Firstly, before I start anything I need you to all know that I’ve just signed up for the 2013 Toronto Walk for Farm Animals raising money for Farm Sanctuary. Please help me raise money for this amazing cause. Farm Sanctuary does such important work!
It’s been such an amazing year so far. I cannot even begin to remember everything but I’ve been spending much of it researching animal rights, reading amazing books (AR related) and continuing to raise my sweet vegan son.
Oliver is thriving. He’s quite well spoken of the issues – within his understanding and is out to change the world for animals! I am so proud when he expresses just how much he truly gets. I know he’ll have an impact on society when he grows up.
Since I’ve blogged last about Oliver we changed schools. He’s now in a different daycare – this year he starts junior kindergarten!!! The meals and snacks are included right now in his daycare. The transition into this school was less stressful than the other one, but the quality of food is not as good. Vegan they had no issue with – but he’s eating a lot more “veggie deli slices” and dare I say he told me he had french fries the other day!!! I gasped. This wasn’t on their menu – and I’ve yet to bring it up. For the most part nutrient dense foods is our focus. Every meal I can influence has greens in it. Although those greens are limited to broccolli, peas and green beans. I guess I should count my blessings – many children wouldn’t touch even these.
Oliver said to his teacher the other day – after she was complaining about a sore knee that she should go vegan – that would help her body heal. What a dear!
We discovered through Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s website a children’s book collection called “Mitch Spinach” which has been quite good in explaining to Oliver the importance of nutrition (and not the one dictated to us by the Canadian Government). Real nutrient dense foods! More information can be found here: http://www.mitchspinach.com/
This year I’ve been focusing on the “Eat to Live” Dr. Joel Fuhrman way of eating. I’ve lost 10lbs so far – which I am THRILLED about! I feel great. Every morning I have a green smoothie (packed so much with greens I go through pounds of spinach a week!!!) http://www.drfuhrman.com/weightloss/about.aspx
Going back to Oliver’s school experience – you know what frustrates me – or actually infuriates me? Well it’s when my son brings home “creative” that has been made out of oppression. What do I mean? – well the other day Oliver was quite tickled to present me with a “rocket ship” made out a turkey sausage tray. You know those white syrofoam trays that houses the dead animal parts. Ya, well my dear boy was given this to create the ship. I was not cool about it, sadly or maybe not sadly, I reacted. His teachers immediately were told this was unacceptable. I don’t care if they thought I was a lunitic – it was simply disgusting that they thought it was OK. It still had the freaking sausage sticker on it!!! and who knows if they actually disinfected it!!! I was furious. Which in turn made Oliver feel like he hadn’t been dealt a fair hand – why had his teachers decieved him this way!!?? He was able to recreate his ship out of a kleenex box…and now asks the teacher before starting a project about the origin of the packaging.
He still comes home with yogurt containers on occassion. What can I do? I can start a full out war, but I’m certain the stress it will cause my son isn’t worth it. I just find it so disgusting that they are providing animal product packaging for them to create their artwork. Seriously, this can’t be hygienic!
Ok, what other ramblings can I share?
Oh, I became a member of “The Flock” at Our Hen House. What fun! Check them out if you haven’t heard of them – best podcast/blog/website around. www.ourhenhouse.org
And I have now read “The Tourist Trail” by John Yunker which I recieved as a gift for donating to OHH. So good! Nothing like a novel about eco-terrorists!!!
I finished Jenny Brown’s “The Lucky Ones” which I enjoyed very much too. Her story is inspirational, and at times hard to believe that she’s such a spunky outspoken person. She’s a force to be reckoned with!!!! I highly recommend it to everyone…and it has the best chocolate cake recipe ever!!!
I’m currently reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. I’m really enjoying it.
Favourite blogs lately are:
Gosh, I know this entry was all over the place – but right now I think that’s it.
Hope you are all doing wonderfully and enjoying the beginning of the warmer weather!