Save the Planet Go Vegan!
Climate change has been an issue for a while, but little has been done to address it, leaving us striking and demanding for change. As we fight for change and look at the factors that have caused climate change, there is changes we can make as individuals that positively impact the environment. A good start is to go Vegan! OR at least reduce your meat consumption. Veganism is the single biggest way you can help save the planet and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some facts you may or may not have already known. Think of it as facts for thought (Get it? Instead of food for thought).
- Producing 2 pounds of beef emits more greenhouse gas emissions than driving your car for three hours straight! Imagine all the reduced emissions if everyone went vegan? Eating no meat is actually better than riding your bike to work every day, who would have thought?
- 80% of the agriculture land in the USA ALONE is used to factory farm animals. Imagine if we turned all that land into beautiful nature reserves or conservation areas.
- Chicken, cattle and pigs are the biggest consumers of water. A single pig consumes 21 gallons of drinking water per day. That’s 7,665 gallons of water a year!
- And speaking of water, factory farms produce billions of pounds of manure each day. And where does that manure go you might ask? Our lakes and rivers! All of the manure used to fertilize crops end up running off into waterways, polluting groundwater. In fact, agriculture runoff is the largest source of pollution in water ways.
Now just imagine, if everyone was vegan, we’d have 80% more land, cleaner air and cleaner water. Climate change is up to all of us, and it starts with us, the consumers! Go vegan or reduce your meat consumption. If there is no demand for meat, companies have no choice but to begin producing less meat. The same goes for vegan products. When demand for vegan products increases, companies eventually increase supply to meet the demand. Of course, there are many excellent reasons to go vegan. Animal cruelty, health benefits but also the environment. And so, we leave you with this, #Savetheplanetgovegan.
People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. (2019, 10 02). Veganism and the Environment. Retrieved from PETA – Animals Are Not Ours: https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/vegetarianism-environment/
The Vegan Transition
I have had so many people ask me how I transitioned into veganism, and the truth is, I just quit cold turkey! But I understand not everyone can do that, especially if you have been accustomed to eating meat and dairy products your whole life. I’ve given many people tips and advice based on what I’ve learned from helping my sister and mother transition. Here are three simple tips to keep in mind when you’re just starting your transition.
1. Take a look at your diet and decide where you can start cutting out meat.
One of the most important things to remember when transitioning into veganism is that your taste buds change over time. If you’re someone who has a lunch meat sandwich every day, start by slowing cutting down the amount of meat you put on your sandwich. Once you feel ready, replace it entirely with plant-based foods. More often then not, people find it hard to cut out meat because its apart of their routine, so take a look at your eating routine and decide what’s the least challenging thing you can cut out and start there. Over time, your taste buds will adjust to the taste of vegetables, beans, legumes, etc and you’ll start craving those rather than meat and dairy.
2. Don’t eat boring foods! Eating vegan meals can be delicious and fun.
If you’re a vegan you’ve heard a million times “what do you eat, salad?” Of course, I eat salad, but I also eat delicious veggie burgers, wraps, nachos, pizza, tacos, etc. If you’re transitioning into eating a plant-based diet, the worst thing you can do is eat boring foods. If you’re just going to be eating salads every day then, of course, you’re going to find it hard to stick with it. Find inspiration online, social media is full of people who share their delicious vegan creations. Once you start having fun with your vegan dinner, you won’t even think about going back to your old meat eater ways!
3. Find substitutes that work for you.
Not every product on the market is going to be your favourite so experiment and find ones that you love. If you’re someone who loves hamburgers, find a veggie burger that you love so when you’re craving a burger you can reach for that. With veganism on the rise, the number of products coming out is unreal! You can basically find a vegan substitute for any regular meat/dairy product. Ice cream, pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, you name it and you got it.
Although transitioning to a vegan diet can be difficult, it is so worth it and once you’ve done it, I can promise you, you won’t think twice about going back. The vegan lifestyle is a great way to help yourself become a healthier version of you. If you’re just starting your transition, of your helping someone else start/get through I hope these tips are beneficial to you. If you have advice or a tip that you think may help someone, or want to share your story, comment below!
In this article I am going to tell you my tips on how to shop healthy and quickly when you have common food allergies. My food allergies include gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts and honey. Living with food allergies can pose many different challenges, one of those challenges being shopping for groceries. Grocery shopping becomes difficult because you find yourself having read every label carefully, not to mention when you’re trying to explore new products. I have used my food allergies to positively impact my health and now want to share my tips to others!
Stick to one ingredient items
Watch out for may contain
Avoid products with long ingredient list
New trendy products, do your research beforehand
Food speciality stores
- Stick to one ingredient items
This is my number one advice that I received from my naturopath years ago. The easiest way to do this is to eat fruits and veggies! You can’t go wrong eating fruits and vegetables, what they are called is what they are, and they are so beneficial to your health as they contain hidden treasures such as vitamins. Vegetables are the perfect grab and go items, as many recipes online use common vegetables found in local grocery stores making it easy to find a recipe to use after doing the grocery shopping.
2. Watch out for may contain
When boxed food is labeled “may contain nuts” for example it does not necessarily mean that there are nuts in the food, it’s been put there as a warning sign from the company to let consumers know the food is prepared in a facility that also processes a nut product. My advice when deciding to buy a product that has a may contain warning of something your allergic to, is to make the judgment on how strong your allergy is. Food allergies can be severe or mild so it’s best to understand your food allergies and how they effect your body. Most food allergy tests inform you of how severe or mild your allergies are. Understanding your food allergies can make grocery shopping go a lot quicker.
3. Avoid products with long ingredient list
This is another piece of advice I still live by today! I used to be a crazy ingredient researcher, it used to take me forever to grocery shop. Since there can be some crazy names on ingredients lists I found myself googling every single one of them to find out what they really were. Not only does this take forever but I didn’t like what I was reading. I made a rule to myself, if it’s too long and too many crazy words avoid it!
4. New trendy products? Do your research beforehand
Hey who doesn’t love trying a new product that is blasted all over social media, I know I do! But since I’m allergic to everything I always have to be extra cautious. With individual products they usually have their own website, which contains important information about the product and every ingredient in the product. I do a quick search and if I can eat it, then I am on my way to find out who carries it.
5. Food specialty stores
My favourite way of shopping is through specialty stores. Specialty stores are all about health and allergen free foods. I even buy my shampoos at our local store (another allergy I have, but that’s for another time). You can find everything you need through these stores, trust me, Christy who has a soy allergy found a soy-free soy sauce through one of our favourite local stores. Check out speciality stores in your area, they will end up being your favourite store and go to place for all things healthy and allergen free!
These are my 5 tips on how to shop quick and healthy. I’ve had food allergies for a while, so I have had the same shopping routine for years. It used to take me at least an hour to shop, now it takes me less than a half an hour.