A Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat: Mad Cowboy

Do you find it challenging to stay on a plant-based diet?  Get inspired and motivated from a Mad Cowboy who went from being a cattle rancher and a meat and potato man to being vegetarian.

Why You Should Read Mad Cowboy

Reading Mad Cowboy opens your eyes to how cattle are raised, how cattle ranching has affected the land and the environment, and the health of people.

The goals of my review of Mad Cowboy are:

  1. To inform you about the book.
  2. To share with you key points in the book that provide information about cattle ranching
  3. Inspire you to read more books that help solidify your commitment to eating a plant-based diet.

Eye Opening About My Land

Mad Cowboy opened my eyes to how cattle ranchers started out raising cattle the natural way.  The cattle ate a natural diet and the land naturally replenished itself, because of crop rotation, which resulted in the environment staying in tact.  The land was less polluted and more fertile than it is today.

I am blessed to live on the land that my husband’s grandfather used to raise food.  Grandfather raised cows, chickens and pigs.  He planted crops that yielded very well.

I have had the opportunity of planting a garden in the same area that my husband’s grandfather planted his garden.  The year I planted the garden, my harvest was plentiful.  Check out my tomato harvest.

My husband’s grandfather left the land in good condition.  It is hard to keep the rabbits, deer and other little critters away from the garden.  I am thankful that our grandfather left us land that has life.

A Few Take-Away Points

Old-fashioned farming is a thing of the past.  Sometimes, the easiest and fastest way, may not be the best way.

“Crop rotation was the first principle of the old-fashioned organic method of dairy farming employed by my father, grandfather and great-grandfather.” (p. 52)

The modern-day farmer’s biggest concern is making money as fast as he or she can, by any means necessary.  The farmer is not thinking about the impact he or she has on the land, the environment, or even human beings.

“To make the cattle grow faster, I didn’t restrict myself to merely forcing upon them an unnatural diet of grain.  Like most cattle farmers today, I used hormones to stimulate growth of the animals.” (p. 57)

The Mad Cows and Bureaucrat chapter is one where the author shares when the mad cow disease was first discovered in Great Britain and he also shares how the bureaucrats handled the mad cow scare.

“There had never been (and still has never been) any confirmed cases of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), brain-waisting disease, in the United States.  But every year about a hundred thousand cows in this country die mysteriously of what is known as Downer Cow Syndrome.” (p. 87)

Think of the money that would be saved if cattle were allowed to eat the natural diet they were meant to eat.  It is hard to believe that the majority of the grain grown in this country is fed to animals, when there are people starving.  This does not make sense.

“…remember it takes roughly sixteen pounds of grain to create one pound of beef.” (p. 125)

“Eighty percent of American grain production is currently destined for the gullets of animals.” (p. 125)

It is a sad day when the ranchers have more say so over land-use policies than the residents.  It is all about the money. 

“The thousand or so ranchers who graze their cattle on public land in Arizona, for instance, have far more say in that state’s land-use policies than its other 3.7 million residents combined.” (p. 136)

Discovering that a cattle rancher goes vegan is hard to believe.  If this isn’t encouraging, I don’t know what is?

“I decided to try to be a vegan.  For a person who hadn’t even heard the term a year before, it was a giant step.  Frankly, I didn’t think I could do it.” (p. 176)

“It took me, therefore, about a year to make the full transition from meat-eater to vegan.  In retrospect, I wish I had become vegan sooner.” (p. 176)

Mad Cowboy:  Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat

About the Author:  Howard Lyman is the author of Mad Cowboy.  Lyman is a a fourth-generation Montana rancher.  He investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture after developing a spinal tumor that nearly paralyzed him.

Lyman is now a vegetarian, who uncovers the propaganda of beef and dairy interests – and the government agencies that protect them – to expose an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country.

Lyman warns that the livestock industry is repeating the mistakes that led to Mad Cow disease in England while simultaneously causing serious damage to the environment. (back cover of book)

Cost:  U.S.  $14.00 | Can. $16.00

Total Pages:  223

Reading:  Book is an easy read and the author is down to earth.

Final Thoughts About Mad Cowboy

Once your start reading Mad Cowboy, you will not want to put it down.  It is one thing to see how the animals are treated on those videos that get leaked to the public, but it is another thing to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the world of cattle ranching.

If you are a person who cares about the environment, you get a lesson on how the land has been polluted with agricultural chemicals that are used in cattle ranching as well as farming.

