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Here we go again - SAD.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Darn it, my seasonal affective disorder has kicked in and HARD...
I feel absolutely miserable.

"People who have winter-onset SAD often crave more food, especially foods with high carbohydrate levels. Therefore, people with winter-onset SAD tend to gain weight. Also, winter-onset SAD sufferers may suffer from body aches. Here are some more symptoms of winter-onset SAD:

* anxiety
* difficulty concentrating
* difficulty processing information
* diminished sex drive
* body aches, often with no apparent reason
* feeling excessively tired
* feelings of hopelessness
* increased sleep
* loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.

Overall, winter-onset SAD sufferers feel depressed."

Check, check, check, check...
I've got all the symptoms in spades. Except the weight gain. Hopefully.

I am having a hard time with food - I want lots of sweets and it's a struggle to avoid them.
I'm doing reasonably well but I'm stressing out about food, about my weight, about this knee thing that's making running hard to do, about money, about work, about the rats, about the weather, about how I need xyz and can't afford them ... about EVERYTHING basically and it's all the type of stressing where I end up crying over nothing or physically/verbally punishing myself to try and feel numb for a bit.

I hate this.
I am so unmotivated but I'm slogging through my workouts. I want to eat but I'm roping it in and, while eating more sweets than usual, am still within my ranges. Mostly, I just want to climb into bed and never get up again. But I'm too stubborn. So I keep slogging along miserably and dreading waking up and doing it again the next day.

Stupid freaking SAD.
Can it be time for Jamaica yet?
And then, a couple days later, spring?

MN is the worst possible place to live for me (barring, you know, ALASKA or someplace with even less sunshine) and I always am miserable for at least a couple season. Since in MN the seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction I'm a bit boned.

Still... just trying to keep my head above water right now as best I can.
Totally CANNOT afford light therapy and even though I have full spectrum lights at home it's apparently not enough.

I just hate how I feel right now.
So hopeless and down and frustrated because there isn't a freaking real CAUSE to feel like this.

Ugh. Okay.
End of whining.

*EDIT* Hrm. I wonder if my insurance covers light therapy if I get a diagnosis from a doc? Thanks for the comment GIANT-STEPS, it made me think of insurance which made me go 'wait a minute, I have great insurance!' I'll look into what my stuff covers. At the very least my PWA should be okay to use on light therapy.

  
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WANDA68 1/7/2010 12:59PM

    I hope things get better I have never been diagosed with it but I do really struggle with my job running a day home and never getting out of the house all day then when i can it is pitch black out! I am going to check into the dr with getting covered from insurance that would be such a big help! hope your insurance covers yours! emoticon

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MJLUVSANIMALS 1/7/2010 11:48AM

    The Winter, does manage to do that to one, doesn't it. I believe I am doing the same. I am not able to get back on board with my plan. I will figure as you, that it is due to not having too much to do. I no longer work, and that is 99% of my time. So now, it's a "what to do" attitude, and I too
am trying to ward off the "sweets" from over the Holidays, I just had too many. I will get back, I have a lot of determination, I just don't know when. Sigh........ So you are
not alone in this, I am sure there are several of us Sparkers trying to get back to our plans. MJ

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ALICIA0099 1/7/2010 11:32AM

    Were you able to get a light box? I Got one. I was able to get off depression meds AND Sleeping pills (Which I'd been on sleeping pills since 1999 until 2008) with the use of the light boxx! Love it!

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EM4488 1/1/2010 3:25PM

    OH! I definitely understand and am so sorry! As a Pennsylvanian I see many people with this exact prolem. My mom bought a relatively expensive "sun light". It was this desk lamp type thing that you stare into for like 5 mintues a day (google this, because I am obviously no expert). And it REALLY HELPED. Her and my grandpa used it for years. So look it up and feel better! No more carb cravings for you :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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RUBY_LOUISE 12/11/2009 7:06AM

  Definitely talk to your doc about "prescribing" light therapy. I know a couple of folks who were able to get light boxes through their health insurance and it helped greatly.

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BILBY4 12/9/2009 7:43PM

    FWIW, I live in the tropics and the rate of mental health disorders is no better than anywhere else (in this country). In fact it's worse.
Now it's probably no comfort me claiming that our miserablometer reading can outdo yours so I hope you're feeling better soon.
all the best,
A

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JLITT62 12/9/2009 3:06PM

    Do you supplement with Vitamin D? I wonder if that would help? I used to have a Happylite, but it finally broke not long before we moved here -- bummer -- and I've had to spend all my money on buying winter clothes & boots! I bought a lot on sale last year, but it wasn't enough. I've had some good deals, but it still adds up.

