About / Blog Guide

About

The American industrialized food chain is broken from start to finish. From the rampant animal abuse, to the lack of safety standards, to the misleading marketing campaigns, consumers are unaware of the evils that are taking place right under their noses.

I think it is important to know what you are putting into your body and what your hard-earned money is supporting so this blog is my place to share information about our food.

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I went vegetarian in March of 2008 after unknowingly picking up a book of vegetarian propaganda. (It worked.)  What I thought was simply a book on eating healthy, turned out to be a book describing the horrors of our factory farms.  I was so upset by the malicious and unnecessarily torturous acts of cruelty that I knew I never wanted to contribute to this kind of suffering and hatred ever again.

What really blew me away, though, was the fact that I’d never been exposed to any of this!  I literally had no clue how meat got to my plate.  Obviously I knew an animal was raised and killed to be my dinner, but exactly how that happened never once crossed my mind (and that’s exactly how the meat industry likes it).  Realizing that the entire process is laced with cruelty, destruction, and deceit, and then realizing that I had been supporting it, quite frankly, pissed me off!

The more I read, the more I realized how little the public knows about our food system.  I think that people should be outraged not only by the rampant animal abuse, but also by the lack of safety standards and the quality of product they are consuming (you want growth hormones with that?).  I believe that if people are informed, they can make wise, healthy choices that reflect their morals.  And I believe that if enough people are informed, the system will eventually change.

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My name is Angie and I’m currently living in Austin, TX, working for The Man.  I’ve moved around a few times for my job: Washington, DC; to West Palm Beach, FL; to Philadelphia, PA; back to Washington, DC; and now to Austin, TX.  I’ve enjoyed each place uniquely.  I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX (hence my love of Mexican Food), went to undergrad at The University of Texas at Austin (Hook Em Horns!), and to grad school at The George Washington University.  I am a runner (6 marathons so far), a golfer, an artist, and a recovering ‘Candy Crush’ addict.

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Blog Guide
It’s always hard to know where to start on a blog! Here’s some places that I think are good to start, depending on what you’re interested in.

Why go veg?
A good summary of why I went veg and why you should too :)
5 Things to change your views on eating animals
Adorable reasons not to eat animals
This is why I went vegetarian
What’s really in your hamburger

What to eat
All recipes
30 day vegan meal plan
50 vegetarian meals that take 10 minutes
Cheese addiction rehab program
10 ways to eat less meat
Three-step program for going veg

My thoughts & ramblings
What I’ve learned in my 6 vegetarian years
Why we’re having a vegetarian wedding
Phases of my vegetarian journey
Combating cognitive dissonance
Activist overload
Think a second time
Thoughts and ramblings

Animal Welfare
Cows: The dairy disaster, Downed cows
Pigs: Meet your meat, Downed pigs
Chickens: A thought experiment, Free range: Not as free as you think, Egg-laying hens
Turkeys: 8 reasons to reconsider your Thanksgiving plate
Ducks and Geese: Meat and foie gras
Fish and Seafood: SOS: Save our seas!, Fish are not vegetables, Be careful what you fish for
By the numbers
Filth
Politics of Animal Welfare: The “Ag-Gag” Bill
More politics: Rules and regulations

Human Welfare
Ending world hunger
Blood, Sweat, and Tears (working on factory farms in America)
The most dangerous job in America

Health
The great protein myth
E. coli and foodborne illness (a.k.a. There’s shit in the meat)
You are what THEY eat
Dr. Oz on veganism
How to heart-attack-proof yourself
This is your milk on drugs
How much is ‘too much’ meat?
Reduce your risk of cancer
For your heart

Environment
Why vegetarian is the new Prius
Water Conservation through vegetarianism, More on water
Meat’s not Green
Post about poop, number 2 (pun intended)

Religion
Non-vegan’s reflections on a Lenten vegan fast
Christmas Confusion
Blessed are the Merciful

4 thoughts on “About / Blog Guide

  1. Rob

    Nice story, and fully agreed. The food industry seems to feel that knowledge will be dangerous once in the public’s hands, hence the secrecy surrounding factory farms, the efforts made to propagate misleading labeling, lobbying to alter legal definitions of words such as “organic” and phrases such as “dairy-free,” the successful campaign to prevent farms from having to report emissions to the EPA (as other businesses must do),
    and many other factors. Increasingly it’s not just slaughterhouses that need glass walls, it’s the entire food industry.

    Enjoyed your art by the way! We have the very same Ikea pillows in our living room too.

  2. Jennifer

    I was excited to find your blog, on a gloomy day in Austin, and I’m even more happy to know you’re in Austin! Thanks for your awesome recipes and insight.
    Jen

  3. Chris Wimmer

    I’m Chris Wimmer and I own and blog at HealthSmartLiving.com. I blog about healthy living through hydroponic gardening, cooking, juicing, and other ways to improve your daily nutrition. I came across your website as I’ve been cruising sites looking for new topic ideas and ways to improve my blog.

    If you are interested in having a guest writer let me know. I always like to make new friends and connections. I have a bunch of great recipes with original photos. I’ve posted many on my blog but I have a lot more. I’m also happy to write about juicing which is my latest obsession, hydroponic gardening, or basic common sense nutrition and health.

    Below is a bit more about me the honest highlight of this page will be the picture of my two daughters. 

    Best
    Chris Wimmer
    312.404.0348
    http://healthsmartliving.com/about-me/

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