Posts tagged: health
The visionary behind the billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos died on Thanksgiving.
Sad in so many ways. If you eat Taco Bell as much as I’m guessing this guy did, you can pretty much add cancer to your life’s agenda. And now to see everyone “honoring” his death by going to poison themselves at Taco Bell, and his little girl eating the same horrid, life-shortening “food”… it’s sick. Sick, twisted, backwards, blind, a complete joke.
This is the world, people. This is what we live in.
As usual, my comment has nothing to do with the author’s intended response from readers.
The reason no one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict is because people generally see addiction as a choice that you can control, and cancer as a curse that you can’t.
No, people don’t choose have cancer. But people do live and eat in ways that promote cancer, and that is a choice.
What saddened and frustrated me so much about this article is the description of how “well” they ate when his wife had cancer. I really, really hoped I was going to read about healthy plant-based dishes, but of course not. Meat… dairy… sugary, processed, fattening, starchy foods… all the poisons that foster a cancerous environment in the first place. I understand if people are skeptical about food being largely responsible for causing and curing most diseases, but it is unfathomable to me that so many people do not seem to make any connection between their diets and their diseases.
Not every disease is curable or avoidable every time in every person. But health is really, really a lot simpler than people want it to be. If you put orange juice in your car’s gas tank, it’s not gonna run. If you put shit in your body, eventually it’s going to start malfunctioning too.
The world is incredibly sad to me. One of these days I just need to turn off my computer and stop witnessing it.
This is true. I started eating this way in 2009 and I cannot now imagine going back to processed foods! :)
So true… which is why I want to slap parents who say “My kid’s such a picky eater, he won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets!” YEAH, AND WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO CHICKEN NUGGETS, TWAT? WHO MAKES THE CHICKEN NUGGETS STILL AVAILABLE?
When I was growing up, I ate what my mom cooked for dinner or I didn’t eat. None of this “What do you want to eat?” crap that kids get nowadays.
"Hey, vegans. I have a question for you and I’m not asking it in order to be an ass. I’m genuinely curious.
Why is it not okay to slaughter cows, chickens, and other similar animals, but it’s perfectly okay to kill insects and other bugs by the hoards?”
My response to any question in this genre is survival. I believe everyone has the right to do what is necessary to survive and be healthy. We need fruits, vegetables, grains, to survive and be healthy. Whatever cost that comes with that must be accepted. We do NOT need meat to survive or to be healthy; in fact all legitimate research shows the opposite. We are a meat-eating society because at one time meat WAS necessary for survival (and because now factory farming has become such an integral part of our economy). It hasn’t been necessary for quite some time, at least not in developed countries.
If I were on a deserted island and I had to catch/eat fish in order to survive, I would do so, with respect for the fish and sorrow for its fate. But that is not the world we live in.
On a side note, if you’ll recall in James Cameron’s Avatar, the Na’vi hunted animals for food/other uses (it’s not clear whether or not they needed them for health/survival). Upon killing one, they would offer a ceremonial mantra of respect and gratitude to the animal, thanking it for its sacrifice. Granted, as with any culture, their tribe practiced plenty of customs that were unnecessary, pointless, or dangerously “tradition for tradition’s sake,” but this one practice always stood out to me as so wildly opposite from factory farming of today.
Are you supporting their misery?
The food chain: full circle. Warning for slightly graphic depictions of animals in the food industry. You’ve probably seen much worse, though.
Cited as “Quite Possibly the most Eye Opening Six Minutes Ever on Film”; I certainly wouldn’t go that far (probably because none of this is new to me), but it is moving. For the first minute, at least, I think I held my breath and broke a little more of my heart.
Vegan Q&A (How Honest Do You Want Me to Be?).
I’m not the first to answer these questions, but I’ll offer my own set of answers.
"I have a few questions for vegans, since I am considering going vegan.
Was it hard?”
Honestly, yes. Many people will say “no" to encourage you, and there are many ways in which "no" is a valid answer. It probably isn’t hard in the ways that you’re expecting it to be hard, but it will be hard in unexpected ways.
When I lived in Cambodia, it was hard in unexpected ways; when I lived in Canada it was hard in different, unexpected ways.
You may have friends and relatives who cease to be your friends and relatives. You may have co-workers who start absurd conflicts with you even though you never talked about food before.
The social issues extend into a kind of “social geography” around you. If you don’t plan ahead, you can be marooned at a suburban Ikea, with absolutely nothing you can eat, during many hours of physical labor (hauling furniture around, etc.). I have, myself, been marooned in circumstances in which I ate nothing (absolutely nothing) except for a vitamin pill and boiled, white rice for several days in a row (it was about 5 days, as I recall).
