Category Archives: vegetarian

I am NOT a Vegan…Unfortunately

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I really really try to be. But alas, animal products and animal by-products permeate everything we eat, see, touch and wear.

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes gum has gelatin in it.

My specially made foot inserts are made of leather.

My Vitamin B3 is made from lanolin, the oil from sheep wool.

My work/tenny shoes have bits of leather in them.

That 5 hour energy drink my hubby made me drink last night is full of animal by-products.

Anything we eat that is processed contains [mostly] dairy.

Anything that is cooked on a restaurant griddle uses butter.

Even the ‘vegan’ cheese has casein in it.

Glossy candy is coated with shellac from the Lac beetle and anything colored red is made from bugs and silk from worms.

Not to mention all the things with honey, lactose and butter fat.

SIGH!

All long as world eats animals, there will be plenty of by-products left to add into anything and everything.

So for now I stake my claim in vegetarianism.

I’m healthier, happier, my fingernails and hair grow fast and come in thicker. [hey, without that so-called dairy calcium!!]

Eat less meat. It does a body good.

Musings on ….. The Green Pharmacy

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Green Pharmacy, guide to healing foods, proven natural remedies

I just read this book, pretty good.

He explains how foods heal and food as medicine. He explains his Duke’s Dozen healing foods then goes into greater detail on about 80 different conditions or diseases and which food will help.

The top 12 foods he recommends are:

beans, bulbs, caffeinators, celery, cinnamon, citrus fruits, ginger, mints, peppers, pomegranates, turmeric, walnuts.

Thankfully I eat lots of most of these. Could do better.

I find that if I don’t review a book right after I read it, I forget all the good stuff, mostly because I’m onto another good book.

If you are interested in learning more about foods that heal, you can borrow the book. 🙂

World Vegetarian Day ~

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It’s not Just about Eating/Not Eating Meat

It’s also about….

Too much American and now Mexican land that is literally a big huge shit pile

that is making people sick.

Genetically manufacturing/mutating animals for humans to eat.

Being put on this earth to dominate it, yes, but to destroy it and  human lives in the process, no.

Greedy corporations that own and have power over, well, pretty much everything in America.

Putting manufactured food into our bodies that is not healthy, necessary or even safe.

Allowing the rest of the world to suffer from hunger by..

Using American land and grain for feeding meat.

Having 1 or 2 big corporation run the country lawmakers, media and even        non-profit charities.

It is down right appalling to me that Americans can not look past their plate and their stomachs to see the rest of the world suffering because of our consumption.

It is not just propaganda that we could feed the world if we just stop producing meat for ourselves.

It is ridiculous that we can not sustain our greedy fat stomachs so we move ‘meat production’ into other countries where there is little to no regulation on workers and land.

It is scary to think 1 or 2 huge corporations run, literally, run this country. They control how the government votes, what and how farmers grow, how animals and other people get to live.

It is greed and power, people, pure and simple.

We, as Christians should be ashamed at how we can compartmentalize our ‘charity’, our ‘love’ for others.

How we can not see past our bellies to help others to have simple food to keep them alive. EVEN in our own country.

If we stopped eating meat and processed foods, and looked at how we can feed the world with grain and produce, each and every one of us, we could really make a difference.

I don’t want to speak for God, but really, if we looked past how an animal tastes and saw, really saw, how the animal suffers, how production impacts the animals, the workers and the people who live around the factory farms….. we should weep, God is weeping.

Instead of covering our ears when someone tries to tell about animal and human suffering, try listening with a global perspective.

Instead of whining how we couldn’t go one day without eating meat or at McDonalds, try listening to the doctor when they tell you you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or clogged arteries. Try going for a walk! Try taking your meat money and giving to local food pantry.

Even if we feel that animals don’t have a soul and should not be treated humanly … we should at least feel for the people who do not have enough food and can not afford meat or processed crap in a box we eat here.

