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Buy Nothing Day

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

My family will not be buying anything on Black Friday. In fact, as last year, we will not be exchanging gifts at Christmas. Without any little ones — indeed, this branch of the family tree appears to stop at me and my sister — it had slowly become obvious there was little sense in swapping things of equal value when none of us really wanted anything anyway.

Let me tell you, it’s much less stressful to just spend time together, sharing conversation, games (billiards with my stepdad, cards and dice with all), good food, and spirits! As it was, in years past, I’d taken to doing my shopping entirely on-line in order to avoid the crowds.

While we’re on the topic, when it came out in 2007, I immediately added What Would Jesus Buy? to my Netflix queue. Well, I finally got around to watching it via their instant streaming option. Quite a funny movie with, of course, a good message against wanton consumerism. It was interesting to see what happens behind-the-scenes of such a large-scale, cross-country protest. (It looked exhausting!)

Want more information on Buy Nothing Day? Check out the Adbusters site. Lots of articles and videos, including this one, which I thought you might enjoy. It’s hard to make out the stats being presented though. Maybe someone could reply with what they caught?

Quoting co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn,

“A simpler, pared-down lifestyle — one in which we’re not drowning in debt — may well be the answer to this crisis we’re in. Living within our means will also make us happier and healthier than we’ve been in years.”

I say, three cheers for the internet; there is so much it has enabled us to read, view, and do, all without wasteful packaging <Ahem> OK, notwithstanding the massive amounts of technological junk overflowing landfills through a combination of planned obsolescence and Moore’s Law.  

Low-Fat Vegan and CR Chat Rooms

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Call me crazy, but I couldn’t leave my cooked food friends and CRONies without a great place to chat too! :)

Of course, it’s a dogma-free zone over in the raw food chat, but for many there’s enough to think about just keeping it low-fat and vegan.

To that end, I present the VeganDoneLight Chat Rooms. Yes, rooms plural, one for Eat To Live, one for Calorie Restriction (CRON), and an area for (low-fat) veganism in general.

Remember, you don’t need me for the chat to work, so stop by anytime to see who’s in there, schedule meetup times, invite some friends, etc..

Same as with the raw food chat, there’s no need to register, just pick a nickname on the way in, and enjoy!

Raw Food Chat is LIVE!

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Check it out. I set up a new chatroom for impromptu get togethers with your raw food buddies. Stop by anytime you feel, day or night.

Meet new folks or invite your friends from Twitter to join you there.

Raw Food Chatroom

No registration required. Completely free. And, it’ll be there whether I’m logged on or not, so I hope you enjoy (and that my server doesn’t get overloaded). ;)

World Diabetes Day

Friday, November 14th, 2008

In honor of World Diabetes Day, I’m releasing the very first issue of the Vegan Done Light newsletter as a short three-page report entitled Diabetes: Beyond Sugar.

Also, though not specifically about diabetes, I thought you might like this recent interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman on Tampa Bay morning television. I know I always enjoy his no-nonsense manner of speaking.

Makes for a good reminder:

> Eat For Health <

Lastly, there’s, of course, raw foods, which have been making a splash on the diabetes scene with documentaries like Simply Raw (once titled Raw For 30 Days) and books such as Gabriel Cousen, M.D.’s audaciously-titled tome There Is A Cure For Diabetes.

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