Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vegetarians throughout history

Some of history's most noted writers, artists and thinkers were vegetarians and vegans.
Leonardo Da Vinci was among them and once said: "I have from an early age adjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men"

Here is just a short list of some that I found interesting:

Siddhartha Gautama(better known as the BUDDHA)
Lord Byron
Mary Shelley (Author of Frankenstein)
Albert Einstein
Susan B. Anthony
Henry David Thoreau
Vincent van Gogh
Thomas Edison
Sir Isaac Newton
Charlotte Bronte
H.G. Wells

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I called BINGO way too many times! HA! Amazing.

Found on the Animal forum

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Website Find

New website find

Found this link on Looks like lot's of great info for new vegetarians/vegans.

Good investigative videos too (not that I can stomach watching them), but it's always good to be reminded why we don't eat animal products!

Don't think I'll ever get sick of this video...

Christian the Lion still brings the tears!

Eating Animals author on Ellen

Jonathan Safran Foer author of Eating Animals...on Ellen a few months ago.
His book is being credited with shedding light on Animal Rights in a way hardcore Vegan activists have been trying to do for many years. As an outsider to the Animal Rights community, many people feel that he will be listened to and accepted more by the public, than an earthy crunchy tree-hugger throwing fake blood on models.

Here he is on Ellen. Just a normal, all american guy...who discovered the truth about factory farming.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian"

Thank you Sir Paul for giving voice to the BILLIONS of animals tortured and killed in this country every year.

Find out more at

Hopefully someone so respected all over the world will help spread the message: EVERY human being should care about the plight of animals.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Restaurant Review: Home on 8th

I ordered lunch today from Home On 8th. The have an entire (large) Vegetarian section to their menu. Non-vegan items are labeled with an asterisk.

According to various reviews on Menupages - the people who run the place are Buddhist and they have separate kitchens for meat and vegetarian cooking! Why can't all restaurants have that??

I ordered the Hawaiian Rice and Crispy BBQ Pork Belly (horrid name). When I opened up the rice I got a whiff of what smelled like bacon (my childhood favorite meat). I immediately asked one of my co-workers if she wanted it instead. I was disappointed that they had inaccurately put HAM in the vegetarian section of the menu! Also I had specifically asked if it was vegan (they can make all rice dishes without egg)!

My cube neighbor tried a piece of the "ham" to make sure it wasn't faux meat. She determine that it was "definitely" real pig and that I should call and ask for something else.

But when I called...turns out, they "don't use any real ham"!!! Yup! Imitation meat so legit a meat-eater couldn't even tell the difference!

Unfortunately the rice actually wasn't that flavorful (Ginger House is better). Could have used more pineapple and veggies.

The BBQ "pork" was quite good, needed a bit of salt though.

Overall a very good lunch. I will definitely order there again. They have many other "faux meat" options that I couldn't choose between. And the Ginger & Tofu soup sounds SO good on a cold day!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


There is a ton of info out there for new Vegans. It can be overwhelming.
These are some of the most helpful websites I've found in the past couple of months.

Listed in no paticular oder:

is one of my ultimate must visit sites! So many recipes as well as lots of helpful comments from users who have actually MADE the recipes before.
I suggest scrolling through all the comments, because the recipes tend to change by the end of a thread, once more people have attempted making it)

2) In Search of Vegan Food is a thread on VegWeb that is very helpful. A list of foods you would never suspect might contain animal products. Print this and take it to the grocery store!

3) Another helpful list for a newbie Veeg is on PETAs site It's a tad overwhelming, but if you feel unsure of what some of the ingredients on labels are...having this list in your bag will come in very handy!

4) Vegan NYC is (as it sounds) a NY centric site. Very simple search by neighborhood for vegan restaurants/stores

5)Super Vegan is another NY site (that every city needs!) with an extensive search/google map list of "100% Vegan,100 Vegetarian, Non Vegan (but with decent vegan options". They also review lot's of different Veeg friendly products

Alanis goes VEGAN and loses 20lbs!