I am also still out walking the dogs every day, altho with all the snow this week (which is probably much less than yours) we've cut back to once a day so far. I'll bet that helps me. I don't feel as bad as I used to when I lived in VT, but I think some of that is just my attitude.



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HEZLIZZIE 12/9/2009 2:03PM

    I wish were in Jamaica right now, too. Sigh.

* big hugs *

Keep us updated on getting light therapy - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/9/2009 1:32PM

    Awww...you poor thing!
Meanie cold and snow and dark!! :..(

Sometimes it helps me to go to the local conservatory (the kind with the indoor jungle/desert/biome areas that look and feel like Summer). I did some googling, and it appears that the conservatory in St. Paul has free admission!

http://www.comozo
oconservatory.org/cons/index.shtml

Hmm...I will keep my thinking cap on!

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IMVEGAN 12/9/2009 12:46PM

    Are you taking vitamin D. Most women who live as far north as you do are not getting enough. That makes SAD even worse. Also have you tried the lights? My friend feels this help him a lot. I know that costco sells them. Also some folks say that the plain grow lights that you can get at home depot are a cheap alternative. Good luck

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GIANT-STEPS 12/9/2009 12:23PM

  Not sure your thoughts on medication but Wellbutrin is used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Wellbutrin is available as generic Bupropion so it may be very inexpensive on your medical plan. Unfortunately it is a rather expensive generic so without insurance it can still be expensive.

It specifically should help you avoid weight gain in the winter.

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DOLMADEZ 12/9/2009 12:20PM

    Is there a SAD group on SP? If so, I may need to join it, too. I feel your pain. Moving from Florida to Missouri 4 years ago has been a HUGE change, in more ways than one.

When are you going to Jamaica? I'm going there in 2 months!

There's about 6 " on snow on the ground outside, my car is buried, and none of the streets in my neighborhood are clear yet, and probably WON'T be until next week. I'm feeling pretty trapped and lazy and cold, but last night I did several different SP strength exercises and immediately felt better. The Jamaica trip is my motivator to get in shape, so I just think about that and think about wearing a swimsuit and it's the kick in the butt that I need.

You could also make a Vision Board or something similar -- make a collage or design a bulletin board with happy, sunshiney thoughts.

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Tofurky - You're Doing It Wrong.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This is a public service announcement.
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Do you like seitan? Think veggie burgers are pretty darn tasty? Flip over tempeh? Think tofu is tops? But then you have a Tofurky and you go "blech!"?

Then you, my friend, are the victim of Poorly Cooked Tofurky Syndrome (PCTS)! A well cooked Tofurky is a thing of beauty to behold. One suffering PCTS is not a happy Tofurky. And the folks eating a PCTS dinner are also pretty darn Sad Face.

Want to have Tofurky you can be proud of? Want to serve one that makes folks sit up and go "Boy Howdy!"? While I can't promise that some family member who is a Outspoken Omnivore Who Makes Fun of All Things Vegan won't be a dork (and really OOWMFoATV, it's Thanksgiving. Give it a rest.) I can guarantee a delicious flavor and moist texture.

So, if you're TIRED of bland, dry or just plain bad Tofurky, read on.
Every time you cook a Tofurky poorly, you make LEONALIONESS face palm.
Please, think of my forehead!

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Awesome Rockstar Tofurky Recipe (of Doom!)

1 defrosted Tofurky. (Seriously, defrost it. It takes like a BILLION hours if you forget and have to cook it frozen.)

About 4-6 cups of good veggie broth. (I've used just regular veggie, miso, soy ginger, etc. The miso was very distinct and different. I prefer the veggie. Though the soy ginger added a nice sweetness.)

Spices! Lots of them. You can use Herbs de Provence for a truly special flavor. Did that last night and it's my favorite so far. Alternatively, a mix of sage/thyme/marjoram/basil is nice. Use about 3 TBS total spices.

Carrots and Parsnips.
Cut them into thick long matchsticks. I did two huge parsnips and one absolutely enormous carrot. Suit the veggie amounts to your needs.

