Whether you are considering being vegan, have recently become vegan, or are a long time veteran, it’s a lifestyle that is not mainstream and can be difficult. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you do you’ll find it’s actually quite easy. Here we look at the advantages and disadvantages of being vegan.
Like with anything, there are both good things and bad things that come with this certain lifestyle. It’s important to know and realize both so that you can be a better prepared and informed vegan.
Advantages of Being Vegan
Increase your health.
Veganism does wonders for your body. You may not always feel it, but your body will! Removing animals and animal products from your diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. Plant-based diets have been shown to lower risks of all sorts of diseases and illnesses, including obesity.
Decrease your environment impact.
By choosing not to buy animal products and by products, you are one less consumer. If enough people stop consuming animals, slaughter and animal product processes will decrease overall. This will lead to a better impact on the environment.
Take a stand.
Ethically speaking, veganism is a great way to actively express your feelings towards issues like animal abuse for human gains. When people ask you about your choices, you have the chance to share your viewpoints and hopefully inspire others.
Disadvantages of Being Vegan
There is cost potential.
Just because you eliminate meat and other food from your diet doesn’t necessarily mean that you will also be saving money as a side result. There are tons of crazes that hit health food stores that you’ll feel you just have to try. However, if you stick with the basics, it’s possible to slightly lower your spending from your animal-eating days.
You need to deal with people’s reactions.
Although there is a good-sized community of vegans, it’s not the norm. Being vegetarian is one thing, but being vegan is something that is not usually heard. Some people won’t understand. That’s okay. There is no need to get into a heated debate or feel like you can’t go out to eat. The best way to deal with this is to think of how to react before the time comes. Remember too that you don’t need to explain yourself if you don’t want to.
You have to know what you are doing.
It’s really important to make sure you are getting a balanced diet as a vegan. After you know and are aware about what exactly that entails then everything will be fine. Until then, it is a trial and error/ learning curve process to make sure you aren’t causing a deficiency of certain nutrients. Talk to your doctor for needed supplements.
Being vegan doesn’t automatically make your life better or worse. It’s something you have to get used to. In the end the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages, but getting there is a journey. Our advice is to embracing the challenges and benefits that come with being vegan so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle.