Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming Vegan

December 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm 5 comments

As the New Year approaches, many of us look forward to a fresh start. Some will decide to go vegan, or at least include more vegan foods in their diet. Here are 5 mini resolutions that can strengthen you in your newfound conviction.

1. I resolve to think about where my food comes from. There are no hamburger or hotdog trees in the wild. Our food begins to look differently when we think of what was involved in bringing it to the table. Remember that ‘veal’ is actually a baby cow and lamb chops come from baby sheep.

2. I resolve to examine the impact my food choices have on the planet. Plan on going green in ’09? Realize that by choosing plant based foods at every meal you are reducing your environmental impact more than by driving a hybrid car or even bicycling to work.

3. I resolve to be kind whenever possible. Deciding whether to dine on sushi or a cucumber avocado roll? Making your food choices based on which option causes the least suffering is a radical step to bring more peace into this world. One of our favorite sayings is ‘Peace begins in the kitchen!’

4. I resolve to read labels. This step will help you to make healthier food choices and eliminate hidden animal products in your foods. Even “non-dairy’ creamers actually contain dairy products! Remember that ingredients such as whey or sodium caseinate are derived from milk.

5. I resolve to learn more about the benefits of vegan cuisine. Read books like Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, Diet for a New America, The China Study, The World Peace Diet and others that delve into the many benefits of vegan cuisine for our health and the health of our planet.

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  • 1. Jill, The Veggie Queen  |  December 30, 2008 at 1:08 am

    These are all something to think about. I am going to post something about this on my blog

  • 2. veggievancouver  |  December 31, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    these are great, thanks for posting. i agree with them all – especially slowing down to read the labels more and finding out where things come from.

    one of ours isn’t really veggie related, but we are going to stop buying coffee in disposable cups to reduce waste.

    happy new years!

  • 3. kalalea  |  December 31, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    My resolution is to eat even healthier in 2009 and do a cleanse just after the New Years.

  • 4. Robert Anton  |  January 4, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Thanks. For some reason, I’ve resolved to eat more veggies and start looking into a raw diet (at least as an alternative). This is good information.
    I started reading labels a few years ago and cut out all white sugar/flour/pasta/salt (at least at home).
    I’ll be checking out some of your recipes over the next few weeks/months. thanks for the link.

  • 5. MommaSchell  |  January 4, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I have been vegan 25 years and have tried all of the variations of the vegan diet. My resolution for this year is to buy my family’s vegan foods only from LOCALLY OWNED and OPERATED businesses. Farmers markets, food coops, the natural foods chain based in my town, and (sorry) no big-box, multinational “formula” stores with corporate headquarters located in another state!! Our local and regional economies need our dollars so badly. For every dollar that one spends at a locally-owned and -operated shop, about $0.68 recirculates in the community, versus $0.43 from a dollar spent at a non-local business. As a small natural foods shop owner operating during a substantial recession, it is vital that consumers think local first, no matter where we stand on the vegan spectrum.


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