Christmas is only a couple of days away – Yikes!   I just sent out a little Christmas greeting to all of my wonderful subscribers, so if you didn’t get it, make sure you sign up now so that you don’t miss out on the latest eco news next year!   I’ll be stepping things up a bit in the new year so stay tuned!

As we busy ourselves with buying pressies, catching up with family and cooking up a feast, we can easily forget that this is also a time for being thankful and finding compassion within.   Now I certainly don’t want to get preachy here, but I do want to share with you why I decided to be vegan.  I don’t often talk about this side of my life here on this website, as my partner and I run a different website, Vegan Era, for anyone interested in learning more about being vegan.

But being Christmas, I thought it was a good opportunity to share this with you.   It’s a time for reflection and the perfect time to consider what sort of person you want to be in the New Year and what kind of changes you would like to make in your life.

Initially, I decided to cut out all animal products from my diet for health reasons.  I was already vegetarian when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.  I started researching heavily in to what I could be doing to help my body fight it, and cutting out all animal protein was mentioned over and over again as one of the biggest things I could do to help my body heal.  So it was very easy for me to make the switch when I felt like my life depended it.

But making this decision changed my life in more ways than one.  I felt lighter, like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and I felt my heart open up.  I was more sensitive to things and felt a strong connection to animals, nature and other people that I hadn’t experienced before.  It truly was incredible.  I had never thought of eating meat as killing another being before, but when I made the decision to stop doing that, well as you can imagine, it felt pretty good and still does.

I read books such as Skinny Bitch, Forever 21 and The China Study and watched documentaries like Home and Food Inc.  Then I came across more and more information about the environmental impacts of being vegan.  Did you know that the UN released a report in 2006 which stated that the livestock industry is the number 1 cause of global warming?  It causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the transport in the world combined.  I couldn’t believe this!

Recently I learned that vegans save 198 animals EACH YEAR!  That’s amazing!  Since we rescued our beautiful puppy Trudi, I’ve realized just how incredible all animals are.  They are smart, loyal and can show unconditional love in a way that humans very rarely do.  So this Christmas, consider forgoing the roast ham and turkey, and make the decision to save lives instead of take them.  You will feel incredible, you will be healthier and you will be helping our beautiful planet.

That concludes my little spiel…if you would like to know more information on the benefits of being vegan, please go to www.veganera.com.

May you have a beautiful, peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Love Amanda x