That’s hard."How do you find going to a regular restaurant with a non vegan? Can you find something to order relatively easy?" …
The short answer is no, but the long answer is that you end up memorizing options of this kind wherever you live. Again, a situation like an isolated furniture store is something you may not have thought through (and carrying protein-bars in your pockets for such a worst case scenario is a good habit)."How do you maintain a balanced diet?
Did you become unhealthy/deficient in anything/ill/tired since becoming vegan?”
That side of it, in my opinion, is easy. With the unique exception of B12 (click) you will be getting “more of everything” because you’re vegan. Keep in mind that meat-eaters rely on the fruits and vegetables in their diets for most of their nutrients… well, as a vegan, you’re getting more of all of those nutrients, without really trying (simply because you’re eating more of all that stuff).
If you’re too busy to cook healthy meals, be honest with yourself about it, and buy some kind of meal-replacement supplement (Vega Sport, Sunwarrior, etc.) —these are not necessary, but if you simply don’t have time to cook properly, they can augment a busy life. That’s something that plenty of meat-eaters struggle with, too.Is it more expensive now.
Definitely not (click). There’s no meat cheap enough to compete with a sack of lentils —or, if there is, you wouldn’t want to eat it!
As I mentioned in an earlier Q&A, you save a lot of money because certain types of fast-food disappear from your diet, e.g., you no longer have the option of buying a muffin while waiting at a train station (click here for more).
Really good responses. I never tell people it’s easy to encourage them. If they think it’s easy, they’re going to get discouraged after they try and realize it’s hard, and then they’ll quit. Because it IS hard. If you can’t handle sacrifice, you’re not going to make it. If you’re just doing it for your own health, it probably won’t last either, because it’s still possible to feel good and be relatively healthy (and fit) without being vegan. If your motivation is the moral side of it, though, that’s stronger. That will stick. At least, it did for me.
It gets easier, in terms of finding awesome things to eat and going to restaurants. There’s nothing like the joy of discovering a vegan cake or recipe that ends up tasting just as good as the food you gave up and had missed so much (this chocolate cake, for instance, or some of the other things on my grumpy vegan blog). What doesn’t get easier is the fact that you are a small, largely unrespected and often disrespected minority in a sea of ignorant carnists. It gets depressing and takes strength, and you need to prepare for that.
Vegans are generally people who have questioned (and rejected) the premise that yogurt was essential to their health, who have questioned many things they were told by parents, teachers, doctors and marketing agencies; vegans are generally people who have been willing to question cultural…
I think the reason there are still so many vegan potheads is because there are still plenty of “fad” vegans or “hippie” vegans, rather than genuinely mature individuals who have made an intelligent commitment to non-harm that includes oneself, in addition to all other beings. Bottom line: people want their fix, and they’ll justify it any way they can.
From what I’ve learned, hemp is a great natural resource and should absolutely be used in many ways that our government is not wanting us to use it. Ingesting it, however, is not one of them.
I won’t lie, I enjoy a nice buzz from alcohol now and then, but I’m certainly not going around claiming it’s healthy or natural (I love how “natural” equates to “healthy” nowadays… poison ivy is natural too, y’know… try smoking some of that and let me know how it goes), and I would certainly never drink anything while pregnant or breastfeeding.
[…] "Here’s the thing. The thing is this. Birthmarks… hair… bone structure… height… facial features… sexual orientation… those are things about ourselves that a) we can’t control, and b) have no impact on others, our own health, the environment, or the economy. That is…
All good points; I should’ve clarified that I am NOT referring to childhood obesity in any of my statements. Children have little to no control over their bodies because they are at the mercy of the lives, food, and opportunities their parents provide for them. I refer only to independent adults with the ability (however difficult it may be) to make their own choices.
NoLose is a vibrant community of fat queers and our allies, seeking to end the oppression of fat people!
I don’t even… know… what.
I was linked to this by a friend who, for the most part, shares my views on health and obesity.
Here’s the thing. The thing is this. Birthmarks… hair… bone structure… height… facial features… sexual orientation… those are things about ourselves that a) we can’t control, and b) have no impact on others, our own health, the environment, or the economy. That is the category in which “fat pride” advocates want to place obesity, and no matter how hard they try, it cannot fit. Obesity isn’t ginger hair, or a speech impediment, or any of the other things society may look down upon. To even refer to it as a “body type” is utterly insulting to people suffering with genuine disabilities or disadvantages beyond their control. You are not born obese.
