20.11.08

Excerpt from "Skinny Bitch"

from pages 44-45:

"Of the ten billion animals slaughtered each year in America for human consumption, the vast majority of them come from factory farms. Factory farms that raise cattle, pigs, chickens, egg-laying hens, veal calves, or dairy cows have an enormous amount of animals in a very small space. There are no vast meadows or lush, green pastures. The animals are confined inside buildings, where they are literally packed in on top of each other. Egg-laying hens are crammed into cages so small that they are unable to open their wings, and their mangled feet actually grow around the wire mesh floors. This overcrowded, stressful environment causes chickens to peck at each other and factory farm workers, so the ends of their beaks are seared off their faces using a hot knife. Pigs and cows are imprisoned in stalls so small, they are unable to turn around or lie down comfortably. Cattle are subject to third-degree branding burns and having their testicles and horns ripped out. Pigs also suffer from branding and castrations, in addition to the mutilation of their ears, tails, and teeth. They all live in the filth of their own urine, feces, and vomit with infected, festering sores and wounds. To keep animals alive in these unsanitary conditions, farmers must give them regular doses of antibiotics."

Honestly, this all makes me want to cry. I've not been ignorant to such appalling things, but I guess I've just chosen not to let it get to me. Until now. This REALLY bothers me. For a long time I've bought organic things, eggs from free-range chickens, tofu, etc....and I don't think I eat a ton of meat, period. But I love a good cheeseburger every once in a while. I have one friend in particular who has had a discussion or two on this with me---and he is a firm believer in the food chain and basically believes that if we didn't eat these animals, other animals would eat them anyway. To me that doesn't seem to be a good enough reason for me to continue eating meat/animal products.. Does it have to be all or nothing? I don't know. I also don't know where to begin as far as nutritional needs and making sure I get enough protein and iron, etc. from sources other than poultry, fish, and beef. And what about my kids? I feel they're too young to push them down the vegetarian route---Dan won't hear of it.

If you are reading this and have some thoughts, I would love to hear them....

feeling like it's time for a change

I am reading a new book called, "Skinny Bitch," by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. I am only on page 44, but am starting to feel like some change is in order. I am going to try and start with baby steps like eliminating diet coke and coffee (I don't drink a ton of either, but usually have 1 diet coke or 1 small cup of coffee each day) and reducing my intake of meats.

I will try to post some excerpts later that have really moved me. I want to be greener and healthier, and this book is explaining to me how things really work and what I am doing to my body on a daily basis by not thinking about what I'm putting in my mouth (and my kids' mouths).....

stay tuned....

17.11.08

we have cabinets!




this is our closet...





and the kitchen with an island in the middle. all the cabinets haven't been installed yet, but they were all delivered to the house last week...at one end of the kitchen island is a wine rack, and at the other end are some shelves for cookbooks...


 

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