20 reasons to go vegan

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why would one choose to be vegan? one of my dear friends posed this exact question on facebook over the weekend, and it really got me thinking. most of you know that my husband and i have been a vegetarian for a long time, and often end up eating a vegan diet as well. their are many reasons why someone would go vegetarian, vegan or choose to eat only local & organic products, but today i want to specifically discuss the reasons why someone would choose to ‘go vegan’.

10 reasons to go vegan

{the cooks}

1. you’ll live longer. studies show that on average vegans live 6 years longer than meat eaters.

2. avoid toxins. (non-organic) meat contains antibiotics, hormones & toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten.
3. less land consumption. an astounding 20 vegans can live off the same amount of land required by one meat eater.
4. less water consumption. it only takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1lb of wheat whereas it takes 2500 gallons to produce 1lb of meat.

5. reduce potential for food poison. 80% of food poisoning is due to infected meat.
6. reduced risk of heart disease. vegans have a 57% reduced risk of getting heart disease (the #1 killer in america today!).
7. proper protein. the average american eats twice as much protein as necessary for a healthy diet and much of that is from red meat. getting protein from beans and grains is much healthier and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.
8. healthy hormones. eating animals that have been given hormones to speed growth (a widely accepted practice in the meat industry) means those hormones go into your body. not only can this disrupt the natural balance of your hormones, but some of the hormones given to animals have shown to cause tumor growth in humans.
9. avoid antibiotics. antibiotics are almost always given to (non-organic) feed animals, which can lead to bacterial resistance in humans. many of the antibiotics used to treat human infections are also used in feed animals. this means by consuming this, we are causing ourselves to be less resistant to antibiotics.
10. increased weight loss. a healthy weight loss is a typical result of a smart vegan diet. eating vegan eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues. 33% percent of americans are obese, while only 2% of vegans are.
11. prevent osteoporosis. bone health depends on a balance of neither too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium, and low sodium. with a healthy vegan diet, all four of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing osteoporosis.
12. appropriate puberty. since 1950, girls are hitting puberty on average 4-7 years earlier and boy’s sperm counts have decreased by 25-50% due to the hormones present in non-organic meat and dairy products.
13. reduced risk of alzheimers. meat eaters have double the rate of alzheimers disease as vegans.
14. support heathy ecosystems. nitrates & pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock end up in our rivers and vastly effect the health of micro environments and ecosystems.
15. reduce global warming. the 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas which leads to global warming).
16. reduce animal cruelty. the animals involved in mass industry farming are exposed to the most cruel, unsanitary and horrific conditions. if you can handle watching it, the meet your meat‘ movie will give you a glance into the common practices of present day industry farming.
17. reduce your risk for cancer. vegans have a 40% reduced level of cancer than the general population thought to be because they have a higher intake of vitamins A,C & E.
18. eliminate bad cholesterol. eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all of the ‘bad’ dietary cholesterol from your diet (heart disease is the leading cause of death in america today).
19. save rain forests. if they continue to clear american forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.
20. increase your energy. when following a healthy vegan diet, you will find your energy is much higher.

so many people get hung up on the idea that eating vegan or vegetarian is just too difficult. or they may find themselves emotionally attached to just how tasty meat can be. what they often don’t know, is that it is ever increasingly easy to eat a vegan/vegetarian diet, and enjoy much of the same things you do now. with meat substitutes, you can enjoy healthy vegan bacon, burgers and even barbecue! it’s a great way to ease into the lifestyle. today, even eating out is no problem. with most american restaurants offering vegan friendly dishes, you can also head to a mexican, thai, chinese, or indian restaurant for a sure bet of vegan/vegetarian options.

what do you think? is it worth the health of your body and your planet to skip the meat? i think i could have stopped after reason #1 and been convinced, but i would love to know what you think. i’ll meet you in the comments section!

resources & further recommended reading: veggie revolution, 101 reasons to go vegetarian, 57 health benefits of going vegan, dr. oz


  • see i totally understand the reasoning behind being vegetarian or vegan but i have two issues with it (& these are just me) …

