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“Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens.”

– Carl Jung

If some people in your house don’t follow a plant-based diet, you don’t need to make two dinners every night. Making pasta dishes, chilis, a noodle dish, or something similar is a good way to go. Make the base sauce first, then separate into another pan. Add a vegan protein (tofu or tempeh) to one and add the meat or alternate protein to the other. Bon appetit!

“Don’t worry about the future; or worry at all. Just know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.”

– Baz Luhrmann

Dairy isn’t the only resource for calcium. As a matter of fact, calcium wouldn’t even be present in milk if the cows didn’t eat grass (aka plants). Either way, calcium is found quite readily in plant-based foods

Good sources for calcium in a plant-based diet:

  • Soy products – tofu, soy milk
  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, cashews
  • Legumes
  • Tahini – Bonus: unhulled tahini has up to 10 times more calcium than ordinary white tahini
  • Green vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, green beans, leeks, and leafy greens
  • Fruits – oranges, figs
  • Whole grains – oats
  • Seitan – go for plain or frozen – other varieties often have a lot of salt or oil

“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.”

– Gary L. Francione

When making a decision, ask yourself, does this activity enlarge me or diminish me?

Changing diet works as good or better than current medication for depression.

– Dr. Mark Hyman

A plant-based diet reduces your blood sugar and chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The popularity of veganism is up 90% from 2020 to 2021, according to Google Trends. That’s a mighty number, which shows that people are caring more and more about the foods they eat. The number comes from how much we’re searching for the vegan-related terms on Google. If that’s not a good enough metric for you, polling site YouGov shows 40% of Americans are considering reducing their meat & dairy intake. If you bet on anything this year, bet on people moving toward a healthier, more environmentally sustainable way of eating. Bet on plants!

Use Your Best Judgment.

Don’t wait for someone else to take responsibility. Don’t wait for perfect. Don’t wait to find this exact situation in the manual or in history.

Use your best judgment. Go go go.

Not with a guarantee.

Not with someone to blame.

Simply because we need you to lead us.

– Seth Godin

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of “real food for real people” you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.

– Neal Barnard

“What would you have me become.”

– Ellen Bass

Soaking quinoa decreases saponin content and activates natural enzymes that improve its nutritional value and increases the body’s ability to digest it.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

– Anne Lamont

Plant-based diets are higher in anti-inflammatory compounds which help muscles recover.

A Parable on Optimism, by Benjamin Franklin

An old philosophical friend of mine carefully avoided any intimacy with pessimistic people. He had a thermometer to show him the heat to mark when the weather was likely to prove good or bad, but there being no instrument invented to discover at first sight this unpleasing disposition in a person, that of being a pessimist, he for that purpose made use of his legs, one of which was remarkably handsome, the other, by some accident, was crooked and deformed.

If a stranger at the first interview regarded his ugly leg more than his handsome one, he doubted him. If he spoke of it and took no notice of the handsome leg, that was sufficient to determine my philosopher and have no further acquaintance with him.

Everybody has not this two legged instrument, but everyone with a little attention may observe signs of that carping, fault-finding disposition, and take the same resolution of avoiding the acquaintance of those infected with it.

I therefore advise those critical, querulous, discontented, unhappy people that if they wish to be respected and beloved by others, and happy in themselves, they should leave off looking at the ugly leg.

Carbohydrates – which come almost exclusively from plants – are the most efficient fuel for exercise, much more so than protein which wastes 20-30% of each calorie as heat.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

Mark Twain – Notebook, 1904

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

– Albert Einstein