Let’s Talk About Dairy

Hello everyone,

I hope that you had a wonderful ThanksLIVING!  We had a wonderful holiday and I am trying to get myself back in gear 🙂

Today I wanted to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart, and it’s also something that most people do not know about.  This subject is dairy!

I was vegetarian for years and often ate cheese, whey, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese, all while thinking that I wasn’t contributing to any animals being harmed or killed.  Unfortunately, I was completely wrong.

The dairy industry does a fantastic job at hiding the truth and telling us that it is perfectly okay to be consuming milk from another species.  In fact, we need it for “strong bones” and “it does a body good”.

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*Look at these happy cows, surrounded by family, living in green pastures.

Let me give you a quick summary of what actually happens in order for humans to drink cow (or goat) milk.  First, how do you think a cow produces milk?  Just like other animals, she needs to be pregnant!  The farmer will artificially inseminate a female cow on a device that is often referred to as a “rape rack”.  She will be pregnant for 9 months, just like a human, and will give birth to her baby.  As soon as the baby is born, he or she will be ripped away from their mom (they don’t want the babies drinking OUR milk) and the mom will cry in agony for days.  If the baby is a boy, he will be killed for veal.  If the baby is a girl, she will be raised as a dairy cow.  All dairy cows will be considered “spent” at about 4-5 years old and will be killed for beef.

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In addition to the animal cruelty, the dairy industry has done an incredible job of hiding the harmful effects of dairy on our health.  Dairy has been linked to certain cancers (including breast and prostate), is full of saturated fat, cholesterol and contains PUS.  It has also been linked to asthma, acne, type 2 diabetes, bloating, constipation, and osteoporosis (you read that right!  Because milk is so acidic, it actually depletes calcium from our bones!!!).  Dairy definitely does NOT do a body good!

So next time you are at the grocery store, instead of reaching for dairy milk, just walk over 5 steps and try some plant based options instead.  No animals had to be killed for them, they are better for your health and they are delicious!

For even more information on dairy, please watch Dairy is Scary or What the Dairy Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Also, please know that I am always here for you if you have questions about making the transition ❤

Sometimes it would be easier to not care…

Hello everyone,

This is a blog that I wrote just last year and I wanted to share it again today.  Facebook reminded me that it has been one year since we went to visit these babies and I want to honor them with this story.  We started off with twelve babies and today 5 of them are still alive and thriving!!!  Please take a moment to read this blog.  I still feel just as strongly about this today!

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“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” -James Aspey.

Most of the time, in this blog, I try to share information with you: whether it’s vegan nutrition, facts or a kick butt workout that I have created.  Well today is not that day!  Today, I need to share a story with you in order to get it off my chest…that’s what a blog is for, right?!  I truly hope that you will read it anyway; you never know, you may still learn from it or may find it inspiring 🙂

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Since becoming vegan, I have definitely had my share of bad days and this past Sunday was no exception.  Over the past two weeks, my husband and I had been volunteering at an animal sanctuary where 12 baby cows had been rescued the day before they were scheduled for slaughter.  Just like other days, we showed up ready to feed the 9 remaining babies and to give them some love (during the last few months, I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with cows, realizing how incredibly smart and docile they are.  They honestly remind me of a big version of my sweet dog).

When we arrived at the sanctuary, we could tell immediately that the energy was completely different.  Not only were we one of the only people there, but the people surrounding us were completely silent.  We walked in, said hi to the babies and checked to see if they had been fed.  In the meantime, we noticed a baby on the ground who was being loved and kindly spoken to by the sanctuary owner (a 16 year old teen girl, by the way!).  She told us, “this one isn’t doing so well.”  We went on with our sanctuary chores, which included picking up the stall and being sucked on by the other babies, but knew that this poor baby had reached the end.  Surely enough, this baby passed away within minutes of our arrival.

Although we were in complete shock, we stayed, comforted the young teen, helped around the sanctuary (all while walking around the dead calf), and left after an hour.  I cried the whole way home.

