For a lot of us, the holiday season is a time to share love for not only our fellow man, but our animal friends. Strangely, though, many will celebrate the time around a spread of food made mostly of animal products this year.
Some may be considering a switch to a cruelty-free diet as their new year's resolution, but there are five reasons you might want to think about trying out your new lifestyle early.
1. Holiday meals are all about the side dishes.
Let's be honest. You're far more excited to shovel Mom's creamy green bean casserole into your mouth than to pick at the turkey or ham. Why not skip the meat altogether, then, and bulk up on your favorite sides? Holiday favorites like green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and even pumpkin pie can easily be made totally animal product-free, too.
2. A guilt-free conscience looks great with a healthy waistline.
It's no secret that animal products come with a lot more saturated fat than many of their plant-based counterparts. It's also common knowledge that you, your neighbor, your mom, and your uncle get gym memberships every year to work off weight gained from eating those fatty holiday foods. Skip the treadmill walk-of-shame this year and go right for the plant-based meat and dairy alternatives during this season's cookie baking parties, gingerbread house assemblies, and family dinners. You'll be able to smile knowing that you're not contributing to animal cruelty in your diet and you won't be wearing those baggy holiday sweaters into January.