Going vegan offers benefits for you, the environment, and the animals. For so many years, we as humans were sold on the idea that "milk does a body good" and that we need to consume animals 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 eat the animal. The human race would benefit far greater by consuming the plant directly, leaving the animal out of the equation altogether. It's better for our health and happiness, not to mention of course, theirs.
You generally won't hear a doctor recommend to people to eat more animals. Typically doctors, as well as fitness and nutrition experts, agree that people should increase their consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains to attain better overall health and long-term sustainable weight loss. And that's what a plant-based diet does! It's that easy to reach your goal weight and optimal health.
Aside from the health benefits that a vegan lifestyle offers you, the environmental benefits are enormous. Think about this: 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. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the amount of suffering many more animals go through every single day.
Choosing a vegan livestyle is easy once you understand how to go about it. And fortunately, 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.