9-Year-Old Vegan from birth (Video)

Justice, a nine-year-old vegan from birth, talks about his life and his relationships with animals and food.

Justice, the 9 year-old vegan

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Simplifying personal hygiene

Life is suppose to be simple, but somehow we’ve lost sight of that fact and have allowed ourselves to become brainwashed by all kinds of companies wanting to make us believe we need to use their products. One example are skin products such as expensive anti-aging creams. The truth is, we’re aging faster than we ought to because of what we’re eating and placing on our skin. There is no such thing as a magic pill or lotion.

Just about everything can be cured/fixed/reversed through diet and eliminating toxins. Plain and simple. It is just as important to be aware of what we eat, as well as what we put on our skin because whatever it absorbs, it goes into our blood stream.

If we have dry skin, change your diet.
If you are showing signs of aging, change your diet.
If you have cancer, change your diet.
If you suffer from depression, change your diet.
If you have acne, change your diet.

Change your diet and STOP putting chemicals and toxic products on your skin and hair. Several years ago I stopped using lotions on my skin and extra hair products. I got rid of a lot of make-up as well and nail polishes, etc., etc. I’m much more careful with what I put on my skin and hair to avoid toxic chemicals.

Back in August I suffered from my very first anxiety and panic attack. Never in my life had I experienced such a horrific thing. It truly was the worst experience ever. I took on a very stressful managerial job about three or four years ago. I strongly believe my anxiety and panic attack was caused by that stress along with the crappy food choices I made.

Our bodies can only hang in there for so long before they finally break down. Everything eventually catches up to us.

At the moment when I was experiencing my anxiety and panic attack, I thought I was having a heart attack. Good thing about panic and anxiety attacks is that no one has every died from them (even though you feel like you’re dying when you’re having them.)

I did some research on the topic and learned about a lot of things that can be done to better my mental health naturally. At that time I decided to stop dying my hair. I’m 35 years old and I’ve got A LOT of grey hair. I dye my hair every month because I’m just not ready for grey hair yet. LOL. After I had the anxiety and panic attack, I decided keeping my brain cells healthy was more important than hiding my grey. So for 4 months I went without dying my hair until I learned about Henna.

Henna is a flowering plant used to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool. It has been used as a cosmetic hair dye for 6,000 years. In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it. It also acts as an anti-fungal and a preservative for leather and cloth. The flowers have been used to create perfume since ancient times. Henna repels some insect pests and mildew.

Henna’s coloring properties are due to lawsone, a burgundy organic compound that has an affinity for bonding with protein. Lawsone is primarily concentrated in the leaves.

I heard about Henna before, but didn’t know it was used for more than drawing on skin. I was very happy to learn it was also used to dye hair and it was natural and nontoxic. So as you can guess, I purchased some henna online at hennaking.com and colored my hair with it. I was very impressed with the color and how much softer my hair felt. Many people use Henna to condition their hair every month.

The other day I came across an online article talking about washing your hair with baking soda instead of shampoo. I’m all for saving money, as long as it doesn’t cost me my health. A few years ago I switched over to using organic shampoos and conditioners. I don’t know if 100% organic/natural shampoo and conditioners exist, but I wanted to be as close to it as possible. Non-organic shampoo and conditioners are full of chemicals and do more harm than good.

Washing your hair out simply with baking soda and water sounds too good to be true, but I did the research and it’s safe and I’m ready to give it a try. I bought some baking soda last night and will use it this morning when I shower. Organic shampoo and conditioners are quite expensive, I usually pay anywhere between $7.99 and $9.99 for each, and they usually only last about a week and a half because I have a lot of hair.

I’m excited about using the baking soda. I’ll be saving some money now that I’ll be purchasing baking soda for under a buck.

You can also use baking soda to clean and whiten your teeth. Just sprinkle some baking soda in a small dish and dip your damp brush. Another thing to save money on as organic toothpaste can be expensive as well.

Why Organic and Local is Best

WHAT DOES “ORGANIC” MEAN?
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as “organic.”

Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides bioengineered genes (GMO’s), petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic farmers rely on biological diversity in the field to naturally reduce habitat for pest organisms. Organic farmers also purposefully maintain and replenish the fertility of the soil.

These chemicals I listed in the previous paragraph are widely used in conventional (non-organic) agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food even after washing them.

ORGANIC MEAT
Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed animal by-products. Not feeding animal by-products reduces the risk of mad cow disease. Organically raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, both of which help to keep animals happy and healthy. They are kept in living conditions that accommodate the natural behavior of the animals.

