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HERMOSA BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Millions of people worldwide no longer eat animals and some people are taking it a step further, going vegan and avoiding animal byproducts altogether.

CBS2’s Sharon Tay spoke with a Southland family who is taking small steps towards adopting a vegan diet.

Once a week, the Dreyers forego their usual dinner in exchange for an animal-friendly menu.

When Stephanie Dreyer read the vegan-friendly book “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone all carnivorous cravings came to an end.

“And it was the best decision I ever made. I feel so great: I have more energy, I feel lighter, I feel like I’m helping the planet,” Dreyer said.

Senior dietician, Dana Hunnes from UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center said eating a vegan diet not only helps prevents weight gain; it also helps prevent diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, along with being environmentally sound.

The cafeteria at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is implementing “Meatless Mondays” once a month — a campaign that is now booming in 23 countries.

For more information on the Meatless Monday campaign go to http://www.meatlessmonday.com/.

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