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'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

"There's no right way to do a wrong thing" - Goat Dairy Farm Turned Sanctuary

on Thursday, 10 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Despite setting out with the best intentions—aiming for the most "humane" goat cheese farm possible, owner Andrea Davis soon came to realize there was truly no such thing as humane animal farming practices. After witnessing ongoing and extremely stressful separation anxiety between moms and babies (because in order for us to use their milk for cheese or other products the babies can't be allowed to consume it of course), among other inherent cruelties in the business, she decided to turn her farm into The Sanctuary School at Broken Shovels Farm. It will be an educational center for veganism and a forever home for many former dairy farmed goats as well as other animals like chickens, cats, and dogs. "I came to terms with the fact that there was no right way to do a wrong thing...at some point, I found vegan educations, and though initially stubbornly resistant to the idea, everything I was reading made undeniable sense," said Davis. Thank you for all that you do, Andrea! 

Learn more about the sanctuary and support today at BrokenShovels.com.

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

on Thursday, 27 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

'Synagogue Vegan Challenge' Spearheaded by Esteemed Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

In a joint effort by vegan actress Mayim Bialik, author Jana Kohl, musician Matisyahu, and vegan non-profit community VegFund, rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz will select and award five US/Canadian Jewish houses of worship a $5,000 grant for "hosting at least one vegan event every month for one year," noted VegNews' coverage of the announcement. "There's not one vegan synagogue in America...It's very hard to make changes, and we have to make it easier for people...The synagogue should be a place of education, where people can learn the health benefits of going vegan," said the 36-year-old Yanklowitz. Vegan for 6 years, Yanklowitz is a founding member of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute (which means “heaven and earth” in Hebrew). The Institute was formed with the aforementioned celebrities as an educational center advocating for animal-rights within the Jewish community. Way to take action and demonstrate ways in which we can help promote compassionate living, rabbi!   

Learn more about the rabbi's Foundation at Shamayimvaretz.org.

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vogue Paris' Latest Issue Features Faux-Fur Positive Talk and Animal Rights Topics

In a surprising move by one of the fashion industries biggest players, Vogue has taken a very public stance on their position of fur in fashion. Their August issue is dedicated to some aspects of animal rights while highlighting some of the best designers that are creating faux fur fashions. The issue also features famed supermodel Gisele Bündchen on the cover, wearing a faux fur coat.“So happy that @vogueparis dedicated this issue to animal protection, sending a strong message that wearing real fur is never an option," Bündchen said in a recent Instagram post. Gisele and her husband, professional football player Tom Brady have noted their plant-based diet ways as of late, attributing their good health to their food choices. Vogue's stance is inspiring because having the support of those with big platforms is huge for forwarding more compassionate lifestyle choices; helping to pave the way for further conversation about such topics. Thank you, Vogue Paris!

Read more about it at Fashionista.com.

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

on Thursday, 06 July 2017. Posted in Inspiration

The Windy City's source for three decades worth of veggie diner cuisine

Long before vegan or even vegetarian was a relatively understood and common term in the restaurant world, Marshall "Mickey" Hornick helped spearhead what would become a steady rise in the development of the vegetarian and vegan food scene in Chicago, Illinois. As their slogan goes, "Meat free since '83" Mickey opened the first of their vegetarian diner locations in the Boystown neighborhood of the city. In an interview with Chicago Reader Mickey said, "The banks and investors thought I was absolutely crazy not to do chicken or fish or something." In an effort to combat his own bouts of asthma and hypertension Mickey started eating more veggie foods. He wanted a place he could go out to eat at and so sprung the idea for The Chicago Diner. Now with their second location in Logan Square and being one of the longest running veg restaurants in the mid-west, it's truly inspiring to see just how far Chicago has come—and to learn the roots of it all—with Mickey Hornick.

Learn more about Mickey's journey at ChicagoRead.com.
*Pictured: The Chicago Diner's classic vegan Reuben sandwich

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

New Vegan Meal Delivery—For Families With Small Children—to Debut This Month

In an effort to make plant-based meal preparation easier for families with young children, founder Ashley Gilday (a vegan mom herself) is set to launch Little Harvest meal delivery service. Intended for children between four months and two years old, the company (a subscription-based program) will be made up of locally sourced, organic, and allergen-free meals. Based in Illinois the initial release will be available throughout the Chicago area with intentions to expand throughout the Midwest within the first year of operation. As a former Business Developer for Daiya Foods vegan cheese company, Gilday is perfectly suited to bring this game-changing service to the masses. Thank you for your hard work, Ashley. We're rooting for you!

Learn more and check out meal plans at LittleHarvest.com.

