Have you ever had thoughts of embracing a completely plant-based diet but struggled with the decision? It’s a commitment that, at times, can seem daunting. However, with most restaurants offering viable options and grocery stores embracing vegan alternatives, now more than ever it’s easier to welcome a plant-based lifestyle change. Whether you’re considering making the change or need some extra motivation to stay on track, here’s five reasons to adopt a plant-based diet:
- Help the planet. Avoiding animal products is a simple way to decrease your carbon footprint. By not supporting animal agriculture, you are helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions and the other harmful effects from farming animals. Besides recycling and biking, this is another way to help preserve our planet and lead a greener life.
- Improve your health. Today, there are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. Every three minutes, another Canadian is diagnosed. However, you can help reduce your chances of Type II diabetes through eliminating animal products. Bonus: you’ll also be more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.
- Save money. While many people think a plant-based diet seems expensive, it’s actually the opposite. Eating in-season vegetables is a much cheaper alternative to purchasing meat, especially the sought-after organic and free range options.
- Glow from within. For a number of people, dairy is a huge aggressor for acne and skin-related issues. In combination with avoiding processed foods and dairy, adopting a plant-based diet has been shown to improve your skin from within. It’s a simple and healthy way to avoid harsh chemicals and medications doctors often prescribe for acne-prone skin.
- Prevent animal exploitation. Animals are sentient beings who feel, think and experience pain. The conditions and medical procedures animals are subjected to have been well documented and are extremely upsetting to learn. Besides the health benefits provided by going plant-based, you can feel good about supporting a more empathetic world.
What are your reasons for going plant-based?