Please know, that though I’ve written this to mothers, it’s truly an important message for everyone.
An Open Letter to Mothers
I see how hard you’re working for your babies and I see you fighting through the tough days, pushing yourself past the point of exhaustion for your children. I see you often ignoring your own needs to put your children first. And I think you are amazing. Motherhood is hella hard sometimes (and I’m new to the club, so I’m sure there will be plenty more hard days to come!). I know you’ve probably been at it way longer than me, so go you! I’ve also noticed Other Mom’s can be really judgey too, and I actually I completely get it, because of course we’d all like to think that our way is the best way to parent and that we’ve got it all down and that everyone should be doing it our way!
But all that aside, we are more the same than we are different because at the end of the day, we all just want our kids to be healthy, happy, and have a beautiful future.
But most of us are failing our kids. Failing our kids hard! And no, it’s not that time you left your kid crying for few minutes so you could gulp down some coffee and have one desperately needed sane minute. Cause I feel ya.
And it’s not that time you maybe overreacted and yelled when you shouldn’t have. Or that time you let them watch too much TV or play on the iPad a little too long. No.
We are actively sabotaging our kids’ futures, every day. Multiple times a day. And we’re keeping our blinders on, pretending that a compostable straw, when it happens to be convenient, will be enough to save our children’s futures.
And What I really want to know is, how are we going to look our kids in the eye and tell them that we knew better, but that we would not do better for them?
Listen up. It’s time for us to do more. A lot more.
Our planet is dying. We are poisoning it, we are suffocating it and we are taking far more than we are giving back.
And a leading contributor to all of this? One that so many of us don’t want to accept because it’s inconvenient for us? Animal agriculture.
Animal Agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
It’s is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions (a conservative estimate), more than the combined exhaust from transportation. And this isn’t just carbon dioxide, it’s also methane (which has 86x the global warming potential of Carbon Dioxide), and nitrous oxide (which is even worse – with 296x the global warming potential).
This is catastrophic. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many of us consider ourselves to be environmentalists. But given the mountain of evidence, the simple truth is, you are not an environmentalist if you eat animal products.
And even if we were to overlook the destruction of our planet, and assume that our kids could live without things like clean drinking water – what about their health?
Rates of chronic disease are skyrocketing.
But the good news is that there’s tons of evidence to suggest that a whole foods plant-based diet can help prevent (and in some cases even reverse!) some of our leading causes of death: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and more. I know I want to protect my family from these diseases, to the best of my abilities.
So tell me, If we can live our lives in a way that drastically reduces our environment impact, improves the health of our whole family, all while reducing suffering in the world why wouldn’t we do it?
Listen, I know it’s hard to admit that we’ve been doing something wrong. But it’s time to step up and right our wrongs. It’s time to go vegan.
I have a challenge for you. And no, it’s not going vegan overnight, though let’s be real, I’d love that! My simple challenge for you is to eat one 100% plant-based meal today. We all have to eat, and I know how hard it is trying to mix up our dinner routines especially when we’ve had a long day and we’re exhausted! So I’m going to help you out. See below for a few of my favourite go-to recipes – that I’ve created, or found from other amazing bloggers!
And before I go, I have two quick pieces of advice for you:
#1 Don’t over complicate it. It’s easier to go vegan than you think, I promise. We have never lived in a time with more access to delicious meat-free and dairy free options! It’s seriously unbelievable.
#2 Just start. Life is busy and messy, and it tends to stay that way, so no more excuses. Just start. One meal, one day, just start. Make changes, even one step at a time if you have to. The hardest part is just starting.
And as always, if you need support, have questions or just want a couple more recipe ideas, feel free to reach out to me.
It’s time we start protecting our children’s futures.
Love & Light,