Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 16: Vegetarian Starter Kit

     For any of you that are new to being vegan, or even just want some more information, you should check out this Free vegetarian starter kit from Mercy for Animals. This little booklet includes a lot of valuable information on how the animals in our farms are actually being treated, and how this in turn effects our planet. It even goes on to describe how just one person can make a big difference by changing their diet.

     This is also a great resource for basic nutritional information, for it includes a vegetarian version of the food pyramid which I found to be quite helpful. They also have a whole section devoted to making the switch easier with a list of various substitutes for things you might not be to keen to give up; such as dairy free ice cream brands, soy milk instead of cow’s milk, veggie burger instead of  hamburgers, fake ground beef, and so on. This booklet includes some amazing vegan recipes as well as has a picture along with each recipe, which I find to be a major plus.

    A lot of people have a tendency to think these booklets are biased and are not creditable, but in the back of this guide they have included a long list of their resources which you could always look up if your are feeling skeptical. Not only do they give all the basics on the treatment of the animals, environmental issues, and nutrition, but they also leave you with a list of highly recommended movie and books to watch in order to educate yourself and form your own opinion.

Some of the videos they recommended:

Fowl Play –
Peaceable Kingdom –
Meet Your Meat –
45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken –
Latest on Clinical Nutrition –
Vegetarian Cooking –
Earthlings –

Some of the print recommended:

 “Quick-Fix Vegetarian” by Robin Robertson
“Short-cut Vegan” by Lorna Sass
 “The Conscious Cook” by Tal
“The Ultimate Vegan Guide” by Erik Marcus
“Becoming Vegan” by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
“VegNews” (Magazine) –

     Today I had a simple lunch that consisted of a baked potato with salt, pepper, and some "butter" with a side of steamed green beans. Not bad for a meal that took less than 10 minutes to make!

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