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anonymous asked:

Hello there; I've been looking through your blog and, as many others say, I just ADORE your art! I was also wondering if you could give me some advice. For quite a few months now I've utterly lost all motivation to draw. I want to go into something with art, so this devastates me, and whenever I try to draw I just get so easily frustrated. I've been an avid artist since I can remember, so for me to suddenly not want to draw for months on end really concerns me. Any suggestions to fix this?

(hi!! apologies for the late reply. i hope this can still be of some help to you despite that!)

i think that’s a feeling every artist struggles with at some point. you love art, you love making art, and it’s immensely frustrating when that suddenly doesn’t work out despite all the effort you’ve been putting in. and then you start to lose motivation, question yourself and everything you’re doing, and it’s a vicious cycle that’s really hard to break out of. so what can we do?

well, here’s a thing. let’s call it the productivity branch.

i feel like my own creative cycles are very seasonal. not in the sense that my creativity depends on the season, but rather that my creativity itself goes through different seasons.

  • spring: new ideas, motivation, productivity still low 
  • summer: lots of ideas and very productive
  • autumn: still productive drawing leftover ideas, but new ideas are harder to come by. and then 
  • winter: nothing. art-block. lack of ideas, everything-sucks-syndrome, no motivation, the creative part of my brain is basically hibernating

that’s you up there. you’re in a creative winter right now. and without any inspiration or motivation it’ll be hard to find a way to cross that gap over to a new spring (pls bear with the cheesy analogies). and if your cut yourself off from inspirational influence you might start to think that, hey, this isn’t so bad. i mean, who needs spring right? just means you have to do things. be active. yikes. winter’s pretty chill. haha. 

but don’t do that. it’ll come around and bite you at some point, because that lack of motivation and activity might start to seep into other parts of your life, not just the creative one, and you don’t want that.

so! when you don’t have ideas and motivation to create, then don’t create. but instead make an effort to inspire yourself. inspiration entails motivation (and vice versa).

  • read books, short stories, poems, science articles, anything
  • go on walks, explore your surroundings, if affordable maybe even go somewhere farther away
  • let people tell you stories
  • listen to new music
  • try things you haven’t done before (deliberately break old habits)
  • go through other people’s inspiration blogs
  • collaborate with a friend
  • get really invested in something, talk to others about it
  • watch movies, animated shorts, documentaries 
  • or speedpaintings and art tutorials
  • try different techniques, or new brushes
  • look at art that’s so inspiring that you can’t believe you’re still just sitting there not drawing anything yourself
  • and most importantly, be receptive. take in the world around you, rearrange it in your head, and draw whatever you end up with. that’s the core of what creativity is

think about what you want to achieve. make your friends smile? draw something really cool you can print out and hang up in your room? touch people’s hearts? deliver a message? whatever it is, and however small or inconsequential it might seem, keep it in mind. it’s your light at the end of the tunnel.

if want to keep drawing for the sake of muscle memory while you’re still looking for your inspiration: 

  • illustrate your daily activities
  • draw a random shape or find one in a photo (clouds are ideal for this) and turn it into a character or object
  • pick different pictures and combine elements from each of them into one drawing
  • do plain ol’ studies 
  • basically don’t try to come up with things completely from scratch. find something to work with and go from there. that will save you the mentally draining task of coming up with a subject, so you can start actively drawing right away

if you still can’t make yourself pick up a pen, make a schedule. train your brain to turn its creative gears at a specific time of the day, make that a habit. do it for pavlov

approach drawing with the awareness that what you create might suck, especially when you’re out of practice, but this doesn’t mean that it will always suck, and it doesn’t mean you suck. if you learn to dissociate your current creative achievements from your worth as a person and your future potential you will get back to work a lot easier, improve faster, and be more resistant to setbacks. 

find something that makes it worth the effort of working through the frustration. 

you might need to try a lot of different things because everyone copes with this differently, and even when a method worked once that doesn’t mean it always will. so start trying! you can only find inspiration if you start looking for it. 👍

Chad Michael Murray was actually the worst friend a person could have.

