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!

The First Step to Going Vegan

I often talk to people who are thinking about going vegan but they have no idea where to start.  It can seem like an overwhelming process to someone who has been consuming meat for their entire life.  But it doesn’t have to be stressful or confusing.

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I believe that the first step to going vegan is to find your “why”.  This can seem like a simple process, but it is also a crucial one.  Are you considering going vegan to save animals, to reduce climate change, to protect your body from disease, to increase your energy, to improve your skin, to lose weight, to improve your digestion, to align with your morals and spirituality or to save our planet?  The reasons are endless!

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So how do you find your “why”?  I highly recommend watching the following documentaries to see what resonates with you the most:

*Forks Over Knives on Netflix  (Health)

*What the Health on Netflix (Health)

*Cowspiracy on Netflix (Environment)

*Food Inc. on Netflix (all encompassing)

*Earthlings on Youtube (Animals)

*Dominion (Animals)

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I also recommend visiting a local sanctuary.  Not only will you get to be up close and personal with animals who have been rescued from the animal agriculture industries, but you will also get to hear their stories and to learn about what happens to animals destined to be on our plates.

(Two of my favorite,  local sanctuaries are Farm Animal Refuge and Sale Ranch Sanctuary).  If you aren’t local, there is always Google 🙂

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Now that you have your “why” make sure to post it everywhere!  Post pictures of your why around the house, on your computer, on your phone and on your refrigerator.  Changing old habits isn’t always easy and having this reminder will give you constant motivation so that you will stick with the transition to going vegan.

I hope that helps!

If you have already found your “why”, please comment below with your reason. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

How to go Vegan Overnight (or on your own time)…..

Hello everyone,

Have you, or a friend, ever considered going vegan but aren’t quite sure where to start?  If so, today’s video is perfect for you!

Although the title implies going vegan “overnight”, I will also take you through steps for a slow transition.  I will help you figure out your motivation for going vegan, show you where to start and provide resources for your plant based journey.

Please take a few moments to watch the video. Also, please make sure to share the video with any family or friends who may be interested in making this amazing transition.

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. ❤

 

 

Dairy is Scary…and Why I am Heartbroken

Hello all,

I had an amazing weekend with a trip to a local farm sanctuary (blog coming soon!) and I met my first cow!!!  She was incredibly smart, docile and was one of the sweetest animals I have ever met.  While hearing her story, the one thing that stuck out most was the fact that she was rescued at just ONE HOUR OLD!  This truly shocked me and led me to do some serious research on the dairy industry.  Here are some of my findings and why I truly think that we should all eliminate dairy from our diets.

***Before I continue, just a note that I have also created a short video for my visual learners out there.  Here is the link if you prefer this to reading the facts:

There are SO many reasons to give up dairy but let’s start with some of the HEALTH reasons:

  • First, no other species drinks milk from another species.  Hmmm……
  • Second, a mama cow produces milk for her baby calf.  The calf drinks this milk in order to grow into a large animal.  A very large animal (a dairy cow can weigh 1,400-1,600 pounds)!  So, what do we think that milk is doing to us?!  It is contributing to weight gain and obesity.
  • In addition, dairy has been linked in numerous studies to an increased risk for certain cancers:  prostate, lung, breast and ovarian.
  • SO GROSS!  When dairy cows are milked over and over, it often causes infections and will create pus.  The FDA actually allows some pus in our milk.  So not only are we drinking antibiotics and hormones, but we are drinking pus and eating coagulated pus (cheese!) 😦
  • While we may enjoy the taste of dairy, we absolutely do not need it for any health reasons.  While the milk industry has us believe that we need it for calcium, we can actually get all of the calcium we need from the same place that our cows get it from: PLANTS!

And now, let’s discuss the ETHICAL reasons:

  • Just like humans, a dairy cow will only produce milk if she is pregnant or has given birth.  Therefore, she is artificially inseminated over and over again for the entirety of her short life (they are often killed at 4-5 years old where normally they can live into their 20’s).  This is done while they are connected to what the industry calls a “rape rack.”
  • Once the mom has given birth, the farmers do not want the babies to drink the milk so the calf is ripped away from his/her mom.  The mom screams in agony for days.
  • If the calf is a boy, he will be killed for veal.  If the calf is a female, she will be sentenced to the same life as her mom.
  • They will all end up being killed and used for meat.

There are so many other reasons not to consume dairy, including its extreme contribution to climate change.  However, that is probably enough fun for today.  If you want to learn more or read the facts yourself please check out the following resources:

*Cowspiracy http://www.cowspiracy.com NETFLIX

*Forks Over Knives https://www.forksoverknives.com NETFLIX

*What the Health  http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com  NETFLIX

*Best Speech You Will Ever Hear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

*Dairy is Scary: The industry explained in 5 minutes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

***I am sorry for this blog.  I normally try to remain happy and full of smiles, but this is something that needs to be shared.  I will be back soon with some positivity.  In the meantime, please consider switching to plant based options for your dairy.  There are some great options out there that help us become healthy all while choosing compassion.

 

“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!