I never thought I’d be able to transition from vegetarian to vegan. Here I’ve outlined some of the reasons that gave me the nudge and also some points that I found out about after I took the plunge!
Your health: Although the meat and cheese substitutes aren’t necessarily good for you, they’re better than real meat and cheese. You’ll also be packing yourself full of fruits and veggies so should notice an uptake in the vitamins and minerals you consume.
Animal cruelty: Whether it’s pigs being battered about a slaughter house or a dairy cow having her newborn baby taken away from her on the day of birth, there is no end to the hideous abuse that animals in the food industry entail. The upside is as a vegan you won’t be contributing to it. Watch “Earthlings” to give yourself an idea of the horrors.
The environment: 1 steak uses 50 baths of water to be produced (from cow to plate), that’s just not an efficient use of resources. Producing meat and dairy also uses more land that it would to feed the same amount of people on a vegan diet.
You’ll sleep better: You know when you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed because you slept solidly (no dreaming) and can’t even remember falling asleep? Yeah that, every night!
You’ll have more energy: Always a plus, right? No more feeling groggy and tired in the afternoons.
It can be cheaper: A big part of the vegan diet is grains and pulses (pasta, rice, oats, beans, lentils) and these things are super cheap! I make sure I always have cheap brown rice and tins of lentils in as they’re so useful. Also I now make sauces from scratch (tinned tomatoes/herbs and veggies) which works out way cheaper than your supermarket pre-made Dolmio!
You’ll discover new foods: My pet peeve is picky eaters (sorry!) and I have always loved all food! Going vegan made me try more, learn more, cook more and ENJOY more foods.
More people can be fed: A lot of the hunger problems around the world are because the poorer countries grow grains/soy/corn to sell to meat farmers (to feed the animals) to make money. If more people ATE the grains/soy/corn it would go further than it would when feeding it to animals… and then eating the animals. Basically, more people can be fed using less resources on a vegan diet.
You’ll be leaner: You will most probably lose weight when you go vegan. Just steer clear of my Vegan Junk Food post! I’m a low end healthy weight and I lost 2 pounds in the first month of veganism and I felt like I ate ALL the time.
You won’t have to give up as many foods as you think: Again, see my Vegan Junk Food post! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are “accidentally” vegan. Over time you’ll learn which cafes/restaurants have options for you.
You can help to change the world: Maybe a little cliche, but totally true. The environment, peoples’ health are in crisis and veganism can help to lessen the problems. The meat and pharmaceutical industries are powerful and only money is at the root of the issues.
Could you do it?
Would you try it for a week or a month? Or even be vegan for one day a week?
Every little step makes a difference