Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Benefits of being vegan

I realized on my way to the studio this morning that I may appear very negative with respect to writing about veganism, however I am in general a positive individual. I guess it is just that those things that seems unfair and cruel tend to stick in your mind the most and that is what drives the need to write a post about it. As I have said previously, being vegan is difficult at times as your awareness is raised as to what animals have to endure and what used to pass unnoticed now slaps you in the face. Yesterday for example I was almost sick in the petrol station paying for fuel as all I could smell was cooking bacon and it smelt so disgusting. For me, the image of burning dead flesh of a helpless, possibly tortured creature cannot be separated. Yet being vegan also brings with it an amazing quality of life. So today I want to talk about the positive aspects of being vegan. I did touch on this in one of my early posts, just after I had changed my lifestyle from pesco vegetarian (fish eating vegetarian) to vegan so now I thought I would make sense to talk about the benefits 8 months later. Everyone is different and I am not saying that these are benefits to everyone following a vegan diet, all I can say is that these effects are real to me and I would like to share them!

1. The psychological benefits: Knowing that I do not contribute to animal suffering makes me feel better about myself as a person. I do not eat the flesh of animal, chew their dead ribs, crunch on their skin, chew minced up body parts, spread smoothed out paste from animal organs on my sandwiches, drink milk intended for that particular animals babies which are taken away from them and usually killed, grate cheese that a small calf may have been killed for a part of its stomach, wear leather that has been skinned off a helpless animal, use cream that has parts of a murdered pig in it, eat eggs from a hen that might have had its eyes pecked out by its neighbour, trapped so close together they have gone mad.....I could go on but my point is that knowing I do not do this makes me feel more alive and part of a change in the world that will come.

2. The physical benefits: I have so much more energy since giving up dairy and my diet is so much more exciting. Before I stuck to the same meals, repeated over and over, now I am looking for new things, choosing new ingredients and experimenting and it is a lot more fun and I feel my body is getting more nutrients and I feel I am taking better care of myself. My skin is amazing, no blotches, no cellulite, no lumps of fat under the skin, a better skin colour and smoother skin in general. My breath is always fresh and doesn't smell of rotting food (sorry meat eaters but you do smell of meat a lot of the time). My figure has changed, not only did I drop a lot of weight in the first month but my shape has changed, admittedly I practice yoga regularly but have always done that so veganism must have made the difference...and it's a good difference. My nails are stronger and I have half moons at the bottom of the nail (I was always told that was a good sign you are getting enough calcium) where I never had them before, my hair is softer and shiner (I used to colour my hair but now it looks so healthy I no longer do it), my joints never feel stiff, I have fewer colds and I have less bags under my eyes even though Heidi still wakes me up at 6am most mornings!

I am sure I've missed some but I hope this list gives you some food for thought and if the psychological benefits don't get you, maybe you'd like some of the physical benefits! What's the harm in giving it a go for a month or even a week and see how you feel. What could you lose, apart from an ingrained untruth that meat eating is acceptable.

11 comments:

Amy said...

Love your post - I think it is easy to get caught up in all the difficult aspects of changing to a vegan diet, but there are definitely benefits, too! I have been eating vegan for three months and have already noticed huge changes in my skin, the chronic pain in my neck and shoulder has diminished noticeably, and my cholesterol dropped 20 points in two months - simply amazing!

Danielle said...

Thanks for sharing. I decided to go vegan about 3 months ago and it has been a struggle- but I am very proud of myself. I would love for you to [ost about some of your favorite prodcuts and/or recipes. Also, you are so right about the body changing. I love the way my body feels now. I dropped the last bit of pregnancy weight like it was nothing.

Jill Forrest said...

Great to get your feedback!
Jill x

Anonymous said...

Hey.... liked your post a lot. I have been a vegan by birth and have no plans of shifting. well i am writing an article on " be vegan to save the world"; and your views on being vegan definately made a difference in my writings.I wish if we have people like you then surely this world would be a better place to live in...

tulala sa alapaap said...

I am not a vegetarian/vegan but I'm thinking about shifting my eating lifestyle. The consent of my parents matters since they are the ones providing my needs. Also, my family is in meat business that is why it's hard for me to explain to them this decision I want to make.

Ben said...

i agree

Rachel said...

swallow's nest in an edible gel form is supposed be good for the skin too. it gives that clear and pasty skin that we all love.

it's mad expensive. my brother and i bought some for my mom for mother's day. it was like 400 bucks for like a 6-8 oz jar. Luckily we finally found the one of popular brand online (hongkong-bird-nest.50webs.com/index_e.htm and http://www.euyansang.com/)

dad said it's really popular in indonesia. that a guy has to climb a high mountain to get the nest. that's why it's so expensive.

i mean why doesn't the dude just look for the fabled korean swallow king, capture it and let it lay eggs full of gold! then, he wouldn't have to work so hard and climb them high mountains.

Shalaka said...

Hi... Loved your post... I am writing an article on people turning vegetarians/vegans... wanted to know if I could carry your views for my article which will appear in Sakal Times which is published in Pune, India. Also, your article has moved me so much that i am turning vegan (I hd turned vegetarian 15 yrs ago or moral reasons.. somehow cheese kept me from turning vegan.. nt anymore) your post was a real eye opener... Thank you so much!

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Jeffkevin walker said...

My family and I am vegan from last many years and we all proud be. There are so many good things about being vegan. I just love to read such blogs because after reading such blog I feel more satisfied with my decision of being vegan.


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