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two books and a cd

I've successfully completed over one week of being vegan and I think I'm going to stick with it. I know it's been only a week but it's no where near as hard as I thought it would be and I feel better. I had a hard time finding a vegan book that I didn't have to order (vegetarian books were everywhere but the only vegan books were cookbooks) and I remembered reading a review for a book called Skinny Bitch that was a book on veganism hiding out as a diet book. So I picked it up and WOAH. I just finished it today and it waits until three chapters in to drop the word vegetarian and way past the half way point to admit vegan. By the time I was done reading it if I hadn't already given up meat since the beginning of the year I would have done it right then. There are two chapters that get really in depth on animal cruelty of slaughterhouses and I was getting sick reading about it. I don't want to buy leather anymore kinda sick. Gee, I feel like a douche bag now.

I also finished Into the Wild last week and I suggest it to anyone who wants to gather a different perspective on life. What Chris McCandless did I don't think I could, by any means, but I respect it greatly. Just to have the courage to follow your convictions through says a lot about what kind of person you are. There are things in life I know I hold out on because of what I don't want my family to think about me. Just READ IT.

Pretty. Odd. has been stuck with me for days now. Sooooooooooooo good. I find myself at work humming the songs, and the cd hasn't been out long enough for me to have it stuck like that.


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Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Hah! Skinny Bitch is what made me vegan! Rock on!
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
it got you too!?!

That book is powerful. Dude, I don't think I can look at beef the same way again.

see icon? He's eating a banana. Those are good.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I know! Don't be a pussy, and stop eating dairy!

I liked the no-nonsense approach. Totally got to me. I read it on the plane from Florida, and pretty much the only sound that I was making was 'ew ew ew ew ew ew' when I reached the rotting dead diet part.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
yeah, the blatant vulgarity was kinda nice. I didn't know what was in my diet coke was the same thing that was in formaldehyde. I haven't had soda in days, just water.

The thing about the pig nuzzling the guy like a puppy really got to me. Hard 'cause I like pigs.

edited to spellcheck. I am a dork.

Edited at 2008-04-03 04:05 am (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
for me personally, being a vegetarian would be horrible. being a vegan? just kill me. what were animals put on earth for anyways? :) but that's just me. good for you. some people say they feel better when they're vegan....

i ♥ your new layout; it's rockin!
Apr. 4th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
oh yeah, one more thing.... tonight at the poetry slam, this guy did a poem that made me think of you. it was about the cruel treatment of plants and how we should save them, not eat them.

i swear i adore you. i am not giving you a hard time. well, maybe a little. but still. it's a cool choice, i just couldn't stick to it. i'm a processed carnivore lovin person. (and i'll wonder why i have a strange disease in 20 years.... you can give me a hard time then!)
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha! That's funny! Was he being sarcastic or dead sirius? (ha ha on myself, Dead Sirius)

I know a lot of carnis (once again, I'm down with the puns today) who take their meat very siriusly, like religion.
Apr. 4th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Having just seen the cover I would never have guessed that "Skinny Bitch" is a vegan book. I guess I'll be able to tell customers about it if they ask me about it.

I haven't read "Into the Wild" yet, but I did see the movie-- which is very good, btw. The whole following your convictions thing is great, surely, but considering what happened I think people should also remember that they're not invincible.
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie yet, but it is on my computer. I'm still digesting the book. But I heard the movie kinda mislead some things from the book. You should read it, I don't want to say so much about it.

And it really is a vegan book. It starts by telling you why milk, cheese, and meat can make you fat and is bad for you (while cursing you out) then it tells you about what the industry does to the animals from chemicals to abuse. They do eventually admit to writing the book because they want people to be conscious of the mistreatment of animals and that's the point behind everything they've said. They just came up with the title Skinny Bitch to sell the book.
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