PCTV’s Mountain Morning Show interviews Lauren Lockey about her food mission and her goals with Sage Mountain, and some of the amazing vegan food alternatives.
Planet Earth, just like us, is a living breathing organism and just like humans when it gets sick, it heats up to kill the virus (disease). Well, right now our planet is sick, very sick and it’s heating up big time to kill the disease and that disease is us, humans!
The instances of larger hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, airborne diseases, dirty/lack of water and rampant violence are a direct result of the human species taking more than we are giving back. When I was born in the 1950’s there were two billion people on this planet, today there are 7.4 billion, projected to hit 12 billion by 2100. Along with that human growth has come with it an industrial revolution in the form of energy development, transportation and agriculture that this planet has never seen before. The excess heat being produced by 7.4 humans is being trapped in our atmosphere and absorbed by our oceans. Hurricanes feed off those warm waters; wildfires feed off the dry land conditions. Even if you are not convinced that humans are contributing to these problems, shouldn’t we ALL be on the same page to better our planet and all it’s occupants?
The most efficient way to deal with a disease is to get to the root of the problem, not just ignore it, take a pill or apply a band-aid but stop the problem at its root cause. When it comes to human health, the root of most health problems is what we eat three times a day as well as other abuses we do to our bodies. With education and support, humans can improve their diet, incorporate regular exercise into their lives and stop bad habits like smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. When it comes to planetary health the root of the problem is us, so what can we do about it?
I, like everyone else, want to come home to a warm home every day, I want to drive my car anywhere I want, go on periodic trips around the world by plane. The energy and transportation industry is very important to the human lifestyle, but thanks to the many visionaries our species has produced, we are now seeing the beginning of an energy and transportation industry based on renewable energy in the form of the sun and the wind and that’s awesome. A number of individuals are switching to solar energy for their homes and electric cars, but not all of us are financially able to do so as of yet. The time frame to switch to 100% renewable is going to be long and expensive and will be fought the whole way, by industries profiting on the present system.
But there is an industry which most people aren’t aware of that is the biggest contributor (51%) to the warming and polluting of our planet more than energy and all the transportation in this world combined and that’s animal agriculture. Because of our demand for animal protein an industry has been born in less than 100 years that is the leading cause of:
- Deforestation–we need more trees, not less, to absorb more carbon dioxide and breathe out clean oxygen we all need to survive).
- Water Shortage—there is only 1% of fresh water available to all life on this planet and animal agriculture takes close to 50% of that fresh water. The rest of our planets water is salt (97%) and ice (2%).
- Food Shortage—the reason animal agriculture needs so much water is to grow grain, corn, soy, alfalfa, and hay to raise the 70 billion land animals being raised for food annually.
- Ocean Dead Zones—because those 70 billion animals create over 100 times more waste (feces) than humans with no sanitation system. That animal waste ends up in our streams, rivers and oceans killing all life it comes in contact with.
- Airborne Diseases—to keep those billions of animals from dying of disease during their short life before they are sent to slaughter, they are giving 80% of all antibiotics available in this world, creating antibiotic resistant airborne diseases that spread quickly across our sick planet.
- Human Sickness—the science is overwhelming today showing that an animal based diet is the leading cause of virtually every disease humans are experiencing.
- Human Violence—violence creates more violence and there is not a more violent industry that the raising of billions of animals for food…food that is eventually killing us from those animals grave and that grave is the human body!
Fortunately, there is “one single act” that all humans on earth can participate in and can do so at their very next meal and every meal after that, which will force an end factory animal farming and begin the healing of our planet (and us) immediately. That “one single act” is to stop eating, wearing and using animals for ANY resource, it is not necessary in the modern world we live in now! Everything on this earth revolves around money and demand determines where that money goes, we as a human species need to demand:
- Plant Based Foods—grown directly for human consumption and not filtered through an animal first.
- Solar Power—the sun is the center of all life on this planet and is given to us freely.
- Compassion—to treat every animal on this earth (humans and non humans) with respect, compassion and love.
One Single Act that EVERY ONE of us can do RIGHT NOW and FOREVER, to better ALL life on planet earth, as well as planet earth itself!