Not gonne lie, my girl Alanis was getting chubby (and with weird orange hair) for a while. She's adopted a new vegan lifestyle and has lost 20 lbs.

Less than a year ago, Alanis Morissette found herself in a heavy situation: the once-svelte rock star had packed on weight, and the processed food she’d been eating left her feeling unhealthy.

Determined to get back on track, Alanis turned to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live, a plan that recommends consuming fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, and avoiding meat and dairy products.

Alanis’ vegan diet — one of the more popular in Hollywood these days — has helped her shed 20 pounds since she began the new regime in September.

Now, the 34-year-old singer who redefined “ironic” is proud to show off her new shape and share her dieting tips with OK! readers.

OK!: How does it feel to have lost 20 pounds?

I feel like a 12-year-old! I’m back to what I was born to be, at my best. I used to get out of bed in the morning and things were aching, and I just thought, this is what happens when you get into your 30s. But now I jump out of bed and have so much energy; I feel very alive. Even after a workout, I feel like if I rest a little bit I could go out dancing all night, so that’s exciting. I have no more aches and pains, and my allergies are gone, too.

OK!: What were you eating that made you gain weight?

A lot of salt and processed grains like bread. I was a sandwich person, and if I had rice, I would pack the salt on.

OK!: Why did you overeat?

All the restrictions and limitations I’d placed upon myself for many years were let loose. I think it was a rite of passage for me. At 21, I was touring with Jagged Little Pill, so I didn’t experience the footloose and fancy-free passage that most people do in their teens and early 20s. My whole life I’ve been overly responsible. So I was fantastically indulgent for a good nine months. I knew it would be a temporary thing, and it was fun. There was a sexiness to my curvier self that I loved.

OK!: Why did you want to find a new eating plan?

Longevity. I realized I want to live till I’m 120. There’s a lifestyle that I am how happily creating that can, as best as is possible, prevent most forms of cancer and other diseases.

OK!: How did you come to choose Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s program?

I went to my favorite bookstore, Banyen Books and Sound, in Vancouver. I saw this book, Eat to Live, and I thought, that’s exactly what I want to do. I wasn’t interested in some fad diet that was unsustainable, like “lose 10 pounds in two weeks.” I don’t believe in diets; I think they’re short-term and a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. So I opened it and flipped through and thought the weight loss is incidental. The primary focus is disease prevention.

OK!: What is your workout routine?

When I’m out on tour, my shows are so physical that that really takes care of it. When I’m not on tour, I do between a half hour to an hour of light weights, running, biking, swimming, probably five times a week. I also love to kickbox and dance.
OK!: What does your boyfriend (attorney Tom Ballanco) think of your weight loss?

He just cares about my well-being. He thought I was sexy at whatever weight that I’ve been. I’ve never felt loved in that way before.

OK!: Will your next big project be to plan a wedding?

I could see in the not too distant future being married with children, absolutely, but I’m in no crazy rush. I wildly respect him. How he views the world, the lens through which he looks at life is very similar to mine. To have that in common makes me sleep well at night.

European Union Gives Animals Legal Standing

Author:Sara Constantineau

Europe has legally recognized animals as sentient beings according to the Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect December 1. Article 13 of the treaty states, "...the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals..." Compassion in World Farming, an animal-welfare organization, says this is a positive precedent that will help activists negotiate for improved animal-welfare legislation. The treaty, originally signed in 2007 by all 27 EU members, addresses modern social, economic, and political changes, and is designed to "[take] Europe into the 21st century."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Brace yourselves...

ABC, 123, baby, you and me girl!

Last night I was discussing with my mom the need to buy lot's of vitamins to make up for the nutriants we were no longer getting from animal products(just milk and egg for me!). To which she responded that she didn't need vitamins because she eats enough "good stuff" to make up for it.

As usual...mother knows best:
The ABCs of Vitamins

Glad I saw this post on Crazy Sexy Life before I went and spent a bunch of money on pills that I can barely swallow!