I never thought I’d say this…

… but I was drawn to share this with you all after watching Happy Feet, last night. Orthopedic shoes are the best! If you’ve watched Grace and Frankie then you know which character I am (most likely) becoming… I’m currently OBSESSING over the wellness of my feet, and all because of one visit to (sound affect, dun dun duuuun)… Dr. Kong, the comfortable and healthy shoe company.

The reason why this was all so surprising to me was that I used to tease the shit out of one of my best friends in high school for wearing orthopedic Dr. Kong school shoes. L O L. I mean, it didn’t help that the shoes she wore were also for boys (she had big feet and my nickname for her was Twinkle Toes), but because of those specific and unaesthetically pleasing pair of Dr. Kong’s, I never thought a day would come where I would be wearing Dr. Kong shoes.

I don’t know about you, but I believe that the Universe is also a conscious being who brings forth into your life, situations, people and things that you consciously, and subconsciously attract or need in that moment. And so this is why, I believe, Dr. Kong is now in my life, hahaha.

It all started with an invite to check out their store in Robinsons Galleria. I was definitely hesitant at first, especially with my fashion background and history with the Kongs, haha 💁🏻‍♀️ but I knew that I had to have a foot-check-up because I saw that my old shoes flattened down where the arches used to be.

[CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH SHORT VIDEO OF MY DR. KONG ADVENTURE]

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I was instantly inSOLD! 😆 My feet had never truly found comfort until that day! Those insoles made my feet cry with happiness. How sad I now feel to know that I have walked for 28+ years without giving a shit about my feet, and because of it, have caused a misalignment with my ankles. Something I could have prevented if I had only pushed my judgmental, teenage ego aside and listened to Rosie a.k.a Twinkle Toes.

I did mention to her that I got my very own pair of Dr. Kong’s and she was just as surprised as I… I was also surprised to see all the “hipper” styles of shoes and sandals in the store 😎. The pink sneakers caught my eye and they were super comfortable, especially worn with the insoles. I was very impressed with the overall experience; the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, and the store was comfortable and clean.

I HIGHLY recommend visiting Dr. Kong even if it’s just for a check up, it’s free anyway! To know what’s going on down there is so important. These our very important parts of our bodies that we have been neglecting for years and years! I only wish that I was taught about the effects of flat feet and other foot problems much earlier in life, and this is why I’m taking time on this beautiful Sunday afternoon to share my story about my, now grateful, feet! 👣🙂🧡

P.S. I’m still on my orthopedic shoe journey but I want to share that I have come across life-changing arch support, vegan, and PVC-free flip-flops and sandals from Reef in Olympic Village, Ayala, Cebu. There are also other affordable brands that make arch support sandals available! Yay! I’ve also been looking online, but seriously, why are orthopedic shoes so fckin ugly!? Does anyone know of any brands that make “stylish” arch supported shoes for the flat-flooted? 🙏🏼 Write me a comment if you do! I will wifi hug you! Thank you!

All the best, and much love to your feet! ✌🏼️

TranscenDANCED in Asmara

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What an enlightening experience!!!

I was so nervous on Saturday morning, I kept going through all the things I wanted to say during the event. PLUS it was my sister’s birthday so I wanted to make sure she was having a good time.

The weather was beautiful that day, and Asmarawas ready for us to set up when we arrived at 9 15. When people started arriving, I was surprised to see so many new faces, and even familiar faces of friends who I did not expect to see at the event. It was a wonderful feeling :] We started by sitting in a circle, explaining the event, the rules and, what to expect during the dance. There were about 20 of us, most of which have never experienced ecstatic dance before. We started by stretching and shaking our bodies to get warmed up, and then we brought our attention to the breath. So it began…

Transcendance DO’S:

✅ You are FREE to express yourself
✅ Free to move or just mediate on the side or do yoga
✅ No need to follow steps
✅ Parents can bring their kids

Transcendance DONT’S:
❌ No shoes
❌ No alcohol
❌ No drugs
❌ No phones/cameras
❌ No talking in the space

Unfortunately I don’t have any more photos or videos to post just yet, but I will get a few to share with you all soon! Since it was our first time we decided to document some parts of the event, that way others can get an idea of what the experience is all about, and hopefully, join in next time!