Kent Maurer—citizen of planet earth
By: Lauren Lockey
A few days ago I stood in front of the mirror, naked in the flesh with the desire to FEEL the rawness of my own heart. I needed to be with it. Be myself, with me. With tears rolling down my face and my heart aching for all the injustices in the world now amplified with my fear of our soon to be president elect, I struggled. I asked myself how and why? The questions rolled through my head. I thought of my 5 young nieces and what this meant for them as young women. What will this mean for young men and their view of power? Will minorities be alienated even more? Will the lives of animals matter even less? Will mother earth and her signs of depletion be denied even more than before? The oppressed now significantly more oppressed? Our country and our world divided, depressed, and enraged?
I reminded myself that the people of our country spoke and whether we are celebrating or running for the hills we MUST remember one thing, authenticity. The transparency and alignment to what is. For me that means never apologizing again for being an emotional feeling being who has the capacity and desire to empathize with others. Yes I wear my heart on my sleeve but is that a bad thing?! Perhaps that is what has been lacking this whole time. Our ability to empathize, feel compassion, and then take action. Do something! That is what made this election more devastating AND more motivating than in years past.
The last few weeks have been rough to say the least. My work and perhaps my rent for inhabiting this beautiful planet is speaking up for a large percentage of the oppressed, animals. Everywhere I look they are either being exploited, used, abused, or eaten by humans. Men in orange vests surrounded the outer limits of my property looking for their next victim. 300 cows with number tags in their ears stared through my windows every morning because they knew I wouldn’t harm them. I observed and spent time with them and learned that they have daily joys and fears. They communicate, form very strong friendships, and share the responsibilities of watching over their young. The bond between a mother and her calf is absolutely beautiful. So of course I feel tremendous sadness when that bond was broken after only a few weeks. I watched them get rounded up and separated. Their cries were heartbreaking. Next stop? Feedlot then slaughter. A trust broken and families torn apart.
I bore witness to pigs in a transport truck that was pulled over. Their bodies crammed so tightly together that they couldn’t move. Some frothing at the mouth because they were so dehydrated. Their breathing heavy from fear and exhaustion. I voiced to them that I was sorry for what we had done to them and that I will do everything I possibly can to stop it. I pet their ears and peered into the slots of the truck while I told them I loved them. Tears welled up in my eyes and at that moment, the driver returned and confronted me while saying “yup they will be bacon and pork chops tomorrow!” Right there and then I ask myself “how did we get here?” “What happened to empathy?” Is this lack of connection why the US is considered the most depressed country in the world? In my opinion empathy may be the only way forward.
I studied all the blemishes on my body, the lines in my face and felt proud and empowered. It takes tremendous strength to carry the weight and sadness of the world. Let’s be honest, we messed up as humans. True power comes from recognizing that and moving forward from a place of empathy and compassion. I picked my stomach up off the bathroom floor and re-membered who I am. A woman who feels deeply.
Your Vegan Grocery List
By: Lauren Lockey
Since making the choice to be vegan many years ago, my visits to the grocery store have become second nature. I know exactly what to buy! Of course I add a few new items here and there but the bulk of it stays relatively consistent. It wasn’t easy in the beginning though. I had already been vegetarian since age 11 but giving up dairy such as cheese pizza and cream in my coffee, six years ago, left me kicking and screaming! Dairy coffee creamer was the last thing to go but once making the switch I never looked back!
Changing any habit can be daunting and difficult. So whether you have eliminated animal products completely from your diet or have reduced your consumption, great job!!! Keep it up because you will not regret it!
Being vegan does not mean you have to break the bank or buy ALL Organic. Nor does it mean munching lettuce or preparing some elaborate meal that takes 2-3 hours. It’s actually quite simple and plant based foods are becoming more reasonable and mainstream. You WILL NOT feel deprived! You WILL feel strong, healthy, and satisfied!
For the vegan, vegetarian, “reducetarian,” or those who are contemplating taking this easy step, you will find a grocery list below of very basic items (and not so basic items) to keep stocked in your kitchen. You do not need to purchase everything you see listed! I wanted to offer a variety of my favorites! I put a star(*) next to items I feel are necessary staples. Certain foods obviously go bad so mix and match every few visits because it’s chalk full of delicious-ness!
Produce(seasonal fruits and veggies)
This would be the one section to buy organic IF you can! The best option is to head to your local farmer’s market because nothing tastes better! But do what you can. NO STRESS! Have fun here because with such a wide variety, you can’t go wrong. There are so many benefits to eating fruits and veggies!
