Plan A Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving!

Time to start the Thanksgiving meal planning! Every year more and more people are incorporating vegetarian and vegan dishes into their banquets. And why not?! It’s the time to be thankful. Why not extend some gratitude toward the animals that suffer and give their lives to be our food every other day of the year.

If you are paying attention, you probably know that the farming methods in our country have gone off the rocker and that food production has become an industrial mechanism devoid of compassion, symbiosis, or CONNECTION. Turkey “farming” is no different. Please take the time to read through this article by Ashley Capps at Free From Harm and find out more about the experience of the farmed turkey:

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http://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/12-reasons-you-may-never-want-eat-turkey-again/

WARNING: Graphic content. The text offers plenty to inform and disturb you. The videos might be too much for some.

 

Now that you’ve read and watched that, are you ready to include some compassionate dishes into YOUR Thanksgiving meal? It’s really not that hard! For example, mash your potatoes with almond milk and Earth Balance “butter.” Ta-da! You have vegan mashed potatoes. Don’t over think it!

Here are some helpful recipes that came out this year:

1. From Forks Over Knives, here are 5 dishes that are sure to please! CLICK HERE.

2. Compassion Over Killing brings you enough recipes of classics and newcomers to fill your dinging room table and then some. CLICK HERE.

3. The Huffington Post offers up a list of TWENTY-NINE plant-based holiday dishes! Nom nom! CLICK HERE.

4. And last but not least, PETA serves up a Thanksgiving Survival Guide with plenty of favorites. CLICK HERE.

 

Let’s evolve…one holiday at a time if that’s what it takes. For you, for your family, for the animals and for goodness sake.

Happy vegan cooking!

 

Your Weekend To-Do (Good) List!

The weekend To-Do (Good) List returns this weekend to give you some suggestions for ways to include altruism and activism, introspection and evolution, compassion and connection during your weekend! And, this being a long weekend celebrating the contribution of workers in the U.S., there is a special emphasis on support for entrepreneurs and innovators around the world.

1. Good for the Animals

I think the concept of “armchair activism” has gotten a bad rap. I refuse to criticize online petitions and letter-writing as being impotent or lazy. For some people it’s the easiest way to enter into the world of activism and differences really are made through strategies like these. So try it out…maybe it’s the first time you’ve signed an online petition, maybe it’s the hundredth. Either way, PETA is giving you the chance to make a difference for captive exotic animals in Louisiana. Click on the image below to find out more.

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2. Good For Others

To celebrate Labor Day, we are excited to bring your attention to Kiva.org. Many of you may have heard of this organization and perhaps you have even supported them in the past. If this is the first you’re hearing of Kiva, it is self-described as a “non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.” In other words, Kiva connects lenders–like US–to entrepreneurs around the world who don’t have access to traditional banking. Check them out via the link below and consider what YOU might be able to support a stranger working hard to make a living.

 

3. Good For You

Ever notice how a good book is often part of our description of a relaxing, rejuvenating day? “I’m just going to relax and read a good book,” we say. But sometimes it’s challenging to remember to seek out books that are out of our standard genre. Well one of my favorite new sites is Bookperk and I think it’s going to help me do just that. Through Bookperk, I get an alert every day from Harper Collins with a small list of books that they are selling for $1.99! Sometimes they are old classics, sometimes current, sometimes autobiographies, sometimes romance novels. I love the variety! I kind of feel like I’m shopping at a thrift store; while some items are clearly not my style, suddenly a treasure reveals itself. I’m always thinking of which ones might make good gifts too. Get that holiday shoppping started early! Or, just stock up to help yourself relax for your next long weekend. Click on the picture to find out more:

 

 

4. Good For Earth  

Here in California, we are all facing a severe drought. There is a lively conversation going on about what the individual can do. Some say that we should reduce our showers and our flushing. Some recommend making sure to only do full loads of laundry. Some are reducing the water they use for their landscaping. But, there is another factor that more and more of us are becoming aware of…the water required for animal husbandry. For large farming operations, and for especially Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) (like the Harris “Ranch” outside of L.A. and pictured below), the water usage is astronomical. Just as an example, consider that “humans drink less than one gallon of water per day, but a cow can drink up to 23 gallons of water a day.” To learn more specifics, visit One Green Planet which has presented the information clearly. As a result of these statistics and the fact that factory farming operations are notoriously inhumane more and more people are choosing to reduce or eliminate their meat and dairy consumption in addition to making lifestyle changes. Let’s face it, every one wins here…well except for those poor CAFOs. Click on the image below and see how your meat and dairy intake can be a positive (possibly crucial) step against climate change.

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Have a wonderful weekend, waves! Make sure to report back on any other good things you added to your To-Do (Good) list. I would love to hear them!

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My best to your best,

~~~S Wave~~~