Want to be vegan, but need a push?

vegan stir-fried bok choy

If your New Year’s resolution is to become a full-time vegan but you haven’t done so yet, the movie Vegucated is sure to motivate you. Some people want to become a vegan to lose weight, to be healthier, to help the environment, because they don’t like the taste of meat, and/or because they love all animals.

In this film, we learn that cows undergo painful medical procedures without anesthesia. Pigs get skinned alive. Cute little live, fluffy, yellow, chirping baby male chicks get roughly picked up by human hands, and thrown down a chute to get ground up because they are deemed worthless since they can’t lay eggs. It’s cruel, disgusting, and in most cases, legal in the USA.

The movie also shows that becoming vegan is not as difficult as you think. There are just as tasty, boxed vegan burgers, sausages, pizzas and cheeses at numerous grocery stores. You can drink almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk and even oat milk instead of cow’s milk; and the vegan varieties don’t have the lactose which causes stomach distress. It’s not the meat that tastes good; it’s the sauces, spices and the fats that we add to them that makes them taste delicious.

Even if you don’t want to be a vegan, this movie shows what really goes on behind the scenes. It’s appalling and horrifying, but we can’t close our eyes to what is upsetting, that’s wrong too.  

Photo: I made this vegan stir-fried bok choy with fresh ginger, coconut amino and carrots…delicious!


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