We serve the poor our throw-aways. We serve the poor by having them work in slaughter houses in foreign countries to feed our fat bellies or slave in sweat shops to clothe us in ridiculously expensive clothes.

Eating meat literally makes people sick, may not make you sick personally, but it is making millions of people sick, from hunger, from heart attacks, from slaughter house accidents and gas emissions.

Now that I am on a roll…. The excess in this country saddens me and disgusts me.

I am buying items for the shoeboxes for the children in other, poor countries.

As I look at websites and see all the plastic toy pvc-filled, cardboard crap we make to satisfy our entertainment, I am overwhelmed. Greed, people. Think of all the food and housing that could go Haiti with the money spent on county fair prize crap.

As we sit on our butts in front of the TV griping because we are cold in our 70 degree fully insulated houses, my little Compassion child, Josue is homeless in Haiti, his parents

having to move because their house was destroyed.

We are not humane. We may kid ourselves we are, but we are not.

–adjective

1.

characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, esp. for the suffering or distressed.

—Synonyms
1. merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic; benevolent, benignant, charitable. See
human.

—Antonyms
1.  brutal.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of adopting a pet can see that the pet loves, lives, breathes and has emotions. They cry when you step on their paws, they wag their tail and lick your face when you come home; they limp in pain when they are old, they shake with fright at loud noise, they bark and growl to protect their homes, and they love and nurture their young.

Pigs, cows and chickens do the same! Rats, bulls, elephants, frogs, monkey, horses and ostriches, too.

Yet, for our own greedy wants and desires, we test on them, we kill them inhumanely, we allow them to suffer for our entertainment [bull fighting, circus, etc], we keep them pregnant for drugs, milk and veal. We discard boy chicks by the thousands in garbage bags because they can not lay eggs.

Now for the Christian perspective; I, for one, do not eat certain foods from any sort of piety or because I think God said for me to just eat veggies. Nor is there any scripture that entitles you or me to judge the other for their own food consumption.

My basic desire to eat better, feel better, to keep the world a better place for animals and humans to live. To live like Jesus told me to live; to love others, to do good deeds, to glorify Him in all that I do.

How do you love others?

Think about that next time you open your box of mac n cheese or fire up the BBQ…….

Musings on…. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Carnism is defined here:

In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms.

Like other “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cowsnames and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn’t eat meat, Joy’s book explains why we do eat meat—and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley [quote from book]

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She discusses the three N’s of justification of eating animals: eating meat is normal, natural and necessary.

The three N’s act as mental and emotional blinders, masking the discrepancies in our beliefs and behaviors toward animals and explaining them away if we do happen to catch on.

and also

the Cognitive Trio of objectification [viewing animals as things], deindividualization [viewing animals as abstractions] and dichotomization [viewing animals in categories] distorts are our internal perception of reality.

The first part of the book sounds like any other pro-veganism book, describing the horrors of animals abuse and slaughter.

The second half gets more interesting as she gets into the psyche of why we eat meat and how we rationalize it, even after knowing its bad for humans, animals and the earth.

Good little book, I read it in 2 nights.

It still amazes me after reading these kinds of books how humans can continue on this horrific cycle of using and abusing life for its own greedy prideful end.

Musings on….. King Corn ~ Movie Review

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http://www.kingcorn.net/

I watched the King Corn Movie last night [4-19/2009]

It was really good. Slow but good.

Two friends who have roots in Iowa decide to go back to Greene, Iowa and plant an acre of corn to see how its done and see where the corn goes after its picked.

After planting and harvesting, they find they are in the hole for several tens of dollars, but the government is there to subsidize their offering.

The corn tasted terrible and isn’t edible until it is processed. Half of Iowa’s corn goes to feed cattle and the rest to processing into, well, processed foods.

The reason antibiotics get fed to cows is because their system can’t digest the 60 to 90% corn diet and to fight off infection from being held in feed lots.

