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Why Pork Is Not a Healthy Option Nor Ethical.

Those who eat pork really have no idea that it’s not a healthy option at all, nor is it an ethical choice.

“Bacon always makes it better”
“I oink therefore I ham”
“Love pork on my fork”
“Mmmm … bacon”

These are just some of the quips I hear when talking to meat eaters about the health side and ethical side to pork.

I’ve written about the unhealthy side of pork before, in fact not that long ago: Should We Eat Pork?  but I’m going to write about it again because I believe it is that important.

So let’s begin with why pork isn’t a healthy option.

Prior to domesticating pigs these animals quickly discovered that if they hung around humans they would be able to pick up the scraps that were tossed out and therefore have food constantly there. The humans also recognized that the pigs would get rid of their garbage as so a symbiotic relationship formed.
Humans encouraged the pigs into the village, and the pigs were very happy to oblige.

There are a number of religions who don’t allow the eating of pork with the reasoning that ‘pigs are unclean’. I guess that came from the fact that pigs will eat anything, and I mean anything such as corpses and feces. Their nickname ‘waste disposal unit’ is pretty darn accurate.

Now that you know a little of the history of pig what about the health side. Well pigs carry the most parasites of all the farmed animals. Tests show that 69% of raw pork is contaminated with highly virulent microbes including a powerful parasite, yersinia enterocolitica, that damages and can create major inflammation in the gut.

You see, pigs only have one stomach, they eat fast and the food they eat contains a lot of different microbes and parasites. In comparison, the cow has a four stomach system so can eliminate most parasites. Pigs also don’t sweat. This means that they are unable to release any toxins and so these are stored in the flesh, muscles etc. ready for our consumption.

O.k. so you cook the pork really well, you clean the benches, your hands and anything the raw pork comes in contact with goes into the dishwasher … you’re super careful.
But it doesn’t end there.

Pork, (including bacon and ham), actually takes the longest of all the meats to digest in your stomach. In fact it takes between 4 1/2 to 5 hours to digest. You may think that’s o.k. but the problem lies in the fact that our body always digests the slowest first, this means that the nutrient rich vegetables that you’ve eaten sits in the stomach to wait its turn. What can happen is that these fast-digesting foods can begin to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.

Why pork is not ethical

Pigs are one of the smartest animals created. They are highly social, love to play, have a great long-term memory, can distinguish pigs they know from stranger-pigs and they also know who’s been nice to them and who hasn’t!  They are are as cognitively complex as young children and other primates and, of course, have, like other sentient beings, feelings of happiness, sadness, pain and fear.

Pork is not ethicalThey have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror, can learn new skills and can solve puzzles … they are smarter than dogs and yet we eat them and love the dog.

In most farms pigs are treated very miserably. They live, sleep and grow in dirty conditions usually in the dark and in cramped pens. Not only does this cause severe stress which flows throughout their body and then is consumed by humans, but the squalid conditions is a breeding ground for diseases to be passed on.  For me, these pigs are the most tortured animal we breed for food.  To look into the eyes of a factory farmed pig is to see such sadness, pain, and, almost a pleading to be rescued.

Compare this pig to one who lives on a sanctuary farm and tell me that it’s not ethical to eat pork.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans




#Febudairy The Vegans Take Over

The latest hashtag flying around social media is #febudairy and there’s a bit of a take over by the vegans.

Febudairy – I love it – hashtag febudairy, couldn’t be funnier. To me this is just entertainment plus… with a really serious note to it.
So what is hashtag febudairy? (#febudairy).

It was coined by a Dr Jude Capper who is the dairy industry woman of the year, (not sure which year). You see, she did this in response to the #veganuary  campaign and if you don’t know what that is – well it’s the month of January as vegan awareness – it was all over social media. It was started in Britain and it’s just got bigger and bigger each year – go search google for it, like hashtag veganuary.
Anyhoo, back to Dr Jude Capper. She’s a livestock sustainability consultant from Oxfordshire and she said

“Let’s make Febudairy happen this year. 28 days, 28 positive dairy posts”

Do you think the industry is running scared.? With such a huge response to #veganuary and the overall rise in plant based milks the #februdairy campaign is no surprise at all.

Back in 2017 in a blog by Emily Norton, who is the co-founder of Norton’s Dairy in Norfolk she said

“February is the month of St Valentine after all, so a little cow love can go a long way for all of us..,”

Well, they can stop taking their babies away for a start, stop artificially inseminating them, stop killing the male calves, stop forcing them into pregnancies and making them produce more milk than they normally would – taxing their bodies so that within 5 years they’re stuffed, useless, no longer financially viable so trucked off to slaughter … hey, if that’s a little cow love then I must have read the wrong dictionary when I looked up the word ‘love’.

Anyhoo the hashtag febudairy is just not working for the dairy industry.

