New Year, New Change
Nowadays, it seems like everyone is doing it. New year, new change, new resolution. What’s the meaning behind yours… do you even have one? If not, it’s never too late. The best change is the change that not only has a positive impact on yourself but on others, too. With that being said, it’s the new year, so why not hop aboard along with the others who are striving to make a great change in not only their lives, but for animals, as well!
If you’re not only a vegan or vegetarian, why not make the transition. Sure, no one can get it perfect the day they start, that’s why it’s such a great New Years Resolution. For those of you who are looking to loose weight, prevent diseases, cancer, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, the health benefits from this change will be something you can definitely look forward to. “Worldwide each human eats on average 40 kg of meat per year,” which is approximately 88.184905 lbs. Considering how many animals this affects, and how unnecessary the process is, plant protein is cheap and healthy, as opposed to the meat you may consume. Plant protein helps not only you, but animals and, well, the planet! Although it may seem hard at first to eliminate animal products from your lifestyle, it has become easier than ever before with all the great alternatives without that bad bounce back on your health. After all, there are so many ways to get protein besides meat. Like they say, sooner is better than later.
“Choosing a nonvegetarian lifestyle has a significant health and medical cost. The total direct medical costs in the United States attributable to meat consumption were estimated to be $30-60 billion a year, based upon the higher prevalence of hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gallstones, obesity and food-borne illness among omnivores compared with vegetarians.” So if you’re big on money, when who wouldn’t be with this recession, why not leave some of that dough in your pocket this year? Besides money, what’s better than knowing you’re doing a great thing for the world by a simple change for animals!? Even if you don’t plan on digging right out of your meat-eating hole, according to theguardian, “More than 45,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone began eating meat no more than two or three times a week, health experts and Friends of the Earth claim today.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, aye? “You can make a difference simply by the choices you make every single day. I don’t care what the world does. You’re not the world, you are you. And you can make the change for the world… for yourself… and for the animals.”
Just think of the change you could make, alone. By making your New Years Resolution simply cutting out meat alone, or dairy and eggs, the change you make for the world is huge. “Livestock production is the #1 cause of soil erosion in the United States. Without a healthy topsoil, we can’t grow the crops that are necessary to feed people. Many civilizations throughout history have collapsed for this reason. In the United States, it is estimated that we have lost 1/3 of our topsoil in the last two centuries.” Clearly, you can make an impact on the rest of the world by a simple choice. You hear about those people starving, who go hungry? You will be helping them in the long run by your smart decision. What better way to start the New Year by giving the gift of hope to other countries around the world?
Okay, maybe helping the whole world isn’t the main reason to stop eating meat, but think about other lives… animal lives. Knowing you have a choice to help put them out of death is powerful. It’s a choice only you can make, only you can follow, and by going vegetarian or vegan, you are doing just that. No being wants to suffer, no being wants to die, so why not give the gift of life. Life is such a beautiful thing, it should never be taken away from someone because they are of a different species, and in our eyes, therefore different.
Maintaining a New Years Resolution doesn’t always work out as we intend, however taking vegetarianism at your own pace is a much easier commitment than cold-turkey (no pun intended)! Even without the intention to go veg, it may not be a bad idea to reflect on your food choices. Maybe you’ll develop a new appreciation for all forms of life.
So why not abandon the conventional empty promises of New Years Resolutions, you can make a greater difference in the world by making a few different lifestyle choices. Whether you make the compassionate change in your life, today, tomorrow, or months from now, it’s never too late to make a new, clean change for yourself, New Years or not. But hey, everyone else is making the change, so why not you? In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
And if you’re still skeptical of potential health benefits of a plant based diet, I recommend you watch the video below.