Tomorrow Monday March 19th, Kathy Freston the New York Times Bestselling author, will be appearing on the Ellen Degeneres show. She will be talking about the book The Lean: A revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight loss. Dayna Mcleod, yes Moi, contributed vegan 50 recipes to this new book. I am getting very excited, as the release date March 27th is rapidly approaching. There is still time to get your copy right here at a special preorder price.
I thought it was only appropriate that todays post be a nod to Ellen. Her passion for being vegan is inspiring to all. People often ask me the question, why go vegan? Ellen has eloquently answered this for us. Thanks Ellen!
Why Go Vegan?
There are a lot of great reasons to stop eating animal products. Here are a few of the most common.
Do It for the Planet
Animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world. In fact, it has a 40% larger carbon footprint than all transportation around the globe combined. That means that every car, truck, bus, train and plane on our planet combined is almost half as bad for our planet as modern animal farming.
Animal farming is a huge drain on resources like water and grain. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, compared to only 25 gallons to produce a pound of grain. 70% of the grain grown in the US is used for producing meat. If that grain were being fed directly to people, no one would have to go hungry.
Currently, a third of the land on our planet is used to raise farm animals. One large factory farm can create as much waste as the entire city of Los Angeles.
Do It for the Animals
99% of all land animals used for meat, milk or eggs is factory farmed. Around 450 billion animals are factory farmed on our planet every year. The standards for ethical treatment in these facilities continue to decline.
Dairy cows are considered the most cruelly treated animals in factory farms. They are kept constantly pregnant, and their calves, considered byproducts, are put to death almost instantly.
Chickens are now specifically bred for either eating or laying eggs. Male “egg-laying” chicks, unable to fulfill their purpose, are all killed right away, often very inhumanely.
The over-fishing of our oceans has led to a dangerously dramatic decline in wildlife. For every ten tuna, sharks, and other large predatory fish that were in our oceans fifty to a hundred years ago, only one is left.
Many species are on the verge of extinction for being “accidentally” killed in modern fishing practices. In Indonesia, for every one pound of shrimp, 26 pounds of other sea animals were killed and tossed back into the ocean.
Do It for Yourself
Scientific studies supported by the American Dietetic Association have confirmed that vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with lower cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower risk of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, lower body fat, and lower overall cancer rates. In fact, studies have shown that a vegan diet can actually reverse diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. For more info, check out “Forks Over Knives.”
Vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, and folate.
The health benefits of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle are vast. The American Dietetic Association (or ADA) released a report which stated that vegetarians and vegans “meet and exceed requirements” for protein consumption. In fact, vegetarians and vegans usually have better protein consumption than people who eat meat, dairy and eggs.
By : Ellen