    1. i like meat (like steak should be rare)
    2. i don’t like vegetables

  • hi laura! thanks for sharing, and i definitely respect your reasons! have you considered eating and buying only local & organic meat and dairy? for people who don’t want to go veg, this is a wonderful opportunity to still take a stand and improve their own health, the health of their families and the health of our planet for generations to come. i highly suggest reading veggie revolution (find the link above after ‘resources’). and if you do decide to try going veg, even for a week, i would suggest trying some alternative meat options. i promise the veggie burgers, chicken, bacon and barbecue options are to die for- and so much healthier! love & respect, bon

  • many of the issues you raised concern me, but at our house we still eat meat. to rid some of the health issues we purchase a 1/4 of a cow from a local farmer each year and spend extra on chicken that is raised free range and without hormones/antibiotics. our eggs are purchased from a local man who takes such good care of his chickens, the egg yolks are orange! our meals each week consist of at least one vegetarian meal. we are not ready for an entirely vegetarian lifestyle and am quite certain we will never become vegans. are you leaning towards going vegan bonnie? if so, you will have to take us on your journey – I would be very interested in the challenges faced while making that transition.

  • i’m not a vegetarian myself, but you raise some good points. in reference to your response to laura, i’ve been trying to stick to local and organic foods, but the problem i have with this is convenience and price. unfortunately, organic foods tend to be more expensive than the non-organic. maybe not by much (in some cases), but enough to make me think twice when i need to save a buck or two. at the same time, you can’t really put a price on your own health!

    i’m definitely trying to stay healthy without going completely vegetarian and to tell you the truth, a lot of organic foods taste so much better!

    great post and super informative!

  • hi jes! i’m in full support of what you and your family are doing, and i think it’s probably the most attainable action for most people to take. eating local/organic will basically accomplish much of the same things going veg will do. hooray for you and what you are doing!

    hmm, i would be lying if i said we haven’t considered it. but i still think small quantities of organic dairy is a nice addition to our vegetarian diet. we are considering eating vegan at home, and loosening our belts as we go out or to a friends house (but still remain vegetarian). i’ll have to let you know how it goes!

    let me also say to everyone (shoulda put this in the post!) that i have great respect for vegans, vegetarians and those who choose to go local/organic. all of the above are headed in the right direction and are making a huge positive difference in the issues and health at stake.

  • Hey there! My husband and I are both vegans–and we ultimately made the decision after learning about animal cruelty. But, with the research that’s proving that meat and dairy are actually cancer causing, because they’re so acidic and our bodies have an incredibly hard time digesting meat and dairy, I know we’ve made the right decision for us.

    If you want an amazing resource for vegetarian/vegan living, check out Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr.

  • hi jillian! thanks for bringing this very important issue up! although buying organic is more expensive, it has everything to do with our consumer demands. basically, we vote three times a day. as we demand more organics, more companies will produce it and the prices WILL go down. i know that still doesn’t help our hurting pocketbooks, but know that purchasing organics does help and sends a direct message to the suppliers. until then, there are more important foods than others that you should buy organic. for instance buying organic apples & strawberries is more important than organic bananas and avocados due to their thicker skins (more resistant to absorbing pesticides). buying organic meat/dairy is pretty much always important though due to the antibiotics and hormones present. do a google search to find out what’s more important, and here are a few sites to get you started:

    organic musts- http://tinyurl.com/hjouz
    lowest in pesticides- http://tinyurl.com/29t8gms
    best things to buy organic – http://tinyurl.com/bg25fr

  • thanks for sharing, april! for those who missed it- she recommends reading Crazy, Sexy, Diet found here: http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Sexy-Diet-Veggies-Ignite/dp/1599218011

  • Never gonna go vegetarian or vegan, but for some of the reasons you have listed we eat a vegetarian dinner once a week and I reduce the amount of meat in many other meals and compensate with loads of veggies. It is amazing when we do eat out (which is rarely) the ratio of meat:veggies is so far off from what we regularly eat at home. That alone lets me know I’m on the right track (and reminds me why we eat out so rarely). I try to buy organic when I can, esp. milk, eggs and lettuce, and buy only local beef (not hard in Wyoming) but the thought of what’s in the ginormous chicken breasts I buy at the supermarket really disgusts me.

  • I love this post!
    I’m a vegetarian and I love it!
    I was used to eat meat all the time but I started to get sick really often, and I mean SICK, so I changed my diet, I decided that due to my budget I couldn’t go all vegan so I have been a vegetarian for more than a year and I have been feeling really good, even my mood changed and I even lost a few pounds.

