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    This research aimed to examine both the benefits and the drawbacks of following a vegan diet. More specifically, however, its purpose was to point out the biggest flaws in the new trend. It dispelled the

    • Dear Grace, I am intrigued by your post. Personally, I love meat but I eat vegetables too because my parents always tell me that I need to balance my diet. Your post addresses drawbacks of vegan diet such as “weight lost” and “vitamin D deficiency “. So now, I realize how important it is to eat healthy and eat diverse food.

  • Joshua,

    This is a very interesting way to think about how we all interact and how we treat one another. I like how you bring up that if we are all interconnected we must be empathetic in order to be a more successful society and without everyone participating we cannot achieve this. Your addition of your own personal experience with this makes…[Read more]

  • Sarah,

    This sounds like a very interesting paper. Dispelling the idea that immigration increases crime rates right off the bat is very effective, because I think that is the strongest argument against immigration. Also, most papers discussing this would likely not do anything more than discuss why it’s unfair, but it sounds like you also advocate…[Read more]

  • Kyra,
    This day was an incredibly powerful one. I think it really showed everyone how heavily we do rely on immigrants and that our country is made of them. Your questions at the end are certainly ones we have to consider if our country continues down its current path.

  • Jessica,
    This must be a very interesting topic to research. I think the fact that someone conducted the study about the dogs in the dark is quite funny. I know that my dog definitely would have been one to eat the treat in the dark. Good luck with your research!

  • Upon continuing my research, I have found there seems to be more information in support of veganism rather than against it. Several articles, I have read claim avoiding animal products not only helps your body

    • One think that I always thought was interesting is that often times there is a push back against pregnant women becoming or staying vegan throughout their pregnancy. My mother was vegan during all of her pregnancies and we were not negatively affected by it. My older sister was born smaller but she was also over a month early, and despite this my sister was able to come home right away even though often times premature babies have to stay because there lungs have not fully formed. I also have never really noticed a difference in my family and friends who are and are not vegan.

    • This is an interesting and current topic. I like how you cited data, statistics, and results of an experiment. I have read articles about the 7 pockets in the world with the oldest people. A common factor between all of their diets is the lack of meat. Animal products are not necessary in our diet, especially in the excessive amounts of our modern day America. I also like how you pointed out that it isn’t the lack of nutrients out there in a vegan diet, but it is often the individual who does not eat correctly. Great job, and cool topic.

    • Hi Grace,
      I found this entry very interesting. I knew that veganism benefitted your diet but I didn’t know that consuming less animals products also helps improve your mood and lower stress levels. I find that very interesting. I also enjoyed reading about the health risks that follow veganism as well. I agree that many vegans miss out on foods with nutritional value while avoiding meat. This is a great topic, great job.

    • Grace, its so interesting to read and recognize what little I know about veganism. I am very curious to see what the research say about whether it is truly healthy or not.

    • Dear Grace :

      I am I am interested by your post, “More Findings on Veganism,” because many people are vegan because they think it is healthy. I was curious why they would think that is better for them but now I know.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A recurring theme seems to emerge as the number one issue with veganism: lack of nutrients.” I think this is realistic because people who decide to be vegan will not be eating the same things as non vegans.

      Another sentence that I liked was: An article focusing on vegan diets for dancers points out that often times those who are vegan “many vegetarians and vegans are missing the veggie part,” and as a result are eating foods that may not come from animals but also don’t have any nutritional value.” This stood out for me because it proved me wrong that vegans can’t eat as much of a variety of nutrients as non vegans.

      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went to a friends house and ate vegan gravy, which I was surprised by because gravy usually has a lot of animal products.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was something I could relate to.

    • I found it very interesting that veganism is actually healthy for you and isn’t as bad as I had originally thought it was. I didn’t know that you could sustain proper nutrients and live off of it. I learned a lot from your article such as dancers need extra nutrients. the veganism system doesn’t seem so bad now. it makes it seem that meat isn’t neccasary to live.

    • This article was very intriguing and really opened my mind up to the benefits of becoming a vegan other than the well known fact that it is good for your body. Originally, I had no idea that veganism also contributes to the benefit of the mind; even proving to help to improve stress levels and mood. I love how you also including some problems of this life style such as calories and calcium.

