Monthly Archives: March 2015

Why Are You Veg*n?

Vegan Commitment Workshop

You’ve been questioning it for awhile… You’ve been told it’s the right thing to do… You’re pretty sure you’re going to do it… But why are you going to make that final plunge?

If you’re like me, you’ve contemplated veg*nism for years! (veg*nism = the adoption of a plant-based diet and lifestyle; a combination of vegetarianism, veganism and raw veganism) Maybe you, too, tried not eating meat for a week in high school. Maybe you, also, gave up those efforts when your friends or family started to question it. Maybe you finally took the first steps in university, but your commitment to it always waivered. Maybe you struggled to give up the tasty baked goods at the chain coffee shops you studied in. Maybe you had a rule about accepting other cultures when you lived abroad. Maybe you decided to make some compromises for it to be easier for yourself in social situations. Maybe you started a blog called “Cheatin’ Vegan” to defend your varying level of commitment to an ideal you really want to be living. Maybe you, too, believe you are capable of being the change you wish to see in the world, but something always seems to be in the way. Maybe you always wished you could be as determined as your friends, the ones that make it look easy to keep the “tough commitments” to be 100% raw vegan, the vegan police (with an abundant source of information on what’s not vegan), or the confident vegetarian enjoying that amazing salad at the restaurant… Or, maybe that was just my journey.

If you’re anything like me, and on a similar journey to being the change you wish to see in the world, you’re going to want to be at my workshop this Monday evening.

You know all the reasons people give to going veg*n: Health, Environment, Animal Rights. And, you’re really excited to go Meatless this March, too. But, there always seems to be something holding you back. Or, you forget to mention it to your waiter, and you feel horrible sending back the salad with the we’re-not-sure-where-the-creaminess-comes-from dressing. Or perhaps you’re just tired of defending your diet from skeptical onlookers…

This is the workshop for you!

We’ll begin with an exploration of why people typically choose a vegan diet: Health, Environment, Animal Rights.  I know the facts out there, and I’ve heard the right statistics. There are more and more documentaries coming out every year that showcase one more reason why a plant-based lifestyle is a good choice for you, the world, and the animals.  More and more people in Edmonton are hearing the reasons, too, and our community is growing!

You’ll meet these like-minded individuals with similar reasons for becoming veg*n, too. If you’re anything like me, having a circle of veg*n friends will be great for commiserating, recipe-swapping, and knowing that you are not alone.  Others, too, have felt this calling to commit to a veg*n lifestyle.

After getting to know your community, we’ll dig a little deeper into what those similar reasons mean – at a higher level. The facts and statistics we’ve all heard don’t always address the deeper reasons for choosing a veg lifestyle: self care, integrity, compassion, etc.  These are the reasons that will strengthen your commitment. So, we’ll explore them.

How do those higher-level reasons – values – show up in your life? Which values resonate with you, on an individual level?  Finally, with the answers to those questions, you will create a commitment and deeper convictions to take with you. You will be strong enough to withstand the questions every veg*n endures. You’ll have a stronger ability to call on your resources when dealing with the ambiguities in our foods – like remembering to specify “veg*n” at the restaurant. Maybe you’ll even build some compassion for yourself for when your don’t always follow through on the veg*n actions, with which you wish you were more consistent.

On top of all of this, you will meet some amazing veg*ns from Edmonton and area, and know you aren’t alone.

As a Life Coach, I work with people who are changing the world.  For a lot of world changers, this change comes across in a paradigm-shifting Lifestyle Change, such as adopting a plant-based diet (especially in Alberta, Canada’s “cattle country”). Other Lifestyle Changes include bicycle-commuting, ethical boycotting, and participating in protests.  However people want to change the world, it’s always important to explore the personal reasons for it.  When we know why we are doing something, the how becomes so much easier…

Join me this Monday, March 9 at 7pm to explore Why you are veg*n!

The Veg*n Commitment Workshop – Idylwylde Library (8310 88 Ave), Edmonton, AB; Monday, March 9 at 7pm; sponsored by Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta for March Meat Out!