10 Lessons From a Vegan Mama
The following was adapted from an article written by Carissa Leventis-Cox of Mama in the Kitchen, and she ain’t cookin’!
As a vegan mama, I sometimes face opposition, judgment, and criticism from others. But I’m confident that the dietary path I have chosen for my family is ideal. When the doubts start to creep in (and they do for all parents), I remind myself of these 10 simple lessons:
- Think for yourself. It is OK to think differently from the mainstream.
- Choose health. By eating an abundance of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables, we nourish our bodies.
- Be an efficient shopper. No need to roam around—we shop only in the produce and bulk sections of the market.
- Save money. Look: Our vegan grocery bill has decreased by at least a third since our omnivore days!
- Save time. Imagine! We don’t have to cook for hours. We can eat our fruits and vegetables raw. In fact, lunch will be ready in just five minutes!
- Don’t be wasteful. We don’t want to consume more than we have to. We can also compost our scraps, and they will enrich the earth.
- Be part of the community. We befriend local farmers and know where our produce comes from.
- Be respectful. We share this world and its resources with others, and our choices affect it.
- Be kind—to ourselves, to others, to animals, and to the Earth.
- Be conscious. Our daily choices have a great impact on ourselves, on others, and on the environment.
What lessons of advice do you have for fellow parents? Share them with us in the comments section below!