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Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 2 of 5

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Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 2 of 5

Today, we will continue our tribute to British endurance runner Fiona Oakes for her extraordinary accomplishments as an athlete and an animal rights advocate. For over two decades, Fiona has devoted her life to rescuing animals and promoting the benevolent vegan lifestyle. She cares for over 600 rescue animals at her animal sanctuary, Tower Hill Stables Sanctuary in Essex, England. Despite the 15-hour workdays and exhausting labor the sanctuary entails, she still finds the time and energy to maintain a strenuous regimen of training runs needed to compete on the world stage. “It is all done for the animals. My running I do to promote veganism, the sanctuary I do to nurture animals. And I’ve been vegan since I was six years old – completely self-inspired decision; my parents weren’t (vegan) at that time. So, my whole life has been pretty much dedicated to helping animals in some shape or form.” “And there’s so much you can learn from animals. Animals are a great leveler and a great teacher if you can listen to their message.” “With regards to the running, I run 9 times a week, about 100 miles (161 km) a week. That is really, really, tough to fit in at the level I am doing.” Thankfully, Fiona has help from some family members and a few volunteers. Two pillars of strength in her life are her mother, Meg and her life-partner, Martin. Fiona is also concerned about the disproportionately high environmental cost of animal-based food relative to plant-based food. In a recent Facebook posting on January 7, 2020, she wrote: “I quote Joseph Poore of Oxford University, ‘A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gasses, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.’”
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2020-09-24   307 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-09-24

Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 3 of 5

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Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 3 of 5

On top of working the equivalent of two full-time jobs at the sanctuary, Fiona has built an elite running career in the last 20 years with the sole purpose of raising public awareness about the benefits of the vegan diet. And did we mention that she did it all on one kneecap? Indeed, it is a constant source of wonder to orthopedic surgeons how Fiona has been able to compete in marathons despite having lost a kneecap to surgery as a teenager. “I can do it on a vegan diet – there is no excuse in terms of it being prohibited to sporting excellence, even though I don’t consider myself particularly as a sportsperson or a runner. I can do it because it comes from the mind, it’s come from the belief, and I think that is what I would like to inspire in people.” One would be hard-pressed to find another super athlete with as much grit as Fiona Oakes and an equal amount of heart to match. These are qualities that have served her well in her advocacy for the animals. Her social media pages are filled with postings from people who were inspired by her to switch to a vegan lifestyle. While Fiona takes a non-confrontational approach in her animal rights activism, she would otherwise stop at nothing to promulgate the vegan ideal. One of her success stories is the Vegan Runners club which she co-founded in 2004. Members of the club proudly run with the words “Vegan Runners” emblazoned across their vests in races. While Fiona is a firm believer that actions speak louder than words, she is a highly sought-after public speaker, appearing regularly at VegFests and special events around the world, as well as on podcasts and national TV shows.
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2020-10-01   238 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-10-01

Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 4 of 5

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Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 4 of 5

With over 10 marathon wins and 3 world records under her belt, Fiona’s next major target is successfully completing the 4 Deserts Grand Slam – widely considered the toughest footrace series in the world. Within a calendar year, one must finish 4 of the world’s most challenging week-long, 155-mile (250-km) ultramarathons in some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain carrying one’s own food and supplies, a feat that only a small number of people have ever accomplished. Fiona has never had a coach and had to learn through trial and error how to train to push her limits without injuring her unstable right knee. She also recovers quickly from her strenuous workouts and sanctuary work with minimal rest. Fiona credits her lifelong vegan diet for her strength and resiliency. She eats only one simple, whole food, plant-based meal a day. “It’s very seasonal. I eat seasonal vegetables, which my father mainly grows, nuts, pulses, rice.” “One day will be my last day that I see, and all I am doing is trying to maximize my time on this Earth in order to do good, so when my last day does come, I know I’ve done all that I can, and that’s what I would encourage other people to do.” “I find the ultra-stage races do give me something more than physical endurance; they bring mental enhancement.” “We have to change the model in the way that we think, and to do that we have to learn for the others to have more; for it to be more fair distribution of resources along the planet, we have to accept and expect to have less and embrace that idea. And rather than looking at the things we aren’t having, look at the blessings we have all around us.”
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2020-10-08   265 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-10-08

Running for Good – The ‘Queen of Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 5 of 5

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Running for Good – The ‘Queen of Extreme’ Fiona Oakes (vegan), Part 5 of 5

