Many devastating disease outbreaks come about because humans house animals in filthy, severely crowded farms and markets – breeding grounds for pathogens – in order to satisfy their meat habit.
Elisa Allen Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The above statement is very true and with the current crisis of COVID-19 it is clear that how we consume meat and dairy products must change. Think about this statement ‘If everyone in the World was Vegan then COVID-19 would never exist’
It’s not at all unusual for viruses and other pathogens to jump from animals into the human population. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75% of emerging infectious diseases originate in animals. Kevin Olival, a disease ecologist and conservationist at EcoHealth Alliance, says, “When you bring animals together in … unnatural situations, you have the risk of human diseases emerging.”
In other words, many devastating disease outbreaks come about because humans house animals in filthy, severely crowded farms and markets – breeding grounds for pathogens – in order to satisfy their meat habit.
By encouraging and educating more people to move away or reduced the consumption of animals and animal products we can save our planet and equally save our human race.
Veganism is not a fad or a pop culture diet after COVID-19, it is in fact a way for the world to bring ourselves back in balance with our Earth, plus cleansing our mind, body and soul.
As COVID-19 grips the world, it is important to keep you body health and strong within, now is the best time to review your diet and make real changes. Veganism is the best diet to strengthen your immune system and detox the body form farmed foods.
COVID-19 came from an animal virus, picked up by meat eaters and the rest we all know.
Below is a sample Vegan shopping list to aid your lock down, this will easily cover your calorie and protein needs for a couple of months:
Let 2020 be your personal Vegan challenge year, try being Vegan for three month’s!
It might sound like a lot to do and almost impossible to give up all meats and dairy products, but I assure that you will feel the difference in your health, energy and metabolism, plus you will be making a positive impact on our environment.
Ok, if you can’t draw yourself to do the challenge for three month’s, then try it for just One-Day! Now there is now your will power can be that weak to give One-Day a try, in fact this will actually build your will power.
You can plan ahead with your One-Day challenge by exploring the many delicious recipes you can find online, plus KFC are now launching a ‘Chicken-less’ burger with their famous recipe! and the list goes on..
So go ahead with your own One-Day 2020 Vegan challenge!
Veganism leads you to your own path of ‘Empowerment’, it is not just about the avoidance of eating meats or dairy, it is instead the your path of being true to yourself and body.
2020 will be my second year of Veganism and I must say it has been an empowering experience but also in knowing that I am being true to my own myself and not feeling like an odd-ball with how I choose to eat.
It is not my problem, but others!..lol
If you have been thinking of becoming and trying Veganism, then stop thinking and act now by empowering yourself, give your self a three – month challenge, which is how I started, and see where it takes you.
Any journey takes one step, but you have to empower yourself with taking this step and when you do I promise you won’t look back.
Scientific research is providing hard facts that if everyone moderately reduced their consumption of meats and dairy products, this wold have a positive impact on global warming and reduce the need for mass farming of animals.
Okay going Vegan is the extreme end to make an immediate impact, below are some hard fact to consider:
Dairy cows have been modified to produce up to 10 times more milk than they naturally would.
Male calves are of no use to the dairy industry and are less suitable for beef production. This means that every year around 90,000 male dairy calves are shot soon after birth and discarded as a by-product.
Domesticated cows have an average lifespan of 20 years, but on dairy farms they are killed after 5-6 years on average.
30% of UK dairy cows have mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder.
Chickens and other birds
Every year in the UK we slaughter around 950 million birds for food consumption, including chickens, ducks and turkeys.
90% of chicken production in the UK is in intensive windowless sheds which house 20,000-50,000 chickens each.
51% of eggs produced come from chickens in battery cages.
40 million day-old male chicks are killed in the UK by either being gassed or being thrown into a macerator – this practice occurs in all egg farming systems, including organic and free-range.
Beak trimming is the permanent removal of part of the beak of a bird at a young age. This is standard industry practice in the UK despite being illegal in many European countries due to the pain it inflicts.
A free-range egg farmer can legally house 16,000 birds in one building, meaning that they can house 9 birds per square metre of space. This means that free-range hens live out their entire lives in an overcrowded indoor farming unit.
Less than 3% of UK pigs spend their entire lives outdoors.
1/3 of pigs in the UK are killed in gas chambers.
Around half of all antibiotics sold in the UK are used on farmed animals, with 60% of these being used on pigs.
Most pigs are entitled to less than one square metre of space each and the majority of sows (female breeding pigs) are kept in farrowing crates. Farrowing crates were made illegal in several countries across Europe, but are still standard farming practice here in the UK.
Fish and other sea animals
3/4 of the world’s fisheries are either exploited or depleted.
We kill between 1 and 2.8 trillion fish every year. This is 143-400x the amount of the entire human population.
308,000 cetaceans are unintentionally drowned each year after becoming entangled in fishing equipment.
Farmed salmon has 10x the amount of cancer-causing organic pollutants than wild salmon.
For every pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Sharks kill 12 people per year. People kill 11,414 sharks per hour.
Around 1.4 million sheep and goats are killed without being stunned each year in the UK using halal practices. Many people in the UK oppose this form of slaughter, yet purchase halal meat unknowingly, since it is sold in most major outlets, including supermarkets and takeaways, without always being labelled as halal.
