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5 Reasons I Love Being a Vegan

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Veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle movement — and with good reason. Lots of people are loving the amazing benefits of living a vegan lifestyle. I like to say that becoming vegan is a bit like learning to ride a bicycle. At first, it can be challenging. You may wobble, you may fall off, you may be worried about how you look to others. But once you learn the ropes, it’s so satisfying that you can’t believe there was ever a point in your life when you didn’t ride a bike.

Here are five reasons why I love being vegan:

Because of the community

Vegans appreciate and support each other. It’s a feel-good community. A compassionate religion. A growing group of friends, most of which you have yet to meet. In short, when a vegan meets another vegan, they instantly feel a kinship — like we’re all in on this wonderful secret. If you’re curious, try this: Mention to a vegan that you’re trying to eat less meat, and see how they respond; you’ll see what I mean.

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My friends Danielle and Whitney of Sakara Life make being vegan easy, sexy and fun

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The positive effects on my body

Veganism is the easiest diet I’ve come across. People (and lots of celebrities) who go vegan rave about how fit they get,  no longer struggle to lose weight, and how they have so much energy now. Many see their acne clear up, and for some it’s even cured their [insert any number of diseases here — take your pick]. Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Natalie Portman, Christie Brinkley and other celebs can’t stop talking about how their vegan diet is keeping their skin looking so young. (Google this: vegan people before and after.)

 

“Luckily we know that you can get your protein source from many different ways; you can get it through vegetables if you are a vegetarian. I have seen many body builders that are vegetarian and they get strong and healthy.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

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Because the food is really yummy

Vegan restaurants are hella awesome. Seriously. They are surprisingly creative with ingredients and flavoring. Now that I’m vegan, I don’t struggle to find variety in my meals. All that, and I don’t have to worry about getting sick from e coli, bird flu, or waited-just-a-little-too-long leftovers.

This is not to say that finding food options when eating out with friends isn’t challenging — it can be. But I never leave the restaurant with that heavy, bloated feeling that I used to get. I always feel clean, nourished and energized. So, to me, it’s well worth the effort.

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5 Reasons I Love Being a Vegan

 

Because it makes me feel healthier

You know that feeling you get after a great workout? You feel strong, energized, and proud of yourself. Eating vegan makes me feel like that pretty much every day. You can also increasingly side-step some pretty serious health issues this way; like cancer, heart/kidney disease, and diabetes.

As many others do, I learned a lot more about the health benefits of being vegan out of necessity. I’ve been very sick in the past (before I was vegan) and I learned that the surest way to prevent getting sick again was to be vegan. I needed my immune system to be strong, and my body to be free of carcinogens. Now that I’m vegan, I realize that these are other added benefits. For one, I feel much healthier and more energetic. I have more mental clarity, and any digestion issues I had are now long gone.  🙂

 

“I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.” ~ Al Gore

 

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Because I’m a better global citizen

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs of CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life (more facts).

Living a vegan lifestyle is the single most effective thing you can do to:

  1. Save a lot of water. (It takes 660 gallons of water to produce 1/4 pound of hamburger meat. Read more.)
  2. Cut down on air pollution and climate change. (Animal farming is responsible for more than half of all pollution. Read more.)
  3. Reduce deforestation. (Including in the rainforest, which is getting flattened for animal farming at the rate of an acre per second. Read more.)
  4. Reduce world hunger. (It takes 13 to-20 pounds of grain fed to a cow to produce just 1 pound of muscle mass, i.e. beef. This means that 13-20 times as many people could be fed if those grains were simply eaten by humans. Read more.)
  5. Stop species from going extinct. (Animal farming is the #1 reason for species extinction. Read more.)
  6. Save the ocean. (Animal farming is the #1 reason for ocean “dead zones”. Read more.)

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Plus, I can feel good about myself everytime I eat a vegan meal because I know I’m not contributing to this. That’s why I feel so good about voting with my dollars (and keeping my $ far, far away from factory farms).

As a side note: if you waver back and forth, or decide to be 50% vegan or whatever, that’s still great. 50% effort is better than 0% effort. As you learn more, you can evolve your diet and lifestyle. It’s taken me a while to convert over, and I still have things I cheat with (like the occasional leather handbag). Like forming any good habit, it gets easier once you get into a groove, and then you look back and can’t believe you ever didn’t live that way.