    • Dear Grace :

      I am amazed by your post“More Findings on Veganism” because I helped me understand what being Vegan is and see the studies about it.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A recurring theme seems to emerge as the number one issue with veganism: lack of nutrients. ” I think this is intrestng because when you are vegan you stop eating meat and meat gives you a lot of energy.

      Another sentence that I thought a lot about was: “These deficiencies are especially prevalent for dancers and other athletes who expend a lot of energy daily.” This stood out for me because its very true that when athletes are vegan the end up sometimes eating less energy then the waste which is bad because t does not let them go to there full potential.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find articles of food and daily life eating articles interesting. 🙂

    • dear Grace,
      Your article surprised me because I had no idea you coul stay healthy without eating meat AND it would lower your stress level. One thing I found interesting was how often people are found to have “a lack of nutrients”. This scares me because lots of healthy options will be pointless with this diet.

    • It is interesting how one does not have to eat meat to be healthy. It is also interesting how it reduces stress levels. I would like to learn more on how healthy it is to not eat meat.

    • Veganism just became a brighter subject because one of my friends uses a vegan diet, but rarely. I don’t know why my friend is even dieting at the age of 12 but I’m guessing it is none of my concerns. But, veganism was a helpful thing for many people, but even more people didn’t know about it, including me. But the fact that veganism reduced stress levels, build a somewhat of a healthier body, it is amazing.

    • Dear Grace,
      I am very interested by your post “More Findings on Veganism,” because I had no idea about the health benefits of veganism before reading your article.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “According to the Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, decreasing consumption of animal products has been “associated with improved mood.”” I think this is surprising because I knew that veganism is good for your physical health, but I had no idea of the extent of which it also benefits your mental health!

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you write about interesting topics and have good outside sources of information and your articles are interesting and enjoyable to read.

    • Dear Grace,
      I am very surprised by your post “More Findings on Veganism,” because I had no idea about how many beneficial and healthier alternatives there were.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “According to the Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University, decreasing consumption of animal products has been “associated with improved mood.” I think this is surprising because I knew becoming vegan was good for your heath as well as dieting, but had no idea that it could improve mental health, and may even be stress relieving!!

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you write about topics I had no idea about and I would love to learn more.

  • Mayree,

    I am also looking at veganism and its growing popularity. I think I also read that article regarding the man who struggled with dairy. I am in agreement with you that a plant-based diet can be beneficial to some, however I did read an article about a mom who noticed her kids were malnourished as a result of being vegan. Extreme diets can…[Read more]

  • In my quest to find out if veganism is truly a beneficial diet, I have found several opinions on the issue. In the article “A Vegan Diet Can Cause Malnourishment, Especially in Children,” Mann writes of her fin

  • Veganism has become increasingly more popular as of late, yet I have heard it is more difficult to get essential nutrients so why are people making this choice? Is it trending because it makes you thinner? Or are

    • I think this is a very interesting take on this issue. I was under the impression that people became vegan only because they felt eating animal products was immoral, I never really thought about it from a nutritional perspective. i am interested to see what conclusion you come to, as I just can’t fathom surviving without consuming animals products. Good luck with the paper.

    • This should be a very interesting paper. I am a vegetarian for the reason of eating animal products feels immoral to me. I am interested in seeing what you find out.

    • I was a vegan for four months just to try it out. And yes, vegans do lack B-12 and I took B-12 supplements while I was on the diet. While being vegan, I felt more active in day to day life and it made my skin and hair glow! I can’t wait to see what else you find out from this unique eating style!

  • I agree completely with what you are saying. Specifically in regards to the mascot, I think so long as we are not using the Chieftan in an offensive manner, it is acceptable to continue using this mascot. I would say it is even a compliment that it is being chosen as a mascot because it means we value this tribe as a symbol of strength. Today, we…[Read more]

  • Celia,

    I think this is a very thoughtful post. I have never thought of some of the points that you have made. Trigger warnings are an important part of recovery and I think it is important to keep using them. While some would argue that we are too sensitive, they are an important part of helping people in their paths to recovery.

