Why Vegan?

Why Vegan?

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A vegan diet makes tremendous sense for numerous reasons.

A new study just out of Loma Linda University funded by the National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Vegan women, for example, had 34 percent lower rates of female-specific cancers such as breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. And this was compared to a group of healthy omnivores who ate substantially less meat than the general population (two servings a week or more), as well as after controlling for non-dietary factors such as smoking, alcohol, and a family history of cancer.

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Vegan For Animals, Health and The Environment

Check out my information below, for health, animals and the environment. Animal products are unnecessary for optimal health, an increasing number of nutritionists and health professionals, are acknowledging animal products are actually harmful to our health. A healthy vegan diet, consisting of plant based whole foods (preferably organic),  helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.

When done correctly, such a diet may result in various health benefits, including  improved blood sugar, a trimmer waistline and more energy. Limiting the amount of processed vegan foods you consume, will minimize the likelihood of deficiency, opt for nutrient-rich plant foods instead (preferably organic).

Health

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Everyday more and more people are embracing the vegan plant based, whole food (preferably organic) diet lifestyle for health reasons, benefits, weight loss, younger looking skin and increased energy.

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Protein plant diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium, and other essential minerals and vitamins, and you get the feeling of wellbeing that comes from not participating in the animal suffering, while limiting environmental damage.

Most research shows there are benefits to a vegan diet. Many studies indicate that the average vegan diet is higher in fiber, vitamin C, and lower in saturated fat than diets containing meat. Statistics show that vegans have a lower BMI (height-to-weight ratio) than meat eaters.

This is my 59 year old  husband. A Vegan Personal Trainer....Wow! Also, he was voted one of the top 10 sexiest over 50 vegan contest with PETA in 2016. 🙂 

A diet without any meat or dairy products contains a lot less saturated fat, which is related to increased cholesterol levels and increased risks of heart disease.  Fat contains more calories per gram than other foods, and so vegans may consume fewer calories as a result.

Beans Vs Beef

Exercising and eating plant based whole foods is the key to a healthy lifeUnfortunately, too many people are trying to find the next best fad diet or a magic pill, for the fountain of youth.

It is time to ask ourselves; is it possible to live a life that includes delicious drinks, foods, delivers better health, leaves a smaller carbon footprint, and avoids killing other living innocent beings? The answer is clearly YES! Then how can we not choose this path?


Animals

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One reason to go vegan, is stopping the exploitation of animals, they are living beings who enjoy life and freedom. They feel pain, experience fear and emotions, just like humans do. 

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 The lives of farm animals depend entirely on our food choices. We are taught to think of farm animals as inanimate commodities without feelings, raised like a crop for food. We are programmed through society, corporations that tell us that meat is necessary for protein. It is drilled into our minds, "this is how people need to eat," but this is a lie. It is a lie for greed.

All animals feel pain, fear, grief and pleasure. Each year on today’s factory farms, over eight billion animals are confined in sheds without windows, tiny barren crates, and filthy wire cages. As a society, we stopped questioning the truth about the atrocities these farm factories are doing to living beings for profit. Not only is it unnecessary enormous suffering animals go through, but it isn't good for our health. 

Animals are a constant part of our lives. They share our homes, our beds, and we even consider them members of our family. We spend over $60 billion a year spoiling them. While they may not be able to speak our language, they are extremely intelligent. We value them highly and we interact with them, and we often turn to them for emotional support. Yet, for other animals, we choose to eat them, and use their skin for clothing or products. 

Pig and a LambEveryday that you make the choice to eat a healthy plant based whole food diet, you stand up for animals that have no voice. You stand up for all animals, and refuse to participate in the exploitation of them. You stand up to big corporations that are profiting from them. Billions of people are going hungry, and millions are starving to death, because grain crops are grown to feed farmed animals instead of feeding the people. Hundreds of millions of  acres of land are being destroyed for animal agribusiness. Each person has the power to examine your consumer choices that effect not only your health, but the lives of others. We must be aware and awaken to the reality, and not hide from the truth. "Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society." ~ Cesar Chavez

Environment

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The production of animal products wreaks havoc upon the environment, because of the crops and water needed to feed the animals, transportation, and production and processing of meat. The huge

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 amounts of grain feed required, is a significant contributor habitat loss, species extinction and deforestation. This contributes to developing world malnutrition by driving the impoverished to grow crops for animal feed, instead of food for their survival. Veganism is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to reduce the impact on the environment. 

