I Eat Plants: How are those resolutions?


We’re almost a full month into the new year.  How are your resolutions going?

I didn’t make one, but I’m guessing by the parking lot at the gym, a lot of people’s resolutions are still going strong!  Truth be told, for me, there’s only one resolution I’ve ever kept.

I know it’s a little late in the game to be talking about resolutions, but I feel like they’re an ongoing process. This week also marks a year of major changes in my life, so I’m feeling a little reflective.

The last year has brought about a number of changes for me, most of which have ultimately meant that I am taking better care of myself.  I still have some bad habits (Diet Coke, I have a love/hate relationship with you), but I think the year has been a good one for me, and I hope to carry the good forward and keep making improvements.

The one resolution that I ever stuck with was going vegetarian (a few years before I went fully vegan).  My journey in the last year has been one of taking better care of myself.  I don’t mean to sound pretentious in that not eating animal products makes you take better care of yourself- you can eat meat and have good health.  But being conscious about what you eat or what you do in general is a great way to start taking care of yourself, so it is in that spirit that I invite you to join me and the rest of the vegans, at least part of the time.

We live in a great time for vegan food.  There are new vegan products cropping up every day. We live in a time where we’re not only being encouraged to eat our vegetables, we’re being encouraged to enjoy them.  We even have meal delivery services that plan out a vegan recipe for us and sends us all the ingredients so we can cook vegan without having to stress over it- and talk about a great way to take care of yourself!

Who needs meat when you can eat this delicious Seitan Scallopini at Blossom in NYC?

Who needs meat when you can eat this delicious Seitan Scallopini at Blossom in NYC?

I’m betting that a number of you out there are already having one meatless meal a week- so how about adding another one?  Or two?

Whatever you decide, taking care of you should be a priority… and if that happens to include eating less animals, I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.  🙂

Goats at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Goats at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I bet they thank you!


About Author

I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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