Hello and welcome to Big Apple Vegan!
The thought behind creating this website is to share vegan food recipes and resources, and to hopefully spread a little thought provoking vegan lifestyle inspiration. I’ve been vegan for over 20 years, and I find it tremendously encouraging and exciting to see how many people are beginning to gravitate towards a different and better way of eating and living. But we've still got a lot of work to do in order to make a real dent in the treatment of farmed animals, and to improve our overall health. For me, the road to veganism all started when I was a teenager. I received a pamphlet in the mail that I believe changed the course of my life.
The pamphlet was from a sanctuary called The Fund for Animals, which decried the animal practices surrounding factory farming, and animal abuse/neglect in general. This was something I had never thought about. Animals weren’t talked about in my household when I was growing up, nor was eating healthily. After reading the literature that arrived, that very day I went vegetarian and a few years later, vegan.
This dramatic shift in eating habits led to questioning my overall lifestyle. From what I was wearing, to the companies I was supporting, to the realization that it’s wrong to support any form of animal exploitation. To me, a vegan lifestyle choice is most liberating when an understanding of yourself in relation to other beings in the world takes place.
Of course, one cannot leave out the health benefits that come along with eating based foods. Vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and a long list of other plant based foods assist in helping us maintain maximum health, so why not eat these foods all of the time? We all want to be healthy and feel good, and we can!
It wasn’t difficult for me to stop eating animal products, but I know that for some it can be extremely challenging. I hope the recipes, resources, and general information provided here will be helpful to those who choose to take the vegan journey, or who are just generally inquisitive about veganism.
I’m so grateful I received that insightful pamphlet at a time in my life when I was ready and able to understand the importance of the message it was sending. How it arrived to our mailbox all the way from Texas I’ll honestly never know, but I do know that that moment was the beginning of my true journey in life. It isn't until recently that I made the connection between opening my first vegan restaurant and adopting a vegan lifestyle so many years ago. Truth be told, I never once dreamed I’d be in the restaurant business, but the drive to encourage a vegan lifestyle has been possible by offering vegan food options through these venues -- this has truly been a humbling opportunity.
A few of my favorite quotes:
"It is odd that we have so little relationship with nature, with the insects and the leaping frog and the owl that hoots among the hills calling for its mate. We never seem to have a feeling for all living things on the earth. If we could establish a deep abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite, we would never harm, vivisect a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies."
J. Krishnamurti 1895-1986
"Aushwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: They're only animals."
Theodore W. Adorno 1903-1969
"The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?", but "Can they suffer?"
Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832
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