It all started on what began as a normal Friday. Jared woke up, knocked loudly on Chad’s door, took Harley and Sadie for a run, came back to shower, knocked loudly on Chad’s door again, and started breakfast. He hummed a happy tune quietly with a smile in place as he grabbed food from the refrigerator and cabinets.  Eventually Chad stumbled in, more squinty-eyed than usual, and running his hands through his spiky-blond, unruly bed hair.

“Morning, Sunshine,” Jared grinned, breaking the eggs into the sizzling pan.

“Fuck you, asswipe,” Chad spat.  Pulling on a chair at the breakfast bar so rough it screeched across the linoleum floor, he hauled himself up in it and glared at the back of Jared’s cheery head.

“You’re in a worse mood than usual,” Jared snorted, knowing that no matter how bad of a mood Chad was in, it was just an inherent part of his personality - nothing personal.

“Yeah, I am,” Chad groaned, nearly slamming his forehead into the counter top as he let it plop down.  “I was having a great night – made out with Sophia for, like, three hours straight, ate pizza, jacked off –“

“Really, dude?” Jared interrupted.

“– listened to some music, and then fell asleep, but not before fucking remembering that your gay boyfriend was coming over today,” he finished as though Jared never spoke.  

“Did you just call my boyfriend gay?” Jared asked incredulously.

“Uh, yeah.  Because he is.”  There was a pause.  

“Yep, that is true,” came with the shake of a head.  “But what’s the big deal?  Jensen comes over almost every weekend.”

“I know, but, like,” Chad groaned and slammed his head back against the counter top, “when he’s over you’re all mushy and gross and I can only handle so much gay in my life, okay?  And when he’s here, it’s double the gay.  It’s gay multiplied.  Gay squared.  That’s too much gay.”  Jared rolled his eyes and tossed the English muffins in the toaster.  

“Why don’t you go stay with Sophia or one of your other friends?” Jared suggested.

“Sophia is having a girl’s night or something tonight, I don’t really know.  She said, ‘Me and the girls want a wine and pedicure night,’ and I was like, ‘Fine, I’m gonna have a beer and video game night’ – which isn’t different than every other night, but, y’know.  And I have no other friends, Jared, why else do you think I’m living with your gay ass? That and you have the best gaming system so it was kind of a no-brainer.”

“Feelin’ the love, Chad.”

“Don’t feel the love from me, your boyfriend’ll be here in a few hours.”  

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anonymous asked:

Hi, i'm sorry if i'm bothering but i'm making my portfolio for applying to an animation school and it's supposed to be finished in february and i just can't seem to get perspective down properly and i was wondering if you have any tips since your art is so good and you already attend an animation school? Any tips or guidelines would help. Thank you. (And if you're busy i'm sorry and i hope you have a nice day and start feeling better soon becaude i know you've been depressed for a while, sorry)

Oh gosh its no problem at all!! I hope the portfolio goes well for you!! Also thank you very much for the kind words, I’ve been on the up recently and I hope to keep getting better ; v ;!!

As for tips, one of the most important things to do (at least when I do it) is go for the feel first and sketch it out without rulers. Try to see how the form looks with just your eye, maybe try sketching out lots of simple objects first (like shoe boxes or tables) from life to improve your observation skills. Then, go back in and fix the perspective with rulers and horizon lines (shortened to HL for my sake haha) and vanishing points (VPs). 

The thing about all the rules about rulers and HLs and VPs is, they’re there to polish up your work and make the ideas you already have more accurate to life. If you go straight into constructing forms using HLs, VPs, and rulers, its going to feel stiff and awkward, and the forms won’t have quite the right proportions etc. It’s hard to see the big picture when you’re already caught up in following all the rules of proper perspective. If you flesh out your scene first with your own ideas and fix it up later with rulers, it’ll strengthen the work. 

Here’s a tutorial of what I mean: 

Say I want to draw a desk! In order to do that, I first draw the sketch of a desk. This is purely from my knowledge of shapes and forms, and isn’t entirely accurate. That’s okay tho! We’ll fix it later.

Once you’re satisfied with your sketch, pull out a ruler! Pick two lines parallel on your desk that you like the angle of, and extend their lines until they join up. That’s your first VP! 

