YOU WANT IN ON THE ACTION EH?
Maybe you aren't vegan/vegetarian but want to give it a try. Maybe you already are a veg-head but feel like you should be doing more. Well my friend, you've come to the right place. Below are some of our favorite resources and tools to help you on your path. And remember, it is YOUR path. Don't let anyone convince you that you aren't doing enough or lead you down a road that is not your own. Start where you are comfortable then even the smallest step forward could have huge implications on your life, the lives of animals, and the health of the planet.
Join the community
Chattanooga Vegans (and the curious) Facebook Group
A judgement free space to ask questions, learn about events, share recipes, and make friends.
Give veganism a try
Vegan Starter Kit
Comprehensive list of resources for someone new to the veg scene.
7 Day Vegan
I mean come on, anyone can try 7 days right?
The Green Plate
Endless resources, free guides, and meal planning.
our favorite documentaries
Cowspiracy (Netflix, Website)
Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film details the devastating environmental impact of animal agriculture. -Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.
What The Health (Netflix, Website)
Produced by Joaquin Phoenix, this film highlights the overwhelming evidence that animal-based foods are detrimental to our health, and the only reason this knowledge isn't widespread is because of the influence bought by the meat, dairy, and egg industries. -An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organizations keeping this information from us.
Forks Over Knives (Amazon, iTunes, Website)
Tackling the health aspects of plant vs animals based foods, this documentary shows how issues like diabetes and heart disease can be treated and even reversed with a simple dietary switch. -The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Earthlings (Vimeo, Website)
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, this film details the horrors of our dependence on animals for economic gain. The story is broken down into five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research). As to be expected when detailing these industries, this one is very graphic and often referred to as The Vegan-Maker. If you really want to know the harsh truth and are committed to attempting a vegan lifestyle, it is worth forcing yourself to watch this at least once.
Dominion (YouTube, Website)
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Sia, this documentary is essentially the Earthlings for the next generation. Using drones, hidden cameras, and underwater recordings, filmmakers visit each type of animal that is exploited for food, clothing, entertainment, etc. Again, as to be expected, content is very graphic and honest. If you can only choose one, we would recommend this over Earthlings based on the updated footage filmmakers obtain from the latest technology.
Eating You Alive (Website)
Produced by Chattanoogans, this film documents the transformative stories of more than 100 people who adopted a whole-food, plant-based diet. It features prominent physicians such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, and Dr. Neal Barnard, celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson and Penn Jillette, and countless other well known plant-based advocates.
ways you can help
The number one thing you can do today is to work toward eliminating animal derived products from your daily life (food, clothing, etc). If you want to go above and beyond, here are a few of our favorite organizations you can support with tax deductible contributions and/or volunteer opportunities.
Did you know we have two farm sanctuaries and a pig preserve that are only a few hours away?
Full Circle Farm Sanctuary (FB) is just south of Atlanta, GA.
The Gentle Barn Tennessee (FB) is just south of Murfreesboro, TN.
The Pig Preserve (FB) is just north of Cookeville in Jamestown, TN.
The Humane League
An animal advocacy organization that works to protect all animals through public education, campaigns and rescue. They offer volunteer opportunities and use their Humane League Labs to ensure all monetary contributions have the greatest possible impact on animal welfare.
Mercy for Animals
MFA employs a variety methods in the fight for animals from undercover investigations, legal advocacy, corporate outreach and public education. -We are on the frontlines fighting to protect farmed animals. From factory farms to corporate boardrooms, courts of justice to courts of public opinion, Mercy For Animals is there to speak up against cruelty and for compassion.
Other Favorite Resources
Recipes, blogs, podcasts, clothing, etc. If you have a suggestion for something new, please let us know!
The Friendly Feast - Absurdly delicious food brought to you by ChattaVegan board member Kate Veltkamp
Minimalist Baker - Amazing recipes with little prep and minimal ingredients (not all recipes are vegan)
Sweet Potato Soul - Vegan soul food, affordable meal plans, and more
The Vegan Stoner - The name kinda says it all, basically very easy vegan dorm food
Vegan Richa - Mostly Indian inspired vegan eats
Post Punk Kitchen - Recipes from vegan superstar Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Thug Kitchen - Killer recipes, NSFW language
Happy Herbivore - Simple recipes and perfect for folks transitioning