Lori Bedell – Author

I’m a vegan, married to a cute guy who loves cheese, poultry, pork, and playing music.  I’m the mom of two vegetarian daughters—one is lactose intolerant—who are major reasons for the choices I’ve made.

Balancing work (I’m a university instructor), family, and health has been a challenge that I’ve enjoyed figuring out. Couple that with my passion for social and environmental justice, and perhaps the picture comes clear.

Regarding food…

Quite simply, at our house, we don’t eat “edible food-like substances” (Michael Pollan’s term). We eat food.  That means that we consume nothing with ingredients we can’t pronounce or identify without some sort of reference material.  No soda, no pre-packaged, processed food.  We cook what we eat, even the sweets.

This blog will try to demystify healthy eating.

Regarding fitness…

I’ve “tried” to be in shape most of my life, allowing exercising here and there punctuated with stints of dedicated consistency (mostly in the summers when I had more time and the weather was nice) to be “good enough.”  Once I had my heart attack (March 2009), I decided that fitness wasn’t going to be about fitting it in when convenient, but making it as much a part of what I do as showering, eating, and going to work.

This blog will help you see how you can make exercise a natural part of your life.

Regarding social and environmental justice…

I’m a huge fan of people like Peter Singer (Singer Solution to World Poverty http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/singermag.html) and Nicholas Kristof who support the idea that is so clearly articulated by U2’s Bono, “Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die.”  The thinking is that those of us who have been lucky enough to be born into relative wealth (and by that I mean, for example, we-have-a-tv-while-people-around-the-world-don’t-have-clean-water kind of wealth) should be sensitive about how we consume and ask ourselves how our use of resources or purchasing practices might be affecting the poorest among us?  Are we supporting corporations that use sweatshop/slave/child labour?  Do we have any idea how many natural resources go into the bottling of that water that we find so convenient?  Is the meat or produce we purchase providing money to corporate farms that destroy our environment by dumping manure into our watersheds?  Are we signaling to them that we don’t mind injesting all the antibiotics and hormones that they’re pumping into the animals?  And if we have the chance to speak or help with our purchases, why on earth wouldn’t we?

This blog will show you how you can make choices that don’t hurt people.  In fact, I will try to help you see how easy it is to help people with your choices.

In the end, I believe that when we act, we should act consciously and conscientiously.  We need to know how our choices impact ourselves and others.

That’s who I am.  Pretty simple.  I’d love to hear about you.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joel on February 3, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Hey Lori – I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write your blog. I’ve been reading it every day that I”m online, and if I’ve been off a day or two, I get caught up. Over the weekend, the mrs & I picked up some Earth Balance (not bad!).
    Keep it up… you’ve got one more loyal reader!
    Joel Lampin’


  2. Thanks, Joel! More info on delving further into intimidating vegan foods…. You rock.


  3. I am so excited you are blogging, Lori! I just discovered your site tonight and I am very excited to follow your journey.

    Miss you!


  4. Hi Alison! I miss you too! This has been fun to get started. I feel like I learned a lot through all this and thought I’d help people who’ve thought about making these moves do it without the reluctance I once felt. Hope you’re well!!!???


  5. Posted by Noel on December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Great stuff, Lori. I’m wondering if you cook with Quinoa much. I think I’m going to make a soup with it today. Searched to see if you had recipes with this ingredient to give me some hints because I think you are so creative with cooking.


    • Thanks, Noel. I have done a bit with quinoa, but haven’t been very good with keeping up with the blog. Maybe that’ll be one of my new year’s resolutions. I’d love to have your soup recipe!


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