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* Pour your broth into a glass baking dish.
* Cut Tofurky in half down the middle so you have two half circles.
* Put those circles cut side down into the broth.
* Add the veggies around the roast.
* Crush the dried spices over the whole lot. Make sure you crush them between your palms to release the oils and the full flavor of your spices!
* Baste the Tofurky by ladling broth over the tops of the roast halves about a dozen times.
* Cover pan in foil.
* Bake at 350 for an hour and fifteen minutes, as directed.

No need to baste again, this method keeps the Tofurky very tender. If you want, you can baste. Some of us just really like to do it and I won't stop you. If anything, It'll just make the outside a bit softer.

Let sit covered on top of the stove for a few after the cooking time is done.
The tops/sides of the roast should be a bit drier and a light golden color.
The inside should be moist and flavorful from soaking up the spices and broth.

Eat with your favorite vegan gravy, garlic mashed spuds and those delicious root vegetables that cooked in the broth, too.

Never have PCTS again!
Happy Tofurkyday!


  
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APIKOROS 11/19/2011 3:28PM

  How about using a crock pot. It keeps things moist. Field Roast tastes better than Tofurky. Or better yet, making a tofurky at home with vital gluten flour and seasonings.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/9/2009 1:22PM

    Wow! More awesome cooking ideas from LeonaLioness!!
Thanks so much!

Tofurky has been a hit with the omnis that I've served it to. (A few refused to try it, but that's just being snooty, if you ask me. lol )

Go, vegan, go!

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JLITT62 11/29/2009 8:16AM

    I have never been terribly fond of turkey, personally, but MIL had to have it. So she did it. I've never tried tofurkey personally . . . awfully expensive -- but then, of course, I'm not actually vegan so not actually saving all that money by totally cutting out meat.

Oh, and I did point out the French Meadow Bakery to DH as we walked by it . . . no idea they had vegan foodstuffs. But we weren't eating in the airport anyway, since we were upgraded to first class both ways & actually got fed.

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SHEARWATER 11/23/2009 5:03PM

    Very funny! I like to rub a bit of soy sauce or Bragg's Aminos on it, too, just to help color it and make it look "roasted." It seems to coerce some of the carnivores.


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IMVEGAN 11/22/2009 10:12PM

    Thank you so much. This is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan and I will follow your recipe step by step.

It is funny, I was putting away some muffin tins today and had to move the big roasting pan I bought last October. I thought, "Sh*t I only got to use that pan 2 times and now I have no use for it anymore." Moral of the story: If you are going to become a vegan, don't buy a roasting pan for big fleshy animals. It will end up being a waste of money. LOL

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ARARAIDER 11/22/2009 7:36PM

    Hahaha that made me giggle! A good read indeed. :)

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TERJEGOLD 11/22/2009 6:08PM

    Your way sounds similar to how I have done it in the past. Still, this year I am skipping the tofurkey in favor of a rice loaf of sorts and the various veggie sides. The carnivores will eat the rice loaf but would never in a million years allow tofurkey to commingle on their plate.

I might just try your method, though, while tofurkey is cheap and have it around for snacking on.

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CYBORGKITTEH 11/22/2009 2:52PM

    I wish we could get tofurkey in the UK, I think I might have to try making my own emoticon

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LEONALIONESS 11/22/2009 1:56PM

    "There are so many great Thanksgiving foods why bother with a turkey course?"

Short answer: we like Tofurky.
I'm not trying to replace turkey since Tofurky doesn't taste like turkey. It takes like a really delicious food item that I, and others, happen to enjoy. It's perfectly fine to enjoy so called "meat analogs". Also, I've had omnis like Tofurky before. It depends on the omni and if they are the open-minded, vegan friendly sort or the obnoxious meat and potatoes only sort.

I might be reading too much into your comment. There is a category of fellow veg*n who get holier than thou about those of us who don't mind veggie "meats" and years and years of dealing with them has put me on edge. Apologies if I come off short with you.

In reality, asking "why do a Tofurky?" is like asking someone why they do stuffing or sweet potatoes. It's a food item they like. *shrugs* No added baggage.

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GIANT-STEPS 11/22/2009 1:33PM

  I've made tofurkies various ways and I don't think anything can make them popular with meat eaters.

