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Run with Love (Motivation for a Plant-Based Diet)


“Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”  River Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix quoted his late brother in his recent Oscar acceptance speech. It was a moving speech. Here’s more of my favorite parts:

“I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and the environment.”    ___Joaquin Phoenix

The whole speech:


In his speech, Mr. Phoenix reminds me about animals suffering in the dairy industry. This encourages me to return to my goal of becoming vegan which means consuming no animal products. While I’ve done fairly well in abstaining from most meat over the last four decades, I’ve found it hard to give up fish and dairy (especially cheese) for good.  The 40 days of lent starting next week give me strength to do better, to show myself what I’m capable of. Going vegan for lent in the past helped me be done with chicken and reduced my dairy consumption after lent. Maybe this will be the year I’ll be done with dairy. As far as seafood goes, we’ll see. For now, my goal is to be vegan for lent.

Here are three reasons to move toward a plant-based diet:

1. A plant-based diet is healthier as long as we don’t eat a lot of junk food.

2. It’s better for the environment because it takes way less energy to produce plants than to produce plants to feed to animals in an industry that adds more pollution. Animal agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change.

3. A plant–based diet reduces animal suffering and leads us in a direction of kindness and peace.


Factory Farming vegan diet


Please consider joining me in reducing our consumption of meat and dairy products. Every small step makes a difference and prepares us for the next step.

If you’re not already a vegetarian or vegan, you might want to consider something like Meatless Mondays.

Thanks for reading.

Avocado vegan pudding in blue cup (2)

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with cocoa, almond milk, and avocados. Delicious!







Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “Run with Love (Motivation for a Plant-Based Diet)

  1. Giving up cheese was tough for me. Beginning this year, I finally took the plunge to cut fish, the last remaining animal food, from my diet. I’ve been vegan for two months now. So far, so good 🙂

  2. Loved his speech! Yes to vegetarian and vegan choices. 🙂

  3. Thank you for your kindness 🙂

  4. If I could, I would. I eat very few foods and I’m trying to eat a variety of foods. i just have to not thinking about what I’m eating to get what I need….
    Love, light and glitter

    • Variety is important. I can get into a rut sometimes, but I’m telling myself that experimenting can be fun. It sounds like you’ve learned what works for you. Be well!

  5. Congrats on the steps you are taking!!! People are fearful of going plant-based due to a number of myths and misperceptions. I cover these fears against the research here

    • Thanks for the link to this abundant information. I’m encouraged by so many more plant-based options being available these days.

      • Agree. There is far more research now and also options. I made the switch after seeing my father in law due at 57 from cancer…did a lot of reading on it. I think doing this 20 years ago would have definitely been harder!

  6. We actually covered some easy things you can do to help transition to different plant based diets in our article today!

    If you’d like to see our tips, check them out here:

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