“The worst sin …

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity” – George Bernard Shaw

Out of the several books that have made a significant impact on my life the past couple of years, I am happy to share one of them with you in this post. “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone* fell onto my hands unexpectedly (although I do not believe in coincidences). One day, I had stayed home from work because I did not feel very well. I had my laptop on my bed, and I was perusing different articles online, from gossip to medicinal. I was also browsing different videos on Youtube and very very randomly came across footage of Alicia Silverstone on the show, The View. I clicked on the video because it had an interesting, slightly negative, title (nothing to do with veganism) and saw how Alicia described her decision to become vegan and the impact it had on her life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-3C0qFOSdE). I could also feel the change in her energy from when I had first seen her in the movie Clueless to the interview I was witnessing on Youtube. I decided to continue searching videos of her speaking about veganism and finally came across her book, which is, as she states, “a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet”. 

I purchased her book last spring, and have not been able to put it down since. I think I have read it front to back over ten times and continuously refer back to it to learn more. She describes three possible transition phases into veganism: flirting, vegan, and superhero (the latter being the phase where you are eating at your healthiest). Her recipes are simple, and from the ones I have experimented with, delicious. Now, I did not dive into this head first. In fact, even my flirting with veganism has taken its time, with occasional moments of weakness returning to meat. Nonetheless, these small changes have begun to solidify and I keep inching closer and closer to full on transformation of my eating habits.

Now, changing your eating habits is probably one of the hardest obstacles life can place in front of you. When we have not grown up in a society where healthy, non-modified, pure food reigns, we alone have to take it upon ourselves to control what we place on our plates. What reasons do we have for doing so? There are several excellent reasons. First off, our health and energy levels improve on a massive scale. Secondly, someone may choose to become vegan is for their love of animals and not wanting to contribute to their suffering. Additionally, eating a vegan diet is much better for our planet, as a plant-based diet is clean and contributes to the health of the Earth. What I have noticed, however, is that this decision to watch what I eat creates a domino effect on me. Purifying myself, my soul, and my body is actually much bigger than food. If I have a headache, do I run to the advil/aleve/excedrin/motrin? Should we take any type of pills? Or should we choose to do absolutely everything naturally?

*Thinking of becoming vegan? I highly recommend her book. Alicia Silverstone provides an extremely interesting perspective into the reasons for following the kind diet and improving your life in an immense way. 

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What’s Behind Max ‘n’ Totes

Maxi and Totes are two of the three most important furry loves of my life (the third being my family dog, Socrates). Since adopting them, I have grown and changed in such immense ways. Apart from the responsibility that comes with adopting a meowing companion, I have also learned so much about cats in general. This is important as I had always grown up with dogs and had never really thought much about cats at all. Adopting Maxi and Totes opened my eyes to the love I am able to have for all animals alike and the importance of connecting with them and treating all animals with love and kindness. It eliminated all judgement from me when it came to thinking I liked one animal more than another animal, which in turn helped me reduce any judgement that I could have towards any person.

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I started this blog not only to share my passion for animals through informational, cute, funny, interesting posts, but to also share my growth spiritually and as a human being with all my readers. This includes my vegan-ish-ism, as I am slowly transitioning my eating habits by feeling a stronger connection to animals and the planet. This also includes what I learn on a day to day basis as a 20-something year old girl (woman?) growing up, and figuring out what this thing called life is really all about.  I hope you’ll share this journey with me!

-B