Making Vegan Easy Week 47 Round-Up

Every day in 2012 I’m posting one tip on my Facebook page to make living vegan easier. It’s going to take an army of vegans to move the world in a more compassionate direction. Join us today.

Tip #325: One of the best forms of activism is to feed people vegan food. We invited friends over for an early Thanksgiving dinner. None had experienced a homemade vegan meal before. They really didn’t know what to expect. They arrived curious and left with satisfied bellies and, dare I say, impressed. It was a good experience all-around. If you don’t know how to cook, then learn. It will serve you and the animals well.

Tip #326: Shop local this holiday season. It just makes sense.

Tip #327: Today is Thanksgiving. For vegans attending a family gathering where turkey is the centerpiece on the table, this day is ripe for potential discord or gratefulness. We get to choose. Remember that Thanksgiving is about being thankful and not about the turkey—even if the majority of people make it seem otherwise. Enjoy your time with family and friends today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tip #328: Be grateful. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, send thank you notes to those who were supportive of your vegan diet yesterday. Let them know how important they are to you, regardless of their own diet. (This tip was inspired by an interview I heard on NPR yesterday with writer, Tom Chiarella. Check out his gratitude experiment here.)

Tip #329: This holiday season be sure to use eco-friendly wrapping paper. If you don’t want to buy wrapping paper (best choice!), you can use newspaper to wrap your gifts. Decorate the newspaper using paints, markers or pictures pasted to the newspaper. This could be a super fun craft project for kids.

Tip #330: If you saved last year’s holiday cards that you received, you could REUSE them to make new holidays cards for this year. Decorate blank note cards or paper using the old cards. Another fun craft project!

Tip #331: Change your expectations and allow for the possibility that others can change.

If you can’t see others as potentially kind and compassionate beings, how can you ever expect them to see themselves that way? ~Sharon Gannon, Yoga and Vegetarianism

Tip #332: A fresh batch of granola would make a nice holiday gift. It’s soooo easy to make too!

Tip #334: Try something new (and keep growing). (I have an article in YogaChicago this month that discusses just this concept.) Have you tried something new recently? It could be anything…a food, a book or movie genre, an exercise class…you get the idea.

Hey friends, have you shared these tips with your family and friends yet? If not, do it today. Join me on Facebook to read these tips daily and to learn more about what’s going on in the vegan world.

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