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Watch: Why Go Vegan? Ellen DeGeneres Has An Opinion

We often wonder just what it is that wakes people up and causes them to shift what they eat in a radical manner.  In this clip, Ellen explains herself and gives us more food for thought:Check out her blog too: Going Vegan With Ellen, which is worthwhile even for non-vegans!

Paying Karmic Debts for Making us Fat and Sick

Today's Washington Post has a great piece reminding us just what ordinary folks are up against in trying to make sound decisions about eating.  An ex-Coke man decided he has a "large karmic debt" to repay for his role in exacerbating the obesity problem in the U.S. (and throughout the world really).The former Coke exec, Todd Putnam, stressed that "the resources, the scale, the intelligence, the strategy these companies use is intense," which is not a surprise really.  In fact, ...

Top 3 Reasons to Plant Your Own Veggies

Gardening is on the rise.  Here are the top 3 reasons we think it's a great idea to grow your own.1.  The economy.Have you seen the price of veggies, especially organic ones?  Ditto with fresh herbs, berries, etc.  Fact is, gardens create very low-cost (or free) food, which is why generations of people planted kitchen gardens throughout history.  It is only recently that gardens became relegated to a hobby rather than a sensible part of every home with the space to support it.  We ...

Should the Government Limit Soda Size?

Just a day has passed and the critics have descended on NYC Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit giant-sized sugary drinks.  Some have even noted the harm to the poor beverage companies, who are already suffering because people are waking up and drinking less of the stuff.Ironically, the diet stuff -- poison so harmful that even small quantities have been reported to cause "vascular incidents" in the vast majority of people -- would remain ok.We're not sure this will work let ...

Sam Harris — Meat and Ethical Eating

Sam Harris, described as a neuroscientist, author and "public intellectual" (what's that?), is well-known for his views on religion (in a nutshell, he thinks it's bunk) and the need for more reason in our society.What you may not know, however, is that this uber-rationalist (he heads up Project Reason, dedicated to scientific and secular knowledge) gets it when it comes to meat.  As he says, he cannot defend the ethics of eating animals (even if he eats them).  Animals suffer and we are ...

Frijoles de la Olla (Mexican Beans)

... This recipe is a real staple and can make a week's worth of rice/beans, filled tamales, tacos and more. We eat ours lots of ways.  Chipotle and black beans.  Pinto beans and Guajillo. Adjust to your taste and ingredients and enjoy.Ingredients:Measurements are approximate - adjust to taste.  This is hard to get wrong so trust your taste buds.2 cups dried beans.1/2 onion choppedSmall bunch cilantro2-3 dried peppers such as chipoltes, pasilla, etc. (can add more)...

Facebook Founder Kills His Own

Why would someone slaughter their own food especially a billionaire who could easily afford the finest of butchers?  Mark Zuckerberg put it well in his own words:"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself.... I don't have an issue with anything ...

Rib-Sticking Goodness: Just One More Reason to Go Veg

Mmm, Meat Glue - sounds yummy doesn't it?  Well, according to a recent story, transglutaminase (aka "meat glue"), which is made from a blood-clotting agent from cows and pigs, is not only being used regularly to stick together bits of meat and make a nicely formed "filet," it's likely to make you sick.Apparently, TG (It's nick-name) is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA, but then again, that's what they said about all sorts of things, including food coloring in kids' ...

Every Body’s Different – Work Out Your Own Salvation.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. - Buddha (563 BC - 483 BC)The tricky thing about trying to figure out the best way to eat is, as obvious as it sounds, we're all different people. Some of us are short, some tall, some top or bottom heavy. Some are skinny as rails and some (maybe most of us) have a few pudgy spots. We've all met someone who eats and eats, but seems to burn it right off (which can be annoying if you have the metabolism of a hibernating bear). Some ...

Food Preparedness: It’s Not Just for Doomsday Anymore

We love a well-stocked pantry, especially one that has all sorts of delicacies, like lemon curd and pickled garlic.  Nothing nicer and easier than putting together a meal or snack for unexpected guests or a tired night.  The real benefits of food storage are immediately apparent when disaster hits -- earthquakes, blizzards, power outages, missile attacks, ETs, etc. By now, most of us should be sharply aware that we have to expect the unexpected, which is why the Wake Up and Eat ...