Animal companionship

Today my saint bernard Bruno had a grand mal seizure. Since December of last year, he has been having seizures and was soon diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy. His enormous body’s weight leads to regular contusions, albeit mild, when the convulsions happen. He is terrified and disoriented , usually unable to walk properly or stand for minutes after.

But now I am used to it. I know soon before a seizure is about to begin. I position myself around him strategically and hold him to prevent him for hurting himself. We get through it, I hug him when it’s over – in part to comfort him, and in part to keep him from moving around and falling. I talk to him gently and rub his ears. I always tell him it’s ok.

But today the seizure was especially bad. Long and powerful. Eventually, his trachea collapsed. He stopped breathing. I saw it and stared at it. The chest not moving. No breath. At this moment I felt as if I was not inhabiting my body. I could not feel my body. I could not feel my legs, my hands, my face–I wasn’t there. I had a passing thought: so this is how it happens and it happens now?? I know I thought it, knowing it’s a possibility, but I still didn’t believe it; almost as if I had left the tangible facets of living and now had no basis for believing highly probable events. It was too destructive: he cannot be dead. I felt consuming fear: what if I can’t save him?

As I was sitting in the ER lobby of the vet hospital, crying, waiting, I thought what it would feel like to know he had died. I felt I knew him so well, really well. He is in my life. I love him deeply. And while, as I think is more often the case with humans, there is never a state of non-conflicting emotions even about our loved ones, it’s easier for an animal to be experienced as pure good. And this is how I experience him. Without the conflict of ambiguous emotions that somehow sustains you during grief, this was a simple case–something purely good and sweet and trusting would be lost from my life. I felt sick.

They saved him. Intubated and got him to breathe again. Hours later I took him home, crying over him, holding him, treating him as if he had never been treated like gold before. I loved him so much–I love him so much. I would miss him so much. Pure good; kind heart; my darling love. Animal companion. I am still crying.


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Evolution of compassion into veganism

This little article in the huff post struck me as insightful, sincere, hence powerful. What a lovely and personal narrative on the richness of compassion and regard.

I hope you enjoy it.



Thank you to my awesome sister

This post might resonate with some, but it certainly is most relevant to and 100% inspired by my sister, Roza.

Roza (her name means “rose”)  is my very talented, smart, sharp, beautiful sister. She has a clarity of thought and conviction I sometimes envy. She is very strong, very true to her instincts,   she is compassionate and very funny- a truly good friend. Today, I wanted to thank her and send her all my love for being so incredibly supportive of this blog, the ideas behind it, and of me in particular. It has been the single most motivating influence on me in continuing and improving The Vegan Glutton, and has brought me so much confidence and happiness. Thank you, sis, for being so thoughtful, insightful, genuinely kind and amazing. It means the world to me. I love you!!

Oh and I hope one day you go vegan 😉





Celebrating the 100th Tour De France

For all the other TDF fans who cried buckets watching the arrival to Paris and award ceremony–I hope you are out there. Yep, I cried. What a monumental event this is, despite the controversy surrounding it. It never gets old.

Congratulations to Froome, Quintana (!!!), Sagan, Rodriguez, Kittel,Team Sky, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, and to everyone who made it to Paris.


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A wonderful day

Hello, everyone! I hope you woke up to a lovely Sunday morning. Here in Pilly, it’s a day to enjoy the cooling breeze, the final stage of The Tour de France and the magical award ceremony at dawn, to look forward to a run and some weight work outs later.

The best part is the kick start to this gorgeous day–a green, light, iron and vitamins-rich smoothie cherished on a sunny rooftop next to a very friendly and quite handsome saint bernard.

Just mix 1/2 cup of almonds, 1 banana, 2 plums, 4 strawberries, tons of spinach, 1 large carrot, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 lemon and blend!





Thank you!!

This week, The Vegan Glutton has had so many reasons to say “thank you” and celebrate.

In the past 7 days, The Vegan Glutton has not only reached and surpassed 4000 views, but has been fortunate to welcome over 200 new followers on board, be it fellow bloggers or food, health and veganism enthusiasts, and over 100 facebook fans.

So thank you- SO much-thank you for being supportive, for showing you care, for driving the Vegan Glutton to do better, and most of all: thank you for all the kind comments and feedback in this past week. It really really means a lot.

Welcome, and enjoy the vegan gluttony. ❤ how many of you can guess what is the plant in this picture? 😀


This is why I am vegan

Is this disturbing to you? If you answered yes, it’s because you were probably made sick by what you SAW. Now imagine being who you see in this video. Now think about giving dollars to the very people who murder like this, because meat and animal products are tasty, and you buy them. Is this acceptable to you? Is this who you want to be, what you want to be inflicting? If someone is standing next to you, torturing, skinning, beating an animal, then packaging it to look pretty, would you call that perverse? Would you give this person $5 in return? Would you accept what was killed and feed on it?