What is Veganism?
Veganism is an ideology that is against the cruelty, exploitation, and suffering of animals. As a lifestyle it is excludes the use of animals, whether in food, clothing, entertainment, or products tested on animals.
Why is going vegan is important?
You might have noticed that we’re in a crisis. Humanity is depleting the planet’s finite resources at a rapid rate, the environment is undergoing drastic, unnecessary and unpredictable changes, and people suffer from myriad diseases linked to their diets. You can’t fix all that by embracing veganism, but you can be one part of the solution.
People tend to follow those they admire. If you decide that veganism is for you, your friends, family members, and colleagues might follow suit thanks to your example.
Reasons to go Vegan?
1. Put Your Health First
It’s easy to grab a meal at a fast-food restaurant — a burger and fries or a beef taco — or to throw a few chicken breasts in the oven when you get home from work. But what are those habits doing to your health?
It’s true that animal flesh and by-products nourish our bodies, but they can also contribute to disease and other problems, which are discussed below. If you ask any nutritionist what people should focus on in their diets, he or she will say “fruits and vegetables.” That’s always uppermost in the mind of any professional who makes dietary recommendations. No nutritionist would say “steak and fried chicken,” for a good reason — those are much more likely to form part of an unhealthy diet. If you’re fighting to lose weight or prolong your lifespan, veganism may be the best first step on your path.
2. Maintain Your Weight Without Effort
It’s a lot easier to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight when you’re not consuming fatty foods like meat and cheese. Veganism can provide a diet rich in protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You’re likely to consume fewer calories on a plant-based diet, as long as you stick to whole, natural foods. Don’t shop the frozen aisle at the supermarket for vegan TV dinners. Fill your plate with nutritious fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
3. Lift Your Mood
Did you know that veganism can help to reverse chronic psychological and emotional problems like anxiety and depression? A recent study suggest that a plant-based diet can improve not only our physical health but also our mental health.
Millions of people struggle with mental health issues, ranging from the minor to the acute. By changing your diet and eliminating animal products, you may help yourself psychologically.
4. Age Less Visibly
Skin health is a common topic of discussion in dermatologists’ offices and at beauty stores. Men and women alike want to know how they can prevent evidence of aging. The answer: veganism.
Meat and animal by-products often lead to acne, Facial swellings and the development of wrinkles. They contain harmful chemicals, such as the pesticides mentioned above, and hormones that our bodies can’t easily process. Your skin suffers as a result.
How to Become a Vegan
You’re convinced, right? You want all the benefits described above. So, how do you become a vegan?
It’s not that hard, really. Focus on filling your shopping cart with items that contain no animal flesh or by-products. Look for vegan and cruelty-free labeling on consumer goods, buy vegan cosmetics and make sure you read labels when choosing processed foods.
That’s it. Eliminate the problem from your diet and become vegan.