I recommend that anyone who eats a plant-based diet, or is considering eating a plant-based diet, read this book.  After reading this book, you will be more determined than ever to eat a plant-based diet.

 

The Simply Bar – Review

 

the-simply-barI started my fitness journey in June of this year and I needed something to help me in the protein area. I like eating something with protein before and after my workout sessions.

I also like snacking and I know I need improvement in that area, so I figure if I can do better in the protein area, then my snacking habits would change too. In the past, I have done a little experiment with having protein with each meal I eat and it alleviated my cravings.

Here enters The Simply Bar. I do not eat protein bars a lot, but I have tried a few in the past. Those that I did try, were either too sweet or did not taste good.

The Wellness Foods Company sent me four flavors (box) – (lemon coconut, caramel peanut, cinnamon pecan, peanut butter chocolate) of the The Simply Bar to review.

I am glad I tried the The Simply Bar, because it is by far one of the best protein bars I have tried to date.

What is The Simply Bar?

The Simply Bar is a protein bar that is:

  • Milk Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • High in Protein
  • Easy to Digest
  • Under 12 ingredients per bar
  • Good Source of Iron

Who Should Try This Bar?

Everyone should give this bar a try, but it especially beneficial for:

  • Weight loss
  • Diabetics (healthy low-glycemic snack)
  • Vegans
  • Athletes
  • those who are Gluten Intolerant
  • those who have Digestion Issues (east to digest)

What’s in The Simply Bar?

Here are the ingredients for one of my favorite flavors, lemon coconut.

  • 16 grams of protein
  • 3 grams of fat
  • 4 grams of sugar

Ingredients: Soy Crisps (soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Inulin (chicory root fiber), Cashew Butter (dry-roasted cashews, sunflower oil), Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Chips, Natural Flavor. Contains Soybeans and Tree Nuts. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts. Soy ingredients are non-GMO.

Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Vitamin A – 0%, Vitamin C – 0%, Calcium – 8%, Iron – 15%

Cost: $10 for 4 Bar Sample Pack
$30 for 15 Bar Box

the-simply-bar-textureMy Review of The Simply Bar

The first Simply Bar that I tried was the flavor caramel peanut. I was not impressed with the caramel peanut flavor and I thought I would not like the other flavors, but luckily I found myself falling in love with The Simply Bar.

The Simply Bar has a texture of a rice crispy treat, but soy crisps are thicker and not as light as a rice crispy.

The Simply Bar is not very sweet, but it has just the right amount of sweetness. I liked that it is not too sweet.

I raved to my husband about these bars and that I noticed something happen for me within a 1-2 days of eating The Simply Bars.  I did not snack like I usually do, because The Simply Bar was very filling.

Compared to other protein bars that I have tried, I can say The Simply Bar is the best. Why? Because it is high in protein, low in calories, low in sugar and has fiber.

My favorite Simply Bar is Lemon Coconut, with Cinnamon Pecan coming in second.

Overall, I enjoyed The Simply Bar and I cannot wait to place my order.

I recommend that you try The Simply Bar, you will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: These are my honest opinions about The Simply Bar and I am not being paid to review The Simply Bar.

Planeat Documentary Film Review and Giveaway

 

planeat-coverI received a free copy of the Planeat documentary for review and I must say, it is worth watching.

Who Should Watch Planeat?

Everyone should watch this documentary, especially if you find it hard to stick with eating a plant-based diet. This documentary will surely help you get back on track.

Why You Should Watch Planeat?

You should watch Planeat if you are curious about eating a plant-based diet. If you don’t have a clue about how eating animal-based foods effect the environment, Planeat helps you understand how animals impact our environment.

What is Planeat?

Planeat is a documentary that re-examines the consumption and consequences of including meat and dairy in the diet.

It is not all scientific, because you get to see hands-on, how chefs prepare plant-based meals that look so appealing that your mouth will water.

Planeat makes its début on July 3, 2012 from the home entertainment label True Mind. The suggested retail price of the DVD is $19.98

Rating: NR

Running Time: 72 minutes plus extras

Language: English

The DVD Extras include:

  • Message from the filmmakers Shelly Lee Davis and Or Shlomi
  • Film Trailer
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview with philosopher Peter Singer

 What You Learn from Planeat

You learn about the foods you should eat and how those foods  impact the environment. You get a glimpse at how to prepare tasty plant-based meals.  You also learn about the research and work that three prominent scientists have done and continue to do.