 

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Want to learn more? Here are a few places to get started:

 

“150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won’t be laughing.” ~ Gary Smith (more quotes)

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

80 Comments

  1. I have been a vegetarian for as long as I can remember. I think I am going to try out veganism too!

  2. Thank you for this great article on why being vegan is a life shift all must make. Once one learns about the effects on the environment and other creatures, as well as health, choosing to live a compassionate and conscious lifestyle is the only way. I have been eating, creating and buying organic food and products since the late 80’s, with a focus on a (mostly) vegetarian diet, and shifted to a 100% vegan diet and lifestyle over 5 years ago. I eat delicious meals we prepare at home and yummy vegan eateries in LA and SoCal. Luckily, my husband is also a vegan and makes incredible meals, too. While, I’ve been an eco fashion designer (violetavillacorta.com) since the early 90’s, I created the brand ORG BY VIO in 2010, to work with indigenous Amazon artisans on gorgeous collections of plant-based jewelry and wearable art, handcrafted with sustainable rainforest materials, which are sold online at orgbyvio.com and my store the Sage & the Butterfly (theSageandtheButterfly.com) in Idyllwild, CA and online, where unique plant-based, ethical and fair trade reasures by over 30 local, US, int’l and Amazon rainforest artisans, can be found. Please continue to spread awareness about vegan lifestyle with your articles. Wonderful!

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  4. Susan Griffiths

    Vegan is about more than just having a plant based diet – it is a protest and a refusal to be involved in the enslavement of animals. Real vegans don’t wear leather or wool!

  5. kathy lavelle

    I was a half-assed vegan for years, but am so much happier now that I have gone all the way. That means no animal products at all in my diet and no leather, wool or down in my wardrobe either. The animals suffer all the time, not just some of the time, so to really help this cause please go 100% !!!

  6. ally booth

    You lost me at 50% vegan. It’s 100% Vegan. Anything less is vegetarian.

    • Hi Ally! Actually, vegetarian means you don’t eat meat but you still eat dairy and eggs. Vegan means you don’t eat meat, dairy or eggs, etc. So when I say 50% vegan, I mean that 50% of the time you don’t eat any animal products at all. Hopefully, people who are vegan half the time will learn how easy it is and see how much better it makes them feel, and convert to full-time vegans eventually.

      • Hilary, Veganism is an ethical position which deplores the use of products made from the confinement and abuse of animals. It is not about diet at all. It is about the exploitation in all of the various death for profit industries: sport, food, entertainment, clothing, personal care and household products, animal testing.
        If one claims to be 50% vegan, one is not vegan at all.

        • Sara Williams

          Ug. See my comment below and troll elsewhere!!

      • C Oliver

        Vegetarianism is simply a diet, a selective way of eating certain “foods”. There’s no consideration in regards to wearing or otherwise using animals and animal products… However veganism is not a diet.. It is a recognition of Ethical Necessity.. Veganism is not merely a matter of diet; it is a moral and political commitment to abolition on the individual level and extends not only to matters of food, but to clothing, other products, and other personal actions and choices. You may engage in vegan behavior, eating a vegan/plant based diet, but veganism extends far beyond your diet..

        What is veganism?
        Although it is commonly and falsely portrayed as a diet that excludes animal products, veganism is an ethical stance that rejects the property status and exploitation of ALL animals of ALL sizes — including bees whose food humans steal and silkworms whom humans boil alive for their silk — not just so-called “food” animals. The vegan diet (meaning the diet of a vegan) is the ethical diet that represents the philosophy of veganism but the vegan diet is only one aspect of veganism. Veganism is against the exploitation, domestication, killing, breeding, trading, selling, buying of animals for:consumption:entertainment: clothing:cosmetics:testing, experimentation, research: vegans do not use cosmetic, household, cleaning products tested on animals… “pet” industry: vegans do not buy, sell, breed, rip animals from their habitats and families to turn them into “pets” for humans. Vegans support rescuing, adopting, fostering animals who have already been ripped from their habitats and families and now depend on human care for their survival.

