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Why Commit to a Vegan Lifestyle

Committing to a vegan lifestyle can be daunting. I know this from personal experience, as I struggled a few years with the thoughts how it would change my lifestyle, how I’m perceived and health. However, after giving it a go I haven’t regretted even a single day. Sure yearly blood tests to see that vitamins and nutrition levels are good can be annoying, but it's a small price to pay considering the possible benefits.

Often people ask me why I committed to a vegan lifestyle, and throughout the years I’ve compiled an answer I can recite even when I'm tired.

I have four main points that convinced me to become vegan. 

1. Animal Welfare

Being vegan is being compassionate towards other sentient beings. Animals in agriculture and industrial farming especially suffer needlessly. It is the best way to help animals. Vegan lifestyle can save hundreds of animals per year (depending how much meat you ate before of course). 

Going vegan will reduce the demand for meat, and thus limit the amount of animals needed to be bred to horrible conditions. More than 55 billion land and sea animals die annually to support the U.S. food supply.

In addition, many animals, such as pigs, are smarter than many think and feel distress in horrid conditions.

2. The Environment

Eating meat is not good for the environment, as the industry emits greenhouse gases. Depending on the research, it can contribute 5-30% of the greenhouse gasses emitted by human activities. Being vegan lowers your carbon footprint significantly. The biggest inefficiency comes from the fact that animals are fed with grass and legumes and they drink significant amounts of water. However, their end produce is ten times lower in calories than the input. 

Greenhouse emissions aren’t the only problem. Other problems include deforestation, extinction of species and water pollution. 

3. Your Own Health

There is no nutritional need for humans to eat any animal products. Vegan diets can be rich in many important nutrients and on the other hand low in saturated fats. 

Some research suggests it can improve heart health (by lowering cholesterol levels), protect against cancer (eating meat is one of the main reasons behind colon cancer), and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes (research has shown improvements in insulin sensitivity and in the functioning of beta cells). Veganism is also associated with weight loss, and can contribute to a slim body. 

4. Food

Vegan food these days is amazing! Changing to a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you cannot eat burgers, hot dogs, pizzas etc anymore, as the development of vegan products in recent years has provided us with plenty of great options from mock meat to dairyless cheese. 

Conclusion

Why I insist writing with words like “can” “could” “might” and “some research” is to stress the fact that no diet or lifestyle is healthy if not executed right and being mindful of your nutrition.

However, I am hoping this post will encourage readers who are on the fence to give veganism a try.

About Liis Hainla
Vegan business owner, animal lover, marketing professional. Working years in advertising I finally launched my own vegan business. Outside of work, I have a dog who consumes my free time.

About Liis Hainla

Vegan business owner, animal lover, marketing professional. Working years in advertising I finally launched my own vegan business. Outside of work, I have a dog who consumes my free time.


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