Some baby cows go up eating grass and running free, but as soon as the cattle rancher or slaughterhouse buys them, they go into a feed lot and are held for 150 days, in tight quarters, unable to move and are fed constantly. To gain weight, and if they move too much they don’t gain the weight. After the 150 days they are  shipped to their death.

The first of the movie was very interesting. They take a hair sample and have it analysed. They come to find out that the amount of corn in their hair is very high.

So they set off to find out what foods have corn in them.

I heard somewhere that the 2 guys tried to eat corn-free for a determined amount of time. Don’t know if they were successful. but Jesse and I are going to try it. Tomorrow, Thursday the 21st.

I will let you know the results!

Update: Thursday: Jesse ate cereal. I ate licorice. It has corn syrup in it.  We messed that day up before lunch time! We will try again.

On a Personal Note…..

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1. My friend bought me this button

Hehe, I love it.

2. I average about 150 hits a day on this site, I’m often thinking, why do I do this? Does the number really matter? Who and am I doing this for? Why? It started out as having an outlet for my random intense brain-strangling thoughts about my life and bible studies and family.

And it still is, but I get lured by the world or what the world thinks. I justify by saying I want to get Gods Word out or glorify God. But really, its for me. To get all the thoughts out of my brain and down in a some what organized manner. So it will not explode.

Someday I would like to get this blog printed out in book form for my son. He doesn’t seem interested right now, but if I died, He might then. 😉

3. I mentioned awhile back there were some family struggles going on here and we are in a transitional period, meaning we are waiting on some outside circumstances to happen. Sort of like waiting on Gods timing, well, exactly like waiting on Gods timing. The waiting and anticipating is exhausting and irritating. We are being worn pretty thin, tempers flare, anxiety breeds depression and anger. We are finding it hard to wait on Gods time. When we, in particular, me, are forced to wait on things that are not in our/my control, it is maddening. But God knows and is working on me to accept His time and His providence for my/our lives.

4. In dealing with this family struggle, I have backslid a bit. I have went to the comfort of alcohol (and Tylenol PM) to tame my agitation and anxiety. My foul mouth appears more frequently and anger plays a major role in my life. Food is also a comfort, a temporary comfort. I so dislike trials and suffering (righteous and unrighteous suffering) but I know in my heart I must go through the refining. How else am I made in His likeness?

 I’m looking forward to the end of it, to feeling like my faith is strengthened, (knowing, hopefully,  that I reacted to all this in a godly way that showed His love). Like it is all worth the while to know I’m closer to Christ. I’m not sure if that’s wrong thinking….

5. My hubby seems to think I would be good for this job, so I am contemplating applying for it. I e-mailed for more info. This is my sons school, so I could keep an eye on him without too much of embarrassment to his young self.

Athletic Director’s Secretary
Description: The Tacoma Baptist Campus of South Sound Christian Schools is looking for a qualified person to assist our Athletic Director. The position begins August 18, 2008 and continues through the end of June, 2009.

Minimum Requirements:Must be a born again Christian who supports the doctrines and philosophy of South Sound Christian Schools. Must be able to perform general office duties and be knowledgeable in the use of Word, Excel, Outlook and data base computer applications. Must be able to multi-task. Employee must possess strong interpersonal relationship and people skills. Sports knowledge is a plus.

Salary: This is an hourly part-time position.

I don’t want this job. I don’t want a job. period. But since I complained about wanting a job a few months back, He is pushing me to apply for it. Now, as a wife who is supposed to be submissive to the her hubby, do I have to do what he says and apply for this job?

6. Summer time is stressful for me. This actually is hard for me to admit and I get so many negative reactions to it when I tell people.

Yes, I know I only have one kid. Yes, I know he is self-sufficient and 15 years old. Yes, I know I don’t have a job to worry about or child care. Yes, I know it’s a pride issue.

Its the change of my schedule that does it, I’m selfish for my quiet time. Now its gone during the summer. Its because I only have one child, he has no one to hang out with, when he was little, I was his buddy, his best friend (sad, but true) he never wanted to go to camp or summer programs, still doesn’t.

