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A New Month- A new beginning

 First things first make sure your clocks have been turned back if you live in a DST Zone. I am glad my computer does it automatically else I would have been confused as to why everything seemed to be running an hour late.

Secondly, I would like to wish my father(RIP) a Happy Birthday. Today he would have been 91. It's hard to fathom that he has been gone 11 years, it doesn't seem that long.

Thirdly, today is World Vegan Day and Veganism will be my Sunday topic this month. 

Vegan vs Vegetarian: A vegan does not eat or wear anything that comes from animals; a vegetarian will eat and wear dairy and leather but will not eat the flesh of animals.

When you stop and think about your diet if you eat cheese & eggs but no beef or chicken then you are a vegetarian if you do not then you are vegan. I am neither though my diet does consist of more fruits & vegetables than meat. This month I thought I would explore veganism as an alternative.

One of the biggest difficulties with a strict vegan diet is how do you get the daily requirements of protein and in particular in my case a daily requirement of iron. As it turns out there are several plants that provide protein. 

From Mu Mu Muesli

As you can see from the poster the biggest providers are nuts, seeds & beans. Of these beans and certain greens provide the best iron sources in any plant-based diet.

By Kris Karr

I already eat a lot of these so transitioning to a vegan diet would not be too hard for me and there are a lot of people in the world who eat a plant-based diet and are incredibly healthy and full of energy. I am considering it.

In my pursuit of that elusive 199lbs I made a bet with the Professor. We are both striving to reach that number and if I get there and maintain it for 30 days then I get my choice of electronics (within reason of course). If he gets there first (same rules apply) then he gets one wish (within reason) from me. There is no time limit set but with 12-15 pounds to lose I figure six to eight months should be long enough if we both honestly try.

Now rather I am willing to try to exercise more and him to give up a lot of his junk food we will see!


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