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Minimise waste in Planet A space

Jess Parsons | May 1, 11 at 12:09 PM | Green

Read More: bulk buying, compost, empty space, garbage, Grand Canyon, home cooking, landfill, packaging, processed food, recycling, retail, rubbish, secondhand, space, trash, vegan

Now that I've covered outer space exploration, why not look at space on Earth? As an aspiring minimalist in a world of excess and extremes, I know that empty spaces represent both conscious choices and hard work.  Without attention,...

Learning Nutrition from T Colin Campbell and Men as au pairs

Jess Parsons | April 29, 11 at 02:45 PM | Health

Read More: au pair, certificate, children, declutter, education, Germany, New Zealand, nutrition, online, reorganize, T Colin Campbell, vegan, vegetarian

It's all too easy for the life of a SAHM to slip into a rut.  But it's time for some ch-ch-changes! Nutrition courseI've been messing about with being vegan for about 15 years now and learning a lot about it,...

Tradition! Breastfeeding, fathers, and families

Jess Parsons | April 25, 11 at 04:12 PM | Celebrities

Read More: adoption, baby, breastfeeding, Elton John, family, father, Fiddler on the Roof, homosexual, surrogacy, tradition

Sir Elton John's new baby Zachary is being fed mother's milk - expressed and sent via plane! As a vegan parent, breastfeeding advocate, and environmentalist, I feel like Reb Tevye who wrestles with tradition against personal choices within his...

Happy Easter - who will buy this wonderful feeling!

Jess Parsons | April 24, 11 at 06:19 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: chocolate, Easter, Easter bunny, green, image, Jesus, materialism, religion

It's Easter!  Or if it isn't in your time zone yet, it soon will be.Just like Christmas, we again ponder the contrast between the religious origins of this holiday and the modern interpretations.  In countries all over the world, we...

Spreading the good word to annoying doorknockers

Jess Parsons | April 9, 11 at 04:35 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: cause, donation, door, organisation, pamphlet, unsolicited calls

I finally got to put my brilliant plan into action! Late last year, I stopped passively accepting unsolicited visitors wasting my time with their agendas.  I've agendas of my own to spare.  So I prepared myself with my own...

The truth about cats and dogs (why not buy?)

Jess Parsons | April 1, 11 at 02:05 AM | Animals

Read More: animal cruelty, animal shelters, breeders, cats, dogs, donations, euthanasia, kittens and mother's milk, pet stores, pets, volunteers

Our New Family Members After sadly farewelling our longtime family pets in 2008, we were finally ready to welcome some new furry babies into the house.  We wanted our cats to be friends with each other and with our children,...

Got Money? La Leche League International milks the cash cow

Jess Parsons | March 15, 11 at 05:21 PM | Animals

Read More: baby, breastfeeding, calf, conflict of interest, cow, dairy, funding, got breastmilk, got milk, La Leche League, marketing, merchandise, mother

Mothers giving milk? La Leche League International has grown since 1956 from a group of seven mothers to a highly reputable worldwide organisation with unparalleled achievements in promoting breastfeeding as the normal and healthy way to feed babies -...

Natural weaning and healthy vegan kids

Jess Parsons | February 28, 11 at 10:01 PM | Health

Read More: alternatives, breast milk, breastfeeding older children, dairy, Klaper, Mary and Jesus, myths, natural weaning, vegan children, vegan mothers, vegan pregnancy, WHO recommendations

How long should a child breastfeed? The World Health Organization recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding with the addition of appropriate complementary foods until at least 2 years of age. Most women in Western societies do not...

Truth and Justice in Food Labelling: for real people

Jess Parsons | February 19, 11 at 01:32 PM | Food

Read More: additives, animal foods, calories, customer, Dr McDougall, fats, food labels, honest, ingredients, Jeff Novick, plant foods, readable, salts, sugars, water

I challenged health advocates to join a push against food advertising.   How can we start? I want simple food labels.  I want to see just what is in the package.  I want my grandmother to be able to read it,...

Time for an ad break?

Jess Parsons | February 19, 11 at 12:53 AM | Food

Read More: Advertising, advocacy, confusion, consumer, education, Food, food guidelines, government, information, ingredients, labelling, lies, nutrition, psychological reflex, regulations, responsibility, scams, truth, victims

Retire the USDA guidelines? This article states the truth - that the USDA guidelines are so corrupted by food business interests that they bear embarrassingly little resemblance to actual nutrition science.  Therefore, why spend taxes and effort on negotiating, writing,...

Frugal family vegan feasts - all week!

Jess Parsons | February 17, 11 at 12:57 PM | Food

Read More: Chinese, family, husband, Indian, kid, meals, potatoes, rice, sausages, vegan, waffles

Barriers to becoming vegan: I know, I know... No meat? No fish? No eggs? No cheese? No milk? What do I eat now?  My family would kill me. And then eat me. So here's some help.  I'm not a recipe...

The final frontier vs saving Planet A

Jess Parsons | February 11, 11 at 01:08 AM | Green

Read More: climate change, contact, earth, Planet B, science fiction, space exploration, universe

I am a grade B geek.  Maybe a B+.  I've watched Star Trek, Dr Who (Tom Baker is the best, and Jon Pertwee was very short with me at a convention), and NOVA for decades.  I'm very well acquainted...

Vegetarian Theme Song? I am the very model of a modern vegetarian!

Jess Parsons | February 4, 11 at 04:05 PM | Food

Read More: vegetarian vegan theme song model of a modern vegetarian poem contest

With great thanks and apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan ('Modern Major General' from one of my favourites The Pirates of Penzance), I won a local competition a few years ago for this effort…Feel free to sing along! I am...

Veg*ism and eating disorders

Jess Parsons | February 3, 11 at 03:21 PM | Health

Read More: anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, control, eating disorder, orthorexia, vegan, vegetarian, weight loss

What's the connection? Search the web for "vegetarian eating disorder" and choose from millions of entries. Doctors have it on their risk checklists: vegetarianism or a sign of an eating disorder? Is that fair, or is it outrageous to...

Oprah going vegan

Jess Parsons | February 3, 11 at 03:21 PM | Celebrities

Read More: Freston, Oprah, processed food, produce, slaughterhouse, vegan, weight loss

Hot news Oprah and her staff complete a one-week vegan challenge! It's good publicity for the vegan cause, and you couldn't get more mainstream. The results Most of the participants said they met the challenge.  There were some participants who...