I have been following the vegan community on social media and youtube for many years... And I loved it! I felt truly inspired by the happiness, the abundance and the kind lifestyle all the vegan bloggers were living - but I never thought it could be me. I never thought I could become vegan because what would I eat? Where would I get my proteins from? What about dining out and family gatherings? All these things kept me from going vegan for many years...
I decided that it was time to make a change and try something different
So over night, I became vegan and I decided to eat a plant based whole food diet.
I have never felt healthier, happier or more energized. It bring me so much joy to be able to share this experience and hopefully inspire someone out there.
I could go on and on about why I am vegan, because I have done my research (I've pretty much read/seen every book, journal, movie, podcast and video out there). But if I have to simplify, I can break it down to 3 things...
Why am I vegan?
1. For the animals
I absolutely adore animals! And I do not wish to contribute to anymore harm, killing or death of any kind of animal. No matter the size, shape or species. I don't believe that there is such a thing as "Humane slaughtering"...
It's as simply as that.
2. For the planet
51% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make land for grazing. Animal agriculture has such a devastating impact on our planet.
3. For my health
Vegan plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The sources of these nutrients are low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants.
Because of my job as a model, I have to stay in shape and lean all year round. I used to be very strict about my calorie intake (I didn't eat until I was full and I hardly ever ate "bad food" - and if I did I would feel guilty) which always left me feeling tired and deprived. I simply wasn't getting the nutrients my body needed to function...
But all that changed completely when I went vegan.
I've never felt more energised, satisfied or "lighter" in my life. I don't have stomach aches or head aches anymore because I nourish my body with what it needs (and it's never been easier for me to maintain my weight, inspite of the fact that I eat until I'm satisfied and very full). No more retricting!
These reasons are so simplified but I urge you to check out some of these documentaries and links, if you're interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle
"Before the flood"
"Forks over knifes"
"What the health"
Gary yourofsky:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4&t=801s
If you are into vlogging, here are some great inspirational Youtubers