872. Grateful for safety

It doesn’t matter if you love or hate animals, some jobs are just dangerous.  The slaughterhouse, or meat-packing industry, is one of the most dangerous jobs around.

Dangerous to the physical body – nearly one third of employees in the meat-packing industry are injured, or killed.  The industry leaders may tell you injury rates improved lately,  but  more…


Reason 888. I can sleep at night knowing no animals were harmed in the making of me.

888.  I can sleep at night knowing no animals were harmed in the making of me.

I became a vegetarian because I didn’t want the blood of any living being on my hands when I die. I then became vegan when I discovered that thousands of precious baby cows are left to die or bred for veal as a result of eating dairy.  It’s a very

I have no right to take anothers life if it’s unnecessary, and in this day and age it’s so not necessary.  In fact it’s healthier and better for everyone, including Mother Earth, to not raise animals for the sole purpose of then being tortured and put to death so a selfish human can eat it.  Just because a human CAN do something does not mean they should.

Where do I get my protein?!

I was at a party Friday night and it happened again. Somehow when i talk about something enough I think everyone in the world has heard it and doesn’t need to ask it again, but truth is it’s probably the number one question we veg-heads get.

“So, where do you get your protein?”

I have several options here.

Education on what  the f’d up dairy, beef and poultry industry has convinced them of.

Simple, expected answer.  Beans.

Truthful answer.  Just about every whole food I eat.


I always try the education route, guess it’s the teacher in me, but I find a lot of people don’t want to be educated. 

Here is the deal anyway.

The World Health Organization has a very general recommendation of .66g protein/kg body weight for an average adult.  However if you look at the specific charts (in the 284 page report Protein and Amino Acid Requirements in Human Nutrition) you’ll find many of the requirements are much lower than that, and I would probably fall in the .46g/kg range.  To do all the math for you – that’s between 5-10 percent of your total daily calories from protein.

The US RDA protein is much higher, about .8g/kg.  And do I trust the US RDA?  No.  I know that animal agriculture has big business with the US government and dictates much of “my plate” (the old food pyramid) and has on obvious interest in everyone consuming animal protein.  Still, it’s only about 10-15% daily calories from protein.


So back to WHO’s recommendation, whom I trust a bit more.

It’s super easy to get 10% protein if you’re eating whole foods and protein, super duper easy to eat 5%.

A look at common produce and foods:

Banana – 4.9 %

Peach – 6.6 %

Brown rice – 7.3 %

Potato – 8.5 %

Orange – 9 %

Whole wheat pasta – 14 %

Mixed nuts – 19 %

Green peas – 26 %

Broccoli – 43 %

Spinach – 50 %

Beans – 58 %

So you can see, general protein for a vegan is not an issue. What we might want to look at is amino acids, but even that tends to be over-dramatized. There are 20 essential amino acids and only 9 that our bodies do not manufacture. While some non-animal protein source contains higher amounts of different amino acids than others, almost all vegan protein sources contain all of the amino acids.

For example, potatoes are higher in tryptophan than corn, but if you eat enough corn you’d eventually get enough.  Make sense?
However, in no way do I advocate eating only one source of protein, not for the protein itself but for all the other vitamins and minerals.

Thus – it all comes back around to – eat a varied diet of whole foods and you’ll get most all nutrients you need.  Exceptions? Yes, but b12, D, fatty acids are another discussion 🙂

So – “Where do you get your protein?”
“In  almost everything I eat “  (well….sugar and oil excepted!).


Great movie, great information!

The information in this movie is presented so clearly it’s hard to imagine wanting to eat animal products after seeing it.  Not a violent graphic movie at all, this simply follows the progress of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn as they independently discover through their medical practice and research the effects of animal products in the human body and on cancer, heart disease and other afflictions. They make very clear connections to societies that eat animal products and the diseases they die from.

The information is really no surprise, what is surprising is all the medical professionals that deny the evidence and continue to encourage eating animal products. There is no reason in this day and age, with all our knowledge, and even faux meats, that anyone should eat animals except for the greed of the large animal agricultures lobbies that continue to fight for their spot on the Pyramid and in every product of our lives.  Yes -I know there are small farmers that their only livelihood is farming – that is another discussion, but I have no desire to put anyone out of work, there is plenty of work, it just needs to be redirected.

Several case studies are shown in the film with diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dandruff, insomnia, erectile dysfunction – all that are reversed or halted with a simple change to a strictly whole food plant-based diet.  That easy.  People off their meds, no radiation or chemotherapy. Just go to the market, learn how to cook grains and produce, eat well and live well.