NON-ORGANIC MEAT
Non-organically raised animals live in very cruel and crowded conditions. The more crowded the more likely an animal is to get sick. Antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products are fed to these animals.

ORGANIC FARMING IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
Organic farming practices reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy.

BENEFITS OF EATING ORGANIC
Organic foods contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and taste than intensively farmed produce. One of the benefits of consuming only organic foods is allergy symptoms will lessen or go away. Most of us have an accumulated build-up of pesticide exposure in our bodies due to numerous years of exposure. This chemical “body burden,” as it is medically known that leads to health issues such as headaches, birth defects, added strain on weakened immune system and serious disease.

GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
GMO’s are plants or animals whose DNA has been altered. These products have undergone only short term testing to determine their effects on humans the environment. In most countries, organic products do not contain GMO’s. Genetically modified organisms are one of the most dangerous and radical changes to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients found in 60-70% of the foods in the US, are well worth the effort to avoid.

GMO’s threaten our entire food supply. Insects, birds, and wind can carry GMO seeds into neighboring fields and beyond. Pollen from transgenic plants can cross-pollinate with genetically natural crops and wild relatives. All crops, organic and non-organic are vulnerable to contamination from cross-pollination.

Genetic engineering can cause unexpected mutations in an organism, which can create new and higher levels of toxins in foods. GMO’s can also produce unforeseen and unknown allergens in foods. Transgenic foods may mislead consumers with counterfeit freshness. A luscious-looking, bright red genetically engineered tomato could be several weeks old and of little nutritional worth.

37 people died, 1500 were partially paralyzed and 5000 more were temporarily disabled by a syndrome that was finally linked to tryptophan made by genetically-engineered bacteria.

Gene pollution cannot be cleaned up. Once GMO’s, bacteria and viruses are released into the environment it is impossible to contain or recall them. Unlike chemical or nuclear contamination, negative effects are irreversible.

Genetic engineers intend to profit by patenting genetically engineered seeds. This means that when a farmer plants genetically engineered seeds, all the seeds have identical genetic structure. As a result, if a fungus, a virus or a pest develops which can attack this particular crop, there could be widespread crop failure.

LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE
This means that the food was grown close to home (your garden, local community, your state, your region or country). Buying locally at Farmers Markets supports and pays the farmer directly. This means the produce will be less expensive than if you were to buy it at a store. Stores have to raise prices to pay for things like marketing and distribution. Locally grown produce is the freshest food you can purchase. Fruits and vegetables are harvested when they are ripe. Non-locally grown produce is picked before ripening and then gassed so they ripen when they arrive at the store. This means the taste or nutritional value will not be as great. The average distance for non-locally grown food is over 1500 miles. This uses a lot of fossil fuels and emits carbon dioxide into the air. Non-local produce is highly processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation, and other means to keep it stable for transport and sale.

Small local farmers often use organic methods, but sometimes cannot afford to become certified organic. Visit a farmers market and talk with the farmers. Find out how they produce the fruits and veggies they sell. You can even ask for a farm tour.

HOW TO KEEP COST OF ORGANIC FOOD WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
– Shop at Farmers Markets.
– Join a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, in which individuals and families join up to purchase “shares” of produce in bulk, directly from a local farm. Local and organic.
– Buy in season. Fruits and veggies are cheapest and freshest when in season.

WHY IS ORGANIC MORE EXPENSIVE?
In the long run, you’ll save money on an organic diet because you’ll have less visits to the doctor and you’ll have less chances of developing a disease.

Organic foods are not subsidized by the government. Processed foods are heavily subsidized so they can be manufactured and sold at well below cost to grow and process the raw materials involved. Chemicals are a lot cheaper than human labor costs.

The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars.

The benefits and value of organic agriculture off-set the additional cost.

Since organic farmers do not receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.

Organic is not just for food, but for everything grown. Any pesticide use contaminates our soils and water sources. Look into organic materials as well, such as cotton, bamboo and other products.

VIDEOS:
If you choose to consume meat, please watch the videos below to understand why organically grown livestock is best. Be warned, the second video is very graphic and sad to watch.

ORGANICALLY RAISED LIVESTOCK

NON-ORGANICALLY RAISED LIVESTOCK

A Raw Diet for My Dog

RAW FOOD DIET

RAW FED DOG POOP

I’ve decided to switch my 5 month old pug puppy to a raw meat diet. This is my first time ever feeding dogs I’ve had a raw meat diet. After much research on the topic, I’ve come to realize that just as nature intended for humans to eat a clean diet of living foods, mother nature also meant for animals to eat a certain diet.

