The modern world can be distracting and filled with harmful influences for both people and the environment, but living the vegan lifestyle helps re-centre and ground people when they’re feeling disconnected. Veganism is one crucial step towards a healthier lifestyle, as it’s an ethical way of living that will help you find your balance with the Earth and yourself.
When you go vegan, you’ll:
Focus On Your Health
Foods that connect you to the Earth are coincidentally foods that come from the ground, including:
- Sweet potatoes
- Green beans
Does any of that sound unhealthy to you? All of the above along with lots of other foods are entirely vegan, safe for you to eat, sustainable and best of all, nutritious. Other vegan ingredients include protein sources like almonds, peanuts, cashews and almonds. Most people have fun with new cooking habits and learn to make more delicious, nutritious meals when they go vegan, opting for healthier, more natural food choices.
Live An Ethical Lifestyle
Veganism has ethical benefits to not only the entire world and everyone in it, but to animals as well. While some meat producers are changing the way they treat animals to accommodate public demand for animal rights, it’s by no means uncommon for cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals to live in grim conditions from the beginning to the end of their lives.
Since you can’t always ensure the meat and animal products you consume have been ethically produced through a process of proper animal treatment, avoiding animal products altogether and going vegan is one of the best ways you can respect animals and do your part to help them get the dignified treatment they deserve.
It’s not just about the animals, either. People around the world die of starvation, and every person who turns to veganism makes a small dent in that worldwide crisis. Since 70 percent of US-grown grain feeds livestock, huge portions of farmland have to be set aside to raise animals which are later slaughtered for meat. The plants themselves could offer diverse nutrients — estimated as high as 700 million tons of food — to hungry humans.
Reduce Energy Consumption & Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
As it turns out, the decisions we make about our food on the individual level affect our food systems and the world around us, including energy consumption. Due to the lengthy time spans it takes to produce beef, lamb and other meats, along with the energy required to ship and refrigerate these products, meat consumption takes up mass amounts of our limited energy supply. On the contrary, the production of plant-based proteins uses about eight times less energy.
Beef and lamb manufacturing creates a huge amount of greenhouse-gas emissions like nitrous oxide and methane in comparison to that of legumes. Adopting a plant-based diet promotes environmental sustainability in several ways and reduces greenhouse-gas emissions the most out of all other diet choices.
Reduce Harsh Environmental Effects
Natural Earth-bound products, like water and air, undergo negative transformations the more we farm meat. The livestock needed to feed millions of meat eaters around the world causes more air pollution than every version of transportation combined. Livestock also over-consume and pollute fresh water and erode soil. They need room to roam, grow and reproduce, which has been a cause of deforestation for years.
On the other hand, veganism requires a number of plants for a single vegan to survive — plants that clean the air, conserve water and nourish soil for longevity and resilience. Choosing the vegan lifestyle will come with its ups and downs, but there’s no denying its positive impact on the world.
Grow Your Own Food
Engaging with earthly elements is said to help ground you, which makes gardening a perfect activity to put you more in touch with yourself and nature. If you begin growing your own plants year-round, you’ll more easily eat better foods that connect you with the planet. You’ll know more about the foods you put into your body, and you’ll improve your health. Throughout it all, you can rest assured that you’re living ethically and bettering the environment.
Live A Healthy, Centred Lifestyle With Veganism
You must take care of your physical body to thrive, and it’s equally as important to care for and respect the world around you. Adopting veganism can help re-centre you while attaining a healthier body, enhanced understanding of the Earth and a sharper, more focused mind.
Emily is a freelance writer, covering conservation and sustainability. You can read her blog, Conservation Folks, for more of her work.
You can read another one of her articles here – https://artofhealthyliving.com/health-water-affects-food/