With the best of intentions, I think we can make veganism seem too difficult, too extreme, and too perfectionistic. I’m afraid we can make it seem like it’s only worth doing if you’re going to do it 100% (or try to do 100%, anyway). Avoiding holiday dinners with family, poring over ingredient lists, attacking fellow vegans for “slips,” criticizing vegetarians – how appealing can this be to “muggles” (non-vegans, for our purposes here)?Read More
Reading is one of my absolute favorite activities, and I was fortunate to read a number of excellent books this year. Here I share the ten that stood out the most. Although a few of them were published in 2015, most of them are older books that I read in 2015.Read More
Last week I had the incredible experience of attending Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy, where I became certified as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator (VLCE). Victoria, who is an author, inspirational speaker, and host of the Main Street Vegan radio show and podcast, brought together an amazing group of knowledgeable instructors, and it was wonderful to connect with the other like-minded, inspiring students.Read More
Unless you are a former vegan or vegetarian, you probably never have been asked the question: when did you decide to become a meat eater? For most of us, eating meat is the norm—the way we were raised. We never actually made a conscious, intentional decision to eat meat.
In “The World Peace Diet,” Will Tuttle, PhD purports that because we did not freely choose them for ourselves, we tend to be very resistant to contemplate or question indoctrinated beliefs, such as our belief that it is natural, normal, and necessary to consume animals and their secretions.Read More
I think self-compassion is essential for anyone who considers transitioning toward a vegan lifestyle, especially for ethical reasons. I don’t believe that the majority of people who still consume and use animal products do so because they don’t care, or because they don’t love animals.Read More