The vegetarian lifestyle is becoming increasingly embraced by people of all ages, races and backgrounds in our society. As we continue forth in the 21st century, we are seeing the clear consequences of our actions to date when it comes to our personal health, and the health of our planet. As more and more people continue to grow in conscious awareness, we are clearly seeing the consequences of our actions. We are no longer interested in burying our heads in the sand, or pleading ignorance. We are choosing a more compassionate way of life for our planet and all living beings on it, specifically ourselves.

When we begin to show more compassion, love and respect for ourselves, we begin to take a consciously active approach when it comes to everything we put into and onto our bodies. We know that we are giving our vote and support through every product we purchase. Therefore, we become more aware and discerning of what we support, and what we purchase. This is where the popularity of the vegetarian lifestyle is gaining speed as we understand today that it is not just a fad, or a phase, or a religious inclination, but the most compassionate and sustainable lifestyle for our times.

Today there is no hiding the fact that we need to heal ourselves and this planet. In fact, we can only heal this planet, by healing ourselves. All healing involves moving towards a foundation of love—love for self, for others and all beings. Today, more and more of us also understand the value of sustainability. As we evolve to a higher state of being, we are leaving behind the ways of the old world based on fear, violence and separation, and instead embracing a new way of life based on love, peace and oneness.

As people embrace these foundations, values and paradigm shifts, they naturally gravitate towards a vegetarian lifestyle, which is rooted in compassion and sustainability. More people are learning today about the inefficient and inhumane nature of consuming meat and other animal products. We are no longer choosing to ignore and look beyond these facts, or pretend they do not exist. Today we are interested in taking proactive action to improve our personal lives, and life on this planet for all species.

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel Prize 1921

In transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle, there are numerous resources today that can help each person make a smooth transition. From books and movies, to various events and organizations, there are ample ways to make the transition smart, and fun! One such organization is the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA). It is one of North America’s largest vegetarian groups that offers a wide array of activities, events and support for people that are interested in vegetarianism. Whether you are curious and just starting out, or a seasoned vegetarian, it provides numerous opportunities for people to get involved and explore the wonderful world of vegetarianism.

I recently had a chance to sit down with the executive director of the TVA, David Alexander and have him share more about the association itself, the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle and the support they offer for people embracing a vegetarian lifestyle. In the following video interview, David shares all this and more to offer help, support and valuable tips.