Since this is a two point perspective object though, we need a second VP for the perpendicular lines. In order to do that, we need to create a horizon line. 

A horizon line in two point perspective will always do two things: 1, connect with all of the VPs, and 2, be perpendicular to all 90* verticals (for example, the table legs). With these two rules in mind, draw a line extending from the first VP perpendicular to the table legs. Now you have a horizon line! This is where the eye level of the viewer is. 

From there, take one of the tabletop’s perpendicular lines and extend it until it reaches the horizon line. This creates your second VP. 

Now comes all the corrections! Using your two vanishing points, connect all the parallel lines to their respective VPs. I usually line up the point furthest on the line to the VP, and let the VP correct the rest of the line. For things like table legs, the bottoms of them lie flat on the floor, so treat that like it’s one line. 

Once you’ve corrected all your lines, go ahead and draw in the form! If you aren’t confident in your lines or want a really straight edge, go ahead and use a ruler. Otherwise I tend to sometimes wing it for a more natural aesthetic, but it’s not everyone’s taste.

And there you have it, a more accurate table! Go ahead and erase any unwanted lines and you should be good to go :) 

Keep in mind this works for whole scenes at a time! As long as you have appropriate VPs and stick to them, it will clean up and fix your issues really well. 

Just be sure to keep in mind, the closer the vanishing points are to each other, the shorter the focal length. That means it will look more dynamic, or potentially wonky if they’re too close together. Further apart vanishing points means longer focal length, meaning flatter images (which can be good if you want something to look dull and boring). 

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions just ask! :)

apoll-oh-no  asked:

do you have any art tips for beginners?

ALRIGHT MY SMALL CHILDREN, GATHER AROUND BIG SISTER SOL, I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU 3 TIPS THAT’LL HELP MAKE DRAWING EASIER FOR YOU!!!

Step #1
DRAW EVERYDAY. It doesn’t have to be a big picture or an extravagant work of art that you spend hours on. It could just be a simple doodle at the bottom of your math homework. Just make sure that you’re practicing every day and getting into the habit of drawing something, anything. I don’t care if it’s just a scribble on a napkin, take some time out of your day to draw something. I promise that with each passing day, your art will improve. You don’t know how many times I’ve flipped through a notebook that took a year to finish and being truly shocked at how much the last page looked so much better than the first. Your art will continue to grow and get better, but you gotta give it the chance. You gotta put in the effort. It will absolutely be worth it in the long run!

Step #2
IT’S OK TO COPY. Now before I get hugely gunned down by this, let me explain. Growing up, there were these couple of artist’s style that I absolutely adored, and I knew I wanted to draw with as much detail an accuracy and expression as they did. So I copied their art. I would either stare at it for hours trying to mimic how they drew a certain pose or hair style, or I would straight up trace it on my computer screen. THIS IS OK. Why is it ok? Because I NEVER posted that art. I never showed anyone that art. I never credited that art as being my own. The only purpose that copying served was to help me get into the rhythm and practice of being able to draw certain things better ON MY OWN. As long as you don’t actually STEAL the person’s art and claim it as your own, then it’s ok and I highly recommend it to young artists who are still trying to get their own style going. How else are you going to learn unless you study from someone else? 

And it’s ok to compare yourselves with other artists. I see a lot of posts about how you should never compare your work to someone else’s, but I think that, at least for a beginning artist, you absolutely should! The reason being because it’ll help you to learn and grow and get as many tips as you can so that you can have the best artillery at your side to be able to use when creating a style. DON’T compare yourselves to artists or their work if you only mean to bash your own. And DON’T ever say that you will never be able to draw like that person because your art sucks comparatively. Just. No. Guess what? You’re right. You will never be able to draw like that person. Because that is their style. It has nothing to do with your art’s value or your ability. What you can do, is compare you art at a brighter angle. “I’ll never be able to draw like that person, but I like the way they draw eyes, and I wanna see if I can try to practice and draw eyes like that on my own characters.” That’s ok! Just be smart with this, and use your common sense sweethearts.