Welcome to the final episode of “Running for Good – ‘Queen of the Extreme’ Fiona Oakes.” In the feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Keegan Kuhn, Running for Good, Fiona talks about the driving force behind her dedication: “I've been very strong, but I’m very, very sensitive. I abhor cruelty to humans and animals alike. I don't think that in the 21st century especially, people should be suffering, and I certainly don't think animals should be suffering at people's hands. I can’t turn a blind eye. It’s not in me to do that.” The reality is clear, whether it’ll be SARS, MERS, Covid-19, Nipah, Ebola, Swine Fever, Avian Flu, they are all caused by eating animals. Whether those animals be factory-farmed, it makes no difference. Since all coronaviruses are caused by transferal from non-human to human animals, then surely now is the time to consider adopting a global vegan policy, which would be the most effective way of preventing future incidences. We may develop a vaccine for this particular strain, but what if it mutates, or another one comes along, which, given our history, seems more than likely. It may be argued you cannot tell people what to eat, but they are now being told to stay incarcerated in their homes, isolated, and feeling helpless and frightened. Surely, being vegan and ending this type of disaster is a choice they should be made more aware of and allowed to consider as a very real and viable option to protect themselves and each other from this happening again. In Her recent “Urgent Message to World Leaders,” Supreme Master Ching Hai points to the same solution and lays out a roadmap to a peaceable future: “You know well by now, by the UN’s warning, by scientific research report, we know that the meat, fish, eggs, milk, laboratory tests on animals, leather industry; ANYTHING TO DO WITH HURTING ANIMALS, domestic or wild, ARE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR WORLD. We talk about all kinds of climate reduction, or reducing air pollution BUT animal raising, fish, egg, milk industries, etc., anything to do with animals, are the worst producers of lethal methane gas which heats up our planet. So, stopping these brutal, murderous businesses is the fastest way to cool our Earth.”
Elita vege
2020-10-15   383 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-10-15

Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 1 of 2

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Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 1 of 2

“My name is Kate Strong. I help individuals and corporations to remove the glass ceiling off their potential, so they can live a thriving and sustainable life.” Vegan role model Kate Strong is a living example that anyone can be ordinary and extraordinary in the same breadth. Her down-to-earth attitude is coupled with high altitude goals and dreams. As a triathlete, mentor and entrepreneur, Kate takes on the mind set of “Use your talents to empower yourself. Be independent, then help others do the same.” Not only does Kate “talk the talk” but she also “walks the walk” with a gold medal finish at the “Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships” in 2014. “We need to really connect our minds. We need to connect our hearts, and do what we know is best for ourselves. If we all center ourselves, and if we all look after ourselves, ultimately, the world will be a better place because no one would be ill.” “I truly believe that we can all live an abundant life, whilst also leaving the world a better place, both environmentally, socially, and economically. So, by living my life that ‘every being thrives,’ it’s important for me to vocalize how to do that.” Kate Strong lives a highly active life, showing others through example that a plant-based wholefoods diet is healthy, tasty and available in every corner of the world. Kate’s encouraging support of staying in a positive frame of mind and living for the moment inspires many followers to let go of old habits and embrace a higher way of life. She teaches that we are the only ones who can change ourselves today, and not to wait for outside circumstances to change first. With this mindset, the outside circumstances change automatically.
Elita vege
2020-11-05   165 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-11-05

Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 2 of 2

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Kate Strong, Surpassing Barriers and Leaving Footsteps of Love, Part 2 of 2

Although Kate lived a privileged life of comfort in her youth, her first sight of others in famine brought her to tears, and a deep-seated passion to serve and improve the quality of life for all beings was deeply instilled in her life values. Kate Strong has a befitting name for a motivation speaker and coach, but Kate explains that mental flexibility is also a strength, or even placing oneself in a situation that we haven’t experienced before and following our hearts. “Being strong isn’t being forceful. Being strong is actually a shift in consciousness. So, we need to step away from the win/lose model. We need to step away from telling, you know, forcefully doing things. I think the strongest thing we can do is pause, reflect and start listening to our heart. Everywhere in the world, we’re seeing more logical ways of being. We need to start feeling things, we need to go with the hearts leading, rather than our body being used as a vehicle to carry our all-important heads.” Supreme Master Ching Hai also agrees that even after enlightenment, one must make an effort to help the planet and all beings in every way possible, whether it be sharing good news or contributing in any positive way possible. “Sometimes, I go to a different restaurant outside, Thai restaurant, something special, I bought a lot, bring home to the staff. And every day I give some $100 Hong Kong Dollars to the cleaner in my room. I hide it inside the towel. So, whenever she takes the towel, ‘Ah!’ Surprised. I said, ‘Thank you for cleaning my room. God bless.’” “Make the best of your time when you’re out, smiling to people, strangers. ‘Hallo,’ ‘good day,’ whatever. Say hallo to your taxi driver, ask him if he is OK, wish him luck for his business. Shake hands with your doorman, your concierge, where you live, in your building. Say hallo, smile big. Bring him a piece of (vegan) chocolate or something. Make the best of your time. Spread love. Don’t be afraid. That’s what you should do.” Kate Strong takes these words to heart as she makes it a daily habit to lift people’s moods and bring a smile wherever she may be.
Elita vege
2020-11-12   268 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-11-12

