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!