Veganuary: What Is Vegan? Posted on 04 Jan 08:44 , 0 comments
"Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."-Vegan Society
Why go vegan?
- For your health
- For the environment
- For animals
The above reasons don't necessarily fall in that order for each person. For example, I personally started to eat more plant-based foods for my health. My motivation to eat more plant-based started with health, but became more ethically-driven as I watched more undercover videos and documentaries about the factory farm industry. I couldn't believe what I did not know for most of my life! As I learned more about what happens in factory farms, my plant-based conviction grew even stronger. There is also huge impact on the environment when choosing plant-based. I call these three key points the triangle effect of plant-based eating. You are significantly helping three areas when you choose to incorporate more veggies: yourself, the planet and animals.
What are your personal motivations for incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet?
I use the word plant-based because sometimes the 'v' word labels and isolates vegans, creating a separation of 'us and them'. When there are no labels associated with eating more plant-based foods (similar to diet labeling, which I do not believe in) it's easier to transition into a plant-based lifestyle by doing what's best for you. Perhaps you are making Meatless Monday your plant-based day or incorporating one plant-based meal a day. Whatever steps you are taking towards plant-based, be it small or large, it's all good! Don't feel like you need to jump in with both feet or that it's all or nothing. Small steps are actually big steps!
Once you start incorporating more plants into your life you will notice a few things about your health:
- radiating skin
- brighter eyes
- more energy
- clear focus
- better concentration
- lower cholesterol
- decrease blood pressure
- feeling happier
- stronger bones
- less anxiety
- and many more!
We will continue to highlight the benefits of plant-based eating on our blog and through social media. Make sure to follow us for tips, recipes and inspiration. And, please let us know your thoughts, questions and feedback through email or comments. We want to be on the plant-based journey with you and hear how it's positively affecting your lifestyle.
Here's to new beginnings and a healthy YOU!