Its not just people who have gotten far away from eating a natural diet, dogs too. Think about it. We eat nothing but processed food. No matter how much a package label from a processed food tells you that it’s healthy, the reality is that it’s not. There is nothing better for humans than eating a simple natural diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Dog’s in the wild eat other animals raw like chicken, rabbits and more. They don’t hunt for processed dried or canned dog food. So why do we feed them this junk? It’s no wonder they develop a lot of allergies and some of the same diseases we get, like diabetes, for example.

What we put in our dogs mouths is just as important as what we put in our own. Below you’ll find some very helpful info I found on the http://www.pet-grub.com website on making a homemade raw meal for your dog. Please visit the http://www.pet-grub.com website to get a better understanding of this simple diet. A lot of your questions will be answered there.

The website link is:
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PREPARING A RAW MEAL:
MEAT:
– You can use ground (minced) muscle meat or boneless muscle meat chunks.
– Use one type of meat per meal, do not combine. For example only Chicken (dark has more nutrition than white meat), Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Goat, Turkey or Eggs. Don’t feed pork because it can cause trichinosis.
– Buy 1 pound meat packages to freeze and thaw as needed. Thawed meat will last about 4 days in fridge before spoiling.
– Feeding ground meat can be more beneficial in that it won’t get stuck in between teeth, causing future dental problems. Because its ground into small pieces, most dogs just lick it and swallow, rather than chewing it. Instantly gone.
– You can also feed specialty meats like: Moose, musk, ox, bison, ostrich, emu and venison. The good thing about specialty meat is that the meat is usually very pure.
– Free Range and Organic Meats and Vegetables are best but use conventional if that’s what’s available or affordable to you. Its still better than eating processed kibble and canned food.
– Purified, glacial, spring or well water is best for drinking.
– Frozen veggies are ok to feed as well. Be sure to investigate which veggies are good for dogs.

VEGETABLES:
– Feeding veggies is optional and not crucial to the diet. They can live without them.
– If feeding veggies, use 2 to 3 per meal if you can.
– Some veggies you can feed are: Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, dandelion leaves, kale, kohlrabi, okra, parsnips, peas (and pods), pumpkin, rutabagas, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and zucchini.
– Be sure to finely chop (about the size of a flea) the washed veggies in a food processor or grater or else pet will not be able to digest them.
– You can chop veggies in advance and freeze them in bags so you can thaw when needed.
– Finely chopped veggies will last about 3 days in fridge before spoiling.
– Feed veggies raw, uncooked. Somes squashes may need slight cooking to soften the rind.
– Some veggies that shouldn’t be fed are beats, collard, eggplants, green peppers, parsley, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and swiss chard.
– Never feed onions, chives and garlic. They are toxic to dogs and cats.
– Its ok to use frozen veggies instead of fresh.
– Keep meats and veggies in separate containers when storing. If one should spoil, you would have not lost everything.
– Buying frozen veggies is actually best because they are picked when ripe because once they are frozen, they cannot ripen anymore. With fresh veggies, they are actually picked unripe and then usually exposed to a gas to make them ripen just before arriving at the grocery store.

FRUITS:
– Never include fruit with their meal. Fruit will not get digested and will ferment instead and cause bad bacterial growth within the body.
– Fruits can be fed in between meals in size appropriate amounts.
– Too much fruit can lead to diabetes.
– Be aware that some fruits are poisonous, so do some research first before attempting to feed fruits.

SUPPLEMENTS:
– A Calcium supplement must be added to the raw meat diet. You can make it yourself or buy it.
– Never feed human calcium supplements.
– If making your own, use ground eggshells. They are high in calcium, low in phosphorus.
– Add 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of ground eggshells to every pound (454 grams) of meat.
– To purchase, visit:
www.pet-grub.com/pet-supplements/pet_supplements_for_dogs_and_cats” target=”_blank
– An enzyme supplement should also be used. You can purchase “FloraZyme LP” at:
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HOW TO MAKE GROUND EGGSHELL POWDER:
– Wash eggs before cracking.
– Let eggshells dry on the stove top, in a gas oven or in the sun.
– When dry, bake at 300 F. This helps make the eggshells even more dry and brittle for easier grinding. This also helps get rid of mineral oils that have been applied to the eggshells.
– Add eggshells to a belnder, grinder etc., and grind until they become powder.
– Use a sifter or strainer to remove large and sharp pieces.

