9 Incredible Reasons to Be Vegan!

Switch to a vegan diet and become enlightened… OK, maybe not straight away but it’s a start! Going vegan will have nothing but an incredibly positive impact on your life, the world and all that we share it with. Take a read this post and realise that there’s no decision to be made, you should be vegan already!

Reason to be vegan #1 – for the animals 

“Oh but they’re raised to be eaten so it’s okay”. Bollocks. The logic in thinking it’s okay to own a life, abuse it, then consume it is so wrong. Would you think the same of someone who did that with cats or dogs? The meat and dairy industry feed the general public an image of happy animals in fields but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. These animals are subjected to horrific conditions and abuse only to receive a savage death when they’re mere infants. These are living animals, they are intelligent, live in communities and feel emotion and pain. Over 60 billion animals are slaughtered every year for food. 60 Billion. That’s over 50x the population of china each year. Why is it okay to cause all this suffering just to fill our bellies?

And, as Free From Harm says ‘There is no such thing as a “fair life” on a dairy farm’. Many animals still suffer through a vegetarian diet, follow a vegan diet and end the cruelty. 

 

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Reason to be vegan #2 – the environmental benefits

If you want to live a greener lifestyle then the simplest and most significant step you can take is by going vegan. The meat industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change, with a typical pig factory generating the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people!

In America alone 260 million acres of forest have been cleared for land used to produce food… for livestock

This isn’t even including land used to rear the animals, just the land used to produce food for the animals that are eaten. The Environmental Protection Agency states that raising animals for food is the ‘number 1 source of water pollution’. A shocking 51% of global greenhouse gases are attributed to the raising of livestock which isn’t surprising when it takes 75kg of C2O emissions and 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger meat!

 

Reason to be vegan #3 – because of world hungerOn Earth we have enough food to feed 10 billion people and there are only 7 billion people in the world. So why are there still people dying of starvation on daily basis you ask? This is because so much food is fed to animals to be reared for human consumption. The quantity of food used to feed livestock is actually more than the meat produced at the end. The average cow when slaughtered is 18-24 months old and the amount of food needed to raise the animal is far more than the cow could ever produce.

More than 80% of grain and 95% of oats grown on this planet is fed to livestock, that’s enough to feed 800 million people.

When every year more than 2.5 million children die of starvation it must make you think ‘something’s wrong here?’. To make matters even worse, in developing countries 82% of local people have no food but live in areas used to rear livestock which is shipped abroad for first world consumption. Isn’t sheer compassion for other humans a good enough reason to be vegan?

 

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Why You Should Be Vegan Already!

 

Reason to be vegan #4 – for your health

If going vegan for the planet, humans and animals wasn’t enough, then do it for yourself and your own health. Meat eaters are twice as likely to get heart disease and cancer compared to those who have a vegan diet. Our health is invaluable and any steps that can be taken to increase our quality of life should be paramount. Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are the most common chronic diseases in the western world and they are completely human-made. There’s no need to have a short unhealthy lifespan because of a poor diet.

It’s widely acknowledged by health organisations that animal products are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. But, fear not because a vegan diet can reverse type 2 diabetes! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans have lower rates of; cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes and Alzheimer’s. Go vegan for a longer, healthier life – 6 to 10 years longer than your average meaty!

Want to travel the world as a vegan?

 

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So many health benefits of veganism!

Reason to be vegan #5 – for your Fitness

Do you need any more reasons why a vegan lifestyle will benefit you? Vegans are the only group of people who average a normal and healthy BMI – the more animal products people eat, the higher their BMI. This is because animal products don’t contain any carbohydrates and much higher in fat. Fat has more calories and is one of the main culprits behind THE BELLY! Vegan Body Builder, Robert Cheeke says,

 No matter what sport you’re involved in and no matter the level of performance you’re shooting for, you get the best nutrition and plenty of protein from a whole food, plant-based diet 

 

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Reason to be vegan #6 – because of bacteria

Not only is your risk of disease increased, animal products can harm your body in many other ways. Meals containing meat, eggs or dairy are commonly contaminated with E. coli, campylobacter, listeria and other dangerous bacteria that live in animals intestinal tracts, flesh and faeces. There are 75 million cases of food poisoning each year, 5,000 of which are fatal. The USDA says that 70% of these cases are caused by contaminated animal flesh. Also the misuse of pharmaceuticals in livestock has resulted in a strain of antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria whose hormones can cause cancer, gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) and obesity.

 

Reason to be vegan #7 – to boost your mood!

People who lead a vegan lifestyle have healthier mood-states partly due to the higher levels of antioxidants in plant-based foods.

These antioxidants also mean vegans have less tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility and fatigue compared to people who consume animal products.

