In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • The Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie Discombobulation

    Yesterday I ordered one of those Chocolate Smoothies from Starbucks. Bad move! Being a Vegan, milk is one of the animal products that I don’t consume. So, yesterday I had one of these smoothies and soon after that felt a rumbling in my tummy! To make a long story

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    Reasons For Going Vegan in the 21st Century

    “Cruelty is cruelty, whether it’s cruelty to children, to the elderly, to dogs and cats, or to chickens.” —Russell Simmons Most everyone probably knows who Russell Simmons is, founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam, a line of clothing called Phat Farm, and is a highly regarded, successful “business

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    Vegan Notes: Cooking More at Home Than Dining Out

    Because of my struggles with high blood pressure, I am compelled to cook more at home than eat out. Sure, I would love to just dine out all the time, but two important factors keep me from just indulging at dining establishments: 1. It’s more expensive to dine out,

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    Sunday Morning Rituals: Cooking Vegan Stir Fry

    Happy Sunday, everyone! I sincerely hope this beautiful Sunday morning finds you alive and in good health. Sunday mornings for me have become a ritual of making breakfast-in-bed for my wife, and cooking a bunch of food for the week. I’ve been getting into the habit of cooking a

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    How Compassion Plays a Role in What We Eat

    The old saying ‘we are what we eat’ is actually one of the most accurate statements ever made. To think that it is 50% true or somewhere in-between is a perception that depends on how we look at food. On a purely nutritional basis, we are exactly what we

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    The Connection Between Yoga and a More Compassionate Diet

    The Vegan Diet is a practice in Compassion. The less animal products you eat, the less there is a need to kill animals for food, extract their milk and harvest their eggs. And given that your reason for going on a Vegan Diet is to lose weight and become

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