Anonymous for the Voiceless: Why I Volunteer with Them and What We Do

When I first became vegan, I knew that I wanted to do more than just change the food on my plate.  I started researching about the animal agriculture industry and was horrified by the practices that were referred to as “humane”, “organic”, “free range” and felt the grief and suffering deep in my body.  Honestly, I was completely lost knowing that I wanted to do more.  But what more could I do from my couch then just post on social media about all of the facts that I had found and to scream at people to go vegan?!  Most days, I sat there in tears, feeling completely alone and useless.

Then one day I stumbled upon a Youtube video with James Aspey and he was participating in a peaceful demonstration with a group called Anonymous for the Voiceless. I knew immediately that I had to find a local chapter and to be a public voice for the animals.  Unfortunately, there weren’t any chapters that were less than two hours away.

So, I thought that maybe I could start my own.  I jumped on it but before I could finish the process, a wonderful team started a local chapter here in San Diego.  I was so incredibly excited and there was nothing that would stop me from attending.  Seven months later, the San Diego chapter is still in action and I have teamed up to start an additional chapter in North County San Diego.  I have been organizing that one since June, and it truly has been a dream come true!

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What is Anonymous for the Voiceless and what do we do?

“ESTABLISHED APRIL, 2016.

ANONYMOUS FOR THE VOICELESS IS AN ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANISATION THAT SPECIALIZES IN STREET ACTIVISM.

OVER 4,026 DEMONSTRATIONS IN 805 CITIES WORLDWIDE, WE’VE CONVINCED AT LEAST 271,747 BYSTANDERS TO TAKE VEGANISM SERIOUSLY.

THROUGH THE USE OF LOCAL STANDARD-PRACTICE FOOTAGE, WE EXPOSE TO THE PUBLIC WHAT IS INTENTIONALLY HIDDEN FROM THEM WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMAL EXPLOITATION. COMBINING THIS WITH A VALUE-BASED SALES APPROACH AND RESOURCE LITERATURE, WE FULLY EQUIP THE PUBLIC WITH EVERYTHING THEY NEED IN SWITCHING TO A VEGAN LIFESTYLE. WE HOLD AN ABOLITIONIST STANCE ON ANIMAL EXPLOITATION.” (www.anonymousforthevoiceless.org)

Basically, in a peaceful demonstration (almost like an art exhibition) we show the truth of the animal agriculture industry.  We show real footage of factory farms and we have thought provoking conversations with the public.  We do not yell and we do not leaflet.

Honestly, there are many forms of activism out there, but for me, this has proved to be the most effective.  I have amazing conversations with people every week who truly had no idea that their “food” was produced this way.  They are angry, feel like they have been lied to, are animal lovers and are ready to make the change.

When leaving what is referred to as the Cube of Truth, the individual will receive a card from us that is full of resources to help them make the transition.

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Being part of Anonymous for the Voiceless has truly changed my life.  I absolutely feel that I am making a difference, have met some of my best friends, am surrounded by people who truly get me and am no longer sitting on my couch feeling hopeless.

If you are vegan, and are looking for a way to help the animals, I truly suggest volunteering with your local chapter.  And if you are not vegan, I hope that you will one day be able to experience a Cube of Truth in person.  Maybe we can have a conversation….

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Great Trip for All (Even for Health Addicts Like Me!)

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My hubby and I had a little weekend getaway this past week and we stayed at The Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert.  We have stayed there many times and I have to say that this resort is by far and away my favorite!!!  It is a wonderful escape for all: kids, adults and even for health addicts like me!

Let’s start with activities for the kids!  There are so many things to entertain your little ones and various pools to choose from!  First, there is a small pool that has a volleyball net and basketball hoop so that the whole family can participate in water sports.  There is an adjacent pool that has one of the most epic pool slides I have ever seen (don’t worry, adults are allowed on it too!) and there are slide contests throughout the day.  In addition, there are games for all that are led by the enthusiastic staff members: BINGO by the pool, arts and crafts and even movie night in the water.  And don’t worry Mom and Dad…there are mandatory pool breaks to make sure that your children come out of the water for sunscreen application, hydration and food. 🙂

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Ok adults, I know what you’re thinking.  I don’t have kids (or my kids are at home), and the last thing I want to do is be in the pool with a bunch of loud kids on my vacation.  Well then this next section is for you!  I too enjoy some peace and quiet on my vacation and we were able to enjoy it by the more quiet pool on the upper deck.  Here is the place for us to lounge on our floaties, enjoy poolside service, drink from the poolside bar (under misters, I might add!), and to read on our lounge chairs.  My husband and I even rented a private cabana for the day and spent the day under the shade, fan and by our own refrigerator.  This is the place to be!

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I was extremely nervous about going on vacation and not being able to find anything to eat.  Since my Lyme diagnosis, my diet has become extremely limited so we came prepared with all kinds of food to cook in our kitchen in our villa.  However, we didn’t use any of it (the resort has a food donation program, so it didn’t even go to waste)!  I was so excited to find food that I could eat and not get sick from.  And I could continue to eat clean.  For health addicts like me, The Westin has tons of options to make us happy! 

The first thing that I noticed that I thought was extremely unique was the “Sleep Well Menu” located on our bedside table.  It not only offered all kinds of calming teas but also offered supplements to help you sleep: magnesium and melatonin to name a few.  Who does that?!  The next item that I was delighted with was the Superfoods Rx Menu which was offered for room service, poolside and in the resort restaurant.  It offered all of my favorites: avocado, garlic, broccoli and more.  Every menu has gluten free, vegan and healthy options for the whole family!  As if that weren’t enough to keep this health nut happy, the resort also has a fitness studio, fitness classes, tennis courts, golf and running trails.  Okay, I think I am in Heaven!

 

I absolutely cannot say enough about The Westin Desert Willow Villas.  The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly and they truly have thought of everything.  My one criticism (if I had to find one) is that the bathroom is pretty far away from the pool on the upper deck.  That’s it though.  That’s all I can think of.  🙂

I highly recommend visiting them on your next desert vacation.  I will definitely be back next year…and the year after….and the year after 🙂

 

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Total Leg Workout in Less Than 5 Minutes

Here is a Total Leg Workout that can be done at home or in the gym.  All you need is a set of dumbbells and a mat.  It can be done alone (in under 5 minutes) or added to another strength or cardio workout.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Happy Fitness Friday!! Leg Workout

Happy Fitness Friday everyone!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend!  Before we start enjoying it, how about a quick leg workout using the stability ball?!  Click here for the full workout and have a great weekend!

Enjoy!

 

Ab Workout Using the Ball

Do you have one of those big exercise balls, but you just aren’t sure how to use it?!

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Check out my latest Youtube video to learn some of my favorite ab exercises using the physio ball!

 

What I think is the most common GYM MISTAKE! Don’t do this!

Here is what I believe is the most common GYM MISTAKE that we are all guilty of!  Please take a moment to watch the video and consider this tip on your next trip to the gym.

 

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