Top 7 Reasons to Go Vegan

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I stumble over my words when I verbalize why I’m vegan. I have clearly defined reasons, but they’re not easy to express in a succinct manner. And who wants to listen to me go on and on about why I’m vegan?

So, for those of you who are wondering, I found 101 Reasons to Go Vegetarian , an article that lists all my reasons. I pulled 7 reasons from this article that define why I’m vegan. Here they are:

Top 7 Reasons to Go Vegan

1. People

If all Americans became vegetarian, it would free enough grain to feed 600,000,000 people (the population of India).

2. Land

If they continue to clear American forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.

3. Air

The 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas & leads to global warming).

4. Water

The water used to produce 10 lbs of steak is equivalent to the average consumption of water for an entire household for an entire year.

5. Efficiency

To produce 1 calorie of energy from meat takes 60 calories of petrol, whereas growing grains & legumes to directly feed people produces 20 calories for each calorie of fuel used (that’s 1200 times more efficient).

6. Animals

Chickens are crammed into battery cages with up to 3 other birds, they are unable to even spread their wings & many can not even stand up.

7. Health

Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of getting heart disease & vegans a 57% reduction.

Photo courtesy of sheknows.ca.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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54 Responses to Top 7 Reasons to Go Vegan

  1. And the 8th reason? “V” in “V”egan stands for “V”ery nice people!

  2. I also find it difficult sometimes to explain my choices – I let emotion get in the way of clear thinking. Perhaps I should have my top ten reasons printed on business cards that I can just hand out when asked!

  3. januaryrowe says:

    Oh wow – I never really thought of some of these repercussions! Thanks for sharing this!!!

    • I never thought of these, or even knew about them, until I educated myself. I don’t think most people realize these things. Thanks so much for reading and for your support January!! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  4. sophiazerg says:

    I think I need to print this and keep it in my back pocket. 😉

  5. ahardrain says:

    Wow there is a lot of great reasons to go vegan. Your 7 are near the top. I don’t think McDonald’s would agree thou 😉

  6. As a water hog, #4 is what always gets me when I think about meat production. Thinking about a cow drinking up all my water just so I could eat the cow always makes me wonder if the cow is really worth it. It’s not, and for more reasons that one. Well, four. 😉

  7. xbox2121 says:

    Thanks for your reasons and the link to 101 reasons, that one I bookmarked. I have so many bookmarks from your site I had to start a Vegan category under my bookmarks 🙂

    • I can’t tell you how I excited I am to hear that my blog is providing a vegucation for you!! I’m just sharing the stuff I learned two years ago, before that I was clueless!! Thanks so much for reading and have a great week!! Celeste 🙂

  8. Great list! And I know what you mean about it being difficult to give a nutshell answer, especially when all eyes are on you.

    Lately, mine has been something along the lines of, “Honestly, I never thought I’d be vegan. But I was feeling a little run down and committed for a month just as kind of a cleanse and I found that I had more energy and felt better over all. As I started learning that it is good not only for my health, but good for the planet and animals, I guess it just kind of became a no brainer for me. And I’ve come to find that the food is delicious!”

    If it’s a situation where even that answer would be too long, I simply say, “I just feel so much better eating this way.” Either way, it’s true and leaves the door open if someone is interested in learning more (so I can refer them to your blog 🙂 ), either at that moment or down the road.

    • I respond the same way when people react, especially in a negative way, to my journey towards a 100% plant-based diet. Honestly, it’s just too true! I really do feel so much better when I eat this way.

    • What a wonderful “why you’re vegan” response Cowgirl!! It’s concise and hits the main points without sounding preachy at all. I love how you start it with “Honestly, I never thought I’d be vegan.” I think this disarms people because it reminds them that you used to be like they are. I’m gonna have to come up with a similar response before the holidays. Celeste 🙂 PS – See you soon!!

      • Thanks, Celeste. 🙂 There has been plenty of trial and error. LOL. But I’ve found with this approach that people are more curious about how and why someone like them made such a seemingly drastic change. They end up asking questions since the conversation is about my journey and not theirs, giving me an opportunity to state my many reasons in a conversational and non-judgmental way. I tend to go with a “food for thought” type vibe that is more in keeping with my personality and makes for a pleasant conversation on both sides.

        You definitely have a friendly and interesting way to answer just by mentioning you have a blog. If I met someone at a party with a blog, I’d most definitely give it a look just out of curiosity. See ya Sunday! 🙂

  9. Deborah Boller says:

    Wonderful post, Celeste! (As usual!) Thank you!!

  10. natarunmore says:

    Great reasons. And I like that they aren’t all about you, I feel it’s an un-selfish way to live. What other diet helps others (including animals and the planet) like this one!??!