STEP #3
STAY POSITIVE. Relax. Take a deep breath. You’re not going to be a Da Vinci in a day, ok? So don’t stress about it. It’s going to take time and effort. But if you’re dedicated enough, then you’ll get there. Don’t ever criticize your work more than you need to. You are your harshest critic, but you’ll never get anywhere if you take yourself to seriously and reprehmend every little detail. Take the good with the bad. With every critic, find a compliment. Give yourself a chance to grow and learn and ALWAYS be proud of what you have accomplished so far! Don’t get discouraged by people who are better than you at a younger age, or are super popular or really anything. Don’t let anyone discourage you or make you feel like your art is any less valid. Don’t draw for anyone but you. You might be your biggest critic, but guess what, you should also be you biggest fan! Drawing is hard! But look at you, doing it and conquering it and having such patience and resilience for it! You’re already so amazing! And your art will be too! Have confidence in yourself, even if others don’t. I promise, you’ll get to where you want to be eventually, and you’ll be so happy when you do! You’ll look back on your old binders filled with Oc’s and self inserts and just be amazed at how much you’ve grown from when you first started! (Yes always keep old drawings. I don’t care how crappy they are, KEEP THEM! They’ll be so much fun to look at when you’re older!)

There are a lot of tips and techniques that other people can give you, but these are 3 tips that have always gotten me through thick and thin, and I hope they’ll help you. Just remember babes, drawing is fun! And it’ll only get more fun as you go along!

So keep learning. Keep striving. Keep practicing. Keep confident. Keep trying.

Keep Drawing! And never stop drawing! 

anonymous asked:

I'm thirteen. Why do I have stretch marks on my thighs and butt?

Hi darling, x

Speaking from a personal level, I have major stretch marks on by butt, thighs, and boobs. But that’s because I’m finally growing into my body, I can’t say for sure why you might have stretch marks, but I’ve done some research…

Once you’ve checked out those links, I have a few things that I’d like to show you!

20 Ways to Love Your Body

  1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams.  Honor it.  Respect it.  Fuel it.
  2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do.  Read it and add to it often.
  3. Become aware of what your body can do each day.  Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
  4. Create a list of people you admire:  people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world.  Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.
  5. Walk with your head held high, supported by pride and confidence in yourself as a person.
  6. Don’t let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.
  7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.
  8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
  9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance.  Try one!
  10. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy.
  11. Consider this:  your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months.  Your body is extraordinary—begin to respect and appreciate it.
  12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
  13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.
  14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.  Exercise for the Three F’s: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.
  15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body.  Loving your body means you get to feel like that again, even in this body, at this age.
  16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself—without mentioning your appearance.  Add to it daily!
  17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”
  18. Search for the beauty in the world and in yourself.
  19. Consider that, “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”
  20. Eat when you are hungry.  Rest when you are tired.  Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty.

10 Steps to Positive Body Image

One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can introduce you to healthier ways of looking at yourself and your body.  The more you practice these new thought patterns, the better you will feel about who you are and the body you naturally have.

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do.  Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams.  Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.
  2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself—things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like.  Read your list often.  Add to it as you become aware of more things to like about yourself.
  3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin deep.  When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful regardless of whether you physically look like a supermodel.   Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
  4. Look at yourself as a whole person.  When you see yourself in a mirror or in your mind, choose not to focus on specific body parts.  See yourself as you want others to see you–as a whole person.
  5. Surround yourself with positive people.  It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of liking yourself just as you naturally are.
  6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person.  You can overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones.  The next time you start to tear yourself down, build yourself back up with a few quick affirmations that work for you.
  7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body.  Work with your body, not against it.
  8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages.  Pay attention to images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body.  Protest these messages:  write a letter to the advertiser or talk back to the image or message
  9. Do something nice for yourself—something that lets your body know you appreciate it.  Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, find a peaceful place outside to relax.
  10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others.   Sometimes reaching out to other people can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world.