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This was only my 3rd ecstatic dance experience and although I was worrying about how people were going to react, I was beautifully surprised and happy to see that everyone was so open and receptive to the music and to the movement. I loved catching people in the eyes and then smiling at them, I loved seeing people full of joy and letting go of judgments, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in that space together where we were all embracing the moment and becoming one. I felt emotional and fulfilled.

After about an hour, the music leaded us to shavasana and then we came together for the sharing circle. This was when my heart grew and melted. Everyone shared very kind words about the event, but most importantly, shared their personal experience without fear. I thrive on openness and oneness, and that was given to me last Saturday morning, HASHTAG BLESSED! Haha… :-p . I saw myself in each person and felt so connected to them, to my surroundings, and to my body and soul. We then surprised Divine with a birthday cake :] It was delightful to see her so happy as this was only the second time for her to DJ ecstatic dance music. She did a great job by the way, and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister!

I’m very grateful to Princess and Jangee for inviting me to start this movement with them, and very thankful for my sister and boyfriend for being so supportive of my ventures. Thank you Asmara for the venue! We are very excited for the future of Transcendance! Please stay tuned on my facebook page for the upcoming events.

Namaste ❤

 

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

Creamy Cheezie Zucchini

My sister came over the other day and taught me how to make vegan bechamel sauce. Since then I’ve been eating a little bit too much of it, but nevertheless! This recipe will help you put down the dairy and pick up the soy!

While boiling the pasta, heat another pan on low heat and pour a cup of soy milk and a spoon of dairy-free butter (I like to use Nuttelex Original. You can buy this in Landers & SNR)

Stir till the butter has melted and slowly pour in some flour while stirring. It’s important to keep stirring or whisking so that the flour doesn’t clump! Add about half a cup of flour. If you want a thicker sauce add even more flour, and if you want it to be soupy, add less. Play with it!

When you find the right consistency for you, add chopped onions and garlic and continue to stir. Throw in the sliced zucchini and let simmer.

I like to add nutritional yeast to give it a cheezier flavor. Add about two tablespoons. If your sauce has become too thick for your liking, add a dash more soy milk and continue to stir.

You’re nearly done!

Drain your pasta, mix it in with the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

There it is! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🥒

Bon appétit!

My 2017 Euro Trip – FRANCE 🇫🇷

My 2017 Euro Trip – FRANCE 🇫🇷

June.

Touchdown and fresh off the boat straight to the Louvre 🙌🏼 It was a perfect summer’s day.

At the Notre Dame.

You can’t guess where we went to next… one of the first vegan restaurants in Paris, Le Grenier De Notre Dame 😻🌱 The dishes were not only colorful, they were very tasty and flavorful, and of course, nutritious!

And then of course some sorbet for the lady. Don’t be fooled, it was delicious.

To Musée Picasso!

Beautiful work and beautiful quotes by Picasso himself cover the rooms in Hôtel Salé. What a great museum to visit.


Palace of Versailles

The gardens were amazing! There’s a lot to see so make sure you wear comfortable shoes!

So much history on these walls. Truly a magnificent palace, full of intricate gold details. Being surrounded by such beauty and history really makes you recognize the evolution of design and appreciate where it came from.

Merci beaucoup!


Burger time!

Sorry, I ate the burger before I could take a photo of it…

On to… Tour de Eiffel with my boos!!!

Together again from Cebu to Paris, baby. My gal, Natacha ♥️

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Time for a night out at the Titty Twister…

New friends! À votre santé!


Someone’s excited.

Walking around the Parliament.

Awesome vibes during Fête de la Musique! My new woman crush.

Lunch time at Le Pain Quotidien

Small streets pleasantly covered in graffiti & posters.

Then a tour around the most colourful street in Paris, Rue Crémieux 🌸 🌼

After a lot more walking, we reached Sacré-Cœur, an 18th century basilica on the top of Montmartre, Paris.

Just look at this Romano – Byzantine architecture. It’s incredible.

I could spend hours, even a day or two at some of Paris’s famous sites, but unfortunately we didn’t have much time left to spend. Our last night in Paris…

Yes, we returned to Le Grenier De Notre Dame for our last supper 🤗 🌱

Then I took Mike to see the famous Avant-Garde cabaret show in Paris…. Crazy Horse! It was so much fun and very very creative show. The performances were colorful, edgy, sexy and very elegant. I highly recommend it!

