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5 Vegan Things I’ve Been Loving Lately


Hello guys,

Recently I feel I have entered into one of the happiest periods in my life. (My new job is the culprit and I want to write more about it soon and what it is teaching me) but I have been thinking about some helpful vegan things I’ve learned recently that I wanted to share with you guys. So let’s get started! (as they say on youtube).

1. Gary Yourofsky

I have been watching the youtube channel of vegan animal liberationist Gary Yourofsky.

Wow, why hadn’t I watched him before?! I thought the whole “Best Speech Ever” thing was just gonna be boring stuff I already knew about veganism, but I didn’t understand that I was dealing with the most powerful, convicted, charismatic speaker about veganism I’d ever heard. He gets animal rights on such a gut level that you can’t help but agree with him that it makes perfect sense. He explains everything so clearly. And he’s not afraid to tell the truth no matter who he is speaking to.

That’s one thing I have struggled with–telling the horrific truth to people I come in contact with. I try to soften it for them a lot so they don’t become ashamed of themselves and feel attacked. But I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to tell people the truth and get them to see it too. I don’t want to lead by example anymore. In fact, I’ve never liked the idea of not speaking up and just letting people come to me when they are ready to turn vegan. I want to explain it to people and make them change. Most people think that is impossible, but Gary does it. I have been learning so much from him about how to be a better activist.

I am gonna keep watching him and read the articles on his website adaptt.org and get better.

2. The Importance of Sleep

I have a night job now and finally I get how important sleep is. In a way, this is a great experience because when I go back to focusing on my health over focusing on my exciting new job, I will finally give REST the respect it deserves and get early nights like Durianrider is alway saying.

3. Vegan Fruitarians

Guys, if you are at all interested in healing your body and the frontiers of extreme health, get thyself over to the group on Facebook Vegan Fruitarians. There you can get the expert guidance and trouble shooting of Squeegee Beckenheim of “How I Cured Myself From the Suicide Disease” fame and Natalie Lenka of “I Felt Alive for the First Time in my Life” fame (both people who cured themselves of allegedly incurable diseases on a raw vegan diet). This group is where it’s all going down!!! So don’t ask me…join them.

Recently I have been experimenting with more starch and even though I thought I was loving eating so many mashed potatoes and vegan gravy for a while, eventually I just had to admit that I wasn’t really feeling ideal on it, so I’m going back to my old ways of more fruit based than starch based. The potatoes kind of make me feel exhausted…but maybe it is the gravy mix I was using which was dehydrating me or something…I don’t know…but it’s like you just keep remembering in your head, I don’t feel like this when I eat fruit. Nothing seems to beat the fresh invigorating feeling of eating fruit. Thankfully it’s summer soon and all the good fruits are on their way <3

4. Vegan Shoes

I have your vegan shoe needs covered here. Seriously if you need cool sandals for summer look no further than my pinterest board. I do not make any money from my pinterest board, I just enjoy providing the service of finding the vegan shoes for people that are actually cool. If you click any of the pics on the pinterest board you can click through to where you can buy them all online. I recently bought this sandal and this sandal and they are awesome. Also, if you know anyone who needs stylish vegan shoes, feel free to send them this board. It’s good people! Am I right?

5. The Woodstock Fruit Festival

anne osborne

We all got an email saying it’s going to be the last year! No!! Hearing that makes me realize what an awesome experience it was. I’m sad I only got to go one year. I am planning on going this year too. People say it is expensive, but you get lectures from fascinating people every hour of the whole week. My favorite lecturers last year were John Kohler who has the biggest and best gardening channel on youtube and Anne Osborne, who is the coolest and nicest person and I think the longest term fruitarian?

John Kohler of Growing Your Greens on youtube

You also learn about true health and feel awesome for the week eating totally raw vegan, meet fascinating people and friends….and it was just a pretty fun time and that’s coming from a pretty shy person who doesn’t make friends that easily–moi.

Anyway, how are you guys? I would love to hear from you about what you are thinking about and how your vegan journeys are going. It sounds dumb to say vegan journey…but it is a journey…getting healthier, happier and being a better activist and all that.




Was Da Vinci a Fruitarian? Beautiful quotes about Da Vinci’s Love of Animals and Incredible Genuis


I had heard Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian, but would you believe he was a raw foodist???

