Why Veganism?

Good question.

For me the change from a diet filled with meat and dairy to one entirely plant based was pretty easy once I set my mind to it.  Leading up to that point however took some unfortunate life events (my father passing away from heart-related complications due to poor lifestyle choices), some reading (Skinny Bitch and Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating), a moment of clarity (this is where my food comes from?! gross.) and a surpluss of spare time (read: unemployment).  Things just clicked for me and suddenly the choice became a no-brainer.  Honestly, it was never anything I planned on or even thought much about.  I had a vegan friend in college and I remember telling her (as I get told all the time now) “I could never be a vegan.”  I’m pretty sure she owes me a big fat “I told you so” right about now.  I deserve it.

The path is not the same for everyone though, and the transition period for some people is much longer than mine.  Really, just eating vegetarian or vegan for one meal a day or one day a week can make a difference.  How?  You might ask.  Well, I could go on and on here about the benefits of veganism to health, the animals, the environment, as well as the problems of our food industry and health education.  However, there are many (much, much, MUCH) more qualified individuals out there who have already done this, so instead I would like to refer you to them:

PeTA’s GoVeg website
A great overview of all of the reasons to “go veg.”  (I know PeTA’s campaigns are often eye roll inducing, but when it comes to the facts, they know their stuff.)

Farm Sanctuary’s Veg for Life campaign page
This site lays it all out in easily digestible bits.

Girlie Girl Army’s Eco Veg Living Bible from Food to Fasion
This is an extensive blog post with a million great links to books, articles and other websites dealing not only with veganism but eco-friendly products, travel, animals rights, etc.  You will also want to bookmark the main page of the site and subscribe to the mailing list because their weekly newletter, blog postings and discount codes are super fabulous. I am hooked on the Army.

Vegan Outreach’s Why Vegan? page
They have a pdf booklet you can download to read and you can sign up to receive a free veg starter guide.  (PeTA also has a free starter kit available.)

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the information out there.  Take in what you can and make little changes.  Find out what works best for you, what makes you feel good.  (For me, cutting out dairy seemed to be the hardest, but when I found out how much better my body felt without it, I did not miss it.)  If anything, the idea is in your head now and if not today or tomorrow, maybe someday things will click for you too.


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