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 1 of 2

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Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan) - A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 1 of 2

Today, we are privileged to feature a charismatic lady, Dolly Vyas-Ahuja, whose powerful example of unconditional love and tireless work for our precious animal friends in the last five years are worthy of our high esteem and accolades. Dolly moved with her family to the USA as a one-year-old. Although her family had traditionally been vegetarian, she was allowed to adopt a non-vegetarian diet. One day in April 2014, however, she came across a speech online known as “The Greatest Speech Ever” by renowned animal freedom fighter Gary Yourofsky. She was so shocked by the graphic depictions of what occurs behind closed doors on the factory farms of the world that she had an emotional breakdown that night, turning vegan from that day on. Becoming vegan awakened Dolly to the long spiritual heritage of her motherland, which is centered around the concept of ahimsa. Dolly upholds the ethics behind ahimsa in all forms, decrying not just meat and dairy, but also the use of honey, silk, eggs, and leather. She is dismayed that India, where cows are held sacred, is today one of the largest exporters of leather in the world. “A lot of people don't know, but India is one of the largest beef exporters in this world.” “We need to get this word ahimsa back, that originated in our country, because we've become so far away from it.” To achieve that goal, Dolly has been working tirelessly on a feature-length documentary entitled “The Land of Ahimsa,” which is scheduled for release in late 2020. “The Land of Ahimsa covers my journey of going vegan overnight, and going back to India to my motherland with two new sets of eyes to see – to see animal cruelty for the first time. And the movie covers a lot of amazing people here in the United States and in India.”
Elita vege
2020-11-19   236 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-11-19

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan)- A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 2 of 2

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Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (vegan)- A True Voice for Ahimsa, Part 2 of 2

With her endless enthusiasm, Dolly has become friends with virtually everyone on the who’s who list of the animal rights movement in India and the USA. One person she is particularly close to is the renowned author, environmentalist, social justice advocate, and animal activist Dr. Sailesh Rao, a Shining World Award for Earth Protection laureate, who is also one of the key originators of the Internet as we know it today. “He talks about all this methane that is going into the air. He’s also talking about us chopping down the forests. Now, every 10 seconds, the Amazon forest is being chopped down for animal agriculture. So, animal agriculture is the number one reason for ocean dead zones, habitat destruction, environmental devastation, and these things have to change.” Dolly’s activism has taken her around the world. In India, she delivered a rousing speech at the World Vegan Conference in New Delhi in July 2019, about the harmful effects of dairy. “And God, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Jesus, Lord Buddha is full of compassion and love. They're trying to teach that, do not harm anyone, do not separate a mother and a child. So, I think we really need to understand what God is trying to say. And that is to live with compassion. That should be number one.” Dolly recognizes that dairy consumption is deep-rooted in Indian culture, which is one reason why she is working hard on her documentary film as a way to change the misconceptions in her motherland. “Once people find out the truth of who they really are, which is compassion, they want to change. They start thinking about this deeply. And I think that veganism is such a powerful movement right now, and it's growing so fast, because, if we don't go vegan, we are hurting our planet, and we really need to secure it for our future generations.”
Elita vege
2020-11-26   137 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-11-26

A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan),Part 1 of 3

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A Vegan Visionary: The Life of His Excellency Laurent Lamothe (vegan),Part 1 of 3

His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, is a visionary vegan entrepreneur and humanitarian of Haitian origin who became Haiti’s most successful and longest-serving Prime Minister in the last three decades! In 2011, Laurent Lamothe was offered the position of the advisor of socio-economic development to Haitian President Michel Martelly, as a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti
Elita vege
2020-12-03   59 vizionări
Elita vege
2020-12-03
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