  • hi victoria! good for you- it sounds like you’re moving in the right direction! haha yes, the chicken should disgust you, but it’s easy to find organic alternatives. also, it’s unfortunate that we consume most of our meat when we eat out- as that is the most unhealthy kind. most cheaply produced and purchased, which means it’s ridden with antibiotics, pesticides and hormones. a healthier alternative would be to eat good meat at home, and eat veg out. best of luck in your endeavors, and wonderful job of eating veg once a week and buying local beef!

  • bonnie – your post to Jillian is so important…I pass that info on regularly too…and have noticed just in the past couple of years with the increase in awareness/demand there has been an increase in amount of organic and local veggies available in my grocery store (yay!)…I can’t say if price has started falling YET.

  • My husband and I still eat meats, but really only once or maybe twice a week now since we started only buying locally produced meats. I frequently will skip the meat altogether even if I make it for him just for calorie sake. We are both lactose intolerant so the cow dairy is out for us anyway. We do enjoy sheep’s milk Feta though. Since we got our huge garden plot and started growing all our own produce, that is the main part of every meal and it sure is delicious! Oh yeah, we do love our local eggs too so that would be hard to give up. Overall though, I agree with all your points and think about going back to being vegetarian quite often…I should just do it!

    • hey jenn! love reading all that you’re doing. :) i love local sheep’s cheeses and local eggs, too. i miss my laying hens so much!

  • thanks, jes! and i agree- it’s so wonderful to see that new organics are arriving everyday! though i’d like to think that the prices have started to come down a little, we definitely have a long road ahead of us. oh the power of purchases!

    • thanks for sharing victoria! i too can testify how much better i have felt on a vegetarian diet. i feel ‘clean’, fresh and more energized! what do i mean clean? not really sure, but here are two fun facts: #1: eliminating dairy and red meat from the diet significantly reduces body odor. #2: vegans frequently experience a reduction in bad breath. (via this article)


  • Awesome post, Bonnie.

  • I love this post! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 10 years and was definitely glad to read some of the facts you have on here (especially about the osteoporosis since I’m a small-framed girl).

    I definitely want people to know that it is TOTALLY possible to have a vegetarian diet without any additional difficulty and cost. I’m a college student, and my boyfriend is a recent college grad, and we’re both vegetarians. It’s totally possible to be veg on the cheap. :]

  • These are all great reasons. We’re not vegetarian, but prefer to eat that way. We eat meat maybe once or twice a week. It has been a gradual progression. The reduction of meat has freed up funds for more local and organic foods. Maybe one day we’ll make the switch entirely.

    I have added your post to the Meatless Monday carnival I host. Hopefully it will give people something to think about.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  • thanks for linking, rebecca! i’m going to have to remember your site next time in on the hunt for a recipe. yum!

  • Thank you for posting this! I hope it will get many people thinking.

    I am seventeen years old and went vegan about five months ago. I would have never thought it was something I could actually do but turns out it was the best decision I have ever made. I made the switch for my health and for the animals. There is absolutely no reason for me to ever go back to eating animal products-you just don’t need them!

    I wish people would be more open-minded towards veganism and more willing to give it a try; it’s really not that hard. I believe a plant-based diet is the solution to many of our problems and should become more of a norm in America.

    Two great books I recommend for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a vegan and the reasons why are: Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” and “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.

  • Bonnie, this post is really difficult for me. I was vegetarian for a long time. But intense exhaustion despite eating about five vegetarian meals a day because I felt sooo hungry and sooo exhausted after biking across Berlin every day… well we started incorporating just a little meat into our diet.

    Today, though? Oh man – that humus for sure!

    • hi katie, i’m sure this post is difficult for a lot of people. i am a huge advocate for the increased health that comes along with a vegetarian or vegan diet. if you’re educated on exactly what foods you’re consuming and what your body needs, you should have no problem getting enough energy- in fact, you should have more energy! my husband (vegetarian for over 5 years now) is a pro-cyclist and rides from about 2-5 hours a day. on top of that, he incorporates a run or swim as well, as he’s about to do an iron man this may! there may have been something very different going on with your body, but for most people (including endurance athletes) a vegetarian and vegan diet should be beneficial.

      hope you enjoy the hummus! :)

  • @peyton & @becky: thank you for sharing! your encouragement and advice will help many, i’m sure. so happy to hear from you both!