GROUND MEAT MEAL (EXAMPLE FOR A 1 POUND MEAL):
– Use ground meat for puppies, older dogs or dogs with weak digestive systems or not enough teeth to grab meat chunks.
– Remove the meat you’ll use the next day from freezer, place in fridge to thaw overnight.
– Once thawed, pour 1/2 cup of water into mixing bowl (1/4 cup of water for chicken as it has more moisture).
– Add the ground meat and stir. This will add moisture back. Consistency should be a thick stew, not soup-like.
– If including veggies, mix 3 parts meat to 1 part veggies.
– Add your pet supplements, especially calcium.
– Include an enzyme supplement. (FloraZyme LP is recommended.)
– Serve.

MEAT CHUNKS:
– Meat chunks more closely resemble how dogs would naturally eat in the wild.
– Meat chunks usually contain more moister than ground meat. Often the blood and/or moister will separate from the meat chunks while sitting in the fridge. So, no added water is necessary, doing so will drain the blood from the meat. Blood is a valuable source of nutrition and since meat is already drained of blood when slaughtered, we want to save as much of the blood that remains as possible. So be sure to only thaw out what you will use one day at a time.
– Thaw meat chunks overnight.
– Once thawed, Take meat chunks from fridge and place on the counter for about 30 minutes to remove the chill.
– Don’t feed giant size pieces to small breeds or small pieces to large ones.
– If feeding veggies, its better to place them on the side of the plate, rather than mixing them in with the chunks of meat.
– Add your pets supplements, especially calcium.
– Include an enzyme supplement. (FloraZyme LP is recommended.)
– Serve

EGGS:
– Eggs should be soft boiled to kill an ingredient that can cause a loss of B-Vitamins.
– Bring some water to boil, turn off the heat and let eggs soak for 5 minutes in the hot water.
– The egg will still be essentially raw, but you may see a small amount of cooked egg white.
– Eggs are one of the most easily digested foods for pets.
– Add your pet supplements, especially calcium.
– Serve.

FEEDING BONES:
– Safest bones to feed are chicken necks. They are the easiest for dogs to crush and we don’t need to worry about they getting stuck inside their body.
– Bones should not be considered a calcium supplement, even though they do contain calcium. They contain a lot of phosphorus, so think of bones as a mineral supplement. When feeding bones, you must still provide ground eggshells as a calcium supplement or your dog will suffer from calcium related health problems.
– Chicken necks can be fed two or three times a week.
– Never feed cooked bones.

HOW MUCH TO FEED:
– On a raw diet, pets should eat as much as they want each meal. Feed until they walk away leaving some food in the bowl. You can save the remaining food in the fridge to feed in their next meal.
– You’ll notice when you first switch your dog to a raw diet that they will eat a lot for about two weeks and then their food intake will reduce by about 50% or more. Pets that have been fed a processed diet have been starving for nutrition. That explains why they were constantly hungry. During their first two weeks on raw food, they will be receiving maximum nutrition and will eventually won’t need to eat as much and will then just be on a maintenance diet, eating less.
– Mature dogs only need one meal per day.
– Puppies 1-3 months = 4 to 6 times per day.
– Puppies 3-6 months = 3 to 4 times per day
– Puppies 6-12 months = 2 times per day
– Puppies that eat a raw meat diet will begin to develop a strong immune system around 8-10 months of age. Once this happens, they may begin to expel live worms until about 15 months of age naturally. No need to deworm.

VOMITING:
Some dogs may vomit. This usually indicates their digestive system is weak. A simple solution is to add some pancreatic-derived enzymes to the food for 2 to 4 weeks. They won’t be needed, but still beneficial.

DETOXIFICATION:
Pets eating a raw meat diet will detoxify. It can last for a day, a week or even a few weeks more. Depends on how unhealthy the dog is. Detox can happen in many forms, including but not limited to constipation, loose stools, uncontrollable bowel movements, bad breath, itchy skin, bad gas, strong urine, frequent urination, uncontrollable urination, lethargy, extreme lethargy, mucous discharge, hair loss and more. These are signs that your dog is getting stronger and healthier. Do not be alarmed.

*NOTES*
– Don’t feed pork.
– Grains are not naturally eaten by carnivores and grains are extremely hard on their digestive system.
– Believe it or not, but carnivores do better on a diet that consists of little to no fiber.
– As digestion improves, the body is able to to extract more nutrition from less food.
– The only reason why grains are added to commercial pet foods is because they are a cheap ingredient/filler, not because they beneficial.
– Fiber causes constipation in dogs.
– Raw ground meat can last up to 4 to 5 days in fridge in glass container.
– The difference in preparing meat chunks versus ground meat is that with ground meat you can prepare enough meat to last 3 or 4 days whereas with meat chunks, it’s best to prepare enough meat to last one day.

