Becoming a Vegan
You Can Make A Difference
Some people think that becoming a vegan is crazy. They love the taste
of meat and cheese. They say they will never stop eating animal
products. Anyone who has been a vegan for even a short time has met
Yet other people read a book, watch a video, or hear
a vegan lecture and they become vegan overnight. Why do they
People become vegan for various reasons. There are four common reasons
that people adopt a vegan lifestyle:
fat, cholesterol, and animal protein from animal flesh make
us fat and sick. Animal foods increase our risk of heart disease,
many other health problems. The healthiest and slimmest people
on the planet
base their diets on plants.
Apart from losing weight, did you know that adopting a vegan diet will
also help the environment? You can save more greenhouse gases by going
green with food than by switching to a hybrid car. Learn the details
and more surprising facts here:
As you can see, animal agriculture is a dirty business. Animal waste
giant mounds and toxic "lagoons" on factory farms. It poisons the
ground water. When it rains, the waste runs into
streams and rivers.
from cows contributes more to global warming than the
CO2 from the entire transportation industry.
are stripping the oceans of fish and other sea animals. The
ocean is becoming a barren wasteland. Half of the ocean fish catch is
actually fed to animals on factory farms. Farmed fish are treated with
antibiotics to keep them healthy. The concentrated fish waste and
antibiotics then pollute the ocean water.
a vegan might motivate you to make other changes to
environment. Buy local produce. Ride a bike, take public
transport, or drive a hybrid vehicle. This green living site describes how to
manage a compost pile.
It also discusses recycling and
organic gardening. Do whatever you can. The earth thanks you.
- 3. Animal
adult knows that when humans eat meat, someone had
to kill the animal. Meat
eaters say that's OK; animals are here for us to eat. Vegans
Nearly all people try to hide the fact of animal slaughter
children. Subconsciously, they must know it is wrong to
kill animals for food.......but they just don't want to think about it.
Most food animals live
miserable lives on factory farms. They endure crowded, filthy, noisy
no human would tolerate. They are
artificially inseminated. Their babies are often removed from them at
birth. Farmers feed them unnatural foods that make them sick.
They are slaughtered under conditions of pain and terror.
Several major religions teach that humans should not eat animals.
scriptures of Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Seventh Day Adventists all
advocate a vegetarian diet. The LDS (Mormon) Words of Wisdom do too,
although most Mormons ignore the teachings.
How to do it
some people, becoming a vegan is a gradual process. First they give up
red meat, then poultry, then fish, then eggs and dairy
products. Over the years they gradually quit wearing leather, wool, and
silk. They eventually find cruelty-free substitutes for their
cosmetics and cleaning products.
Other people jump into the vegan lifestlye with both feet and never
look back. Choose
the method that works for you. It is important to educate
yourself and be consistent. Don't preach. Just be an example
of positive energy and good health. Someone once said "setting
a good example is not the best way to influence people....it's the only
People who adopt a vegan lifestyle are independent thinkers.
They are not afraid to be different. They are often intelligent and
thoughtful people who prefer to be leaders, not followers. Once you
are a vegan, you will feel a strong bond with other vegans. This
bond transcends differences of age, race, religion, and nationality. It
is a warm
and wonderful feeling. Enjoy it.