Sep 16, 2012

Meatless Monday Myth - Go Vegan

"If you go meatless on Mondays you'll be contributing to global warming, pollution, global depletion of our planet's resources, and your own health on only six days of the week - Instead of seven."

Eating animals: "Is not sustainable. It's not healthy. And it's not humane." 
~ Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Author of Comfortably Unaware

Please live thoughtfully and make every day of the year a Vegan Monday:


proud womon said...

i agree bea elliott!!! compassion all year round is the only thing that will help animals!

Harry said...

Hi Bea

Yes, Monday is just the start day of the week. And meatless Mondays, while a good start, are just that - a start.

Well done on your great list!!! With a 2 year old boy and the common toddler trait of going through stages of being quite picky with his food, we find ourselves routinely trying new (and healthy and fairly delicious - generally) vegan recipes. (Unless of course we're in the vegie patch where he'll eat whatever we pick/ pull up. Like devouring carrots which an hour before he picked out of a lentil burger ...) These will add to our cornucopia of vegan recipes. Thanks.


veganelder said...

What a great series of resource links. Thank you seriously! :-)

Bea Elliott said...

Hi proud woman - You know too that if ppl are doing vegan for the right reasons - They couldn't possibly "quit" it no matter what day of the week.

Meatless is just a "diet" - I'm not condemning it as a start... But it's certainly not the end point.

Thanks for your comment! ;)

Bea Elliott said...

Hi Harry - Glad you found some of the recipes useful. I'm not much of a foodie myself but as the months get cooler I swing a spoon around in the kitchen it bit more often . Always nice to have a new collection of stuff to try!

So glad your veggie patch is getting rave reviews. It's a fine start to know where your beautiful food comes from! Truly!

Thanks for your visit!

Bea Elliott said...

Hi veganelder - You are most certainly welcome! Seriously so! :-)

Debbie said...

I agree that meatless Monday does pretty much nothing on its own to help one’s health, the environment, or the animals. But this past week I went on vacation with my extended family. My brother and his wife have gone from no meat one day a week and eating “humane” meat to rejecting the idea of humane meat and increasing the number of days to 3 that they are meatless. My nephew and his girlfriend are now animal product free 5 days a week. And my young nephew who plays college football is now questioning how he can justify eating animals if he knows what he knows. I’ve been vegan under two years (no one else in the family is even vegetarian) and to me these changes in my family are a great start that I never would have expected from them. It began with them testing the waters by going meatless one day a week. I hope they will eventually go vegan but at least they are thinking now. One other amazing thing is that my niece who once told me that I was absolutely wrong because the bible said she can eat animals is checking out vegan bakers for her wedding cake. Almost made me cry when she told me.

Bea Elliott said...

You know Debbie - You're almost making me cry hearing all of the success you've seen in a few short years! I suppose meeting people where they are at has it's advantages. (?)

Yesterday I did some leafleting at a concert and of the more in-depth conversations I had 2 out of 3 started by saying "I'll never give up meat"... By asking (suggesting) just reducing a day or two a week --- They walked away with a positive attitude that this easing-in was certainly do-able. The third person I spoke to was pledging to be "vegetarian" for a year and then going vegan if that worked out.

I mean - I was amazed at the response by just toning down the "Go Vegan" all at once messaging. It's great when people do... But steps in that direction can only be seen in a beneficial light. It takes time - But easing-in to new ideas is what most people do.

I'm so glad for you that your family and friends have been receptive! You must surely be an example of how to advocate with verifiable results. Good on you! Best thing yet - Is that your family and friends will no-doubt create another ripple of a circle towards plant-based eating and compassionate thinking. And so a movement is born!

I appreciate you sharing your awesome story! I'm gleaning every bit of inspiration from it that I can. Thank you!

Debbie said...

Thank you so much for your comments Bea! You are one of the people I admire most in the vegan blog world so your feedback means a great deal.

Bea Elliott said...

Oh gosh Debbie - Thanks! Glad you're not evaluating me based on my current (ir)regularity of posts! My world has been a carousel of crisis lately - Appreciate you sticking by me. xox

Have Gone Vegan said...

Ack, I almost missed this post! Great resource list, Bea (ha ha, I nearly called you Bean, although that wouldn't have been so bad, snort), and awesome to hear the success of your easing-in conversations.

And Debbie, wow! Goes to show that you CAN reform family. Good for you! :)

Bea Elliott said...

That's just fine - You can call me Bean! I kind of like it - Especially since I've bean Vegan anyway. tee-hee... ;)

The Beet-Eating Heeb said...

Yes, The Beet-Eating Heeb would like to add to the chorus of gratitude for great list of vegan menu plans you have provided in this post!

Bea Elliott said...

Wonderful to have The Beet-Eating Heeb's voice in the choir! ;)