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To V or not to V .... that is the question...


Saturday, February 16, 2013

My daughter and I haven't eaten meat for 5 years now...and I recently decided to go vegan. Question though...what are your thoughts about having your own chickens? Or eggs from people where you know them, and their chickens (and are happy chickens). I know it wouldn't be 'vegan' for those who are into the label...but I'm just wondering what the general consensus is. I get the factory farming is bad part...but what if they live happy lives and aren't killed off when they don't produce anymore, but live out their lives in sunny spaces? I'm owned by two dogs and five guinea pigs (rescued)...so I'm not on the 'no animals in captivity' bandwagon. If they're happy and healthy...isn't that the point?

There's no way to keep cows happy, healthy and always pregnant (those poor mommas and baby cows). Milk is definitely off limits for me. I'm loving coconut milk in my coffee. At only 5 calories a tablespoon, I think, why didn't I do this sooner!? I want to find coconut milk (or almond milk) yogurt. Then my life will be complete! LOL

Almond Dream ice cream is my new favorite too... At that TOM chocolate ice cream is my best friend. That and those deliciously chocolate covered seeds/nuts from Vega. Wow, talk about alot of protein, omega 3's etc in one delicious crunchy bite!

I'm all about doing no harm to the animals, and being mindful, not necessarily perfect.

This journey presents so many thoughts, and insights. Being a mom to 4 kids and one very patient husband, I get much feedback... My youngest..."mom, lentils, really"? My husband "mmm...lentils...(eyes roll into back of head now)". The greatest affirmation is my older daughter who's loving all the gourmet vegan cooking I've been doing....she even liked the slow cooker veggie curry last night (wow). It looked like a pile of cow dung, but tasted divine!

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1STARVINGARTIST 2/19/2013 11:41AM

    I have the same questions--and I have chickens! I had chickens before I decided to become vegan. I love my ladies (hens) and they are treated like queens. They are very happy, healthy and beautiful, and lay a lot of eggs. My husband, who is trying to make the move to vegetarianism, does eat their eggs, but so far I don't. There is the whole high fat/high cholesterol issue, so that keeps me away anyway, but what about egg whites? I am considering using the egg whites this spring/summer when we have an overproduction of eggs.

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COMPUCATHY 2/17/2013 8:55AM

    I think you let your heart be your guide. We all have to do what is right for us. That changes as we journey along and explore and learn. Life is a journey! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 2/17/2013 8:24AM

    I've come to realize that labels mean little, what works for one may not work for anyone else. We're meant to adapt to things in life, and that has to include how we eat as well. Do what feels right for you and yours - in the end, you're all that matters!
C~

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OKBACK2ME 2/16/2013 1:59PM

    You know meat or not to meat is always the question, I go in and out to vegetarian, but I personally like a little eggs and meat now. Not to much, but a little. You know what is even more perfect you can buy coconut icecream too!

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MARYBETH4884 2/16/2013 11:45AM

    As a backyard chicken owner, our chickens are quite happy and companionable.They love to have the run of the yard and the veggie peelings as treats! We see them as pets who contribute to our food supply. As for eating our own chickens I doubt we could, the process is beyond our ability. Someone else's chickens raised like ours would be okay. Look into it if you are curious. Try backyard chickens.com for a start. emoticon

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