Are you are meat eater? and have you ever considered changing your diet to a plant-based one? If the answer to both these questions is yes then this article will help you understand why changing to this diet will benefit you and also the common reasons why people decide to follow the vegan diet.
There are many reasons people turn to a vegan diet and each person will have their reasons. This is because people’s life experiences differ and also what they encounter as they go through life will have an impact on their decisions.
I turned to a vegan diet 8 years ago and have been dabbling between this diet and the Mediterranean diet due to many of these diets benefits and also for my health reasons. In this article I will unfold for you the reasons to become a vegan which will assist you understand why more and more people are turning to this diet. Please note there are a million reasons people choose this diet but I will talk about the most common ones that occur.
Health complications is very influential when it comes to making a person decide to change their diet. Health complications can include a person who develops a certain disease due to the consumption of dairy products or meat. This was the reason why I also had to eat a vegan diet to unclog my heart arteries that I had developed due to having bad eating habits when I was young.
High amount of cholesterol in the body can be high and cause clogged heart arteries or a heart disease which can lead a person to be forced to change their diet to a vegan diet as it tends to not have any cholesterol.
However, heart disease or clogged arteries are not the only health complications that may cause a person resort to a vegan diet. Others may resort to a vegan diet to improve their overall health. I remember a friend of mine who said he wanted to resort to this diet because all the people he knows who are vegans have fresh smelling breath (ha ha ha, how is that for a lifestyle diet?)
Most people who become vegans have a very strong personal reason for the effects of the environment. We are all familiar with the effects of global warming and the green movement. Industrialized animal farming has very negative connotations connected with it where animals are horrifically treated. When people start to understand these effects to animals, going vegan becomes an obvious choice.
Sports and physical activities
I know I know….at this point you are curious how this diet can help in sports or physical activity, but it actually does. Let me explain. As much as this diet may be considered to not have much protein, it takes a knowledgeable person to know the right foods which can give enough protein for this diet. For instance did you know that there are top weight lifter athletes? my guess would be that you didn’t know that. How would these athletes be even lifting weights with so much weight without protein? thing again.
The proteins for a vegan diet are said to be incomplete since they do not have all the amino acids (which is what makes up protein) unlike a meat diet which has complete protein. However, the vegan diet can combine different nutrients to produce a complete protein meal. An example is combination of rice and beans to give a complete protein meal.
One personal experience I had when I had just turned to a vegan diet was that I felt lighter in terms of my body. I also had more endurance when I did my sport (dancing). This meant less fat was clogging my body which made me lighter and energetic.
How a person grew up has a major impact on what diet a person ends up choosing for the rest of their lives. This is generally due to learned behavior. Whatever habits your parents had when a person was young or what that person saw on a daily basis is what they ended up imitating for the remainder of their lives. Think of all the things you saw while growing up and ask yourself this, am I now unconscious doing them? For example how you eat, the language you speak e.t.c. It is the same with the type of diet you end up choosing.
Some people grew up in a vegan diet eating family and have “learnt” to only tolerate and enjoy eating this diet. This is what family upbringing does.
People are generally influenced by the decisions of their peers or the masses. If you doubt this ask yourself why people follow trends? Some people are just following because everyone is following and it seems like it is the best thing to do. Some people may follow their peers or the masses so that they will seem relevant to these groups. This may then end up making them change their diet to that of a vegan for life as they may experience good health benefits along the way.
Some people feel that we as humans should not be using animals to survive. These people feel animals have the right to live just like human beings and so animals have a purpose beyond us using them as food. This issue can be similar to how people feel when it comes to racism or sexism.
Influence of experts or stars
These days people’s decision have very much to do with what people in the media tell them. Vegan diet has become a trend for quite some time now so social media stars or experts have had an influence on people ultimately choosing the vegan diet.
I hope this article helped you understand the common reasons people turn vegan. If you have any comments or personal experiences you would like to add please put them below.