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I’m excited to announce that I was a guest on the Angriest Trainer podcast!  Check it out here…

Angriest Trainer 185:  The Vegan Episode!!!  (53:30 minutes)

According to my phone records, this experience was my “15 minutes of fame” (+2 minutes).  It’s crazy to think that “little old me” would end up rubbing shoulders with some influential names in Hollywood.  Pinch me!

I’m so very thankful that I was given this opportunity to “tell the world” my story of vegan transformation.  At the same time, I was completely outside my comfort zone and super nervous.  I’m extremely introverted!

Despite my fright, I wasn’t about to blow my chance to effectively speak up for the animals– especially considering that the vast majority of the Angriest Trainer’s fans are not vegan.

For this occasion, I did 100 Saadatjoo push-ups and I poured myself a little shot glass of Villa Cappelli olive oil.  I didn’t want a dry mouth!

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast.  It's the best olive oil and has the "Puglia pinch."

Villa Cappelli is a sponsor of the Angriest Trainer Podcast. It’s the best olive oil and has the “Puglia pinch.”

BTW– Do you even know about this podcast?  Let me explain:

The Angriest Trainer is Vinnie Tortorich… AKA “Hollywood’s Go-To Fitness Trainer.”  Vinnie’s simple, but effective approach to getting rid of unwanted body fat is…

“No Sugar, No Grains” – NSNG

I found out about Vinnie Tortorich and the Angriest Trainer podcast because I started listening to the Rich Roll podcast.  Rich had Vinnie on his podcast (RRP #12).  Vinnie is not 100% “plant powered,” but he is funny and informative.  Naturally, I started listening to Vinnie’s podcast, too.

Right away, I appreciated Vinnie’s acceptance of vegans.  And more– I realized that the NSNG dietary approach is quite accessible to vegans.  (NSNG does not necessarily mean “low-carb.”)

By following this approach for just a short time, I’ve become more lean than ever before, but without being hungry.  It really does work.  Check out my pages, “What I Eat,” and “#PPNSNG Kitchen” for more details.

"Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!" - Vinnie Tortorich

“Put Life into Living and Do it with Enthusiasm!” – Vinnie Tortorich

A Facebook group called “Vinnie Tortorich’s No Sugar No Grains” was created for fans of the podcast.  This is a place for people to support each other, share recipes, and seek advice about all things NSNG.  Endurance runners and triathletes in the group discuss how NSNG improves athletic performance.  It’s all about becoming “fat-adapted.”

I know this might come as a shock, but in the Facebook group, vegans and omnivores actually co-exist without killing each other.  (GASP!)  It’s pretty refreshing.

I joined the Facebook group 6 months ago.  Initially, I admit it was a stretch for me to purposefully place myself where I knew I’d see animal-based food and read discussions about animal products on a regular basis.  Although it was difficult, I joined for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted to add a vegan presence to the group.
  2. I wanted to demonstrate that NSNG can be done quite easily without consuming animal products.

Over these months, I’ve found that the vegan NSNG perspective is still needed.  I’ve observed that many former “plant-based” people end up going back to eating animal products as a result of listening to the podcast (in particular, bacon, eggs, and high fat dairy).  This is hard to witness and makes me very sad.

In order to support other vegan NSNG fans who prefer not to see animal-based food pictures or enter in discussions about animal products, I joined with 2 others (B.J. & Ciry) to create a dedicated “Plant Powered” Facebook group.  (B.J. was the happy-go-lucky Texan interviewed before me on “The Vegan Episode!!!”  Check out his blog, “Living Better.”)

Honestly, I’m hoping that the supportive environment of the PPNSNG group will help stop the trend of folks returning to eating animal products.  I do sincerely thank Vinnie for talking about the plant powered group and stating in his own voice that NSNG and vegan diets can go together.

Join me at “Vinnie Tortorich’s Plant Powered No Sugar No Grains.”  You don’t have to be vegan or 100% plant powered to be a member.