        And because veganism is not a diet but an ethical stance, there is NO such thing as “mostly vegan” “veganish” “half vegan” ”full vegan” ”80% vegan” “strict vegan” “casual vegan” ” on-and-off vegan” “vegan except on family gatherings/holidays” “vegan as long as nobody sees me eating this slice of dairy cheese.”

        Just as we cannot be against RACISM (prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior) or SEXISM (prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different sex based on the belief that one’s own sex is superior) 80% of the time or whenever it suits us, we cannot be against SPECIESISM (prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different species based on the belief that one’s own species is superior) 80% of the time or whenever it suits us. There is veganism, and there is non-veganism — nothing in between. Therefore, we are either vegan thus absolutely against speciesism at all times or we are not vegan thus absolutely for speciesism. Anyone who eliminates animal exploitation only from her/his diet for whatever reason (e.g., to lose weight, to improve health, to detox) and has not yet internalized the selfless and ethical philosophy of veganism is not a vegan but a plant-based eater/dieter…Bloody Dairy Industry

        Vegan and vegetarian – why they are not similar… https://theresanelephantintheroomblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/vegan-and-vegetarian-why-they-are-not-similar/

  7. Hello Hilary,

    I can understand how you might think that veganism is about the food we eat, our health, the environment, the community of vegans, but it is not, really. While veganism can benefit us, it is not about us or the environment. It is a moral baseline the ethic of “which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

    Animal based industries have done a marvellous job of protecting their bottom line by creating and spinning many myths which guarantee our complicity in the ongoing travesty of exploiting many nations of species.

    Please do not continue to perpetuate and support these myths by suggesting that veganism is about us. It is one hundred percent about the animals for whom we seek liberation and agency over their own lives – two rights which have been stolen from them by us.
    Respectfully,
    Anne

    • Hi Anne,

      I appreciate your opinion, but I am trying to highlight a few of the positive aspects of being “vegan”/ eating a plant-based diet. If I only harped on all the cruelty, very few people would want to read or share this article. To appeal to most people, it’s important to frame a movement as being positive, inclusionary and that there’s something in it for them. In reality, my #1 motivation is the animals, but I didn’t want to start the article by talking about the horrors of animal farming, lest it turned meat-eaters off completely.

      Also, there’s no reason that veganism can’t be about animals AND health, the environment, etc. I really think that it’s important to be inclusionary and non-intimidating. This isn’t some elite club, it’s a movement that we want to have people join. Let’s make it fun and friendly!

      • Sara Williams

        Personally, I strongly agree with Hilary. If you want to recruit people to a vegan lifestyle, you have to show them how it can benefit THEM. If you want to make people sad and get them to click away, tell them about all the horrors of factory farming.

        Instead of criticizing people, like Hilary, who are trying to help the movement, why not spend your time trolling the facebook and blogs of steakhouses and fur cost companies??!

  8. Jennifer Ellis

    The 30 Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick Goudreau is wonderful. It’s a book – and also a online video course. Check out her work at http://www.joyfulvegan.com

  9. Rosemary Robles

    People always think that all vegans are pale and unhealthy looking, but all the vegans I know look great and say they never felt better and healthier in their life. 🙂

    • I think that’s a myth that the beef and dairy industry pays the media to perpetuate. Then, people who want an excuse to keep eating meat repeat the misinformation since it suits their needs.

    • Vivian C

      HAHAHA! I had a coworker who told me every vegetarian or vegan he’d ever known eventually ended up looking pale and sickly. This guy was about 5’3, weighed 400 lbs, and couldn’t walk from his car to the door of our building at a snail’s pace without panting like a dog. If being able to walk a few feet without getting winded makes me sickly, sign me the hell up!

      • Great comment! Sounds like this guy was pulling excuses out of the air for why he didn’t want to be vegan — which is a common thing to do, since being vegan requires some effort (at first, anyway). Ironically, it’s people like this who are going to die decades earlier than they would if they were vegan… yet they don’t want to change… so unfortunate. I feel lucky that I’ve been able to see the truth about the food industry — so many people have no idea.

