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Integrating Values and Self-Care for Vegans

Integrating Our Values and Self-Care
(Living free of animal products, and products that harm animals!)
(I welcome discussion about this topic! On-line or with me directly, at 12mountains@gmail.com.)

Hi! My name is Kira, and I have been vegan for 17 years, and vegetarian for 8 years before that. Before I became vegetarian at 10 years old, I shyly fed my dog the meat from my meals, under the table. Once I learned that an animal had been killed for me to eat, that category of foods was far from appetizing.

I began to cook for myself at age 10, in order to live in line with my values.

My vegan values are integrated closely with my care for how non-food issues affect the suffering and life of all beings. Because overuse of resources includes extraction of resources from natural areas, pollution and water use during production, and various problems from disposal, I am thoughtful about the purchases I make and minimize my footprint on the earth.

SELF CARE
A big part of my own self care is living by my values... choosing to have a low impact, and being aware of the consequences of my actions.

Some of the most impactful ways in which I do this are:
1. Being vegan (and choosing organic/local food, preserving the health of the ecosystem, upon which all living things obtain their food and water).
2. Transportation: By biking, busing, or walking, I can contribute to cleaner air and water for all beings.
3. Aware Consumption: By considering the impact of everything I buy, I can reduce the destruction of habitat, water pollution, etc, which often causes cancer or birth defects or other woes at the location of extraction or production. (There exist many 'cancer villages' in the world, a term coined for the high percentage of cancer, often due to mining, coal production or agriculture, affecting not only humans, but all life.) In fact, in China, 'most' of the waterways no longer can support life -- while a generation ago, people used to fish, there are no longer fish in the water. They have been completely lost to pollution from pesticides, mining, eutrification, etc.
4. Sharing my Values:


  • During my 20s, I devoted myself toward environmental education in the US and China, developing curriculum that created community around living lifestyles that had lower impacts on living things.
  • By being strong and natural in my own values and lifestyle, many people around me are influenced to become vegan, drive less, or become conscious of (and reduce) their impacts of daily life.
  • I offer an eco-friendly/community-friendly discount of $25 in my Massage Therapy business, to incentivize car-free days. Now most of my clients bike and bus more to get around! If 'you' are interested in taking that step, feel free to contact me at Kira@MassageTherapy.com.


Thanks for reading! I am grateful to have this opportunity to share this with a community of people who are already living a lifestyle that helps this cause to reduce suffering! THANK YOU!


The Boulder Vegan meetup promotes ways of living free from animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment. We strive to educate people about the extremely powerful and documented effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth, and we encourage a shift toward a delicious and wholesome plant based diet.

Table of Contents

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Egg substitutes and replacement links February 11, 2014 11:39 PM former member
SHIFT Vegan January 19, 2014 7:22 PM former member
Integrating Values and Self-Care for Vegans January 14, 2014 9:55 AM Kira
Inspiration for new Vegans January 13, 2014 11:48 PM former member
Meetup Recipes! January 13, 2014 9:26 PM former member
Vegan Recipes! January 20, 2014 5:54 PM Michelle
Veg Youth January 12, 2014 10:58 AM former member
Families page January 11, 2014 9:08 PM former member
Vegan places to eat in Boulder and beyond! September 29, 2013 5:13 PM former member
Excellent links for Vegan Nutrition Questions January 11, 2014 9:16 PM former member
About The Boulder (and Beyond!) Vegan Meetup Group April 4, 2016 2:21 PM Donna M.

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