When someone says that they’re planning to “go vegan” your first reaction might be to console your sad friend for losing one of America’s staples: meat. But, you may actually be surprised at what being a vegan actually means; from giving up animal byproducts to cutting out the steak, veganism not only benefits your health (and acts as natures own cleanse), but it’s good for the environment too! Here are some examples of things we think we know about veganism, and what is actually the case.
1) The point of being Vegan goes way beyond just altering your diet.
Going vegan helps the environment greatly. Not eating meat saves more on carbon emissions than owning a prius! More than 70% of grain produced just in the U.S. is used to feed livestock, and 30% of the Earth’s land mass is used to raise these animals.
2) “It’s hard because you’ll be the only one doing it.”
Besides the fact that over 7.5 million people have already committed to this lifestyle, Google even released its own study, proving the upward interest in veganism that this country has experienced in the last 10 years. #EatingClean and other inspiring social movements have also, more casually, led to an increase in attractiveness of the diet; it’s basically impossible to not find a Pinterest recipe delicious!
3) It can be… DELICIOUS.
Say what! Yes, veganism can be deliciously possible and the proof is in the pudding (or at least in the Oatworks). We’re totally vegan-friendly, and there are a bunch of other awesome options that are (almost as) cool like us! Whether you’d like to whip up a freshly made smoothie for breakfast, or have your favorite oat cereal with almond, soy, or rice milk, nowadays the vegan diet is completely consumer (and taste-bud) friendly.
Not convinced yet? No worries. Like every life-change, becoming a vegan might take you a lot of thinking and time, and a lot of research. Trying to find a way to learn more? Events, like for example The Seed, are geared towards providing you with the tools to proceed with a vegan lifestyle with an open mind and palate. Not considering it at all? No worries either… just make sure you grab your favorite Oatworks smoothie to power up!
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