Join me & Take the No Meat November Challenge!!

 

Hey everyone,

This is just to remind you that there is still time to join me and take the No Meat November Challenge 🙂 That means, for one whole month you become a vegetarian or vegan in support of Animal Rights & the Environment!!

Alot of people have been asking me if one month will really make a difference to anyone; well, to answer your question I have attached an article via http://www.planetsave.com which outlines the positive effects it would have on the environment if everyone in the US decided to stay meat-free for just ONE DAY.

http://planetsave.com/2009/04/06/why-going-vegetarian-for-one-day-will-help-stop-global-warming/

If you’re already a vegetarian/vegan, you too can join the challenge- This month, recruit as many people as you can to take the challenge and/or donate to a great cause in your area. If you can’t find an organization or group in your area- look for Animal shelters or hospitals that work on donations. Alternatively, you can donate to the WSPA. As I mentioned before, this year, all funds I raise will go to WSPA and one of their amazing projects. Here is a link to their page:

http://www.wspa.ca/

There are so many reasons to take the challenge! Whether you want to show some love to your furry friends, save the planet or cleanse your body, eat healthy  & lose weight-The No Meat November Challenge has something for everybody. You can also make it fun by getting your loved ones to join you or by finding people to sponsor you- i.e, donate $1 for every day that you choose not to eat meat! At the end of the month, invite your friends and family over for a delicious meal featuring all your favourite vegan/vegetarian recipes! (You can borrow a few from me as I will be posting them regularly).

If you have any questions at all, or you want to be featured on my blog/mentioned on twitter (@nomeatnovember)- feel free to contact me. Leave a comment below or email me at: nomeatnovemer@gmail.com

Have a great Sunday & stay tuned for much much more 🙂 No Meat November!!!

 

 

 

Follow me on twitter!

@NoMeatNovember is now (finally) active on Twitter. I have been meaning to make a twitter page for far too long and finally managed to get down to it!

I’ll be tweeting all my blog posts, so it’s an easy way to keep up 🙂

Also, if you have a fun recipe, a recommendation for a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant in either Toronto or New York city, feel free to send me a message and let me know and I’ll be sure to mention you in my next ‘tweet’/ blog !!

No Meat November 2011 … Hardly any time left.

 

The No Meat November Challenge

Year 1 and the origins of my No Meat November Challenge:

It all started on November 1st 2009. After a night of of heavy-eating at the Halloween BBQ, I woke up on a cold November morning feeling like a zombie who had consumed too much well seasoned flesh. It was then, for the sake of my aching belly, that I decided to go on a full meat detox. My roommate at the time was skepticle; she laughed at my plan and assured me that within a few days , i would cave and return to my carnivorous ways. I had to prove her wrong.

I realized that I needed a real motive; Will power was never strong point. After some thought, I barged into her room and said “I’m doing it for the animals!”. With a raised eyebrow and sheepish smile she asked me how one month of would make any difference to animals? “well” I responded “One month is better than nothing, right?”.

I told her I would spend the next 30 days eating all vegetarian meals- and though it was a short challenge, I would be cutting down the consumption of animal produce in our home by half. To make things more exciting, I was going to place a jar in the kitchen and for every day that I didn’t eat meat- she would have to drop a dollar in the jar.

Much to her dismay, On December 1st 2009, I was $30 richer! (I gave the money to a shelter close to my house that eventually shut down last year due to lack of funding)

Onto year 2 -No Meat November part 2 (Karachi edition):

Still on a high-horse from the success of part 1, I decided to challenge myself again! This time, though, I had no dollar jar- and definitely was not in a vegetarian friendly environment. Enter Karachi, Pakistan – a city for meat- lovers. To make things all the more complicated, Eid Ul Adha was around the corner.

Eid Ul Adha is a Holiday where Muslims around the world purchase, feed , care for and eventually sacrifice an animal in the name of God and distribute the meat to the needy (reminiscent of Abrahams will to sacrifice his own son in the name of God). The slaughtering method is scientifically proven to be the quickest & least painful way to kill an animal. A part of the meat is kept in the home and cooked into a delicious meal which is meant to be shared with loved ones.

Well, for any one that truly enjoys a succulent lamb curry, you can imagine this would be a difficult challenge. Truth be told, It wasn’t! The reason for that is simple – I had a cause that I believed in backing me every step of the way!

The thing that kept me strong for a full 30 days in November was the fact that this time I had paired up with an animal rights group who were receiving $5 from their sponsor for every day that I chose to stick to my challenge!! That was motive enough! November flew by and the money I raised went to an amazing cause!

And that brings me to Year 3:

So, here I am again. After the first 2 years of No Meat November, I am back and super excited because this year is going to be completely different!

For No Meat November 2011, I have a whole lot in store- and this time, I’m not doing it alone & I’m not doing it small!  Firstly (and most importantly) The amazing World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has come on board and all funds raised this year will be donated to one of their causes!

Secondly, I will regularly be uploading information about Animal Rights & the Environment to both my blog and twitter page @NoMeatNovember.

And finally, This year is going to be all about how much fun this challenge can be and how YOU can get involved!! I will be blogging from Toronto & New York City- hunting out the best vegetarian dishes I can find, uploading recipes and recommendations – all while supporting my furry friends around the globe !

For all those who wonder “What about every other month?” – stay tuned to find out what changes I am making this year that will answer your question!

Keep checking my blog and twitter (@NoMeatNovember) for updates and info!!!

Looking forward to Nov 1st 2011 ! No Meat November!!!