LINKS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE NATURAL HOMEMADE PET FOOD
www.pet-grub.com/part2/what_you_need_to_natural_make_homemade_pet_food” target=”_blank

HOW TO PREPARE MEAT
www.pet-grub.com/part3/how_to_prepare_meat_when_feeding_natural_homemade_pet_food” target=”_blank

HOW MUCH TO FEED
www.pet-grub.com/part1/how_much_to_feed_dogs_and_cats” target=”_blank

Jim Carrey is HILARIOUS!!!

This video is so funny!!!

Belly Breathing

Here’s a quick way to better breathing. Repeat this short exercise about 3-5 times daily to teach your body to eventually shift into belly breathing full-time.

Sit in a relaxing position with your back straight and your legs apart.

Always breathe through the nose, which filters warm air.

Place your right hand on the chest and your left hand on your belly. This will help you to be aware of your abdominal muscles as you breathe.

Breathe out slowly through your nose and do it with some force so you feel your stomach pull slightly inwards towards your spine.

Breathe in and out for about 30 times. Take deep and slow breaths.

After you have taken 30 breaths and focused on counting them you should not only feel more relaxed and centered. Your body will also be able to continue breathing in this manner without you focusing on it.

That´s it. Continue with your normal day.

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BELLY BREATHING
Abdominal (BELLY) breathing is one of the simplest, yet most powerful stress management techniques you can perform. Basically, belly breathing can change your life for the better!

Your breathing directly reflects the level of tension you carry in your body. Under stress, your breathing usually becomes shallow and rapid, occurring high in the chest. When relaxed, you breathe more fully, more deeply, and from your abdomen (belly). It’s difficult to be tense and to breathe from your abdomen at the same time.

A newborn child breathes with the abdomen. As the child gets older, breathing becomes partially intercostal ( i.e. chest breathing). During adult life most of us breathe only through the chest. Abdominal breathing is almost forgotten.

RAISE AWARENESS
The key to natural, diaphragmatic and abdominal (belly) breathing is to begin to learn to sense unnecessary tension in our bodies and to learn how to release this tension. This requires great inner attention and awareness. It requires learning the art of self-sensing and self-observation…that is developing of a mind-body awareness.

PRACTICE
To practice abdominal breathing, sit comfortably with your back straight. Always breathe through the nose, which filters warm air. Place your right hand on the chest and your left hand on your belly. This will help you to be aware of your abdominal muscles as you breathe. As you begin to inhale, your left hand on the belly should begin to rise, while your right hand should move very little. Now exhale as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. Once again your left hand should move in as you exhale, while your right hand should move very little. This is abdominal breathing. Breathing through your abdomen will gradually become automatic if you practice it on a regular basis.

BENEFITS
Deep, abdominal breathing helps…
* Detoxify inner organs, promote blood flow and peristalsis, and bolster our immunity.
* Increase oxygen supply to the brain and musculature.
* Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system: Promotes a state of calmness.
* More efficient excretion of bodily toxins.
* Improved concentration.
* Greater feelings of connectedness between mind and body. Anxiety and worry tend to keep you “up in your head.” A few minutes of deep abdominal breathing will help bring you down into your whole body.

How to take good care of your lungs

Humans need air, and cannot go more than a few minutes without it. Therefore, we must take good care of our lungs, which is what we use to take in air.

Never smoke. Notice how it doesn’t say quit smoking, it says never smoke. That means don’t start smoking in the first place, and don’t even try it.

Increase your aerobic capacity. Do some vigorous exercise that really gets you gasping for breath 3-4 times a week.

Breathe in through your nose, especially around toxic fumes. The hair in your nose acts as a filter and only lets extremely fine particles through, and keeps the rest and combines it with mucus.

Watch what you inhale. There are many things that human lungs were not meant to inhale. Remember to breathe in through your nose when around them, but try to avoid them in the first place. Also, try to take shallow breaths so they don’t go deep into your lungs. And after you are done being exposed to them, maybe make yourself cough to force them out. Some bad fumes include:

– Car exhaust and gasoline

– Tobacco smoke and smoke from fire

– Cleaning supplies

– Paint

– Talcum or baby powder: these have microscopic crushed rocks that become trapped in your lungs, use a corn starch based baby powder instead.

– Fiberglass and broken glass: Fiberglass may make tiny cuts in your lungs, broken glass is less fine so it may not be bad at all.

– Ceramic dust or fibre: dust from dry but unfired clay work in the art room at school can be incredibly bad for the lungs. The same goes for ceramic fibre found in loft insulation.