Remember when I said that Dr Capper wanted 28 days and 28 positive posts? Well, they’ve come into all sorts of criticism on twitter and facebook with vegans saying they’ll do the 28 days of exposing the real animal practice associated with dairy farming.

……. and the month of February has only just begun.

Let’s just swan over to twitter and have a look at what’s happening under the hashtag febudairy.

Thanks to everyone sharing my dairy article under the milk industry’s massively backfiring (and, moronically, ) PR hashtags. Important to get the truth out there…

Watching unfold. I’ve worked on a dairy farm that sold to Tesco. It was utterly appalling. Cows so lame they couldn’t walk, udders so full ‘their’ milk was pouring out on the floor and mothers riddled with mastitis. Milk can never be humane in my veterinary experience

congratulations to whoever thought up what a brilliant way to extend

Start right by ditching dairy because cow milk is for baby cows! 🐮 besides, it turns teeny calves into full sized cows in no time, and y’all still drinking it?

It’s day one of ! An embarrassing attempt by farmers to salvage the dying dairy industry and justify the cruelty they cause for profit!

Oh This is going to be such an entertaining month …
and on a positive note – an incredibly educational month as well….just like veganuary was.
What a flip-flop for the dairy industry.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans



Farmers Love Their Cows

I must admit that I do cringe a bit when I hear “farmers love their cows” from both dairy farmers and those who know farmers.

I was out the other day in my activist role and had a very lively discussion about dairy farming with a woman whose family were dairy farmers.  Most people in N.Z. either know or are dairy farmers and so consequently I hear this particular sentence an awful lot
Farmers love their cows“.

Of all the things I hear – all the excuses etc that are given to me, the one thing that really irritates is …  farmers love their cows or farmers love their pigs or goats or sheep or whatever.


Before you jump down my throat – hear me out (or read) …

I’m not doubting for one moment that most farmers look after their animals,  (I’ll use cows as the example).
They make sure the cow has enough feed – the right feed – they’re up all night during the calving season making sure the birth goes well, mind you they take the calf away within the first 24 hours, but that’s another issue.

We’re talking about the health of the cow – so they’ll call out the vet and I’ve heard some say – farmers will call the vet before they call the doctor – yes, of course they will.

THAT COW IS MONEY – it is a monetary unit –  so it makes perfect sense that the farmer will look after it.

BUT when that cow is no longer economically viable – the farmer trucks it off to be slaughtered.
When the beef cow reaches its maximum profitability it’s trucked off to be slaughtered for the meat market – and so it is for all the animals on the human food plate.

I understood where she was coming from however I did suggest she just didn’t say “he loves his cows” because
the farmer loves his children but I don’t see him trucking them off to be slaughtered when the going gets tough and the household budget is squeezed.

Have great plant food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans





The Goodness of Lemons

Somewhere in this blog I’ve talked about the goodness of lemons – well I’m pretty sure I have.

You see, to me lemons are the bomb!  They just ooze goodness literally and figuratively.  So today’s blog is all about the lemon.  AND at the end is a quick video with a damn great tip.

Let’s start with what lemons are full of:

  • vitamin C, citric acid,
  • flavonoids,
  • B-complex vitamins,
  • calcium,
  • copper,
  • iron,
  • magnesium,
  • phosphorus,
  • potassium,
  • fiber.

Bet you didn’t know about the iron!!!

Did you know – Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes.

So here’s the rub – most of all this goodness is found in the skin and pith, both parts of the lemon we generally don’t use.  So you really should be eating all of it.  You probably already know that the zest of the lemon gives a much more lemon flavour in your cooking tha just the juice – so now we come to the video below.  This is how you can combine all of the goodness and the flavour in one go.


And if you want some amazing recipes check out:  24 LEMON RECIPES

Have great food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans




How To Cook Without Oil

I’d like to show you how to cook without using oil.  And the example is using Scrambled Tofu

First let me explain about why you would even want to consider cooking without oil.  If you’re wanting to get onto the health swing, then reducing or even eliminating oil from your eating plan is a definite must.

Confession time:  Oil was pretty darn difficult for me to let go of.  In saying that, I don’t mind if someone else has used it and I’m the recipient of delicious vegan food.  But, I don’t use it in my every day meals.  If you’re diabetic or have high cholesterol, heart disease etc, then consider not using it at all.

“But wait” I hear you say “isn’t coconut oil good for you?” – well no.  It’s actually as bad as tallow or beef fat, although not as bad as butter, as it’s a saturated fat.  Find more here Is Coconut Oil Good For You?
And what about Olive Oil?  Well, it’s not that good either – Studies On Olive Oil However, of the two, the Olive oil is better especially if you’re having it with lots of leafy green veg, grains, nuts and seeds etc – in other words – whole plant foods.

I’ll leave you to make up your own mind, but for now check out the Fee’s Random Kitchen video below to see how to cook scrambled tofu without oil.

Have great food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans




Thanks For 2017

Here’s a great big THANKS for sticking with me during 2017.

