4 Reasons to Make Going Vegan Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is quickly approaching and hopefully you’re making a list of things that you’ve been wanting to change in the next year. Well, look no further! I know of one simple change that can not only improve your overall well-being, but also that of the planet, economy, and animals. That simple change involves merely removing animal products from your diet and it’s a tried and tested lifestyle which you won’t regret.

1. Going vegan will benefit your health tremendously!

There is a wealth of research regarding the effects of a vegan diet on the health of an individual and the evidence is very clear. Those who are on a vegan diet are not only leaner, but also less likely to get cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other diseases that claim millions of deaths annually. So, whether you want to lose weight, keep weight off, or reduce your risk of several major diseases, going vegan is the right move for you.

2. Going vegan will save you hundreds of dollars each year!

When people say they can’t go vegan because it’s too expensive, they simply don’t know what they’re talking about. Just take a quick glance at a typical omnivore’s plate and you’ll quickly find that the most expensive food that they’re eating involves animal products. That’s because animal products are way more expensive on a per calorie basis due to the inefficiency in production (despite all of their subsidies).

The amount of money you pay at the grocery store isn’t the only cost associated with buying meat, there are several externalities  which you’re paying for indirectly. For instance, the health-care related cost of eating meat is a factor which you may not be considering at the cash register, but it may cost you substantially more than if you ate a fully plant-based diet. Fortunately, this economic fix is simple: ditch the meat and switch to wheat! (just made that up on the spot, you can call me Slim Shady)

3. Going vegan is the most environmentally friendly thing you can possibly do!

Going green has never been a more pressing issue than it is right now. With temperatures and sea levels rising faster than at any point in history, it would be an unethical disservice to the planet (and fellow living beings) to not do what we can for the environment. The most conservative estimates state that animal agriculture accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases (more than all forms of transportation combined) and the most recent study by the Worldwatch Institute says that animal agriculture is responsible for a whopping 51% of all greenhouse gases! One thing is extremely environmentally clear: you should worry less about getting a Prius or CFL light bulbs and worry more about the food on your plate. Fortunately, the fix is simple: eat greens to go green. (I’m on a roll here)

4. Going vegan is the most compassionate thing you can possibly do!

Many of you are thinking about being more generous to charities this year and that is absolutely wonderful! Unfortunately, many of your dollars may just be cancelling out your actions of eating animal products. For instance, have you ever wanted to donate to a charity that helps abused animals, environmentally friendly initiatives, or starving children? Well, it should come as no surprise to you that animals are being unnecessarily tortured and slaughtered by the billions on a yearly basis for food and we’ve already established that animal agriculture is the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet, but you’re probably wondering how the starving children come into play. Due to the inefficient use of water, grains, and other resources in the production of animal products, the price of these goods become artificially high due to their artificially low supply. Therefore, there are millions of individuals currently priced out of the market and starving because of our decision to further fund the production of animal products by buying them at the store.  Fortunately, the fix is simple: don’t be mean, meat’s obscene! (Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? *stands up*) 

So, whether you’re looking to be healthier, more economical, more environmentally friendly, or be a more compassionate person, make the easy and simple switch to veganism. And if you ever have ANY questions, then let me know by reaching out to me on any of the social media sites that I’m on.

Have any questions or concerns? Let me know in the comments section below!

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  1. James Gan
    Dec 27, 2014 - 02:01 AM

    How about eating crickets or other insects? They’re cheap, healthy and ecologically sustainable. Aside from the ‘yuck’ factor I don’t see any reason why people would object to eating crickets, save for allergies.

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Dec 28, 2014 - 08:01 AM

      Thanks for commenting, James! Although eating insects may be more ecologically sustainable than other animals, it is not as sustainable as plant foods as energy is lost the higher up the food chain you go. Also, although they may be healthier than other animal products, there hasn’t been any research to indicate the validity of this statement. There are, however, several studies which clearly show the benefits of a vegan diet. In terms of an ethical objection: I believe we should give insects the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their sentient capabilities and therefore moral relevance. Therefore, we should do whatever possible to reduce the amount of harm we do to them as well.

      But, I would agree that if you’re going to argue in favor of animal consumption, then the safest bets are regarding insects or bivalves. (Although I do believe those arguments also fall short) 🙂

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  2. chirpchic
    Jan 04, 2015 - 08:16 PM

    It’s amazing how much better you feel when you cut animal products out of your diet. I cannot fathom touching dead raw meat anymore, and I went to Culinary School and worked in restaurants. Blah!

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  3. wunderbloke
    Dec 28, 2014 - 01:31 AM

    go vegans!

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  4. newsy1
    Jan 01, 2015 - 12:38 PM

    My New Years resolution is to stop by people’s blogs that were kind enough to stop by mine. Love the variety of your blog.

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  5. kerihans
    Jan 09, 2015 - 02:27 PM

    Love seeing all the great reasons to go vegan!

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  6. Rachel-Elaine
    Jan 10, 2015 - 02:20 PM

    Am vegetarian and slowing making my way toward veganism. Its been over a year and a half since I’ve eaten meat and I now hate the smell of cooking meat. Which my roommates cook constantly.

    Love your blog, by the way.

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  7. thisismymissionfield
    Jan 10, 2015 - 04:23 PM

    All very good reasons! Have you seen the documentary Forks Over Knives? It is powerful! I think a lot of people shy away from “veganism” because they don’t think the food will taste good. Thankfully, that is not true. I cook 100% vegan hot lunches at a Christian school and the kids LOVE the food! Some of them took some convincing at first, but nobody complains now or asks if I used “real” cheese, butter etc. Instead, they come back for seconds. 🙂 http://www.thisismymissionfield.wordpress.com

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  8. Jocelyn Lugo
    Jan 13, 2015 - 03:00 AM

    Hello,

    I am very happy to have come across this particular post. I went vegan last July and not only was it life-changing, but it was spiritually enhancing.

