Vegan on Mother’s Day

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 | No Comments
Vegan on Mother’s Day

The facts are in front of us. The science is solid. And yet, trying to help humans understand and make the change is still like shouting into the wind. When the big winter snowstorm hit in March, who among us rushed out to fill our grocery wagons with gallons of milk, pounds of butter, blocks […]

Afraid of Change

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 | No Comments
Afraid of Change

Sande Nosonowitz, For Living & Being Published 2:02 p.m. ET March 20, 2017 | Updated 2:09 p.m. ET March 20, 2017 We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato As I turn the pages of the […]

What Do You Believe?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 | No Comments

Sande Nosonowitz, For Living & Being 12:00 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2017 Picture yourself on a bright sunny day in the Hudson Valley, walking down the street, admiring the flowers and trees, enjoying the warmth of the sun on your skin. You hear some disturbing noises and as you get closer, you see a young man […]

Do You Care?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 | No Comments

Sande Nosonowitz, For Living & Being    Published 3:22 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2017 Raise your hand if you love animals. Raise your hand if you care about your health and the health of your family.  Raise your hand if you care about the future of our environment and the livability of our planet. If you […]

The Path to Veganism Changes Perspective on Life

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 | No Comments

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.  — Dean Jackson The one thing you can count on when you become an ethical vegan is that life is forever changed. […]

Let Food Be Thy Medicine; Plant-Based Doctors in the Hudson Valley

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 | No Comments

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates Hippocrates was born in Greece around the year 460 BC and was a physician considered to be one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is also known as the father of medicine and the Hippocratic Oath was, and […]

Thanksgiving, Compassion & A Turkey Expert

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 | No Comments
Thanksgiving, Compassion & A Turkey Expert

I have written several columns about celebrating Thanksgiving without a turkey as the centerpiece of the dinner table, easing the grip of tradition and developing the willingness to try something different. What does it say about us — to be so entrenched in tradition that we can live in willful oblivion as we completely disregard […]

Skip the dairy, shop local for vegan cheese

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 | No Comments
Skip the dairy, shop local for vegan cheese

Say the words healthy, delicious and dairy-free in the same sentence and then add “Made in the Hudson Valley,” too! That, my friends, is a real win-win-win. When you land on its website, you may read these words: “Treeline Cheese is totally dairy-free. It is made of pure, wholesome cashew nuts, acidophilus culture, salt and […]

Supplement form of B12 better for your body, soul

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 | No Comments

First things first. Veganism is not a diet. It is a way of living that rejects the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation. It is a way of living that seeks to cause the least amount of suffering to others (and ultimately to oneself and to the earth’s resources.) The plant-based diet […]

An Open Letter To All Restaurant Owners

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 | No Comments

Here’s something we want you to know. Vegans are foodies, too. We love artistic and imaginative meals. We love different food textures and flavors. We drool over creamy sauces, gourmet entrees, to-die-for appetizers and luscious desserts. And just like you, we enjoy casual and fine dining with friends and family. Cruelty-free eating does not take […]

Words have power & when we speak them, we give them life

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

There are some adorable phrases we often use in conversation that include or infer to our animal friends. For instance, have you ever said “A little birdie told me,” or “She’s busy as a bee,” or “It’s the cat’s meow?” We include animals in our language all the time without really considering what some of […]

Get on board the vegan peace train

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 | No Comments

Karuna is the Sanskrit word meaning compassion Summertime … and living vegan is easy. As the warmth of the season wraps around us like a soothing blanket, a purring cat or an 83-pound lap dog, more and more of us are getting on board the vegan peace train. We are becoming aware of the profound […]

Honoring Motherhood

Posted by on May 1, 2016 | No Comments

Here in America, we’ve celebrated our version of Mother’s Day since 1914, although rituals of honoring motherhood date back to ancient Greece and Rome, where they’d hold festivals in honor of their “mother” goddesses. Evolutionary, scientific as well as psychological studies have documented the powerful bond between a mother and her young. This bond exists […]

I didn’t choose to be a vegan activist…activism chose me

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 | No Comments

Sande Nosonowitz, For Living & Being 12:03 a.m. EDT March 26, 2016 “Think about it: virtually every atrocity in the history of humankind was enabled by people who turned away from a reality that seemed too painful to face, while virtually every revolution for peace and justice has been made possible by a group of […]

I Wish Someone Had Told Me The Truth

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 | No Comments

Sande Nosonowitz, For Living & Being 12:02 a.m. EST February 26, 2016 There is a saying, “Better late than never,” and I believe that to be true. It took me so long to be confronted with the truth about what living and being vegan is all about. When I finally learned the truth about animal agriculture, […]

Vegan Education

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 | No Comments

Veganism: Ultimate alignment of values, conduct Sande Nosonowitz 3:33 p.m. EST January 21, 2016 In the practice of yoga, svadhyaya is one of the five niyamas (the ethical practices relating to our internal environment of body, mind and spirit — how we relate to and treat ourselves). The word “svadhyaya” translates from Sanskrit to mean “study” […]

Going vegan — what you give up, what you get

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 | No Comments

Going vegan — what you give up, what you get Sande Nosonowitz 8:23 p.m. EST January 1, 2016 Happy new year! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Are you going to exercise more? Are you going to lose weight, drink more water, practice more yoga or watch less TV? When we make our resolutions, […]

Soy…It’s a Bean!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 | No Comments

Soy…It’s a Bean! Sande Nosonowitz 2:04 p.m. EST November 25, 2015 If you are not allergic to soy and you stay away from it because you’ve heard a lot of buzz about why eating soy may be hazardous to your health, you may want to read on. Let’s first get one important fact out in the […]

Re-evaluating the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 | No Comments

Re-evaluating the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner Sande Nosonowitz 12:02 p.m. EDT October 30, 2015 Thanksgiving — the time of year that resonates with feelings of gratitude for the many blessings we have in our lives. We have collectively institutionalized, remained faithful to and enjoyed our national expression of gratitude every November since 1863. As we […]

Vegan changes improve productivity in workplace

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 | No Comments

Vegan changes improve productivity in workplace Sande Nosonowitz 8:04 p.m. EDT October 4, 2015 Before I became a vegan coach and educator, I was teaching yoga in the workplace. I would go into local businesses and teach the employees yoga during their lunch break or after work. Classes would be held in a conference room or […]

Stop to think about why we use animals

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | No Comments

Stop to think about why we use animals Sande Nosonowitz 9 p.m. EDT August 29, 2015 We use animals. We use their bodies and their secretions for what we believe is “our food.” We use their skin, fur and feathers for our clothing. We use them to entertain our children in zoos, circuses, rodeos and […]