  • Very good post, Bonnie.

  • I am so glad you posted this information. I was a vegetarian for a few years, but decided to start eating meat again when I realized that we don’t eat together as a family any more because everyone loves meat and I was the only one not eating. So, I would made the food for the fam and then watched them eat it. It was ok for a while, but when we decided to start cooking out again, I just gave in.
    I buy all organic meat, but I’m still concerned and would love to go back to being vegetarian. This post inspires me to do so. Thanks

    • hi heni! thank you for your comment! it can definitely be really hard to eat a certain diet when the whole fam isn’t on board. i am so blessed to have a hub that is a veg (actually, he was one first!) and will pretty much eat whatever i put in front of him. i certainly empathize with the hassle this must cause! maybe you can get them to join your efforts, but either way- i’m so glad this encouraged you! ;)

  • But I love raw honey. And I believe in it! Besides, I’m sure I’ll be vegetarian before you know it:)

    • christy, you got me on the honey! i’m a big believer in it as well, and i think i like to forget that vegans don’t consume it. i’ve written before about how much i love it, but i really think that i’m sort of addicted to it.

      p.s. will be patiently waiting for you to join the veg-heads :)

  • Ive tried off and on and do eat a lot less meat and only buy milk that has no hormones. I really do agree with every reason, its just a matter of getting myself to do it. I read skinny bitch and had my sister read it and there is a chapter on how cruel the cows are treated that she refuses to eat meat. Its really sad how they are treated. I dont see how anyone could have a heart to torture in some of the ways they do but we stillneat it, sad but true. Great post !

  • i just read your comment … i’ve actually tried to intergrate “local” & “organic” into our diet where possible but being on a military base overseas it’s hard. Farmers markets & getting to the butcher/baker etc … are hard & limited here in germany … plus throw in shorter hours here the commissary on base is often the most convenient. Plus there’s the prices in there too. When we were in england i would get fresh when ever i could but here our options are so limited. But when we finally make it back to the states i will …

    I do love bean burgers & i love salad’s & fresh fruit so i try & mix them into the meals. I’m hoping to start cooking more after the lil dude is born … working at chilis is just another excuse, after being around people all day & serving them i don’t tend to care when i come home. But i will check out the book for sure & the hubby has given me a new found love of mushrooms recently (he also makes some wonderful stuffed bell peppers).

    I think if you were to walk into the commissary here & see what we have to choose from you’d go into shock.

  • thank you, cry! i have heard many times that

    “if slaughter houses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”

    that’s why i’m such a big advocate for eating local meat (if you’re still eating meat)- that way you can go visit the farms and see their slaughter facilities. happy animals = happy meals.

  • Hey Bonnie,

    I’ve been following this thread of comments–I think it’s an amazing discussion you’ve started.

    I also think it’s much better to eat local meat from a farm that you’ve visited {any step in that direction is seriously commendable in my opinion}…but, research has shown that even with family farms, cows {and other animals} can sense when they’re being taken to slaughter. They can smell the blood, and their fight or flight instinct kicks in which releases tons of stress hormones {cortisol} into their systems which ends up in the meat you eat.

    • hi april, thank you so much for following along and contributing! you have touched on a very good subject, but a sensitive one to many people. i do believe that animals can be slaughtered humanely, i just think that you have to your research to find the farms that do it that way. joel salatin from polyface is one such farmer that i know does this. but you are right, just because something is local/organic, does not mean that it is humane. everyone needs to do their homework, and consider taking a farm tour of the place they choose to get their meat (if they say no to a farm tour, you can bet you don’t want to purchase from them). the sensitive subject comes in when people either believe or don’t believe that animals are here for us to consume. i tend to believe that they were placed on earth for us to consume, but choose not consume them because i don’t believe (of course) in the mass production industry and the way they handle it. it’s just the easiest stand for me to take- just to say no to the entire gig.

      mind if i go out on a limb anyone (that was my disclaimer)? i’ve even read an empelling article relating america’s epidemic in depression and anxiety to the fact that we are eating massive amounts of depressed, anxious and stressed out animals. just food for thought!

  • hey laura! wow, it sounds like i probably would go into shock! it sounds like you are doing the best you can given the circumstances. keep up the good work!

