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I've got a lot to say, and I do so in various mediums, including my books, National Public Radio (for whom I'm a contributor), articles, and essays. Read my writings here.

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"We are so small in the scope of the entire universe but so large to one another in our human experience. May we act with humility because of the first and magnanimity and compassion because of the second."

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Being an Ambassador of Compassion means finding common ground with people who may on the face of it seem like “the opposition." Finding common ground is a great strategy for dealing with a disagreement in any relationship about any issue, but it’s not always easy to do, because you have to be more willing to find resolution than you are willing to be right; you have to be more willing to solve the problem than you are anxious to win the argument.⠀⠀⠀

Do you want to solve the problem or win the argument?

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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.

Thank you to listener supporters and our sponsors The American Antivivisection Society and Nature's Food. (Shop for Nature's Food at GNC.com and receive $5 when you use the promo code 26381.)

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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.

Watch it here! (Check out the first blog post about Melissa and Sean taking The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Read about part two, and three.)

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Heading out to film another live 30 Day Vegan Challenge segment with Good Day. Greeted with a beautiful vision on a beautiful morning. Send good vibes for this segment: Eating Out and Speaking Up. Watch the latest segment here.

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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...

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It was well worth waking up at 4:30 a.m. today to get ready to welcome Melissa Cabral of Good Day Sacramento into my kitchen. (Check out the first blog post about Melissa and Sean taking The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.)

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Contemplation. Peace. Soundness of Mind. Lightness. Those are my intentions for the day. Whatever yours are, may you create them.

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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.

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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!

In the meantime, join Melissa (Twitter: @gooddaymelissa and Sean's (Twitter:@tvseanb) journey by following them and taking the #VeganChallenge with them!Get your copy today,...

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