IMG_7671*This is not the deceased baby.  Just one that is sleeping……

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ANOTHER REASON TO STAY AWAY FROM DAIRY:  I knew how incredibly scary the dairy industry was but we learned another horrifying fact before we left.  This sanctuary, which had now lost 4 babies of the original 12, had rescued the calves from a dairy farmer.  He was a completely evil man, who wouldn’t let the rescuers take all of the calves, and even kicked the babies in front of them so that they would “die quicker”.  As if this wasn’t bad enough!  I learned that sometimes in the diary industry, if the farmer knows that the mama cow is having boys, they will abort the babies to get them out sooner.  The sooner the babies are out, the sooner they can use the milk and make a profit!!!  These 12 babies were not only young but they were abortions who didn’t stand a chance.  They were incredibly malnourished and didn’t receive ANY love, or even colostrum, from their mom.  REMEMBER THAT MALE CALVES ARE THROWN AWAY, SLAUGHTERED AND ARE USED FOR VEAL.  NO MILK = NO LIFE

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Two days later, and I am still having an extremely difficult time dealing with not only the loss of this baby, but also the enormity of this horrendous industry.  When we came home on Sunday, I was absolutely in shock!  I wanted to cry, scream, run away and completely check out.  I thought to myself that maybe I am not strong enough to deal with this suffering; maybe this is a hopeless cause that I should run away from right now!  Wouldn’t it be easier to just not care and to go on with everyday life?!  Maybe then I can stop being sad.  I can stop being pissed off that we as a society are contributing to this EVERY SINGLE SECOND of every single day!  And just maybe I can stop being pissed off at those around me who are selfishly taking lives so that they can enjoy a minute of satisfaction on their tongues!

MESSAGE TO VEGANS AND NON VEGANS:  And then I realized something.  I realized that it simply not the faults of my family, friends and strangers.  We have been convinced by media and the power of this industry for so long. “Milk does a body good.”  “Milk builds strong bones.”  “We need milk for calcium.”  “At least milk isn’t killing anyone, right?” “Dairy cows need to be milked.”  IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT!

And if we, as vegans, don’t speak up and fight…who will?  This horror will just continue and these animals will continue to be tortured, murdered and have their babies taken away from them.  So as much as I would love to crawl into my bed and grieve, I cannot.  I have to spread awareness and I owe it to these babies who didn’t make it.  There is no more time to be silent.  Once you know the truth, you are obligated to spread the message!

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So as I leave you, to wipe the tears off my face, please, please, please consider how you can make a change.  Are you a vegan who is afraid to speak your mind?  Or are you a non vegan who is ready to make a change?  Either way, please get out there, educate yourself and fight for these innocent creatures who just wanted to be loved!!!

Thank you ❤

 

For more information on the dairy industry, please visit my “Resource” page and check out the following links:

Cowspiracy http://www.cowspiracy.com

Dairy Is Scary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

Dairy is Scary (No Graphic Images)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DcxKBSEzeQ&t=3s

 

How one cow changed the course of my life!

Do you ever get those wonderful memories that show up on Facebook?!  Although they can be kind of irritating sometimes, I love the one that showed up yesterday.  It was the memory of meeting Fatih, the cow that changed the course of my life!

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“How can a cow change your life?!” you may be asking yourself.  Well, before I tell you about Faith, let me give you a quick summary of my life at that moment.  At this point, I had lost my dog about a year prior and had become vegan because of the connection I had made (realizing that all animals felt pain, experienced fear, and wanted to live).  However, I hadn’t yet learned about the dairy industry and would still indulge in a giant pizza a few times a year.  I also knew that I loved animals, but until Faith, I had no idea what it felt like to love a cow!

My mom and I drove about an hour away to a beautiful animal sanctuary in Temecula, California.  The incredible owner, Jen, introduced us to all of the animals and told us a little about each of their stories.  She shared how and where they had been rescued from and also a bit more about the animal agriculture industry.  I was horrified and saddened by each of their stories, but also felt overjoyed when I saw how much they were loved and cared for at Sale Ranch Sanctuary.

After we met the horses, donkeys, goats, pigs and chickens, we came upon a giant cow and her best pig friend, Cherry.  I was so thrilled, and a little intimidated, to meet my first cow.  Jen invited us into the pasture with Fatih and encouraged us to get close to her.  I have to admit that I was hesitant to get near this enormous animal.  But as I did, I immediately felt comfortable and so incredibly happy.  Faith let me scratch her chin and then she kissed my face.  At this moment, I was in love!!!  I realized just then how similar Faith was to my big puppy who was at home.  She was incredibly docile and just wanted to be scratched.  I never wanted to leave the sanctuary and told my mom how badly I wanted my own cow rescue the entire drive home 🙂

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Like I said, the owner of Sale Ranch told us a bit about each of the animal’s stories and about the industry and I was shocked by Faith’s journey.  She was dumped at a sale lot along with her brother because they had “no value” to the industry.  Her brother didn’t survive but Faith was lucky enough to be rescued.  We also learned about the horrors of the dairy industry….

