Yes, why vegan? Here I will talk about the three main reasons I am vegan: Animals, environment and health. These are the three main aspects why I am vegan. Hopefully, I will get the chance to bring you closer to these issues and explain my point of view.
Why vegan? For the animals. Every once in a while a little voice inside me told me not to eat meat and why I am doing that. My simple answer to that was more an excuse to go on like that because I always did (except one vegetarian year when I was around fourteen). Until a friend of mine asked me to do a “one-week-vegan-challenge” I never had the strength to really change something because I was just too lazy. Even before we started this vegan week I knew that I would change something for real now and I was incredibly excited for it.
Most people eat meat because they grew up with it, so it is just a “habit” and normal to them, like putting on clothes. We learn that abusing animals is the way it goes just like we learn the table manners. Many never question this lifestyle and its consequences (regarding animals, environment and health) or just suppress these thoughts.
It may sound a bit silly and simple but just try to imagine you living as livestock. Without having the power to define the smallest decision in your life. No choices. No escape. Neither for you nor for your children.
And last but not least, with every argument, you have pro-eating animals: Is it truly our decision to decide over someone else’s life?
I answered this question with a clear no and ever since these kind of questions aren’t even real questions for me but have to do with the right to life.
Why vegan? For our environment. As I began to read and learn more about veganism and a plant-based diet I started to learn how much my diet affects my footprint. Of course, many factors play a role but diet is one of the tops if not even the number one coefficient. Plenty of resources gets lost along the way from a grain to the meat. Meaning if we would eat the grain instead of the cow we could save resources like water, land, calories, food…
The more I informed myself the more I began to see that my food choices (along with many other choices as well) not only affect me but also have an impact on all of us. Therefore I came to the resolution that I am – like every person on this planet – responsible for our planet.
Why vegan? For my health. A vegan diet sadly often gets connected with deficiency symptoms (lack of protein, vitamins), tiredness and generally unhealthy persons. I experienced the opposite so far. After eating I mostly feel energetic unlike in the past after having a heavy meal. Moreover, I always eat as much as I want and until I’m fully satisfied. Though I reckon this is primarily a benefit of eating a diet high in carbs and low in fat and proteins (see FAQ “What is 80/10/10 0r hclf(v)?”).
After reading the “China Study” by T. Colin Campbell I am 100% convinced various diseases can be healed by a plant based diet or simply said wouldn’t even occur. The book “80/10/10” by Douglas N. Graham explained, at least in my opinion, in a comprehensible and so argumentative way why fruits and plants are the perfect food for us. Ever since I think just by overthinking our senses, inherited instincts and logic we could easily come up with this idea as well. If we don’t lose side of the big picture by regarding the evolution and how we live today I am confident choosing a vegan lifestyle can be the answer to many illnesses and also environmental problems.
You may have asked yourself why this site is called “plantempowered”. Empowerment is definitely something me and many people that change their diet into a plant based one experienced. As I wrote in part 3. already I began to feel more energetic and totally experienced the benefits of this lifestyle.
I could write so much more about every topic but I don’t want to bother you with that too long. Here is a list of movies I think are really educating and eye-opening. If you have further questions check out the FAQ.
- Cowspiracy – The sustainability secret: An inspiring film about the main factors which are destroying the earth and how we can change and save our planet. Check it out here or if you have Netflix you can even watch it there (thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio).
- Earthlings: All about the use of animals in today’s world demonstrated in five various chapters. Can be hard to watch as it contains brutal scenes out of the life of abused animals. For more information follow this link.
- China Study: This informative book by T. Colin Campbell comprises the largest dietary study ever made with many gripping facts. Responds to several of the most common causes of death with a plant based diet.
- The 80/10/10 Diet: Information about what humans are designed to eat to remain healthy by Dr. Douglas N. Graham. Interesting insight into (probably) another perspective on healthy food.
- Eating animals: Jonathan Safran Foer reveals in a comprehensive way the problems caused by eating animals. He began to rethink his manner when his first son was on the way and wrote down his thoughts, discoveries and conclusions in this touching book.