Going vegan offers 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 absolutely no reason to filter plants through an animal, only to then consume the animal. We would benefit far greater by consuming the plant, and leaving animals out of the equation altogether. 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? An all-plant-based (vegan diet) does just that! It's that easy to reach your goal weight and be your absolute healthiest.
Aside from all the benefits that a vegan lifestyle offers you, the environmental benefits are enormous as well. 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 growing crops to feed animals for human consumption. Scientists agree the methane production associated with raising livestock for human consumption is a crucial factor in global warming. These gasses exceed the impact of all greenhouse gases 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.
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.