- Sweet Potatoes*
- Purple Potatoes
- Spring Mix
- Red Cabbage
- Fresh Ginger
- Brussels Sprouts
Bulk Items/Dry Goods
- Flax Seeds(ground)*
- Chia Seeds(ground)
- Sunflower Seeds*
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Almond Butter*
- Peanut Butter
- Brown or Wild Rice*
- Oatmeal/Rolled Oats*
- Trail Mix
- Dried Cranberries*
- Almond Flour*
- Nutritional Yeast(someone needs to come up with new name!)*
- Dried Peas, Lentils, Beans*
- Whole Grain Pasta
- Whole Wheat Bread/Sprouted Bread*
Non Dairy(non dairy cheeses can be high in sodium so use sparingly!)
- Almond Milk (my favorite)*
- Soy/Almond/Coconut coffee creamer*
- Earth Balance “buttery spread”*
- Daiya shredded vegan cheese
- “Field Roast” Chao slices
- “Follow Your Heart” vegan cheese
- Make your own vegan cheese
Meat Substitutes (can be high in sodium so use sparingly!)
- “Beyond Meat Chicken Free Strips and Fiesta Crumble”
- “Field Roast Grain Sausages”
- Tofurky Oven Roasted Deli Slices
- Sesame Ginger Jack fruit
- “Lightlife” Tempeh*
- Firm or Baked Tofu*
- “Gardein” Fresh and Frozen Products*
- “Boca” Spicy Chik’n Patties
- “Sol Cuisine” Spicy Black Bean Burgers
- Acai Smoothie Packs
- Amy’s Frozen No Cheese Pizza*
- Coconut Ice Cream
- Frozen Mango Pieces
- Grapes(put in freezer for summer treat. Tastes like candy!)
- Frozen Veggies*
Canned Goods/Pantry Items
- Tomato Paste/Sauce*
- Diced Tomatoes
- Black Beans*
- Kidney Beans*
- Chick Peas*
- Amy’s Soups
- Vegetable Broth*
- Sweet Peas*
- Corn/Flour Tortillas*
- “Mary’s Gone Crackers”
- Sesame Rice Crackers
- “Fantastic World Foods Tofu Scrambler”
- Hibiscus Tea
- Braggs Aminos*
- Maple Syrup
- Minced Garlic*
- Coconut/Olive Oil (Use sparingly. Vegetable broth works great as substitute)*
- Apple Sauce*
- Balsamic Vinegar
- BBQ Sauce
- “Just Mayo”/”Vegenaise”*
- Sea Salt*
- Garlic Powder
- Chili Powder*
- Onion Powder*
- Lemon Pepper
- Curry Powder*
- Cayenne Pepper*
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Enjoy the journey as your eyes and taste buds discover a whole new world of foods even beyond the list above! That’s the beauty of embracing a vegan lifestyle. It never gets old and there is always something new on the horizon!
Bizarre Foods Bring Change
By: Jeremy Moore
Growing up I was passionate about animals, sports, and eating and let those things define who and what I was. I believed I was sensitive to the suffering of others but never really looked at what I was eating. In my travels I’ve eaten many bizarre foods most notably, dog meat. At 14 years old I couldn’t bring myself to eat dog meat anymore and decided to give it up, but had no qualms about eating other animals.
My love for animals in my free time was largely given to gaining experience through my hoard of lizards, snakes and turtles with the future intention of working in a zoo or breeding reptiles for a living. Upon graduation, I basically gave all those animals away to anyone that would take them since I was going to leave the state for school. I didn’t really vet anyone, I just got rid of them as quickly as I could in my own “loving way”.
Transitioning away from home as a student-athlete, I had to be on campus a good month before the rest of the students. I lined up this really cool gig at the Philadelphia Zoo Reptile and Birds of Prey exhibits. That job lasted about 1 week. The conditions there were despicable and they really didn’t want to hear complaints from an 18 year old kid. Zoos already gave me a bit of a bad taste in my mouth but I thought maybe things would be different there. They obviously weren’t.
I managed to get a wonderful volunteer position as the PSPCA(Philadelphia SPCA) where I volunteered close to 30 hours a week for two years. This job changed me forever. I fell so in love with so many of these creatures and was really heartbroken whenever one of my buddies “didn’t make it” out of the shelter in time. After a few weeks of working there, I was roaming around a back room and saw where all those magnificent animals that “didn’t make it” were being kept. There was literally a head high pile of dogs and cats. That very moment reminded me that I used to actually eat dog and I had vowed to never do it again. I then realized that all other animals I had been eating were really no different. They all deserve better. Whatever meat I consumed for breakfast on that October morning was the last.
