped walnuts and a splash of soy milk and some agave nectar. For lunch, chunky mushroom soup with wild rice and pecans. As a snack, a handful of roasted almonds. And for dinner, a baked potato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper with a salad of shredded lettuce, cranberries, pine nuts and tiny orange slices with a vinegar and oil dressing.” Mmmm…doesn’t sound too bad to me! In fact, sounds delicious!

Move over Milk…¬†your century in the spotlight is over. You are gross, hormone-y, and meant for baby cows!¬†I think my point is expressed nicely here:¬†

Did you know¬†humans are the only species to drink milk past babyhood and moreover to drink the¬†milk of another species?¬†¬†Yeah. “Weirdo’s”¬†is a definite¬†understatement.

Got Milk?

Got Vegan? 

Veganism. It does the body good.

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Mmmm. . . dinner anyone?

April 30, 2008 at 1:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Bluch! And here are yet another three¬†reasons why I don’t eat food that had a face:

Seriously, people. Those do NOT look delicious… no matter how long you cook them.

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