– Kathy Patalsky from her book Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
“Why vegan? I believe that there is no diet on earth more uplifting to one’s body, mind, and soul than a vegan one.
Plant-based foods are the ultimate path toward total body and spirit enlightenment. A vegan diet consists of foods that are rich in life, rather than death. Vegan foods are energizing, healing, kindness-infused, sunshine-filled, and overflowing with vitality- enhancing nutrients, enzymes, and phytochemicals. Talk about ‘super foods!’
Long story short, embracing a vegan diet is a worthy starting point for positive changes in your life. Let your starting point begin today. Look in the mirror—your partner for this journey is you…”
…but aside from all the rainbows and unicorns, there are some practical reasons why choosing vegan meals is a GREAT idea..
Why Vegan? 7 Reasons
1. For the Animals.
Here at Finding Vegan, this is our most favorite reason. For the animals. Going vegan means you are not contributing to animal suffering for food and fashion and everything else animal products are used for. You are taking action to save animals. And taking a stand against harming them. You are living breathing proof that a more compassionate world is possible.
One resource via PETA, says that one vegan saves 198 animals per year. But beyond stats and facts, vegans who stop using animal products usually do so because of something that pulls at them in their hearts.
“Veganism is not a diet. It is a choice you heart make.” – Kathy Patalsky
2. For your Health.
Going vegan means you will be filling your meals with plants. And plants are some of the healthiest foods out there. Fruits and veggies are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals. Legumes are rich in protein, fiber. And really, ALL plants contain valuable nutrients.
Vegans who focus on a diverse, rainbow-colored, whole foods based diet will be eating healthy plant-based foods – and nutrition is a key part of overall health.
One great resource for veganism and health topics is PCRM who says this, “A vegetarian diet is the optimal way to meet your nutritional needs. The key to a healthy vegetarian diet or vegan diet is variety – which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.”
3. For the Planet.
When you stop using animals for food and products, the planet thrives.
“A person who follows a vegan diet PRODUCES the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-lover for their food.”
“Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year.. Vegan: 1/6th acre. Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan. Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan.”
– these quotes are from the COWSPIRACY film — a documentary everyone should see.
4. Because YUM.
If you have browsed the recipes on Finding Vegan you already know this part. Vegan food has changed drastically over the past few years. Today, you can find delicious vegan food options that everyone will love. From ice cream to cheese, yogurt, baked goods, non-dairy milks and on and on and on.
Being vegan is not about what you are “giving up” – it is about embracing delicious plant-based ingredients and meals and realizing that plants offer you everything you could ever need or want.
Vegan food is satisfying, cravable, diverse and accessible!
5. For Food Safety.
Being vegan means you do not have to worry about issues that can arise from cooking with raw fish, eggs and meats. One less thing to worry about in the kitchen.
Here is a great post on food safety for vegans and non-vegans.
6. To Lose Weight.
OK, ok. So I want to strongly confirm that veganism is not a diet and there are many ways to gain weight on a vegan diet. Gone are the days when veganism meant living on tofu, rice cakes and carob brownies. Now we have just about everything. Cinnamon rolls, donuts, cheese galore and ice cream in dozens of flavors. BUT for people who follow a healthy, whole foods based diet and watch their portions — switching over to veganism from a SAD (standard American diet) may mean you drop a few pounds.
And since America is facing an obesity crisis right now, weight loss is an important topic for health.
But even more important than weight loss, is wellness GAIN. Improving your health is totally possible when you add loads of healthy plants and healthy vegan meals to your life.
7. For Compassion.
Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if we lived in a world of peace, kindness and compassion at every turn? If animals were treated with the respect and dignity they deserved. And people focused on positive energy, communication and love in their relationships. And if strangers helped strangers just for the sake of compassion. And if humans tried each and every day to wipe out fear, sadness, despair, loneliness, hopelessness, worry and pain for EVERY living creature.
Vegans imagine this world every day. And hope that we can get there one day.