Welcome, becomethevoice “BTV” was created to broaden personal awareness while choosing to be a voice for animal welfare, health and environmental issues.

Our food and everyday products are effecting our health and the planet, the more knowledge we have about our choices, the more successful we will be in our ability to survive, avoid suffering, illness and disease. The best way to do this is by developing healthier food production and choices, become better consumers and broaden our overall knowledge.

What appeals to me about a plant based diet is the pure fact that it isn’t just a diet, I feel it is a lifestyle choice: more of a way of life, a life based on a philosophy and purposeful principle. While there might be different motivations for people embracing a more plant based diet; health, environment or ethical the path and end result (avoiding animal products) are the same.

You don’t have to be  an activist, vegan or vegetarian to be  concerned, you just have to be a person who cares, a person who is living conscious, healthy and responsible. You get to decide what changes you want to make, and at what pace you want to make them. Your path is your own you decide how you are going to benefit from bringing awareness to the choices you are making.

Click here to read my personal shift in conscience living.

“Plant-based living denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical–all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, health and the environment; There are many reasons to choose a plant-based diet, but probably one of the most beneficial reasons is for your own personal health. A vegetarian diet, or even a “less-meatarian” diet, can have many positive health effects”

berry cream pie overnight oats


The Muffin Myth

berry cream pie overnight oats // the muffin myth

I’m a late comer to the overnight oats game. To be honest, I didn’t think they were going to be good. I pictured some sort of weird, tasteless, gruel-like goop that people were choking down for some reason unbeknownst to me. But let me tell you, I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

Folks, overnight oats are goooood. And they’re easy. And they’re convenient. They’re the kind of breakfast that I actually look forward to, and when I write out my meal plans I have to stop myself from scheduling them in each and every weekday morning. And really, there’s no reason not to schedule them each and every morning.

berry cream pie overnight oats // the muffin myth

I like this version because it’s sweetened simply with a bit of mashed banana, which also contributes to the overall creamy texture of these oats. For the liquid I’ve used a combination of almond milk and plain yoghurt, but this…

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Greater Awareness in 2012

At the present time, when most of us sit down to eat, we aren’t very aware of how our food choices affect the world. We don’t realize that in every Big Mac there is a piece of the tropical rainforests, and with every billion burgers sold another hundred species become extinct. We don’t realize that in the sizzle of our steaks there is the suffering of animals, the mining of our topsoil, the slashing of our forests, the harming of our economy, and the eroding of our health. We don’t hear in the sizzle the cry of the hungry millions who might otherwise be fed.

We don’t see the toxic poisons accumulating in the food chains, poisoning our children and our earth for generations to come. But once we become aware of the impact of our food choices, we can never really forget. Of course we can push it all to the back of our minds, and we may need to do this, at times, to endure the enormity of what is involved. But the earth itself will remind us, as will our children, and the animals and the forests and the sky and the rivers, that we are part of this earth, and it is part of us. All things are deeply connected, and so the choices we make in our daily lives have enormous influence, not only on our own health and vitality, but also on the lives of other beings, and indeed on the destiny of life on earth.

Thankfully, we have cause to be grateful-what’s best for us personally is also best for other forms of life, and for the life support systems on which we all depend.” ~Diet For A New America

Happy Compassionate New Year!

Sending blessings and peace to all free-living birds, fish, and animals being harmed, terrorized, and killed by toxic poisons spewed into their home lands, waters, and skies by both secret and blatant human activity.

May we humans think always of the harm we are causing our non-human animal relations, and may we recognize and respect their interests to live their lives freely and in autonomy and health on this beautiful Earth.

2011 has been a very good year for the welfare of animals, 2011 has influenced a lot of people to make better choices around food, product, health and overall acknowledment in the treatment of animals for food.

I look forward to what 2012 brings, I welcome 2012 with open arms in the hopes we will all continue on the same path to work together to bring a compassionate peacful earth where we all can respect all things living.

Here’s to a beautiful, evolved and compassionate 2012!

Please watch this amazing video “Victories for animals in 2011”

Top Lady Products of 2011 Healthier, Organic, Toxic and Cruelty Free

“Healthier, natural, organic & cruelty-free cosmetics, body and personal products”

Cruelty-free products and are NOT tested on animals. If we choose to poison our 
own bodies knowingly I guess that’s our business, though I do urge you to become more informed

Choose to be cruelty free because it’s the right thing to do. There is just no need to make animals suffer if the ingredients are nontoxic in the first place. Besides, we have willing and able humans who test our products.

Unfortunately cruelty is not the only reason, every day the average adult uses nine personal care products containing 126 potentially dangerous chemicals. Choosing cruelty-free beauty and body care products ensures that you’re only are helping to protect innocent animals, but reduces your exposure to toxic products that affect your personal health.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It’s one of the most sophisticated sponges ever created. The last thing we should do is put potentially toxic ingredients on our skin the bottom line is what we put on the skin will make its way into the body.

Many of us are worried about the aging process and go to lengthy extremes to prevent it from taking place the easiest way in preventing aging is by avoiding synthetic chemicals, whether they are present in our diets or through the skin care products, we can help slow down the aging process by choosing more natural means.

The first step to reducing animal testing and personal toxic concerns is to read labels carefully and not purchase products that contain any of these toxic ingredients. Heres a list of toxic ingredients to avoid.

Listed below are some of my favorite products of 2011.

PUREOLOGY: Shampoo/Conditioner: Environmentally friendly with 100% Vegan ingredients and natural, organic botanicals.  Purology developers have a strong commitment to the wellbeing of the environment as well as providing a high end product. Sulphite free, vegan, enviroment friendly. Sold at salons. Not Tested on animals, earth friendly.

DR. BRONNERS MAGIC ALL IN ONE SOAP : Completely biodegradable and vegetable based, scented with organic oils, my two favorites the rose and the lavender, they leave my skin feeling clean, soft and have a nice light scent. Sold at Choices and health food stores. Not Tested on animals, earth friendly.

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