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Happy Easter!

In Animal Kingdom, Food For Thought on March 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm

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Handsome Lucian sends you our Easter greetings from the bunny world.

It’s a rare year when Easter and Passover are celebrated on the same weekend. But it’s nice to think that as we usher in spring after a long, cold winter that families will be getting together and if they’re lucky – eating some good-quality, fair trade, organic dark chocolate! Where ever you find yourself this weekend, have a lovely holiday.

 

 

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Ten Films Worth Watching

In Food For Thought on March 7, 2018 at 9:48 pm

There are so many reasons why people choose to change their diet.

Heart of FruitsIt’s always a great day when someone shares their happy health stories with me. Sometimes the conversation will start with food or a health tip. Then the person will continue to detail how they’ve gone vegetarian or vegan, and list the benefits they’ve experienced or ask how to share this info with family and friends.

I love watching films so, I’m often surprised when I mention many of the great documentaries I’ve seen that many people haven’t heard of them. Since people seem to love top 10 lists, I thought I’d compile a list of great health resources.

  1. What the Health
  2. Forks Over Knives
  3. Cowspiracy
  4. An Inconvenient Truth
  5. Let Me Be Frank
  6. Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business
  7. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
  8. Food, Inc.
  9. Supersize Me
  10. Hungry For Change

Happy viewing! I’d love to hear if you have a favourite film to share.

Long Time Running

In Food For Thought on October 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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Does your mother tell you things?
Long, long when I’m gone?
Who you talking to?
Is she telling you I’m the one?
It’s a grave mistake and I’m wide awake.

 

Drive-In’s rained out
Weatherman wet-fingers the sky
He pokes it out, he pulls it in
He don’t know why
It’s the same mistake

It’s been a long time running
It’s been a long time running
It’s well worth the wait

We don’t go anywhere,
Just on trips
We haven’t seen a thing
We still don’t know where it is
It’s a safe mistake

It’s been a long time running
It’s been a long time running

Well, well it’s all the same mistake
Dead to rights and wide awake
I’ll drop a caribou, I’ll tell on you
I’ll tell on you, I’ll tell on you.

You’ve got a boat-load of nerve
But I would say you’ve been told
You work me against my friends
And you’ll get left out in the cold
It’s the same mistake

It’s been a long time running
It’s been a long time coming
It’s been a long, long, long time running
It’s well worth the wait

Thanks to The Tragically Hip for this beautiful song.
Go In Peace, Gord Downie

Made It By A Nose

In Book Reviews, Food For Thought on August 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

BookCoverImageIt’s here! Yes, it took me another year to complete but the paperback version of My Father’s Nose has just been released on CreateSpace.com. It should be widely available on Amazon.ca by the end of the week.

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging words with this ongoing endeavour. It’s certainly been a labour of love – as all creative projects are – with the added bonus of learning new computer programs. Fingers crossed, the next book won’t take as long!

Happy Birthday Dad – didn’t think I’d get it together on time, but here it is. Hope all is well with you in the great beyond.

 

 

In Food For Thought on February 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

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Warning Signs

In Food For Thought, Our Earthly Paradise on January 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm

As women around the world banded together to send a collective message to the new U.S. president about equal rights and freedoms, there were other signs from Mother Earth that didn’t go unnoticed – by me at least.

In three seemingly unrelated stories (there could be more) – large numbers of animals were found dead: Dolphins washed ashore in the U.K., and dead pelicans and false killer whales were discovered along the Florida coast. Sad news indeed. And no real answers on why. Innocent animals are always the first casualties, but no one appears to be sounding the alarm. Please tell me I’m wrong. There must be something in the water…We’re poisoning our beautiful world and this is just another resounding reminder of the true cost of our complacency.

This weekend, it was incredibly warm in Toronto and while I was out walking with a friend and her dog we spotted several robins on a lawn. Yes, robins – in January. To me, these birds are always the first sign of spring. Alarming and concerning. This is Canada after all, the true north, in winter.

 

Try Something Vegan

In Food For Thought on January 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

It’s a new year, so why not try something new, something vegan? If you live across the pond, no doubt you’ve heard of the annual Veganuary event that takes place in January or seen their cute animal ads.

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Launched in the U.K. in 2014, Veganuary is a global charity dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing information and practical support on making the transition to veganism. The campaign encourages people around the world to try vegan in January.

If you’ve ever entertained the idea, now is the perfect time as a host of international celebrities have shared their favourite vegan meals and recipes in a brand-new e-cookbook. The cookbook is free, to everyone who registers to take part in Veganuary online at www.veganuary.com, and includes fellow Canadians Pamela Anderson’s Gluten-free Pizza, and an Artichoke Salad, Fennel Salad and Blitzed Broccoli Salad from Bryan Adams. Once registered, participants will be sent information, advice and more yummy recipes.

Believe it or not, it’s true: vegans save lives – animal lives of course and perhaps our own human lives. Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animalshelp the planet, and improve personal health.

Last year 23,000 people from 142 countries took part in Veganuary worldwide, including almost 1,000 Canadians who ate no animal products in January. The move to meat-free foods in Canada has been extraordinary, with eight per cent now saying they are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian, while another 25 per cent are moving away from meat-centred meals to plant-based recipes and products. This dramatic change has seen stores and restaurants respond with 100 per cent vegan restaurants opening while others have added vegan options or created full vegan menus.

Says Clea Grady, Marketing Manager at Veganuary: “The rise in veganism may be influenced by celebrities but the number one reason that people give for taking part in Veganuary is to protect animals. Farming is a brutal business. Male chicks are killed at a day old because they aren’t able to lay eggs, unwanted calves are shot, and pigs are locked in crates and treated like breeding machines.”

Something to think about before you tuck into your next meal.

Happy Holidays!

In Food For Thought on December 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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Thanks for visiting and liking my posts. I am grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to you and let you know that I appreciate having you share my journey.

It’s easy to forget sometimes how lucky we are – surrounded as many of us are with relative abundance and the distraction of our first-world problems when there are so many others who are not as fortunate

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2017. Health, wealth, happiness and all good things for the coming new year!

Vegan Airport Guide: Tips for a Stress-Free Travel Season

In Food For Thought on December 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

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Attention fellow vegans: Are you travelling this holiday season? Here’s some great tips to help you at any time of year!

Source: Vegan Airport Guide: Tips for a Stress-Free Travel Season

A Day For Celebration!

In Book Reviews, Food For Thought, Recently Reviewed on August 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

I’m very excited and pleased to announce the launch of my first children’s ebook, My Father’s Nose. Now available though Amazon’s Kindle Store (see http://tinyurl.com/jp545g9 and amazon.com/author/shartmann). I hope to have other formats available soon and will let you know when that happens.

51OosWASH+LWhen I was doing the upload the other day, it occurred to me that my ebook would probably go live on Aug. 3, which was my father’s birthday. I thought that was an interesting coincidence. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since my father passed away. When I did the math, I figured if he was still alive he would have turned 77 today. Funny how we get caught up in our lives and then all of a sudden some realization like this comes to you and gives you pause for reflection.

While it was certainly not planned or part of my intention, somehow through some serendipitous coincidence the date and lucky numbers lined up. For many people, the number seven is considered auspicious – let’s hope it’s an omen of good things to come!