Finally…

Read “Fitness Confidential,” by Vinnie Tortorich and **Dean Lorey.  It’s really the best way to get to know Vinnie.  It’s part weight loss/fitness manual, part memoir, and part survival story.  (Literally, Vinnie survived cancer and then finished “The Toughest 48 hours in Sport,” the Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race.)

Who knows?– It might just inspire YOU to find out what you’re really capable of.  It had that effect on me!

"Fitness Confidential" - By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

“Fitness Confidential” – By Vinnie Tortorich & Dean Lorey

(**Dean Lorey was in the opening segment of the “The Vegan Episode!!!” (although he’s not vegan).  He mentioned his upcoming new show on CBS this Fall called “The Crazy Ones.”  It stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I’m planning to watch it!)

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“Experience the Cabela’s Adventure Today”  -Cabela’s website

A new Cabela’s store opened April 19, 2012 in Tulalip, Washington.  “Hunting. Fishing. Outdoor Gear. World’s Foremost Outfitter.”  Oh, joy.  Exactly what the world needs more of:  glorification of animal killing.

“Walk through the main door and look up to see two mounted Orcas chasing a school of Chinook.”  -HeraldNet

Since opening day, the parking lot’s been constantly packed.  I know this because I drive past the place every time I drive to and from work.  (Between the Tulalip Tribe Resort/Casino, the new Cabela’s and the adjacent Seattle Premium Outlets (outlet mall), there is no evidence that I can see of our “down economy.”  But, I digress.)

“Displays will feature 200 animal mounts, including bears, elk, grouse and otters.”  -HeraldNet

There is a banner displayed on the outside of the store:  “Personal Defense & Home Protection.”

Let me see if I’ve got this straight:  You’re the quintessential Cabela’s customer.  You enter the store to buy items that are specifically designed to– track, sight, call, bait, lure, decoy, catch, shoot, target, kill, gut, skin, butcher, season, cure, brine, grill, dehydrate, smoke, grind, slice, and vacuum seal– living, breathing, sentient animals who are simply minding their own business, trying to survive and thrive.  Right so far?

You– Mr. Average Joe Hunter & Mr Average Bob Fisherman– go out in nature with all of your Cabela’s “goods” with the hope that something– someone— will die at your hands.  If the purchased items fulfill their intended purposes, then lives will be taken.

You want to take the life of an animal.  It’s not your life, it’s his life (or hers).  But you want it for yourself.  His body belongs to him, but you don’t care.  You feel entitled to it.  You don’t consider his needs, only your own wants.  You don’t empathize with the animal, despite the fact that he will fight to survive in whatever situation becomes threatening to him.

How ironic that…

When you navigate the world, you want to remain comfortable.  You seek contentment.  You know that your life is your own.  Your body belongs to you.  You withdraw from pain.  You don’t want to be hurt, and you don’t want to be killed.  You will defend yourself against threats to your safety and the safety of your family.  Maintain “PERSONAL DEFENSE.”

When you come home, you expect that your shelter will be undisturbed.  You don’t want others to take that which does not belong to them.  You assume that your belongings are secure because “what’s yours is yours.”  Maintain “HOME PROTECTION.”

Sorry, I don’t get it.

You want to take the life of another, but you don’t want to have the same circumstance visited upon yourself?  It makes no sense to me whatsoever.  Can’t you see the contradiction?  Can’t you choose to live in a better way?  If you think you have the courage to do so, then I can help show you how.  Let me help you.

“This is freaking impressive,” said Tyler Schmidt, a 16-year-old from Arlington making his first visit to a Cabela’s store. “When I die, this is where I want to go.”  -Marysville Globe

I like this comedy bit from Ellen Degeneres about hunting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DB4KtOmFok

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120328/BIZ/703289893

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120412/SPORTS/704129877

http://www.marysvilleglobe.com/business/148172445.html

http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=112426380#feature

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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