Are you ready to change the world? If you are reading this, then you are one step towards a better you and a better world. There is a larger version of world that needs your attention. You think it’s a huge of a deal? Well, it is. But you can handle it. Know that you are powerful than you give yourself credit for. By cutting out chicken, fish, eggs, and other animal products, saves countless animals and is the best way to protect the environment. Plus, you’ll never feel more fit or look more hotter than ever! 🙂
The people who are practicing plant-based living is actually growing by the numbers day by day. From Hollywood A-listers like Kristen Bell, Ellen Degeneres, Alicia Silverstone, and Joaquin Phoenix, to athletes like Alex Honnold, ironman Joe Gambles, and UFC Fighter Mac Danzig, to the neighbors on your block, plant-based eating is everywhere! Millions are ditching meat and other animal products on their daily diet.
You are finally aware that just as palm oils are destroying the forests and animal habitats, you can also sympathize that millions of animals are getting killed because of the barbaric cosmetics testing, medicine and scientific research, not to mention human consumption. It is never too late to live cruelty-free, to eat healthy so you can have more energy, live longer, and lower your risk of chronic disease. So, join me and millions of others in shaping up our plates and put our values into action!
ADOPTING VEGAN LIFESTYLE
1. Stop going to hunts, seaworlds, circus, zoos, animals fights, animal races.
Since the beginning of civilization, humans have always grown fascinated with the animals and how they behave on their natural habitat. But we always go too far. We put them behind bars and on chains to serve us a purpose: to entertain. But it has to stop. No matter how these million dollar business claims that they play an important role to the society, conservation and education, they are simply lying to our faces.
Bear in mind that these animals are always, always held under captivity. Zoos, seaworlds, circuses etc. would take these animals by force, separating the infants from their mothers for good to train them at an early age for human entertainment. No matter how big you may think their spaces are, they are still cramped together in their unhygienic enclosures, and minimal space to walk around into.
More often than not, the zoos would say they that the animals are soon to be released on the wild, but these are just publicized stunts to keep the people interested. They have breeding programs that are primarily in place to maintain captive population. These institutions claim that they serve as essential educational tool to help the younger generations and adults about the animals’ behavior in their natural habitats, but hence, you gain very little, if any, true understanding of how they really behave on the wild. These things can be observed by watching wildlife documentaries that are dedicated to animals conservation and their safety.
2. Don’t buy products/cosmetics that was tested using animals.
Laboratories are no place for any animals. Imagine yourself being confined in an indoor, sterile environment, forced to live the remainders of your life in a cage, denied complete access to freedom and control over your life. And most of the time being there all alone, without any companion to talk to. Isn’t that miserable?
Animals such as rabbits, beagles, golden retrievers, monkeys, rats and so on, are used for laboratory testing of cosmetics, home products, medicine and other ridiculous experiments which are now highly unlikely to benefit human health. These animals are forced to eat substances, being inserted with microchips, sedated, injected with chemicals or forced to breathe in chemicals, and soon after 2-3 days that data have been recorded, they will be killed to be dissected in order to find out what was the effects of these experiments inside their bodies. These inhumane experiments are tragically happening day by day in order for humans to enjoy their baths or beauty products. Animals are suffering because of the ridiculous and disturbing lengths some researchers will go in an attempt to mimic or ‘cure’ human illness and behaviors when there is already far more reliable human data available.
But it is never too late to switch to cruelty-free lifestyle and avail products that have NOT harmed any animals in the making. Check out the link below to know more about the products which are vegan and cruelty-free:
3.DON’T buy clothes with leather, suede, silk, fur, wool, skin, angora, pashmina, cashmere, fleece, down, shearling hair, goosedown pillows, comforters and jackets stuffed with down feathers.
4.Educate yourself in nutrition, make sure that you’ll have enough of every essential mineral and vitamin.
The key to succeeding in transitioning into plant-based diet is to be educated on how to nourish your body. Seeds and nuts are not only great source of protein and iron; they also support a healthy immune system. Some of the best sources are peanut butter, walnut, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
Vegetables are pretty much the healthiest foods on the planet. Some of the most nutrition packed are kale, broccoli, spinach and peppers. Fruit is great for hydration and is fantastic source of fiber, potassium and antioxidants. Grains and starchy vegetables are great source of fiber, iron and protein. Brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes are a few of the healthiest options. Beans and lentils provides hefty dose of protein, and many are also great sources of iron. Kidney beans, split peas and tofu (tofu is made of soybeans) are some of the best sources.
Once a week skip all the meat for one day. Have your own meatless day.
