Today’s Meatless Monday post has two parts, both my thoughtful ramblings.
Part 1: I was reading an article and discovered that WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Daniel Bryan is a vegan! When I think of vegans, a wrestler is the last person that comes to mind. Imagine all the strength and stamina he needs in the ring (whether tv wrestling is “real” or “perceived” he has to be in tip-top shape). To me this proves that with the right balance, a vegan diet can be very nourishing.
Part 2: In the article Bryan says, “My vegetarian diet allows me to lead a healthier lifestyle, reduce my carbon footprint, and save the lives of more than 100 animals every year. I’m stronger and healthier than ever, and I feel good about doing something positive for myself, animals, and the planet.” He calls himself a vegetarian but not a vegan! Walk with me for a second….a vegan is a vegetarian BUT a vegetarian is not necessarily a vegan. So why would he refer to himself as a vegetarian?
Do you think that vegetarians are more widely accepted than vegans? Are vegans deemed to be extremists while vegetarians are thought to be simply health conscious? Let me know what you think.
Last week A Sustainable LIFE held a drawing to win an ECO bookbound journal. To be entered into the drawing we asked readers to tell us when LIFE began its recycling program. Well, the answer is….in 2007. We didn’t have any correct responses but…….in the spirit of participation the journal was given to the person who responded first, Grounds Director, John Wheeler. Remember that the only way to win is to “play”. Look for another exciting giveaway next week!
I have not had to deal with this situation (yet) but I wonder how I would handle it. Before reading the article I thought about how far I would go as a hostess to make my vegan or vegetarian guests comfortable. My first thought would be to ask the guests to bring their own food (I know that’s terrible). But I wouldn’t expect them to bring their entire meal, just a dish to share with the group. This dish would double as sustenance for the vegetarian guests if my attempt at accommodating them went horribly wrong.
The article gave the following tips to welcome vegetarian guests feel welcome.
After reading the tips I realized that there are lots of EASY ways to make all your guests happy.
How far would you go to make a vegetarian guest welcome in your home?
A FREE clothing swap will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2012 from 9am to 9pm at the LIFE University Treehouse. Donations of clean and folded clothes (men’s, women’s and children’s) will be accepted at the Treehouse on Sundays after 12pm until January 29, 2012. The great thing about this event is that you can donate even if you can’t shop…and shop even if you don’t donate. All clothes that don’t find a good home will be donated to Goodwill after the event. What a win, win opportunity!
Please contact Carly Swift at email@example.com for more details.
Did you know that the environmental footprint of our clothing is alarming. Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually.