Making Vegan Easy Weekly 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 #335: This same concept — visibility leads to acceptance — can also be applied to veganism. The more we share vegan food, wear vegan clothes, etc., the more we expose people to the vegan lifestyle. The more people see that the food tastes good and the clothes and shoes are cute, the more people will accept this lifestyle and, perhaps, embrace it. Further, the more people see the atrocities of factory farming, the more likely they will choose to live vegan.

From Buddhist Bootcamp on Facebook: Visibility leads to acceptance. It was a big deal when someone saw an inter-racial or same-sex couple holding hands in public for the first time, but by the 10th time it was “just another couple holding hands” (because that’s all it is).

It took those nine other couples holding hands to get to that point because visibility leads to acceptance. So be part of the solution by not being part of the pollution. As John Lennon said, “It doesn’t matter who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love; it only matters that you love!”

Tip #336: Mushrooms are so good for you but cook them first.

Keep in mind that mushrooms should only be eaten cooked: several raw culinary mushrooms contain a potentially carcinogenic substance called agaritine, and cooking mushrooms significantly reduces their agaritine content.

Tip #337: Garlic has numerous health benefits, but some studies suggest that cooking it blocks these benefits. Some scientists recommend that crushed garlic or chopped garlic be allowed to “rest” for at least 10 minutes before cooking. Source: An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals.

Tip #338: I just wrote an article that will be published in January and was reminded of the fact that “everyone can do something” to make the world a better place. Give your time or give your money. It doesn’t matter how you make a difference, it just matters that you do.

Tip #339: I often hear, “it’s not about being perfect.” I’ve said it myself. But, don’t let that be an excuse to not do your best.

Tip #340: An “It’s Easy Being Vegan” t-shirt or bag would make a great gift for the vegans in your life.

Tip #341: Find ways to skip plastic bags. For instance, don’t use plastic bags for kitty litter waste. If you don’t buy the flushable kind (which my cats despise), then use paper bags when you clean the box(es). Plastic bags filled with waste will sit in landfills for many years and generations from now, archaeologists will be wondering why we buried poop. (This goes for trash too. We use the paper bags we get from grocery shopping instead of buying plastic garbage bags.)

Tip #342: Don’t believe everything you read. Even when you see 100% vegan on product labels that doesn’t make it so. L’Oreal labels some of its hair care products 100% vegan. According to Leaping Bunny and PETA, L’Oreal tests on animals. These two organizations are good sources for checking up on companies.

Tip #343 from HEART: Empathy is NOT a naturally occurring emotion in humans. There are only six hardwired emotions: joy, anger, surprise, disgust, sadness, and fear. Empathy is an emotion that needs to be taught. That is why teaching empathy for people and animals is an important part of HEART’s program.

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.