How to Start

Step 1: Determine your definition of Harmless Living

Dose your value system require that you become vegetarian or vegan? Do products made in sweat shops bother you? Are you a believer of global warming? (I’m not, but if you are this also comes into play)

Step 2: Do your research

If you are planning to become vegan or vegetarian, you will want to research before diving right in. I have learned the hard way that it is much easier and less stressful to look up alternatives to the foods you love and slowly integrate them into your life then just going off meat suddenly cold turkey (forgive the expression) without any clue of what you are doing. That’s exactly how you end up with the malnourishment and/or obesity issues that the uninformed assume are the hallmark of a no meat diet. Find out what you like and what you don’t. What’s healthy and what’s not as well as what’s convenient for your lifestyle. My personal recommendation is to become vegetarian before vegan (I was a vegetarian for 3 years and am now becoming vegan) so that you are used to finding new and creative alternatives to the usual cuisine and familiar with the resources available to you in whatever area you live.
If you have an issue with products made in sweat shops or that have been tested on animals … etc, you can check out the “Resources” section to find a list of products that are harm free.
Keep in mind as you do this, that unless of course you grow your own food, make your own clothes and run your own electricity (which is technically possible, but difficult and a link to how to guides on the matter can be found in the “Resources” section), it is nearly impossible to remove harm completely from your life. Sometimes there are things that go into the making products that you are unaware of and (assuming you’re vegan) gelatin (made from animal bodes) as well as other animal based products, is used in many things such as jello. Just do what you can and especially avoid causing harm intentionally. Depending on how far you want to go with the harmless lifestyle you might want to check out the philosophy section as well.

Step 3: Live by your principles

It also helps to either find a partner to go harmless with you or atleast that totally supports if not agrees with you. if you can find neither, (or just for some extra support and info) you should join an online community or subscribe to an upbeat podcast.

If you have any questions, check out the FAQ or contact me.

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