A brilliant metaphor
This reminds me of that video where that dude got a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, so he purposefully crashed into things in the bike lane to show that it wasn’t always safe to stay in the bike lane. So sometimes there were cars in the bike lane…much in the same way that men often invade women’s spaces.
Just because a dog doesn’t like other dogs doesn’t make him a bad dog. But that’s the downside to these dogs. A lot of advocates for the breed get mad at me for saying that. But not everybody should have a dog, and not everybody should have a pit bull. I get a lot of dogs out of shelters, and each time I do I expect four things: that he’s going to have an upper respiratory infection; that he’s going to be heartworm positive; that he’s going to have worms; and that he’s going to be dog aggressive. If he’s not, great. But if he is, well, that’s not the point. The point is that we’ve decided these dogs are expendable. The point is that so many of them are owned by assholes. The point is that people buy and sell them for bags of weed. There are so many out there—I get fifteen hundred e-mails a day from people asking me to take their dogs. And if I took a thousand today, there would be another thousand tomorrow. And they don’t deserve that. So you have to take total responsibility for your dog. You have to make sure you don’t set him up to fail. You have to save his life, man. Because he’ll save yours.
— Jason Flatt, Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue (via predictablecitylife)
This is important. no matter the breed. No Matter The upbringing
Me: Hello Corndog!
Corndog: AGH! Don’t Eat Me! I’m terrible for the environment and you’d be contributing to a system that will lead to the ultimate destruction of trillions of dollars in infrastructure!
Me: You’re right…OMNOMNOMNOMNOM
Look…basically every time I spend money on a…
Sometimes I remember I’m only barely in my 20’s. If I only live to be 40, that’s another 20 years of never ending pain. And I could live to be 60, 80, 100.
So you’re right. I AM too young to be that sick. I only wish I were faking it as much as society thinks I am.
— (via my-zebra-world)
Fact is, people do it every day, and guess what, the ones that do, they may live longerand have less disease than the ones who don’t. New evidence shows that a vegan diet may even help in decreasing neuropathy pain in diabetics.
If you do vegan the right way there may be no good reasonnotto do it. Here are five things that may be holding you back — and practical tips to overcome them.
Perhaps the number one reason why my patients don’t go vegan is because they don’t think they can give up cheese. Cheese does taste great after all, and it’s included in some serious favorite foods (pizza, sandwiches, burritos, nachos), but giving up cheese is actually easier than you think — it all boils down to what I call “taste bud training.”
Our brains work against us when it comes to food andaddictions, making us crave certain foods (often high in sugar and fat) over others (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts). In order to get around this, you need to start weaning off the foods that make you stray from any resemblance of veganism. My most successful patients have started by avoidance of cheese purchases at the grocery store on the theory that if it’s not in the house, it won’t be a temptation.
After several weeks of simply avoiding cheese in the home, they found it easier to avoid it outside of the home as well (such as on a sandwich or a pizza). After a few months, many of my patients didn’t even think about it anymore. They had, in fact, trained their taste buds to simply not prefer it. Everyone has one food that they swear they could never give up but the truth is, you can change any habit.
The key is to take it slow, toreplace one habit for another(when you crave cheese, have a spoonful of natural almond butter instead for example) , and be repetitive in your behavior (such as, don’t eat cheese at home, and then stop eating cheese at restaurants as well). Each day will be easier than the last until one day, you have made no effort at all, it just happens — you don’t want it. There is alsoresearchthat shows that actually making a plan (in this case, to be vegan) and subsequently carrying out that plan can lead to success as well. Be courageous enough to train your taste buds and know that you are not the only person in the world to eliminate something you once loved.
Let’s face it — the meat houses of the world far outnumber the vegan restaurants. Even restaurants that do make an effort to provide vegan entrees differ in their variety. Restaurants can range from having full vegan menus to having a “veggie” plate option (that’s literally what they are — a plate of vegetables, with nothing on them). Here’s how to get around this. First, seek out restaurants most likely to offer vegetarian dishes. Indian restaurants will offer the most variety while Japanese, Chinese and Thai will offer great solutions as well. Then it’s just a matter of substitutions.
For example, you can substitute any meat dish for tofu, tempeh or beans, or you can eliminate the main protein source all together and choose dishes that focus on whole grains and vegetables. Worried that your sauce may not be animal-free friendly? Make your own and bring it with you or ask for simple sauces that are void of dairy cream. Many of the chefs who I have worked in the Midwest with tell me they love the challenge of a vegan request from a customer. That means, don’t be afraid to at least ask if you don’t see.
Finally, you can find fabulous resource lists that provide vegan-friendlyrestaurantsand evenfast-food eatery options as well. If you’re concerned about a dinner party or planned event where you have less control over food options, you can always bring your own dish (think hummus and brown rice crackers, a beautiful platter of vegetables or a bean salad) as a gift for the host (that really is a meal for you of course).
3. Your friends and family:
Perhaps the biggest social hurdle to becoming vegan is the reaction you may elicit from your friends and family. A vegan lifestyle may seem downright “weird” to those around you who would never consider it in their own diet, makingyou"weird" as well. Don’t let this stand in your way. If your mom reminds you every chance she gets that "animals were put on this earth for us to eat them" or your friend tells you that "you’re missing out on key nutrients" remember that these comments probably have more to do with their misunderstanding of the diet that a genuine care for your health. Choosing to go vegan can sometimes go well beyond the nutritional benefits.
Many of my patients have gone vegan to reduce environmental impact or simply because they love animals. Determine your motivation for going vegan and, if you’re comfortable, shares these personal goals with your family. You may be surprised how much you actually impact their diet over time. Finally, get comfortable with the fact that people will joke about your diet, talk about your diet in excess, criticize your diet and ask you questions about your diet. Remember that what you choose to eat is your business, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation.
4.Your love of cookies, ice cream and chocolate:
Let’s start with a fact — cookies, ice cream and chocolate (with less than 70-percent cocoa content) are generally not good for you, vegan or non-vegan, due to their massive amount of sugar. That means no matter what your diet looks like, these things should be consumed infrequently. If you do plan to dabble in dessert though, there are several vegan options for individuals to choose from. Several new ice cream varieties made from either coconut or almonds dominate the vegan frozen aisle treats, and they’re good!
For chocolate substitutions, look for products made with carob, a plant (specifically a legume) that comes from a tree and lacks the dairy component that is added to cocoa during processing. It tastes similar to chocolate and works well in most recipes calling for chocolate. You can also try chocolate chips made with non-dairy cocoa butter and chocolate liquor as another chocolate alternative. If you really want to improve your health, remember the best desserts have never had an ounce of animal product in them — they’re called fruit and they come in a variety of different flavors.
5. Your fear of soy:
The final reason most of my patients avoid going full vegan is because they have a dire fear of soy and assume that if you’re vegan, you must eat lots and lots of soy. There are two myths to dispel here: first, that soy is “bad” for you and second, that going vegan will turn you into an edamame pod. Let’s start with the first.
Soy, as it’s consumed in the Japanese culture in its whole form is actually very good for you. Soy consumption has been linked to areduced riskofcardiovascular disease,lowering blood pressure, and protection fromrecurrence of certain cancers.
Second, vegan diets don’t have to be chock full of soy. In fact, vegans can get protein from a variety of other plant-based foods including nuts, nut butters and seeds, beans and lentils, and whole grains such as quinoa,in additionto soy sources such as tofu, tempeh or edamame. Evenendurance athletes have thrivedon vegan diets.
Great article. I always advise new vegans to go the “phasing out” route that is described in the first reason. New veggies and vegans, take note!