Once you have decided to go vegan, it can be a little daunting. Also, a lot of people who decide to go vegan don’t actually seem to know what this actually means.
A vegan diet means that you’re involved with no animal products including meat, like beef, chicken, and fish, and dairies such as milk, butter, and cream. You’re also not allowed eggs, which for many people is a breakfast staple. It can be very restrictive, and thanks to this, many people choose to opt-out rather than cut out their favorites.
But the vegan diet can be incredibly rewarding when you do it right and you commit to it. Not only that, but even when all you want is a double cheeseburger with bacon, the recipes in here are all for you to meal prep, which will help you resist these cravings when they come.
But before we get into that, let’s chat about all the benefits of the vegan diet, and more importantly, if it’s right for you. First, let’s start off with all the reasons why you might want to go vegan including health benefits, environmental benefits, and more.
It lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
These are two conditions that are very preventable, yet people keep getting them. On veganism, you’re able to reverse a lot of the damage caused by foods with unhealthy high fat and carb content, lowering and even eliminating your risk for these diseases entirely. It also helps reverse conditions such as strokes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer.
You lose weight.
The first time I ever met a vegan who had started recently (in his thirties); I asked him how it was going. He said he had lost 30 pounds in less than 5 months, all from making the switch. This is because the vegan diet is really focused on fresh, healthy foods with tons of nutrients. It’s easy to overeat on animal products, and a lot more difficult to do that on the vegan diet.
You’re showing compassion to the planet and other living creatures.
This may be a factor for you, or it may not be. Veganism helps the planet in several different ways. For starters, it reduces your carbon footprint and your impact on climate change.
It’s been said that up to 51% of manmade pollution comes from the meat and dairy industry (this depends on the source). It takes an insane amount of fossil fuels and land to just house cattle. This will not only affect us in the future but dramatically impact wildlife. Not only that, but the animals are impacted as well. Corporations have done a great job of showing happy animals living on farms, but the reality is pretty bad, with both the dairy industry and the meat industry being equally to blame.
You really don’t need animal products.
Despite what the industries would love to tell you, eating as much dairy and meat products as you do is actually…not…needed. You just need to look at our teeth to realize that our teeth are not actually made for eating meats, and if you can name another animal that consumes dairy after childhood naturally, I’ll be very surprised.
Ya really don’t need it, and you can get all your nutrition from other sources. You just need to know how to do it right, and thankfully. Let’s get started.