In our ever-changing world, there are dozens of diets that come and go year after year. Instead of latching on to one of those fleeting fads, consider incorporating something into your daily life that is not only crazy good for your body, but also for the planet. Like what, you ask? Switching to a vegetarian diet!
Fueling your body with organic fruits, veggies and healthy grains leads to a healthier you and a healthier us—meaning you’re not only bettering yourself, but the world as well.
A Healthier YOU
Eating an all-vegetarian diet results in a higher consumption of fiber, folic acid, vitamins, magnesium and unsaturated fat—all the good stuff we need to help our bodies get through each and every day! This often leads to lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Your risk for cardiovascular disease is also reduced with when you cut out meat. How so? Well, the foods that vegetarians enjoy are typically high in antioxidants, which help reduce your risk of fat buildup in your artery walls.
If you think switching to a vegetarian diet will leave your stomach growling, you’re not alone. However, according to the American Dietetic Association, a well-designed vegetarian diet can be nutritionally sound and appropriate for us all—infants, the elderly, athletes—ALL of us.
A Healthier Us
Believe it or not, simply excluding meat from your diet can impact the entire globe. Besides saving water and other valuable resources that are vital for the generations to come, going vegetarian reduces climate change, pollution and rainforest destruction. Check out these statistics on how the world’s love of meat has changed our planet.
- The space needed to raise animals for food, including the land needed for grazing and growing feed, takes up 30 percent of the Earth’s livable surface—whoa!
- In our country alone, 70 percent of the grain that is harvested by farmers isn’t for humans; it is used for animal feed. 70 PERCENT!
- To make room for the animals grown for food, 80 percent of the Amazon Rainforest has been cleared.
- Compared to producing 1 pound of soy protein, producing the same amount of animal protein takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel and 15 times as much water.
Have we convinced you yet? Hope so! For those who love their steak and chicken far too much to give it up, you can still do your part. Simply designate a day of the week where you don’t eat meat at home or at a restaurant. If you enjoy it and see a change in how you feel on those days, you could tack on an additional day or even check out a vegan diet. Give it a try – we dare you!