Quick Synopsis of the Dairy Industry:

Dairy cows are artificially inseminated on what the industry refers to as “rape racks.”  They will become pregnant for 9 months, just like a human, and when their baby is born he or she will be ripped away from their moms (they don’t want the baby calf drinking the milk intended for humans…).  The mom will bellow for days!  If the baby is a boy, he will most likely be killed for veal.  If it’s a female, she will have the same fate as her mother.  All dairy cows become “spent” at around 4-5 years and will be killed for beef.  For more information click here

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I had no idea that any of this torture existed and just like many, I thought that having cheese once in awhile was harmless.  The second I learned the truth and met Faith, I made the decision to never “cheat” with dairy again.  From that moment there would never again be any milk, cheese, yogurt, whey, cream cheese, ice cream, etc.  I was 100% vegan and was never looking back.

Faith also changed my life because I realized how badly we need to be fighting for these animals.  These sweet animals are being tortured and killed every day and for what???  At this point, I couldn’t be silent anymore.  I knew that I had to speak up.  I wasn’t quite sure how yet, but I wanted to scream it to the world……..  I suddenly realized my life’s purpose (this part of my life) was to be an animal activist.

My life had been given meaning and it was all because of meeting one magical cow!  I will truly be grateful for her and for this day for as long as I live.

***Have you ever had the opportunity to meet a cow in person?  Please comment below.  I would love to hear your story.

Sometimes it would be easier to not care…

“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” -James Aspey.

Hello everyone,

Most of the time, in this blog, I try to share information with you: whether it’s vegan nutrition, facts or a kick butt workout that I have created.  Well today is not that day!  Today, I need to share a story with you in order to get it off my chest…that’s what a blog is for, right?!  I truly hope that you will read it anyway; you never know, you may still learn from it or may find it inspiring 🙂

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Since becoming vegan, I have definitely had my share of bad days and this past Sunday was no exception.  Over the past two weeks, my husband and I had been volunteering at an animal sanctuary where 12 baby cows had been rescued the day before they were scheduled for slaughter.  Just like other days, we showed up ready to feed the 9 remaining babies and to give them some love (during the last few months, I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with cows, realizing how incredibly smart and docile they are.  They honestly remind me of a big version of my sweet dog).

When we arrived at the sanctuary, we could tell immediately that the energy was completely different.  Not only were we one of the only people there, but the people surrounding us were completely silent.  We walked in, said hi to the babies and checked to see if they had been fed.  In the meantime, we noticed a baby on the ground who was being loved and kindly spoken to by the sanctuary owner (a 16 year old teen girl, by the way!).  She told us, “this one isn’t doing so well.”  We went on with our sanctuary chores, which included picking up the stall and being sucked on by the other babies, but knew that this poor baby had reached the end.  Surely enough, this baby passed away within minutes of our arrival.

Although we were in complete shock, we stayed, comforted the young teen, helped around the sanctuary (all while walking around the dead calf), and left after an hour.  I cried the whole way home.

IMG_7671*This is not the deceased baby.  Just one that is sleeping……

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ANOTHER REASON TO STAY AWAY FROM DAIRY:  I knew how incredibly scary the dairy industry was but we learned another horrifying fact before we left.  This sanctuary, which had now lost 4 babies of the original 12, had rescued the calves from a dairy farmer.  He was a completely evil man, who wouldn’t let the rescuers take all of the calves, and even kicked the babies in front of them so that they would “die quicker”.  As if this wasn’t bad enough!  I learned that sometimes in the diary industry, if the farmer knows that the mama cow is having boys, they will abort the babies to get them out sooner.  The sooner the babies are out, the sooner they can use the milk and make a profit!!!  These 12 babies were not only young but they were abortions who didn’t stand a chance.  They were incredibly malnourished and didn’t receive ANY love, or even colostrum, from their mom.  REMEMBER THAT MALE CALVES ARE THROWN AWAY, SLAUGHTERED AND ARE USED FOR VEAL.  NO MILK = NO LIFE

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Two days later, and I am still having an extremely difficult time dealing with not only the loss of this baby, but also the enormity of this horrendous industry.  When we came home on Sunday, I was absolutely in shock!  I wanted to cry, scream, run away and completely check out.  I thought to myself that maybe I am not strong enough to deal with this suffering; maybe this is a hopeless cause that I should run away from right now!  Wouldn’t it be easier to just not care and to go on with everyday life?!  Maybe then I can stop being sad.  I can stop being pissed off that we as a society are contributing to this EVERY SINGLE SECOND of every single day!  And just maybe I can stop being pissed off at those around me who are selfishly taking lives so that they can enjoy a minute of satisfaction on their tongues!

