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Vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate, says ADA!

Thanks, ADA! I’ve Known It All Along!
by Heather, a author

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I already knew that a vegan diet is healthful and nutritionally adequate and can help prevent and treat certain diseases, but it’s a big coup when the American Dietetic Association (ADA) says so too!

Now, the ADA has long said that vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for every stage of the life-cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence—and for athletes—but just recently, the ADA updated its position paper in support of vegetarianism. Among other things, the paper explains that healthy, plant-based diets can prevent—and even reverse—many life-threatening diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

The ADA also points out that well-planned (not just Oreos, pop tarts, and French fries, obviously) vegetarian diets can meet the recommendations for protein, n-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, iodine, calcium, and vitamins D and B12, as well as other essential nutrients. (If you want some basic healthy-eating tips, check out my blog, A Vegan’s Guide to Good Nutrition.)

Best yet, the ADA predicts that the number of vegetarians in the U.S. will increase over the next decade. Yay! If you’re one of the people who haven’t gone vegetarian yet, what are you waiting for? Seriously—you don’t have any excuses! Our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” will help get you started in the right direction.

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the time of year when family and friends come together to give thanks, share stories, and of course, to eat!

Thanksgiving Day, in the United States, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in the month of November, marking the end of the harvest season. This day is dedicated specifically to express thanks for one’s material and spiritual prosperity. It is also a time of reflection when one journeys to the deepest levels of the soul and purges what negative energy has been carrying on. Examine past actions and interactions, are there any self-sabotaging malicious thoughts lingering about? This holiday inspires us to venture back to our roots, to the times of our ancients to collect knowledge that will help us break the vicious cycle of broken relationships and separatism.
Practice Tolerance, Forgiveness and Gratitude this Thanksgiving, and carry this out through the holiday season and the new year. Have a Joyful celebration!

People all over the country celebrate this Day of Giving Thanks in many ways. Celebrate the season!

Thanksgiving in NYC
Every Thanksgiving in NYC Macy’s presents the Thanksgiving Day Parade People from all over the country travel to NY for this event.

Hold the turkey
Have a vegetarian meal this year. [from]

“…We hope that you can schedule some time in the coming weeks to help encourage others not to eat turkeys. Most people don’t know that 300 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year. Forty million for Thanksgiving alone, visit for more information.
You can help make Thanksgiving a day of true thanks for humans and nonhumans alike by encouraging your friends and family to celebrate with a compassionate vegetarian feast. Not only will you spare the lives of countless turkeys, you’ll also help your loved ones prolong their own lives!

The following are some of our favorite delicious vegan holiday recipes, which are sure to please everyone’s palate. No one will miss the cholesterol or the cruelty of animal-based dishes.

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast

Homemade Tofurkey Loaf
Creamy Chive Mashed Potatoes
Coconut Smashed Yams
Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Pie

Best wishes for a happy holiday from your friends at PETA!”

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