In August 2012 I made the decision to cut out animal products from my diet. The effects on both my physical and mental health have been enormous. My reasons to eat plant-based were mostly …
FOR THE ANIMALS
After realizing that cows don’t give us their milk voluntarily and that they have to be impragnanted / raped , have their babies taken away from them only a few days after giving birth, my decision to no longer consume dairy was made. Same goes for all other animal exploitation from shredded chickens to pigs being put into cages / prison for their entire life. Did you know that every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year?
There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing plant-based foods over meat, eggs, and dairy “products.” (Source)
Animals are not “just animals”. They have a social life, they can have a heart-break, they are intelligent, have their own language and a right to live.
FOR OUR HEALTH
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that may slow you down and make you sick, such as cholesterol and saturated animal fat. (source)
As a teenager, I was constantly anxious, depressed and suffered from various eating disorders. Understanding, feeding and caring for my body has helped me incredibly with healing from my mental problems.
FOR OUR PLANET
Meat is not environmentally friendly. Consuming it is actually one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. Meat production is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” car in the fight against climate change. (source)