    This is an encouraging and insightful post.

    Look forward to reading more about veganism via your blog posts.

    J

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  9. randombuddy
    Jan 15, 2015 - 02:51 AM

    hi,
    I definitely agree that going vegan is a noble way of living.But what about the health issues that can arise out of it viz Vitamin B12 deficiency leading to megaloblastic anemia.

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Jan 15, 2015 - 10:17 PM

      That is an excellent question, randombuddy!

      Almost all vegan specialty foods are fortified with vitamin B12 so it is almost impossible to go without it. However, I prefer to play it safe by taking a multivitamin on a daily basis. This was something that my doctor recommends not only to vegans, but also all meat-eaters alike.

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      • Matthew Chiglinsky
        Mar 12, 2015 - 07:01 AM

        Where does that B12 come from? I mean, from a survivalist perspective, if the economy ever collapsed, could I produce my own vegan B12 on a small farm?

        I’m fond of healthy living, but I’m also fond of natural living, and a pill is not natural. A nutrition instructor in college once suggested to our class that if you eat a proper variety of food, you should need no vitamin supplements. For instance, when I want B12, I eat eggs.

        (… just like when I want vitamin A or potassium, I eat spinach or oranges/apples/bananas respectively.)

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  10. PlumTreeDreamer
    Jan 26, 2015 - 12:54 PM

    I’m doing a vegan fast and I do feel the difference in my body from not consuming dairy and meats. Though I had a free meal. I’m thinking about doing it long term but I like pizza A LOT and fresh cheese is soooo good! 🙂

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Jan 28, 2015 - 07:51 PM

      I know exactly what you mean when it comes to cheese and pizza. Luckily, the alternative cheese “Daiya” is absolutely amazing! There’s a local pizza shop in my city known as Satchel’s Pizza that makes the best vegan pizza and I highly recommend it if you happen to be around.

      Cheese is not only tasty, but it is actually addicting due to a peptide which produces opioid effects (something that came about from evolution in order to make the calf return for more breast milk) http://yumuniverse.com/addiction-to-cheese-is-real-thanks-to-casomorphins/

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  11. crashingboars
    Jan 26, 2015 - 05:34 PM

    Excellent post! I’m a dedicated omnivore trying a vegetarian diet for 9 days, mostly to see if I can eat well doing so. The glaring omission I see from your list happens to be the reason I’m doing my little experiment: number 5 needs to be: Going Vegan will be a culinary upgrade.
    My mission is to find out if I can eat well – very well, and by well I mean pleasurably – without meat, and without too much expense or time. It’s not something I find addressed much, online or in cookbooks.

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  12. Christie
    Jan 27, 2015 - 08:23 AM

    Love this! I hate it when people dismiss veganism as expensive- if you’re cooking at home, it’s cheap.

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  13. angela
    Jan 27, 2015 - 08:32 PM

    Nice to see veganism being promoted – I’ve been a vegan for a decade (veggie for almost 30 years), however recently I did try to add goat yogurt into my diet for various reasons (one being I needed to start giving my dog yogurt). While I feel a bit bad about it – I spend a fortune supporting a company that has received the Humane Animal stamp and touts enviro practices. What are you thoughts on that (oh, and beegans) ~ cheers!

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Jan 28, 2015 - 07:45 PM

      I see no problem with beegans from a utilitarian perspective. In terms of the yogurt, I would just say that the least possible for you to maintain your health, the better. Is it for health reasons?

      Oh, and congrats on being such a long-term veg!

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      • angela
        Jan 28, 2015 - 09:50 PM

        Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is for health reasons…may not be long term. In truth, if you look at the chemical make up of non-dairy yogurt or cheese (esp something like Daiya) I cannot think that those products are healthier alt than a sustainable ethical goat/sheep farmer product (one must be certain that cheese is made vegetarian without egg or animal rennet). Between processing, chemicals and energy to process – do you have any data on what is more harmful? Hopefully my dedication to bike commuting when Midwest weather is okay (7-8 months a year) offsets other factors of consuming a non-harming animal product. Hopefully you are as passionate about personal transports as well….you seem very pro environment. cheers ~

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  14. look_itsLaura
    Feb 02, 2015 - 12:07 AM

    I love supporting my fellow vegan lovers so for that, I nominate you for a Liebster Blog Award 🙂 https://lookitslaura.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/ive-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-blog-award/

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  15. The Story in the Frame
    Oct 02, 2015 - 11:28 AM

    It seems like it would be a really tough transition. I’ve done juice fasts before, and you have to cut out meat leading up to it and afterwards too. It was surprisingly not that difficult. What was difficult, however, was cutting out caffeine!

    This is Brantley from The Brantley Blog, by the way. I’m working a new blog called “The Story in the Frame” now. It’s an artistic collaboration between myself and my girlfriend (a photographer). I’m writing short stories about her photography! I just wanted to reconnect with you since you were a follower of The Brantley Blog (back when it existed)! Hope all is well with you!

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  16. PeaceLoveAndAvocados
    Dec 15, 2016 - 12:27 PM

    I like this post! Will be showing people! We need to open people’s eyes!

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Dec 15, 2016 - 12:38 PM

      Thanks so much!!! Keep being awesome and posting great things over at your blog 😀

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  17. Traveladdictdoctor
    Dec 15, 2016 - 12:52 PM

    I would like to high five you for this post 🙂

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    • Manny Rutinel
      Dec 15, 2016 - 02:02 PM

      Hahaha! Thanks so much. I’d like to send you one also for being awesome! 😀

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