I just got a B12 Booster!

Recently, I noticed I was running out my Pure Vegan B12 spray. I was contemplating going back to the Healthy Habit B12 Energy Patches I had used before just to mix it up a bit. My top priority, regardless of the form of my B12, was to buy local (a commitment I made at the beginning of the summer). Unfortunately, no one in my area sells any B12 except in the form of a pill. I don’t like pills, so I decided to take a leap that I had been thinking about for while. What about getting a B12 shot?!

It seemed a bit drastic and to be honest the only time I had heard anything about them was from celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Madonna (yes! I still consider myself hip enough to reference them in my blog!). I knew there was a local lab that did it but I didn’t know any of the details. So, of course, I did a bit of internet research.

According to Any Lab Test Now’s website, a Vitamin B12 injection can:

  • Increase Your Energy
  • Help You Lose Weight
  • Enhance Your Mood
  • Improve Your Sleep

Who doesn’t want all that and for only $15!? So I sucked up some courage, made my way down to the lab and sat in the waiting area for my turn. In less than 5 minutes, my body contained a B12 booster. I thought I was going to have to get one every week, but the woman giving me the shot said she had one every 3 weeks to help her sleep. I’m anxious to see if I get all of the promised benefits in the coming weeks too.

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Forks Over Knives | A Must See!

Thanks to Netflix, I finally saw Forks Over Knives! It has been on my list for a while and I am so happy I watched it. It is chock full of great information in an easy-to-understand presentation. This movie will appeal to newbies and veteran plant-based eaters alike.

If you want to see the trailer and learn more, the website is a great source of info. Check it out!

Is The Yes Men’s reBurger Idea More Ironic Than They Thought?

I recently watched The Yes Men movie (the one released in 2003 NOT The Yes Men Fix the World)  and was struck by an ironic bit of activism that was included near the end.

If you don’t know who The Yes Men are, they are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. They aim to raise awareness about problematic social issues in unique and very public ways.

The movie follows them as they impersonate World Trade Organization spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world.

Their final act of activism (in the movie) was a lecture to a group of students from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. The students were told that they were going to hear a lecture about ways to reduce starvation in third world countries by representatives of The World Trade Organization (WTO). What they got was something entirely unexpected:

What struck me is that their idea isn’t really far from the truth.

The beef that is used to make hamburgers is ‘produced’ by feeding cows waste products like chicken excrement, toxic heavy metals, antibiotics, the flesh and bones of dead cattle and even nails and small shards of glass (source: Grist.org). As the cows excrete massive amounts of their own waste (because their food has so little nutritional value) they are forced to stand in it along with thousands of pounds of waste from other cows. That waste eventually runs off into surrounding water supplies that can eventually be used to irrigate farms that grow food for human and animal consumption. I don’t really see a difference. Do you?

If you would like to learn more about The Yes Men, please visit their website.

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Words of Wisdom from The Vegan Table

I picked up a copy of The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau at my local library the other day. Mainly because it had some wonderful pictures of vegan recipes for entertaining and they looked easy enough that I could hope that my final product might actually resemble the picture!

When I got home, sat down and had a closer look, it only took a couple of flips of the pages to be totally impressed and inspired. Not bad considering I hadn’t even made it to the Table of Contents!

Here’s the dedication that she included in her book that made me smile, think and tear up just a bit.

My hope is that we can all navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who most need our protection.

May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats, the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens, and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, the wisdom, serenity, and humility of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese and the adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

May we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.

Awesome. Simple. Profound. I hope it inspires you too.

If you want to learn more about this book, her other books, and ways to help animals please visit The Vegan Table website.

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Growing My Own Food – Not Such a Bad Idea So Far!

The more I learn about issues surrounding the food at a grocery store, the more I am glad that I am growing my own food and buying from my local co-op and farmers market.

The gardening idea was a bit intimidating since my last attempt at creating food wasn’t necessarily a good one – growing 20+ tomato plants from seed can be a lot of work – especially in the arid and crappy soil conditions of Colorado!

But this time, things have been much easier from the get-go.

The first batch of plants was bought from a couple of large stores that have gardening sections in the summer (their guarantee that you can return them if they die was the driving factor – very low confidence level at that point!). The second batch was from FreeCycle – a woman was generous enough to offer plants that she had grown from seed but didn’t need.

I am happy to report that are all thriving and enjoying the beautiful summer weather so far. Here are some pictures to prove it (mostly to myself)!


If you haven’t grown your own food, I highly recommend it. It is really a treat to wake up every morning, look out at the plants and see that they are expanding, growing and becoming even more gorgeous than before. The fact that they are going to produce amazing veggies is almost a side point now.

Before I go, I had to throw in a picture of my lovely cat “Baby” enjoying the morning with me. She is 15 years old and quite the crankster most of the time, but today she was posing for the camera – not something she does often! – and here’s the shot I captured:


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“To accept the factory farm feels inhuman.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals has been on my list for a while and now that I’ve read it, I wish I had not taken so long. But a part of me must have known it was better that I waited – until I was truly ready.

This book has shifted my world and it has been a disturbing and revelatory journey. I can feel the seeds that were planted while reading his stories, experiences and conclusions slowly growing inside this little noggin’ of mine and I’m quite terrified of what is going to come of them!

Seriously – there is some pretty heavy stuff that has been floating around in there since I finished this book!

As upsetting as it was, I am so glad that it was Jonathan who guided me through the rationalizations, philosophies and astute observations in such a way that I could finish what he had started.

My heart and stomach cannot take much – if any – of the graphic details that are so prevalent in the conversations about factory farming but somehow he was able to present it in a way that I knew it was important that I know it, not just for shock value, but as building blocks to seeing the bigger picture.

Now that I have seen that picture, and recognize that I am not behind the camera observing but participating – by my action AND inaction – I realize I must act. Inertia, complacency and neutrality are not going to cut it when you are dealing with people who see everything as a commodity – who see animals and humans as expendable.

Everything is Illuminated Mr. Foer – and it’s all your fault!

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Do You Believe in Promises? Kathy Freston Does.

I just finished reading Kathy Freston’s book Veganist and wanted to share with you the promises she makes to those who choose to ‘lean into’ a vegan lifestyle and my thoughts about the book.

The 10 promises are discussed in each chapter and are:

  1. Your body will find and maintain its ideal weight – effortlessly.
  2. You will lowers your risks for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – and even reverse diseases already diagnosed.
  3. You will live longer and better.
  4. You will take yourself out of harm’s way.
  5. You will save money.
  6. You will radically reduce your carbon footprint and do the single best thing you can for the environment.
  7. You will be helping provide food to the global poor.
  8. You will reduce animal suffering.
  9. You will following the wisdom of the great spiritual traditions.
  10. You will evolve and take the work with you.

Although some of the promises may seem a bit of a stretch, she does present the evidence she used to come to these conclusions quite clearly. Her talking points are simple and very easy to understand. So if you’re new to the whole vegan idea, you will find it a pleasant introduction.

What I liked the most was her nonjudgmental style. Her suggestions and personal stories ease you into understanding the issues and are especially helpful for those who may be hesitant to adopt something that seems so radical – at first.

Even though I am someone who has already adopted the lifestyle and doesn’t need convincing, I still found myself saying, “That’s a great way to explain it.” and know I will be using some of her explanations in conversations with people about being a wannabe vegan.

Have you read Veganist? What did you think of it? I would love to hear your comments here, on Facebook or on Twitter.