  • Hi, found your blog through pinterest :) I dont eat meat but I do eat fish and seafood. Thinking of stopping with that to. I really loved meat, sausages, ham and so forth but after having spent a day on the PETA website 6 years ago I stopped. So it can be hard at first but then its really easy.
    Its just not worth it. And part from that we get a organic fruit and veggie basket every friday deliverd to our door so that helps too. So much tastier!

  • Okay, I’m sorry, but people who say they ‘don’t like vegetables’ are just gross! Do you know what eating a bunch of meat, bread and cheese DOES to your colon, not to mention your heart? And besides that, do you KNOW what slaughterhouses are like? I don’t object to eating meat, but eating a ton of it, refusing to eat healthy amounts of vegetables, and purposely retaining an ignorance of how animals are treated is just lazy, not to mention irresponsible and selfish!

  • Thanks for the post! As a vegetarian of 7 years and a vegan the past 3, I wonder why so many of your commenters say they could NEVER go vegan/vegetarian? Would you miss meat too much? Do you think it will be too hard? Most people who eat a plant-based diet once ate a typical American diet, including myself, and I also once thought I could NEVER do it. You can! It is so wonderful and easy and I have never felt better. Please just give it a try for week and see if you could really never do it.

    • jessica, thank you for your comment! you made me laugh, because i once thought i could never do it as well. in fact, i was pissed when my husband (then-boyfriend) told me he wanted to go veg! that was 6 years ago- oh, how things change! it’s been effortless and i’ve never felt better and more healthy in my life. i haven’t missed it one bit! so i’m with jessica here, everyone. just give it a try! ;)

  • Wow, that’s a lot to think about. I never thought I could go vegan or even vegetarian……but all of these pro’s for it make me want to try. I don’t like red meat anyway, so I just eat chicken and fish, but not very often. I have a friend that is vegan, so I’m sure she could help me if I have any questions

    • hey abby! i used to never think i could either, but it was so much easier than i was afraid it would be. the first book i read was called ‘veggie revolution’- i highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more! also, PLEASE feel free to send me over any questions you may have. :) xox!

  • Hi

    just so you know, growing crops can be harmful to the environment as much as raising cattle. Most of the things you stated are based on the US facts and I know that in a lot of the more populated places in the world there are factory farms. I am from New Zealand, here there are more animals to people. e.g. 3 sheep to 1 person and none of those sheep are raised in factory farms. Also the meat here isn’t packed with chemicals and hormones. When it comes to meat I do try and make sure that it has very few preservatives in it. Here’s and interesting fact: New Zealand meat is on average better than most countries due to it being pure and not having stupid things stuck into it.

    I hope you will be open minded about my comment and I do think that being vegan is good for people who need to eat healthier food for health reasons.

    • hi dean! thanks for commenting here! it sounds very much like new zealand’s meat is raised in a much more sustainable and healthy way, that’s fantastic! i am in complete support of those who wish to seek out sustainable, organic and humane meat and it sounds like you have all of that at your fingertips. yeah!

      just in case you’re interested, there are many studies that still link even the best kind of animal proteins to many risks. if you’re interested, check out the china study (studies on how dairy depletes us of calcium) and forks over knives (links animal protein to possible increased cancer rates).

      again, nice to meet you and hope to get to know you more!
      warmly, bonnie

  • Hi Dean,

    It is true that the US is one of the worst perpetrators these harmful practices, and honestly, it isn’t most of the farms, it is pretty much all of them. 99% of our animal agriculture in this country is factory farming and practices these brutal and damaging techniques. Perhaps if I lived in a place like New Zealand I would be more accepting of eating meat.

    • jess, thanks for your comment! i agree, sounds like new zealand is the place to be for meat eaters. ;)

  • Hi Bonnie,
    Thank you veeeeery much for your post! It is incredible how many reasons we have not to eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for longer than three years. I must say I eat some fish once in a while because in Spain (where I live) it is still difficult to find places where you can eat only vegetables. We are a veeeery unaware country in this sense. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to explain other people why I don’t eat meat. They really don’t understand.
    I did it because of animal cruelty. This is the MAIN reason above all, but I am really glad it benefits my health because I feel much better knowing that I am preventing thousands of diseases.
    I will translate your post and put it in my blog. I’ll send you the link.
    Thanks for spreading the veg-vibe!!!!!