5. Find Support from your friends, family, bloggers, facebook groups, communities, find any support you can get! And talk the talk.
Our advocacy in saving the lives of the animals and our planet is a personal choice. We make it personal but we don’t take it personally 🙂 When telling others about the sudden change of lifestyle, share with them the reasons behind it all. Tell your story enthusiastically and sincerely, and let them know about its benefits and how it makes you feel good. If others are making fun of you, (I personally am always get laughed at by my ‘serious meat-eater friends’ at first, but later on they have accepted my advocacy) don’t take it personally. Don’t be offended. We don’t normally accept change that easily, and it will take a little while for your family and friends to adjust, but trust me. It will get better 🙂
Remember that the facts are on your side. There are many ways to share with them how living cruelty-free and plant-based can abundantly benefit one’s body and our planet. Try not to bore them with serious statistics, if they are truly interested try sharing with them a documentary or good book.
6. Take it one step further and stop eating meat for good.
Practice eating plant-based gradually, not everyone can entirely ditch eating meat in one go. Start by adding more plant-based into your meals few days a week or a certain portion of the day like before 6 p.m. This way, you can slowly see the changes without trying too hard. Are you against animal cruelty but not sure you can give up meat altogether? Start by cutting out the foods that harm animals the most. Ninety five percent of the food that we eat are mostly chicken and fish. By replacing them with an alternative plant-based meal, we can slowly save these abused animals, and in time for good.
Find some inspiration and add more vegan dishes to your meal plan. I personally check pinterest and instagram for mouth-watering vegan/vegetarian recipes and give them a try. Don’t be afraid to try different recipes and do combinations. Seek variety and find what meal plan you are more comfortable with. Fill your plate with different colors and variety to keep your meal from being boring! Switch it up and kick it up a notch!
If you happen to decide to ditch meat and dairy products all at once, then find yourself having a cheat day; Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just remember that none of us is perfect so don’t beat yourself up. You can always start afresh the next day, or try a different approach. Whichever path you choose, give yourself credit for the good cause you’re trying to do. If there are a couple of favorite food you can’t give up yet, try working on everything else. If you slip up – DON’T GIVE UP. Most people takes months or years before they have completely given up animal products.
7. Cut off dairy and eggs.
If you’re wondering how are cow’s milk, butter and cheese are being produced, then the answer is simply inhumane. Cows produce their milk to give nourishment to their newborn calves, just like how human mothers do. And for years, we are given false information that the cows and calves are completely happy, running around in the grassland, and are willing to give up their milk for human consumption. I hate to break it to you but it’s all a lie.
In order to force them to continually produce milk, milk farms impregnate the cows using artificial insemination every year. Just like humans, cows carry their young for nine months. After giving birth, the male calves are shot to death or be reared as veal, while the female calves are being separated to their moms, their nozzles being blocked so they won’t steal the milk for human consumption.
A cow’s lifespan is up to 25 years, but because of these abuses it is being cut short to 8 years, and at that age they are being slaughtered and their meat being used for dog and cat food. These are the horrors that goes on the dairy industry day by day. I know that one of the hardest thing to give up is butter, cheese, and eggs. I, personally, for one is having a hard time giving up those, but there are tons of alternatives if you will just research thoroughly and put into your heart the sufferings of these gentle souls.
8. Share love. Be nice to everyone, vegan or not.
So, you have finally decided to cut out chicken, fish, eggs and other animal products, but your family and friends aren’t? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too 🙂 Here are some tips on how to keep things cool while living, and talking about your compassionate new way of eating.
Just be patient – Nobody wants to feel judged. I’m sure weeks, months and years ago, you also laughed about the idea of cutting off meat for good. But if your family and friends are interested to learn more, they’ll ask. A low-key approach will make your family more open to changing their diets over time.
Make it easy – Make your new diet as easy as possible. Offer help in making your meals to the cook of the house or explain how they can substitute veggie food to regular food, and so on. If you’re the one preparing for your meal, invite your family to the process of your food-making, and show them how simple most of the meals are. The important thing is they are involved in your transition to becoming a vegan/vegetarian, through this they may get inspired to do the same.
Be a role model – It may take a while for your family to accept your choice, but stay optimistic. If you’re patient with them, and stay healthy and kind, in time they’ll come around 🙂
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Congratulations and thank you for reading this post. You are now one BIG step closer to becoming a healthier, compassionate YOU! Don’t worry too much about slip-ups and set backs, just keep moving forward, take your time, and sooner than you realized you are a certified vegan and cruelty-free!
Photos and references from Pinterest, PETA, Mercy for Animals, and Crueltyfreekitty.