My latest TV obsession

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This is my latest obsession. It’s a vet show but it’s not just your typical vet. It’s pretty special.

Dr. Pol is a country vet. That means he takes care of grumpy cows, bulls, sheep, goats and just about anything that the farmers keep. He has to keep himself from getting trampled by his patients who are, quite often, much larger than he is.

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Dr.Pol also takes care of your usual cats and dogs, birds, lizards and other little creatures but the variety keeps coming. You never know what he’s going to deal with next.

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Dr. Pol is also hilarious. He’s incredibly driven, always excited about getting to his next case and can’t seem to want to rest. He works into the night, all hours and all days. Because the farmers depend on him, he’s available 24/7. Talk about devotion. But he seems to absolutely love it.

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I also love that he has such an incredible knowledge of just about every breathing creature on the planet. No matter what animal comes through his door, he knows how to take care of it. He seems to diagnose issues within minutes.

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Also, he has ‘home remedies’ to keep those insane vet costs down for his clients. I find that incredibly kind. Farmers work so hard for a very slim profit and Dr. Pol knows that well. He tries as much as he can to keep those prices down for them.

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He also has a quirky staff to help him including his son, Charles and his wife. They make a fantastic team and they’re so kind to those little animals.

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If you do have a chance, check it out. It’s a definite feel-good show and it’s real. Certainly those animals do not act for the camera!

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Top reads of 2019

If you happen to have extra time and want a good read, here are the recommendations from the top book sellers both in Canada and the US.

Chapters’ top 50 books of 2019 are here. I can personally vouch for number 2 as I have read it and found it outstanding.

Barnes and Noble’s top 100 bestsellers of 2019 are here. Super exciting to have that reference list and links to know a bit more about those books.

Good Housekeeping has their own list here. And there are some that are included in all three. Those must be amazing!

Do you have a favourite book of 2019 to recommend? Mine would have to be the Testaments. I just absolutely loved it.

The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret AtwoodWhy am I rambling about this now? Well, I’m planning to sneak to the bookstore tomorrow. Hubby is at work, you see and I’m free to play…I’m thinking Chapters and a lovely cup of coffee. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?

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My thoughts and prayers are with you New Zealand

A horrible tragedy has happened in New Zealand. I don’t want to give the perpetrator any more publicity but I will say that my heart breaks for the poor victims of this horrid act. My hope is that one day, somehow, peace will help us realize we are all human beings, worthy of dignity, care, respect and support.

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Looking for a good read?

At All About Romance, they’re looking ahead and here are their predictions for great reads in September.

https://allaboutromance.com/coming-soon-september-2018/

Las Vegas, my thoughts and prayers are with you

Let’s hope one day this will be a thing of the past and that these senseless, horrible attacks cease. Until then, I know words do little but know my thoughts are with you, your families and loved ones in this time of great tragedy.

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My thoughts and prayers are with Edmonton

My hope is that one day these horrible terrorist attacks will end and our world will know peace. Until then, though, my thoughts and prayers are with Edmonton, the victims and the incredible efforts of the First Responders who reacted so well and continue to stand united against hate and violence.

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As our Prime Minister said: “We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”

On peace

I think now more than ever, we need peace in our world. We do not need to fight each other, there are monster storms to fight and poverty and hunger that we can fight. We need each other now more than ever.

Wishes for peace

For Barcelona and for Charlottesville and all places where violence lives, I hope against all hope that one day peace will reach all of us and we can find support in our similarities instead of fighting over our differences.

As always, I find myself horrified and saddened by the violence in our world. It’s hard for me to put into words my wishes for peace and harmony. I wish so badly that the beauty that I see in people could shine through. I think it can only appear through peace and understanding.

Others say it so much better.

Where I watch a bunch of documentaries

Thanks to a new TV system-cable-thingy that we got, I now have access to a ton of documentaries. Long story short, I just watched these four.

First, a little on each one:

What the Health is a documentary by Kip Andersen where he finds out just why people are so sick and if it has to do with the food they eat. He also unearths the relationship between some of the US’s biggest health organizations and the food industry giants.
Cowspiracy is another documentary by the same person, Kip Andersen. Here he explains the effects that cattle have on the environment.
I think most people have heard of Supersize Me. I’m one of the few people that hadn’t actually seen it. It’s been out since 2004 and follows Morgan Spurlock’s experiment where he eats only McDonald’s food for a month.

Forks over Knives is a look at changing food rather than going under the knife in an attempt to eliminate or control some of the worst diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Now, a disclaimer. I’m not a doctor or even a scientist and I certainly have no interest in promoting any type of eating plan for anyone. This is just my two cents on these documentaries.

Pros:

The documentaries were informative. I like that about documentaries in general and I love that there is no violence or terrifying parts that make me shudder (like in some movies).

Certainly, there were many voices towards eating plant-based diets and a lot of those were doctors. Some had been adamantly pro-animal meat before and had only changed sides after seeing very clear statistics to the contrary.

The documentaries, in the most part, didn’t seem biased–to my untrained eye. The sight of Morgan Spurlock eating those McDonald burgers was horrifying. I could see him getting sicker and sicker with each day that passed.

I loved how easy-going the advocates for plant-based food were. They didn’t seem to be all set on convincing the watcher that this was the way to go. They simply said it worked for them and that was it. I like that they weren’t pushy.

They had certainly done their research. I have read ‘The China Study’ and it is certainly no easy task to do a research project on an entire country. That’s incredible and we should certainly take a look at the results.

Cons:

There was a point in one of the documentaries where they said to not trust the advice of your doctor because they don’t learn anything about nutrition in medical school and I didn’t like that. I am skeptic when I hear someone tell me not to trust a specialist.

I watched and watched the films completely convinced on their message. Then I was about to start this post and I saw there’s more documentaries on food, with different messages. Some are against sugar, some for local food, some for raw diets and I started to wonder how to make sense of all of them and not end up eating air.

Even though I was pretty convinced that there was a monetary gain for some companies in selling animal-products, I still can’t believe that the entire food industry is in cahoots and trying to kill people–and that was implied in some of the documentaries.

Though they did show some cancer patients who are now cancer-free after going vegan, I can’t believe that’s the cure for cancer. I hope that’s not what the movie implied because that would almost ridicule the struggle people with cancer go through and that’s just horrible.

Conclusions:

I can’t and never will tell anyone what to eat or what to do. It’s just simply not my place.

I can tell you that watching the documentaries was enjoyable because I enjoy learning new things and documentaries are a fun way of doing that.

I can tell you that I’m going to try and eat move vegetables and try to keep my hubby doing the same thing. I really think it’s better for us and our vegan experiment certainly showed results on his cholesterol level. Plus, it’s really the only way I know how to cook.

Besides that, I can’t say that watching these changed my mind or radically opened my eyes. I do believe that what we eat is important but, at the end of the day, we’re all doing the best we can to live our lives as well as we can. Maybe an ice-cream isn’t great for our intestine but it might do wonders for our soul.

 

My pros and cons of a plant-based diet

Almost 6 months into the plant-based diet, I have put together a little list of my pros and cons. I had some questions going in, like would it be more expensive? Would I have trouble adjusting? Can I still eat out? So, here’s what I found out, good and bad.

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The Good Stuff:

  • It feels super healthy and good to eat this way. Every time I take a bite, I’m putting good stuff in my body and it feels like a pat on the back. Just goodness for my body over and over.

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  • I feel better. My body feels better and I know my stomach and insides feel better too. That’s a huge bonus because I used to feel slightly sick or super-full after meals. I don’t anymore.

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  • My taste buds have changed. It’s true. A silly green apple tastes like an incredible treat. I have no idea why or how but I love eating things that before were consumed only because they were good for me.

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The Bad Stuff:

  • I can’t eat out. My hubby has been hounding me trying to get me to go out to restaurants but the truth is the only things that are vegan there are salads that contain two sad little ingredients. That’s not a meal and helping him by peeling large amounts of crab legs at a buffet is not my idea of a good time. We have managed to find ethnic restaurants that do cater more towards vegans but it’s still tough.

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  • It’s more work. I used to eat whatever there was around the house not really giving what I put in my body any thought. Now, on Sunday I strategize the meals for the week and research what we’re going to eat in everything from breakfast to snacks. It’s work.

  • I do miss some things, like cheese and butter. It’s hard to have toast without butter and nothing vegan is close to melted cheese. Those things are tough to replace.

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Overall:

I haven’t found it more expensive to eat this way. I thought it would be, but I forgot just how expensive meat and fish can be. So, financially, this hasn’t been a struggle.

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As much as I love furry creatures, I didn’t do this for them. I did it because I thought it’d be better for my health. As it turns out, you can be a good, healthy vegan or an unhealthy one (fries and chips can be vegan friendly), so that’s not a great reason to continue.

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So, will I continue? I go to have some blood work done this week and that will pretty much determine if I continue or not. If I find I’m deficient in some vitamins or supplements, I will change for my own health. But, right now, I’m still sticking with it.

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