The vegan elephant

For my 50th birthday, I decided to adopt a vegan diet. I no longer eat anything that comes from animals – no milk, cheeses, eggs, meat etc. My decision to make this change was threefold:

Animals used for food in Western Society live a life that is tantamount to ceaseless torture and then death. Even animals such as egg-laying chickens or dairy cows live in appalling conditions. I didn’t want to be a part of that system of factory farming and decided the best way to express my disapproval and distress was to change my own lifestyle.

Factory farming is the most oil and water-consuming industry on the planet. Going vegan is the single most profound way an individual can have a positive impact on the environment. I love this planet and I will do whatever I can to help protect it.

Study after study after study has shown how terrible animal-based foods are for our health and how conversely, changing to a plant-only diet improves health. I’ve noticed wonderful changes and my doctor confirmed that a vegan diet is the healthiest way to go… “if you can do it.” Well, of course I can do it. After 25 years being my doctor, he knows that!

I dived into my new diet choice with enthusiasm and started sharing my cooking creations with friends on Facebook. I’ve had so many people ask me to share my photos and recipes more broadly that I’m adding my recipes here too. I am not a cook, nor do I have anything fancier than a blender in my kitchen. Everything that you’ll see on these pages were made by me. If I can do this. Anyone can. That is my point in sharing – to inspire everyone to think about what they eat and why and encourage people to leave animals out of their diets – for the sake of the animals, the planet and themselves. It’s a very achievable change!

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