a kinder life: 30-day vegan challenge

As a pescetarian (consuming seafood, eggs and dairy but no other flesh) for the last 13 years I have often flirted with the idea of becoming vegan. During the last few years my diet has changed a lot, as I have become a lot more in tune with my body. I know what foods do and do not agree with me. Rarely do I consume dairy or eggs but my biggest weakness is non-farmed wild salmon and lobster. I know some of you are thinking ‘well then it shouldn’t be too hard for you to go vegan because you rarely consume flesh’ - but sushi is my absolute favorite food! There is not a week that goes by without it. I have decided for myself that I am going to try a completely plant-based diet for 30 days starting today, March 5. So why am I going vegan?
  • Meat negatively impacts the environment
    • The production of meat contributes to global warming, wastes water and destroys millions of acres of land
  • The meat industry is cruel
    • Farmed animals are not protected under animal cruelty laws: These animals spend their entire lives in crates or stalls so small that they cannot even turn around
    • So if you do eat meat make sure it is Certified Human Raised and Handled and that all your meat is organic and local   
  •  Meat is bad for your body
    • Meat contains lots of saturated fats, which increases cholesterol, this can increase blood pressure and increase your risk for a heart attack 
    • Red meat has been linked to increased cancer risks
  •  Milk is nasty
    • Human bodies are not designed to drink any milk except breast milk
    • Milk has been linked to asthma and allergies
    • Dairy is also pumped with hormones; so if you must drink milk then opt for organic hormone-free milk; however there are so many milk alternatives - soy, almond, hemp, rice and coconut milk are all delicious options!

If you are interested in making some changes to not only your diet but also your lifestyle try adapting a more vegan approach – try these simple changes:

1. Go meat free one day a week (and decrease meat consumption as you please)
2. Avoid companies that test their products on animals (check out this great link: Peta - people for the ethical treatment of animals)
3. Do not wear fur, leather or any other animal product, including wool
4. Do not support animal entertainment, such as, circuses or SeaWorld

Over the next month I will be tracking how my body feels, the obstacles and successes I will face while avoiding all animal products and byproducts.  

Nadia and I have decided to start the week off with a 5-day juice cleanse from Total Cleanse, which I believe to be a great way to clear the mind and start this challenge off with some major changes.

If you wish to join me in this 30-day vegan challenge please do and let me know about your own experience!  

Albert Einstein said it best: ‘Nothing will benefit human health and increase changes for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet’

best in health,
kate kokoski


Resources:
www.wannaveg.com
www.vegetariantimes.com/resources/why_go_veg/
www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx
Silverstone, A. The Kind Life: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. Rodale Books. 2009.


2 comments:

Trish said...

Good luck, Kate!

Kate Kokoski said...

Thank you Trish! I will definitely let you know how the challenge goes!

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