Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle
There are many people across the globe thriving on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Veganism is far more than just ditching food of animal origin, it is about not consuming or using anything related to cruelty towards animals and nature as it has a love for the planet and everything living deeply embodied in its philosophy. Adopting veganism is a form of love towards ourselves as it benefits us in multiple ways. A plant-based diet has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, while also improving mood because it soothes inflammatory processes within our bodies.
What many ladies don’t know is that being vegan makes us more beautiful. Up to 60 percent of the products we apply to our bodies are absorbed by the skin and end up in the bloodstream. Many cosmetics brands use phthalates and parabens in their recipes and many vegan brands use real flowers, essential oils, and plant extracts to make their cosmetic products. Combined with the benefits of a healthy diet, the result is healthier and more glowing skin.
Just as importantly, veganism benefits the planet and it makes it a better place for all of us.
Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Animal agriculture is one of the major generators of greenhouse gas emissions, which worsens climate change.
Smaller Water Footprint
Animal-based diets are extremely water-intensive. According to UNEP, a bacon cheeseburger requires more than 3,000 liters of water to produce whereas a vegan burger requires 75 to 95 percent less water.
Raising animals for food requires vast amounts of land and leads to deforestation. The beef industry was blamed for the Amazon fires since farmers intentionally burn down the rainforest to make room for herds. Studies show that if everyone were to go vegan, global farmland use would drop by 75 percent, freeing up landmass that amounts of the size of Australia, China, the EU, and the U.S. combined.
Save the Oceans
Many people are doing their part to save the seas such as ditching plastics from their lives. However, your diet also plays a part as half of the plastic found in the ocean comes from fishing nets, not to mention that over fishing is also impacting the oceans’ wildlife. Some experts found that the world’s oceans could be empty of fish by 2048.
Save the bees
Following a vegan lifestyle means going without honey to save the bee population which is widely considered to be the most important species on the planet. Without them, fruit and vegetable stocks would deplete as a quarter of a million species of flowering plants rely on bees for pollination. The average bee will make only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its life, and this is its primary food source. Don’t worry if you’re a honey fan, as you have ethical honey out of organic apples and even potato honey.
Vegan Tips for Beginners
There are many ways to make the transition easier and tips that can help you start on the right foot.
Invest in tools that will make your life easier
An air fryer and instant pot not only make cooking easier and cut your cooking time in half, they cook delicious meals while reducing your PECO utility bill as they consume far less energy than traditional cooking methods. A food processor will cut back on food prep time and help you make veggie burgers, loaves, quickly chop or shred vegetables, prepare dough and so much more. A spiralizer will make veggies look a lot more versatile.
Try Meatless Mondays
Ditching meat for one day a week can help make the transition seem a little less intimidating. It allows you to try new foods while you are reducing your impact on the planet.
Fall In Love With Food
There’s no need to starve on a plant-based diet. Every non-vegan meal you adore can be turned into an animal-free version. Get your hands on some cookbooks or just follow one of the many accounts on Instagram that have a ton of delicious vegan recipes.
Get regular blood tests
You will likely need a B12 supplement, but you won’t know if you need anything else like iron or D3 unless you get a blood test so do it every three months to know which supplements to take.
Once you embrace the vegan lifestyle, you are never going back. Even athletes are loving it as they are thriving after switching to a plant-based diet. Going vegan will benefit your health, the animals and the planet. Our treatment of animals and the environment is a test of our character – what kind of person do you want to be?