Why I decided to go vegan

In Fiji, as soon as someone finds out I’m vegetarian (nobody knows what vegan is, so I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t eat eggs or dairy), they’ll give a surprised look and ask why. … And when I tell people in America that I’m vegan I usually hear, “oh I don’t think I could ever be vegan! … I love *insert meat/dairy food here* too much!” The truth is, deciding to be vegan was easy for me.

Becoming vegan was a personal choice because of my love for animals, the environment and for overall health.

But first let’s just debunk this bad boy…

Aren’t you worried you won’t get enough protein?

Simple answer: not one bit.

I used to think that humans needed .8-1 grams of protein per every POUND they weigh. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. We actually need that amount per every KILOGRAM we weigh. I weigh 150 pounds, so I weigh about 69 kgs. So personally I need 55-69 grams of protein daily rather than 150 grams. Big difference, eh? I was eating wayyy too much protein, just completely unnecessary and not doing me any good for my overall health.

And now here’s why I’m vegan.

For the animals:

I think as a society we really distanced ourselves from the process animals go through from the farm to our plates. We don’t see what happens behind closed doors. I can totally agree that there are some farms that treat their animals well and kill them in a “humane way,” if you believe there is a humane way to do so. However, I personally would never be able to look into the eyes of another animal and kill it to eat when there are so many other (and healthier) options out there. So if I can’t do the killing then I don’t think I should be doing the eating either.

And it’s more than just the killing part. It’s how these animals are treated when they’re alive too. Chickens living in tiny cages where they can’t walk around, or stepping over each other including dead chickens. Baby cows are taken from their mothers very young so the milk production can begin. I understand that not every single farm in America treats their animals like this, but too many do and if you’re not raising your own animals how do you truly know?

Pigs are smarter than dogs. But we consider it ok to kill a pig to eat but not our dog to eat? It’s a gross thought and I don’t know anyone in America that would ever consider killing a dog to eat, but we don’t think twice about eating a pig?

In Fiji, I heard the squeals of pigs and saw the fight they put up before getting slashed and killed. It’s not pretty. Enough to make me feel nauseas. The pigs are smart enough to know what’s happening, they see the pig before them getting killed and they know they’re next…Mmm makes me want to eat a ham sandwich. *eye roll*

For the environment:

It’s no secret that climate change is happening whether you care to believe it or not.

Raising farm animals uses an enormous amount of grain, water, energy, and so much gas is released into the atmosphere. First the amount of grain and water to feed the animals, then the butchering process, packaging, refrigeration, and shipping the meat across the world/America.

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, animal agriculture is the largest source of methane emission globally. This is cow, sheep and goat farts releasing methane, which is 25 times more effective at trapping heat in our atmosphere compared to carbon dioxide.

Climate change is something that is happening right now. It might not be noticeable in certain areas, like Pennsylvania. But over in Fiji it’s very noticeable. A village had to move inland to high ground because of rising ocean levels and people are dying in mud slides. There are many things you can do to help the environment and not eating meat is one thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

For health:

Ahh last but not least. Health. I genuinely feel healthier when I’m not eating meat, dairy, and eggs.

Humans should not be consuming another mammals milk, would you ever suck on a cows utter? I didn’t think so. We are only meant to drink the milk from our own mothers when we’re infants. Cow milk has hormones (yes even the “hormone free” milk) in it that is meant to nourish a baby calf into a large cow. Most adults are lactose intolerant, meaning they don’t digest lactase found in dairy products. People who are lactose intolerant will experience bloating, stomach pain, or cramping from consuming dairy.

If feeling good isn’t enough for you, I also look better. I’d get frequent breakouts on my chin, the deep cystic pimples that hurt really bad. Of course I still get a sweat pimple here and there (because, Fiji), but over all my skin is looking much healthier and vibrant than when I was consuming a non vegan diet.

I’m not an expert on the science behind health conditions like heart disease and diabetes in relation to a meat based diet, so I’m not going to try to explain it all. But what I can say is from my personal experience of going vegan, I’ve noticed big differences in my energy levels, I workout almost everyday and I feel energized through out the day. My digestive system is on pointttt, and I’ll leave that one there. My skin feels and looks healthy. And I believe I am preventing future diseases from arising by eating a vegan diet.

I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. My meals are rich and nutritious and FULL of flavor. Just about anything can be veganised. There’s vegan cheeses, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, even vegan yogurts!

If you want to eat a plant based diet, tell me what are your reasons?

And if you’re already vegan, what made you want to switch to veganism?

With so much love,

XOXO

Liv

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