An Introduction to Veganism

The Vegan Rise

Trying to figure out the evolution of veganism, too? I mean, is tofu really all that great?

According to The Vegan Society, since 2012, the vegan trends quadrupled surpassing vegetarian and gluten-free. People are rapidly converting to veganism and accepting that a plant-based diet isn’t a sacrifice, but can be beneficial, not to just their bodies, but the planet we live on.

There are many reasons why some people prefer a vegan diet, health is one of them. When following through with healthy vegan guidelines, you are receiving all nutritional body requirements. Oxford Martin School believes fruit and vegetable-based diet, “could save up to 8 million lives by 2050”. This carries on to the rising crisis of global warming. Food and agriculture organization of the United States (FAO) informs that the livestock sector contributes 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

Along with new rises in Vegan restaurants, existing restaurants are progressively altering their menu with vegan alternatives. Fast food giant, Burger King, introduced a new plant-based “impossible” burger. A veggie-based burger that tastes like a burger.

Vegan Influence

As veganism progresses, so does the variety of vegan influencers. Grey’s Anatomy actress, Ellen Pompeo, introduced her family to a happy vegan diet. She shares during her People interview, “I think we’re at a critical point for our planet and in the United States this health issue is out of control, the obesity, diabetes…” Pompeo believes, “The message of veganism is not one that they want to get out but not only will it help us, but it also helps the planet”.

Just last year, Beyoncé convinces fans to go vegan with her prior to her Coachella performance in 2018. She made it fun and initiated an incentive for free concert tickets to fans joining her vegan challenge!

Food for Thought

Being vegan is easier said than done. There are other alternatives and steps to creating a healthier eating lifestyle. Paul McCartney, a vegetarian since 1975, introduced Meat Free Monday. By encouraging one meat-less day during the week, McCartney’s campaign hopes to create awareness of the negative impacts of industrial fishing and animal agriculture. 

When it comes to different food trends, I have tried it all. I went through phases of being a hardcore juicer, calorie counter guru, and even a pescatarian lifestyle. Yet, even being surrounded by many vegan friends, I still couldn’t find the guts to go completely organic. I was oblivious to the various meal options vegans offer other than simply fruits and vegetables.

My favorite dish is vegan spaghetti! Super quick and easy, all you need is your favorite veggies!

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Wheat noodles
  • 1 tomato basil spaghetti sauce
  • 1 garlic spaghetti sauce
  • Gardein meatless crumbles
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