Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have undoubtedly heard of the new vegan craze and the thousands of people who have changed their lifestyles and eating habits to adopt a friendlier way of consuming food and decreasing their carbon footprint. If you are curious about the vegan lifestyle and wish to learn more about it and how you can take the steps to move towards a friendlier life then read on.
So whats it all about anyway?
People go vegan for many reasons. Some of the most popular reasons include
- Not supporting animal agriculture and cruelty
- Environmental causes such as lowering carbon footprint, deforestation, water recourses and more.
- Health reasons (this is also the main reason why people adopt a “plant-based” diet – more on this later on)
- Morality and social Justice
- World Hunger
- Because its the new cool
There is a common misconception that being vegan means you miss out on all of your favourite foods, that you can no longer eat out or that you will be labeled as that one crazy vegan. This is however simply a myth and adopting a vegan lifestyle does a world amount of good without having to sacrifice on the taste.
“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.” Ellen DeGeneres
How to start?
So, you’ve done a bit of research and come to the conclusion that maybe you can live without meat? GREAT! Is it easier said that done? Yes and no. If you are on the pursuit of a plant based diet then it may be harder for you to adopt it as your main reason behind the change will be for health, therefore you will always see it as a diet rather than a lifestyle choice, meaning you can relapse and go on and off the diet at will.
The better and more efficient way to go about it is to try to come from a place of compassion and understanding that there are ample amounts of food for us to consume that we simply do not need to cause suffering to our fellow sentient beings or the earth we live on. Coming from this angle will make it easier to adopt a veggie life as each time you are confronted with that non vegan muffin or pizza you realise you are doing this for a greater cause rather than a momentary health benefit.
Go easy… When I first turned vegan over 18 months ago I was vegetarian for about 8 months prior. This gave me a great introduction into veggie land and made my transaction to full veganism easy and overnight.
Try to start off by cutting out meat from your meals. For example if you eat meat 3 times a day try to cut it off to only once a day, the following week try to have sequent days that are meat free and so on, until you cut out all animal flesh from your day to day life. Although a lot of people do this overnight it can be difficult for a first timer with limited information – that is why it is important to do research as you slowly progress a fully plant based way of eating.
Once you have effectively cut out all meat you will start to notice your energy levels increase, you will feel better and lighter from the inside out and will want to continue slowly removing all dairy and egg products out of your diet. Be patient with yourself and remember why you are doing this in the first place.
Some tips at staying motivated
- Follow vegan advocates and pages on Instagram, Pinterest & facebook
- Watch popular documentaries on Netflix such as: Cowspiracy, Forks over Knifes, What the Health, Vegucated and Earthlings
- Read more about the Health benefits from books such as: Whole -Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
- Remember that by steering clear from meat & dairy products you are not only helping your health but also ending suffering to animals across the world, reducing your carbon footprint, saving water & helping solve world hunger.
“When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as “animals”, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity.” -Anthony Douglas Williams
What are the benefits?
Apart from choosing kindness over cruelty, going vegan has a surplus of positive benefits such as:
- Increased energy levels
- Decreased risk of heart disease & type 2 diabetes
- Overall enhanced athletic performance
- Weight loss
- Clearer skin and stronger hair & nails
- Longer life span
- Reduced risk of Breast, prostate and colon cancer
- Better and deeper sleeps
- Alleviated headaches and anxiety
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Saving water
- Hormone balancing
- Clearer memory and mind
- Many many more
With countless benefits and so much yummy food available it is no wonder that we are in the age of the vegan, either you know one or want to become one you clicked on this post for a reason. I hope that I have helped you on your journey to a happier, healthier and friendlier you.
Wether you are a newly found veggie lover or a long term vegan – we have all been put on this Earth to spread love & kindness to one another, to discover whom we are and in the process evolving to become our highest selfs. Compassion, kindness and health starts on your plate. With thousands of delicious cruelty free food worldwide it seems almost primitive to continue the torture we endure on some of the most innocent creatures to roam the Earth.
If you want any more tips on how to switch, have any questions or simply want to chat about veganism simply leave a comment down below.