In March of 2916 I decided to make the decision to go vegan. I had spent months researching veganism and what exactly it is and I knew it was something I needed to incorporate into my life. It's funny because usually I don't stick to things, my mind is always changing and I'm always wanting to do something new but being vegan has been something that hasn't changed.
Don't get me wrong, I know not everyone can be vegan but I knew that I could, so I did. Originally I went vegan because I didn't want to eat animals anymore. I didn't see why it was necessary to eat such beautiful and lively creatures. I was lactose intolerant meaning I already couldn't have dairy. Meat and dairy didn't have any benefits to my diet.
Now, three and a half years later I'm vegan for more than just the animals. I am vegan for the Earth and I am vegan for my health.
Eating whole, plant based foods has helped my health immensely. I no longer get the absolutely painful stomach aches I used to get that were caused by dairy. I've been able to maintain a healthy weight. Though my relationship with food is rocky I do find myself having a better relationship with food now.
In the beginning I didn't understand how not eating meat, dairy, eggs, etc could help the planet but now I understand strongly believe that veganism is what an help our planet. Eating plant based/vegan helps lower the amount of CO2 and methane gases that are released which then cause climate change and global warming.
Now, I didn't understand at first how eating meat and dairy caused nasty gases to pollute our air. Basically, water and land is needed to crow food for cows, chickens, pigs, you name it. With the outstanding amount of animals raised for slaughter their gases (yes, farts) are 20% of the methane gases in the USA alone. These methane gases and CO2 is what's causing our planet to warm up... climate change and global warming!
Like I said before a lot of land and water is used to raise animals for slaughter. In the United States roughly 80% of land and 50% of water is used for farming animals. Think about it, a lot of that land and water could be used for homeless or low income families to give them food.
Being vegan is the best thing I could've ever done not only for myself but for the animals and the planet. I'm so grateful that I'm able to be vegan and to thrive on a plant based diet.