Have great food and
be compassionate to all animals including humans




Just Having A Bit Of Fun

Today is all about having a bit of fun!

Each Friday I like to post a cartoon or some other funny meme up on the Social Media pages.

So here are just some I’ve post over the past couple of months.

You can check out more Funnies Here


What Is Cholesterol?

I think I can safely say that we all have heard about cholesterol and that it can cause heart disease, but what exactly is cholesterol and what impact does it have on our health?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat that is essential for all animal life …. in the right amounts.
It performs three essential functions:

  1. It helps make the outer coating of our cells,
  2. It makes up the bile acids that work to digest food in the intestine,
  3. It allows the body to make Vitamin D and hormones, such as testosterone in men and estrogen in women

Now cholesterol is oil based and blood is water based, so if cholesterol were just dumped into the bloodstream, it would congeal into unusable globs.  But the body is clever and so it packages it up into minuscule protein particles called lipoproteins.

In most people, 60%-70% of their cholesterol is carried in LDL particles, which are considered “bad” cholesterol. This is where it can get confusing so I’ll try and simplify it.

LDL particles are not all “bad,” however, because they act as ‘ferries’, and they put the cholesterol to parts of the body that need it.
LDL cholesterol becomes “bad” if there is too much in the body — when the parts of the body have enough the ‘ferries’ start dumping the cholesterol into the bloodstream.  Remember what I said about the fatty globs dumped in the blood?
Well that’s high cholesterol.  It’s those fatty deposits that cause the problem because they clog blood vessels.

Coronary atherosclerosis is the clinical name for the build up of plaque,  (the fatty globs), inside the artery walls. This in turn causes the inside walls to get narrow meaning the flow of blood is slowed down.

It’s now known that this plaque build up starts really early in life, like we’re talking toddlers, and progresses over the years before it becomes a medical problem.
100s of studies with over a million people have shown that those with higher LDL cholesterol are at far greater risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol itself typically does not have any symptoms, so many people are unaware they are at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases. It is recommended that all adults have their levels checked every five years.
Because pharmaceutical drugs start at around the age of 63, the problem is that the LDL cholesterol (the bad one) has been circulating in the body for years and so these drugs only reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by about a 20 – 30%.

Why not just take the drugs?  Well like I just said, you only get a 20-30% reduction in the risk of heart disease and you have the added downside of the side effects of the drugs, plus you have to remember to take the pills.

High cholesterol runs in my family and my levels, even on a vegan diet were going up. It wasn’t until I switched to whole plant foods that I started to see a change and an even better drop when I cut out oil… oil is a processed food not a whole food. – just saying.

There is enough research, studies and clinical trials out there to prove that you can reduce and even reverse heart disease by eating whole plant based foods.
If you want to know more here’s a couple of reference links.

How Do We Know That Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?

What Causes High Cholesterol

Have great food and …..
Be compassionate to all animals, including humans



My 3 Top Tips For Going Vegan

These are my three top tips for going vegan, maybe they would be more aptly named as my top 3 ‘don’ts’.


(excuse the pun), especially If you’re doing this on your own. Going vegan or plant based eating is a lifestyle change. It’s not a diet in the traditional sense of the word, it is a different way of eating (and for vegan it includes way of living) and something that you need to get your head around. I know it can be difficult if you’ve just seen a movie like ‘Earthlings’ and you see where your meat is actually coming from. It’s like the old saying – once seen, never can be unsee – which means you’re finding it really difficult to look at meat the same way you used to.
But, if you want going vegan to work, then do it slowly. Pick 2 or 3 days a week to be animal free (including dairy and eggs) or, just make the weekends the time for having animal products.
Make sure you eat up the food you already have, it’s a waste to throw it out – but as you replace it, you can then look for the vegan version.


Think about discovering ‘new’ foods.
Many people think about the foods they are going to have to give up such as bacon or cheese or ice-cream or chicken nuggets or other favourites they may have.
So I always counsel to try and think about the new foods and flavours. When looking at recipes think things like ‘ooo that looks so good’ or ‘wow I bet that’s tasty’ or ‘I know I’ll like that because it has XYZ seasonings’. So look at the new foods and soon those foods will become part of your life.


Put a quality protein in its place. You need to be eating quality foods, so putting a quality protein in the place of meat is a great way to start your vegan voyage. To begin with try foods like chickpeas, quinoa, lentils and beans and put one of those with your plate full of vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Not only will it give you the nourishment, it will help to fill you up. Oh, and keep it all full of as much colour as you can – not only looks tasty but full of nutrition.

Those are my top 3 tips for going vegan:

Don’t go Cold Turkey – Don’t think about ‘giving up’ foods and Don’t just take the meat off.



Fee’s Magic Minute – Trying New Foods

Life is wonderful when you’re trying new foods.

The Magic Minute video is all about the new foods and, hopefully, encouraging you to try them.  I let you know where I go in order to find the new foods and well as find out about them.


Hope you enjoyed


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