why vegan?

lisathevegetarianIf you’re vegan-curious, or vegetarian but resisting full-time vegan ‘vigilance’ (joke!  you don’t have to do it perfectly, and like any other change it gets easier with time), here are some links that might resonate with you.  Once you’ve made the connection between your beloved cat or dog’s intelligence/ability to feel, and that of a pig, cow, lamb, etc., you may find it easy to let go of old habits.

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, (who wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close),  will give you a glimpse at what goes on in factory ‘farms’, as he visited them himself, undercover detective-style.

John Robbins’ seminal book, Diet for a New America, was the book I read in 1987 that led me to go vegetarian for good.  Find the recent revision of that book and others by him at John Robbins.info.

Mainstream Reader’s Digest article, believe it or not, touts veganism as a nonfad diet that’s healthful for you and the planet!  Wow!

Happy Cow is a vegan and vegetarian site that offers restaurant guides, chat (my favorite!) and this brief introduction to vegan nutrition.  I stuck this here in case you’re considering going vegan, but have — um –influences  : / — aka people who don’t want you to go vegan for their own reasons, who have suddenly become nutrition experts.

Who would’ve guessed Bill Clinton would become a spokesperson for a healthy vegan lifestyle?!!  Read about how he’s turned his heart condition around in this interview  of Clinton by Sanjay Gupta, ‘From Omnivore to Vegan — the Dietary Education of Bill Clinton’.  Oh and by the way, weight watchers, he lost twenty-four pounds!

And, in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’s words, When you add up the damage that the meat industry does to workers, the environment, and animals, the question isn’t really “Why should I go vegan?”—it’s “Why wouldn’t I go vegan?” In case you need any other reasons, here are a few more.  at this link, More Reasons to Go Vegan.

Why Love One but Eat the Other — an advertising campaign on Toronto’s subways, put together by some caring people you can read about in the link, just…makes…sense!

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birth of a blog (at 9 months vegan)

I’ve gone vegan for good, and you can too!   If you’re not ready to take the plunge completely, you can still find great tips, recipes, and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle here.   I’ve been vegetarian since 1987, when I’d read John Robbins‘ then-new book Diet for a New America, which exposed the inhumane practices of factory ‘farming’, the greed behind all that cruelty,  and the misinformation we are fed regarding nutrition and animal products.  For a couple years at a time, here and there, I’d go vegan.  But without a community of fellow vegans  (and before the internet), I couldn’t sustain a vegan lifestyle longterm. I would miss cheesecake, milk in my coffee, creamy French tarts with glazed fruit on top, and making vegetarian quiche for my nonvegetarian-but-love-Jen’s-cooking friends. I knew I was using the same excuses as carnivores who say they ‘like the taste’ of meat even though they might feel some regret for the animals. I rationalized, too, that it’s not possible to be ‘perfectly’ vegan. But over time an inner voice persisted: “When are you going vegan?”

I now live in alignment with my compassion for animals. January 2013, I was suddenly in the right place and time to become vegan for good. An emotional weight was lifted within a few days. And, another weight lifted: about a pound per month. I run 20 miles per week, enjoy advanced level yoga, and at 50, feel more fit and energized than ever. WhoooHooo!!

I hope my blog can be a fabulous resource for delicious, nutritious recipes and ideas for your  healthy lifestyle.

It’s never been easier to go vegan — or as plant-based a diet as you feel comfortable with — than it is today!