Let’s start off and find out all of the reason why you want to go vegan.
Check off the all that apply:
• It is trendy ______
• You want to lose weight ______
• You want a healthier lifestyle ______
• You want to help animals ______
• You want to encourage companies to stop testing on animals _____
• You want clothing companies to quit using animals in their designs _____
• You want to help the planet ______
• You want our oceans to rebound and thrive again _____
• You want people around the world to have access to clean water _____
• You want to ensure farm workers are working for ethical companies _____
• You want to ensure children are not being used as slave labor _____
• You want to live an overall more compassionate life _____
• You want to make more conscious decisions _____
• You want to make a difference _____
• Write in your own reason(s) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
As you can see, there are many reasons why veganism is worth checking out! I know many people who have started their vegan journey for one reason or another but didn’t realize their decision was having an impact in so many different areas. Even if you only want to switch to a vegan diet to help you shed some pounds, you are creating a better life for many humans, animals, and our planet.
Now that you have your first list of reasons why you want to go vegan, keep it with you and look at it often. You might notice that you find more reasons or find reasons that aren’t even listed. These reasons will also give you motivation and encouragement when you start to think transitioning is too challenging and you are ready to give up.
When I started my journey, my only reason to change lifestyles was to stop contributing to the suffering of animals. So, I stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian. I didn’t become a vegan for two more years. Over those two years, I realized that I was still contributing to the suffering of animals because I ate a hell of a lot of cheese. Dairy producers continually keep cows pregnant to produce milk for cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Their calves are taken from them within days, if not hours, of being born and are not allowed to drink their mother’s milk. The calves are then sold, raised for a few months, and slaughtered for veal. Their mothers have to continue the pregnancy cycle for as long as they are able and then they are slaughtered and usually sold as ground beef. Even though I was not directly eating animals, I was still contributing to the immense suffering of many cows. Even with that knowledge, it still took me a while to completely stop eating cheese. Switching to plant-based milk, yogurt, and ice cream was relatively easy for me, but as I learned cheese truly does have an addictive quality. I will go more details about cheese and tips on moving to a plant-based cheese in a later post. But I kept going back to my list of reasons, and eventually, that is what gave me the last bit of encouragement that I needed.
As I learned more about being a vegetarian and then a vegan, the reasons of why I wanted to transition changed and grew. In the end, those reasons became the solid foundation of my life and now, my work.
Don’t be afraid to explore the reasons, and don’t feel like you have to have more than one reason. We all start our journey differently, and we all have our own goals and visions. What are your reasons? Send them to me or add them in the comments!