After 30 years of eating meat, I’ve chosen to become a vegan. Why? So many reasons. Has it been an easy transition for me? Surprisingly, it’s been easier than I thought. Every day gets easier, and I can say with full honesty that I feel physically better on a vegan, plant-based diet, than I ever felt while I was eating a diet of meat, dairy, and other animal products. It’s been quite the journey. Keeping reading to learn the 3 top reasons I decided to make such an abrupt change!
Why I Chose To Go Vegan
1. I No Longer Want To Contribute To Animal Cruelty
Admittedly, my interest in eating a vegan diet started with Netflix. That’s right – Netflix! One of my favorite pastimes is watching educational documentaries, and Netflix has so many to chose from on health and diet. My husband and I began watching a few, such as Forks Over Knives and What The Health, and we were crushed to learn how brutally animals are treated in these animal factories; it was eye-opening. It’s something we should have known as educated adults, but I think we’ve been conditioned to believe that the slaughter of animals is normal, and even necessary to sustain ourselves as healthy human beings.
The fact that we love dogs, but eat other animals, no longer made sense to me. My husband and I adore our dog Zoey. She’s a breathing, feeling animal, just like all those chickens and pigs and cows that spend their short life being abused, tortured, and then butchered; we would never surrender Zoey to the same fate. After binging on those documentaries, I made the decision that I would never again eat another animal as long as I could help it; I no longer want to take part in inflicting pain and misery onto another living being.
2. It’s Better For The Environment
It’s true. Animal agriculture is destroying our planet, and quickly. Some people recycle, some take short showers, some buy hybrid cars, and some don’t use plastic bags when they go to the grocery store. All this is wonderful, and yet it still doesn’t compare to the positive environmental impact one person can make by not eating meat. I was completely unaware of the toll that animal farming has taken on our planet until I watched What the Health, and started doing my own reading and research. The fact is that it takes an unbelievable amount of water and land to operate these animal factories and to feed these animals so that they can grow as quickly as possible with the help of hormones and grains that are not actually part of their natural diet. The human population is consuming meat and fish at such a rapid pace, that some scientists believe our oceans will be depleted of fish by the year 2050 – that’s a sobering thought. Does that mean my grandchildren might not ever get to see fish swimming in the ocean?
3. I Want To Put My Health First
I guess it’s true that ignorance is bliss. I loved eating things like sushi, chicken noodle soup, and spaghetti and meatballs. My eyes have now been opened, however, and I’m changing my life because of it. I realized that contrary to what I’d been told all my life, eating animals is not healthy, and my health and vitality does not depend on consuming chicken, turkey, fish, milk, cheese, or yogurt for nutrients. In fact, many studies have revealed that all the aforementioned can be detrimental to your health, and can contribute to, and aggravate some of the most painful and debilitating diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. I’m still learning about the health benefits of a plant-based and vegan diet, but I know for sure that at this stage in my life, I’m ready to take my health into my own hands, and take it seriously. I’m also happy that my love for baking won’t suffer; I can still bake my favorite treats with vegan substitutes, and continue to use and cherish all of my favorite baking tools.
4. I Want My Kids To Be Raised As Vegans
I’m a newlywed, and my husband and I look forward to having a baby soon. When that day comes, I want to provide our baby with the best possible shot at a healthy life. I want to teach my kids to be compassionate, and I want to show them how to eat healthy, and how to cook food that’s both tasty and cruelty-free. Hopefully as our children transition into adulthood, they’ll make the conscious choice to stay vegans, too.
Well now that you’ve read through my reasons for going vegan, what are yours? I’d love to know!