A Quick Update If You Are Interested…


A Quick Update If You Are Interested…

I know it has been a minute since I last posted something other than a reblog or a question.  The truth is I haven’t had much interest in writing anything and I’m not sure why.  Every time I’ve opened up a new draft I have deleted it after a few seconds and then moved on to something else.

Today Evelina and I are going to Tanger Outlet to do a little shopping.  The strange thing is it was my idea and I’m actually looking forward to walking around and looking at stuff.  I’d like to find a new belt, a couple of packs of new white t-shirts and maybe a new shirt.  Plus they have a little food court there where we might be able to find a good lunch.

Other than that not much new going on in our lives.  Oh, we are building a new house which is incredibly exciting and stressful all at the same time.

I am not traveling as much with the job, but it looks like that will end in the next couple months and then I’ll be out on the road.  I was a little upset about getting grounded, but I’m realizing that everything seems to work out for a reason and I believe my body and mind needed the break.

That’s all for now.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


This Is Why I Stopped Eating Meat



This Is Why I Stopped Eating Meat

When meat-eaters read this title I suspect they immediately roll their eyes and presume a Vegan or vegetarian, leftist, tree hugger is at it again.  But I don’t see myself as any of those things.  I see myself as a middle-ground thinker who finally came to a realization.

When I began scrutinizing my eating a few years ago I had the thought to eliminate animal protein from my diet, but I didn’t know how to do so.  I continued to eat meat for a couple of years, but the entire time I had the idea of quitting locked in the back of my mind.  I came to the conclusion that animals have souls or spirits however you want to view it.  And if I were going to be truthful I didn’t feel it right to slaughter these animals as a product, which is how they are treated by the companies who are killing them.  My thought was that if I were going to eat an animal then I owed it to them to kill them myself.

Many self-sustainers kill their own meat and hold the same opinion.  I believe any person who consumes meat should be required to go to the slaughter house and watch the process.  They should be required to partake in each aspect versus just going to the store and picking up a package of ground beef.  You should have to watch the hog standing in the pin trembling with fear as its time draws to a close.

In my heart I just can’t participate in how these animals are treated and I don’t think it is responsible to allow myself to continue with such a casual attitude.

I look into the eyes of our little dog Bentley and I know he has a soul.  He displays an entire array of emotions from happiness to sadness, he feels pain and excitement.  But most notably he shows a level of love that permeates my soul and he has a personality that is like no one else I’ve met.  He has a right to live just as much as I have a right to live.  And then I think there are some societies that would eat him and this thought is beyond my comprehension.  From that realization I simply extended it to my experiences looking into the eyes of other animals and seeing them display many of the same characteristics along with demonstrating their own individual personality.  The individual personality factor drove me to the conclusion that if I were going to eat meat then I owed it to these animals to take their life myself.  And if I were not willing to do so then I would not eat them.

I will admit that it bothers me when I see all of the meat at the grocery store.  Not because I think it is wrong to eat animals, but that it is irresponsible for humans to eat animals that they are not willing to kill for themselves.  I think the Native Americans had it right when they practiced thanking the animal for their sacrifice and showing some respect to the land and the animals.

In the end treating animals like a product is morally and ethically wrong.  And in my mind there is no way around this moral dilemma.  I either kill the animal myself or I don’t eat meat.


These Are Just a Few of the Pet Peeves I Hate


These Are Just a Few of the Pet Peeves I Hate…

I try not to use the word hate, but in this instance it is accurate because it is aimed at actions not people.  At any rate, here are a few of my pet peeves…

  1.  Waving people on in traffic instead of just following the rules of the road.  When it is my turn to go, I will go.  When it is your turn to go, you go.  You are not doing me a favor by waving me on.  You are actually creating unnecessary chaos.  The rules of the road are in place so you don’t have to hand signal someone to take action.
  2. Talking on the phone when checking-out at a store.  I find it incredibly rude to continue a conversation on the phone while checking out at a store.  Show respect to the cashier and give them your undivided attention.
  3. Not returning an email the same day.  We live in a world in which information is so readily available and most often available on the mobile device that we carry in our pockets.  It takes 30 seconds to respond to most emails, not 24 hours.
  4. Entering a building through the exit door.  This absolutely drives me crazy.  The door on the right is for entry.  The door on the left is for those exiting.  USE THE APPROPRIATE DOOR!
  5. Leaving the shopping buggy/trolley in the parking lot instead of returning it to the cart return.  No elaboration needed.
  6. The use of velvet hangars.
  7. Laundry that is left sitting in the dryer instead of immediately folded.

