So, I’ve been sitting in my bed for the past 3 hours writing a letter (yes, it’s a long letter) to my Dad (the old fashioned way, by hand, with a pen! which I actually really love, it just takes longer) telling him all the reasons why it would be sooo beneficial for him to eat a plant-based diet. His doctor even told him, if he loses 10 lbs, he wouldn’t have to eat those diabetic pills! Remember, I lost 7 lbs in 2 1/2 months, and I was not trying to lose weight. It just falls off you because you are always eating wicked, healthy, whole foods! and lots of carbs! Like I’ve already eaten 1/4 of my banana bread, big bowl of fruit, plus a bunch of nuts and seeds, I just pour them, literally, into my mouth from the glass jar, 2 chocolate oat drop cookies, and drank a huge thermos of tea with lemon juice and sugar. (yes, white sugar)….. now, I’m ready to eat something else. But that’s the great thing, I think, I can eat what I want …. in the plant-based diet realm of course!!! …without the fear of cholesterol (I just learned that your body makes it’s own cholesterol, no need to eat it!), trans fats or saturated fats. (The more I learn, the more I realize that meat and dairy products are evil!)
Anyway, back to writing … in bed … love it ….. with my gorgeous gray cat, Blitz, snoozing by my side (I actually want to check out vegan options for him! Emily from Bite Size Vegan did that for her dog) while I occasionally look out the window and watch the gorgeous snow falling, accumulating….! It’s -1 C, and supposedly it’s going to snow all weekend! Yippee!
As I was writing to my father, I learned more about “Eggs“. An average egg equals about 180 to 230 mg of cholesterol, and if your cholesterol level is normal than that’s ok, I guess. But because you should not take in more than 300 mg of cholesterol daily, that means you cannot, or should not, have meat or dairy products for the rest of that day! Bummer! Did you know, that they are comparing eating an Egg a day to smoking 5 cigarettes a day! Did you know, that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) keeps telling the American Egg Board that they cannot say that Eggs are “nutritious”, “healthy”, or “safe”. They cannot be called “low in calories”, or “low in saturated fats”, or “relatively low in fat”, or “a protein rich food”. It’s illegal to say “they contribute nutritionally”, or are “healthful”, or have “healthful components”. They cannot say they’re “good for you” or are “a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet”!! What, are you kidding me!!! And, we’re eating this stuff!!!
So, guess what, the American Egg Board came up with “Can reduce hunger”!
By the way, I got this info. from “Bite Size Vegan” and “Erin Janus” on YouTube. It’s not just from these awesome gals but also many others, as I learn, learn, learn. Then there’s “Dr. Michael Greger, NutritionalFacts.org“! Amazing man. I’m sending this Book to my Dad, so he can hold the Book in his hand (which is what he likes v. reading from a laptop) and read, read, read. I’m really hoping he’ll join me in my vegan quest, and his wife, for that matter. I mean, you really don’t have anything to lose! Except maybe some weight!
Now, did you know that genetically modified chickens lay up to 200 – 350 eggs a year! Compared to a normal wild chicken which lays 12 – 13 eggs a year. The physical repercussions are devastating to these birds! I mean, the natural life span of a chicken is 10 – 20 years, but in the Egg Industry, they become “SPENT HENS” after 1 1/2 years and are shipped off to slaughter. Never mind the fact that there are 125,000 hens in one shed! Feces, ammonia gases from the feces, stress equal eye infections, upper respiratory tract infections, viral infections…. (ew gross, and we eat these eggs and these birds!) Even on organic free range farms, it’s standard practise to debeak chicks using a razor blade, a hot blade or an infra red laser at temperatures of up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some birds die due to starvation or dehydration due to pain, or from weakened immune systems. (And all of this is o.k.?)
Now, what about the male chicks…. oh, right, they don’t count! They don’t produce eggs, so let’s just get rid of them, let’s ground them up alive, or just toss them into a garbage bag and let them suffocate! And what about “Forced Molting“…. just learned about that one this morn.! They starve the hens for up to 18 days, leave them in the dark, denying them water which then shocks their bodies into an intense egg laying cycle. If the hen doesn’t die, they can be put through this cycle 2 or 3 more times! (holy shit!) Hens are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act, or the Federal Humane Slaughter Act, so who cares, right!?
Wow, what a morning it’s been! Sad really, but the truth! This is all just a tiny droplet of info. in the bucket of course. But no one ever tells you this stuff. It’s all hidden, so the Corporations can make money…! Why do we human beings continue to think so much of ourselves! I thought, we’re suppose to be the intelligent ones??? What happened? I ENCOURAGE you all to get more info, inform yourselves, take care of your precious bodies….. like my ma always said, and says, “You only have one body, take care of it!” Stuff your face with fruits, and vegys, and nuts and seeds, and rice and potatoes, and pasta…. and more!
Check out “Oh She Glows“, I was given this book for Christmas, and I am devouring these recipes! The meals are unbelievably incredible! so amazing, I cannot say enough about these tasty delicious gems! Thank you so much Angela!
And so, as I put my letter (6 pages now… I obviously love writing) together with a copy of a letter that I sent to our community newspaper, and flyers from “Vegan Outreach“, I am hoping that my father will take this all very seriously. He did mention at Christmas time, that he “might try this”. Maybe I will be able to persuade him? I hope so! Oh, and quickly, something I just saw in his letter that I did not mention…..an article that came up in Facebook, “400 million fewer animals were killed last year due to more people opting for a plant based diet.” Nice! ok, and just a few photos of some yummy food!! I promise, I will get that Banana Bread to you! oh, and by the way, it’s still snowing out …….
…. I love days like this…. slow …. obviously needed it! 🙂