Why I’m Vegan

Why I’m Vegan

The question I get asked all the time is “So why are you vegan?” and usually my answer is something along the lines of “because I can be!!” Most people that ask me really don’t care why I chose this lifestyle they just want to argue with me about protein. It can be really difficult when you’re so passionate about something and people just want to tell you that you’re wrong. Of course there are legitimate reasons as to why I went vegan and I find new reasons to continue being vegan every day. I want to be able to share these with people who genuinely care about the lifestyle.

When I first decided to go vegan it was mostly for my health. I was vegetarian for about a year before going vegan but had been interested in a plant based diet for quite a while. I started watching some documentaries and it was Forks over Knives that got me really hyped about making the transition to a fully vegan diet. I was shocked to see such a strong relationship between degenerative diseases and eating animal-based foods. That gave me a strong push to cut dairy and eggs out of my diet and the way my body reacted was so rewarding. I feel light and never overly full after having a meal, plus I can eat as many vegetables and fruits as I want without having to worry about the calories. On a plant based diet I am losing weight without having to restrict myself and constantly worry about what I put into my body.

It took my a little bit longer to get to the “I’m vegan for the animals” stage but now this is one of my main motivators. I still haven’t had the guts to watch Earthlings but if you don’t understand the horror of animal agriculture I definitely suggest you do. When I was vegetarian I was under the impression that I wasn’t causing any harm since I wasn’t consuming meat, I could not have been more wrong. Obviously by being vegetarian I was helping in the fight against animals being slaughtered for food but the story behind the dairy industry is just as sickening. The lives that dairy cows live completely breaks my heart. They are repeatedly artificially inseminated and their calves are torn away from them as soon as they are born in order for their milk to be produced for our consumption. Male calves will either become veal or be fattened up for beef production and females will see the same fate as their mothers. Knowing this I was unable to go on consuming dairy and I will never touch it again.

The effect that I have on the environment by being vegan wasn’t a main focus for me in the beginning but recently it has become insanely important to me. I am all about being as eco-friendly as possible and reducing my waste as much as I can. By choosing a plant based diet you are not only saving the lives of animals, you are also saving an abundance of resources. I have been vegan for only four months and already I have saved about 500,000 litres of water, 2200 kilograms of grain, 330 square metres of forest, and 1000 kilograms of carbon dioxide production. When you’re trying to make a change in the world it can be discouraging, you might feel as though one person can’t make a difference, but these statistics prove that you will make progress. With the vegan community continuing to grow we are truly making a difference in the world and in the lives of so many animals.

These are just the three main reasons that I went vegan and continue to be vegan but within these categories there are so many benefits you learn about along the way. If you have any interest in transitioning to a plant based diet I really encourage you to give it a try. Watch some documentaries, do some research, and find a motivation. You don’t have to be passionate about all the benefits that come with the vegan lifestyle but if you have even just one thing driving you it is worth it. You have the opportunity to live a cruelty free, environmentally friendly life and you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

If you’re vegan or are considering becoming a vegan let me know what your main motivation is. I would love to hear it!


“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

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  1. November 19, 2017 / 5:42 PM

    How do you work out all the figures its really interesting to me. I really admire vegans. Since seeing a few facebook pages it seems less alien to me and Im reducing my dairy intake. However I eat eggs every morning. What could I eat instead?

    • November 19, 2017 / 6:14 PM

      I’m so happy that you’re reducing the amount of dairy you eat! I used thevegancalculator.com to find out the amounts of resources I have saved. If you really like eggs in the morning I would suggest trying a tofu scramble, you can find a recipe online! Let me know if I can help you out with anything else!

      • November 19, 2017 / 9:31 PM

        Maybe you should do a blog post about swaps. I was just making a cheese and tomato sandwich with butter and thinking of the alternatives. But what coukd I swap the cheese for?

        • November 19, 2017 / 9:36 PM

          I’d love to do a post like that, I definitely will! As for the cheese you could always try a vegan cheese, theres soy based and nut based cheeses!

          • November 19, 2017 / 9:37 PM

            I just did the vegetarian calculator. I saved 3,454 animals 🙁

  2. November 19, 2017 / 8:39 PM

    I applaud your commitment to the vegan lifestyle. It may not be for everyone, but if you can it makes a difference. I get discouraged when people say that environmental causes are too big for 1 person to make a difference, every little bit helps.

    • November 19, 2017 / 9:39 PM

      Thank you for the support!

  3. November 19, 2017 / 9:53 PM

    I like the way you’ve put this and I agree with all your reasons whole heartedly! For me, the animals are my main reasoning, and I’m still trying to work out the best way of getting that across when someone asks me why I’m vegan, without just sounding like I’m either trying to preach at them or like I’m just mad! In my experience I’ve only ever had a few people who want to argue about veganism, most the people who ask me about it are actually interested and want to find out more, think I’ve just been lucky so far!

