This Thursday marks my 20th anniversary of being a vegetarian, and now a vegan. It’s an honor I hold dear because it has taken effort and discipline. Has it always been easy? No, but it’s not exactly been “hard” either. Now more than ever it’s easier to live a humane life, and THAT is certainly what I am grateful for this holiday and every day.
I first became a vegetarian when my boyfriend at the time and I decided to practice yoga. It was part of the Kundalini practice and we wanted to experience it as authentically as possible. Later, when I became an animal activist, I adopted a vegan lifestyle, which meant I stopped using any animal products and made sure my household was a cruelty-free one. Then over the past few years I adopted a vegan diet to match my beliefs, so that I can say my words and my actions are congruent. I haven’t looked back since.
More than 45 MILLION turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving and another 22 MILLION for Christmas. They live in hell-like conditions and are treated brutally. Please consider adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Not only will you be saving a life, but you will be living a healthier one too.