(We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but here are some images I took from the website.)

The after party with Mr. Pleased.

Our last drink with our other half, Natacha, and our last drink in Paris.

Thank you, boo for showing us a great time! Thank you Paris for having us! You are as beautiful as always🙏🏼 Merci

My 2017 Travels – SAN REMEGIO WATERS

June.

Canoeing + wine + sunshine.

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The beautiful sky, sea and sand. Simple, yet so spectacular. Cebu definitely still has it’s treasures.

All you need is an awesome crew ♥️ … and a friend’s beach house!

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A boyfriend who’s a deep sleeper is always amusing…

The crew: Rafa, Rachael, Paolo, Julian, Jaime & Mike. Thank you For having us, Jaime!

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You can never have too much vitamin sea 🙏🏼 wearing my reversible SOLTI bodysuit.

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

My 2017 Travels – SIARGAO SUN

April.

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If you haven’t been, take some time away from General Luna and head up to the Magpupungko rock pools. Its amazing there! Make sure to check the tides so you know when its the best time to go.

After an afternoon there, we found this little guy… so we took him home! Name: Pungko ♥️

My boyfriend’s family have a beautiful place in Pilar, a town located in the middle of Siargao Island. Quiet and right on the water, this is a destination fit for friends and family. Rooms will be available for rent very soon! This is the view from the deck.

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Shooting Steph in her SOLTI Activewear reversible bodysuit

Swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family 💙 and of course, watching Mike poi dance…

I don’t leave my room without using my favorite La Mer products, especially the UV Protecting Fluid with SPF 50. Need to keep those sunspots away!

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SOLTI Activewear Luli Bodysuit, La Mer essentials, and my favorite scented flip flops from Lookeeya.

Shakin it up at Shaka. My favorite place for juices, power bowls and banana bread.

At our “Secret Beach” that’s not so secret anymore. Still a great place to swim, chill and play silly.

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After basking in the sun and enjoying the quiet, we went to Lotus Shores in General Luna. If you’re ever in Siargao, you have to try out this restaurant. They are well known for their delicious vegan menu 🌱👌🏼  and everything was superb.

Lovely as always 🙏🏼 Salamat, Siargao

All photos taken by my Fujifilm X-T20

Taste the Wonder…

Taste the Wonder…

For those of you living under a rock, Wonderfruit is ready for their next, magical event this coming December 14-17th, 2017!!! Ticket prices go up on the 5th September so make sure you don’t miss out on their pre-selling tickets! I realize that I haven’t been very active but this I need to share…

This February, 2017 was my first experience with Wonderfruit and I can tell you this, it was spectacular… and just so you get the feel of what I experienced, here are videos of our daily diary at Wonderfruit by the amazing, Sebastien Gilbert from Maldavar Films

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As you can see, Wonderfruit is full of color and surprises. There are so many activities available such as, pottery, paper mache, yoga, meditation, dance, talks, and so much more! And even though you will be in the middle of a beautiful nowhere, the atmosphere will always be vibrant and full of life ♡

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The glamping tents were awesome! There were 2 queen sized airbeds, a lamp, a mirror, an aircon/fan (depending on which tent you choose), and a safety box. Only people staying at the glamp site were granted permission to enter and the bathrooms and showers were totally clean. Use the showers before 9am to skip long lines!

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On our way to explore the whole site with Ange Gomez and Chi Filameno 

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Dancing and chilling on everyone’s favorite stage, The Solar Stage. This superb stage was designed and created by Gregg Fleishman, whose creations are regular highlights at the Burning Man festivals. Below is a photos taken by Sebastien Gilbert of the stage lit up at night. Amazing, isn’t it!?

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With the always beautiful Drag Queen, Pangina from one of Bangkok’s best bars, Maggie Choos. She performed at the Forbidden Fruit stage one night.

Photo below by Sebastien Gilbert
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Jammin out with our ears out!

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The awesome Manila team who made Wonderfruit even more memorable ✯

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Henna art by one of the many stalls in Wonderfruit.

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If I didn’t mention this in my last post, dogs and children are welcome!

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With one of our very talented Filipina performers, Jess Connelly.