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Steps to improve self esteem:

  1. Focus on your strengths – figure out what you are good at! There are plenty of things that you are wonderful at and use those to build your confidence! No one is good at everything so do not fret if you are bad at something! Instead focus on what you are good at and enjoy them!
  2. Learn from your mistakes - you don’t have to be good at everything like mentioned above but use your mistakes to your advantage! Don’t worry about them- live and learn!
  3. Do what you love – make time everyday to do something you enjoy! Do something that makes you happy to improve your mood!
  4. Tell yourself you are beautiful - stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are ! Keep telling yourself and fake it until you make it! Really mean what you are saying a realize all of the beautiful things about you - including any flaws ( they make you unique!)
  5. Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones – instead of thinking your legs are big or whatever your problem is, be thankful you have working legs that you can run marathons with if you wanted! Try to stay optimistic and see the positive side of everything! It will greatly improve your mood and outlook on life!
  6. Realize that beauty has no measure on your life. Okay even if someone is not beautiful that has no relevance to one’s life ! Everyone has worth and is amazing! I am sure you are the prettiest person ever but even if you are not then who really cares? What does it really matter? All that matters is that you are happy and love your life- and that should not be dependent upon whether or not you are pretty.
  7. Weight has no relevance to beauty! Whether you are 100 or 300 pounds you can be beautiful! Please do not relate the two to one another! See this post (:
  8. Spend time with people you love and who love you! It is important to spend time with loved ones! They will boost your mood and confidence! If people have a negative impact on your life then you don’t have to spend time with them! Don’t feel like you must stick around for everyone! You have to put yourself first and make sure you are happy! Don’t let others drag you down!
  9. Remember that life is simple - the sun rises and the sun sets, we just tend to complicate the process. Remember the simplicity in life and let it help you to stay calm and stay focused on the important things! Love yourself and love your life! Enjoy it while you can and don’t let everything stress you out so much!
  10. Be generous! Help others, be kind to others, and give when you can. It will spread love and make you feel better as a person.

Now, lets work on changing your thought process. Changing the way you think about things for example, when you have negative thoughts. Try these thoughts instead:

  • I am ugly - I am beautiful
  • I am worthless - I have worth
  • I am sick - I will heal
  • I hate myself - I will learn to love myself
  • I am weak - I am strong, or I wouldn’t be here today
  • I am moody - I have profound emotional depth
  • I am lost - I will find myself
  • I am scared - I have courage
  • I am crazy - It is normal to struggle
  • I am in pain - It’s okay to hurt
  • I am tired - I will not give up
  • I’m not good enough - I am better than “good enough”
  • I can’t change - I can change

Once you’ve tried changing your thought process, the next set of advice I have for you is some awesome links that I think you could benefit from looking into”

Helpful Links:

Keep me updated? xx

anonymous asked:

I have bulimia. I account my binging to me wanting/needing to numb. I go through so much emotional and physical pain each time I binge and purge. I want to recover more than anything. My life is being taken from me everyday with this disorder. I'm about to enter treatment for a third time in the past 2 years. I'm incredibly certain that I want recovery, but each time after a few months out of treatment, I've relapsed. It's killing my soul slowly. What is your take on eating disorder recovery?

Understand that you have the strength. Here are some extra quotes for inspiration. Good luck my friend

1. Think, “In a thousand years who’s going to care?” ~Shaec Cooper

2. Focus on the good in your life, reflect on your past achievements, and look to your mentors and all they have achieved. ~Tiscanny Derksen

3. Tell yourself, “If I don’t try then I’ll never know. Don’t doubt yourself. You are a perfect example of talent and beauty.” ~Annie Pryatel

4. My mantra for this year: My abilities will always outweigh my doubts. The moment when I think I can’t is the moment that I can.” ~Lissa Rae

5. The moment you feel it creeping in, it’s time to act. Get involved and let experience prove you wrong. ~Hector Peguero

6. Acknowledge them but don’t invest in them. Then move on. ~Ray Benoit

7. Ask where the doubt stems from. Is it your intuitive self or your fearful self? Ask that question and listen to the very first thought that comes into your head. Believe that one. ~Wendy Chadwick

8. When in doubt, zoom out. If you doubt all the time, you need to zoom out to the big picture. ~Mary Mecca

9. Ask yourself, “What will happen if I doubt this doubt?” ~Gareth Stubbs

10. What’s the worst that could happen if you do what you feel doubtful about? Is that something you can deal with? Then do it! Most of our worries are a waste of time. What will happen, will happen. ~Kate Roselund

