Our visit to @RipleysAquaCA

About 8 or 9 years ago, I read this book which caused me to make lifestyle changes (mainly: chose vegetarian food whenever I could).  I succeed for sometime and then I jumped off the bandwagon.

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But I always felt ‘guilty’ for not sticking to it.  Maybe because I am south Asian or maybe because of what I believed in my heart to be the right choice for me – I am not sure where the feeling came from exactly.

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A few years ago, I subconsciously started choosing vegetarian options again when going out (aka choose beans over chicken at a mexican place) but at home I wasn’t as strict (trying to eat healthy and then trying to be vegetarian at the same time wasn’t easy).  That said I was really keen on #MeatlessTuesdays but then that dropped the concepts when Miss S joined the picture and realizing that just getting a toddler to eat anything is a struggle and cooking 2 meals for a meal was harder than cooking one.

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Not really an excuse for me but I digress.  In between this time I watched a few documentaries (can’t remember the name of them but some were educational and some were downright horrifying).

And more recently I read this and this and also watched something on Facebook (which I now can’t un-see and really don’t want to link to it because it was really not a nice thing to watch).

So far my thoughts are: There is an industry and there are livelihoods in all of this — and there are ALWAYS two sides to a story.  And all I know is that I want to continue researching and educating myself so I can make the right choice for myself.  I know what makes me feel better and which is the easier route.  Lastly – the advice I want to give to myself is – read, learn, research, educate….it’s the most important gift.

Where do I go from here: I am looking for an almond milk brand that will taste good with a home made cookie (…lol gotta start somewhere!)

Oh…and I really want to give this a try Coconut whip cream

Side Note: Our trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto was ahhh-mazzing.  Seeing our 2 year old light up and become so imaginative was really beautiful.