Have you ever thought about going vegan?
The vegan diet is something that has been trending in recent years among many people.
For various reasons, from ethics to health, people have been making the switch to eat vegan and drop animal-based products from their diets.
WHAT IS THE VEGAN DIET?
The vegan diet consists of eating only plant-based foods, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. A person on the vegan diet would not consume any animal products, like dairy, meat, eggs, and honey.
By consuming plants, vegans would be eating mostly whole foods, although processed vegan foods are available.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH GOING VEGAN
A few years ago, I read a book called The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. The author was examining where food comes from and what he thought the human diet should consist of.
In short, he said that we should eat mostly plants. But I thought, why not take it a step further and eat only plants?
I ended up doing a lot of research on the Internet. I read articles and watched many YouTube videos on the benefits of going vegan and various recipes I could make.
Currently, I am transitioning to the vegan diet, and I'm loving it so far. I feel healthier and so much more vibrant since eating mostly plant-based foods.
Luckily, I have had the support of family as I transition to eating vegan. It's also been great to continue my journey with other people, like my father who is also transitioning to the vegan diet.
If you're still wondering about going vegan, here are 5 reasons you should switch:
1. GET HEALTHY
Like I mentioned earlier, eating vegan means you'll basically be eating a whole foods diet, with minimal processed foods (oreos, ice cream, etc.).
Eating a whole foods diet with vegetables and fruits is the best way to get healthy, since you'll nourish your body better.
Eating vegan can also help you lose weight, since plants have a low calorie count. You'll be able to eat more of them with little impact to your total daily energy expenditure (the amount of calories you need per day). For example, eating a large salad with no dressing can be 250 calories but a McDonald's Big Mac is 540 calories. That's insane!
2. HELP ANIMALS
Most animals grown for slaughter are not treated well. Especially with national chains like Tyson's, the animals are put into cramped spaces and are given antibiotics so they do not get sick.
By going vegan, you could save over 100 animals per year from slaughter.
So many fish, cows, pigs, and more die because consumers continue to purchase their meats at the grocery store. By purchasing only plant-based foods, you'll be able to show companies that meat is not in as much demand.
3. IT TASTES AWESOME
There are so many delicious vegan recipes online that you will most likely not miss meat.
Also, many food companies are coming out with vegan alternatives to butter, burger patties, and ice cream, so do not worry about missing out on those foods.
I've tried a few of the recipes in this article (the naan and black bean stew) and liked them so far!
4. HELP THE PLANET
Eating meat has a bigger impact on the environment than eating plants.
Animals require land, food, and water to grow, which takes up more resources than plants.
Between 18%-51% of the world’s pollution is attributed to livestock, such as cows, chickens, sheep, buffalo, and more.
Therefore, I think eating a plant-based diet is much better for the environment than eating meat. Earth needs to be protected for the many generations to follow. By going on the vegan diet, you can help people in the future.
5. SAVE MONEY
By buying only plant-based products, you could save money by not purchasing meat, which is more costly.
For example, f you’re buying a burger or a sandwich with meat inside every day, that will be much more expensive than making your own vegan meal.
Besides, by eating plants, you'll be able to buy more in bulk and save money by freezing what you have. With meats, you have to eat them somewhat quickly so some of it could eventually go to waste.
Wrapping It Up
Going vegan has many benefits for millennials.
If you're looking to make a change today, I suggest trying out a day where you go "meatless". To switch from mostly animal-based diet to a plant-based one is very difficult (source: I've done this before and I failed), so I suggest transitioning a little bit at a time, starting with removing meat.
Are you thinking about going vegan? If you already are vegan, what are your reasons for making the switch? Comment down below!
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