I know, what a hopeful title!
I woke up an hour earlier than I normally do and worked out. Considering that I didn’t manage to get to bed till 1:40AM I thought this was even more of an accomplishment, or idiotic depending on how you look at it. But, I’m glad to have done it. Even though, I won’t lie, I stayed in bed for like 2 minutes thinking of tweets and a post where I could write about how I was GOING to start today, but I only got a few hours of sleep, and then I thought, “Um self, remember that post you wrote where you talked about NO excuses?? ” and then I was all “Well FINE I’LL GET OUT OF BED”
I feel good for doing it. Not because I necessarily feel wide awake and happy to get on with the day, but happy that I followed through with it. I made my morning smoothie, had my vitamins, and now on with the day! And, while I’m being honest, I won’t lie, right next to the blender was a bottle of rum, and yes I thought about a green rum smoothie.
*note to self, move rum AWAY from blender.
But on to other news making events… swine flu. I honestly wasn’t worried about swine flu, until I found out that some people in the town we are currently staying in got sick with it. For those of you who don’t know, I travel full time (with my husband) currently we’re in Palm Springs, CA. I have some mixed feelings about all of the coverage regarding it. Granted, I know that it is serious, and it has the potential of becoming MUCH worse. And I hope that people take the necessary precautions and all of that. But, really I wish that the news media and the government would react as strongly to the pandemic of things like obesity or diabetes or heart disease. Today about 50 people in the country have swine flu, and 1000′s will find out they are diabetic. 1000′s will die from obesity related diseases. I just wish that we, as a society would react as strongly to the diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of people per year. If people took as much precaution, read as much and were just as worried about diabetes as they were swine flu, maybe things would change.
So, let’s talk about it, shall we? I’ll start with those of you who are not vegan or vegan curious. You might be wondering if this says something about pork. The govt. has said that you can not get swine flu from eating diseased pigs, as long as they are cooked to a high temperature. And yet, I’m guessing the majority of people will be staying away from pork products. A few years ago I watched and read “Fast Food Nation” it totally changed my perception of what was going on with the food I was eating. The truth is MOST of the meat people consume is diseased meat. I mean, I wish I could put that in a nicer kind of way, but I don’t know if that is possible. The conditions of factory farms, animals being pumped full of anti-biotics and growth hormones, combined with over crowding and unsanitary conditions make for a disease brewing factory. You’d think that diseased animals could not be sold to you, but like the government says – just cook it long enough, right? I remember watching “Fast Food Nation” and really not being able to grasp it all. It is when I started to really look and research for myself what was going on with the food I was eating.
I won’t get into more it, because really, I could write till my fingers fell off, and in the end I would still say the same thing… do your own investigating. While it’s hard to accept some of the realities of what is happening to our food, I think that it is such a powerful thing to come to a conclusion on your own. You completely have the power to decide and to know the truth about what it is you are putting in your body. And, you deserve to know that truth. Do not feel bad if you have not looked into before, and do not feel guilty. First of all, guilt, it won’t get you anywhere. AND I don’t know many people who have never consumed meat or fast food for that matter. I will tell you that discovering a lot of these truths is kind of like Morpheus giving you the choice between the two pills, you just have to decide if you want the red one or the blue one, and if you want to know the truth, even if it’s hard, or to go on. There were MANY times in my journey that I ignored it, but I can tell you, that finding out the truth, even if it’s hard, is SO empowering, so rewarding, so hopeful all in the end, it’s completely worth it.
I asked on twitter what people would recommend to others in regards to learning about what is going on with the meat industry. The following list are all the books that were recommended the most:
Skinny Bitch: This is a pretty concise and very in your face to the entire thing, if their style is not your thing, don’t worry about it, and try another book.
The Face on your plate: Jeffrey Masson