Cutting the meat means you cut out all the stress hormones in them and replacing them with carbohydrate-rich foods which help regulate serotonin levels in the brain equates for a happier life.

 

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Plant based goodness

 

Reason to be vegan #8 – to save money!

You will save all of the monies! A vegan diet can save you so much money in the short and long term. A diet based on grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies is cheaper and all of these can be bought in bulk and stored to last. As well as this leading a vegan lifestyle can prevent and reverse your risk of lifestyle diseases so you’ll save money on your health in the long run.

Trying to go vegan on a budget?

 

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Saving money is a GREAT reason to be vegan!

 

Reason to be vegan #9 – because it’s never been easier

‘I don’t know how to eat vegan’, ‘I don’t know how to cook vegan food’, these arguments are completely void folks! It has never been easier to lead a vegan lifestyle with so many vegan food products available and restaurants offering vegan options. From plant milks to vegan cheese, vegan snacks to vegan ready meals, not to mention the amount of chain restaurants that now offer a vegan menu. So even if you’re not an avid cook who likes to make everything from scratch you can pick up a microwave meal, or a pizza from your favourite chain, or a sandwich from your local shop. Veganism has never been more accessible, affordable and attainable than it is today!

 

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12 Responses

  • This is a great article! I am vegetarian and teetering on the edge of full veganism – my downfall is butter! But you are right and I feel inspired to go that last push and start learning new recipies. I try to eat according to the micronutrient diet advocated by Dr. Fuhrman https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/library/articles/57/dr-fuhrmans-nutritarian-pyramid, and it basically recommends a plant-based diet with a focus on cruciferous vegetables. Since I started it I have hardly been sick. Travelling of course adds challenges and I am interested in foods I can have packed away ready in case I find myself with no food I can eat (has happened quite often!) So any tips welcome 🙂

    • Hi Jinpa 🙂 thanks for your feedback! Thanks for sharing, haven’t heard of the micronutrient diet so will check it out. It sounds very good if you’ve hardly been sick since switching your diet. We’re actually in the process of writing a post about vegan snacks on-the-go so watch this space! We’ll keep you updated once it’s up 🙂

  • Awesome article!
    When I started I went from eating absolutely everything to RAW VEGAN it was 5 years ago and it was the best time of my life in terms of health and fitness ! Then for unknown reasons I gave up. Now I am back on it fully determined to continue this way. Maybe not proprely row but 70 % raw. I love my sauteed mushrooms and my soups :). But it still a healthy leaving. Good job guys!

    • Hey Isabella 🙂 thanks for your comment!
      Congratulations on making such a drastic change. My transition wasn’t so extreme as I was a veggie before going vegan and Josh was brought up veggie from birth. We made the transition to veganism together which I think made it a lot easier, and both being real foodies we’ve made sure we’ve never missed out on anything! I think veganism is the way forward as it’s a healthy and sustainable lifestyle which benefits you and the planet!

  • I love this article! I was wondering how do you guys stay vegan on the road. Right now that seems to be my biggest challenge. I find it hard to resist trying the local dishes and sometimes it’s just so hard to shop for vegan products on the road. Like right now im in a tiny place in the arctic where pretty much no restaurants serve vegan dishes. I did find loads of veggies in the (only) supermarket and even tofu but I can’t resist going out and eating with the locals. It’s such a dilemma with me right now

    • Thanks for your feedback Claire! Unfortunately we don’t have any experience of being vegan on the road in the arctic…yet! Watch this space! In terms of being vegan on the road preparation is key, always have a bag of nuts, some bananas and apples to hand. Also getting creative, if you love eating out like we do as if the chef can prepare you dish without the meat, dairy and eggs! If you’re mingling with locals ask them what dishes are good locally for vegans or better still cook a meal with them!

  • I thought it was really interesting that people who eat meat are twice as likely to get heart disease than those who are on a vegan diet. Going vegan would be really helpful for my diet and allow me to be more active than I have been. It would be really useful if there were a bunch of vegan energy bars because energy bars are my go to when I want a snack.

    • Yes me too! Shows how beneficial a plant based diet can be, even if you don’t make the transition completely small tweaks to your diet can have such an effect on your health. Have you considered going vegan or trying to incorporate more vegan foods as a replacement?

      There are a load of vegan energy bars on the market. Where are you from?
      Also we have two recipes for energy balls that are pretty easy to make and keep for days, great for when you need a little energy boost in your day.
      Coconut & date energy balls: https://veggievagabonds.com/2018/08/09/coconut-and-date-energy-balls/
      Peanut butter & oat energy balls: https://veggievagabonds.com/2018/06/21/super-simple-energy-balls/

      Take a look and see if these take your fancy! We make them all the time when hiking, cycling or just for everyday as they’re great as a nutrition energy filled snack!

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