World Vegan Day: How to make your diet more plant-based01.11.21
Abstaining from using animal products has become increasingly popular in recent years and we discover the benefits of a more plant-based diet.
There are various reasons why someone might want to adopt a vegan diet, most often they fall into one of these three categories:
- Environmental impact of meat consumption
- Animal cruelty
- Health and personal reasons
So, with it being World Vegan Day, we thought we should tell you why it might be beneficial for you to adopt a more plant-based diet and how exactly you can do so.
Benefits of a vegan diet
Environmental factors: A common reason for adopting a more plant-based diet is the impact that meat consumption has on the environment. Although it may not be obvious, there are several reasons why meat production has a negative impact and is a direct factor leading to climate change.
Currently, 70% of US grain is used to feed livestock as opposed to feeding humans. If the farmland was used for plant crops as opposed to livestock, there would be a considerable amount more food that could help those in underdeveloped countries.
Furthermore, it takes x100-200 times more water to raise one pound of beef compared to one pound of a plant. Reducing our water consumption could have a major impact on the environment.
Health factors: Although there is no concrete evidence to suggest that a vegan diet is more beneficial than a diet that consists of meat, it is widely acknowledged that a diet that consists mainly of plant products is good for us.
Fruit, vegetables and pulses are rich in vitamins and minerals and you can create a varied and balanced diet using ingredients such as these. Even though it might be harder to provide your body with enough nutrients such as protein and iron, it’s not impossible. That’s why we pack plant based protein into our vegan meal prep to ensure that you’re getting the most from every meal.
Animal cruelty: Many people that choose a vegan diet do so as a way of protecting against animal cruelty. Although some vegans disagree outright with the idea of eating an animal, many are also opposed because of the way animals are treated as livestock.
How to develop a vegan diet
If you’ve ever tried to give up a whole food group before you know how hard it is, especially one so large such as animal products. Remember, it’s not just meat that you’re eliminating but also fish, dairy products and eggs. That being said, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.
Start small: It doesn’t have to be all or nothing from the get go, you can start small and build your way up. Whether you want to reduce the amount of animal products you eat or eventually give it up all together, you can take baby steps. There are some things you can do to start:
- Give up meat and not all animal products
- Reduce your animal product intake to one item a day
- Remove animal products Monday – Friday
- Have a meat-free day
Use a vegan meal prep delivery: Opting for a vegan diet does require a little more creativity when it comes to cooking healthy meals. If you aren’t inspired in the kitchen, or you need a little kick start then healthy prepared meals could be an option for you.
With a vegan delivery service, you will have your meals prepared without having to put any thought into them. Not only is it convenient, but it will also give you the opportunity to try new dishes and flavours that you might not have tried.
You can find details of our vegan meal prep delivery.
It might seem overwhelming at first, but transitioning to a vegan diet can be an easy and enjoyable experience. You can even have healthy vegan meal prep delivered straight to your door.
by Eryn Barber
Eryn is a content writer who specialises in health and fitness articles. When she’s not writing, Eryn is helping people improve their strength and overall health as a Personal Trainer and is currently undertaking her Msc in Strength & Conditioning. You’ll usually find Eryn out on the trails running when she isn’t working.