  4. November 20, 2017 / 1:29 AM

    My husband and I went vegan in August and just used the vegan calculator to find out our stats. I am BLOWN AWAY! Thank you for the great article, I love hearing other people’s experiences on going vegan.

    • November 20, 2017 / 7:59 PM

      It’s shocking how much of a difference you can make in such a short amount of time, isn’t it?! I wish more people realized this!

  5. November 20, 2017 / 4:57 PM

    I agree with you in everything you say. I was planning to write a post about my motivations to eat vegan, and now I want to do it even more. It’s true that people ask you things like that even when they don’t really care, and the lack of knowledge is frightening (the most epic, when they say vegans don’t eat the amoung of protein people need; they don’t even consider thet proteins can be found in so many delicious vegetables like beans, for example). I heard many unpleasant things before. When I go to work I take my meals from home. Some of my co-workers feel curious and want to try what I eat, but others say things like “So, if you don’t eat meat or fish… what to you eat?” or, even worst “How can you eat that? I need real food”… Really?! “Real food”?! I try to be nice, but sometimes I prefer not to answer to this kind of things. It’s not easy to be a vegan in a society that is conditioned to eat meat.
    I love when I find someone who thinks like me. When we are passionate about things, it’s good to hear there are other people who have the “same voice” as us, because I believe that, little by little, each one of us can make a difference in this world.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s really inspirational!

    • November 20, 2017 / 8:03 PM

      Thank you for your comment! I love when people are genuinely curious and respectful about the vegan lifestyle. It’s overwhelming the amount of ignorance that can come from some meat-eaters. Continue to be an example of someone thriving on a vegan diet and even the stubborn meat-eaters will eventually notice! 🙂

  6. November 21, 2017 / 11:33 AM

    Crazy! My story is so similar to yours. I firstly went vegan for health & environment but now i’m mainly vegan for the animals! You go girl xxx

  7. Elle
    November 22, 2017 / 10:06 PM

    I applaud you! It isn’t easy but worth it!

  8. November 23, 2017 / 12:34 PM

    Being vegan may seem like a little thing but over a lifetime, it makes a huge difference. Many people are making this transition and together, we’re making the world a better place. I became vegan when I visited a dairy farm and saw how dirty everything was. I felt sorry for the cows but the thought of consuming the milk they produced in the filthy, sour smelling farm turned my stomach. The thought still does! And the more I know about the lives and condition the cows live in, the happier I am that I made that choice.

  9. Sherri B. Saines
    November 27, 2017 / 10:32 PM

    I’m considering vegan because I travelled with a vegan and discovered the most amazing food — and I felt better.

    • November 27, 2017 / 10:35 PM

      That’s great to hear!

  10. November 28, 2017 / 10:26 PM

    For me the simplest answer to give is ‘I love animals so much, and I thought it was right that my love and treatment applied to all animals, why treat a cow and a dog differently?’ And then if people are interested I’ll explain more about the environmental impact etc 🙂

  11. November 28, 2017 / 11:41 PM

    I LOVE this post! My husband and I went vegan about 6 months ago and it has changed our lives. We only went 90% at first, but as we saw the positive changes that were made to our skin, digestion, and general well-being, and soon went full 100%. We live in the south and people aren’t very accepting of our choices and it can be SO frustrating. Our motivation was health & environment (like you). As I made this transition I’ve started seeing animals differently – as beings, not food or creators of food. I didn’t expect to see or feel this shift but I’m grateful for it!

    • December 3, 2017 / 8:13 PM

      Thank you so much! 😊

  12. December 5, 2017 / 10:19 PM

    As a vegan, you look very beautiful in the lotus yoga asana in your photo. I love the trees.

  13. December 6, 2017 / 7:59 AM

    Great read and very inspiring to a part time vegetarian. 🙂

  14. January 23, 2018 / 4:26 PM

    Heyy, great post.

    I was a vegetarian for a year as well after I watched conspiracy on Netflix. I was always interested in a fully plant based diet but thought it would have been an unhealthy decision to make. A friend suggested I watch The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear by Gary Yurofsky on YouTube and it completely cemented the idea of veganism in my mind from then on. ‘What The Health’ on Netflix is also a great look at how eating meat and dairy can affect your diet. I can honestly say that since I cut out meat and dairy products from my diet I feel stronger and healthier than ever before.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4 – This changed my life for the better.

    Another really interesting read is ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathan Safran Foer ☺️🌱

    • January 23, 2018 / 8:13 PM

      I love watching documentaries and speeches! Thanks for the suggestions!

  15. January 28, 2018 / 7:57 AM

    Nice post. You got a lot of good points in without being too lengthy and I was engaged! My reason for wanting to be vegan is because of my health and basically the reality behind it. These companies are feeding us crap and don’t care.

    • January 28, 2018 / 8:58 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked the post! You’re right, we need to be more conscious of what we’re putting into our bodies and not blindly believing what we’re told.

  16. February 21, 2018 / 12:26 PM

    Very awesome!

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