October is here, and with it Vegetarian Awareness Month – a time where we can pause and think long and hard about our daily choices. What we consume and eat say a lot about our values. The meat and dairy industry continue to be cruel, environmentally damaging and not so good for our health. Many of you may already know all this but may be thinking: “but I love meat” or “how else do I get to add protein to my diet.” A lot of people always tell me, “I get all of that, I really do, but I can’t give up meat.” This post is for all of you – to help you out and to give you simple steps towards a more responsible, ethical and sustainable lifestyle. After all, that’s what Vegetarian Awareness Month is all about.
Know your cause
First things first: know the cause, learn the facts and think deep about the impact of your eating habits. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to give up or reduce meat and dairy. Once you become aware of the meat industry and the kinds of evil it’s capable of, you’ll find it much easier to wave goodbye that burger.
You don’t have to go cold turkey (no pun intended)
If you’re an all or nothing kinda person, then you may want to change things up when it comes to your meat consumption. Consuming less of meat and dairy products can make a huge difference; so don’t think that you have to transition into a vegan right away. I mean if you can, then all the better. But for a lot of people, the thought of giving it all up is a bit scary. So start out by having meat-free days, and work your way up to something that is sustainable for you.
One of the scariest things about going veggie or vegan is the misconception that you won’t be able to enjoy food the same way. I consider myself a foodie, and with my Iranian background, you may be thinking I’ve had to say goodbye to all my favourite dishes having gone vegan. But the truth is, the flavour of the best dishes are all because of herbs and spices. Make sure you learn all about the alternatives too! You’ll be surprised how delicious veggie burgers and vegan cakes can be.
Get on board with us this Vegetarian Awareness Month and let’s save those innocent animals together
Think about the positives
When the journey gets tough, think about the positive aspects of eating less meat. Think about the innocent animals that continue to live, think about the calories and dollars you save, think about the rich vitamin and fibre diet that you adopt as a result, and think about how much more sustainable a veggie diet is for the planet.
This October we’re going to talk about going vegetarian and raising awareness around animal cruelty, environmental sustainability and health issues by sharing a variety of posts, resources and facts. So get on board with us this Vegetarian Awareness Month and let’s save those innocent animals together. Don’t forget to share your simple tips for reducing meat and dairy this month.
Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month lovelies!