The practice of veganism has existed for generations. However, in this day and age, we have amazing opportunities to learn facts about veganism, obtain vegan resources, and eat amazing foods that make this journey completely sustainable.
As the World Wide Web connects us together, it also enables us to share ways that we can live our lives without exploiting animals. A cruelty-free life has amazing rewards that manifest in your body, mind, and soul. Whether it is because of health reasons, philosophical beliefs, or out of pure love of animals, there has never been a better time to get started on your vegan journey than now.
Here are the most common reasons why people start going vegan with their food choices:
1. The Choices are Endless!
Today’s vegan diet is way more varied, interesting, and delicious than it has ever been. Every single animal-based food item in the market has a perfect, plant-based alternative available. A huge majority of plant-based products are also lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol than the animal-based options.
You can substitute your all-time favorite foods for a cruelty-free option:
- Substitute cow’s milk with almond, coconut or rice milk.
- Swap regular cheese for almond, soy-based, and tapioca-flour based kinds of cheese.
- Delete meats from your diet and swap out for tofu, seitan, and tempeh-based “meats.”
- No need to use lard or animal fat for anything. Olive, avocado, peanut, almond, and even cashew oils do the same job.
Products that contain milk or cheese, such as cakes, ice cream, and other famous goodies, also come in vegan versions. Moreover, there are entire sections at grocery stores dedicated solely to vegan products. These foods are widely accessible, fairly priced, and very enjoyable.
2. The Cruelty-free Option
Animal lovers have a valid argument: If all animals are the same, what would anyone differentiate between an animal that kept as a pet and an animal that is killed for eating?
If you cannot fathom the idea of mistreating and hurting a kitten, how can anyone be okay with mistreating, torturing and killing a pig, cow, or any other animal for the sake of eating?
Most people choose veganism because they know about the horrors of some food industries. The idea of slaughterhouses holding animals beneath decent living conditions is something that plays heavily in the minds of animal lovers everywhere.
The sadness and cruelty of slaughterhouses are unnecessary. We can do much better than this as members of the human race. There are tons of options to obtain food, clothing, medicine, and other items that do not require cruelty or ending the life of an animal.
3. Health Benefits
One of the big benefits of veganism is that it substitutes artery-clogging animal products with plant-based alternatives.
The issue with eating meat goes even further. An article in Livekindly.co mentions that “nearly 80% of antibiotics are being fed to livestock.” This means that meat consumers are not just eating meat, but also the additives and antibiotics that are pushed into it.
A vegan lifestyle can be quite healthy, especially when eating “clean,” that is, food without preservatives or artificial additives. Just by changing the way you eat, you prevent the four most common conditions affecting society today:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Now, in order to be a healthy vegan, you have to become well-educated about food and how the body works. Jordyn Smith from Jordyn’s Vegan Place says that maintaining a vegan diet requires that you do your research, as even foods like sugar can contain animal byproducts.
Therefore, veganism is most definitely a hands-on practice that not only nourishes you but also keeps you aware of what you put inside your body. It is self-awareness at its best.
4. Respect for All Living Beings
Most of the argument in favor of veganism is based on the belief that life is precious, that it is not ours to take, and that it should be respected. All living things are here for a reason. The idea of killing animals for the purpose of feeding and clothing goes back to our cavemen ancestors. Our generation lives in a time with much better ways to obtain food and clothing that do not require the termination of the life of an innocent animal.
5. The Right Kind of Energy
This phrase two meanings. First, consuming plant-based food instead of animal-based foods allows your body to use up a plethora of good nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals that cleanse and energize your body from the inside out. Eating legumes and leafy greens produces amazing results in your body. Your energy levels will increase, and you may even drop a few pounds in the process! It is a feel-good lifestyle based on nutrition that empowers you.
The second “right kind of energy” comes from knowing that what you eat does not come from a slaughterhouse or from the bodies of suffering, living beings. The positive energy that you feel from saving a living being from being killed and consumed sends good enough karma to last a lifetime. Veganism is life.
As we become more aware of the world around us, we will find that veganism is a wonderful dietary lifestyle that connects body, mind, and soul. It preserves the sanctity of life by advocating against the slaughtering of animals for food. It teaches people how to use alternative food choices that equal in nutritional value as much as animal-based products. And it also produces the peace of mind of knowing that what is served on your plate has not been harmed, mistreated, or terminated for the sake of eating.
A myriad of cruelty-free products are accessible and widely available for those who love life and respect animals. These food choices are also quite delicious, nutritious, and fairly priced.
There has never been an easier way to start your vegan journey. You will love yourself more once you are in! Try it yourself today, and comment about your experience.
Tips contributed by Allen Brown