⋆✵ If you’re in need of some vegan inspiration or motivation, here is a list of my 101 reasons to go (and stay) vegan in 2017! ✵⋆
1: if you are already against violence and the exploitation of others, going vegan means you live your values and practise what you preach
2: the largest, oldest & foremost authority on diet & nutrition confirms that humans do not need to eat animal products to survive & thrive
3: if you consider yourself an environmentalist, omitting animal products is one of the best things you can do for the planet’s wellbeing
4: you’ll be part of the fastest growing lifestyle movement ever, it’s thrilling to be included in something that’s snowballing so quickly
5: there are now vegan versions of almost all our favourite foods, including chicken nuggets, meat pies, sausage rolls, ice cream and pizzas
6: veganism isn’t just for animal rights - Human Rights Watch describe slaughterhouse work as a ‘systematic human rights violation’
7: you’ll be freed from making subconscious justifications to yourself that don’t make sense (to feel better for enabling animal suffering)
8: standing up for animals with your everyday choices and knowing you’re actively making a difference can be extremely empowering
9: you may be inspired to go and volunteer at shelters or sanctuaries to meet and help animals the animals you are saving 1st hand
10: many popular snacks available in supermarkets are accidentally vegan - you don’t have to say goodbye to all your fave biscuits & sweets!
11: right now, veganism is now more accessible, easy & mainstream than ever before, and by joining the movment, things will only get better!
12: dairy is one of the worst foods for our skin, so many people notice that their acne or eczema improves massively after going vegan
13: once you learn how to perfect the art of cooking and preparing tofu, it is the gift that just keeps on giving. So versatile & delicious!
14: you will learn not to discriminate between animal species, and take a stand against ALL unnecessary cruelty & exploitation everywhere
15: you’ll learn labels like free range are senseless as long as NO suffering/exploitation is preferable to reduced suffering/exploitation
16: most restaurants now typically have AT LEAST one vegan option, so eating out with friends is not as tricky as you might have thought!
17: different sources calculate that every year each vegan saves between 198 and 365 animal lives (including land & marine species)
18: the chances of getting food poisoning and food borne diseases may decrease significantly
19: if you’re reading this, that means you are not a baby calf, so there is absolutely no need to be drinking breast milk from a mother cow
20: antibiotics in the meat industry are responsible for drug resistant bacteria, eating meat may increase risk of exposure to this bacteria
21: a healthy vegan diet can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases
22: we desperately need to stop eating fish, if we don’t, we could see entirely depleted, fishless oceans as early as 2048
23: vegan food is versatile, affordable, colourful, filling & delicious - not “rabbit food” as some ignorant people say
24: according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, eating a vegan diet is an effective way to lower your risk of strokes
25: you can happily bite into a big, delicious burger without the worry of chomping on a piece of fatty gristle or sinew!
26: even unhealthy vegan food usually isn’t AS bad as animal junk foods -you can typically eat MORE of the foods you like & still feel good!
27: chances are you’re lactose intolerant whether you’re aware of it or not & will feel far less heavy, bloated & gassy by giving up dairy
28: a plant-based diet is an internal deoderizer - eating vegan can actually change and improve bad body odour
29: veganism (especially vegan activism) can give your life a massive sense of purpose, it feels utterly amazing to help and save others
30: if you love wild/exotic animals, you should be vegan - animal agriculture is the leading cause of habitat loss and species extinction
31: when you meet a fellow vegan, you often instantly feel this wonderful connection & understanding and have so much to talk about!
32: you can take part in single issue campaigns (Sea World, fur, etc.) without seeming hypocritical - ALL animals need freedom from harm
33: a vegan requires only 1/18th of the land needed to grow crops to feed to livestock to sustain a meat-lover’s diet -we save so much land!
34: just bc we CAN digest meat doesn’t mean we SHOULD, that we’re “meant” to eat it, or that it’s good for us! just look at our physiology!
35: alpro and oatly chocolate milks are absolutely heavenly, and don’t make you feel sick like cow chocolate milk does!
36: faux fur and faux leather look and feel just like the real thing
37: going vegan reduces your carbon footprint significantly more than giving up driving a car does
38: vegan restaurants are creative & use ingredients I’d never even heard of as an omni - I’d never have tried jackfruit, tempeh or seitan!
39: the vegan community can be massively helpful, friendly and supportive, you could make so many new like-minded friends!
40: vegetarianism is not enough, the egg & dairy industries have practises and elements as cruel as (if not crueller than) the meat industry
41: waking up in the morning feeling passionate about a cause that you can help every day might be the closest you feel to being a superhero
42: you will be boycotting the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, up to 91% of the destruction has been caused by animal agriculture
43: you’ll learn that a lot of the joy & pleasure from food comes from seasoning & preparation, not from whether it’s an animal or a plant
44: going to protests, demonstrations, vigils & marches is so exhilarating and really affirms how you are part of a social justice movement
45: veganism might help you grow into a more compassionate and understanding person as a whole, not just towards animals
46: eating meat can harm native carnivores that are killed to protect animal agribusiness, such as seals in Scotland and wolves in America
47: if you don’t need animal products to live a happy, healthy & comfortable life, there is simply no valid reason to keep on consuming them
48: people of colour, undocumented workers, immigrants and impoverished people are the ones most harmed by animal agribusiness
49: each vegan produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide than a meat lover
50: we absolutely do not require dead animals to get enough protein - ask Patrik Baboumian or any other vegan muscle man!