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There are many reasons people are choosing to live on a plant based whole food vegan diet. Some reasons are; not wanting to participate in the exploitation of animals, for the environment that includes global warming, human rights, world hunger and for personal health. From an environmental point of view, a vegan diet makes enormous sense. There is no doubt that raising crops directly for food requires fewer resources, and generates less waste, than feeding crops to animals. What’s more, scientists are unanimous that the methane production associated with livestock is one of the key factors in global warming, possibly exceeding the impact of all greenhouse gases generated by airplanes, cars, trains, and ships. Being vegan doesn't mean you are perfect, it means you are doing the best you can to cause the least harm. 

There Are Numerous Paths

That Can Lead A Person To Veganism,

When you ask vegans why they chose to live a vegan life, you may find similarities in each story, yet going vegan is a very personal decision. Mostly, it depends on a person's life experiences. You can't just generalize. There is plenty of stereotypes about vegans, but the truth is, we are a diverse group. We all have our own reasons why we decide to take the step to change our lifestyle, no matter how challenging it may have seemed at the time.

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Quotes

 

"Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable."

~ Gary L. Francione

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Each year on today’s factory farms, over eight billion animals are confined in windowless sheds, tiny barren crates, and filthy wire cages. We are programmed by society and corporations, that tell us meat is necessary for protein. It is drilled into our minds that this is how people need to eat, but this is a lie. It is a lie for greed. All animals feel pain, fear, grief and pleasure. As a society, we stopped questioning the truth of what these farm factories are doing to animals for profit. Some of these people love animals and would never dream of hurting an animal themselves, but are detached from the fact that they support hurting animals indirectly. 

Each day more and more people are becoming mindful and are making the connection. 🙂 

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Vegan is Peace and Love

It is not unusual for most vegans to experience some sort of negativity because of their veganism. Personally, I have experienced heartache when being harassed by trolls on the internet, had jokes directed at me, and have had family and friends be upset with me for being vegan. This is often fueled by negative myths about a vegan's diet, as well as the importance of traditional foods within a family. We are taught to think that farm animals are only raised for food.

For those who question my veganism, let me explain how I feel; when seeing animal products on your plate, I see suffering, violence and an innocent being that lived and died in violence. Imagine for a minute, if you will, that it if you saw someone eating a dog, you would be appalled. Chances are you wouldn’t see a dog as food; most likely you would see it as a dog, and be sick inside.

That is exactly how I feel, watching any animal products being consumed, because I know what horrendous things that animal had to go through during its life and death. It is only our perception, and culture that misleads us to what is acceptable.

Quotes
"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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First: It is ridiculed.   

Second: It is violently opposed.

Third: It is accepted as being self-evident."

~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

 

Going vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more people from all walks of life discover the benefits of living this way.  


 ***Animals won't be the only one happy with your vegan choice, so will you. Compared to meat eating diets which contain arachidonic acid, which can spur neurological changes that drag down mood, according to a 2012 Nutrition Journal study.

***Mercy For Animals: Dairy is the number one source of saturated fat in the U.S. (and 9 other messed-up health facts)

 

Everyone can make steps towards living a vegan life!

Many times, I hear people tell me that they are unwilling to become vegan, because they believe it is "all" vegan or nothing.

Here are just a few ways to begin:

 

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Many people seem to think it is an all or nothing choice, but every choice we make towards veganism is an important step. 

My son is a perfect example:

At first, he didn't want anything to do with our "vegan" food, then he saw how delicious it looked, and tried it. I was delighted when he said, "Mom this is great." He is now enjoying even more amazing meals we prepare, and asks me to make a few of his favorite dishes for him. He no longer drinks milk, and now drinks coconut milk. His favorites are my cupcakes I make, and kale green banana smoothies. The best reward was when he admitted that "vegan" food is delicious, and he has trimmed down his waistline! 

"There is no such thing as vegan food, it is either vegan or it isn't food". 🙂 

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CUTENESS OVERLOAD

'Love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."

~ Charles Darwin

When you make the connection, the world looks completely different ~