When it comes to people’s fitness and health goals, losing weight is probably near the top of the list. Exercise seems to always be the main focus of any weight loss or fitness goal. Many people will skip over the most important part of their fitness and personal well being, diet.
What you put into your body can affect everything from your mood to your energy levels. Being mindful of not only what effect food is having on you but also how your choices impact the world around you can make a huge difference.
The farming of animals for food has a massive environmental footprint. 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are from livestock farming. It also contributes to loss in biodiversity, water degradation, deforestation and more. If your own personal health and the health of the planet weren’t reason enough to go vegan, then read on about nine additional reasons why veganism is good:
1. It’s kind to animals
If you are an animal lover, you will fully understand why veganism is good. If you were to become vegan tomorrow, in a year’s time your conscience would be spared the burden of the lives of 200 animals. Veganism is the easiest way to help prevent the suffering and death of animals.
2. Get lean with no downside
A vegan diet will help you to not only lose weight but you will be able to keep it off for good. You will be amazed how in a few short weeks you lose all of that unwanted weight and feel great. The Vegan lifestyle will transform your body into a lean mean powerhouse of energy.
3. It’s healthier, and you’ll probably live longer
Vegans have a reduced likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and a great deal more harmful conditions compared to meat-eaters. All of the nutrients that the body needs can be found in a plant-based diet, without all of the impurities, hormones and bad fats that are in many other foods.
If you are hoping to live a long and happy life, then one of the first things that you can do is to give up meat entirely. This won’t be easy, but it id very much worth it. As the saying goes, nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.
4. Vegan food is actually quite great!
Vegan food as a little bit of a bad reputation, largely due to misconceptions around the early days before veganism became mainstream. Nowadays you see vegan products everywhere. Even major fast-food restaurants have gotten in on the action with “beef” burgers made entirely from plants. You can now find vegan cheese, chicken, and milk alternatives readily available. All of this contributes to a wide selection of fantastic vegan food options.
5. Once you start pulling on that thread…
Vegans avoid clothing that uses skins, hair or feathers of animals. They can wear and use plant fabrics such as cotton, linen or hemp. You can also still be vegan and wear manmade materials such as polyester or nylon. These are widely available but you get to enjoy knowing that no animals were killed or mistreated for your wardrobe.
6. Veganism helps with world hunger
Feeding an animal all of its life takes a great deal of food, water and real estate. This could have all be provided to those in the world who are starving. If everyone in the world became vegan, the land could be repurposed to feed millions more. This would also be much more affordable for people than the same volume of meat.
7. It’s better for the environment
Becoming vegan can save the planet. Livestock farming is very harmful to the environment for many reasons. Not only are the emissions from the animals and processing facilities excessive, but there is also a lot of waste. To put this into context, if you started wearing vegan shoes made out of sustainable materials, it is the veganism that would have a greater positive impact on the environment.
8. You’re on the right side of history
When it comes to the environment, the world is beginning to wake up to the reality that we need to make some significant changes. In the coming years, livestock farming is going to come under greater scrutiny as to the harmful emissions that the process creates.
By adopting veganism early, you will be setting an example to those around you that there is another way and voting with your dollars for alternatives. It is the increased popularity of vaganism that has led to the creation of more vegan-friendly products. The more people who adopt this lifestyle, the easier it will be for others too as well.
9. Meat isn’t very appetising
Meat is actually very unpleasant to think about. When you start to do just a little bit of research you find that meats are often contaminated with the animal’s bodily fluids. The meat that you are eating probably comes from an aminal that was effectively tortured most of its life and died scared in a very inhumane way. You don’t need to take our word for it, the information is out there and well documented. The more that you learn about the livestock farming industry, the more it will put you off anything but a vegan diet.