With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, ads about love, flowers, and chocolate are everywhere.
A plant-based diet is also the most loving for the soil, the water, the forests, and the air. Cutting forests for animal agriculture has caused desertification around the globe. Soil erosion , water pollution, and air pollution also result from the massive industrial factory farms that are the norm now.
Valentine’s Day is all about love. So if you haven’t already made this choice, I invite you this Valentine’s Day to choose the most loving diet there is: A whole-foods, plant-based diet.
Eating a vegan diet of unprocessed plant foods is probably the most loving act we can choose.
As I contemplated this topic, I kept finding more and more layers of love that we experience, and that we share, by choosing a healthy vegan diet.
But there’s so much more!
It is very easy to be depressed by all the problems in our world. There is so much suffering. So much fear. So much destruction. And it can feel so overwhelming that we just want to pull the covers over our head and try not to think about it.
We are seeing a real surge in veganism because of all these things. In fact, the number of people who self-identify as vegans has grown by 600% between 2014 and 2017! Dairy producers are beginning to produce plant milks. Meat producers are beginning to produce veggie burgers. Restaurants are increasingly offering vegan options. The shift is happening, and it is going to happen faster and faster as more of us adopt this way of life.
So in spite of the problems we still have in our world — in spite of our unbelievably bad health — things are changing. As we change our habits, we will experience greater health and improved quality of life. Our self-healing bodies can reverse the damage done by years of poor choices. And our self-healing earth can also begin to reverse the damage we have caused by our huge and damaging love-affair with meat, dairy, and eggs.
As we live a vegan lifestyle, our hearts will open again as we let ourselves feel the layers of love that ripple throughout our lives and the world.
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.