But why is everyone going vegan?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Well,  the title is a slight exaggeration, but veganism is definitely a growing trend worldwide. Everyday there are new Youtube channels, Instagram accounts, and Tumblrs covering this topic. Reading our blogposts, you should have by now figured out that Sarah and I are doing our best to live a vegan lifestyle. But today, I want to take you guys a step back and show you the main reasons why we chose to live this way and why we are so passionate about it. These are the main reasons why we believe that living a vegan lifestyle is the most sustainable, ethical, and healthy way to live.

1.) Our Planet

Source: The Humane Society of the United Stated

"You can't call yourself an environmentalist and eat meat. Period." - Howard Lyman (Cowspiracy)

The livestock industry is one of the main contributors to climate change (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). This being said, just by switching to a plant based diet you can actively participate in saving resources and helping the planet. Isn't that a ridiculously easy way to help the environment (not meaning that other measures aren't crucial as well)?

For more information on this topic watch Conspiracy

2.) The Animals


"If you place yourself in the animals position, there is absolutely no way you can justify the things we do to them. Please follow the golden rule: do unto other as you would have done to you." - Gary Yourosky

First of all, I want to get one thing straight I've never been a great animal fan in a sense of wanting pets or wanting to cuddle dogs. I'm genuinely afraid of horses and most bigger dogs freak me out as well. So no, I wouldn't call myself a big animal lover. However, this does not mean that I don't believe that animals have the same right as human beings to live without pain and not be abused. Because yes, all animals you eat, including organic and grass-fed, are eventually killed against their will which I'd categorize as murder. Most animals spend their whole life in tiny boxes, being tortured and eventually killed for the pleasure of our taste buds (because no we don't need animal protein). For everyone who wants to know what is actually going on before the steak reaches your plate have a look at this: Earthlings

3.) Your Health

Finally, eating a vegan diet does not only help the planet and shows compassion, but you can actually thrive on it. Of course, you can also be an unhealthy vegan, eating lots of fake meats and cheese, oils, friends food, and not exercising. However, I personally feel like it's way easier to keep weight off on a vegan diet without ever starving myself. And yes, you easily get enough protein on a vegan diet, since most plants contain around 5% protein which corresponds to the ratio recommended by the World Health Organization. Since I'm no health expert I recommend to you to follow the links below to learn more about the health benefits of a plantbased diet.

These sources below are all based on scientific research in peer reviewed journals:

Dr. McDougall shares his discoveries in treating patients through the implementation of a plant based diet:

Source: Lifehack

Now, there are a lot more sources and reasons out there to adopt a vegan lifestyle, however, I have to say that the book that initially caught my interest and that I'm re-reading at the moment is Skinny bitch. It's an easy read but also provides important facts backed up by scientific research and I definitely recommend it to everyone wanting to live a healthier life. And don't let yourself get put off by the title, the book is way better than this attention grabbing title might make you think! Hope this post might help you and make you understand why Sarah and I decided to live this way.

- Svenja

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