We manage but the anxiety, or should I say the needless worry I have overshadows the positive.

This summer adds another facet, teaching the boy to drive. Man-o-man. Pray for me!!! 🙂

 7. I received an e-mail from someone indicating they see evidence in me of Gods grace and I have made an impact in their life, that even when I struggle I evidence His reality.

My response to the e-mail:

Most times our own evidences of grace are not seen clearly. The lens of our own eye is clouded with past sins and doubts of ever being sanctified. Its always so weird to hear others say I’ve changed. Altho I know in general I’m different. I still struggle with the little every day sins, the ones that always just pop out of the mouth or slap me in the face. Sometimes I wish God would bring more compliments into my life, but then if He did, I would become proud, more proud. So, like Mary, I cherish the comments in my heart and savor them when I’m extremely in need of encouragement.

8. I have received 2 comments concerning veganism/vegtarianism. One person sent me this site

Christian Vegetarian Association FAQ page. I skimmed it and came to the conclusion that the scriptures references do not give a clear indication that God and Jesus want us to be vegetarians or meatless eaters. My comment back to this person as follows:

~~thanks for the info. i don’t read in the bible where we are supposed to be vegetarians or vegans. And we, humans, are the only creatures created in Gods image, therefore considered ’special, ‘loved’, ‘protected’. In the New test. we are told any animals are clean to eat.
I have no problem with the eating of meat, but the way people kill animals, and the over killing of animals and the improper handling of all things animal is wrong.
We are NOT to satisfy our gluttonous sinful self with cosmetics and detergents (tested on animals and animal products used in), furs and animal oriented entertainment or the overkilling of animals and the huge amount of waste of food in general in this country.
We are to take care of our bodies because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, we are to take care of our bodies to be healthy enough to do what God and Jesus commands us to do, take care of widows and orphans and go preach the good news to the ends of the earth. If we are sick and fat and lazy and only concerned with what goes into our faces, then we can NOT do what Jesus tells us. I appreciate the website link and will look more into it but from what I read just from the FAQ page, its not a convincing argument for me to say, “Yes, God says we should NOT eat meat” Blessings, Kristina

The other one is from a good friend who says he just doesn’t get it and finds it a hardship dealing with his lactose intolerant kids, my comment back:

~~yeah, you missed a post or two.
here is what started it
https://krislinatin.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/we-are-earthlings/
i refuse to eat anything that cries out in pain. sorry.
Actually its not that bad, true i must eat lots of soy and veggies, but with some practice i can get it to taste good. (soy sauce is amazing) you can substitute cocoa powder for most of the choc baked things and as you can see from all the pics (check the flickr site) there is some good stuff out there. I’ve tried so many different things and realized they are tasty. mind you, some of the stuff is just ok and most of it can be bland, but there is so many options and we are saving money not buying so much meat. I’m not yet totally vegan, I still like cheese and sour cream. Soy cheese is the worst. (
vegan is a lifestyle not just an eating style. I am slowing getting rid of animal products in all my life and products tested on animals and with animal products in them.
If you watch the video you will see what i mean.
One must eat to live not live to eat, my friend.
i just got back some lab results and i’m the healthiest I ve ever been, im also overweight, i have a registered dietitian setting up an eating plan for me.
Im also trying to be healthy to stave (spelling?) off some of the genetic problems the women in my family have. i want to be able to grow old gracefullyand useful to the Kingdom.
hope that helps. Kristina

I am finding this extremely weird that others would be so down on me for eating in this manner. Why is it so hard to comprehend? Because they don’t eat like me? Because I’m ‘saying something’ (by taking a stand) to them about themselves? Obviously these 2 people above aren’t ‘down’ on me, but others have been. I’ve even been told I need to be talked to….hmmm, I wonder what that’s about? 😉

Anyway, thats my life lately. Prayers are appreciated and coveted.

Blessings, Kristina