881. Reasons I’m Grateful to be Vegan -Discovering Neighborhoods and Hangouts

I know it’s not unique to vegans to explore a city, but it is for me!  In my “before” days I did not venture out to find good food. I travel a lot for business to new cities and would  just eat at the nearest chain, I never ventured far in a new city except to find a tourist attaction.

Since becoming vegan I search out vegan or vegetarian restaurants in every city I’m in.  This sometimes takes time  going from one side of the city to the other during rush hour, but I don’t care. And sometimes, as in south Chicago, I end up in some neighborhoods that are questionable for a single woman but I really enjoy the exposure to all of it!

I love the new neighborhoods I discover all in the name of a vegan dinner!  Last week I travelled to all ends of the Los Angeles area, finding cute little neighborhoods and of course great food.  In fact in Athens Greece I discovered a lot of the city I otherwise would have missed, and talked to people (tried to) to find my way back.

I’m truly glad to go out of my way to discover little gems of a city.

Michael and I at Voodoo donuts in Portland


882. Standing in solidarity with Blake and all dairy victims.

Male calves born to mothers in the dairy industry have little hope for a good life. Very little. They are ripped away from their mothers at birth and taken away amid their mother’s cries for them.  If they receive any food it is simply to get them through until auction at which time they might sell for $2 or $3 to a farmer that will raise them for veal or low-quality beef.

Of course they might just die right there on the farm.

Little Blake is an individual that has every right to live a life without humans causing him pain and suffering.

I know that every day I choose no milk, butter, cheese – because it “tastes good and I love it” – I stand with these precious beings. 

Because they deserve a better life.

Audio of The Veg Coach show live at Vida Vegan Con

Interviews with

NataliaKW – “Pure Pleasures Cupcake Heaven” (yum) 

 Nicole Sopko with Upton’s Naturals (again- yum)

Carrie Forrest -Vegan Fudgesicles! http://www.carrieonvegan.com/2011/07/08/homemade-vegan-fudgesicles/

Susan Palmer  Primay and Secondary foods – we need to hear more from her! http://www.theveggiecoach.com/

All GREAT people!

Audio –Veg Coach show live at Vida Vegan Con 8-27 http://www.1150kknw.com/podcast/media/VC-08-27-11.mp3

884. Walls of cute shoes and bags!

How great to walk into a store and know that everything in the store is not the result of skinning or plucking an animal!

This was my experience today at Alternative Outfitters in Pasadena.  Their primary business is online but there is a storefront to see, smell and try on the merchandise in person.  Yes, I said smell – no leather smell in that store!

Shoes, belts, bags, wallets are often a problem for vegetarians because bits of leather sneak into everything, even if not the entire product it’s often trim.  Reading labels for a pair of shoes is much more difficult than food – they often say “All man made materials” or “leather upper” or similar but not always.  I have to depend on small and touch, and frankly I can’t always tell.   It is truly shopping in ease at a store like this!


The Man

I had a little personal revelation the other day about myself. Some might say it’s a stretch to associate it like I did, but I don’t think so. I think I learned something from it, and hopefully can affect a change about it. But I’ll get that soon, a little related background first.

Our country sucks at education. Our government does not truly want it’s people educated, it simply wants them trained to do jobs to make money for the bank lords and maintain power for those on top. Our education system as a whole is designed to keep us dumb. They don’t want us to think, for if we think we might not like what they do and if we don’t like what they do, god forbid there might be a revolution on our hands. I’m sure if you read anything at all you’ve heard about the inexcusable use (abuse) of the terrorist laws that put honest, hard working people in jail for no good reason. I’m not going to get into all the atrocities our government creates, supports or implements in trying to keep people from thinking and expressing their opinions, if you need to you can easily find those online.

The media does the same thing. They put us into reality show trances so we will ignore the larger issues at hand. If the news can have us focus on creating anger or fear over one or two select murders or child disappearances, something we can do nothing about, then they know we won’t focus our anger on issues that we can do something about.