51: there is 0 cholesterol in plant food, our body makes its own natural cholesterol, & animal products just give us an excess we don’t need
52: going against the grain CAN be intimidating but straying from the 97%, unlearning twisted social norms & not being a sheep is liberating
53: most of us consider ourselves animal lovers, and going vegan aligns our actions with our beliefs: that animal abuse is wrong
54: you’ll learn to love, appreciate and rediscover vegetables which you may have only seen as a spare ingredient or overlooked before
55: a vegan diet has been called “a weapon against Type 2 diabetes”
56: there are plenty of vegan meal plans online for whatever you require: cheap meals, raw meals, high protein meals, gluten free meals, etc
57: with any given area of land, you can produce 15x as much plant protein on that land compared to animal protein
58: when you go vegan you omit food which is proven to be carcinogenic - processed meats “cause cancer” & red meats “probably cause cancer”
59: the more people that request vegan options at shops and restaurants, the larger the variety of options will become in the near future!
60: going vegan could help you fall in love with cooking as you experiment with new ingredients and methods
61: meat from diseased animals is sold to consumers (activists often film animals w tumours, infections & skin diseases in slaughter trucks)
62: there is so much to LEARN about the animal agriculture industry and the vegan movement, it’s exciting to get educated
63: we are not all rich, pretentious, white hipsters who live off kale and organic pine nuts, we are regular people -help break stereotypes!
64: depending on what type of meat you were eating, it probably had animal faeces in it
65: most vegans gain a more spiritual and wise understanding of our fellow animals once we stop using them for pleasure
66: eating red meat can weaken your immune system, so by cutting it out, you may get sick less
67: vegans use 1/11th of the oil and 1/13th of the water needed to sustain a meat-lover’s diet
68: non-vegans rarely consider the vegan option on menus -when you eat out you may end up eating things you may never have previously tried!
69: …some people claim that vegans are better in bed
70: every day, each vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, and 30 sq feet of forested land
71: vegan athletes and body builders are living proof that you don’t need animal protein for human body peak performance
72: adopting pets from shelters instead of buying from breeders is an amazing feeling - literally giving an animal a second chance at life
73: not eating fish saves whales/dolphins; for every 1lb of “edible” fish caught up to 5lbs of other marine species are killed accidentally
74: a healthy digestive system free from animal products should not be underestimated! SHOUT-OUT TO REGULAR & HEALTHY POOING!
75: animal bodies are not ours to needlessly use, not matter how “humanely” we think our methods might be, their bodies are THEIRS, not ours
76: most plant foods are sustainable, for example, 1.5 acres of land can produce 37,000lbs of plant-based food, but only 375lbs of meat
77: contrary to misinformed belief, a vegan diet can be cheaper than an omnivorous one. the cheapest food staples in the world are all vegan
78: people who previously suffered from migraines could find that veganism alleviates their symptoms
79: pleasure is derived from many places, but pleasure, whether from food, fashion or entertainment, should never come from an animal’s pain
80: veganism means your compassion is not selective, it shows you care for ALL sentient creatures, even if they’re not rare, cute, or exotic
81: the amount of water wasted by running a shower for 4 hrs straight = the amount of the water needed to produce 1 hamburger (660 gallons)
82: veganism removes you from the imbalance of impoverished countries feeding their grain to fatten animals to be killed for wealthy people
83: veganism usually means your consumption of fibre & healthy fats increases, which aids healthy digestive system & general improved health
84: a vegan only needs 1/13th of the water needed to sustain a meat-lover’s diet
85: meat/dairy contains lots of saturated fat, even if you don’t follow a v healthy vegan diet, you’re likely to be consuming less “bad” fat
86: you learn a new level of selflessness, despite all the personal benefits, we’re in it for the animals and the planet -not just ourselves
87: if you eat a balanced vegan diet then your energy levels could be raised and you’ll feel great
88: people have literally been murdered for campaigning for animal rights, we must honour their lives by keeping up the fight
89: plant based foods provide various phytochemicals which help prevent and heal the body from cancer
90: it’s liberating no longer having to lie to yourself when faced with the similarities between livestock & pets -bye cognitive dissonance!
91: studies indicate that those who follow a vegan diet can have a lower mortality rate
92: consuming dairy may lead to breast lump development - countries will little animal product consumption have lower rates of breast cancer
93: 1/3rd of the planet’s land is now desertified, and animal agriculture is the leading driver
94: vegans can actually get a more complete diet than before bc they can be more nutritionally aware/know specifically where to find things
95: you’re free to meet and pet livestock animals you may encounter on your travels without any nagging guilt that comes from hurting them
96: it’s easy to research and replace your toiletries and cosmetics with versions not tested on animals
97: it’s easier than ever to get involved with save movements where you meet activists who will make you feel more passionate than ever
98: we each have an unwritten responsibility to try and not to unnecessary harm others, and veganism reduces harm in multiple ways
99: as well as feeling empowered, you will feel humbled, realising you are not entitled to another being’s body simply based on your species
100: it’s not a fad diet, it’s a whole new lifestyle, it’s a change of heart, and a rewiring of the brain. it is enlightening
101: veganism isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a joy