Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

By guest writer Teagen McClain

Teagen at Animal Acres

Teagen at Animal Acres

We may think the message is everywhere but some people haven’t been exposed to information about the horrible treatment of animals and the environmental devastation caused by factory farming.  Most people have no idea they can prevent or reverse heart disease and some cancers with a healthy vegan diet.

So when someone asks you what you’ve been up to, share about the great documentary you just saw such as Food, Inc. or Earthlings.  Mention some of the facts that stood out to you.  Recommend it to them, or better yet invite a group of friends over for great vegan food, a film and heartfelt discussion.

You can tell people about the wonderful article or book you’ve just read such as The China Study or Eating Animals and offer to lend it to them if they show an interest.

If someone confides a health concern to you, educate them on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet and point out some related books or websites.  Don’t keep it to yourself!  This information could add years to their life!

Give a copy of the Farm Sanctuary or Animal Acres newsletter to animal-loving friend or coworker.  Talk about the time you visited there.  Plan a trip together!

Try not to be attached to the results of your sharing.  People come to conclusions and make changes at their own pace.  By opening up a dialogue and making resources available you may be planting a seed that will blossom later on.

If you’re free Saturday night, grab a non-veg friend and come out to the Compassion Bash with Neal Barnard, MD, president and co-founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. There will be a silent auction benefiting APRL, vegan food, complimentary beer and wine, and live music by the Covertones! Suggested donation $15. At the Recital Hall in Balboa Park (off President’s Way).

Dr. Barnard will inspire your friend, the food will impress them, and you’ll both have a great time!