  • I have never thought about zip codes being a determining factor or defining factor regarding level of education and educational opportunities, so I thought this was a very interesting point that you brought attention to. Additionally, I agree strongly with you that this issue must not go unaddressed. We are supposed to be a country that values…[Read more]

  • Niall,

    I think you have brought up some very real and very frightening possible scenarios that our country could face in the future. I, too am worried about the rash decisions that Trump might make. More specifically, the issue of global warming that you brought up scares me while in Trump’s hands. Thank you for calling to attention his inability…[Read more]

  • Grace commented on the post, Finesse 11 months, 4 weeks ago

    I think your analysis of one word so deeply is very creative and inspiring. I particularly liked how you said, “this word sounds the same as its meaning.” I would not have thought about that on my own, but now that you say it, I completely agree. Thank you for your in depth discussion about such a beautiful word.

  • Dear Kevin,
    While I understand that abortion is a controversial topic, I don’t think it is fair to make the claim that 30% of women “have committed murder” by the age of 45. I think you have made you position on the issue quite clear, but it seems rather judgmental. As a woman, I value my ability to choose to have an abortion or not should that…[Read more]

  • Grace commented on the post, The Human Drive Problem 1 year ago

    Mason,

    You raise a very interesting point. I agree completely with the fact that our society today, and especially the younger generation, is driven by reward. While I think it is important to be rewarded for hardwork, I think our culture has reached an all-time high in passing out rewards. We should focus more on the sense of fulfillment we…[Read more]

  • Grace commented on the post, More sleep please 1 year ago

    Anna,

    This post is incredibly relatable. As highschoolers, we are often sleep-deprived and see the effects that come from this sleep deprivation. I think the suggestion to start school later is an excellent idea. As with all changes to society, I think we would be able to adapt and adjust to the new system regarding drop-off. In the end, I think…[Read more]

  • Hi Caleb,
    While I do agree that people have become sensitive to certain issues and refrain from making comments that could offend certain comments, I do not agree with some of the claims you have made. I think it is a bit harsh to say that it is “stupid because there are only two genders.” That particular part of your piece made me feel much less…[Read more]

  • I think this is a very creative way of addressing such an important issue in today’s society. I especially like the point you make about how we are not fixing the problem by dressing more conservatively and checking our drinks, but rather pushing it onto someone else. I appreciate the fact that you bring up that clothing is not the issue, but…[Read more]

  • Even though the legalization of same sex marriage has been ground breaking, there are still complications that are facing those in the LGBTQ community. The first issue this community has been faced with is

    • Dear Grace :
      I am amazed by your post about “Violence Towards the LGBTQ Community”. Because people of color experience high rates compared to straight cisgender people. Also 21 percent of hate crimes reported in 2013 which is kind of a high percentage.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “even though there is a law permitting same-sex marriage, people still aren’t respectful of others and their rights as a human being”.
      Another sentence that I agree with was: “lesbian, gay and transgender people, especially those of color, experience violence at disproportionately high rates compared to straight cisgender people.” This stood out for me because it shows that people of color are experiencing high rates of violence since there LGBTQ.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the way you explained how you felt about the situation and gave the readers details makes me eager to anticipate your next reading.

    • Grace-
      This is a really good post. The information included is great. We need to make people aware of the issues involving LGBTQ in society today. I agree with everything you said. Violence against the LGBTQ community is at a high right now and something needs to be done about it. This was a great post.

    • Dear Grace,
      I was disappointed, surprised, and yet also unsurprised by the content of your post, “Violence Towards the LGBTQ Community” because I believe that everyone should be who they are, and what they are; should be able to love whom they want to; and should not be restricted by society’s perceived norms. Therefore, reading the statistics in your post hurt and reminded me of how close-minded and unaccepting much of this world is.
      One sentence that particularly struck me was, “According to the FBI, bias against sexual orientation and gender identity accounted for more than 21 percent of hate crimes reported in 2013, with sexuality the second most common single-bias category following race.'” Hate crimes are despicable. 21 percent of them are based on homophobia and transphobia: so many – too many – innocent people are being persecuted, for being true to themselves!
      I agree with you, and I believe that these hate crimes are mere acts of ignorance. However, they have a titanic impact. Those bullies responsible for this inhumane treatment of fellow human beings should put themselves in the shoes of the victims. They should attempt changing their sexual orientation (as many who aren’t heterosexual are urged by society to do), only to realize that sexuality is not a choice. Everyone is born the way that they are, and there is nothing wrong with that.
      I look forward to reading your other posts because topics such as this interest me greatly!

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