- The first thing that motivated me to become vegan (rather than vegetarian) was a video on You Tube I stumbled upon. It is a speech made by Gary Yourofsky who is a great speaker/advocate and provides the facts that many don’t even think about when they want to continue to consume animals and their products. Spend the time to watch it – it changed my life! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4
- One of the best documentaries I’ve seen to date is Forks Over Knives. WATCH IT!! www.forksoverknives.com There is nothing graphic, and is from a medical perspective of how important it is to adopt a whole foods, plant based diet. You can read the synopsis on the website. I think if everyone watched this, they would wake up and realize how crazy they are for eating the standard Western diet most people eat – full of artery clogging animal protein.
- A couple of years ago I watched the documentary Food Inc. www.foodincmovie.com It is quite eye opening, and made me discover how terrible our world and food systems have become.
- Vegan kit. Check out this site! http://vegankit.com/why It really does a great job of explaining “Why Vegan?” and will help you to explain your perspective to others if you are vegan/becoming vegan.
- The most common excuse people mention about not becoming vegetarian or vegan is they have the misconception they can’t get enough protein. There is proof from many professional athletes who work out full time every day that this is not true. Check out Brendan Brazier and his Thrive books www.brendanbrazier.com/ as a start; he has a wealth of information. I’ve learned that it is also quality vs. quantity when it comes to protein. Whole plant food protein is better quality than animal protein; it creates an alkaline environment in the body (animal products are acid forming). Many people actually consume too much protein, causing harm to their health. Check out http://veganbodybuilding.com/ as well.
- A lot of people also have the misconception that vegan food is restrictive, boring, and not satisfying. These people are not doing it right! If you take the time to plan meals and do some Google searches for vegan versions of products or foods you are craving, you can eat amazing meals every day!You can’t just start eating salads every day and then complain you are hungry or your food is bland. Stop being lazy and put a bit of thought and time into it. I believe if you don’t have time to be sick, then make the time to cook. Also, you will never get bored if you try new recipes instead of eating the same foods over and over.I really like the book by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau called The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. It really guides you through the whole process of switching to a plant based diet and has great recipes as well (the Mac and Cheese is incredible!).
- Food blogs are great for recipes and I’m sure many of those recipes will show up on my blog. Here are a few I check out often:
- Mouthwatering Vegan
- Peas and Thank You
- If you don’t mind some profanity, visit Thug Kitchen
- Luminous Vegans
- Produce on Parade
- Watch the documentary Vegucated, it is a great one as well. Vegucated is an award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Check it out!
I hope you check out the resources I’ve provided. I’ll keep this area up to date as I learn more and more!