Why Vegan — 101 Reasons

Why Vegan — 101 reasons
 I may have slightly opened Pandora’s Box when I decided to start a blog on veganism, but for the most part the response from friends, family and new readers has been quite good. No matter where I go people are curious. Personally I have never felt better. I feel trim, sleep well, have dropped caffeine consumption considerably and just feel happier. Food plays an important role in our lives these days. Our human ancestors had to fight and generally scavenge for food just to live another day, but our problem today is that we have too much food.
 The intention of my blog is to bring awareness and share recipes in an area that I’m particularly fond of. Veganism is slowly becoming a lifestyle for me. It’s the adherence to compassion and the anthesis to disharmony. In a world where animals are robbed of life I feel it my responsibility to do something about it. Today I wanted to share 101 reasons for veganism. Some are my reasons and others are quotes from influential people who have just said it better than I ever could.
 I’ve learned to appreciate green smoothies and it’s an excellent way to get lots of veggies in. 
 The taste of meat is off-putting to me now.
 I’m the leanest I have ever been. 
 Even if I don’t work out for weeks I gain no excess weight.
 When I have a sweet tooth I pick up fruit instead of processed sweets. 
 I sleep less and better. My body has more energy these days. Most days I’m up at 5:30am. 
 I wake up and just feel light and don’t ever feel bloated. 
 Speaking of bloated, my bowel movements are beautiful. TMI I know, but the older we get these things become very important. If you are not hitting the head on the regular and you often feel constipated, you just don’t feel good (hint..incorporate chia seeds into your diet and soak them overnight before using them). 
 Burgers, steaks, fried chicken, etc.. are all euphemisms for the re-heating and consumption of rotten corpses. 
 I don’t want to contribute in any way to the massacre of 150 billion land and sea animals every year. 
 “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” Leonardo Da Vinci 
 I have built compassion not only for animals but have found a deeper dimension of love and respect for my fellow humans. 
 I feel more in touch with the earth. I just appreciate everything more. 
 “A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare.” Plutarch
 I can’t think of a restaurant I went to that did not have a vegan option. It’s becoming easier and easier which shows that people are becoming the change they wish to see in the world. 
 I care about justice and I know I can’t save the world everyday, but I do know that I cast a vote every time I eat a meal. 
 “Everything in food works together to create health or disease. The more we think that a single chemical (protein) characterizes a whole food, the more we stray into idiocy.” T. Colin Campbell
 I can’t remember the last time I got sick. Raw vegetables and fruits have become my daily doses of medicine. 
 I have gotten more creative in the kitchen as a result of my diet. 
 A vegan diet contains absolutely no cholesterol. 
 “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Pythagoras
 It feels great when friends and family members tell me they are eating less meat. They say it with excitement which tells me people are inherently good, don’t want to cause harm and care about their well-being.
 It’s hard to eat eggs when you know it comes from the same place (cloaca) that chickens urinate and poop from.
 I used to have a hot temper, but since going vegetarian and now vegan I find myself at more peace. There are a lot of other factors at play, but food was a big one. 
 “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with raw material of bones;’ walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, with vegetable made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” Henry David Thoreau
 I never have to worry about fiber in my diet. 
 I’ve learned that all cholesterol comes from animals and it’s by products (dairy, milk, cheese, eggs). We make our own as well because we are animals, but we don’t need to consume any to survive, just as most animals (75%) on this planet don’t eat each other for survival. 
 “I choose not to make a graveyard for my body for the rotting corpses of dead animals.” George Bernard Shaw
 I’d rather spend an extra $2 bucks on kale then spend my retirement money on medication and unnecessary surgery that’s simply prolonging death and not adding value to life. Eating a vegan diet is an investment in the most precious thing I have, my life and health. 
 My family has a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I intend to change and reverse the passed down recipes of illness to my future children and will educate them for the sake of their children and so on. 
