Why are you vegan?

1. Animals

It all started since day one actually, I’ve always loved animals, and it might not seem like a sufficient reason, but it really is in fact. To me animals are beautiful creatures, they have such pure souls, and they are worthy of freedom and life just like we humans are, no matter if they have wings or paws, or if they are considered pets or not. And that is simply why I won’t consume anything that comes from them.

2. Environment

Let’s be clear, consuming meat is actually one of the worst things you can do for the Earth. It causes a lot of waste and pollution, and contributes a lot to climate change. Isn’t it crazy that to produce a single pound of beef are used on average 1,800 gallons of water? Compared to the production of meat, vegetable foodstuffs require considerably less water.

3. Health

Yep, eating a plant-based diet is also healthier than eating a diet which includes animal products. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. But keep in mind that no matter what diet you follow, you might still be malnourished in terms of vitamins, minerals and so on, so make sure to educate yourself before following any kind of diet in order to obtain all the nutrients you body needs.

4. World’s hunger

Animal farming industry is not sustainable, I don’t think veganism could end world’s hunger, but consider this: “If all food crops were fed directly to humans instead of animals, around 70% more food would be added to the world’s supply, which would be enough to feed 4 billion additional people.” (Gentle World, Could Veganism End World Hunger?, September 1, 2014).  You can read more about this issue here.

5. Vegan food is delicious

Pizza, pasta, burgers, ice cream,  burritos, fries, cookies… Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan.
I love the plain taste of whole foods, and I normally stick to them, for they make me feel better, but some vegan burgers or muffins once in a while are definitely appreciated. And guess what? The more the demand for vegan food grows, the more vegan products will be produced, which equals to even more variety and choice.

What about clothes and cosmetics that come from animals?

I have to admit that it is not always easy to be sure that a product is vegan, especially cosmetics, but if you do some research you can find which brands sell vegan goods, which test on animals and so on.
I do not purchase leather, suede or anything like that, unless it is “fake”, because yes there are awesome companies that produce vegan shoes or jackets who look and feel as if they were made of leather.

Do you take supplements?

Yes, I do. I’m not a doctor, but I have enough experience in the field to reccomend taking vitamin B12 (aka cobalamin), because neither plants nor animals (including humans) are capable of producing it. B12 is produced by bacteria, and the reason why animals are a source of vitamin B12 is because they eat it from the ground, and then they store it inside their bodies. But since it is not produced by them, you can easily find vegan supplements. Also many products like plant-based milks, cereal, etc. are often fortified with many vitamins, including B12, so if you consume that kind of products on a daily basis, you might not need dietary supplements. It is important, however, to assume enough of it, so consider taking supplements if you think you are not getting enough.
Also some people take vitamin D as well, for it’s hard to assume enough quantities of it, especially in places where the sun doesn’t shine all year long. I personally do take it, and that works well with me. 

I want to underline the fact that this is my personal experience, and everyone’s body is different, so always listen to your body and take decisions based on your lifestyle and habits.


Recommended documentaries

Earthlings, Food Choices101 Reasons to Go VeganFork Over KnivesCowspiracyFood Inc, What The Health (most of them are available on Netflix, or YouTube)