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Body art and face paint available by NYX, Thailand.

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Art installations errwhere! Be there or be square!

Special thanks to Third Culture Music for making this dream a reality!

♪ Purchase your tickets now! ♪

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Vegan Veggie Noodles

Simple and light, perfect for dinner.

– Boil 1 teaspoon of sesame oil with 3 cups of vegetable broth (I used one from Healthy Options)

– Add 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/3 a large carrot, and a handful of broccoli

– If you’d like, add soy meat/tofu to the mixture and let cook

– After 3 minutes, add the noodles of your choice (I used a mixture of rice & glass noodles) and cook for another 2 minutes

– Add a tablespoon of liquid aminos or vegan soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

– Squeeze in some lemon and it’s ready for you to eat!

Enjoy! ❤

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Vegan Banana Bread with Coconut Sugar Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius & mix all ingredients together in a food processor:

– 3 ripe medium sized bananas

– 1 1/2 cup of peanut butter

– 1/2 cup of almonds

– 1 cup of oats

– 2 tablespoons of coconut flour/flour of your choice

– 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

– 1 teaspoon on vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup of maple syrup

– 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

– 1/4 cup of almond milk

(Make sure the mixture is not runny. Add more oats till you get a thicker mixture.)

Put mixture into an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Coconut Sugar Glaze:

– 1/2 cup of coconut sugar

– 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

– 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk

Mix ingredients together with an electric hand mixer and then pour and spread glaze on top.

I sprinkled some cinnamon on top of my cake :]

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Enjoy!

Live cruelty free! ❤

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

Vegan Apple Crumble & Cappuccino Cinnamon Ice-cream

This is my first time making an apple crumble AND ice-cream! Pretty happy with how it turned out :] I hope you enjoy these delicious, cruelty-free, vegan desserts!

Peal and dice 3 red apples and 1 pear

Heat saucepan and put in the apples and pear

Add a tablespoon of brown or coconut sugar (I mixed half and half), and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder

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Mix and stir for 4 minutes then place the contents into an oven-safe dish

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F

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Mix 1 1/2 cup of oats into a bowl with 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup, 1 table spoon of coconut sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of mineral salt, and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder.

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Sprinkle oats evenly on top of the apple and pear mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until oats are golden brown and crunchy

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Cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream without ice-cream machine

Make sure you have time to make this! I made this without using an ice-cream machine and it took about 6-7 hours to complete.

 1 can of coconut milk – 400 ml

1/2 cup of cappuccino flavoured soy milk (S&R)

1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup (S&R)

Mix into a pan and bring to simmer while stirring, then empty pan into heatproof bowl and leave to cool for 30 minutes

 Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into bowl and stir

Place bowl into the freezer and let it freeze for 2 hours

Mix the icy mixture aggressively with a fork until smooth and creamy

Place bowl back into the freezer and repeat after 2 hours

Do this a total of 3 times

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The final product! Vegan apple crumble & cappuccino cinnamon ice-cream ❤

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My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: The Naam, Vancouver

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: The Naam, Vancouver

Cycling around Stanley Park was so much fun and the scenery was superb!

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We worked up our appetites… The Naam is a 24 hour Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver.

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Michael had the Tempeh Reuben; marinated tempeh with melted cheese, grilled mushrooms, mustard, sauerkraut & grated beets, on a whole wheat burger bun.

I ordered the Asian Noodle Bowl; rice noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli, red pepper, shiitake mushrooms, deep fried tofu and vegan tempeh strips, in miso broth.

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Our meal was good, but I would have to say that Mike ordered the tastier dish. The noodle bowl was full of vegetables and tempeh but I wish the miso soup had more flavour. Over all it was a good and healthy meal! I now know where to go when Im hungry at 3AM in the morning in Vancouver!

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: Nourish Bistro, Banff

My Vegan Resto-Hop in Canada: Nourish Bistro, Banff

Im back! Canada was so beautiful, and the food was insanely delicious! I was able to hit up some great Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants while I was there, and while road tripping to Calgary from Vancouver, we stopped over a beautiful town called, Banff.