 “Some people think the plant based whole food diet is extreme. Half a million this year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.” Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
 “When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products I say, ‘because they are unhealthy and they are a product of a violent and inhumane industry.” Cassey Afleck
 I just can’t picture drinking milk, eating ice cream or cheese because it comes from another animal’s mammary (fancy word for breasts). 
 I can get all the protein I need from fruits and vegetables, but I also get a ton of vitamins and minerals. 
 “I show my love for animals by not eating them or participating in any business that profits directly from their exploitation or — if that word irks you — their ‘use.’ You may show your love for animals by eating them. You may love animals, but only intelligent ones. You may draw the line anywhere you gosh darn please, but for me, I couldn’t draw it anymore so I just gave up the line. I threw out the line.” Mayim Bialik
 Veganism is not a fad diet. I’m not into doing anything because of how it may appeal to others. I’ve searched every corner of logic and reason as to why meat is needed and I came back finding nothing. 
 Do animals fear pain? Well I know if I chase one, it will want to run. That’s enough for me to know they do. 
 It’s cheaper! Lentils, beans, rice, starches, nuts and fruits and vegetables are less expensive than you think. If you plan out your meals, eating a vegan diet will add value to your health and keep more money in your bank account. 
 Some people look at me like I’m weird when I say I’m vegan. It’s actually entertaining and awkwardly endearing. 
 Blood flows better everywhere throughout my body. Do you get my drift. If you don’t that’s okay. One day :)
 I have more stamina and fruits and veggies are clean energy that I can never have too much of. 
 No Doctor in the history of the world ever said eat less vegetables and fruits. 
 I’ve grown up with lots of acne problems, but pimples come up rarely now. 
 I can get my omega fats from nuts, flaxseed and avocados. 
 Food used to be a vice when eating meat, but now I eat for fuel. I still like dining out every now and again, but it’s not something that takes inordinate amount of space in my life now. It’s liberating. 
 I don’t have that many options when dining out at non-veg restaurants so it makes ordering easier. I don’t enjoy too many choices. The simpler, the better.
 Conversely living in San Francisco has many vegan restaurants so going out with veg friends can be fun if we go family style. 
 I thought going vegan was going to be hard, but once I started doing it, it was quite easy. 
 This diet simply works for me. However I do think people can only do good for their bodies when consuming more fruits and veggies. 
 Veganism has helped me adopt a love for gardening.
 I get so much antioxidants it’s not even funny.
 I’ve had to become more well versed in nutrition as result of giving up meat. It has helped me understand food better. 
 Almond Milk just tastes better than Cow’s Milk. 
 I’ve cut down on caffeine considerably as my energy comes from foods high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. 
 Anxiety has been something that I don’t deal with now. 
 Coconut water has taken on a whole different meaning. It has more electrolytes and potassium and so many other great benefits. 
 When craving meat I get the faux meat substitutes. I can’t tell the difference now but it’s nice to now that I have options when taste nostalgia kicks in. (former meat addict here)
 I’ve realized that the factory farming industry also exploits its workers. I don’t want to be involved in an industry where unfair wages are the norm, where people can’t even go to the bathroom because the demand for meat products is so high and where workers are treated like the animals we consume. 
 My nails are healthier and grow back super fast. (I still bite them, a habit I’m trying to change)
 I seem to be growing more hair on my head as a result of my diet. Well that and lots of coconut oil. 
 My love for animals is not restricted to only dogs and cats. 
 Just because eating meat is the norm and accepted, it doesn’t make it right. Slavery was perfectly normal. The concentration camps at Birkenau and Auschwitz was normal as well for some time. Just because the majority dine in certain ways doesn’t make it right. Mark Twain once said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
 The strongest animals on our planet are vegan (Elephants, Gorillas, Hippos, Rhinoceroses, Giraffes, Oxen, etc..). They also live longer than meat eating animals because they rely on the greens to get by and don’t have to chase their prey. 