  10. Helen Dark

    I hate putting the chemicals in my body. eww!
    I love this site! It helps me understand a lot of things I had no idea about!

    xoxo,
    Helen

  11. Ashley Moore

    There are so may great reasons why choose to be veg, more people should definitely go vegetarian! 🙂

  12. Merry Robinson

    This is spot on! Thank you so much Hilary for sharing your amazing insights and wisdom so beautifully! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Lela House

    These reasons are encouraging to anyone who wants to go vegan. This is an exceptional read, you are exceptional Thanks!

  14. Jenny Garett

    At first, I tried becoming a vegan but can’t give up bacon and eggs. Tried if for the 2nd time and I’ve been vegan for just a few weeks now and i’m feeling great. Think this will go down as one of the best things I’ve ever done with my life. Wonderful and inspiring post. I will be sharing this to my friends. 🙂

  15. Louise Stone

    Perfect! I want to read this to everyone I know. Eating clean healthy is the best choice we should make. It’s great that we can obtain all of the essential nutrients from non-meat food sources. There is definitely a lot of nutritional information and recipes that can be found on the web. Thank you.

  16. Hazel Collins

    Thank you Hilary, for this great post and everything else. I’ve always loved animals and loved them even more after seeing documentaries and reports of animal abuse and animals getting hurt. I dunno why they are treated this way. I always wonder why people can kill moose and deer in order to eat their meat and hang their heads as a decoration. There are a lot of people on earth, we should stop taking all the space and share it with animals like we are supposed to.

  17. Jenny Austin

    Great article and well-explained reasons 🙂 The very reason why I went vegan is the guilt feeling inside me knowing that somebody’s been hurt (and killed) just to satisfy me… 🙁

  18. Amelia Beckons

    This has been my favourite blog post about veganism. It’s refreshing to know there are vegans like you out there! This is one of the best articles I have read. This perfectly describes my views as a vegan. Thanks for this article, I definitely need to share this with my friends.

  19. Kim Hartford

    Thanks for this posti Hilary. I love it! I’ve been thinking about going vegan on and off for the past 6 months. Tonight I decided I’m going to go for it. I don’t know any vegans personally and I don’t expect it to be easy, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and lifestyle change. This blog is a great heads up. It’s great to read the ccomments also and find out how many people are vegan.

  20. Sasha Rosswell

    So happy to see an article that proves weganism isn’t all about not eating meat! I think of it more as a protest to the factory farming processes. The practices used are actually disgusting. Look into battery hens for an example.

  21. Jennifer McSween

    About a year ago I decided to start on the long road to eating healthier and becoming vegan. I can say from personal experience that this list is so true. 🙂

  22. Sabrina Grattidge

    Wow! Every point felt like it was coming directly from my own mouth. I have been Vegan for 5 years and can relate to each of these reasons. A fantastic article for everyone to read but I’m not entirely sure people will really understand it until they have been Vegan for a while.

  23. Diana Hewitt

    Thanks for sharing your intelligent thoughts! your analysis is equally valid in Spain.
    My path to vegan was a little different. Over one year or so I stopped eating milk, butter, and cheese, anything sweet, and pork. By the second year I had also cut out meat, eggs and most fish. I’ve been practically vegan for almost two years. I found the biggest impact in my wellbeing to be the sugar and milk/butter/cheese.

    Great blog!

  24. Lynn Hayes

    Great post Hilary! This truly is how it goes when you choose this lifestyle. I wouldn’t do it any other way. On a side note, dropping cheese was really hard for me. Once I got past that the rest was easy.

  25. Roberta Bennett

    Hilary – as always, a wonderful piece and you hit on so many important points. As a vegan (and a vegan chef & instructor), I cook for and teach people who are on all parts of this spectrum. One thing that I’ve found that’s important to others on the journey is that they seem to want feel less alone. While there are so many vegans (and vegetarians) and the numbers are growing, its often within our own families and social circles that we feel most alone. Connecting with others to hear that they too, struggle with the jokes and questions, being ostracized and having personal challenges and dilemmas with this path they have chosen are all important things to share and think about. Thank you for being an important voice in “veganville” for so many people. Kudos to your commitment.

