What is Veganism?

“Veganism is a philosophy and 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; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

https://www.vegansociety.com/

I honestly thought I couldn’t do it when I first learned about veganism because I don’t know what isn’t vegan, and I grew up snacking on cheese and powdered milk whenever they were available.

But after learning the consequences of my actions, I realized that becoming a vegan isn’t all that difficult.

So, what’s the point of going vegan? 

Few things you need to know about veganism

  • A vegan can save 100 animal lives per year.
  • Going vegan is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • A plant-based diet reduces the risk of heart disease.

There are numerous factors, but let’s start with the most important one: ANIMALS.

Vegan for the animals

A few years ago, I saw many videos about animal cruelty and how animals were raised for food.

The dairy industry is the most heinous of them all.

I’ll never forget the video of a terrified cow being transported to a slaughterhouse, as well as the short documentary about what’s in your milk and how dairy cows spend their entire lives producing milk for humans.

Male calves are typically discarded because they do not reproduce, and male chicks are ground alive shortly after hatching.

I can still see the agony in my dog’s eyes as he stared at me before dying in my hands, and every time I see pigs, which are more intelligent than dogs, on their way to the slaughterhouse, I can see the same agony in their eyes.

Animals, I believe, hold a special place in our hearts. Which do you think a child will eat if you give him an apple or a rabbit?

Paul McCartney once said,

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” 

and I couldn’t agree more.  

Next is the ENVIRONMENT.  

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Vegan for the environment

Because I am so concerned about animals, I researched what is happening to our planet.

I’ve seen several documentaries about veganism; one is Cowspiracy, which profoundly impacted me.

It discusses how animal agriculture contributes to global warming and other pollution issues.

Effects of animal farming on the environment

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, that’s more than the exhaust from all transportation combined.
  • Eating 1 pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce.
  • Animal agriculture is the top contributor to Amazon deforestation.
  • Overfishing is tearing the ocean apart.

Meat consumption not only weakens our compassion for animals but also destroys our planet with every bite.

We’d most likely be dead by the time the earth could no longer support us, but what about future generations?

Can we, at the very least, slow the destruction for them?

And lastly, HEALTH.  

Vegan for health

Health Benefits of a vegan diet

  • It can help you maintain your weight.
  • It promotes healthy aging.
  • It lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

I’ve learned how a whole-food plant-based diet can improve health and even eliminate or control some of the world’s most deadly diseases.

As a person suffering from asthma, eczema, and acne, I considered making the switch immediately. I started by eliminating dairy because it is one of the hardest to let go of since it produces casomorphins when digested and therefore making it addictive.

Good thing I noticed the effects immediately. I experienced fewer allergies, zits, and mucus.

My lung condition is now at its peak. I used to be hospitalized for severe asthma attacks and had to take maintenance medication twice a day, but the attacks are almost non-existent now, and I rarely get sick.

It also helps with my eczema and acne flare-ups. I thought about eating raw and oil-free in the hopes of getting clear skin, but I couldn’t give up fried foods.

A raw food plant-based diet is a fantastic way to detox. It has greatly aided my grandmother in reversing her heart disease.

She was diagnosed with third-degree (complete) atrioventricular block and told she needed an angioplasty right away. We were all worried about her, so we turned to Naturopathy.

We went to the famous Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Tam Mateo, and my grandmother was prescribed protocols, herbal medicines, and recipes to help her clogged arteries heal.

Guess what? The surgery didn’t happen. Thanks to raw garlic!  

When it comes to nutrition, there are numerous factors to consider.

Are we eating healthy?

Are we inadvertently consuming something we shouldn’t?

Instead of a shopping list of medicines, how about a shopping list of fruits and vegetables?

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” 

Hippocrates

We do not have to sacrifice other living beings, the environment, or our health for the sake of our appetite.
There are numerous different options on the market nowadays. So perhaps we should go for the better. Perhaps it’s time to check the labels.

These are the reasons why I became vegan.   

Do you need help in transitioning? Leave a comment below or send us a message.

If you want to know more, just click these links to get started:  

What factory animals are going through every single day

Facts about how animal agriculture is harmful to the planet

About what you eat

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