I always tell my friends and family, eating vegan meals doesn’t mean you have to be a full-fledged vegan. Instead of encouraging the meat-eaters in my life to give up meat entirely, I try to encourage them to eat vegan meals more often. I like to remind people that every effort they make counts. I make suggestions for meals with family and friends that limit or exclude meat. I am understanding to the fact that not everyone can easily change their dietary habits. However, small changes are always good! It’s about taking baby steps, sometimes. People who avoid animal products tend to have lower rates of obesity, lower BMIs, and reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. People who eat more fruits and vegetables have lower rates of some cancers, such as colon cancer. See! Vegans aren’t out to ruin your day or your meals. We want you to enjoy your food the way we do and to appreciate the benefits it has. You don’t have to worry about protein, either. Lentils, tempeh, and spinach are options that are BOTH delicious AND vegan! Many people think that it’s not the same as animal protein-and they are right, it isn’t-animal protein can strain your kidneys or cling to your body as fat. Just remember, eating vegan helps you take care of you, animals, and the environment.