It’s Nutrition Wednesdays and I want to give you all the reasons to go VEGAN!
WHAT IS VEGANISM?
Simply put, veganism is abstinence from the use of animal products in both diet and lifestyle.
The main reasons to go vegan
- animal welfare issues and the objection to using animals as commodities
- First of all. You can’t really call yourself an “animal lover” if you eat animals. There has been such a disconnect in recent years away from what we are actually eating. Do you know what’s in your food? Do you know how the animals you are eating are killed?
- environmental issues directly associated with animal agriculture (such as air pollution and contaminated drainage from factory farming into water supplies) and to help lessen our over consumption of resources including land, water, and fossil fuels
- If you care about the environment the EASIEST , FASTEST and more EFFICENT way to cut down on your impact on the environment is to go Vegan
- adopting veganism as a part of the solution to world hunger by more efficiently using our planet’s food resources
I became Vegan in February 2018 and it’s been awesome.
- Following a plant-based diet is healthy for our bodies and the environment. I have was less IBS and intenstinonal issues since becoming vegan!
- In this day and age we simply do not require animal products for sustenance, clothing, or shelter. We have WAY better alternatives, The cool thing about human beings is our ability to adapt and design and create. The science we have today is so cool. We can create anything we need synthetically!
- We are currently wasting mass amounts of resources by using them to support the growth of animals we intend to kill. These are resources that could be used to feed undernourished people in the world and could be part of the solution to famine. It’s crazy that we are cutting down rainforests to make more room for cattle to keep up with the demand for beef, when we can grow chick peas, edamame, and other high nutrient foods that could not only feed more people, they would use WAY less land and resources to produce.
- Things have changed drastically since our hunter-gatherer days. We’re now producing such a vast quantity of animal products that we are decimating our natural resources and destroying our environment. Widespread veganism is now fundamentally crucial to our survival as a species. Eating meat clogs arteries and causes SO many health issues. I have seen people overcome cancer, battle alziemers and fix hereditary health issues simply by switching to a vegan diet. it’s not rocket science, its basic fact.
- All animals are sentient beings and are capable of feeling pain and a wide range of emotions including fear, sadness, and loneliness. What is the difference between a puppy and a piglet? Your moral choice? Why do you get to pick WHAT has more value? If you feel disturbed at the idea of animal abuse against dogs and cats, you must try to understand that cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals used for food production are no different. Have you ever hugged a cow? I grew up in dairy and cattle country in New Mexico where our largest export is MEAT, and let me tell you I have seen large cattle farsm and small cattle farms and met MANY different cows. The recognize you the same way a dog does, and I have met several cows who walked right up to me excited to get a hug. No joke, just like a dog or a friendly cat. Food production animals are being abused and tortured, and that is putting it lightly. I have seen “humane” cattle farms, they treat those animals like a product, the goal is only to keep them alive to make money. I have seen this up close. When you spend money on meat, eggs, dairy, animal based products, products that employ animal testing, animals at entertainment, etc., you are effectively saying to that company “I support what you are doing”, and what they are doing is abusing animals for profit. If you care for the wellbeing of living things, I don’t know how you can eat meat.
It’s crazy the misinformation out there about Vegans, and it’s also crazy the lobbying campaign against veganism. The dairy industry spent lots of $$$ to convince people milk was good for you. It’s not. Cow’s milk is not designed for human consumption. There are scientific studies proving healthy issues related to humans drinking milk. Cow’s milk contains on average about three times the amount of protein than human milk does, which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Also with Oat milk, Soy milk, Almonld milk etc, why drink cows milk when we have AWESOME alternatives that don’t involve forced insemination of cows and then taking away their babies. In order to force them to produce as much milk as possible, farmers typically impregnate cows every year using a device that the industry calls a “rape rack.” Did you know once a cow stopped producing milk they just chop it up, and cows are known to stop producing milk out of SADDNESS, they miss their babies. Why support that? Just get a milk alternative! More info on this HERE
I am not trying to shame people who eat meat, I am trying to open your eyes to the truth. The meat and dairy industry go out of their way to hide how animals are treated so you keep eating your burger. I urge you to do more research on it. If you could Cull a chicken, then go ahead eat your meat, but if any of this makes you squemish, I urge you to look at your food choices. You make such an impact with your fork.
More Vegan resources HERE
WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?
One of the biggest this that hold people I know back from becoming Vegan is not knowing what Vegans eat. But here is the good news, a lot of the food you are ALREADY eating are vegan! Isn’t that awesome? There are so many amazing vegan foods out there, you may be surprised by just how many options there are! Here’s just a few examples of some of the foods vegans eat:
- every type of fruit: apples, oranges, berries, mangoes, pineapple, grapes, papaya
- every type of vegetable: asparagus, kale, broccoli, carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach
- nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, almond butter
- carbohydrates: potatoes, pasta, bread, bagels, pitas, wraps, rice, quinoa
- beans and legumes: tofu, edamame, hummus, black beans, chickpeas, lentils
- non-dairy milks: coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, oat milk
- chocolate: many varieties of dark chocolate as well as non-dairy milk chocolates made from coconut, soy, or rice milk
- junk food: fries, onion rings, chips, cookies, cake, candy (check the ingredients, many of these products are only incidentally vegan)
- dairy alternatives: coconut ice cream, almond and coconut yogurt, coffee creamers, vegan cheese and cream cheese, vegan butter
- meat alternatives: tempeh bacon, veggie burgers, deli sandwich slices, vegan sausages, holiday roasts
As interest in the vegan movement continues to grow, being vegan becomes easier every day. When I first became a vegetarian (in around 2000) It was slim pickings, but it’s almost like every day there are MORE and MORE options. And people going out to eat at restaurants and asking for Vegan food is helping grow the DEMAND and thus the SUPPLY.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A PARTICULAR FOOD IS VEGAN?
If the food is completely unprocessed, any fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, bean, or legume is vegan.
If it’s a packaged food, read the ingredients list. There are many by-products derived from animals which can cause some confusion at first, for example; whey powder, casein, and modified milk ingredients are all dairy products.
If you’re considering adopting a vegan diet, don’t let that scare you! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you learn what ingredients to avoid, it’s nothing to sweat over, you’ll learn it all in time!
A simple tip for quickly scanning ingredients lists: look at the very bottom of the ingredients list for the information on allergens. If the product contains milk ingredients, eggs, or shellfish it will plainly say, “Contains milk, eggs, shellfish”. This doesn’t work so well for meat products, but it really helps when scanning for dairy and eggs.
For more info on Ingredients Lists, Check out our resource: Is It Vegan? A Guide to Ingredient Lists.
You can make almost any of your favorite dishes vegan. Want to know what made me switch to vegan from vegetarian? I perfected the perfect vegan queso! If I can make Vegan queso that tastes as good as the real thing ( Also WAY better for you without the gas too) Then Why would I ever not be vegan.
Whatever your reason or interest in becoming vegan is, I promise your body will thank you, the animals will thank you and the environment will thank you!
WAYS TO TRY OUT BEING VEGAN?
- order the vegan option next time you go out to eat
- replace a meat or dairy option at the grocery store with one vegan one( If you replace one every time you go, soon enough you will have a full vegan shopping list)
- next time you get a latte try a vegan milk option
- try out meatless mondays
- Don’t eat meat on week days
- Try meatless options for lunch ( or insert any meal)
- Watch a movie or documentary on veganism check out a list HERE
- Try a vegan recipe HERE
Try going vegan one day a week! It’s easier than you think!
More Vegan Resources HERE