MemberJanuary 10, 2021 at 5:19 am5 Community Points230 MediCoins
Hi, I have been vegan for almost 6 years! I do believe, like any diet, it is as healthy as the individual can make it. I don’t usually buy vegan meat and cheese replacements but I can afford to buy whole foods and eat a balanced diet. I haven’t had any health issues related to diet since I went vegan. I definitely paid a lot of attention to what I was eating when I first started, but now I’m used to it and eating is intuitive and easy.
As for why I’m vegan, I had been thinking about being vegetarian when I was younger and one day I saw a petition against the Yulin dog meat festival. There was a video of caged dogs and one of the comments related it to how animals in factory farms are treated. I’ve always thought of animals as equal but that is when I realized that animals had to die just so I could eat a meal. Then I learned about the environmental impact of producing animal products, and the dairy industry. I felt so shocked that something so bad for the environment and cruel was normalized and acceptable. For me, veganism started as a simple way to cope with the amount of animal cruelty in the world. It was empowering for me to be able to align my actions with my beliefs. It still does feel empowering, especially since consciously eating a plant based diet is good for health, animals and the environment.
I would recommend veganism, or even just adding plant based meals to your diet, to anyone interested in veganism. I understand some people can’t go vegan, or simply don’t want to, which is okay! – but if you care about animal cruelty and/or the environment, I do believe leaning towards a plant based diet and lifestyle as much as you are able to/want to can also benefit mental and physical health 🙂