– FOR YOUR HEALTH –
A little over two years ago, I began researching the plant based diet. I watched documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Plant Pure Nation, and read books like The China Study, Skinny Bitch and The Starch Solution. I’ve been vegan now for two years, and I’ve never felt better. On top of that, the food is seriously delicious. Not one day goes by where I miss eating meat, dairy and eggs. Since I started eating this way, I’ve noticed that I have more energy, my hair grows faster, my skin glows (not to brag but seriously it has improved so much since adopting this lifestyle), and all of my digestion issues have gone away. I’ve lost over 30 pounds so far and I feel amazing. Through my own experience and all of the research that I’ve done, I’ve discovered that eating a whole foods vegan diet is the best for optimum human health. When you truly think about it, you will realize that humans aren’t carnivores. If we were, we would have sharp teeth and claws that would give us a better chance at fighting off predators like bears and coyotes. We can’t do this without using tools or weapons. We would have shorter intestines like other carnivores, so that we could quickly push meat through our digestive track. We are supposed to be eating tons of carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and starches. Throughout time, we have slowly adapted to the foods that we consume, but today diseases, cancers and obesity rates are at an all time high, and it’s because of the foods we’ve been eating. Plant based diets are becoming more and more popular, and the health risks for these people have dramatically decreased, or even vanished.
– FOR THE ANIMALS –
Although health is very important, our animal friends are hurting right now. No type of oppression is ever right, and animals have been used for human consumption and pleasure for far too long. I understand how hard it may seem to give up meat, dairy and eggs, because I’ve been there. But once I realized who I was eating and what they go through, giving up these products was easy. Sadly, 99% of the meat and dairy you buy from the grocery store comes from factory farms because the demand is so high, and they need to produce as quickly as possible. This makes farm animals suffer even more. Some think that giving up meat is enough, but I believe dairy is the worst industry of all. I say this because cows are artificially inseminated (raped), and impregnated by a long metal rod. They go through a 9-month pregnancy, a hard labour to have their baby, and their bodies produce milk, just like our mothers did for us. At only four days old, the calf is taken away from their mother so that they can bottle up the milk and sell it to human’s to drink. The mother cries and cries to get her baby back, but if that calf is a male, they are sent to the meat industry to await their death. The easiest way to stop this is to stop purchasing these products. To find out more about the meat and dairy industry, watch Earthlings, Vegucated, The Cove and The Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear, and read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
– FOR THE ENVIRONMENT –
Farm agriculture (raising animals for livestock) is the leading cause of global warming, water depletion and pollution, deforestation, species extinction and ocean “dead zones”. Did you know that it takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef? Or that animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of amazon destruction? The documentary Cowspiracy exposes the environmental impact that farm agriculture has on the planet. It demonstrates how in each day a person who follows a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animals life. It’s a must see film!