1. I lost weight and gained so much natural energy.
Needless to say, eating a plant-based, vegan diet is the healthiest thing that you can do for your body. It has been proven over and over again how unhealthy meat, eggs, and dairy are for your body, particularly your heart. Weight management is one of the biggest struggles that people today deal with, and obesity is growing rampant in today’s youth.
A plant based diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to operate smoothly, and cuts out all of the damaging things that an omni diet feeds into your body. Because I switched to a vegan diet, I have lost twenty pounds in the past year. That might sound like slow progress, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race! Gradual weight loss is actually the healthiest way to do so, since your body doesn’t freak-out and go into starvation mode.
I also gained an incredible amount of energy going vegan. I don’t need to drink nearly as much coffee or RedBulls to thrive throughout my day. I also am able to run farther and harder, on the occasion that I decide to work out lol (Which is more because I have more energy!!)
2. I am more conscious of how my actions directly affect others.
I made the connection that every time you eat meat, you are directly contributing to the demand for meat. And this demand is the only reason than billions of innocent animals are tortured, mutilated, and slaughtered each year. Making this connection was a really important moment in my life, because it is a philosophy that is applicable to every aspect of human life.
Every action you take in life, whether you realize it or not, has an effect on others. Whether it be driving through traffic or smiling to a stranger, you impact others’ lives more than you could possibly know.
You are also completely composed of and are running off of what you eat. Your actions toward yourself and your own body, in turn, affect every aspect of your being. This includes your body and your mind. Going vegan made me more mindful and aware of how I am contributing to the welfare of others and myself.
3. I joined a large and growing community of compassionate individuals.
Whether it be on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, or blogposts, the vegan community is a world-wide web of incredible, compassionate, inspirational human beings. Simply interacting with these other vegans has changed my life, and I’ve made wonderful friendships in the process. I’ve met vegans at the grocery store, the gym, and in my classes, and let me tell you- nothing is better than connecting with someone over something so worthy of our time.
4. I found my life purpose in spreading veganism and cruelty-free consumption.
I honestly cannot think of anything more worthy of my time and energy that promoting a vegan lifestyle. I am saving animals’ lives. I am helping the environment by drastically cutting my damage to it. And I am helping my body, as well as promoting health in other people around me. Healthy bodies create healthy minds, and healthy minds are capable of absolutely anything. I truly think that veganism is the biggest gift to the planet, and I am going to spend the rest of my life helping others find this same passion.
5. I am more confident in myself because my daily actions align with my core values.
Not only am I more confident in my body because of the incredible foods I am feeding it, but I am more confident in MYSELF as a human being. One of my favorite quotes in the world is by animal activist James Aspey:
“We all say that we love animals and we are all against animal cruelty, but we pay people to mutilate, torture and slaughter animals and it’s not for any necessity, it’s not because we need to for our health. It’s just because we like the way they taste.”
This struck SUCH a chord with me. It hit me that, to eat meat and dairy, is to LIVE a lifestyle that is in complete contradiction to all of my core values.