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Check out NJ.com today for a great article posted today about veganism.  It starts out with this: “It is almost impossible to have a conversation with a vegan and not want to slam the door in disgust on your own entrenched eating habits.” From there, I knew it was going to be good.  I love reading pieces on veganism that are so positive, instead of reading about how “restrictive” and “difficult” it is.  It’s especially nice reading something like this written from an omnivore’s perspective.  Hooray for the Times of Trenton!

The article talks mostly about the ethical and health reasons for going vegan.  I have the ethical part down,  but reading this (among other things) has prompted me to think more about how my diet has and/or can affect my health.  Even though I feel like my diet has been more healthy since going vegan, I know I have a lot of room for improvement.  So, I’ve decided that it’s time to make my diet more healthy. I’m going to eat even more vegetables and whole grains, and cut back on some of my “treats”, like potato chips and french fries.  I seriously didn’t lose a single pound going vegan, and that just seems wrong, considering how much cheese and candy I used to eat. What gives? Perhaps it’s the other crap that’s still in my diet. Time for a change!

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About 7 years ago, a girlfriend of mine surprised me with a 1 year old cat she had adopted from the Humane Society as a gift for my birthday. While in general I think giving pet as gifts is a terrible idea, in this case it actually worked out. I was thrilled to have my new kitty.  I had always been a cat person and had loved having cats on our farm growing up, but this cat, who I named Kisa, was my first pet as an adult.  She is now 8 years old and has been a near perfect little companion.  (I say “near” because I have never met a cat who talks as much or as loudly as she does – it’s kind of insane. But hey, I guess she has a lot to say!)

Anyway, a few years later, I got my little doggy, Otis.  He was about 15 months old, and looked so pathetic on the Humane Society’s website that I had to go look at him – “just to look”. I wasn’t going to adopt him, obviously, but I had to go LOOK at him. Because that’s always a good idea, right?  Well, upon arrival I knew I was a goner.  He looked at me with these sad, sad eyes, head slightly bowed, and back rounded, and I just knew I couldn’t leave him there.  So I took him home, and he won his way into my heart by pooping in the house, chewing on my shoes, and waking me up several times a night.  He has since learned his manners (for the most part).

So what does this have to do with veganism?  Well, it’s funny, but I think it took living with these 2 furballs for a while for me to realize that they were really no different from other animals–namely, “food” animals.  Someone said to me one day, “For how much you love animals, I’m surprised you eat them.”  That really kind of hit home.  How could I know with all my heart that Otis & Kisa had these big personalities, desires to do things like get treats, go for walks, spend time outside, and so forth, but deny that pigs and cows and chickens have those same desires?  It didn’t make sense anymore.

In some countries, humans eat dogs and cats. Americans find that to be repulsive, and yet what makes cats and dogs so different from other animals?  Something to think about….

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A fellow blogger over at Experiments in Living tagged me for a MeMe.  Here it is!

1. What I was doing 10 years ago:

Ten years ago at this time I was starting my first year of college. Yikes!

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (in no particular order):

  • Take my dog to the dog park
  • Empty my Google reader
  • Return emails
  • Work out
  • Go to Target

3. Snacks I enjoy:

  • Peanut butter toast
  • Fruit – especially bananas, grapes, berries, peaches, kiwis…ok, all of them
  • Trail mix
  • Cashews
  • Water (is water a snack? Maybe not…)

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  • Start my own HUGE farm sanctuary and rescue a BUNCH of animals
  • Travel to: Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, California, Italy, Egypt, and basically every where else!
  • Give my family a share so that they would be taken care of and could do things they wanted
  • Write a book
  • Hire a personal trainer and a personal chef
  • Get a massage every day
  • Start up a couple of foundations – one helping animals and one helping to stop the illegal sex trafficking of children

5. Places I have lived:

  • A farm in North Dakota (Years 1-18)
  • St. Paul, MN (4 years/college)
  • Reykjavik, Iceland (5 months)
  • Minneapolis, MN (6 years since college – Mpls & suburbs)

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