Nourish Bistro was the first international Vegan/Vegetarian I tried since turning vegan, so you can imagine what I was like reading ALL the options I had to choose from! (I was drooling much more than a kid in a candy store)…

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This is the 420 Burger. Yes, I chose it because of the name… It had a charcoal bun! Interesting, and super yummm :p

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The side salad; so simple but so delicious with grape vinaigrette.

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The BEST dish we ordered, the Mac & Squeeze; qnocchi in a creamy coconut and smoked paprika sauce.It seriously tasted better than any mac & cheese I’ve ever had. I need to try and make this!

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Nourish Bistro was so delicious, it had NO MEAT in the menu and there were vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. I wish I was able to try all the dishes!

Willful Ignorance

Willful Ignorance

See no evil.

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Hear no evil.

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Speak no evil.

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They say that theres a reason why you take your kids to pick apples but don’t take them to a slaughter house, and Dana Ellyn’s paintings says it all-

What you don’t see or hear doesn’t exist, but the sorry truth is that it DOES. Every single day, thousands and thousands of animals are kept in confined spaces, are mistreated, and then slaughtered just to satisfy people’s taste buds for 10 minutes. And because no one actually sees this happening, how could it matter to them?

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It all started when we were kids. Most of us ate whatever was put on our plates without question and without even being told where it came from. Advertisements on television showed hotdogs filled with cheese, burgers and spaghetti meat balls. Parents told us we had to drink lots of milk so we could grow big and strong, but no one taught us the process from animal to mouth, and why would they? Why teach anyone, especially kids about the harm caused to these animals? If they were educated about it, they probably wouldn’t eat it and that couldn’t happen because what else would they eat? “Its takes too much trouble to be a vegan/vegetarian”– and this is only because we, too were not educated on this type of diet.

In my opinion, just because eating meat is human tradition, habit and some say, a key to survival, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach children how their food is made. We all knew chicken came from a chicken, pork came from a pig, and beef came from a cow, but we didn’t know what goes behind the process of animal farming, and some of us still don’t know. When we were kids, most of us loved animals and still do, so when was it okay for us to think that it was right to kill and eat them? When was is okay to eat a pig but not a dog? How did we learn to eat the way we do?

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I wish I questioned what was on my plate. I wish I was taught about the horrors of the meat industry, even at a young age. I think it is important to know and to share to our children about what is going into their bodies, and of course, what happens to these helpless animals when they’re kept in factories. These days, most to all inorganic meat produce contains antibiotics, unnatural flavour enhancers and other toxic chemicals. Educating yourself about the food you eat is by far the most important thing I think anyone should strive to do.

What you’re putting into your body is what makes you. You digest it, whether it’s healthy or harmful for you.

“IF YOU CAN’T WATCH THE PROCESS, YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT.”

Paintings by vegan artist, Dana Ellyn.

Why I changed my diet

Why I changed my diet

When I was 19 years old, my father underwent Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for his 4th hernia. I was living in San Francisco at the time, and when he called me to tell me about his surgery, he told me that his surgeon showed him a video of the entire operation… What my father saw changed his life. Under the layers of his skin, around his muscles and tissues, there was a thick white/yellowish layer. He asked his surgeon what it was and when he was told that the thick layer was excess fat, he was stunned as well as disgusted. His surgeon spoke to him about the risks of obesity and how it can harmfully effect his everyday life, and told him that if he didn’t change his diet asap, his health would go downhill from there. He showed my father a documentary to further explain not just the consequences eating meat has on your body, but also the effects it has on animals, nature, and global warming.

Food Inc. was the documentary that changed the diets of both my father and I. It is a documentary I highly recommend to help introduce you to the meat industry. It really opened my eyes and it taught me so many things about food I have never even thought about questioning. After watching Food Inc., I was never able to put another animal dish into my mouth, till this day and hopefully for the rest of my life. My father rarely eats meat, and though he still eats cheese, he has been a health freak since that day. He just turned 80 years old, and I can’t believe how active and healthy is! I am so thankful for his doctor and for showing us such a great documentary.

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I’m not here to convert people’s diets, I’m here to share facts about what eating animals can do to us and to to Mother Nature; things I wish I was taught when I was a child. I hope to be your guidance in making wiser decisions with the food you eat. ❤

I do hope you take the time to watch this documentary- Watch the Food Inc. trailer.

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.” ~ Casey Affleck