The v word – why vegan

I’ve been vegan for over three years and feel stronger, fitter and generally healthier. In a fairly opinionated blogpost from me today, read my reasons for being vegan in three steps!

Simply put, being vegan to me is a no brainer – it’s better for us, it’s better for the planet and it’s better for the animals.

Our health

The statistics prove it, eating a diet high in meat leads to all sorts of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Diary causes as many problems, such as asthma, skin complaints and other allergies. The increase in Asian populations eating a Western diet corresponds to their increase in health problems. Meat contains too much protein for our bodies to handle, which can lead to arthritis and diary contains a lot of saturated fat and not much else. We get enough protein and calcium from plants – read up, get a good cook book and ensure you are eating all the right things!

Worth watching: Forks over Knives

Earth

Albert Einstein said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” And now we know more, many scientists say eating a plant-based diet is the best way to help save the plant. The problem is that because the meat and diary industry bring in so much money, governments can’t afford to let this piece of news out! The primary cause of rainforest destruction is clearing more grazing land. If all grazing space and water was used to grow crops there would be next to no starvation. A pound of beef requires 1799 gallons of water, compared to 132 for a pound of wheat!

Worth watching: Cowspiracy

Wellbeing of other animals

We are animals after all, what makes us any different to others? What gives us the right to condemn them to death for our own sensory pleasures? We are all made of the same energy and all want to survive, reproduce and live in peace and comfort. It has always struck me as wrong that we can breed and raise animals for our own consumption. Ahimsa is part of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, it is the principle of non-violence, of not causing pain and suffering to any living being. Let’s live a yogic life.

Worth watching: Earthlings, Speciesism

All the retreats I teach on have a fully plant-based menu, if you’re intrigued to try a vegan diet for a few days to see how good it tastes and how good you feel, a retreat is a great option!