The almighty powerhouse religions do it, telling us we can’t get to God except through their means. They preach the evils of sin and how bad we are so we can turn to them to be good again, and go to heaven! Hallelujah. The egos of these preachers needs to keep us fixed on them, their power and cash needs, and not finding our own direct path to God.

It’s about keeping us dumb and passive. The Man keeping us down. I always encourage people to think for themselves. I admit I didn’t think for a long time, I believed the Man. I WAS a republican (ouch-feels good to let that go).

I’m so glad something in me shook loose and I started thinking again. At this writing I’m not sure what the turning point was, but so glad it happened, otherwise where would I be today? Shutter to think…

While organizing the LIVE-Stock event, in order to meet the “requests” of one of the speakers, whom I greatly admire, we agreed there would not be any animals on display or for adoption at the event. Their concern was out of respect for that animal as an individual, that the transport process and exhibition stresses go against recognizing the individuality of each animal. My theme for the event was that every animal has the right to live free from fear at human hands, and being unnaturally displayed and transported really does go against this. The original intent of a petting farm and acquainting people with these animals was of the best intention, but in the end it did make sense to me that we let the animal live their lives for themselves.

Back to my revelation. Our chicken has discovered she can hop the backyard fence to join us on our deck and front yard. This is something we’ve wanted to avoid because a) we like to have our doors open in the summer and chickens don’t keep a clean house, and b) we wanted to keep our deck clean enough to walk on. Side note, if you’ve never spent much time with free roaming chickens in the human habitat, you might not know they make a mess! Even just one chicken makes a big enough mess that needs to be cleaned at once daily to keep our shoes clean.

When these gates and fences went up, first for the dog then reinforced for the chickens, we knew that they really weren’t high enough to keep a creature with wings in. And in fact, this fence wouldn’t keep most dogs in either, except the very small ones. But we counted on the fact that they wouldn’t know they could get out. Or maybe I thought the back yard would provide enough food and activity that they’d never want to get out. Not so, since Cookie is now the lone chicken she seeks company, human, dog or cat it doesn’t matter. If she hears something stirring in the front yard, she wants to be there.

So as we watched her hop onto the gate and into the front over and over, I said “We can’t keep her down anymore”. And it struck me. I was keeping her down. Trying anyway. And more so, I’m keeping my dog down. I know he can jump the fence if he tried, he’s a big dog and it’s a small fence, I’ve just invested my time against letting him know he’s capable of it.

So now I’m in a bit of a quandary. He can’t roam the neighborhood, yet he should be able to live to his full capabilities. So how to do that? Or do I just continue to dumb him down for our sake? Doesn’t seem right and against my evolving beliefs. Pets are kind of that way though, just as all animals, the animals that are here deserve our respect and fair treatment.
Now I must figure out management of the animals I’m providing for while respecting their individuality. I think its an issue for pets everywhere. But pets is a whole topic in itself, reserved for another time.

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.

Welcome! Find out how easy veg-ism is!!

Welcome!  Thanks for visiting the Seattle Veg Coach blog!  This site is the product of evolution from kindkaren.blogspot.com, and so is the business.  http://kindkaren.blogspot.com is the blog I originally started 1/1/2010

I will be coordinating this blog with my radio show where my goal is to make vag-ism easy for everyone, because it is!

I travel a lot for my ”day job” and meet many different people. While I don’t advertise that I’m vegan people often find out, and when they do I hear “how hard it must be”. It’s not!  I admit I don’t like to travel with a lot of omnivores and eat in their restaurants, but with a little self-education you can make smart choices even in those situations.

Once you learn the restaurant foods that are usually questionable in content it’s a little easier.  And when eating alone and you can choose the restaurant, very easy.

My radio show on KKNW will follow a weekly theme that I’ll also discuss here. I’ve decided to use the World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle as the basis of my themes because I believe he lays out very well the many reasons one might choose veganism.  I’ve taken classes on the book and think it’s a perfect way to rotate ideas around, and not just because I’m a certified WPD facilitator!

So please check back often, as this won’t be exclusive to show content. Between this and http://www.seattlevegcoach.com website I think you’ll find many ideas to help with veg-ism!