Used to be (vegetarian for 2years, vegan for one of those)
I'm a backslider I'm dairy-free anyway, and I'm trying to avoid meaton Wednesdays and Fridays. I'm also trying to work myself up tothe whole fasting thing - the next big fast, over Lent, is basicallyseven weeks of a strict vegan diet. So I'm getting there...kinda.
~Emily and the Fuzzbutts~
Good for you!! :elephant: I don't want to callmyself vegan because I still eat cheese. But my lifestyle isalmost vegan. So I call myself vegatarian(vee-guh-tarian). It's difficult to live this way, but it'sso satisfying. My house is almost cruelty-free.:bunnydance: I won't eat any kind of meatwhatsoever. I don't eat gellatin. I don't wear fur,leather or any dead animal skin. I buy products that have NOTbeen tested on animals. Cheese is a tough one because it's soaddicting. I don't know if I can ever kick thecheese.Hi,
I have been vegetarian for 14 years and have eaten a vegan diet foralmost two years. I rarely say that I'm vegan however because it isquite provocative sometimes. I think it can make people defensive oftheir own dietry choices and I would never like to be thought of asself righteous or judgemental. It's just easier for me.
I don't think anyone should feel bad about backsliding. If you are inany way uncomfortable about eating meat or dairy products then anychanges to your diet in this way are a contribution to what you beliveand you deserve respect, you don't have to go the whole hog [as itwere] to make a difference.
hurrah for diertry diversity!
GETTING LOST WITH DRUGS
Heroin users "get lost" after injecting chemically processed
poppy juice into their veins. Homer reported that Ulysses
"got lost" during his odyssey after being lured into a
gentle sleep caused by opiates.
When Dorothy laid down in a poppy field in the Wizard of Oz,
she fell into a very deep sleep. She followed a yellow brick
road into a sleepy world of marmalade skies, cellophane
flowers and marshmallow pies.
Opiates are narcotics, and they produce intense feelings of
pleasure followed by a calm drowsy feeling. Opiates are
Smokers of opiated hashish gently lose their way into
narcotically-induced dreamlike states (no, not Colorodo or
The most wholesome cow's milk from organically raised
bovines naturally contains a powerful opiate in the morphine
family called casomorphin. Concentrated milk products
(cheese, ice cream, and milk chocolate) contain concentrated
quantities of these addictive narcotics.
Now, you too can "get lost" by consuming America's most
delicious legal opiate, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Hershey Foods is about to launch a new advertising campaign
giving their best-selling bite-sized snack a new slogan:
"Get Lost in a Reese's"
Hersehy's will spend $10 million to promote their chocolate
high to children. Who is their target group? Hershey's
"Young males are among the biggest eaters of candy, and
Reese's is no exception."
One ad portrays a growling dog that bites a young man in the
leg. The boy feels no pain because he is munching on a
Reese's. A second ad shows a kid whose pants get caught in
an escalator, oblivious to the fact that he is about to be
stripped to his underwear.
What causes the drug-induced chocolate "high?"
Could it be morphine, an opiate? Do chocolate manufacturers
know that their product contains drugs?
Let's examine milk chocolate. The three major ingredients of
milk chocolate are, in order of abundance, sugar, milk, and
Florida researcher, Robert Cade, M.D., has identified a milk
protein, casomorphin, as the probable cause of attention
deficit disorder. Dr. Cade found Beta-casomorphin-7 in high
concentrations in the blood and urine of patients with
either schizophrenia or autism.
Eighty percent of cow's milk protein is casein. After eating
milk chocolate, casein breaks down in the stomach to produce
a peptide opiate, casomorphine.
Visit http://www.notmilk.com/aa.html and find the dairy connection:
"Exorphins appear to produce...lack of awareness of events,
anti-social behavior, and decreased verbal skills. Many of
these behaviors are similar to those noted on chronic heroin
addiction. Studies by Karl Riechelt indicate a very strong
association between certain autistic behaviors and ingestion
Government statistics suggest that America is home to 64
million nicotine addicts (cigarette smokers), 18 million
alcoholics, 12 million marijuana smokers, and 2.3 million
opiate and cocaine users. Opiates in chocolate have not yet
made their top ten drug list, but make no mistake about it,
folks. Drugs work, and milk is physiologically addictive.
Nature's way is to include chemical messengers that make
nursing pleasurable. That same mechanism is what also makes
weaning so difficult. Most American adults have never been
weaned from the addictive effects of milk.
Get lost with milk chocolate? Hersehy's relies upon addicted
children to generate increased candy sales. So, "Get lost"
with milk chocolate and satisfy a physiological addiction to
casomorphin. Are you a chocolate junkie? Get Lost with
Right on. Gelatin grosses me out.There are gelatins made from seaweed. I believeit's called agar agar. They work very well. A lotof heatlh food stores carry agar agar or products made withthis. I am also thinking carageenean may be another seaweedtye thickener but Ican't remember. (time to google)
Cheese is extremely addicting, as the article above states. Ilove it though. I will stop eating it someday. Ican do it! I can do it!The thing about cheese is that you may not always know thesource of the rennet used in the cheese. Some comes fromcows, some from vegatable sources and some is a newer manufacturedrennet (synthetic). The food coop where I used to livelabeled all the cheese. I don't know how to tell now wherethe rennet is from.
You can find a list of cruelty free products onwww.peta.org. As for makeup,Almay and Revlon do not test on animals. I'll find the directlink.Cruelty-free products - it might be useful to have some linksfor cruelty-free products in case people are interested in purchasingthem. It's very hard to eliminate animal by-products (cattlehair in felt tip pens, car fan belts, etc.)but if that issomeone's interest, any little bit helps. Thehardest thing I have found is finding decent looking//feelingnon-leather shoes. Does anyone know a source?
I'rescue' worms that are on the path by picking them up and putting themon the grass, and I always catch wasps that are caught inside, andrelease them outside. I once spent half an hour in a cafe trapping onein a glass and letting it go outside, much to the amusement of otherpeople having a coffee :embarrassed: