1) You Make an Informed Decision
Quick answer: YES! Vegans live, on average, eight to 10 years LONGER than meat-eaters! Some of our country’s biggest killers are strokes, heart disease, and cancer—all of which have been linked to meat consumption. It’s been proved that going vegan can reduce the risk of all three of these. Just ask vegan free-runner Tim Shieff! He knows that going vegan lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of disease, and increases your energy.
Plus, it’s super-easy to get all the nutrients you need as a vegan! Proteins are found in lentils, grains, and peanut butter. Broccoli, almonds, and mustard are PACKED with calcium. Soy beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas are TEEMING with iron. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax and hemp seeds and in walnuts—no dead fish required! You can get a healthy dose of vitamin D from rice milk, soy milk, and even the sun.
Every year in the U.S., more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Eating animals is bad for our health, and it’s cruel. It’s easier than ever to be vegan, so don’t worry your pretty little head about that!
Going vegetarian and keeping nasty dead animal flesh off your plate is a wonderful step in the right direction! However, the dairy industry is just as cruel as the meat industry. Mother cows are kept constantly pregnant, and their babies are torn away from them—often within just hours of birth. The male calves are used for veal, and the females are subjected to the same awful fate as their mothers.
In this day and age, going vegan is nearly as easy as going vegetarian! There are tons of DELICIOUS vegan products—including vegan cheeses!
Being vegetarian is wonderful, but you can save even MORE animals by living completely cruelty-free. Why NOT go vegan?
Going vegan isn’t hard at all! Not only are there plenty of easy ways to get all your nutrients, there are also a TON of vegan options available at the grocery store! Grab yourself some Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips, soy chorizo, vegan veggie burgers, rice, beans, pasta, salsa, Vegenaise, bagels, vegan cream cheese, veggies, fruits, and So Delicious vegan ice cream—and go to town!
Plus, you can find SOMETHING vegan at pretty much any restaurant nowadays. Going out for Mexican? Get a burrito with rice, veggies, guacamole, salsa, beans, and potatoes. Yum! Hittin’ up Denny’s? It has a veggie burger! Rollin’ into a drive-through? Grab some French fries or easily customize your order and make it vegan!
2) You Take the First Step
This is where the fun begins! A really great place to start is with peta2’s two-week menu. Use the menu to create a grocery list of all the ingredients you’ll need, and go shopping! You can spend the next two weeks getting used to eating vegan, enjoying some delicious food, and not worrying about what to cook.
Whether you follow our recipes or make your own way, the only thing you really NEED to do is check labels! Look at the list of ingredients. Food labels will generally say “Includes Dairy,” “Includes Milk,” or “Includes Eggs.” All you have to do is avoid those ingredients, along with gelatin and lard. Happy eating!
If you have any specific health concerns, then sure, see a doctor! However, going vegan is a HEALTHY transition, and seeing a doctor isn’t required.
Meat is easy to replace with vegan faux meats, many of which taste just as good as the real thing! However, chances are that you WILL miss dairy—and the reason why is pretty gross. Milk-based cheese actually has ADDICTIVE DRUGS in it. Seriously. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, milk contains DRUGS. Cows naturally produce morphine, codeine, and other opiates in their livers—these can, and often times do, end up in their milk and, ultimately, in your body. Once you wean yourself from the nastiness of dairy milk, your body will thank you.
3) You Feel AWESOME—Inside and Out
We can’t say this enough: Going vegan is NOT A DIET—it’s a lifestyle change! Being vegan means living your life without having to harm anyone else’s. Now, is it possible that you’ll lose weight if you go vegan? Yes. Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. However, it’s also possible to be an unhealthy vegan. There are SO many delicious junk food options for vegans, so you still need to watch what you eat.
Heck yeah, there are! Your skin will clear up. Plant-based diets are typically low in fat and avoid the pore-clogging saturated fats found in animal products. Fruits and vegetables are high in essential vitamins and antioxidants, which are the building blocks for radiant skin.
There’s one more thing …
Your heart will grow! Going vegan means saving animals, and saving animals makes people happy! You’ll know that no one DIED for your lunch, which is a truly wonderful feeling.