“It appears from Corsali’s letter [Andrea Corsali’s letter to Giuliano de’ Medici] that Leonardo ate no meat, but lived entirely on vegetables, thus forestalling modern vegetarians by several centuries.”

-Eugene Muntz, Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Thinker, and Man of Science, 1898

How amazing is that?

Also how incredibly beautiful is this quote about Da Vinci :

The mere idea of permitting the existence of unnecessary suffering, still more that of taking life, was abhorrent to Da Vinci. Vasari tells, as an instance of his love of animals, how when in Florence he passed places where birds were sold he would frequently take them from their cages with his own hand, and having paid the sellers the price that was asked would let them fly away in the air, thus giving them back their liberty.

-Edward MacCurdy, The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci, 1928

I feel like that is every vegetarian and vegans dream. To be able to open the cages and free the animals.

(I found these quotes on this interesting article about famous vegetarian writers and artists)

In case you are in doubt of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, I have never forgotten this letter I read by him that I found on one of my favorite blogs “Letters of Note” (the blogger is now preparing his book so isn’t posting as much)

This is a letter you won’t soon forget:

Letters of Note writes:


Some time in the 1480s (experts tend to agree with 1483/84, at which point he was approximately 32-years-old) Leonardo da Vinci applied for a job at the court of Ludovico Sforza, the then de facto ruler of Milan. He did so by way of the following application letter — essentially a fascinating CV which, in an effort to appeal to Sforza’s needs at the time, is dominated by his undeniably impressive military engineering skills and doesn’t even hint at his artistic genius until the end.

Da Vinci’s efforts paid off, and he was eventually employed. A decade later, it was Sforza who commissioned him to paint The Last Supper.

(Source: Leonardo on Painting: An Anthology of Writings by Leonardo da Vinci with a Selection of Documents Relating to His Career; Image: Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait, via.)

The Letter:
My Most Illustrious Lord,

Having now sufficiently seen and considered the achievements of all those who count themselves masters and artificers of instruments of war, and having noted that the invention and performance of the said instruments is in no way different from that in common usage, I shall endeavour, while intending no discredit to anyone else, to make myself understood to Your Excellency for the purpose of unfolding to you my secrets, and thereafter offering them at your complete disposal, and when the time is right bringing into effective operation all those things which are in part briefly listed below:

1. I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy, and others, sturdy and indestructible either by fire or in battle, easy and convenient to lift and place in position. Also means of burning and destroying those of the enemy.

2. I know how, in the course of the siege of a terrain, to remove water from the moats and how to make an infinite number of bridges, mantlets and scaling ladders and other instruments necessary to such an enterprise.

3. Also, if one cannot, when besieging a terrain, proceed by bombardment either because of the height of the glacis or the strength of its situation and location, I have methods for destroying every fortress or other stranglehold unless it has been founded upon a rock or so forth.

4. I have also types of cannon, most convenient and easily portable, with which to hurl small stones almost like a hail-storm; and the smoke from the cannon will instil a great fear in the enemy on account of the grave damage and confusion.

5. Also, I have means of arriving at a designated spot through mines and secret winding passages constructed completely without noise, even if it should be necessary to pass underneath moats or any river.

6. Also, I will make covered vehicles, safe and unassailable, which will penetrate the enemy and their artillery, and there is no host of armed men so great that they would not break through it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow, quite uninjured and unimpeded.

7. Also, should the need arise, I will make cannon, mortar and light ordnance of very beautiful and functional design that are quite out of the ordinary.

8. Where the use of cannon is impracticable, I will assemble catapults, mangonels, trebuckets and other instruments of wonderful efficiency not in general use. In short, as the variety of circumstances dictate, I will make an infinite number of items for attack and defence.

9. And should a sea battle be occasioned, I have examples of many instruments which are highly suitable either in attack or defence, and craft which will resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon and powder and smoke.

10. In time of peace I believe I can give as complete satisfaction as any other in the field of architecture, and the construction of both public and private buildings, and in conducting water from one place to another.

Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze and clay. Likewise in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other, whosoever he may be.

Moreover, work could be undertaken on the bronze horse which will be to the immortal glory and eternal honour of the auspicious memory of His Lordship your father, and of the illustrious house of Sforza.

And if any of the above-mentioned things seem impossible or impracticable to anyone, I am most readily disposed to demonstrate them in your park or in whatsoever place shall please Your Excellency, to whom I commend myself with all possible humility.

 Now THAT is a cover letter!!! Am I right??