Going vegan is appealing to more and more individuals each and every year. With the New Year just around the corner, what better way to start it than by going vegan. There are hundreds of advantages to embracing the vegan lifestyle in 2019; whether you’re just looking for something different, aiming to help the planet or striving to become healthier, becoming a vegan can help you to accomplish a range of resolutions.
Trying something new
First and foremost, going vegan can open your world up to a range of new products that you might never have experienced before, particularly when it comes to food. Contrary to common thought, rather than narrowing what you eat, going vegan encourages you to try something new. Although you will likely be cutting out a range of foods as a vegan, going vegan is the perfect time to discover something a little different. Whether it’s tofu, seitan or tempeh, the vegan market has a lot to offer. Going vegan doesn’t have to be a challenge, with so many online tools and blogs, finding new food and fun recipes to start off your New Year has never been easier.
Going vegan can also open up opportunities for a much healthier diet, a New Years resolution that most of us tend to set as a target and one which can be easily met by going vegan. With a basis of plant-based foods including fruit and vegetables, going vegan is a great way to eat healthier and take care of your body after the Christmas season. Going vegan is also reported to have links to the prevention of health-related issues such as heart disease and obesity. However, this isn’t to say that all vegan foods are healthy. There are many junk-food vegan options available, so being cautious and steering clear of processed foods will let you kick off your New Year to a healthy start.
Helping the environment
If you’re focused on the environment and making a more positive impact on your actions, going vegan is one of the best ways to help lower the effects of animal agriculture. The farming of animals for consumption is one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The farming and production of meat uses up a whole load of energy and resources; water, electricity and natural resources make up an incredibly large part of the farming process. By going vegan and cutting meat out of your diet, you can take positive steps to reduce your personal impact on the environment and encourage others to do the same.
There’s one particular environmental impact that the production of meat is creating; deforestation. Meat production is taking its toll on rainforests, and the effects are considerable. Rainforests are a vital part of our environment as they are what help to regulate our global climate, water cycle and the reduction of CO2 whilst providing us with a range of natural resources. Sadly, meat farming is destroying the world’s rainforests. With more and more space being needed for cattle ranching, we begin to lose more and more of our precious rainforests. Going vegan is one of the best ways we can collectively help to reduce and stop the destruction of rainforests and the environment.
Thinking and acting ethically
Aside from the health and environmental benefits of going vegan, there is always the impact of the ethical side of things. The farming and consumption of animals and animal by-products can easily be avoided yet so many are happy to consume meat regardless of the ethics involved in the production process. Many of the animals farmed for consumers are treated poorly. Reared in conditions that are overcrowded with no veterinary care, exercise or sunlight is not a way for any creature to live. The same goes for lots of other products. Toiletries, makeup and household products are often tested on animals before reaching the shelves. By going vegan, you can help reduce the number of animals that are exposed to this kind of treatment.
There is no better way to start your New Year than to know that you have made a difference. Taking the initiative to go vegan and help save animals whilst reducing your environmental impact is one of the best things that you can do. Going vegan has so many benefits so why not make your New Year one that is beneficial to all.
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