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Why Go Vegan?

Going vegan offers many benefits for you, the environment, and the animals. For years we've been sold on the idea that "milk does a body good" and that we need to consume animal flesh to "get the protein our bodies need." But the fact is, those claims are simply untrue. There is no reason to filter plants through an animal, only to then consume the animal when we would benefit far greater by consuming the plant ourselves. Leaving animals out of the equation just makes sense. It is clearly better for our health, not to mention theirs.

Most doctors, as well as fitness and nutrition experts, agree; "Increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains to attain better overall health and long-term sustainable weight loss." And guess what? A vegan diet does just that! It's that simple to reach your goal weight and be your absolute healthiest.

Aside from the benefits a vegan lifestyle offers you, the environmental benefits are enormous. Crops raised for human consumption use fewer resources, generate less waste, and end up feeding far more people than the same amount of land used for raising crops to feed animals for human consumption. Scientists agree the methane production associated with raising livestock for human consumption is a key factor in global warming. These gasses exceed the impact of all greenhouse gasses generated by all of the cars, planes, trains, and ships combined. Think about that for a minute. It's insane.

Aside from animal slaughter, the amount of harm inflicted on animals by and for the 'benefit' of man is inconceivable. Dairy cows are kept pregnant nine months out of the year to keep their milk flowing for human consumption, while chickens are often stuffed into small, dark cages for their entire lives, only to be killed and then eaten. And this is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the amount of suffering so many of these animals go through every single day.

If you want to know more about the issues surrounding the raising of our animals for food, check out Project Animal Farm or Bleating Hearts.

Going vegan is easy once you learn how, and fortunately for everyone, learning how to nourish your body without bringing harm to animals is easy too! Check out The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau for everything you need to know about eating cleaner, getting leaner, and living compassionately. You can also check out our page on How To Go Vegan.

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