    • Great comment Natalie! I don’t think that many people who eat meat recognize the suffering and problems their consumption causes. I certainly didn’t when I ate that way. And it’s hard to get this info through to people too. I really hope that in coming years that more people become awake to all the problems associated with eating animal products. I’ve got my fingers crossed!! Thanks for all your support girlfriend!! Celeste 🙂

  11. Your reasons are great! My issue is that I have tried to be vegan, yet it’s hard to break old habits. I’ve watched documentaries and heard doctors and experts say that if you stick with it for X amount of days/weeks or whatever eventually you’ll lose your craving for bad foods. I have not found that to be true for me.

    I swim nearly every day for an hour, and afterwards all I can think about is a huge, juicy cheeseburger! Then I feel guilty because I know where that meat comes from, how it was produced and the fact that it’s from a sentient being. But again, 37 years of eating habits are hard to break! I’m working on it though, and do everything I can to deter any temptation by bringing a mix of nuts and fruits and plenty of water to replenish me.

    As a reactive hypoglycemic, I also struggle with the fact that I have to eat protein and a carb 4-6 times a day, so I was used to my usual stand-bys of keeping chicken on hand and other types of meat. I’m learning that certain veggies have protein like spinach and of course, there’s nuts, but it’s still an adjustment. I tried to switch to vegan five or six months ago cold turkey and I fell off the wagon. I’m trying to get back on and stay on, but it’s hard.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment Dawn! I hear you – it’s HARD to go vegan!!!!!!! I struggled with it for a long time too and had cravings for cheese and ice cream like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve made the transition now, however; and my cravings are, for the most part, gone. I would have told you that the cravings eventually pass, but it sounds like this hasn’t been true for you – at least not yet.

      I know you’ve had some success in the past and that you’re really working at this, which is great! I don’t know exactly what will work for you because I’m sure everyone is motivated by different things, but here are a few things that worked for me:

      1. I watched plant-based and vegan documentaries over and over at first. I needed this regular reminder of “why” I was changing my lifestyle to decrease my desire for the comfort of my familiar ways. Just watching a documentary once only motivated me for a few days. Because of this, I forced myself to watch them again and again. After a couple of months of this, I lost my desire for animal products. This really, really helped me.

      2. I was lost as to what to cook and eat when I first made the transition to a plant-based diet. I decided to go through an online plant-based transition program. It wasn’t expensive, and it taught me what to eat, simple recipes and answered questions and provided a lot of support. The program I went through was through Lifetrekk: http://www.lifetrekk.com/

      3. Learning a lot of simple, delicious recipes also helped me to make the transition. At first I looked at a plant-based diet as a life of denial, but I don’t see it like this at all anymore. The way I eat now is much tastier than the way I ate before going vegan. I just had to learn how to cook this way.

      Anyway, these are things that helped me. I wish you the best of luck, and I’m here if you need any support!! Celeste 🙂

  12. Michael Lane says:

    Good list, and I’m sure there’s way more than 101 reasons even… my top one, way above the rest. would be that by being vegan I am not participating in the torture and slaughter of feeling beings.

  13. It’s amazing how much we can do by simply eating more consciously and healthily!! 😀

    • For most of my life I ate unconsciously never realizing that what I put in my mouth caused any problems to anyone except me (I used to be overweight). In this case, ignorance is not bliss. It wasn’t for me, I used to have a number of health issues, and it certainly wasn’t for animals and the earth. Thank you for your comment – I appreciate it!! Celeste 🙂

  14. Anna says:

    Those reasons fit you well, and being careful what we do with the earth.
    Thank you Celeste.

    • Hi Anna! Thanks so much for reading girlfriend. It’s chilly out today, I’m resisting going out for a walk with Mambo, but I have to get my butt in gear. Have a lovely week chica! Celeste 🙂

  15. Always good to clarify your own beliefs.

  16. Wow! This is really amazing!

  17. diahannreyes says:

    This is really inspiring and food for thought. Thank you, Celeste!

  18. naturalannie says:

    Another more esoteric reason–it brings peace of mind! In some Asian religions there is a concept called ashima, non-violence, and includes a vegan lifestyle. In Ayurveda , the medicine of India, its called Sattva–a balanced life. So being vegan may make it easier to meditate or be mindful!

  19. ron41238@aol.com says:

    Hi Celeste, Can you believe it but according to Goggle the current population of India in 2012 is over 1 billion people? Love Dad

    Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of getting heart disease & Vegans a 57% reduction.

  20. carmen says:

    My # 1 reason for being vegan is that it gives me peace in my heart knowing that I do not contribute to this needless torture of animals. I am thankful for more and more people becoming vegan through knowledge and compassion. Thank you for spreading the word!!! 🙂

    We’ll all be healthier and enjoy a more peaceful world.

    ❤ carmen

  21. Hey there Carmen!! That’s a fabulous reason girlfriend!!! I am thankful for more people becoming vegan too, and I hope and pray that many, many more people will follow this path in the near future!!

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