There are so many great Thanksgiving foods why bother with a turkey course? Mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and soft rolls really are plenty. I made tofurkies every year but when I skipped it nobody really missed it. There are plenty of great traditional things to eat without turkey.

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"You shouldn't be here!"

Sunday, November 15, 2009

First of all, thanks for all the kinds words about my Jakey. His rattie friends and I are coping well enough. We all miss him but knowing I did the right thing for him helps my heart.

Secondly, I went shopping today. Like, for reals shopping.
I got some new bras (down to a 36A - weeeeeeeeeeeeeeep) and some new underwear (5s, though I really probably should be in 4s since my hip measurement is 2-3 inches smaller than the listed. Target just doesn't sell any smaller than 5s. And yes, what the hey!? I feel sorta wacky and proud about this fact) which were MUCH needed. I also tried on some pants and managed to fit well into some 2s. Once again, what the HEY?

Didn't buy them, though, as they were $$ and I knew we were going thrifting tonight. Smart girl! I did cave under the pressure of an ADORABLE hedgehog shirt, though. It's supposed to be PJs but I wore it all day anyway. :D Looks like a cute shirt to me!

This brings me to my main point. When I go shopping now I feel ... anxious? in the area by the small clothes. Like, we went to Savers tonight and I was hanging out by the 4s in the pants and felt uncomfortable. I was a bit hunched up expecting someone to come by and tell me that no WAY do I belong in size 4s and I really ought to move on down the line to my REAL size, okay? Or I'd wonder if folks were looking at me thinking "no way is she a 4!"

What the heck? I've been a four for a while now. I don't fit every pair of pants I try on - some of them are made for folks with no leg muscles and won't even clear my calves, for instance - but I'm confident that this IS my size, logically. In my crazy brain, though, I'm still bigger. I'm still barely able to squeeze into 12s. I look at these tiny pants and go "ha! no freaking way!" but then they fit me? It never stops being sort of perplexing.

For instance, my mom is tiny. I mean, seriously. She's like 5'7" and weighs under 130. Tiny. I figured I look WAY bigger than her. I mean, I always have in the past so I still do, right? Yeah, I'm borrowing pretty much all her bikinis/tankinis for Jamaica (she has really good taste! They are all so darn flattering - how does she find these suits?) plus some dresses/tank tops/etc. I fit into pants she fits into. Admittedly, they are probably bigger on her, but ... wow. I still can't quite wrap my head around it.

Moving on...

I got three pairs of jeans (4s that fit well, not too snug and not overly crazy loose), a pair of running pants (yay!) a cute kids panda shirt (smallest shirt I own. Aaron loved it. Men!) and two dresses. One that's a black backless strappy number (a 7/8 so it's airy and loose and very pretty and sexy! It's cut such that it doesn't look too big on me. Just need to figure out how the heck to wear a bra with a backless dress with spaghetti straps!) and a long sundress type one that's a chocolate brown print to wear at HEZLIZZIE's wedding ceremony as it's pretty and just dressy enough for a Jamaican wedding (eeee!)

I also scored an ICE CREAM MAKER! A Cuisinart!!! For five flipping bucks!!! I hope it works. LOL. I've already found recipes for pumpkin ice cream and peppermint ice cream. OMG, homemade vegan ice cream for the win! I've been moaning about there not being any pumpkin, pistachio or peppermint stick ice cream that's vegan for ... oh, forever. Now I can make my own! With almond milk! Mmmmmm.

So... yes.
This blog is all over the darn place.
The main point is that I'm a crazy person.

Still working on switching my brain over a bit.
It's ridiculously difficult! Sigh.

  
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HEZLIZZIE 11/16/2009 11:01AM

    I read your blog's title and thought that it would be a story about making lots and lots of homemade ice cream, LOL!

What a great account of lots of positive things going on with you! Hooray for you!! :D

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/15/2009 6:30PM

    I had to order my panties online from Walmart - I like Hanes and they don't carry Hanes in Size 4 other than bikini.

And I had to order the "little girl" panties! Size 14 is still plenty big! I didn't want bikini so these are the ones just below the waist - I forget what they are called.

I am so loving this!! Your brain will get the message eventually. For now just enjoy the ride!

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MANDYCOOT 11/15/2009 12:02PM

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Hey! You want some cold-weather running clothes? I can't bear to get rid of them since they were so $$$ but I definitely don't need them here. I'll go inventory my stuff. :)

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MAXBALLARD 11/15/2009 11:03AM

    LOL! First time I shopped in normal size clothing, I had that same fear. Some salesperson was going to come escort me back to plus sizes so I didn't scare the other customers. Too funny how our brains work!