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

Thomas Skylar, a high school student who lives in Connecticut, has teamed up with peta2 to create a mobile gaming app that enables users to gain points for rescuing animals from factory farms, rainforests, and circuses. "Paintball Hero" includes helping animals like lions, chickens, alligators, cows, and even unicorns. This is not the first mobile gaming app idea the teen has come up with. Last year he launched "Saviors" (similar to "Paintball Hero") and he is already working on the next one. "Even if 100 people play it, and only one decides to be vegan, that's worth it," said Thomas. Thank you for your hard work, Thomas! 

Learn more Thomas and his app at peta2.com.

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

Last weekend was the Naturally Fit Games in Austin, Texas — bringing together world class athletes to compete in live tests of fitness of various categories and levels. PlantBuilt (a non-profit bodybuilding group that supports vegan athletes and raises money for farmed animal sanctuaries) showed up in all their plant-powered glory, demonstrating unmatched strength and vigor. Of the 1,000 competitors who attended, the PlantBuilt team brought 39 members who ended up collectively winning 32 medals (22 being first place medals!) in categories including powerlifting, CrossFit, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and kettlebell. "...we will continue to educate and dispel the myths that you need to eat meat to build muscle and strength," said PlantBuilt co-founder, Giacomo Marchese in an interview with VegNews.

Learn more about this organization and how to join at PlantBuilt.com.

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

Professional bicyclist and vegan athlete, Jackson Long will take on a cross-European bike tour in an effort to raise funds for animal rights groups and showcase the strength and stamina of athletes who choose to exclude animal products from their lives. "We live in such a disconnected world...and I deeply desire a society more educated on the ethology of farmed animals and beyond so that we can gain a higher level of compassion and respect for all beings," said Long. Jackson will be sharing his voyage milestones through his social media pages while promoting healthy vegan living to those he meets along the way.

Read Jackon's interview on MarcyForAnimals.org.

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

on Thursday, 01 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

When a mega force like James Cameron takes on a project you know it's bound for the big time. The award-winning director recently announced a documentary he's working on called The Game Changers. It's intended to highlight vegan cultural icons, soldiers, and athletes to demonstrate how one can live more healthfully on a fully plant-based lifestyle. Cameron will be working with Louis Psihoyos (the director of the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove) and James Wilks, a mixed martial arts champion. "We're trying to dispel the myth that you need protein from animals to become a real man...It's a call to action" said Psihoyos. Cameron has long considered himself an environmentalist and given his high profile status and influence, it's super inspiring to see someone like him taking great strides in spreading the importance of eco-conscious, cruelty-free living. Thank you, James!

Stay tuned for the movie's release on GameChangersMovie.com.
(Image by Reuters)

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

If you were with us—receiving the Meatout Mondays e-newsletter—back in the fall of 2015, you may remember a story about a professional soccer team all members of whom went vegan. Well, the Forest Green Rovers (FGR) are back in the news thanks to their success. Last weekend in London the world's first all-vegan soccer team won a conference play-off final marking them as having official league status, a first for them in 128 years! According to reports from VegNews.com, "FGR's owner Dale Vance removed all animal products from the team's New Lawn stadium in 2015—in addition to installing solar panels, a chemical-free lawn, and a solar-powered lawn mower." The stadium offers veggie burgers, vegan pizzas, and vegan Quorn products, which led to an award from The Sports and Leisure Catering Magazine in 2016 as Menu of the Year." Keep repin' the good life, you guys! Woohoo!

Read more about it in the source article on VegNews.com.

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

on Thursday, 18 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

From a morning blood pressure and cholesterol control routine to no meds at all!

After watching friends and family come down with seemingly sudden and life-threatening health issues, some even passing away without warning, Allan Kalmus decided that his weight and health weren't just hereditary but something he could and should take control of. At the age of 58, Allan committed to researching how foods affect our bodies and well-being. Before long he began questioning his own medical training and the fact that his family doctor never really talked about how big an impact our food choices have on our health. Now, three years later on a whole foods, plant-based, and oil-free diet, Allan is down 100 pounds, off all blood pressured and cholesterol medications, his sleep apnea has completely gone away, and he runs 5k three times a week! Way to be, Allan! w00p!

Read Allan's full weight-loss story on ForksOverKnives.com.

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Health, Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

With the encouragement of vegan teen Lila Copeland and veg celebrities like Pamela Anderson, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will officially begin offering vegan lunches this fall. "We have had demand and when we get demand like this from our community we institute a pilot to find out [if this] is something we really could implement district-wide," said Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President. Since LAUSD is often a model for other schools we are hopeful this turn will take hold once and for all! Hooray!

Read more about the LAUSD plans at SCPR.org.

