There are so many reasons for you to adopt a plant-based diet and lifestyle. It is also so simple and straightforward you will be asking yourself ‘Why haven’t I done that before?’
Do it for your body and health
– Lower your blood pressure: even my GP told me to limit red meat consumption to normalise my blood pressure; they won’t tell you that more often simply because doctors actually want you to be sick, you are to bring money to them;
– Effective weight management: low in fat, high in slow releasing carbs and fair amount of natural protein – this is what plant-based diet is all about; forget artificially and industrially produced protein powders and greasy animal derived products;
– Reduce your risk of heart disease: this is the cause of majority of human deaths in the last 100 years; you will lower your bad cholesterol levels by consuming plants that simply don’t contain it;
– Reduce your overall fat intake: apart from plant-based oils, veggie foods are low in fat and calories;
– Reduce your risk of cancer: fried foods, rich in animal fat and protein are full of carcinogens and linked to an increased risk of cancer; we all want to avoid that;
– Potentially reverse your diabetes: I do know this not just from papers, many friends of mine completely reversed the symptoms, got off insulin after just 4-5 months on plant-based diet; See ‘What the Health’ documentary on Netflix for real life examples;
– Forget counting calories, eat wholefoods that make you full for longer; it means less stress, no more ridiculous diets and hello to eating well;
– No surprise that processed and refined foods are bad for you regardless of any diets; you won’t find a diet that will actually say processed and refined food is good for you; no wonder why.
Do it for your conscience
– Can you believe that more than 6 million of animals are killed for food every hour? Check facts at Cowspiracy website. It makes me sick….
– Do you think it is alright to impregnate cows all the time so you can get milk? I asked this question to a friend of mine: Would you buy human’s milk in a supermarket? Would you do it knowing that a woman should be always pregnant to produce milk? Would you do it knowing that when a person is no longer capable to produce milk, they are just to be slaughtered for meat instead? It makes me feel like a caveman.
– Do you think it is alright to allow skinning animals for your leather jackets and shoes? I mean would you allow your relatives to be skinned? I am sorry for a very graphic analogy, but still, are we just so much better than animals?
– Have you seen those incredibly inhumane conditions of animal farms? Slavery is what comes to mind. We live in the 21st century where humanity eliminated (as it seems) slavery. Yet we do have animals as slaves: they work for us, they give lives for us. Though we seem to think that we have a right to own them? Why?
Do it for your future generations
– Start feeding your kids as humans and not calves. Think of dairy as a product that is designed by nature to help grow 5 kilo calves into 100 kilo cows, imagine what kind of damage those growth hormones do to our babies and us?
– Teach your kids compassion, let them be creative with their food. They can take enough nutrients from plant-based wholefoods.
– Know that you did the best you could to preserve good life on the planet, make sure the soil is good and fertile to grow food, with a diverse animal life and minimal pollution.
Do it for the whole planet
– Help reduce greengas emissions. Livestock is producing 2x more than from whole transportation system.
– Help reduce wasteful water consumption. Animals already need more water than humans, in US alone, it is accountable to 80-90% of all water consumption. Imagine, a production of 1 kg of meat roughly equals to a 1200 litres of water – shocking! Just 3 litres of milk will require 300 litres of water spent.
– Did you know that 1/3 of Earth land that is capable to be populated is occupied by livestock or reserved to grow food for it? It means that animal agriculture is the major force responsible for species extinction, both on land and ocean.
– It is sad to know that 3/4 of world’s fisheries are already exploited or depleted, 30 more years are most of our oceans will be fishless. When 1 kilogram of fish is caught, 5 kilograms of other marine species are caught and classified as a by-kill.
– De-forestation is happening: animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon forest destruction. Whopping 4000 square meters of rainforest is being demolished and cleared every second!
– I was petrified to learn that the total waste from animal livestock hundreds of times higher than from humans. It is as drastic as 130 times more waste produced by livestock than humans…
– On a plant-based diet you will consume less than 10% of water, 5% land and spend 50% less carbon dioxide comparing to your meat eating friend (see One Green Planet and Earth Save International for more references to this)
– We can eliminate world hunger! Instead of feeding livestock, we could feed the entire planet with food, it means no more world hunger. We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people.. Yet instead the majority share of crops goes to feed livestock that feeds millions and not billions…
On a plant-based diet you will help to save 300 l of water, 10 kgs of wheat or barley, and two animal lives everyday! Any life is precious don’t you think?
China, Korea and Vietnam still allow to consume dog meat. I love my dog and I’d just love to think it is to be stopped. You and me can save a dog’s life everyday! Similarly, you and me can save cow’s, lamb’s, or pig’s life everyday.