“Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens

I recently had the opportunity to visit a backyard egg producer. This person allowed me to take a tour of their small-scale, local, free-range, “humane” enclosure for their chickens. Had I not already known that this was a backyard egg-producer, I would have thought it resembled some of the nicest animal sanctuaries I have visited. … Continue reading “Humane” Meat, Local Free-Range Eggs, and Backyard Chickens

Detox Your Life: How to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Non-Vegan Crap

leather beltsSooner or later on your road to veganism you’ll wonder, “what on earth do I do with all of these frozen steaks / leather shoes, purses and belts / non-vegan alcoholic beverages / pints of ice cream / wool blankets / non-vegan household cleaners and personal hygiene products / etc. in my house?”.  Parting with your non-vegan stuff can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  The good news is there are a bunch of options for you to get rid of your non-vegan junk.

Have a yard sale

Yard sales are a great way to quickly get rid of non-vegan items like furniture, clothing and even jewelry.  It’s also nice to have some money left over afterward that you can use to buy some new awesome vegan stuff.

Sell to friends and family

Friends and family are the easiest people to sell to.  Just make sure they’re actually buying it and not just going to try to give it back to you as a gift.

Sell online

Websites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist are great ways to turn your old, gross non-vegan stuff into cash, but they need a bit of setting-up.  You might need to set up a PayPal account if you don’t already have one.

Pawn

You definitely won’t get a fair price, as pawn shops need to turn a profit to stay in business, so this should be a last resort.  Pawn shops can be rather picky too, so stick to your safe bets: jewelry, valuable trinkets and really, really old stuff.

Give gifts

Unless you’re giving away something terrible, most people are happy to get free stuff regardless of how little they may actually like it. Continue reading “Detox Your Life: How to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Non-Vegan Crap”

The 1 Reason Your Vegan Diet Will Fail Every Time

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Veganism is growing in popularity but are you sure you have what it takes to go the distance?

Veganism is everywhere.  It’s all over the news, grocery store aisles — even your friends and family are talking about it.  Whether people choose a plant-based diet to save animals, manage cholesterol, get in shape, save the environment, or just to know what they’re putting in their body, the word “vegan” is making the shift from marginal to mainstream.  But the one thing no one talks about is the #1 reason many vegan diets ultimately fail.  To find out whether you’re heading for a cliff, you’ll need to ask yourself a simple question, the answer to which can spell victory or defeat in your quest to go vegan.

First, you need to understand that veganism isn’t a diet — it is a lifestyle.  A diet is something you can go on and off for any given amount of time to achieve a short term result.  A lifestyle incorporates diet with other aspects of your life into an ongoing, long-term solution. Continue reading “The 1 Reason Your Vegan Diet Will Fail Every Time”

The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality

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December 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan long count calendar. Many doomsday theorists speculate this means the apocalypse is coming today.

Well, it’s finally here: December 21st, 2012, the so-called “end of the world”.  I can’t help but wonder, what if it was true?  What if today really is the last day of your life?  Looking back, do you have any regrets?  Is there anything in your life left unfinished?  Anything you wish you’d said to someone, but didn’t?  Any act of kindness or generosity you could have done to make someone’s life a little brighter but never had the time?  Do you wish you could have lived a life of purpose?  If we survive the day, what will you resolve to do with the rest of your life?  What changes will you make to make sure that your children and grandchildren will be able to live a long, healthy life?

The world most likely won’t end today, but it’s definitely headed in that direction unless we take a long hard look in the mirror and wake up from our stupor.  Ultimately, whether the apocalypse comes is completely up to us because it is completely determined by our own actions. Continue reading “The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality”