Love to consider your health, the planet, and the animals as you create your festive Thanksgiving experience? Me, too!

Here are a few sustainable and compassion-filled tips:
✨ Forgo plastic and use your family’s fanciest
✨ Bring the outside world in with a nature-filled tablescape such as pine cones, boughs, berries, fallen leaves, pumpkins painted silver, moss, greenery, and/or flowers
✨ Skip meat or make it a small side dish versus the main course
✨ Say goodbye to paper plates and napkins and pull out those vintage pieces and cloth napkins
✨ Illuminate with candles
Choose food items with less packaging
Donate to a local food bank
Adopt a turkey
Compost things like veggie peels, tea bags, coffee grounds
✨ Visit the farmers’ market and shop local
✨ Make your hostess or guest gifts (bath salts, cookies, candles) or buy from local artisans
✨ Treat your body to a long stroll or soothing yoga practice (try one in Tranquil Treasures)
Be gentle with yourself and practice mindful self-compassion
Soften and surrender expectations as this year is different
✨ Connect with loved ones and share gratitude via Zoom
✨ Create (or purchase pre-made) healthy and plant-filled dishes (50 recipes)

Many are curious about eating more plants as a way to heal our planet, stop factory farming, and get more nutrients in their diet. I’ve been veg for 20+ years, am obsessed with animals, and, as you know, pigs and pugs have my heart (hello Pigs & Pugs Project).

I love what this lifestyle has done for me and my health. And I also know that the holidays can be a challenging time to practice mindful eating. I mean, pumpkin pie! Personally, I like it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I digress.

A couple years ago I created a Facebook group, TDJ Eat Plants, where I share veg-friendly recipes and inspiration. In it you’ll find gentle nourishment for the belly and soul. If you’re looking for plant-based ideas and support, join us!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. May we spread compassion, practice sustainability, and live tranquility.

This season, I’m particularly grateful for YOU! x