Jamie and Ted are two adorable sheep who can’t get enough of cuddling with the woman who saved them from the slaughterhouse.
THESE SHEEP THINK LUCIE IS THEIR MOM
One-year-old Herdwick sheep Jamie and Ted live in the Lake District, a mountainous region in Northwest England, under the watchful eye of animal lover Lucie Graham, 26. The pair came into Lucie’s care when they were just a few weeks old after she adopted them to save them from going to slaughter. Says Lucie, “We’re not a farm or a sanctuary. I’m just a girl who loves animals and rescued some sheep that would eventually go to slaughter.”
The sheep view Lucie as their mum and have never known anything other than love. Lucie Has been labelled as the sheep whisperer, but she just loves animals. Source: Instagram/jamieandted
A transition to eating less meat (or none)
It is becoming increasingly clear that the consumption of animals is a major contributor to numerous global problems. Since a plant-based diet addresses all of these problems simultaneously and can help to resolve them, the move towards a diet and lifestyle free from animal products is rapidly gaining momentum. A plant-based diet saves many animals from a life of suffering, reduces one’s personal ecological footprint, and can contribute to a fairer world. At the same time, plant-based eating can also offer a healthier and more varied diet.
Vegetarian and vegan diets have a long tradition
Throughout history, plant-based diets have played a role, whether for religious, political, or social reasons. The concept of vegetarianism first gained cultural prominence in the 8th century BC, originating from a religious predecessor of Hinduism in Indian cultures. But even in Europe, during the 6th century BC, certain schools of Greek philosophy rejected the consumption of meat for ethical and, later on, for economic, ecological, or health reasons. The term ‘vegan’, however, only emerged in 1944 and is a contraction of the first and last syllables of the word ‘vegetarian’. (Source)
For all the people who message and say the sheep they pass or see are so skittish, it’s worth thinking about why. They are individuals with thoughts and feelings but no voice. Source: Instagram/jamieandted
What can I eat if I cut out meat (and other animal products)?
A diet free from animal products is extremely versatile, while the transition towards more plant-based eating opens up a world of new and exciting culinary possibilities. Animal products can easily be replaced with:
- Vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, cabbage, beetroot, pumpkin, garlic, olives, broccoli, apples, nectarines, berries, bananas, melons, and oranges. These kinds of food are an important source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fibre.
- Pulses such as lentils, peas, beans, soya beans, and lupins, which are a key source of protein.
- Whole grains and cereals such as oats, rye, spelt, wheat, barley, millet, and rice, along with pseudocereals such as quinoa, amaranth, or buckwheat. These provide complex carbohydrates, fibre, and phytochemicals.
- Nuts and seeds such as flax seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds, which provide healthy fats as well as a range of other valuable nutrients.
- Plant-based meat alternatives such as tofu, vegan burgers, schnitzels, and sausages. These are available in many variants – for example, based on soya, seitan, or lupins. There are also numerous plant-based alternatives to milk, yoghurt, and cheese. These are often based on soya, nuts, or cereals.
The vegan food plate offers a simple guide to healthy plant-based nutrition. The composition of the vegan plate corresponds to current scientific knowledge regarding the health effects of what we eat and drink on a plant-based diet.
So when you tuck into your meaty breakfast, lunch or dinner today, have a think about what kind of personality that animal had. Did they have children or friends? And what do you think they would have said if they had a voice? The reality is that they probably begged for their life, they just weren’t heard ? Source: Instagram/jamieandted
It has never been easier to cook delicious vegetable dishes
People who prefer to experiment in their own kitchen instead of buying animal-free ready meals are finding an increasing selection of great recipes in cookbooks and on blogs. Whether it’s gourmet-food lovers, fast-food fans, or chefs who like to experiment, the colourful variety of plant-based cuisine has something for everyone. And while people are often reluctant to give up their favourite dishes, many traditional meals can easily be veganised with a few tweaks. As countless vegan cookbooks attest, a plant-based diet promises pure enjoyment and satisfaction for the taste buds.
“More scratches please mum” And a friendly reminder to be kind. Kind to animals, kind to people and kind to the planet. We got this! ? Source: Instagram/jamieandted
ProVeg supports people in making this sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle their own.
You don’t have to change overnight to living a life that is 100% plant-based. Just get started. Small changes to eating habits should be made as easy as possible, which is why ProVeg provides a great deal of information about the advantages of plant-based cooking as well as tips for changing your in diet and lifestyle. Try a few simple recipes and find out why more and more people around the world want to live a plant-based life. Join the global plant-based movement and benefit from the numerous advantages of a healthy, climate-friendly, and compassionate diet.