I love the new year. It comes with so much promise; so many wonderful possibilities. And it’s always my hope that the new year will be even more wonderful than the last. I’m a huge fan of making New Year’s resolutions and I believe everyone should make at least one resolution and try to stick to it.
Of course, my dream would be that everyone reading this blog makes it his or her New Year’s resolution to go vegan – to end the unnecessary suffering and death of animals, and by doing so improve your health, help the planet and end world hunger. You can do all this by simply changing your diet. How cool is that?
I believe that veganism is a journey; an adventure. Whether it’s a joyous and exciting one is entirely up to you (to learn why vegetarianism doesn’t go far enough to end animal suffering, go to: http://veganpartyofcanada.blogspot.com/2008/07/what-is-veganism.html). All that’s required to begin the journey is a positive attitude and the proper motivation. And here’s the motivation:
If you care about animals or feel that there’s too much violence in the world AND WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, this is the way to start. As Kafka said, “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.”
So make it your New Year’s resolution to go vegan. If you feel you can’t go totally vegan right away then do it in steps. Try eating vegan once a week and then twice a week and so on and so forth. If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up BUT DON’T QUIT! Just get back on and try again.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction regarding recipes, resources or moral support. And, if you’re so inclined, send me the occasional progress reports to let me know how you’re doing (travel advisory: don’t embark on this journey alone; let others help you and share in your adventure).
Good luck and Happy New Year!