  26. Frances Seifert

    Hilary – as always, a wonderful piece and you hit on so many important points. As a vegan (and a vegan chef & instructor), I cook for and teach people who are on all parts of this spectrum. One thing that I’ve found that’s important to others on the journey is that they seem to want feel less alone. While there are so many vegans (and vegetarians) and the numbers are growing, its often within our own families and social circles that we feel most alone. Connecting with others to hear that they too, struggle with the jokes and questions, being ostracized and having personal challenges and dilemmas with this path they have chosen are all important things to share and think about. Thank you for being an important voice in “veganville” for so many people. Kudos to your commitment.

  27. Kimberly Thompson

    Hello Hilary! You made some pretty good points, which I can really relate to. I have been Vegan for the past month and I feel so much better. It was such a pleasant article to read, I now feel even stronger in my quest.

  28. Emma Blackwood

    I love the article although I am not vegan, just vegetarian, but even being vegetaraian makes my family look at me sort of like I’m an anomaly so I could relate a little. I don’t like meat or fish, never have. I think I could give up cheese, but I’m not sure about eggs. Actually, maybe I could, I don’t eat either that often.

  29. Catherine White

    Wonderful post, Hilary, thank you. I’ve been vegan for 2 1/2 years now, and I went from omnivore to vegan in just a few days. I just decided to stop eating animal products and did it. The first and probably only time in my life that I ever went through with anything that thorouhly.

  30. Nicky Bryan

    Thanks for this helpful and timely post! I’ve told my friends that for the month of June I was going to try going vegan, but actually already am. The original plan was to see if I could do it, but in my head I already know that not being vegan is no longer an option. Your post shows that while it often feels like a lonely journey, it’s a journey that a lot of other people have experienced and it’s great to hear their stories. 🙂

  31. Pearl Nguyen

    We all go vegan for various reasons, but what seems to help me is not only the enormous vegan community, but also being able to finish a meal and say, “nothing was harmed or had to suffer in order for me to eat dinner” and it always makes me feel better and more confident in my choice to be a vegan surrounded by meat eaters. 😉

  32. Mel Barkir

    Great post – great info and inspiration to live more vegetable-y. My family is eating fewer and fewer animal products (birds and fish only) and we don’t miss anything. Btw, our fav cookbook right now is Oh She Glows (vegan and very delish).

  33. I love this post because of all the great information and arguments for going vegan. While my family is not vegan, we are leaning more and more in that direction. I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that eating vegan is equivalent to eating deliciously. BTW, my family’s favorite cookbook right now IS vegan (the Oh She Glows Cookbook).

  34. Leslie Williams

    I cannot believe how on point this list is! I identify with every single one of these. I was a vegetarian who became more interested in food, then that turned me vegan. I like reading about everyone’s journeys in the comments, and then seeing that we all ended up in similar places! 🙂

  35. Emily Wentz

    Another great post! I can relate with everything you’ve written here. I feel so good from reading this amazing post, its almost as if you were reading my mind when you wrote this. I really love being a vegan, because I think it is an ideal lifestyle for the more spirit conscious person. ☺️

  36. Sibel Jenkinson

    I loved every word!!! Thanks for your encouragement! I’m almost at the 2 month mark and needed a whack upside my head! Your words are a breath of fresh air! Thank you.

  37. Delilah Peyton

    When I went vegan I was in a relationship with a guy that was vegetarian, so the switch was pretty easy. When we broke up I never realized how hard dating and being a vegan was going to be. Some individuals just aren’t as open-minded about these things and I was put into the stereotypical vegan category. I would try not to mention my dietary choices for as long as possible so that they could get a chance to know me before placing judgement. There were some guys that never asked me out after finding out. I found out very quickly that being vegan is a great way to weed out closed-minded and judgmental suitors 🙂

    • Pamela Sanabria

      Great outlook! My boyfriend made the switch to vegetarianism around the same time I went vegan, so I’m very grateful for that and can’t imagine how much hard it would make dating again. But you’re right, just keep weeding out those less willing to be open-minded ?

  38. Kaitlyn Barrett

    Amazing article, Hilary! Thank you. I’m sure it’ll inspire and courage more people to go vegan, if not vegetarian at least! I’m really in favor of as many people going vegan as possible.

