Can ONE person make a difference?

Hello everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

I spent my Saturday night volunteering with Anonymous for the Voiceless, showing the truth behind factory farming and having peaceful conversations with onlookers (for more information on this, please read my blog post on volunteering).

This was an interesting evening, because we encountered a group of around 300 high school students who were in the area for a convention.  For the most part, the boys turned away or had some nasty comments to make, while the girls completely absorbed themselves in the footage and felt the animals’ suffering (this is not a judgment statement against boys and girls, but I do think that at this age, they are completely different with their emotions.  That is a subject for another time…).

During the night, there was one, young girl who totally touched my heart.  She was mainly watching the footage of how dairy cows are treated, how baby cows are taken away from their moms and are killed (footage that I cannot seem to get out of head even today!).  She couldn’t stop crying and you could see the pain in her eyes.  She completely got it and was asking questions about how to become vegan.  And then she said something that really startled me, “If I become vegan, what does it matter?  I am only one person!  What difference will it make?”

I think this may be the reason why many people don’t change what they are doing, whether it is recycling, going vegan, not using straws, composting, etc.  Can one person really make a difference?!

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First of all, imagine if everyone thought like this!  Imagine the people who have made a huge impact (like Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Oprah!) thinking that there was no point to trying because they were only ONE person.

Second of all, even ONE person who goes vegan can make an impact on this world.  In just one year of being vegan a person can save 365 animals, 10,957 square feet of forest, 16,436 pounds of grain, and 401,766 gallons of water!!!  That is huge!  In addition, if that one vegan encourages 100 other people to go vegan, think of the impact that will have on the planet, their health and the animals who get to live.

ONE person can and WILL absolutely make a difference.  Do not ever sell yourself short because you don’t think that what you do matters.  Every action we take has an effect on this planet (good or bad) and we have to choose wisely.

I actually think it’s pretty cool that what we choose to feed our bodies can affect so much of this world.  I find it empowering ❤

 

Do you want to see how much of an impact you have made on this planet by being vegan?  Head over to vegan calculator to check your statistics!

Why Do Vegans Always Talk About Being Vegan???

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I set up a little experiment on Facebook and asked my followers for the one question that they have for vegans.  Most of the questions were ones that I expected.  “Where do you get your protein?” “What supplements do you take?”  But one that I didn’t expect, and caught me a bit off guard, was …..“WHY DO VEGANS ALWAYS TALK ABOUT BEING VEGAN?”  

Here is a quick video with my answer.  I hope that you will take a few moments to watch it.

***Also, if you have a question for me, please make sure to leave it in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you. ❤

 

 

Why Being an Ethical Vegan Can Be the Worst Kind of Vegan

Hello all! I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  I want to warn everyone that the following blog isn’t like the others that I have posted.  However, I had to get this one out of my mind…that’s what blogs are for after all, right?!  Anyway, I hope that I don’t offend anyone and that this just gives you a little insight into who I really am.  Thank you for reading.

 

There are many different types of vegans and many different reasons why people choose this lifestyle.  Some do it for the animals, while others do it for health benefits.  Some do it because of the impending climate change while others do it to lose weight.  For me it was never a choice: I am an ethical vegan who does it to end the suffering of animals.  Over the last few months, I have thought about it and have realized that being an ethical vegan may just be the worst kind of vegan.

By this I don’t mean that ethical vegans are any less of vegans or that they are worse because they have chosen to omit meat because of ethics.  What I mean is that I think being an ethical vegan is the most difficult in terms of what we are able to endure with our own sensitivities, morals or emotions.

Let me give you an example.  While eating a meal with carnivorous family and friends, I look around on the plates and I don’t see meat next to their salads.  What I see is a voiceless animal who had been slaughtered and had his or her most precious life taken away so that my family and friends can enjoy the taste for a few seconds.  When they drink a glass of milk, truly believing that it will “do their body good”, I see a cow whose been artificially inseminated, has given birth and has had her child ripped away from her.  I hear her cries and can only imagine the pain she has endured.

Being an ethical vegan means that I cry during every animal documentary, after every Facebook video depicting the meat industry, and when non-vegans make bacon jokes.  It means that I spend sleepless nights trying to figure out how to save every animal in this world and feeling hopeless when realizing that there may never be an end to this inhumane treatment.  It means not wanting to be around others who eat animal products because you can no longer bare it.

Although I truly think that being an ethical vegan is difficult, I know that those of us who go by this title, were put on this planet right now for a reason.  Maybe it takes those of us with giant, empathetic, animal-loving hearts to help make a difference and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  However, on a day to day basis it can be hard to stomach (literally). 🙂

What do you think?  Do I have any other ethical vegans out there who feel the same way?  I would love to hear from you……

“Are You Afraid They’ll Hate You Because You’re Vegan?”

A few weeks ago I was getting ready for a social gathering and all of a sudden, I had this uncontrollable anxiety surrounding the event.  When talking to a friend about it, we pinned my anxiety down to the fear of meeting new people.  This was something that I had struggled with in the past but wasn’t sure why this event had me so worked up.  We went over the details one by one and couldn’t figure out where it was stemming from….until my friend had this one thought.  And here was where the question came in, the question that made me ponder the views of society surrounding my lifestyle.  “Are you afraid they’ll hate you because you’re vegan?” she asked.  And just like that, my whole world stood still in complete disbelief and confusion.

“Hate me because I am vegan?!”  I played this question in my head over and over again and asked myself why anyone would ever hate someone because they are vegan.  And then I saw it as my brain replayed the memes, the videos and the numerous, puzzled faces of people who questioned my lifestyle.

I thought about the vegans that I know and how they are some of the most inspirational, strong willed people that I know and this is why…….

Here are some of the reasons why I think it should be impossible to hate a vegan:

  1.  Vegans are some of the most compassionate people out there!  Every day vegans are making a choice: a choice to save an innocent animal and to give them a life they deserve.  They have enormous hearts and the thought of any animal being tortured will make them cringe. They are some of the ones out there marching, starting sanctuaries, donating and being a voice for the anonymous.
  2. Vegans persevere!!!  Unfortunately, we live in a society where your food choices are almost like your religious beliefs and not everyone feels the same way that we do.  We have to fight obstacles and defend our choices EVERY single day.  People look at you like you are crazy, you get numerous questions about where your protein comes from, and people simply do not understand.  An individual has to be strong willed and persistent to get through the daily grind of being vegan.
  3. Vegans care about YOUR future!  Studies have shown, and there is absolutely no denying, that we are causing immense harm to our planet.  Even if we stopped everything harmful right now, it would take over 100 years to reverse it.  Every choice we make affects our planet, our future and the future of our kids/grandkids.  With every bite that a vegan takes, he or she is cutting down on animal agriculture, saving water, decreasing climate change, and is creating a better future for YOU!

***I realize that these are all general statements, and just like with any group, I cannot account for every vegan.  I realize that we are all different, but these statements are true about the vegans that I know.

I know that there will still be haters out there, but I ask you to think about these points next time you start making fun of someone who is vegan.  There is so much more to us than quinoa and kale 🙂 .

And for those of you who are out there living this lifestyle, please be proud of who you are and be PROUD THAT WHO YOU ARE IS A VEGAN!