Those scientists are:

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study. Dr. Campbell explored the link between diet and disease. He conducted a research study with Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese government that took 20 years to complete. This research found that populations that ate a high amount of animal protein were more likely to have heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than those who ate a plant-based diet.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Esselstyn, and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, conducted his own study with 18 of his patients who had serious heart problems. The patients ate a plant-based diet under and Dr. Esselstyn found that some of his patients were able to arrest and even reverse the coronary artery disease.

Professor Gidon Eshel (Physics and Geosciences from Bard College) researched how our food choices impact our land, oceans and atmosphere. He examined closely how the Western diet impacts the environment. Professor Eshel discovered that red meat was the worst offender to the greenhouse gas emissions. The research the he finds is compelling.

Final Thoughts

Planeat is a film that you should see. It helps you take a closer look at what you eat and how it impacts the environment. The most important thing that I took away from this is that food can either make me or break me (health).

Dr. Campbell said something that I will always remember: Whole food = real health.

Do know that food is a choice. “You can repeat your old eating habits or you can make the next meal a new one (quote from film).”

Planeat will definitely have you thinking about how your diet impacts the environment as well as your health. I didn’t realize how much of an impact diet had on the environment, until I watched Planeat.

I recommend that you check out the Planeat documentary and while you’re at it share it with your family and friends.

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Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence – Review

 

tlc-book-toursI am participating in the TLC Book Tour and today, I share with you my review of Courage:  Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence (HarperOne; April 25, 2012; Hardcover and ebook), written by Debbie Ford.

You Should Read This Book:

  • if you want to stop being a people pleaser
  • if you want to want confidence to be true to yourself
  • if you want courage to say no to people
  • if you have fear of failure
  • if you have negative thoughts
  • if you are fearful of defeat
  • if you want to overcome insecurity
  • if you want to stop blaming yourself for things you cannot change
  • if you want to live in the moment and move out of your past
  • if you are passionate for something, but have yet to launch out into the deep
  • if you need courage to do what whatever your heart desires.

About Courage

Courage is a book that focuses on transforming fear, unworthiness, insecurity and powerlessness into courage, confidence and emotional freedom.  Debbie Ford reveals a transformational process to gain confidence, harness power and live in full self-expression.

There are two parts of this book:

A New Paradigm

Moving From Your Head to Your Heart

Total number of pages:  240

My Thoughts About Courage

I was interested in reading this book because, Debbie Ford, has cancer and she is fighting with courage forging ahead without fear.  Debbie shares how she had to slow down and take care of herself.  This is also when she realized that she was a people pleaser.  I enjoyed what Debbie shared about herself and how she learned from her life experiences.

It was very difficult for me to stay interested in this book because I don’t typically read self-help books, but when I got to Part II, I didn’t put it down until I finished reading the whole book.

As I hung on Debbie’s written words, I had flashbacks to when I was a child and the life experiences I had.  Debbie tells the reader in her book not to dwell on the negativity and to not live in the past, but to take everything that we go through as a learning experience.  She also says that these life experiences make us who we are and it helps us as we navigate the lives we are living.  These life experiences are lessons that make us stronger.

True courage comes not just from feeling confident and strong, but from being the honest, authentic expression of yourself. – p.55

This book helped me to have courage to say no to people when I know I should say no.  Courage also opened my eyes to the fact that I am negative about certain things and I blame myself for those things, that I didn’t and don’t have control over.  I just have to let it go.

There were so many times in this book where I found myself relating to the personal stories of those who have worked with Debbie.  I always enjoy reading about other people’s life experiences and how they dealt their problems.

I am glad I read this book, because I have issues that I must work through and not live in what could have or should have been, or why me, but I must live in the now.

Freedom reigns when you don’t have to put on airs or hide your true thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.  Freedom reigns when you can speak your gifts out loud and stand up for your greatness and your greatest truth.  Freedom reigns when you embrace the courageous warrior that lives inside you. – p. 56

Conclusion

If you blame yourself for things you had no control over,  fearful in launching out or following your passion, you have to read Courage.  Courage will ignite a fire in you, so much so, that you won’t have any choice, but to step out of your fear and grab hold to courage.