  39. Camila Hilhorst

    I’ve been vegan for 4 years and consider it one of the best decisions of my life which my doctor agrees. I lost 25 lbs and kept it off all these years! Here’s a short video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice and why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

  40. Helena Stevens

    I have lived on a vegetarian diet for about 10 years slowly but naturally extending that to a vegan diet, I don’t feel I’m depriving myself of anything, I don’t ‘crave’ meat, the thought of it just isn’t appealing to me in the slightest. 🙂

  41. Olivia Peterson

    Love this article!!

    My reasons for being a vegean
    the environment
    your health
    the animal’s health
    religious beliefs

    If I had a dollar for every time, when I mentioned I am a vegan, someone launched into justifying eating meat I’d be rich. Meat eaters are so defensive, I believe they get super defensive and rude because of their guilt.

  42. Andrea Mitchell

    I have felt guilty about eating “meat” since I was informed as a child I was eating an animal. I also felt disgusted, shocked, revolted and outraged – the closest adult words I can think of at the moment to describe those childhood emotions and thoughts. I was pressurised, through education and medical recommendations, to accept and eat animals as a necessity for protein and health. I am so glad they were wrong. I am relearning my eating habits as a “vegetarian”, and feeling alot happier and healthier as a result. I suspect I may even be tending toward being “vegan” soon, as the thought of eating chicken foetus really does nothing for me anymore. 😉

  43. Sydney Nowak

    Paul McCartney said that if abbitoirs had glass walls nobody would eat meat. This is very true, most people buy meat from supermarkets, and never stop to think of the horrors of how it actually got there. Children need to be educated from a young age in order that they can make compassionate choices concerning animals and what they eat.

  44. Shannon Bradley

    Lots of the anti-vegans tend to be far guiltier of what they accuse the vegans of than the vegans. What a lot of nastiness and aggression.

    I’m not vegan, but I can admit that it is ‘the right thing to do’ for the earth, for animals, and probably for my health. I just can’t do it at the moment. But I would if I could. I don’t get the aggression towards vegans.

  45. Anna Kaplan

    Great article! The main reason people go vegan is the ethical stance regarding animals. I’m vegetarian but avoid dairy, I only consume eggs. If I didn’t have eggs things would get much more difficult for me regarding protein. A vegan diet is AMAZING! But it’s very difficult. So I’m taking baby steps. 🙂

  46. Betty O'Leary

    Well said, Hilary!!! I am vegan. I don’t tend to preach but get a bit tired of meat eaters who are barely-cognisant hurling abuse without thinking about what vegetarians/vegans really stand for.

  47. Julia MacLean

    I do espouse following a vegetarian or vegan diet. I do think it is healthier to refrain from eating CAFO meat and farmed seafood; their practices are under-regulated, abusive and toxic.

    We don’t need meat to survive. With the wide availability of B12 supplements, you can get your daily share of vitamins, minerals and amino acids through a vegetarian/vegan diet providing you replace the now-absent animal products and byproducts with worthy substitutes.

  48. Celine Carter

    Having been vegetarian for 6 years, one of the reasons (not mentioned in this list) for meat-free is karma. My conscience tells me that everytime someone eats meat they trash their karma. Yes, it doesn’t mean that meat-free is all you need to be a good person, but it helps, in my opinion. 🙂

    • C Oliver

      Have you ever looked into the dairy industry? The egg industry? If you are after karma points sadly the veal industry, which IS the dairy industry cancel that right out.. the dairy industry is truly one of the the cruelest industries on this planet.. ever heard that saying.. if dairy farms had glass walls.. every vegetarian would be vegan.. there is a reason for that.. There is no meaningful distinction between eating flesh and eating dairy or other animal products. Animals exploited in the dairy industry live longer than those used for meat, but they are treated worse during their lives, and they end up in the same slaughterhouse after which we consume their flesh anyway. There is probably more suffering in a glass of milk or an ice cream cone than there is in a steak. And anyone who thinks that an egg—even a so-called “free range” one—is any less a product of horrible suffering than is meat does not know much about the egg industry. Every drop of milk deliberately causes harm and costs lives.. please don’t take my word for it, please look into what happens to dairy cows and their babies for yourself http://humanemyth.org/happycows.htm

  49. Trish

    What an excellent article explaining reasons why one should become a vegan! A primary one for me is to not participate in animal cruelty. Anyone who says they are animal lover, isn’t really an animal lover if they eat animals. They may be a cat lover or a dog lover but not an animal lover. All animals are sentient beings with emotional lives, friendships and the will to live.

