Happy Sunday! Well today I’m heading home to sunny South Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my family, which couldn’t have come at a better time with more cold weather coming. I haven’t been home for this holiday since I moved to NYC two years ago so I’m looking forward to embracing some old traditions like running in the turkey trot, and watching planes trains & automobiles with my dad, however one tradition I won’t be participating in is eating turkey.
Did you know that 45 million turkeys are killed each thanksgiving and most of those are raised on factory farms, never seeing their mothers, and spend their lives in filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys🙈. To keep the birds from killing one another in such stressful, crowded conditions, parts of their toes and beaks are cut off and they are bred, drugged, and not to mention they are genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible to increase profits.
Honestly that doesn’t sound like a good life to me and if I’d known that info prior to a year ago I would have probably stopped using my kitchen skills to carve the family turkey each year. I believe the best way I can describe my thought process now when it comes to eating animals (or even buying plastic or fast fashion as well) is that I always think to myself is it worth having that thing for an animal, the environment, or a human to suffer. In the end it never is worth it to me because I don’t need it to survive (although I’m not always perfect with the plastic). Lastly, I don’t believe food makes traditions, instead I believe it’s the people you surround yourself with! I’ll be making a lentil loaf this year by the way and it anyone needs any tips on how to veganize your holiday please feel free to ask me!