More Must-Watch Documentaries

So many amazing documentaries are coming out all the time about vegan diets, animal welfare, and the environment. In my previous post about documentaries Must-Watch Documentaries, I listed some of the absolute must-see films about these topics.

However, there are many more documentaries that I consider to be essential viewing. So if you’ve watched Forks Over Knives, Eating, Earthlings, Blackfish, Conspiracy, etc. definitely move on to these ones. Several of these films got a …

Summer Refreshments

The dog days of summer are here, and it’s been hot AF on the East Coast over the past week. In this post, I’ll share some of the natural (nonalcoholic) drinks that have been keeping me cool this summer. But first, let’s talk about the problems with mainstream drinks that people tend to guzzle like it’s their job when it gets hot out.

1. Iced coffee drinks

These drinks are usually loaded with dairy and …

Natural Cleaning Products

This may sound a bit strange, but I happen to love cleaning. There’s something about it that’s just very therapeutic and calming to me. It’s often said that our physical surroundings are a reflection of our inner state of mind. And I know for myself that when I’ve properly cleaned and organized my bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc., I always feel more mentally alert and on top of things.

Of course, part of the …

How to Veganize Your Fridge

One of the easiest ways to transition to a vegan diet is to simply replace the dairy products you have in your fridge with plant-based substitutes!

There’s really no reason why we should use meat and dairy products, which entail so much suffering – not only for the animals, but for ourselves in terms of health consequences – when we’re privileged enough to have so many plant-based alternatives readily available at our nearest health food …

A Vegan’s Take on New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve always liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions in theory. It can be inspiring to think of the New Year as a blank slate, open to infinite possibilities.

But years of setting resolutions that didn’t pan out for one reason or another – let’s face it, usually because I forgot about them – have made me into cynic when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong: I definitely believe in the …

Eco-Friendly Presents + Vegan Egg Nog Recipe

Sometimes I feel like the older I get, the more of a Grinch I become around Christmas time. Maybe it’s my weariness of the same cheesy music that’s played nonstop, the visually cacophonous decorations and ads, or the throngs of tourists and shoppers congesting practically all areas of New York City.

Probably my greatest misgiving about the holiday season, though, is the excessive consumerism that takes place, and how the mentality of needing to buy …

Health Benefits of Nature

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” -Gary Snyder

Our planet is extraordinarily beautiful.

And yet…the majority of the time we find ourselves amidst artificial and man-made surroundings that fail to inspire and nourish us as nature does. We are adapted to be in nature, but rather than seek fulfillment and healing in the natural environment, we turn to computer screens, gadgets, and pharmaceutical drugs. This movement away from nature and towards …

A Vegan’s Take On Fishing

“Is it really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn’t know a game is going on?” – Bill Maher

My thoughts about the two “sports” of fishing and hunting are basically the same. I believe that hunting and fishing are misguided efforts to connect with nature in ways that are actually destructive. For the purposes of this post, I’ll address more specifically my philosophy about fishing, as it’s far more …

6 Steps to Becoming More Eco-Friendly

This we know: the earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does the the web, he does to himself.

-Chief Seattle

I can get a bit worked up when it comes to the environment. It just boggles my mind the way people and …