  50. Lana Urie

    You missed the important one, vegetarian at least… It’s CHEAPER! No, seriously, the reason I originally became vegetarian was I’d just moved to Sydney and was on $18K a year working. And, frankly, meat is an indulgence, lentils are cheap. Went out one time for a fancy dinner, ordered lamb, realised I really didn’t enjoy meat at all, since I hadn’t eaten it for such a long time, it made me ill, and haven’t eaten it since (red meat at least, chicken/fish took longer) It’s also astounding how many carnivores can accept finance as a reason for vegetarianism when they mock all other options. (But yes, the humanitarian/environmental/animal rights stuff came into it later)

    • Franny Pimms

      It’s also astounding how many carnivores can accept finance as a reason for vegetarianism when they mock all other options.

      It irks me when people call people who eat meat “carnivores”. Carnivores only eat meat, I think the word you’re looking for is “omnivore”.

      • Trish

        It really doesn’t matter what reason gets someone to be a vegan. Whatever gets them there is good, everybody has to start the path somewhere and if it leads to the same vegan spot, then that’s all good. No judgement is more welcoming to those not yet vegan but thinking or trying to be one.

  51. Monica CONOVER

    Thank you for this article. I hope it opens people’s eyes to that veganism is the only moral and healthy choice. I will share this on my social network accounts!

  52. Marina Henderson

    There isn’t a part here that I disagree. We are a vegan family. My mom is 61 and fit as a flea and so are the other vegans I know, and I work in the vegan world so I get to meet loads!

  53. Danielle Wilson

    I 100% agree! I dont understand why humans eat living beings they dont even require to eat.

    • Colleen Frasier

      I don’t understand it either. Taking pleasure at the cost of imposing suffering and death to another is not justified. In the same way that taking pleasure by raping someone against their will is not justified.

  54. Jae Medina

    Veganism would help animals, save the environment and feed the world. I know everybody can’t or won’t go vegan, but the more people go vegan, the better the world will be!

  55. Hannah Mayers

    WOW! I’m excited to see that you’ve included the “Minimalist Baker” as one of your sources to get started! I’ve tried a number of recipes from this site and I would say that they are all delicious! You’ll never feel that it’s all veggies you’re consuming 🙂

  56. Francis Woods

    Nice article!!! This will help me get started!!! I have been wanting to try but I’m really lost, don’t know where to begin!!! Definitely sharing this to my friends as well!

  57. Courtney Watson

    Well said! The “road” to a healthy life is never and will never be easy! Admit it, it’s hard to totally eliminate animal products from one system (especially if we’ve grown consuming them), but if we want to be healthier, it’s really high time that we start the vegan diet!

    My friends would contradict me by saying that being vegan has cons, well, I guess they’re right but I personally feel the pros more!

    • Melissa Smith

      Well, all things have positive and negative! I’m glad that you feel the positive effects more. And yes, it’s not easy but once your system get used to it, you’ll feel it’s all worth it 🙂

  58. Oh yes! I’d have to agree that being vegan eliminates that bloated feeling. I guess that makes us healthier and nourished 🙂

  59. Sarah Uibel

    Such a great piece. Well thought out, informative, and balanced. Love the way you write!

  60. Carolyn Donovan

    I’m not yet 100% vegan but I know I’m getting there. Improving self-worth is the very reason why I decided to try this. All my friends went vegan and I feel like a stranger (and the antagonist) when they talk about this “craze.” Now, after reading your article, I’m more inspired to continue and be part of the community!

  61. Well said, Hilary! Among the reasons you’ve given, “Because I’m a better global citizen” is on top of my list. Animals deserve love and respect like us, humans. We should not abuse them…

    Thanks for sharing places to get started! Great help!

  62. Gabby Williams

    I went vegan because I’m not getting any younger, adding numbers to my age made me realize that I should live healthier. Being vegan really makes one healthy, I’ve read about it and I’ve proven it myself…

  63. Great article! Yeah! I honestly had a hard start becoming vegan. It’s not easy but it’s very worth it 🙂 One needs to be convinced of the positive effects to successfully become one of US!

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