There is a prevailing myth in our culture, played out in our language and in marketing, that meat is masculine and plant foods are for wimps. Meat is a metaphor for strength, virility, and manliness, while vegetarianism/veganism is feminine, effeminate, and even emasculating. "Real Men Eat Meat" and "Tofu is Gay Meat" are just two examples of advertisements that perpetuate this myth and secure it in our consciousness. Studies show it's working. Join me for a meaty episode that will shake you out of your vegetative state. If you don't want to be a fruit, learn how you can be a beefcake.
In Week 1, we covered the abundance of food options in the grocery store; in Week 2, we talked about eating healthfully affordably and reading labels, in Week 3 we cover taking the time to prep veggies, packing lunches, and choosing delicious, healthful, filling foods for breakfast and dinner! Now in Week 4 we are talking about how to eat vegan at various restaurants including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and more.
A new vegan recently asked me “How is my NOT eating any of this — meat, dairy, eggs — really making a difference in the big scheme if 98% of the people on the planet don't know or care?” Even though he is committed to staying vegan, he asks a question that I hear a lot.
I responded by saying that the more consumer demand there is for vegan options, restaurants, and products, eventually fewer animals will be brought into this world only to be killed. I said also that I do think we influence each other by virtue of leading my example. Being the vegan in the room may inspire someone to ask questions about it, to explore, and to try it themselves. That has an impact. When we speak our truth, we give someone else permission to speak theirs.
But ultimately, the truth is we cannot measure exactly how our actions affect something as large in scope as animal agriculture. But in the end, ethics can’t be quantified. They’re not a math problem to solve. Even when we can't tangibly see exactly how our actions make a difference, sometimes it's enough to do something just because...more
The problem isn’t that we wake up in the morning wanting to contribute to cruelty or violence. The problem is that we don’t wake up in the morning wanting to create more compassion, peace, and nonviolence. If that were on our to-do list every day, imagine what we could accomplish. Imagine what our world would be like.more
As I shared with you last week, Melissa Cabral and Sean Bennett of CBS Good Day Sacramento are taking The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. We kicked things off on Friday May 1st, and I joined them again on May 8th to talk about eating healthfully affordably, soaking beans, cooking lentils, and reading labels. Watch our segment here!
They're both so incredibly open and are really enjoying the process. Stay tuned next week when they come to my house for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!more
Melissa Cabral and Sean Bennett of CBS Good Day Sacramento are taking The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. We kicked things off on Friday May 1st, and I'll be joining them each week to cover the various questions and challenges people experience during the transition period.
On the first day, we shopped at Whole Foods to cover all the non-dairy products from milks and yogurts to cheeses and butter, then we talked about all the fabulous vegan meats: sausages, frankfurters, deli slices, chicken sliders, even fishless fish filets.
Of course, we always decide whether we want to spend our TIME or our MONEY. When it comes to convenience foods like those above, we're choosing to spend money rather than time -- because convenience foods (vegan or not) cost more than whole foods. However, it's all a matter of what you're comparing things to. Plant-based convenience foods are CERTAINLY lower cost than animal products -- not only in terms of dollars, but in terms of the price paid by the animals, the environment,...more