 “People eat meat and think they will become strong as an Ox, forgetting that the ox eats Grass.” Pino Caruso
 I generally feel more joy and have connected deeper to my spirituality. I see life differently now. Everything has more meaning.
 I stop and smell the roses (so to speak) a lot more. I am more present
 Pigs are smarter than our dogs. They are very similar to humans in their understandings.
 I’ve realized talk is cheap. I lead my example in everything I do. 
 I value my family as I value all families. I see humans and animals as sentient beings that all have souls and all simply deserve the right to be left alone and enjoy the timeless gift of life. 
 I prefer dark chocolate and fruits to cheese over wine pairings. The former contains antioxidants and the latter makes your breath stink. 
 “The human body has no more need for cow’s milk than it does for dog’s, horse’s milk, or giraffe’s milk.” Michael Klaper
 Through much research I’ve learned that most sickness in America are preventable and never need exists in the first place. I want to empower the world to take their health back and stop relying on the corporate greed of big agricultural and pharmaceutical industries to make your decisions for you. 
 My diet is a whole food, plant based or vegan diet. So, basically I want you to eat whole grains, legumes, tonnes of vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. No meat whatsoever and no processed foods. It’s amazing what it can do for your body, and it reduces your risk for chronic disease.” Julianna Hever
 In my neighborhood I can out hustle, out play, and out ball (basketball) most of the 18–25 years olds. 
 I am less fatigued throughout the day because the food I eat takes very little energy for the body to recognize, compartmentalize and digest. 
 More and more athletes are adopting veganism because they perform better, recovery time is quicker, and they are less injury prone. 
 I don’t need animals to survive anymore. 
 My taste buds have changed since going adopting veganism. My body is more responsive to what it needs to run at its optimal level. 
 My gut bacteria has changed and will let me know if it’s scare of greens. 
 I’ve started to eat what is in season.
 I’ve introduced fruits and vegetables to my pallet that I wouldn’t have if I did not give up meat. 
 I can easily accept that I’m a fallible human being. Veganism has helped me re-evaluate many things in my life so I can make better choices in every aspect. 
 I’d rather do something active with friends then dine out at a restaurant. It just doesn’t hold the same precedence as it used to. 
 I’m not ignorant to the realities facing the food industry now. My taste buds have gave way to my heart and in that I have built compassion. 
 “If you don’t like seeing pictures of violence towards animals being posted, you need to help stop the violence, not the pictures.” Johnny Depp
 If I can’t kill or even watch an animal being killed for food then I shouldn’t eat it. 
 “The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing; they don’t count; they don’t matter. They are commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects — sandwiches and shoes.” Gary Yourofsky
 I looked at my dog one day and started to think about the bond we share. I started to think about all the animals that die and the bonds they could have shared with their families. This brought sadness to my heart, but shortly after, hope surfaced. I Hope that my work on earth can help people take their blinders off. 
 I have a newfound appreciation for peanut and almond butters. 
 “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” — Joaquin Phoenix
 Veganism promotes love. To those vegans that become radical, I understand your frustration, but the same love and compassion you have for animals needs to be transferred to humanity. 
 Maybe if I was born in another country I wouldn’t be vegan because options are more scarce and it’s about survival, but I don’t live in another country. I live in America where fruits, veggies, grains, beans, legumes and nuts are abundant. 
 “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” Hippocrates
 After adopting veganism I place high value on moral and ethical standards. I cannot expect others to carry this and I don’t worry about it, but I must for myself. 
 “Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” Mark Twain
 Being Vegan is better than planting trees for the environment and the results are instant.
 I want to live longer and see what cool technological advancements we make in the future. I wonder if Elon Musk will take us to Mars in my lifetime. I eat the way I do because life is such a gift and I want to be here as long as I can. 
 If you care about climate change, the environment and the future of humanity, then brining awareness to what’s on your plate is virtue.
 “All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. When whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” Buddha
 Contrary to popular belief it’s easier, less hassle, and cleaner to eat plant-based than meat. 
 “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein

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