Benefits of Going Vegan: Part 3 – Your Ecological Footprint

benefits of going vegan ecological footprintI grew up with this idea that if we take only what we need from the earth’s resources and treat the planet with care, it will continue to provide us with everything we need. As long-term tenants of the planet, we could peacefully coexist in this harmonious system of give-and-take.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

More recently, however, I realized that civilization doesn’t always play by these rules. Short-term thinking often supercedes long-term sustainability. Destructive practices violate the earth, undermining the unspoken symbiotic arrangement I thought we had all agreed to.

It seems that humankind is doing more taking than giving these days, and the earth needs our help.

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the benefits of a vegan diet to your health and vitality. In Part 2, we covered your moral and spiritual self. Here, we discuss how going vegan can minimize our ecological footprint.

Now, I know it’s easy to think that one person can’t really make a difference in the environment. But by adopting a vegan diet, you actually CAN help reduce stress on our ecological systems.

In just the last 3 years, the number of vegans has more than doubled to over 7 million people in the United States alone. Here’s how ALL of the earth’s citizens stand to benefit as more people eliminate (or simply reduce) the amount of animal products from their diets, and practice more conscious eating.

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Benefits of Going Vegan: Part 2 – Your Inner Life

benefits of going vegan part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the benefits of a vegan diet in terms of your personal health and vitality. We saw how the food you put in your body contributes to your overall well-being, helps protect you against disease as well as other lifelong benefits. In Part 2, we’ll look at how a vegan diet enhances your life on a moral and spiritual level, enriching us in sometimes unforeseen ways.

Reduce animal suffering

It’s nearly impossible for anyone to live a cruelty-free lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to live your most compassionate life possible.

From birth to death, animals raised for food experience unspeakable cruelty. Your decision to adopt a plant-based diet means you don’t stand for it. Rather than supporting the horrific and ecologically devastating system of factory farms, you recognize animals as the sentient beings they are.

A typical American diet involves the consumption of more than 100 animals per year. That’s potentially tens of thousands of animals over the course of a lifetime. Following a vegan diet, or even modifying your diet to become more plant-based, means countless animals didn’t lose their lives for your meals.

I love animals and know you do, too. Your decision to improve the world for animals makes it better for humans as well.

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Benefits of Going Vegan: Part 1 – Your Health

Benefits of Going Vegan Part 1

Based on my own vegan journey, and from talking to many newbie and long-time vegans, I’ve found there are many roads to a vegan lifestyle. The journey will differ from one person to the next, but we encounter many of the same questions, milestones … [Continue reading]

Easy Mushroom Gravy for Everyday

Easy Mushroom Gravy

I always associate gravy with down-home comfort food. But if you thought a rich, brown gravy had to contain animal products, do I have a surprise for you! Simply with vegetables, herbs and vegetable stock, you can quickly assemble a thick, savory … [Continue reading]

What To Do When Omnivores Come To Dinner

What To Do When Omnivores Come To Dinner

Imagine you're following a plant-based diet, and you've invited omnivore friends and family over for a meal. You've let them know that you'll be preparing AMAZING vegan recipes that are filling and packed with flavor. And yet, you have a … [Continue reading]

Warm Dandelion Greens Salad with Pears & Raspberries

warm dandelion greens salad

Dandelion greens have been used both for food and medicine since ancient times. You may recognize the jagged leaf edges from hard-fought battles with your lawn. But it's the culinary variety, with its longer, flatter leaves that's used in this … [Continue reading]

Step Outside Your Food Comfort Zone

step outside your food comfort zone

A comfort zone is a safe space that you create for yourself. All of us have one, but some people’s comfort zones are more expansive and flexible than others'. All the time, we’re pushing the limits of our comfort zones. You make that awkward phone … [Continue reading]

Black Bean and Brown Rice Patties

brown rice black bean patties

This easy recipe evokes classic rice and beans but in a patty form, easy to freeze and highly portable if you bring your lunch. The trick to these patties, and to any veggie burger, is to keep them from drying out. To do this, make sure there's no … [Continue reading]