These are a few of my pet peeves.  Leave me some of your peeves in the comments.


No Meat and I Feel Absolutely Amazing


No Meat and I Feel Absolutely Amazing

On August 15 I made a snap decision to stop eating meat.  No cows, no chickens, no turkeys, no pigs and no fish.  I had always thought it would be difficult to quit eating animals, but it has not been difficult at all.  As a matter of fact I have not craved meat one time.  It eat Nugo bars to help with protein intake and I eat a lot of green beans, lima beans, spinach, a few salads and some mashed potatoes.

Evelina is now using veggie only recipes and last week we had zucchini boats using Boca, mozzarella cheese and a little marinara sauce.  They were awesome and incredibly tasty.

I haven’t noticed an increase in energy, but I also haven’t noticed a decrease in energy which is actually important to me considering I live with MS and UC (both have fatigue as a major side effect).  I always feared that eliminating meat would cause me to suffer more fatigue, but such has not been the case.

I will say that I feel as though I get a full stomach the right way.  I can eat a huge portion of green beans and limas and it only adds up to around 150 calories.  I’m trying to avoid salads because the dressings are so high in calories.  Also, the fact that I’m also avoiding sugar and sugary drinks allows me to eat 8 servings of vegetables per day.   Considering the average American eats fewer than 3 servings per week, I think this decision will eventually make me healthier and will be better for me.

I’m still surprised at how easy the transition has been.  Philosophically I think all animals have souls so this also keeps me from adding to the abuse animals experience being treated like a product instead of a creature.  I will admit I feel awful for the years of eating meat, but I digress.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and stay safe if you are in the path of Florence.


My Fudgy Black Bean Avocado Brownie

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Hello my lovely foodies!! Today I bring you something slightly different from what I normally do. It is a healthy alternative to a favorite of mine….brownies. So diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. runs rampid in my family. One would imagine that I would watch what I eat more which I actually do and not indulge at all which I don’t do at all. In fact, I do research to still be able to enjoy the things that I love without having to give it all up and stay miserable. I am working on a few healthy alternatives to some of the pastries I adore. Now it is tricky because, in order to make something reduced fat, you need to cut out the oil and butter. Then to take out the bad carbs, you have to find an alternative to which flour has health benefits. If you are trying…

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A Guide To Dairy Milk Versus Plant-Based Milk

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A Guide To Dairy Milk VS Plant-Based Milk

There are a lot of reasons people drink plant-based milk substitutes, from having dairy-related sensitivities to staying away from the dairy drain as a component of a veggie lover or vegetarian eating routine to out and out old preferring the way plant-based milk taste. Plant-based drain additionally, for the most part, have great nutritious esteem, making them a sound other option to dairy milk. This article is about a guide to dairy milk vs plant-based milk.

As an ever-increasing number of individuals wind up worried about the supportability of our different sustenance and drink-creating businesses, you may have thought about whether plant-based drain like oats milk is earth neighborly, contrasted and dairy drain. We will discuss the nutritional value of dairy milk and plant-based milk in this article.

In the dietary world, the advantages of dairy animals’ milk are notable: It’s a…

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Forks over Knives Cherry Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls

This recipe was super easy and came out really good. My only issue is I could have used a little MORE water to bind them better. I warn you they are easily…

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies on Multiple experienceS | I found this recipe on the beachbody blog.Every exercise program I do, except Zumba, is from Beachbody. I just…

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Raspberry Truffle Brownies from Forks over Knives

A yummy recipe from Forks over Knives for Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Raspberry Truffle Brownies Ingredients 4 oz…

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