    • thanks for the note, mariana! i know how hard it can be to explain yourself, especially to those who really don’t get it! it sounds like you’re doing really well with it though, so keep it up! and thank YOU for spreading the veg-vibe! :) xoxo

  • I have been vegan for a couple months now. i used to eat meat and cheese, not so much milk but—I LOVE(D) cheese. I made the decision to go vegan after watching documentaries like Food Inc., Forks Over Knives, Vegucated, and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I have found substitutes here in BC, Canada (I don’t think they are available everywhere but you’d be surprised when you look harder at the grocery store what you find~!) for butter (earth balance) ground beef for tacos (tofu based and delish), cheese (Daiya ‘cheddar’style shreds), cream (coconut milk for coffee) and ice cream (so delicious, it’s soy based I think) Going vegan has made me so happy. I have probably annoyed everyone around me by talking so much about it, but the reality is undeniable. Stronger nails, weight loss, eating whatever I like and still feeling light and energetic. I have more energy, sleep a bit less, and have more stable moods. I highly recommend trying this for a mere 30 days to anyone who is on the fence. I don’t think I will ever stop eating vegan after what I know and how good I feel on this lifestyle versus my old one. Also, organic fruits and veg TASTE so much better! I bought organic romaine lettuce today and it was so bright and green, and tasty that I wish Save-On foods would always have it! They have a good selection of organic f&v but could be better. Thanks for the post, it reminds me that what I’m doing it very beneficial for me AND the planet. To anyone that thinks they can’t do this, TRY it! I think you’ll be surprised at being excited to cook and go grocery shopping and experiment with new things! I have made samosa pie, bread, thai peanut noodle salad, potato salad, tacos, burritos, wraps, quinoa burgers, all delicious and all 100% free of animal products. Vegan is FAR from just eating seeds and berries.

    • (re: tara): YEAH! what she said!!

  • I recently sat down with my husband and we watched Forks Over Knives. We didn’t even get half way through the video when my husband said “Lets do this!”. While I believe its going to take some getting used to, and we will do our best to stick to the Vegan diet, but might slip up and go Vegetarian once in a great while.
    Our reasonings:
    1) My husband has been sick and almost dead for almost 2 years. He is tired of taking medication (upwards of 15 pills and a patch for pain everyday).
    2) Meat makes my husband physically hurt.
    3) Our daughter doesn’t eat meat much anyway, so maybe if we get creative and get her involved in cooking with us she will be more likely to eat (and finally gain some weight!)
    4) Lower doctor bills for our family
    5) After reading your blog, I have high hopes that I can have problem free skin someday, get off my meds, reduce body odor, lose a few pounds naturally and reduce my “need” for sweets.
    Those are just a few of our reasons to switch to a more organic life style.
    I appreciate your website! I learned more after watching Forks Over Knives.

  • I don’t really have anything exciting to add except my support for anyone who highlights this subject Bonnie. I was brought up to be a meat eater and found it to be an evermore absurd act the older I got. I did the decent thing only recently fearing for a long time that my anemia would not be able to cope with the lack of protein. It has not been a problem. Lovely post my dear.

  • I ran into your blog the other day, and I noticed this post because my family and I are in the process of becoming completely vegan, in the next year or two. I just wanted to say more people need to know this information and its sad that no one wants to truly know why a more plant based diet is healthier for you.

    But i just wanted to say I love your blog :)

  • I am in the process of transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism- thank you so much for this post!!! xoxox

  • I found this post very helpful for me. I’m trying to transition to being vegan, and I am researching more about it now. I have gone 30 days before full vegan diet, but this time I’m going to try without the processed vegan meats, and cheeses and etc. This inspired me even more so to be strong about this, and gives me more reason to do it! :)

  • Great points! I was a vegetarian for 13 years, and have been a vegan for 11 weeks. In the 11 weeks, I’ve lost 25 pounds, and truly have had substantially more energy. It’s too bad that vegans (particularly male) take a lot of crap from people about their lifestyle changes, and I strongly believe it is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, but more importantly, our collective world. One thing I dislike about the vegan diet, however, is soy products. Soybeans are actually quite invasive to our planet while whole fruit and vegetable diets are substantially better for the planet. I suggest watching the film “Forks Over Knives”, it has great statistics and really motivated me to move forward as a vegan. Thanks for taking the time to blog!

  • love this! i became vegan several months ago and get so many questions – this list is really helpful and accessible. thank you!

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