At Rescued Friends, education about living a plant-based lifestyle is just as important to us as the care we give to all the animals at the sanctuary.
This section provides education on vegan / plant-based nutrition, lifestyle, questions and answers, current research on health and nutrition, and animal welfare and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of animals.
So, you think you are ready to try to move towards a plant-based vegan lifestyle? Some people can make the switch overnight, but that’s the exception and not the rule. It can be overwhelming and daunting, and I know you are asking things like, “What on earth do I eat? How will my family/spouse/friends react? But I love cheese.”…and the list goes on. Believe me, I know, I’ve been there. The thing that's important to remember is that it’s a process, and you will always be discovering new things, but it's easier than you think. If you are concerned about getting all of your nutrients and have questions about deficiencies, please check out the book Vegan for Life, it literally answers every single nutrition question you could have and gives you solutions!
But for now, if you're ready to begin the process of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, we have a suggestion and a challenge for you.
Our suggestion, determine why you want to transition. There are basically 3 reasons (maybe just one of them is your driving force, maybe a combination of them, or all three);
For the animals. For your health. For the planet.
Once you know your reason, and have seen the evidence to support that reason, you have those facts in your brain when you are faced with a food choice. That cheese may look delicious, but is that fleeting moment of pleasure in your mouth worth more than the suffering you saw in the dairy industry? Or is it worth having high cholesterol? Or is it worth the pollution of our water supply? For us, once we saw and knew the truth, there was no going back; we can’t ignore the truth or how it made us feel.
Next is our challenge:
Choose one day a week to commit to eating no animal products. If that seems way too out your realm of possibility right now, don’t fret! Try just one meal. And a trick we have learned that can make it easier, and help you not feel like you're depriving yourself of anything, is to add something before you take something away. Love cheese? (Don’t worry, we did too!) Before you take it out of your diet add something- our favorite is Kite Hill cream cheese style chive spread (on a baguette, it’s divine!) Don’t deprive yourself of ice cream if you love it, try So Delicious brand cashew milk ice cream (our favorite is cashew caramel cluster, think “dulce de leche” in vegan form!)
And that’s it. Find the reason(s) that most resonate with you, and then challenge yourself to drop animal products from one meal a day, one whole day, whatever works. This is not a contest, and if you fall off the wagon, it’s ok. Just forgive yourself and keep going.
In the following sections, we've compiled some resources to help you start your plant-based journey. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but simply meant to be a short introduction to guide you through the reasons for becoming plant-based.
For your Health
"The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison."
by Jack Norris & Virginia Messina
by T. Colin Campbell
by Brendan Brazier
WHAT THE HEALTH- Official Trailer
FORKS OVER KNIVES- Official Trailer
THE GAME CHANGERS- Official Trailer
TEDx Fremont: Plant-Strong and Healthy Living
- Rip Esselstyn
For the Animals
"The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?' "
by Jonathan Safron Foer
by Peter Singer
by Melanie Joy, PhD
EARTHLINGS- Full Movie (GRAPHIC)
OKJA- Official Trailer
DOMINION- Official Trailer (GRAPHIC)
TEDx München: Beyond Carnism and toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices
- Melanie Joy
For the Planet
“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers.”
by Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Lappé
by Lisa Kemmerer
COWSPIRACY- Official Trailer
MEAT THE TRUTH- Full Movie
EATING OUR WAY TO EXTINCTION- Official Trailer
IS YOUR DIET DESTROYING THE OCEAN?
- Mic. the Vegan