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True Life: I want to be a vegan.


“Veganism is a nonviolent grassroots political movement. It has no leader. It recognizes that all species morally matter and all that matters is sentience for nonhumans to belong to the moral community. It does not accept the notion of “humane” use because it recognizes that all use is abuse. Veganism is the recognition of the moral personhood of nonhuman animals and rejects the property status of nonhuman animals.”

February 25, 2014

Diary Of A Sports Fanatic

“True Life: I want to be a vegan”

Last November, after viewing documentaries on Netflix like as “Food Inc.”, “Forks over Knives”, and “Frankensteer” I became more conscious of the food I consume. Realizing the conditions that these cows, chickens, and pigs are living, the hormones/unnatural diets they are given, and the fact that all the protein we need to sustain life can be found in fruits, vegetables, and grains caused me to introduce a lifestyle change in my life.  This change won’t be easy though, I have spent my life consuming animal protein and I am far from an “expert” at healthy eating.

So what does it mean to be a vegan?

“Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals.”

Dietary vegans: Not only refraining from animal protein, but also eyes, diary products, and other animal-derived substances.

**The term ethical vegan refers to people who not only follow the vegan diet, but infuse that philosophy into their everyday lives, opposing the use of animal products for any purpose.**

“The term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the British Vegan Society, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.”

Everything in this journey is a process. So far I have cut out pork, beef, chicken, and turkey, and over the next few months I plan to completely apply veganism in my life. Diary and seafood are my next obstacles. I have already implemented almond milk into my diet. Not only does it taste amazing, it lasts 3 times longer than diary milk! Throughout my journey, I will post vegan options that I have found for you all to enjoy!

Last night I tried vegetable masala burgers from Trader Joe’s… and they were awesome. The authentic Indian spices went perfectly with some spinach, vegan mozzarella cheese (also can be purchased at Trader Joe’s), and hot sauce. 🙂





Turn off your TV, and LIVE!

February 7, 2013

Diary Of A Sports Fanatic

“Turn off your TV, and LIVE!”

A few weeks ago… I glanced at my bookshelf and realized I had 15 books that I had either started to read but didn’t finish, or books that I wanted to read and just haven’t got around to them. Each book is fascinating (well at least to me anyway), from “Christianity before Christ” by John G. Jackson to “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”  by Manning Marable. I have a really hectic schedule between grad school, work, and extra curricular activities, which means something had to give. Television was the first thing that came to mind. All of the pointless commercials that have nothing to do with anything, advertising products that are detrimental to our lives.

**FYI If you have to advertise your product, you have to convince people of something**

I watch my younger brothers and sister, often becoming mesmerized by the television. All of the bright lights and commotion captivates them, while leaving them helplessly staring like zombies. Then I started to get upset, “Why was I wasting my precious moments of life watching a box!!!?” There are so many lands to be discovered, so many people to meet, so many untapped  experiences waiting for me!

The last straw was the Super Bowl… I had went over to a friend’s apartment from high school, to watch unfortunately the last professional football game until August. I wanted the Seahawks to win, but that was ridiculous! The game was 22-0 at half, but it was over after the 1st quarter. Seattle was clearly the superior team. And to top it off, the commercials were horrible. I saw Tim Tebow way too many times, and Bruce Willis looked like a creep. The only good commercials were for Maserati, a car I clearly can’t afford (which upset me even more).

After soaking all of this in, I decided that TV was going to be drastically reduced in my life. It’s an entire universe out there waiting for me, and I plan to explore every nook and cranny. I encourage you all to do the same.

Here is some mind engaging information to absorb outside of media television:

**I will update once I discover more**


“The One Percent”


“Food Inc.”

“Forks over Knives”

“The Secret”

“I Am”


Other Documentaries/Movies:

Hidden Colors 2

Powers of Ten

How to overcome laziness

KRS-ONE: Hip Hop Beyond Entertainment


“They Came Before Columbus” – Ivan Van Sertima

“Christianity Before Christ” – John G. Jackson

“Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America” – Andrew P. Napolitano



Pursuit of Happiness (Part 2)

February 7, 2014

Diary Of A Sports Fanatic


My shortcut to living a happier life.