I leave you with a favorite quote in the book:

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Who you are speaks so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.”  To feel like a confident and courageous warrior, you must look the part.  You must take care of yourself as a precious, priceless messenger.  You must reflect the value and esteem in which you hold yourself.  It is time to take back your power-not for the approval of others, but for how you will feel inside. – p.191

About the Author

Debbie Ford is a nationally bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Years of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, and a coauthor of the The Shadow Effect.  Ford conducts workshops and trainings around the world supporting lifelong personal, emotion, and spiritual education and transformation.  She lives in San Diego, California.  More at www.debbieford.com.

 

A Four-Step Solution to Unlocking Your Happiness: Code to Joy

 

tlc-book-toursI was asked to take part in the TLC Book Tour and today I share with you my review of Code to Joy. Below is information about the book:

Code to Joy: The Four-Step Solution to Unlocking Your Natural State of Happiness by George Pratt and Peter Lambrou

Hardcover: April 2012 – $25.99 – ISBN: 9780062063151 – 248 Pages

E-book: April 20102 – $20.99 – ISBN: 9780062059406

 Who Should Read Code to Joy?

You should read this book if you feel unloved, guilty, ashamed, fearful, and unsafe. These issues lead to addictions, sleeplessness, bad habits conflict and unsatisfying relationships.

It doesn’t matter where you are from or who your are, you will experience turmoil. But Code to Joy will help you work through those issues that have you bound.

Why You Should Read Code to Joy

If you have a dark cloud is that hovers over your head and things are not going the way they should for you, Code to Joy gives you the key to moving out that which holds you back while walking you through the steps to get your happiness back.

What is Code to Joy?

code-to-joyCode to Joy is written by psychologists, Doctors George Pratt and Peter Lambrou. They have over six decades of clinical experience and have helped thousands of clients – Super Bowl champs, Olympic medalists, Academy Award winners, and top business executives – they are now making their process available to all.

Drs. Pratt and Lambrou outline a series of exercises combining cognitive psychology with age-old disciplines such as yogic breathing and acupressure that help us to eliminate fears, anxieties, and buried emotional debris.

The doctors have six decades of clinical experience and they offer the readers a clear-cut plan to rid themselves of negativity and rediscover their inherent happiness. They share a four-step program that you can apply at home. Code to Joy outlines a clear effective path to discover and maintain true happiness.

Code to Joy: Review

As I read Code to Joy, I couldn’t help but think back to things that I experienced during my childhood and examine how those experiences shaped me into the person I am today. It opened my eyes to why I believe the way I do as well as why I do what I do.

I especially enjoyed reading the case histories that Drs. Pratt and Lambrou shared, because I understood how things worked and can change when we implement the four-step program in our lives to help us change for the better.

One case I read was about a woman named Lydia. Lydia had brain cancer. Long story short, Lydia was depressed along and had a few other psychological diagnoses.

After Lydia applied the four-step program, her psychological issues were resolved. What makes her story so inspiring is the tumors in her brain went down and she had a new outlook on life.

There are other case histories that I read and they were very eye-opening too.  The doctors make the four-step program simple and easy to follow.

There are even neuromuscular tests, deep breathing exercises, and other things you can do that will help you on your journey to obtaining your natural state of happiness.

I recommend that you read this book, especially if you need help with those demons that you just can’t shake. I didn’t do all the exercises recommended in Code to Joy, but as I read Code to Joy, I couldn’t help but think about my childhood experiences.

I realized that I do have one of the seven limiting believes that the doctors mentioned in their book. I have the tools to get past my feeling of feeling alone. I hope to overcome this with the help of Code to Joy.

5 Pathways to Happiness

These are tips that Drs. Pratt and Lambrou share in Code to Joy. These pathways to happiness are very important because it affects the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Eat consciously
  • Exercise sanely
  • Wrap yourself in nature
  • Create a gratitude list
  • Make time for yourself

 Final Thoughts

If you want happiness that is natural and not forced, then you should check out Code to Joy. I never would have thought that I could have natural happiness by putting four-steps into practice. But the four-step program has worked for so many others and it can work for you too.

About the Authors:

George Pratt, Ph.D. and Peter Lambrou, Ph.D. are licensed clinical psychologists in practice at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. Both Dr. Pratt and Dr. Lambrou have served as Chairman of Psychology and are on staff at Scripps. Dr. Pratt has appeared on television and radio more than a hundred times, including repeat appearances on Larry

Learn more about Code to Joy on here.