Why and how become vegan?
Hi guys! We became vegan one year ago and I have a lot of questions in my daily life about why and how we decided to turned into vegan. So I will answer today here! I know it’s a sensible subject so I will try to be objective! It is absolutely not to influence you, just to answer to the questions people asked to me and to explain my way of thinking.
Why go vegan?
I’ve never been a carnivorous, I am a sweet person lol (I prefer chocolate, pancakes or fruits haha). But when I was not vegan I was not conscious about what really happen. I mean that often we eat meat because we have always eat meat since we were born, because our family and friends eat meat and it is more an habit. We don’t really ask ourself any questions. But when I got conscious about the reality, I couldn’t eat any meat or animal products anymore. But there are several reason to be vegan, for the animals, for the environment or for health.
Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom included beef, pork, horse, dog… Will you eat your dog? No way, right? So why eat beef or pork? All animals are equal ans worth to live. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere.
Milk is also to avoid. A lot of people don’t know the cruel reality hidden behind milk! Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to make milk. Like human mothers, they carry their babies for nine months, then begin to lactate for the sole purpose of nourishing their young. To keep them lactating at maximum yields, cows are artificially and repeatedly and forcibly impregnated year after year. The constant cycle of forced pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves. Even so, virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 97% of newborn dairy calves are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 24 hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called humane dairy farms, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they have not been allowed to bond. Some female calves will join the milking herd. They typically spend the first 2 to 3 months of life confined in lonely hutches, fed a diet of milk replacer while humans drink the milk intended for them. Whether on factory farms, “family” farms, or small, humane-certified farms, male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef. The veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry. Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, most dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk at around 4 to 5 years of age, at which point they are slaughtered. In natural conditions, cows can live 20 to 25 years.
A more detailed overview on why being vegan demonstrates true compassion for animals can be found here.
More and more people are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth are just some of the claims from enthusiastic plant eaters. Well, eternal youth might be a bit optimistic, but there are certainly many scientifically proven benefits to vegan living when compared to the average western diet.
Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Check out a fully referenced article on health and the vegan diet here. For more information on living a healthy, vegan life, their nutrition section will be able to help.
From recycling our household rubbish to cycling to work, we’re all aware of ways to live a greener life. One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.
Scientists proved that eating meat is NOT necessary for humans! So why kill animals? A lot of others ingredients provides proteins like avocado, banana…
Why is meat and dairy so bad for the environment? the production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. In Brazil alone, the equivalent of 5.6 million acres of land is used to grow soya beans for animals in Europe. This land contributes to developing world malnutrition by driving impoverished populations to grow cash crops for animal feed, rather than food for themselves! On the other hand, considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet, making the switch to veganism one of the easiest, most enjoyable and most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment. For more on how veganism is the way forward for the environment, see this environment section.
How to go vegan?
Step by step
You can begin by decrease your meat consumption. Each time you want to eat animals ask you if it is really necessary? And if you couldn’t replace it by tofu for example. After this you can start not eating meat at all. You can replace meat by a lot of things! Avodaco, banana, dried vegetables (lentils, soy, chickpea…) All of these contains of lot of proteins and iron. Then you can avoid fish and seafood. And the most complicated step is the last: avoid milk, because there is milk in butter, in cheese, in cakes…But it is just a question of organisation. Vegan cheese exists, you can replace milk by almond milk which is really good!
You can find here delicious vegan recipes! http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/healthy/g807/vegan-recipes/
Hope you found this post interesting! Comment about your own experience!