Run a Google search for “the economic impacts of obesity”.
Along with poor diet, smoking, driving while intoxicated, and a host of other “personal choices,” obesity is not. A choice is not personal when it affects others. Period. A society full of people who abuse their bodies, costing the economy and healthy citizens massive amounts of money, is unfair. This isn’t something anyone can logically argue against. It affects the cost of medical care; it affects insurance rates. I am paying the price for it. People I know and care about are paying the price for it. Your “personal choice” is fucking over people who work really hard to be healthy, and who don’t have a negative impact on the economy. So chew on that for awhile (no pun intended).
So what is this “no lose” organization celebrating, or advocating, exactly? They want the right to abuse their bodies as they please? At what cost? What happens to insurance rates as the obese population grows? Do they intend to pay all their medical bills out of pocket themselves, or would they like free healthcare for everyone? Because if you think for one second that I’m going to be okay with one cent of my tax dollars going towards anything that support’s someone’s poor personal choices, you need to think again.
I have neither sympathy nor support for anyone who doesn’t adhere to a vegan lifestyle, and even less for someone who is actually proud of the damage they’re inflicting on themselves, the environment (through the consumption of animal products), and the economy.
I understand weight issues. I’ve had them. My fiance’s had them. My friends and family members have had them. I understand that cultivating a healthy body takes work and it’s hard and frustrating and discouraging and can often feel impossible if you’re working backwards from years of neglect. But there is a difference between those who recognize its negative impact and are working to get better, and those who literally take pride in their illness. That’s sick, and sad, and though my blunt anger will probably never make any of those people change their views, I’m not writing for them. I’m writing in hopes that those who struggle with weight and health may never give up, may never reach the point of acceptance that leads you to believe that abusing your body is okay or that it equates to some kind of healthy personal acceptance.
People claim that we’re “fat shaming,” but my goal isn’t to shame; that won’t motivate anyone. The only thing worth “shaming” is the abuse people inflict upon themselves; fat is just a symptom. We are all worth more than that. You get one body, just one. If you don’t take care of it, you really don’t get another chance. Everyone knows the dangers and consequences of obesity and poor diet; don’t choose to ignore it. Truly “loving your body” means treating it right.
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Everyone in the comments is talking about how happy this photo makes them.
This photo makes me so sad.
I don’t know what’s wrong with the girl. I don’t know what illness she has. But I can’t help but think, does her diet have anything to do with it? Are her parents not at least partly to blame for the poison they’re putting in her body as she’s trying to recover? I see pizza - a symbol of the death and suffering of farm animals - Powerade, soda, processed juice…
Everyone else can look at this through such happily ignorant lenses. All I can see is a sick child being poisoned further. This picture isn’t joyous. The child is smiling because no one has told her what happens to little newborn calves or their mothers in order to produce the milk that made her pizza, or that dairy and sugary drinks are linked to a host of diseases, hers possibly one of them. This picture is a sad representation of a sick, sick society that would prefer to remain blissfully, gluttonously ignorant than to wake up, sacrifice, work hard, and take care of themselves, their offspring, and the equally important creatures with whom we share our planet.
Dramatic? I don’t care; it’s the god damned truth. If you’re not raising a vegan child, you’re abusing their bodies and teaching them that compassion is limited to puppies and kitties and that “disease” is just something out of our control that unluckily happens and sucks. I won’t accept it, and I’m proud of that.
Fuck, I’m glad I’m not the only one willing to speak out like this. I don’t agree with calling someone names, and yes, you can be healthy without being “thin,” but delusional is damn right.
Why Jack’s book / research matters, part 452,284; the kind of email we receive regularly: “My 17 year old niece has decided to become a vegan. Her…
This is the comment I left on this post:
The problem is that people often tend to be polarized when going vegan. It’s either “for the animals,” which can mean they’re just sitting around eating Oreos all day so of course their health will suffer - or it’s “for my health” - which very often leads them to return to carnism or pseudo-vegetarianism, because it IS still possible to maintain a moderate level of health without being completely vegan. Veganism only truly works when the approach is holistic.
The way I see it, altruism towards our own bodies is just as important as altruism towards the rest of the world’s creatures. Taking care of our own bodies is just as important as avoiding harm to other animals. When people see it from this perspective, health and morality all become one, and veganism is no longer just a moral philosophy or just a diet - it is a complete lifestyle of truth and purity, for ourselves and others.