Thanks for the post!

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EM4488 11/15/2009 9:12AM

    AhhH!! This blog is so exciting! :) Yeah! GO you! Awesome! I love that you're borrowing your "thin moms" clothes! B/c you're shinny and amazing! You're not crazy. I just went clothes "browsing" yesterday and held up my "normal size" - WHOA! Too big! It was a miraculous feeling.

And as far as the bra w/ the strapless.....a size 36A, I say you don't need one! :) Now, me...I would need one (I was a 40DD, but now I'm down to just bigger than a 38C, geez, buh bye boobs).

Enjoy your vegan icecream. The peppermint sounds delectable!

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JLITT62 11/15/2009 8:03AM

    OMG. I would totally buy an ice cream maker for $5! Wonderful buy. I sure hope it works, too!

It's pretty normal to still think you're much bigger than you are when you lost the weight, so don't stress about that much. But you should be happy when you fit into the small stuff! I know I sure am.

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EMOTIONALCYNIC 11/15/2009 6:57AM

    I love this blog post - it's so honest and you sound so happy!

Apparently your brain takes a good long while to catch up when you've lost so much weight, so you're not as crazy as you think!

And congrats on all you have achieved :-)

xx

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Jake ('08 - 11/12/09)

Friday, November 13, 2009





My big handsome is gone.
He left a big hole and it aches. So much.

Jake was diagnosed with a very arrhythmic heart, related to congestive heart failure, about 6-10 weeks ago. Heart meds gave him some relief and bought us some more time together but in the end he couldn't be held stable. He started to have issues breathing and I didn't want him to pass frantically panting for air he couldn't find. I had him PTS yesterday afternoon. It was peaceful and dignified. A good passing.

Jake was my special guy, my mama's boy. I could wake him out of a dead sleep just by calling for him. He'd come running to put his head and front paws in my palm, lay down and give me kisses. I think he loved me more than any other rat I've ever had. His heart was utterly and totally mine. And I loved him back just as much.

He and Jack would fight over who got to sit in my palm. Oh, they'd shove each other away from me! My two mama's boys, fighting for attention. Jake usually won. He was always a big, strapping fellow so he'd just flop onto Jack and then sloooowly stop supporting his weight... and Jack would get squished.

He was such a gentle boy. Never aggressive, always accepting of new friends and new humans. He was sweet and kind and a truly beautiful soul. He was as beautiful inside as he was outside. He was a special friend.

I miss him terribly.
So does his brother, Eddie.

Enjoy your rest, big guy.
Mommy loves you so so much.

  
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SUEBEE42 11/15/2009 1:22PM

    He was SO beautiful! I love smeezes and himis so much. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

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EM4488 11/15/2009 9:15AM

    Ohhh Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear about Jakey. His pictures are so handsome, as I imagine he was.

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HEZLIZZIE 11/14/2009 6:56PM

    * big hugs *

I'm so sorry, dear. I wish I could give you a real hug.

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SCHWINNER! 11/14/2009 5:49PM

    AWww, what a sweetheart. My thoughts are with you - sorry for your loss!

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MANDYCOOT 11/14/2009 9:48AM

    I'm so, so sorry. Reading this is heartbreaking. Jake was such a beautiful, handsome man. I think those smeezers always get a special place in our hearts. *hugs* and much love.

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PAMNANGEL 11/14/2009 3:44AM

    Very handsome. Condolances on your loss. emoticon

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BARNABABY1 11/13/2009 7:48PM

    So sorry to hear about the lose of your poor little guy!!! I know how it hurts to lose a warm furry (no matter how large or small) who had given their heart to you and stolen yours in return. My heart goes out to you. He was beautiful!!
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JLITT62 11/13/2009 7:34PM

    I often have a lapful of chihuahua, as I like to call it, as the dogs vie to be closest to me. Then Simba just walks thru them to lay on me.

It's hard enough when you have years & years with them, so much harder when it's such a short time that you share. My heart goes out to you.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 11/13/2009 5:53PM

    Lots of love to your human & furry family from my human & furry family. All seven of our hearts are with you!
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HBASKIN 11/13/2009 5:31PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my first dog several years ago, but it still makes me cry when I think about her. Animals touch a special place in our hearts when our lives revolve around them.