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

Do you know this guy? That's right! It's our very own founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), Alex Hershaft! This week we highlight Alex as he is featured in publication Jewish Exponent, as he talks about his emotional experience as a survivor of the Holocaust and how that led to his animal rights advocacy today. "He couldn't dismiss the similarities [of the Holocaust victims and the treatment farmed animals today]—the branding/tattooing of victims, the cattle cars, the crowded housing, the arbitrary designation of who lives and dies..." Hershaft said in the interview. "Oppressing animals is the gateway drug to oppressing humans...as a survivor, I have made a choice. I have chosen against silence. I have chosen against oppression. I have chosen life." 

Read the full interview with Alex on JewishExponent.com.

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

Leaning vegan or just getting started? This mentorship program is for you!
Our friends over at Vegan Outreach have developed a fantastic support system for those who are interested in living a vegan lifestyle and/or those who are just getting started and would like some help along the way. Work with a volunteer mentor to help navigate everything from grocery shopping to answering tough questions from skeptical friends or family members. Likewise, if you are an experienced and fun loving vegan with a lot to share, there is an opportunity to sign up as a mentor as well!

Find your mentor or become one at VeganOutreach.org.

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

on Thursday, 04 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

 When the news broke that Colorado State University was making plans to build a slaughterhouse on campus for "educational purposes," as stated by Kevin Pond, the head of CSU's Department of Sciences—at least one student took a stand. Austin Joseph, a Nutrition and Food Science major at the University, penned a letter in The Rocky Mountain Collegian, a campus-run newspaper. In his letter, Joseph explains how animal agriculture is outdated and that it would be setting the students back to focus on such practices for the future. "If SCU truly has agriculture students' best interests at heart, the school should invest in teaching and researching cellular agriculture, not production methods that will soon be obsolete," he wrote. Thank you for taking an important stand, Austin. We're with you all the way! Keep going, keep fighting for the animals and for the future of our earth! ((hugs))

Read Austin's thoughtful letter via the school's newspaper at Collegian.com.

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Tips & Ideas

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

With a focus on encouraging hospitals, schools, stores, and universities to focus on the production and inclusion of more plant-based foods, rather than animal products, 'Balanced' will surely be turning heads this summer. Audrey Sanchez, the Executive Director at Balanced, said in an interview with VegNews, "Behavioral scientists have long known the fastest way to change a person's behavior is to change their environment." Based on this information Sanchez and team aim to encourage a change of choices that surround people in their everyday lives (at school, at work, when in need for health care, etc.)—making plant-based food options readily available at every turn."Overconsumption of animal products is leading to a public health crisis, and frankly, too many people are experiencing unnecessary diseases and premature death as a result," said Sanchez. We can change the health of our planet and those that inhabit it. It's exciting to see more organizations being created and coming together to make this a reality.

Learn more and see their website launch this week at Balanced.org.

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

During a time that can often feel overwhelming and be discouraging regarding the future of our planet and its inhabitants, it is inspiring organizations like Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) that help bring a brighter light into focus. Founded in 2013 by Laura Edwards and Kylie Fackrell, this social network "features forums, recipes, product reviews and opportunities for volunteering. It currently has 1,553 active members, and a reach of around 35,000 social media users..." notes an interview with the founders for The Independent. This network is intended to support those who do not quite fit in with their peers—often because of their dietary and/or lifestyle choices—and who are perhaps not ready for the types of activism or groups aimed at adult vegans. In 2015 the group began hosting annual summer camps that bring together compassion kids for campaigns workshops, campfires, crafts, festival days cooking demos, nature walks, special guest speakers, and more. 

Learn more about this group and how to get involved at TeenVGN.com.
(Photo by Oatly Apparel)

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

n a great and in-depth article published last month by Ryan Dilbert on Bleacher Report, we learn about the unexpected trend of veganism within the world of pro wrestling. Dilbert highlights interviews with the outspoken independent wrestler Markus Burke, Allie "Impact" - a former Impact Wrestling Knockouts champion and Women Superstar Uncensored titleholder, and Zach Sabre Jr. who holds the Revolution Pro Wrestling British heavyweight title, the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship and Evolve Championship. From feeling drawn to cruelty-free living as kids to educating themselves through documentaries, like Forks Over Knives, we get an insider's look at how each wrestler has grown into steadfast, hard hitting vegans for the long haul—and how they are changing the face of what it means to be a vegan athlete today.

Read the full article on BleacherReport.com.

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Books & Media

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

Last year we saw the release of the only nationally televised vegan show on the A&E FYI Channel. Vegan host and show creator, Nafsika Antypas' first season was so successful that the show is gearing up a second season—featuring interviews with vegan celebrities, nutrition tips, cooking demos, cruelty-free fashion guides, and more. With the support and distribution through the A&E FYI Channel, Nafsika's show reached 70 million households every week last year. She funded the first season herself and is currently seeking support for the next season as well. "If I surpass my goal, I will then start working on bringing my show to more networks globally, she said.

Learn more about the show and how to help at PlantBasedByNafsika.com.

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