MESSAGE TO VEGANS AND NON VEGANS:  And then I realized something.  I realized that it simply not the faults of my family, friends and strangers.  We have been convinced by media and the power of this industry for so long. “Milk does a body good.”  “Milk builds strong bones.”  “We need milk for calcium.”  “At least milk isn’t killing anyone, right?” “Dairy cows need to be milked.”  IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT!

And if we, as vegans, don’t speak up and fight…who will?  This horror will just continue and these animals will continue to be tortured, murdered and have their babies taken away from them.  So as much as I would love to crawl into my bed and grieve, I cannot.  I have to spread awareness and I owe it to these babies who didn’t make it.  There is no more time to be silent.  Once you know the truth, you are obligated to spread the message!

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So as I leave you, to wipe the tears off my face, please, please, please consider how you can make a change.  Are you a vegan who is afraid to speak your mind?  Or are you a non vegan who is ready to make a change?  Either way, please get out there, educate yourself and fight for these innocent creatures who just wanted to be loved!!!

Thank you ❤

 

For more information on the dairy industry, please visit my “Resource” page and check out the following links:

Cowspiracy http://www.cowspiracy.com

Dairy Is Scary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

Dairy is Scary (No Graphic Images)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DcxKBSEzeQ&t=3s

 

Dairy is Scary…and Why I am Heartbroken

Hello all,

I had an amazing weekend with a trip to a local farm sanctuary (blog coming soon!) and I met my first cow!!!  She was incredibly smart, docile and was one of the sweetest animals I have ever met.  While hearing her story, the one thing that stuck out most was the fact that she was rescued at just ONE HOUR OLD!  This truly shocked me and led me to do some serious research on the dairy industry.  Here are some of my findings and why I truly think that we should all eliminate dairy from our diets.

***Before I continue, just a note that I have also created a short video for my visual learners out there.  Here is the link if you prefer this to reading the facts:

There are SO many reasons to give up dairy but let’s start with some of the HEALTH reasons:

  • First, no other species drinks milk from another species.  Hmmm……
  • Second, a mama cow produces milk for her baby calf.  The calf drinks this milk in order to grow into a large animal.  A very large animal (a dairy cow can weigh 1,400-1,600 pounds)!  So, what do we think that milk is doing to us?!  It is contributing to weight gain and obesity.
  • In addition, dairy has been linked in numerous studies to an increased risk for certain cancers:  prostate, lung, breast and ovarian.
  • SO GROSS!  When dairy cows are milked over and over, it often causes infections and will create pus.  The FDA actually allows some pus in our milk.  So not only are we drinking antibiotics and hormones, but we are drinking pus and eating coagulated pus (cheese!) 😦
  • While we may enjoy the taste of dairy, we absolutely do not need it for any health reasons.  While the milk industry has us believe that we need it for calcium, we can actually get all of the calcium we need from the same place that our cows get it from: PLANTS!

And now, let’s discuss the ETHICAL reasons:

  • Just like humans, a dairy cow will only produce milk if she is pregnant or has given birth.  Therefore, she is artificially inseminated over and over again for the entirety of her short life (they are often killed at 4-5 years old where normally they can live into their 20’s).  This is done while they are connected to what the industry calls a “rape rack.”
  • Once the mom has given birth, the farmers do not want the babies to drink the milk so the calf is ripped away from his/her mom.  The mom screams in agony for days.
  • If the calf is a boy, he will be killed for veal.  If the calf is a female, she will be sentenced to the same life as her mom.
  • They will all end up being killed and used for meat.

There are so many other reasons not to consume dairy, including its extreme contribution to climate change.  However, that is probably enough fun for today.  If you want to learn more or read the facts yourself please check out the following resources:

*Cowspiracy http://www.cowspiracy.com NETFLIX

*Forks Over Knives https://www.forksoverknives.com NETFLIX

*What the Health  http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com  NETFLIX

*Best Speech You Will Ever Hear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

*Dairy is Scary: The industry explained in 5 minutes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

***I am sorry for this blog.  I normally try to remain happy and full of smiles, but this is something that needs to be shared.  I will be back soon with some positivity.  In the meantime, please consider switching to plant based options for your dairy.  There are some great options out there that help us become healthy all while choosing compassion.