Just remember the happy moments and cherish the time you had with him.

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"Animals are Stupid"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

From here:
www.huffingtonpost.com/ari-solomon/a
nimals-are-stupid_b_336049.html

There are not enough words in my head to fully express how awesome this is. Agree, 100000%!

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In a recent interview with Larry King, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain quipped that it was OK for humans to kill and eat animals because we've been designed to chase down "smaller and stupider creatures." Never mind that cows and pigs, two animals that are slaughtered by the millions for food, are most certainly bigger than we are. It was the "stupider" remark that caught my attention, and not just for Bourdain's obvious grammatical shortcomings.

I think many of us feel that animals are dumb; that animals lack the intelligence we humans seem to have so abundantly. I believe this looking down on animals plays a big part in what allows us to treat them in the most heinous ways -- from factory farms to fur farms to laboratories to circuses. We believe that because animals can't write a book, compose a symphony, or do algebra that we're so much better than them.

What a load of bulls**t.

Did you know, for example, that pigeons can fly thousands of miles to find the same roosting spot with no navigational difficulties? Some species of birds, like the Arctic Tern, make a 25,000-mile round-trip journey every year. Many species use built-in ferromagnets to detect their orientation with respect to the Earth's magnetic field. Can you do that?

Dolphins have a very distinct language that scientists now refer to as "dolphinese" which humans can't decipher. For all our human knowledge, we have no idea how to understand what should be, according to Bourdain, a "stupider" means of communication.

Salmon are born in rivers, but swim thousands of miles to the ocean only to return to the exact same spot upstream to die.

Elephants communicate with each other subsonically, using low rumbles that can travel for miles underground. They also mourn their dead and have been seen cradling the bones of family members that have passed on.

Butterflies are now thought to have the equivalent of a GPS system in their antennae.

Pigs have the mental capacity of a four year-old human child and have beat humans in memory games.

So, perhaps animals are not stupid. Perhaps it's we who are stupid for not recognizing the amazing things animals can do, many of which we can't do ourselves. Perhaps it's we who are dumb for not being able to circumnavigate the globe without instruments as albatross do, or find our way home across thousands of miles of ocean as Blue Whales do.

Maybe humans can actually learn a thing or two from these "stupid" animals. How about we start with this: animals don't create trash. Animals don't build nuclear weapons to annihilate each other. Animals don't conjure up religions and then kill each other in the name of their Gods. Animals with white fur don't discriminate against animals with fur of a different hue or color. Animals only take what they need. Animals are self-cleaning and don't waste water -- my cat has NEVER had a bath yet he'd smell better than any human who didn't shower. Animals don't gay bash homosexual animals. Animals don't screw over other animals for financial gain a la Bernie Madoff. Animals don't breed other animals to be prettier, fatter, or tastier. Animals don't systematically torture and abuse and kill billions of other animals (or each other) the way humans do. Animals don't commit Holocausts, they don't factory farm, and they don't ethnically cleanse each other. Animals don't cheat. Animals don't front. Animals are their authentic selves.

Yes, humans can do some amazing things: we can cure diseases, we can build skyscrapers, we can figure out how to travel into space. But only human arrogance would suggest that we're better or smarter than animals. The animals of the world evolved to be just as they are. They exist for their own reasons. Only an idiot would call them stupid.

  
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EM4488 11/15/2009 9:18AM

    WOHOOHOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I LOVE THIS BLOG! People are "stupider" than any creature I know. Animals don't destroy the world, they take care of it, and one another. The animal kingdom is far more amazing than the human race.
:( You make me need to be vegan. (Hey, but most of my meat is locally purchased now. I know the farms it comes from and that they're not horrible slaughter houses. Thats a start, right?)

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REBASO 11/12/2009 10:06AM

    wow great article. I think I'll post it on my facebook!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 11/11/2009 3:04PM

    I often say that humans are the dumbest animals. :P
No other animal poisons its own air/water/soil/food supply/body etc. habitually and for no sensible reason.

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PINKSTILETTOS 11/11/2009 3:00PM

  This is a great blog. I always find it strange when people say that we are intellectually superior to animals when in reality they are SO smart and resourceful. It's really just an unsupported way of making themselves feel better about eating animals.

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