I believe that one of my greatest strengths is being a motivator. An important goal of mine is to inspire and encourage people to be vegan. Some of my most powerful motivators are the things that make me happy. Being vegan makes me happy. There are easily more than ten reasons why being vegan makes me happy. Here are ten:
- Saving the animals
The concept of not eating animals makes me happy. Animals are living in horrible conditions, being forced to reproduce and being brutally killed way before their life expectancies. I’m happy that I’m not participating. I’m happy an animal wasn’t killed just so that I could eat it. A lot of wild animals are also killed because of animal agriculture. Farm workers intentionally bait and trap, shoot, poison and gas wild animals that come onto farms. While people are seeking a more humane choice when they chose pasture-raised and grass-fed, more wildlife is killed.
- Better health
A carefully planned vegan or whole food plant-based diet is super-healthy. The connections between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are undeniable. A whole food plant-based diet prevents and can even reverse cardiovascular disease. The World Health Organization recognizes that processed meats cause cancer. The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted discovered that casein (the protein in cow’s milk) promotes the growth of cancer. Antioxidants come from plants. It’s easy to get all the protein you need on a plant-based diet. Being healthy makes me happy.
- Recovering faster
Many athletes and bodybuilders are vegan. Some have claimed to recover quicker, reach their goals faster, and break their records after becoming vegan. I’ve recently started strength training. So, recovery is really important to me. I use these claims as a little piece of motivation. I tell myself that I’ll reach my goals faster and recover quicker than I would have in a different time of my life, when I wasn’t vegan.
- Saving the planet
Eating a plant-based diet, requires less water, less land, and less grain production. More greenhouse gas emissions are associated with red meat and dairy production than food transportation. So, eating a plant-based diet reduces your food-related climate production more than buying all of your food locally.
- Saving the fish
The oceans are being overfished. Scientific American reported that global fishing yields have declined by 10.6 million metric tons since 1994. They said, if that trend is not reversed, total collapse of all world fisheries should hit around 2048. So because of overfishing, all of the fish that people are used to seeing on menus could be extinct by 2048.
- Saving the rainforests
Rainforests are home to so much biodiversity; and yet, they are being replaced by pastures. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Around 15% of the Amazon forest has been replaced and around 80% of the deforested areas have been covered by pastures.” Save the rainforests and send me some cacao.
- Ending world hunger
Nearly a billion people around the world are malnourished. We make way more crops for farm animals than we do for ourselves. The Humane Society International reported that half of the world’s crops are given to animals raised for meat, eggs and milk. Knowing that, if I was paying for animals to be raised for meat, eggs and milk, I would feel like I was paying for world hunger. You can get a package of meat for $10 or a package of beans for $1. Instead of paying for world hunger, I’m paying for beans. I’m happy to have a meal on my table.
- Reducing the violence
The idea of nonviolence and reducing the violence in my consumption makes me happy. I would simply rather a jacket made without hurting animals, makeup that wasn’t tested on animals, and meals made without raping, murdering and otherwise harming animals.
- It’s way less gross!
I don’t have to touch raw meat, have raw meat in my kitchen, or clean it off of our cutting board, counters or knives.
- It tastes better!
Try eating meat with no herbs and spices. Pretty gross, right? If you can season your meat to taste good, you can do the same thing with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It may be difficult at first to adjust. Your taste preferences will change and you’ll learn how to cook differently.
These are some of the things that motivate me and make me feel happy to be vegan. What motivates you? Please share in the comments.