My Journey to a Kinder Life

Vegans in the making

Recently Jacob and I watched a documentary called Forks Over Knives. The information it presents about the toll the Western diet has taken on our health is disturbing.

The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. -excerpted from the website

Forks Over Knives Trailer

If it is within our power to make a change that can simultaneously affect our health as well as the health of our planet, why isn’t everyone doing it?  There are several arguments powered by a multitude of successful industries who want to perpetuate their success, even at the risk of pretty much guaranteeing the failure of our health and our planet.  Sounds harsh, but if you consider the resources needed to maintain these industries, you’ll begin to understand how crucial it is that we make a change, and make it NOW!

On the way to school today, Jacob turned to me and said, “Mom, let’s do it. Let’s start today and do it together.”  We shook on it.  And no doubt that shake will resonate in our lives and cause some turbulence as we figure out how to navigate the road to a kinder life.  But the pay-off is huge.  It may be the road less traveled, but, the way I see it, it’s the only road leading to the place I want to go.

I am taking it slowly and learning as much as I can about the vegan lifestyle.  I’ll be blogging about our journey in hopes that my words will inspire and be a map for that road less traveled.  I’ll be honest about the ups and downs. and I’ll be sure to get Jacob’s views too – you know a teenager’s going to tell it like it is.

Two books I recommend:

The Kind Diet – by Alicia Silverstone

Main Street Vegan – by Victoria Moran

So, here we go…let the journey begin.


  • By andrea frazer, May 11, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I’d like to see that also. I’m curious how it will affect our T.S. kid’s tics. Will they improve with less toxins? How is Jacob these days? You? The book? Dom has much more tics than before, but I’m doing okay. I’ve been going down my own road of faith. I have awful days, but like “Jake” – he’s Jake now, right? – my kid is a true powerhouse. I’m not worried. I’m a bit more concerned about my introvert daughter who also is now showing some signs of tics. We’ll all be okay with God! Andrea

  • By andrea frazer, May 11, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I mean “kids’ tics” – bad grammar girl here.

  • By Kimber, May 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Us too!
    We’re reading The Lean. Slowly leaning in to a vegan lifestyle. So far, I miss my cheese. But otherwise, we’re managing!

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