Why are our illnesses reversed with a plant based diet?  Because our bodies were never meant to process animal products at all, at least that’s the judgment I make.  Lets see what you glean from this information:

Look at the shape of your hands – they are clearly
‘designed’ to eat fruit, etc. and not kill or skin an
animal to eat its flesh. Our nails are not shaped like
claws, and are not strong, but they are designed to
skin an orange. It is obvious that flesh usually needs
cooking before humans ingest it, and cooking is not
a ‘natural’ thing to do. Flesh is NOT easily assimilated into our bodies.

Once we start eating our ‘natural’ food source, rather
than unnaturally eating flesh, we start to turn up our
noses at the smell. An orange is a pleasing emotional
smell. Rotting carcasses are NOT nice to our emotions.
Another clue to the ‘ natural design’ of our bodies.

Fruit and vegetables are emotionally more pleasing to our eyes.

We do not like to hear an animal scream – it affects us
emotionally again. We may even prefer the sound of an apple being crunched.

Okay – too basic?  I have more for you, just thought I’d make it a short post but guess not, here we go, and I have to give all credit to theveganpost.com/tag/human-herbivore/  but you can find this information anywhere on the internet, just google herbivore:

Facial Muscles
CARNIVORE: Reduced to allow wide mouth gape
HERBIVORE: Well-developed
HUMAN: Well-developed

Jaw Type
CARNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HERBIVORE: Expanded angle
OMNIVORE: Angle not expanded
HUMAN: Expanded angle

Jaw Joint Location
CARNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HERBIVORE: Above the plane of the molars
OMNIVORE: On same plane as molar teeth
HUMAN: Above the plane of the molars

Jaw Motion
CARNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion
HERBIVORE: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back
OMNIVORE: Shearing; minimal side-to-side
HUMAN: No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back

Major Jaw Muscles
CARNIVORE: Temporalis
HERBIVORE: Masseter and pterygoids
OMNIVORE: Temporalis
HUMAN: Masseter and pterygoids

Mouth Opening vs. Head Size
HUMAN: Small

Teeth: Incisors
CARNIVORE: Short and pointed
HERBIVORE: Broad, flattened and spade shaped
OMNIVORE: Short and pointed
HUMAN: Broad, flattened and spade shaped

Teeth: Canines
CARNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HERBIVORE: Dull and short or long (for defense), or none
OMNIVORE: Long, sharp and curved
HUMAN: Short and blunted

Teeth: Molars
CARNIVORE: Sharp, jagged and blade shaped
HERBIVORE: Flattened with cusps vs complex surface
OMNIVORE: Sharp blades and/or flattened
HUMAN: Flattened with nodular cusps

CARNIVORE: None; swallows food whole
HERBIVORE: Extensive chewing necessary
OMNIVORE: Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing
HUMAN: Extensive chewing necessary

CARNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HERBIVORE: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes
OMNIVORE: No digestive enzymes
HUMAN: Carbohydrate digesting enzymes       Stomach Type
HERBIVORE: Simple or multiple chambers
HUMAN: Simple

Stomach Acidity
CARNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HERBIVORE: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach
OMNIVORE: Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach
HUMAN: pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach

Stomach Capacity
CARNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HERBIVORE: Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract
OMNIVORE: 60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract
HUMAN: 21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract

Length of Small Intestine
CARNIVORE: 3 to 6 times body length
HERBIVORE: 10 to more than 12 times body length
OMNIVORE: 4 to 6 times body length
HUMAN: 10 to 11 times body length

CARNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HERBIVORE: Long, complex; may be sacculated
OMNIVORE: Simple, short and smooth
HUMAN: Long, sacculated

CARNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HERBIVORE: Cannot detoxify vitamin A
OMNIVORE: Can detoxify vitamin A
HUMAN: Cannot detoxify vitamin A

CARNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HERBIVORE: Moderately concentrated urine
OMNIVORE: Extremely concentrated urine
HUMAN: Moderately concentrated urine

CARNIVORE: Sharp claws
HERBIVORE: Flattened nails or blunt hooves
OMNIVORE: Sharp claws
HUMAN: Flattened nails

Why do you suppose so many people are Lactose intolerant?  Because we don’t come ready to process it. 

There is so much more, but I’ll stop here for now.

Think for yourself, don’t buy into the ads.