Monday, April 29, 2013

You Are Probably Going to Hate Me...

You are probably going to hate me for what I am about to post.

I may even lose some followers for it, but that’s life.

I don’t really talk much about my veganism on here because I feel like writing about it is offensive to some people. Which is stupid. I really don’t think what I choose to eat or not eat, wear or not wear should offend people. If it does, well then maybe you might want to evaluate why this bothers you.

When I first transitioned to a plant-based diet 18 months ago I did because that was what my body told me it wanted. After 7 months of somewhat steady weight loss, on an omnivore diet, withouy really noticeable changes in my energy levels, sleep patterns, recovery time, I turned to mindful eating to track how my body reacted to the foods I was eating. Long story short- what I found out was that plant-based was what worked for me. I thrive on a vegan diet. I have energy ALL THE TIME. Even if I can only get in 5 hours of sleep (or even 3 hours after a long night of drinking) I still wake up energized and ready to dominate life. I sleep like a log, once my eyes are closed I am out cold. It’s awesome. And when I exercise (or decide to run 27 additional miles over the 5 days after my half marathon) I don’t need much recovery time before I can do it again. Plant-based works really well for me so it was a super easy, seamless transition.

But after a few months of loving how I felt as a vegan I kind of wanted to know why. I read books, I watched documentaries, I followed online videos all about it and learned of the science behind why plant-based is such a great way to live. In the process of trying to educate myself to the workings of a plant-based diet I also learned about the tragedy which is our animal farming/raising/slaughtering for foods. And it breaks my heart.

Yes, I am now one of those people. Feel free to roll your eyes at me ;)

To me, I think being compassionate to all living creatures is a good thing, one that should not garner shame. However, I have encountered so many people that not only think I am strange (and wrong) because of my beliefs but the vehemently think there is nothing wrong with how animals raised for food (or fur) are treated. Maybe you don’t either. I know I am definitely in the minority when it comes to my beliefs in regards to animals for food and clothing and I get why. It’s not how we were raised. We don’t really know a lot about all the bad things that happen before/during slaughter. When we are shown videos or read articles most people shrug it off like “oh, there are those crazy PETA people again” maybe not really thinking about the legitimacy of their message and how it affects you.

No, I am not saying you should all become vegans (but that would make me very happy) but I would like it if we all learned a little bit more about the food we eat; where it comes from, how it’s treated, how it affects our bodies by eating it, and what are the benefits, or even repercussions, by doing so. I try to continually educate myself about food and am learning new things all the time. I am no expert but I certainly feel that we learn so little about nutrition and the importance of our food choices throughout life and I think a lot of the issues we have could be prevented with just a little education.

There is so much bad stuff going on in animal farms but today I will just share with you one thing. One of my least favorite images, although thinking on this I see so many images of the horrific torture and suffering animals endure at our hands flash through my mind, of one of the most ridiculous and tragic parts of the farming industry- chick culling. In the egg industry, male chicks serve no purpose (as they do not lay eggs) and so almost all are slaughtered after they hatch- by method of grinding, gassing, breaking the neck or electrocution. Sick, isn’t it.
Photo taken form

Yeah, I said you might hate me after this. But sadly this is just the tip of the iceberg. The little tiny baby chick tip of the iceberg.
No matter what choices we make, whether it is vegan, ominvore, straight up carnivore, I just think we should know what's going on in our world and just try to make the best, and most educated, decisions we can. I think that's really the best we can do.
"I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" ~Gandhi

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday- Around Town Part 2

Here you go fearless readers- more pics from around Pensacola. Thanks for coming back even after I inundated you with a gazillion pics in the last post. Can you tell that I am that person; the one always taking pictures everywhere we go? I am sure you can. In my defense, most of my Navy friends (well, really any local friends for that matter) will be moving on at some point, as will we, so I try to capture as many memories as I can.

Like getting soaked at a baseball game- that was cancelled after we sat there in the freezing cold for two hours.

Thankfully we got free hats...

 Three of my favorite people! Very sad that MG (in the middle) is leaving for TX in a few weeks :(

We did get to see an amazing sunset in the few rainless minutes...
What do you do when they cancel a game? Head to a brewery instead...
And then make your way to Krispy Kreme. I should note here that I had a small decaf coffee while I watched these three boys eat lots and lots of donuts. Damn boys and their speedy metabolism!

Someone was getting tired of all the!
Is there really a better way to spend a Saturday then by paying someone to throw colored conrstarch on you? I think not!
Before (me and Jodi from 13.1 Miles to Disney )


Jodi did a full race recap; you can read that here :)
Bayview Park for the Earth Day Festival

Birthday celebration

And new trail shoes....

Good times!

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday- Around Town Part 1

I'm still in a bloggin haze after last week's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. I don't really know what to say. All of my thoughts, the anger and sadness, are just milling around in my head but I don't think I have the ability to express them in the proper manner. At least not yet. Maybe not ever. So, instead I choose to share with you some pictures from around Pensacola so you can see what I've been up to lately. Have I told you how much I love it here? I tell Paul all the time that I never want to leave. I think you'll see why...

Nature walks and trail running


I'm always afraid that tree is going to fall on me...


Hanging out at our favorite bar/brewery

Getting attacked by out of control sprinklers...
Getting muddy on our mountain bikes

This picture doesn't do any justice to the mud and cuts and scrapes and bruises.

Relaxing on the beach

 Love this pic! Cracks me up everytime!

Another trip to the brewery- can you tell how much we love this place?

And of course, I spend alot of time dreaming about future races...

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as pictures go so there may be a second post coming out today :)