Final Making Vegan Easy Weekly Round-Up for 2012

At the beginning of 2012, I created a vision board for a vegan world and decided to provide a daily vegan tip on my Facebook  page to make being vegan easier for others. Below are the last 10 tips of 2012. I plan to delve deeper into my favorites vegan tips in 2013, so stay tuned for more vegan goodness. Happy new year!

Tip #356: Watch and share: Mercy for Animals 2012 Year in Review.

Tip #357: Adorable video promoting the boycott of horse-drawn carriages. Watch and share.

Tip #358: This year after all the Christmas presents are opened consider saving the used wrapping paper and gift bags to be used next year. Remember: Reuse before recycling!

Tip #359: Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s another holiday where families gather around the dinner table and meat plays a central role. I will be making a vegan breakfast of pancakes, faux sausage, potatoes and fruit cake for six people. I’m the only vegan. I’m not always comfortable being the only one, but that’s okay because the animals and the planet are better for it. Dinner will be out at a vegetarian restaurant that has vegan options. Remember, it’s not all about the food though. Enjoy being with your family and friends.

Tip #360: It bears repeating: Recycle, recycle, recycle. Keep this in mind when you and your family are opening presents this year. Merry Christmas!

Tip #361: My favorite new cookbook of 2012 is Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner. I’m slowly working my way through it. My current favorite is Pub Cheddar with Chives. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you might want to treat yourself.

Tip #362: When I’m battling a cold, I use a neti pot. Years ago when I bought my neti pot, I let it sit in a closet for nine months before I gathered the courage to use it. Turns out, it feels really good and gives me some relief when I have head cold. Let’s hope you don’t get a cold this winter but if you do, you might want to try a neti pot.

Tip #363: My favorite non-fiction book of 2012 is Jenny Brown’s memoir, The Lucky Ones. Inspiring! If you like to read memoirs, pick it up today. (I found it at my local library.)

Tip #364: Palm oil is a nightmare for the environment, indigenous people and many animals including Orangutans, Bearded Pigs, Rhinoceros, Sumatran tiger, Sun bear and more. There’s a good article in the current issue of VegNews on the problems with palm oil (not online yet). If you haven’t given up palm oil yet, read up on it — do a google search — and decide if now might be the time to avoid it for good.

Tip #365: Go all the way in 2013. If you haven’t made the commitment yet to living vegan, watch this 60-second video from PETA. It may be just what you need to change your mind and go vegan for good.

Bonus Tip #366 (2012 is Leap year.): Tell everyone you know it’s easy being vegan. Shout. Sing. Speak. Whisper. Write. However YOU feel comfortable, use your voice for change. I’m so happy to walk this path with you. Thanks for being here.

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