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Make the Vegan Resolution

If you’re new to veganism, give yourself time to learn, and don’t beat yourself up for making honest mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes – sometimes big mistakes – in the first six months or year of being vegan.

But make sure you take the time to learn about the hidden animal ingredients in many foods that you might think are vegan. After the initial time it takes to get adjusted to your new way of living, you will develop your own knowledge base, routines, and rules of thumb that will make shopping much easier.

The commitment to living the vegan ideal brings with it a truly new year, along with new possibilities, opportunities for creativity, and the new lease on life that comes from doing something that you know is right. The joy you discover along the way will serve as a constant affirmation of the reasons that you are doing it in the first place – to live in accordance with your values of justice, harmony, empathy, courage, and nonviolence.

with Dan Cudahy

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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7:57AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:49AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Every year I will put on my resolution list to help someone or many transition to veganism.

8:03PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

thanks

3:00AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Ummm, yeah, Glenn. Hindus treat cows as members of their family.........right. Cows live in the only water sources available for drinking.........pee in it, and children die daily from malnutrition and lack of clean drinking water. This all makes SO MUCH SENSE to me (not)!

8:42AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

@ colleen p Yes, Hindus do use milk, as do the Krsnas, and many others, the difference being, these people either worship their animals, or at least treat them as equals...when an animal gives birth, they do not tear the young away, they do not keep them penned up knee deep in thier own filth, and if they get sick, they treat them and make sure they are fully healthy before they resume milking them..in other words, they are not treated as just a posession for nothing more than profit, but as a venerated, well respected member of thier family. I know a family just up the valley where I lie who have a small "Hobby Farm?" they have 6 sheep. 4 goats, 2 LLammas and 2 very large draught horses, along with less than 50 free-range chickens...all are treated like thier children, and the milk, eggs and wools from these animals are taken in a very caring and loving way, no stress or harm to the animals, and the 2 horses seem to relly enjoy being hooked up to whatever equipment they are harnessed into for the days work...yes...animal friendly farming can be done on a small scale.

4:24AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

thanks!

9:47AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

are there any cultures from the past who were 100% vegan? even Hindus use milk, yes they use milk. a whole nation build on Jainism? http://www.patheos.com/Library/Jainism.html

any tribe, nation what not that didn't even use drauft animals, that did not utilise animals to sniff out hidden foodstuffs. who did not use manure for anything. I am looking for something that goes 100 years ago and further. Maybe 500 years ago, in what we today would call the 3rd world. and I want a place that is above the equator with growing seasons. More so, where they get snow and cold.

I want a people who didn't even make anything from pre-dead animal bones, antler sheds. anything.

using no animal. not insect, crustation, shellfish. nothing.

5:41PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

I went Vegan 7 years ago and I never looked back, it was the best thing I ever did!

6:33PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

I agree, Jennifer C---let's hope that many more people will make the vegan resolution this year too and they will remain vegan.

And wow, this thread is a perfect example of how the same anti-vegan trolls flood every vegan related article with the same anti-vegan rhetoric, disdain, intolerance, ignorance and disinformation. Amazing how some people are so threatened by the mere thought of ending animal suffering, cruelty and murder. Very disturbing indeed.

5:35PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Excellent article. Thank you for the meaningful post.

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