Why Plant-Based?

Learn more about plant-based lifestyles

Plant-Based Lifestyle Definition & Facts:

A plant-based diet excludes foods from animal sources including meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and honey. A plant-based, eco-friendly lifestyle is about food, and so much more - it’s about healthy, sustainable and compassionate living.

Health Facts

  1. The World Health Organization has classified processed meats as carcinogens and red meats as probable carcinogens. Processed meats include hot dogs, bacon, sausage, ham, and deli meats. Red meats include beef, pork, lamb and goat. (source: cancer.org)

  2. Plant-based diets are nutritionally adequate for all. Foods from animal sources are not required for health, and in fact, are detrimental to health, and the environment, 

Environment Facts

Animal Agriculture, Plastics, Fashion

  1. Raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gasses than cars, planes, ships, and the entire transportation sector combined.

  2. 70% of the world's land dedicated to agriculture is used to rear animals.  

  3. The US federal wildlife-killing program targets wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds and various other wildlife that are destructive to the agriculture industry. They killed 2.3 million animals 2017.

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Animal Facts

  1. Trillions of animals are killed every year for our pleasure. Whether you buy free-range, grass-fed or "certified humane", the slaughter process is horrific and nothing close to humane.

  2. Farmed fish suffer from severe depression and sometimes “drop out,” or float around lifelessly.

  3. Male chicks born in egg-hatching factories are useless to the egg industry, therefore killed immediately - shredded alive, gassed or suffocated

Plant-Based Lifestyle Resources:

Below are some of my favorite resources for those interested in learning more.

Plant-Based Lifestyle Food Resources (Recipes & Meal Planners):

"What the heck should I eat?" is a question often asked. I had no clue initially! I've never been one of those people who can just whip up some rice and beans - I've never eaten that in my life. Do I just open a can of beans? Do I add any seasonings? I needed to be taught exactly what to do! When I first became plant-based, it was for my health, after reading The Whole Foods Diet by John Mackey and Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (from the Forks Over Knives documentary). This comprehensive, engaging book shocked me with health facts, so much so that we went plant-based immediately after reading it. However, the reason we were able to do so is because it provided a comprehensive 28-day meal plan, which we followed exactly. The recipes were excellent, we began to build up a collection of our favorites, and have since tried so many delicious, flavorful vegan recipes that our food is WAY better than it ever was! We've also tried various online meal planners which have all been excellent - we rotate through meal planner subscriptions, enjoying the variety of recipes and the convenience of the apps. Many meal planners provide recipes for the week, grocery lists, and well laid-out prep and batch cooking instructions. Below are some of my favorite resources for recipes and meal planners.

 
 
 
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