High cholesterol? High blood pressure? Stressful job? Trouble sleeping? Lack of energy? Overweight? These are all reasons to consider a vegan diet..... and these are some of the most prolific problems in western society.
Today is "World Vegan Day". In 1944, Donald Watson coined the term "vegan" to identify the "non-dairy vegetarian". Vegetarianism has had religious ties for thousands of years, however, with several religions advocating animal rights. "Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism also advocated vegetarianism, believing that humans should not inflict pain on other animals." (Time article)
The motivation for people to eat a vegan diet is quite varied. For some, it is religious...like those above. Even Christianity has a vegan diet supposedly found in the bible called, "The Daniel Diet". For others, the choice to eat 100% plant-based, is primarily for health. I fall in this category of health-conscious vegans.
I have enjoyed my lifestyle as a 100% plant-based, vegan, for over two years now. My interest in making lifestyle change was for athletic performance and recovery. "Top athletes in certain endurance sports—for instance, the Ironman triathlon and the Ultramarathon—practice raw veganism." (Wiki) I quickly realized that I was getting a host of other benefits as well. Over time, I have gained appreciation for all the other benefits associated with a plant-based diet. It is for this reason that I started this blog.
Eliminating animal products from your diet may seem very daunting at first. You may want to start with one vegetarian meal per week. Personally, I am an "all or nothing" guy... so once I make up my mind, I go 100%.
Here is a partial list of some notable vegetarians and vegans:
Famous Vegetarians and Vegans
Happy World Vegan Day.