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Top 9 Reasons to Go Vegan in 2017

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Veganism is a growing trend throughout the world due to its countless health benefits, positive environmental impact, and consideration of animals. Read on to learn the top nine reasons to go vegan this year.

1. Shed Some Pounds

Focusing your diet on whole, plant-based foods will automatically increase your intake of beneficial vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients that will help you easily lose weight and shed any excess pounds you may have. By filling yourself with these nutrient dense, whole foods, you will be satisfied and balanced with a reduced desire for junk food. Whether you have a large amount of weight to lose, a few pounds to get rid of, or you simply want to maintain your weight, veganism is a perfect option.

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2. Increase Your Energy and Decrease Aches and Pains

A vegan diet full of fruits, vegetables, and Omega 3s from sources like walnuts or chia seeds will supply your body with a host of anti-inflammatory nutrients. These anti-inflammatory compounds will help boost your energy and also help eliminate any aches or pains you may have been experiencing due to a processed, chemical-filled, inflammatory diet.

This increase in energy from veganism will also boost weight loss due to your improved ability and desire to exercise and stay active.

3. Reap the Health Benefits

Veganism has been linked to a wide range of health benefits such as decreased blood pressure levels, balanced blood sugar levels, and a reduction in cholesterol.  The extensive amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, micronutrients, bioflavonoids, and other potent compounds in plants exhibit powerful, beneficial effects on the many systems of your body.

Additionally, a plant-based, whole foods diet has also been proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers linked to consumption of animal foods such as colon and breast cancer.  Check the research – there are quite a bit of evidence to support the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

A vegan diet has been proven to reduce environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Raising millions of cows for slaughter requires excessive amounts of grain and water in addition to the energy-intensive process of killing, transporting, and processing the animals into meat. Cows also produce manure that releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

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5. Support Animal Rights

Clearly, one of the best reasons to go vegan is in support of animals. There is a vast array of delicious, nutritious foods that offer complete dietary fulfillment and eliminate the need to harm animals in any way.

Often, non-vegans may wonder what is so harmful about drinking milk considering it does not require the cow to be killed. It sounds harmless enough but it is actually quite a horrific process involving stripping the mother cow of her precious newborn calf and pumping her full of hormones that force her to continue lactating. By swapping out dairy products for the growing range of non-dairy alternatives such as nut milk, coconut milk, and more, the need for separating a mother and her baby will be eliminated.

6. Stop Supporting Factory Farming and Unsustainable Livestock Production

Factory farming results in the deplorable, unthinkable treatment and overcrowding of animals. Chickens are forced into tiny, dirty cages where they are unable to stretch their wings and may never even get a chance to fly in their lifetime. Pigs are crammed into tight, dingy pens where they can barely move. In addition to the horrific conditions the animals are forced to live in, these factory farms have a significant negative effect on the environment due to their high gas emissions and consumption of natural resources.  Reduce the demand for factory farming, and be part of the solution.

7. Support Sustainable Food Production to Feed the World

The majority of food grown in the world is fed to livestock in wealthy nations. Instead of feeding millions and millions of pounds of grain and water to cows and other livestock we intend to slaughter, we could use this food, water, and resources to help feed the 900+ million people suffering from hunger throughout the world.  Veganism can be very helpful for sustainability.

8. Fall in Love With Delicious, Real Food Again

Becoming vegan allows you to enjoy experimenting with foods in order to come up with replacements and substitutes in recipes.  This creativity prevents boredom and also opens up the possibilities of discovering foods that are even more delectable than what you were used to with an animal-based diet.

Once you eliminate processed products and animal foods from your diet, you will find a new love for whole foods. Vegans can still enjoy indulgent treats such as strawberries with coconut whipped cream, brownies (made from dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder), homemade ice cream made from coconut milk and maple syrup, and countless more yummy, healthy, cruelty-free combinations. Almost any standard recipe can be adapted to for veganism – and the results are often amazing.

9. Join a Growing Group of People Ditching Meat in Their Diets

Becoming vegan will automatically connect you to a growing group of like-minded people looking to save animals, themselves, and the environment. You will immediately have the support of the growing vegan community. Currently, it is estimated that there are over a million vegans in the United States. Knowing you are surrounded by people with similar beliefs and convictions will help you continue on the vegan path.

Final Words

Overall, if you have considered going vegan, 2017 is the perfect time to dive in! Hopefully the health and environmental benefits of veganism mentioned above will help make your decision easier.

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Thriving on Plants is a resource for a whole food, plant-based way of eating and living. Here we celebrate all things plant and honor the power of informed awareness and a diet focused primarily of unprocessed vegetables, fruit, legumes, and whole grains to support good health and happiness. Discover what a little more plant can do for your life!

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This website is for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing presented here should be construed as a substitute for medical advice. Before beginning any type of new diet (natural or conventional), it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed physician, nutritionist and/or healthcare professional.
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