11. Put one foot in front of the other and keep going. ~Roze Quartz

12. Learn to live with them comfortably. ~Esteban Cabral

13. Realize that doubts are fear, and fear is: Forgetting Everything’s All Right. ~Sherri Levy

14. The doubtful vibe that you send out into the universe will only create more doubt. Refocus and believe. ~Tiffany Helton

15. Breathe. ~Marti Erickson Chamberlain

16. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Doubt is only a thought and feeling, nothing to resist. ~De-stress Your Success

17. Notice that a doubt is just a thought and don’t believe in it. ~Rami Liesaho

18. See doubt as a means to improve yourself. Break through the barrier of doubt to better yourself. ~Deepak Soowamber

19. You have to walk through them, and it sometimes turns out your doubts were well-founded. You aren’t guaranteed a “good” outcome but there is treasure even in a “bad” outcome if you know how to look. ~Alyson Irvin

20. Start with love. Be still with love. And work through with love. ~Pamela Paraison


Namaste,

Forrest Curran

anonymous asked:

I have a couple questions about veganism. So clearly, the animal industry is cruel and horrid and no one should be supporting the inhumane treatment of cows, pigs, baby chicks, etc, but is there something wrong with eating free raised, hormonal free meat, say from your own farm or an ethical farm? Also, processed meats are linked to cancer like hotdogs, sausage, etc, but not fish or lean meats... I'm just trying to heat your thoughts to become more educated :)

Hey! I’m happy to hear that you’re trying to become more educated on the subject and I’m definitely glad to help :)

The terms “free range”, “cage free”, “ethical” are marketing ploys created to make you, a potential client, feel less guilty about your food. The reality behind this is far more different.

“Cage free” chickens can still be confined in very close quarters inside a building where they are standing in their own muck and can barely move.
According to the USDA regulation, “free range” only means that the chickens were allowed “access” to the outside with no specifications as the quality or the duration of that outside exposure. This means that even if a farmer opened the door to a coop with thousands of birds inside and then closed it before any chickens went outside, he would still be able to use the “free-range” label. So unfortunately, this term is mostly used where the chickens are crammed in large warehouses that has a small door on one end that opens to a few feet of outside dirt space. Most of the chickens never even know that door exists and couldn’t get there even if they wanted to.
Here’s a picture of a so-called “free range” farm.


Moreover,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not regulate “free-range” or “free-roaming” claims for beef products.
When it comes to “hormonal free” meat, all poultry and pork sold in the US must be “hormonal free”. The truth is though, it’s impossible to buy meat that is hormone free. It is important to understand that all multi-cellular organisms contain hormones, whether they are beef, broccoli, eggs, soybeans — or people. No food or living thing can be “hormone-free,” despite marketing claims that may suggest this to be so. Livestock and poultry can be grown without added hormones, but they cannot be hormone-free.

Although these “free range” and “cage free” meats are an improvement, their main idea is to turn a living, breathing animal into a piece of meat.

As far as lean meats not being linked to cancer, I have to agree. There has not been a study made observing vegetarians/vegans and people who only ate fish/lean meats, comparing their health results.
However, eating animal products, even lean meats, is still not ethical and far more damaging to our planet than incorporating a vegan lifestyle. 

GREENHOUSE GASES

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.  
  • Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
  • US Methane emissions from livestock and natural gas are nearly equal.
  • Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals. (Source)

    WATER 

  • Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption.
  • 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
  • 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture.
  • Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today. (Source)

    LAND
     

  • Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat. (Source)

    WASTE

  • A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.  (Source)


    OCEANS
      
  • We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
    90-100 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.  
    As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year.
  • For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.  
    As many as 40% (63 billion pounds) of fish caught globally every year are discarded.
  • Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.  (Source)

    RAINFOREST

  • 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops.
  • Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
  • 150-200 species per day are lost per day.
  • 136 million rainforest acres cleared for animal agriculture. (Source)

    To sum up, the choice is yours.
    Surely you can eat ”free range” meats. You can eat lean meats/fish, although their long-term effect aside a plant-based diet hasn’t been studied. It’s your body.
    But it’s also your food’s life and your planet. We are living in a time when none of our food needs to come from death, so why bother?