⋆✵ 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
ew you're a vegan. all of you are hateful and think you guys are so damn good. you're so stupid for thinking eating meat is bad. meat is the best. you guys push your opinions on people and try to make us feel bad. unfollowed.
PSA / RANT
The hostility between vegans and non-vegans has always been rather puzzling to me. I’ve been a vegan for a good number of years now, and all I’ve really seen in regards to ‘hate’ would be some non-vegans saying that vegans are cruel to them, judge them, or ridicule them.
While I’m positive there have been vegans who are cruel and judgemental, I think it isincredibly unfair to make all vegans the enemy because of those select few.
As a society, aren’t we pushing the idea that radical extremists only make up for a very small, very incorrect percentage of a whole group?
Any vegans you may come in contact with who push their beliefs down your throat should be treated in the same way you would treat a radical feminist.
I do not categorize all meat-eaters as reluctant, and often cold and close-minded, even though I have met many who fit that description.