I quickly learned of the suffering that occurs from the animals that are subject to the dairy and egg industry. There was no real transition, I found out about it and couldn’t do it any longer. Basically, I went from eating over 10,000 calories of food a day(including a lot of animals), to life completely free of animal suffering in a 2 week window. That was in the middle of October 2001. My track coach was not supportive of me going vegan and feared I’d dwindle away. In reality, I got much stronger, very quickly and managed to be the Rookie Conference Athlete of the Week two times in a row. Unfortunately, week three gifted me with a career ending hand injury that I never really came back from.
I left school, had surgery, tried to come back, reevaluated and picked up cycling. I had to lose a good 100+ pounds to be taken seriously and accomplished that in one year. Two years later, I was winning races on the velodrome as well as time trial courses.
In 2009, I managed to get on the Philippine National Cycling Team and stayed there a bit before picking up speed skating. I’ve had a few hiccups with a car accident but I’m on my way back and have hopes on being a World Cup and Olympic Speed Skater. My goal is to use these competitive avenues as a means of bringing light to the suffering of animals in the Philippines.
The Tide Is Shifting For Non Human Animals
By: Lauren Lockey
Plant Based Muscle
By: Dave Swartz
Living in a town that is one of the endurance sports meccas of the country, one tends to see many fit people on a daily basis. I participate in many of these sporting activities including cross country skiing, trail running, mountain biking and road biking. Since Park City is in the mountains and these are human powered activities, going uphill is required. Due to that fact, I have always kept my weight down all year round as it tends to be easier to go uphill when you have less weight to carry. However, this fall/winter I wanted to try something different, weight lifting to gain weight. The idea was to gain 10 to 12 lbs of weight/muscle which is a lot of muscle when you only weigh 155 pounds. Since becoming vegetarian/vegan almost 18 years ago I have always stayed around the same weight, never fluctuating more than 5 pounds or so, however, within 6 weeks I had gained 10 lbs and noticed large gains in strength and muscle. All I was doing to achieve this was eating more plant based foods and weightlifting 1 hour per week. I always knew that one could gain weight/muscle on a vegan diet but never really tried it until now. I just couldn’t believe how quickly the results came. I have since leveled off my weight/ muscle gain as I still want be competitive in the endurance sports and didn’t think more weight would be beneficial. Don’t believe me? Here are some strength athletes that took it a bit further.
The Answer to Climate Change
By: Lauren Lockey
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If I were to tell you that one action could drastically reduce climate change, would you do it? Now don’t be alarmed! You don’t have to give up your car! I am talking about something fairly easy to do that would have a much larger impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I am referring to what we put on our plates each and every day.
According to a United Nations Report, animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions whereas the entire transportation sector is responsible for only 13%. Now it is important to move towards renewable energy as well as electric cars. However, methane is up to 100 times more effective at heat trapping than CO2. Cows produce 150 BILLION gallons of methane per day WORLDWIDE. The reduction of methane would create a noticeable change in just a few years! We would actually see the positive change in our own lifetime!! Reduction of CO2 would take up to 200 years to even start seeing a difference. Plus, did you know that livestock and their by products are responsible for 32 TRILLION tons of carbon dioxide per year?? Therefore, switching to a plant based vegan lifestyle would have a much larger impact on climate change than if every car in the world was switched to a hybrid vehicle!
Animal agriculture is destroying the planet at a rapid pace. Raising animals for food is an extremely inefficient way to feed ourselves. There are over 7 BILLION people on the planet. There are roughly 150 BILLION land animals slaughtered for consumption each year. The majority of food grown on this planet is fed to livestock. It would be far more efficient for humans to eat these crops directly rather than filtering them through another being.
Animal agriculture is the leading contributor to air and water pollution, land degradation, as well as wildlife and biodiversity decline. All of which we, and generations to come, need to survive. The oceans and trees are literally the lungs of this planet. If we continue to pollute and over fish the oceans and cut down more trees for solely the taste of animal flesh and products, the system will collapse and there will be another mass extinction. We will vanish.
There is HOPE. Yes!! We have time to fix this but we must open our eyes and reconnect with what is important. Our home. This beautiful planet and ALL it’s unique inhabitants. It is so worth it because most of us can agree that we find peace when we are outside in nature or even just hearing the sounds of nature. Without it, nothing else matters..It is the most important issue today and the answer is so simple. Some sit back and think, “oh I can’t make a difference. What does is matter. Someone else will do it.” The reality is that each of us CAN make a drastic difference simply by what we choose to eat. We hold the future of this planet in our hands..Who wants to make it better for ALL beings?!