Why did you choose a vegan lifestyle?
- For Health Reasons
- For Animal Rights
- For the Environment
Whatever reason it may be, it’s important to be true to yourself and be a part of a community where you share the same values. I initially became vegan for health reasons but I also care about animals and the environment. Below are the 3 main reasons people choose a vegan lifestyle.
I attribute having more energy, clearer thoughts and losing weight all to eating a vegan diet, more specifically by eating whole food plant-based.
Here are some more benefits to eating a vegan diet:
- It lowers your cholesterol. Eliminating animal products has helped me personally lower my own cholesterol levels.
- Studies by the American Heart Association have also shown that eating a vegan diet can lower blood pressure.
- Vegans typically have lower risk of having cardiovascular disease, stroke or heart attack.
- A diet full of fruits and vegetables also assists with proper gut health. The fibre in the diet helps the digestive system.
- The increase in the amount of plant foods also increases the number of antioxidants which lowers inflammation consumed with a vegan diet.
- Studies have also shown lower risks of cancer in vegans because the diet is rich in legumes, fruits and vegetables.
- Eating a vegan diet also avoids consuming harmful hormones and antibiotics found in cattle and poultry.
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Many people follow a vegan diet for moral and ethical reasons. They find factory farming cruel and inhuman and many people simply just don’t believe in eating animals.
Joaquin Phoenix put it best: “We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, firsthand foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us they express degrees of emotion. In short, like us, they are alive.”
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According to the Worldwatch Institute, the rate at which people are consuming animal products is not sustainable.
Animal agriculture requires vast amounts of land and water to support livestock and grow feed. “The land conversion needed for pastures and feed crops leads to deforestation, soil degradation and a decline in biodiversity. The water used by animal agriculture, mostly as irrigation for feed crops, accounts for 8 percent of global human water use”. [Source: Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative].
Over 51% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to animal agriculture. The amount of grain, water, transportation and workforce needed to support the animal products consumed is taking a major toll on our environment. Consuming less animal products helps reduce pollution and relieve the negative effects on the environment.
James Cameron once said “It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere”.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist, internationally known for challenging world leaders to take action against climate change. Please watch the trailer below for Greta Thunberg’s movie – I AM GRETA:
How Does a Vegan Diet Improve the Environment?
Research has shown that a vegan diet helps the environment because it reduces your carbon footprint, it conserves water, cleans the soil, reduces energy consumption and purifies the air.
Check out the articles below to learn more about the benefits of a vegan diet on the environment: