After the masses of people finished Veganuary – which is a really cool way to start building a vegan lifestyle, via food, a lot of people want more information on how to make it a more permanent change.
Aside from the food, there are a lot of other ways that you can make changes in your everyday life. One of the thing that puts people off is they assume it’s really complicated. Once you gave to food aspect down, you can take it into other areas.
Let’s just briefly touch on a few reasons that you might want to go vegan.
The difference between being plant-based and vegan is that plant-based relates to the diet that you eat. Vegan goes beyond just the food to makeup, skincare, clothing, and household products. It might be surprised just how many things are derived from animal products.
Going vegan is an ethical lifestyle choice.
It might be that you’ve never really been a big fan of eating meat, and you’re ready to explore that some more. It could be that you see animals as they are – beings that deserve love and respect. Or you might be prepared to change your own life in a big way.
There is no ‘bad’ reason to go vegan, and that choice is a personal one. Food-wise it’s never been easier with things like vegan meal kits, and plenty of substitutes for meat and dairy too.
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Here are some of the benefits of making the switch.
Because of a lot of processed foods are pretty much laden with stuff that isn’t good for us, making a switch will probably see you making better food choices. As such the risk of things like diabetes is lower. Your body, over time, will become more efficient at metabolizing food, and process glucose better too.
This can be one of the main reasons for a lot of people. When you switch out a lot of dairy products for their vegan counterparts, you might find your weight will take a little drop. Then throw in that you will be running on fruits, veggies and other natural, health products combined with the well working metabolic rate – the pounds tend to drop pretty quickly.
Poor diet, usually revolving around fried and highly processed meats have a much more significant impact on your body than you might think. You will be taking in fewer vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to do its job at full capacity. So it stands to reason ditching the lousy stuff and loading up on the good stuff is just healthier.
When you make the changes, you will start being much more aware of what goes into food. Then you will become aware of other process used to create a lot of everyday items. This learning process will see you making more measured purchasing decisions, and researching more.
In general making, the change to veganism will set you on a path of knowledge and change making. Not only in your life nut in the lives of those around you too.
Love & Peace
Gorgeous post, especially love the last bit about being mindful. So true. Thanks for the post!