“Make the Connection”

Going vegan is easier than you think. Nowadays vegan options are just about everywhere, and if there isn’t a vegan option that is labeled, you can usually order from the Sides section of the menu like fries, seasonal fruit, and guacamole with chips. Plus, ditching dairy has never been easier, too! Daiya, Miyoko’s, and Follow Your Heart have awesome melt-able vegan cheese for your quesadillas, grilled cheese, and pizza!

So, I challenge you today! Veganize one meal a month, a week, a day, all at your own pace. It is important not to pressure yourself in being a “perfect vegan”. This is unnecessary pressure that has the potential for you to “fail” on your vegan journey. Take things as slow or fast as you would like. I started as a vegetarian and within 2 months of doing further research, I became vegan and dropped dairy and eggs in a heart beat. Again, transition at your own pace. Maybe remove meat one week, then eggs another week, and finally dairy. It’s all up to you. Be encouraging to yourself and don’t beat yourself up if you “slip up”. The most important thing while you are transitioning is your intention. As long as your intentions are positive and you are passionate about making the connection, then you can’t go wrong on your vegan journey.

Start by learning how to veganize all your favorite meals like meatballs and spaghetti, pepperoni pizza, nacho cheese, just to name a few. This will help you with your transitioning tremendously. I also encourage you to do your own research! Research all the benefits of a plant-based diet. By researching facts about plant-based diets, what it does for the environment, and animal agriculture, you are creating a foundation of knowledge and facts. This will boost your confidence when around others who question your transitioning. Don’t let all the questions, negative assumptions, and jokes steer you away from the best possible action you can make for yourself, the animals, humans, and the planet.

I think one of the most important things you can do while transitioning to a vegan lifestyles is “making the connection”. Make the connection with the “food” on your plate. Understand that this is not food, but a piece of decaying flesh that came from a being who did not want to die. Make the connection that by consuming animals, we are destroying our lands, littering our oceans, denying the poor and hungry of food, the list goes on and on. Realize that by consuming animal products, you are helping to cause suffering from all beings on this planet.

Veganism is for everyone! Veganism is so beneficial! Veganism is the future! So, I challenge you to make the connection and begin your vegan journey today!

How to go full vegan in 4.5 hours

Watch Fork Over Knives – Healthy eating has never been easier.

Watch Conspiracy – The film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!

Watch Earthlings – is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.

Watch Dominion – “Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom…”

Follow These Activists for Information on Animals Rights

James Aspey – @jamesaspey (Instagram)

Direct Action Everywhere – @directactioneverywhere (Instagram)

Earthling Ed. – @earthlinged (Instagram)

Vegan Outreach – @veganoutreach (Instagram)

Dolphin Project – @dolphin_project (Instagram)

Andrea Diaz – @ayveegan (Instagram)

Follow These Vegans for Inspiration

Jonny Juicer – @Jonny_Juicer (Instagram)

Dr. Angie-Vegan Fit MD – @angie.sadeghi (Instagram)

The Vegan Zombie – @theveganzombie (Instagram)

Vegan Community – @vegancommunity (Instagram)

Conscious Muscle – @conscious_muscle (Instagram)

Follow These Vegan Foodies

Hot for Food – @hotforfood (Instagram)

Neto – @therawboy (Instagram)

Taqueria La Venganza – @thevegantaqueria (Instagram)

The Edgy Veg – @edgyveg (Instagram)

Vegan Fat Kid – @veganfatkid (Instagram)