Happy New Year! Start Today

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I did some organizing, cleaning, and worked on Day #1 of the 31 Day Reset Your Life challenge.  I've never been big on resolutions but I do want to make some improvements in the new year.

I plan to read more for fun and education, spend less time online (that will be a challenge for me-Can we say ADDICTED?), explore more raw vegan meal options, exercise more (blah! lol), keep my vision board up to date, and go back to school.

This is also the time of year many people focus on improving their diet and health.

What can you do TODAY to start making changes to your diet?

*Make smoothies-Start off your day with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables or make a smoothie for a snack opposed to reaching for sugary foods. Smoothies are excellent in helping to lose weight and a natural energy booster.

*Replace your cow milk with nut milks like almond, soy, or hemp for cooking. Cow's milk is designed for the development of a 400 pound calf.  Cows wouldn't drink our milk, so why are we drinking theirs? Further information on why dairy shouldn't be the standard

*Replace your dairy based butters with a vegan margarine like Earth Balance.  The taste is the same and you won't notice the difference by making this simple change.

*Replace at least one meal per week with beans- Beans are very inexpensive and filling, so consider them when making tacos, burritos, or any other dish calling for shredded chicken or ground beef. Not only will you save money per pound, but your body will likely digest the vegetable protein more efficiently than from animal sources.

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This year, I will strive to bring you many delicious meals that focus on convenience and cost without sacrificing taste or your wallet. I will also focus on why vegan eating is so important to our health, human & animal rights, and the environment.

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I truly appreciate all of your support this past year and look forward to working with all of you.

Lots of love,

Monique

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