Once widely associated with animal rights activists, the health conscious and the religious-goers, veganism is now on the rise. It even has become a ‘trend’. Scrolling through Instagram’s feed, there seem to be uncanny similarities in the photos featuring acai/smoothie bowl with carefully arranged fruits (#mangorose), salad bowls in tri-coloured combination and green smoothies. Furthermore, with the surge of wellness bloggers/YouTubers such as Deliciously Ella and Raw Vegan Not Gross, the hype of a plant-based diet is seemingly alluring.
Reasons Behind Veganism
Be vegan for the right reason, and not for the ‘hippie’ factor or the aesthetic appeal. Instead, adopt this lifestyle for health and ethical reasons. Based on a research, 42% of 8,000 vegans became one after watching an educational film, such as Cowspiracy or Earthlings. Surprisingly not, I adopted a meatless diet for the very same reason, watching Earthlings and seeing how the animals suffered really broke my heart.
Leading a meatless lifestyle is a good way to take a stand against slaughterhouse or related industry and operations in a peaceful manner. However, some vegans are known to be hostile against meat-eaters and even vegetarians. Banana Freelee is infamous for her meat shaming videos, where she criticizes fellow YouTubers who do not follow her vegan lifestyle. Vegans are supposed to be the one with the bigger heart, right? Disagreeing with how people choose to live is one thing but it becomes inappropriate when the disagreement turns hostile.
Veganism may seem like a dramatic step to committed carnivores, but a vegan diet doesn’t have to last forever. Even Beyoncé herself embarked on a 22-day vegan diet and felt incredible spiritually and physically, at the end of the journey. Each part-time vegan adopts a temporary plant-based diet for different motivations, some follow the trend set by celebrity stars, while others see it as a good way to detox.
Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein From?
One of the main concerns many non-vegans have is, ‘where do I get my daily protein intake?’ Contrary to popular beliefs, a plant-based diet actually offers more protein than a diet packed full of meat. For a long time, consumers have been drilled by the farm industry, culture, and society to believe that proteins only come from meat. Shocking, isn’t it?
Don’t let the plant-based diet intimidate you; there are plenty of options available. With the increasing amount of consumers giving up meat products, it created the perfect opportunity for the animal-free market to grow. Cruelty-free beauty products and clothes, meat substitutions food items, and vegan-friendly restaurants/cafes are readily available in the stores. The animal-free industry will continue to thrive as veganism spreads further around the world.
Do bear in mind that veganism plays a large role in helping the earth as well. According to Cowspiracy (and other research), livestock accounts for more than 14% of greenhouse gas emission and a vegan or vegetarian could cut those emissions by 70% and 63%, respectively. Furthermore, gallons of water can be saved and hectares of land can be used to raise crops to feed the 7 billion starving people on earth while most people living in developed countries have more wastage than the food produced in developing countries.
A tiny change in the diet helps, it could be as simple as replacing a meal with a vegan diet or as drastic as an overnight change to vegan, either way, it makes a difference. Think about it.
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