Can't be caged

Part of my job as a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer is to help people eat right.  What is right though?  Well my UVM Nutrition Degree and background tells me it is really hard to get the protein we need from vegan sources alone but the yoga teacher and animal lover in me try's to practice ahimsa, the yogic concept and limb of non-harming, so eating meat and animal products often conflicts with my moral conscience and makes me feel like less of a Yogini.  So Yogi’s and Buddhist would go so far as to say you aren’t a yogi if you eat meat. So what's a girl to do?  My solution is to eat free-range eggs.  First I need you to understand the difference between "free-range" and "cage free".  Free-range eggs are from birds who live outside.  These birds peck, scratch and cluck happily (I hope) outdoors.  Most people don't realize it but "cage-free" really is a trick to get you to think you're doing something good for the animals but cage-free is almost the same as caged because it just means free to walk around the bottom of a crowded cement warehouse floor.  These birds are usually angry, sickly and stressed and they don't get the same nutrients that out door birds do which makes their shells weaker and their yolks much runnier.  There are mines specifically set-up to dig up the earth for minerals to feed chickens to make their egg shells harder so they don't break at the store or in production cutting into the bottom line and customer satisfaction. The dirt they are fed makes up for the lack of dirt that inevitably finds it's way into the chickens systems when they are outside, which naturally hardens their eggshells.   These mines are just another harm to the environment and our landscape.  But what about other nutrients "cage free" and caged birds are lacking, like lack of fresh air and sun light.  Lack of freedom to move around maybe fly and stretch their wings?   I know I feel healthiest when I am outside.  And it's no different for animals.  They get large benefits from being outdoors, not just nutritionally.  I know this because I have chickens and let me tell you, I can see them pecking at the windiw in the morning if I am late to let them out as they are desperate to get outside. So next time you are in the grocery store buy FREE RANGE eggs please!.  Or better yet, stop at one of the numerous people houses that sell eggs straight from their own chickens.  We are luck enough to live in VT, a state where lots of your neighbors have free range chickens and sell their own eggs. Yet we'd rather go to the grocery store and buy eggs from chickens from who knows where and treated who knows how and are perfectly happy to be ignorant of where are food comes from. All the while digging up the earth and ruining the landscape to feed our inhumanly treated animals the nutrients they lack from being contained.  Stop being lazy and "cheap" and start buying food that is treated humanly.  Your body and the world will be better for it if you start acting more consciously on the impact you have.  Not to mention you will feel better about eating your food if you know it is from happy healthy animals that were treated well and how a good life.  It's all a big circle this life, and we should all practice Ahimsa.  Stop treating animals just as products and rather treat them for what they are, life...