I haven’t always been vegan.
Once upon a time, I used to eat meat, too.
I never really liked it, but I did it anyways, mainly because my mama told me to.
Until one day, I finally decided it was time for me to put my money where my mouth was and adopt a plant-based diet.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Those of you who are vegan already, you know it. And those who are on the fence, unsure of how to make the move, well you know it too.
In case all you need is a little kick in the rear, here are 5 reasons (among like 10,000) to adopt a plant-based diet.
1. Your body is begging you to go vegan
Contrary to common belief, the human body is designed to work with plant-based foods.
It has all the right equipment to consume vegetarian products and is missing a lot of what’s needed to process flesh foods.
Our flat teeth, for example, are perfect for grinding grains and vegetables, not for tearing apart animal flesh.
Our stomach and saliva are too alkaline to properly handle rotting meat. Plus, our saliva contains an enzyme which sole purpose is to digest the complex carbohydrates in plant foods (enzyme that is not found in the saliva of carnivores!).
Add that to the fact that our intestines are way longer than those of true meat eaters (10-12x vs 3x body length) and you got yourself enough arguments to convince any right-thinking person that we just aren’t built to eat meat!
2. The environmental impact of a meat-based diet is unsustainable
By becoming vegan, you will:
Reduce your carbon footprint
Livestock farming is responsible for almost 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human-related activities. (That’s more than the world’s cars, planes and trains combined!)
Nearly half of all the water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons. You would save more water by not eating 1lb of meat than you would by not showering for 6 months.
Talk about a no brainer. No one loves their steak that much.
Livestock production is responsible for 70% of Amazon deforestation.
70%. Need I say more?
Protect the oceans
Industrial fishing practices are destroying fragile eco-systems and wiping out whole populations of sea creatures. By removing seafood from your plate, you help restore the balance of nature.
3. Help eradicate world hunger
Now, could it be that simple?
Countless studies show that that if more people were to adopt a green living, plant based diet and vegan lifestyle, we could be well on our way to ending malnutrition and world hunger.
A Cornell University research found that the grain used to feed US livestock alone could feed 800 million people.
Last time I checked, US population was just a little over 315 million people. That’s a pretty good start.
The reality is, whether you’re eating meat or just cheese or eggs, you still have something to do with the fact that millions of animal lose their lives each year for human consumption.
Perhaps you think cheese isn’t that bad?
Well think again.
Aside from the fact that many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomach lining (which makes them not even vegetarian!), the life of a dairy cow is mostly sad and way too short.
Plus, with companies like Kite Hill, who makes a nut milk based brie that has nothing to envy to any of its dairy counterparts, the I-could-never-live-without-cheese excuse is getting kinda old.
What about eggs? Surely, we’re not hurting anyone by taking an egg that would have been laid anyway, right?
If that’s what you think, I suggest you read this article about the whole process of egg production. (Hint, you’re wrong.)
Many people simply aren’t aware of this, but a massive number of male chicks have to die for men to get their omelet.
Veal, chick, lamb, in what world is it okay to kill a baby?
5. Vegan food is delicious
Cooking vegan food is really easy. We just have to reboot and reset a few old habits that society’s taught us.
Yes, there is such a thing as creamy without dairy. Or proteins without meat. Even breakfast without eggs.
In fact, there are so many options for us vegans out there that we no longer have to be afraid to go out with our non-vegan friends.
We’re damn lucky to live in the time we live in.
Gone are the years of plain tofu and soy cheese :)
(Although both can be pretty rad if you take the time to do a little research…)
You have the wonderful chance to be here and to make your own choices. Educated ones. Compassionate ones.
Just seize the cheese.
If you still aren’t convinced that vegan cuisine can be everything you’re dreaming of, you need to keep on visiting the blog, as I will often post recipes or products that will blow your mind. Ha. :)
Still on the fence? What would help you make the transition to a plant-based diet?
Or better even, what made you become vegan? Let me know in the comments below!