Week five of 2012 is behind us and we are making progress. Check out last week’s tips from my Facebook page. If you haven’t shared these tips with friends and family, you better get to it! If you have shared them, thank you. Remember: It’s going to take all of us to change the world. We can do it!
Tip #29: Speak up.
Don’t be shy at restaurants. Ask for what you want. Most places will be happy to accommodate you. This rule goes for any area of your life also. You have a voice, use it.
Tip #30: Learn to communicate effectively and with compassion.
Check out Sharon Gannon’s book, Yoga and Vegetarianism. You don’t have to be a yogi to gain something from this book. Read Chapter 7 on spiritual activism. It includes smart information on communicating from the heart.
Tip #31: You won’t necessarily lose weight on a vegan diet.
I didn’t until I started eating a “healthy” vegan diet. If you are interested in losing weight, read Eat to Live. I think it’s the best book on weight loss out there. Bonus: Check out Dr. Fuhrman’s website for recipes. Get support by joining his member center.
Tip #32: Learn how to make seitan.
It’s easy to make and can satisfy even the most loyal meat-lovers.
Tip #33: If friends and family give you a hard time…
…about being vegan, read Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook, by Carol Adams. You’ll learn helpful information on how to handle difficult situations.
Tip #34: Evolve.
To be a vegan means you need to evolve, not just change, but move forward. You must be willing to look tradition in the face and say, “Hey, there’s a better way and I’m going that route.” Example: Easter is coming up. Is there another activity that would be just as fun for the kids as an Easter egg hunt? I’m certain there is. Think about it. Be creative. Let me know what you come up with!
Tip #35: Vegans eat chocolate too.
Most dark chocolate is vegan, but not all. Check the ingredients. I like the Endangered Species brand. They have some good vegan selections.