Simple steps to a plant-based diet
I woke up feeling disillusioned about the world around me. Disappointed from things out of my control. I was vexed about the planet’s food issues and the raping of our wildlife. More than half of the Planet’s species are listed in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Our relationship with the wild has become divorced from our everyday reality. Wildlife is disappearing before our eyes. On our watch.
My commitment to a cruelty-free lifestyle became stronger than my cravings, I found that eventually, I lost my taste for animal-based foods. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, an omnivore, or you eat insects … my vision is to help inspire humans to lead kinder healthier lives; to educate and institute a level of awareness and respect that affects us all.
YOU + ME + ALL
+ Remove one kind of animal from your diet at a time (red meat and pork are a good place to start).
+ Be “vegan at home” to better control your habits.
+ Try “vegetarian for now” and continue to eat eggs and dairy.
+ Do “vegan before six o’clock”. This means only eating meat at dinner.
+ Start with the one thing you consume the most and substitute it with the plant version such as substituting almond milk for cow’s milk.
+ Crowd out less healthy foods with a yummy vegan addition. For example, have a chocolate smoothie (recipe here) before your usual breakfast. By eating the plant-based food first you won’t have as much room for other foods, and you’ll begin to develop a taste for the healthier option.
+ Eat healthy whole foods to give your body the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs. Many vegetarians or vegans are starch-atarians filling meat voids with pasta, fries, and bread.
Don’t view a plant-based lifestyle as the finish line. Think of it as an evolving process of conscious eating.
Here is an existential threat that affects us all. If we stand back and allow the destruction of our wildlife, tolerate blatant disregard for innocent life, lack of empathy and human decency and do nothing … then we will be complicit in the unraveling of our society. Only the compassionate have a place in a peaceful world. How do we expect wild animals to survive if we give them nowhere to live?
Animal Agriculture Facts
+ leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, habitat destruction, deforestation
+ responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions
+ consumes over 540 times as much water as fracking
+ uses one-third of the earth’s fresh water
+ responsible for 91% of the Amazon destruction
+ one burger uses 660 gallons of water
+ every minute 7 million pounds of animal excrement is produced