5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming Vegan

It is entirely possible to live a compassionate lifestyle without becoming vegan, but the goal of becoming vegan is much more than simply becoming another label; it is becoming part of a social movement. The vegan diet does not hurt animals, but its adoption has the potential to help save their lives.

1. The vegan diet does not hurt animals.

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The Vegan Society defines veganism as “A way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”. This includes becoming educated about the topic at hand in order to use clear facts when arguing your case. If you are becoming vegan for health reasons then please be aware that many different dietary patterns can be considered healthy (some mainstream examples being pescatarian, Lacto-Ovo vegetarianism, plant-based, etc). As with everything in life, there are limitations so it’s important to be aware of what health issues you are becoming vegan to address, this way you can make an informed decision about whether becoming vegan is the best one for you.

2. Its adoption has the potential to help save animals’ lives.

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Becoming vegan will not physically hurt any animal, however, becoming part of a movement that encourages compassion towards all living creatures does have the power to change things for the better in terms of animal welfare. The Vegan Society’s definition includes “practicable” to allow for what people can do when becoming educated on topics they are unaware about, making changes will always begin with education because knowledge is power. When becoming educated understand why becoming vegan helps animals instead of simply focusing on what it can or cannot do for your own well-being.

3. Animal products are the main cause of world hunger.

In the West, becoming vegan is seen as a way to improve your health and help animals, whereas in third-world countries becoming vegan is becoming increasingly popular to improve their economic situations because becoming vegan cuts down on food costs. In western countries becoming vegan is mainly done for health reasons whereas becoming vegan in other countries is becoming more popular as a way to help improve economic situations.

4. Vegan diets influence all stages of the life cycle.

The conservative American Dietetic Association reports that “vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle”. Vegans have lower cholesterol levels than both meat-eaters and vegetarians; this is because becoming vegan reduces the amount of saturated fat in their diet.

5. Fights heart disease.

A plant-based diet has been found to prevent and even reverse heart disease, preventing and reversing diabetes and aiding weight loss efforts.

Protein deficiencies are becoming more and more common in Western countries due to becoming obsessed with having a high protein diet at any cost for reasons that don’t necessarily benefit our health. Many popular diets such as Atkins or Paleo thrive off of getting people to eat excessive amounts of meat which can be harmful to your health when done regularly (reference images below). Instead becoming vegan offers so much variety when it comes to what you can eat by focusing on unprocessed foods grown from the ground instead of becoming obsessed with eating meat.

6. Be an example for others.

Don’t obsess over becoming the stereotypical vegan, becoming an example for others is more important than becoming a stereotype.

Don’t become obsessed with what other people think because becoming vegan isn’t about changing your lifestyle for the attention it’s about becoming part of a social movement that has the potential to help others and the world we live in.

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