Every year around 4 million newborn lambs die within a few days of birth, mainly because of malnutrition, disease or exposure to cold weather.
Male lambs are castrated using elastration, a technique that involves a thick rubber band being placed around the base of the infant’s scrotum, obstructing the blood supply and causing atrophy. This method causes severe pain to the lambs who are provided no pain relief during the process. Lambs also have their tails docked using the same method.
Put simply, intermittent is a weight loss method that revolves around fasting at certain parts of the day/week.
In other words, for certain periods of time, you will fast (i.e. eat nothing or very little) until your eating window comes around again.
16:8 Method: Basically you eat solely during an 8-hour eating window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. You exclude breakfast completely in the mornings, only having water or fruit juice instead.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
1. Helps you lose weight
VIF diet can aid weight loss and help to build a muscle tone body.
Experts are still debating exactly how intermittent fasting allows you to lose weight – some think it’s just because you consume less fat and kcals overall, while some think it has more to do with the restricted eating times.
2. Improves mood and focus
VIF diet boosts the production of BDNF, a protein in your brain linked to improved mood and cognition, by 50-400%.
3. Reduces the risk of diseases
Among other health benefits, there is evidence to suggest that VIF diet could help to reduce the future risk of various diseases, assuming that dieters eat good food and follow a relatively healthy lifestyle.
4. Increases energy and endurance
Evidence has shown that VIF diet boosts mitochondrial biogenesis, meaning that your cells create more mitochondria.
Now we don’t have time to launch into a biology lesson here, but suffice it to say that mitochondria give your body’s cells more energy, hence giving you more energy as a person made up of said cells.
5. May help increase lifespan
The smart people over at Harvard University recently discovered that intermittent fasting could help to increase your lifespan due to some very complex science stuff that we mere mortals cannot understand.
If you’ve not taken care of your body as well as you should have, perhaps it’s time to try a vegan intermittent fasting diet plan.
Successful VIF diet relies on discipline and preparedness. It’s important to fill your eating time-frame with nutritional, balanced, and filling foods.
Filling foods generally have higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density. Prepare for your VIF diet by consuming meals that are high in these ingredients and always make sure to drink lots of water.
VIF diet will take your mind and body to new level of fitness and help to focus and strengthen your own inner Zen.
So what are the benefits to being a Vegan you might be thinking or wondering, well it’s quite simply..You body will feel so much better and not filled with all the toxins from meats and dairy products.
Going Vegans means you are looking after your body, even if you just go three months for the year being a Vegan you will reverse some of the damage you are doing to your body.
Have a read below of the real benefits that you will giving yourself, what do you have to lose?
1. It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse Diet
The vegan lifestyle means that you get plenty of nutrients into your diet. The Western diet with animal products and meat-based recipes is okay, but you can often reduce your micronutrient intake. You can find yourself lacking in the likes of healthy vitamin A, zinc, magnesium and more. While you think you’re getting them through your meals, the non-vegan diet is stopping your body from fully absorbing all the nutrients.
2. You Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels
The Western diet isn’t the best for blood sugar levels. In fact, there’s a growing concern of people suffering from Type II diabetes. The Vegan lifestyle can help to rectify that. It’s all about the types of foods you choose to eat.
3. Reduce the Risk of Kidney Failure
The meat diet isn’t the best for the body, especially in a high consumption. Some studies show that those following a vegan diet have reduced the risk of their kidneys not functioning properly. This is usually due to switching the type of protein they consume.
4. Some Cancers Can Be Avoided
The World Health Organization states that about a third of cancers are affected by the diet and other aspects of your control. That means you could minimize the risk of third cancer by taking steps to change your lifestyle. The vegan lifestyle is one that you want to follow.
5. You Could Reduce Arthritis Pain
If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll want to look at the food you eat. Studies show that a vegan diet can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, which includes the pain experienced. This is linked to the inflammation in the body that animal products can cause.
6. There’s a Lower Risk of Developing Heart Disease
Heart disease is a silent killer and is a major problem. It’s one of the main killers in women around the world and part of the risk factors is linked to your diet. Those who eat more meat are more likely to consume saturated fats. These will increase the blood pressure and cholesterol levels, putting more strain on the heart, affecting the arteries, and disrupting the blood flow.
7. You Can Lose More Weight
If you’re overweight, you may want to reduce the number of animal products you consume. They are higher in fats, which means they’re higher in calories. There are high chances you’ve seen diets suggest cutting out certain meats, dairy products, and a few other animal products. Those on a vegan diet are more likely to consume plant-based food and see more weight loss.
8. Improve Physical Fitness Levels
There are many people who will tell you that the vegan diet isn’t good for those who like to train and do exercise. This is often due to the claim that vegans don’t get enough protein. Of course, if you eat a balanced and varied vegan diet, you will be able to increase the amount of protein you consume.
9. You’ll See Lower Cholesterol Levels
You consume cholesterol through the foods you eat. People only consume cholesterol through animal products, whether through meat, eggs, milk, or other products. You don’t get cholesterol from plant-based foods. This instantly tells you that vegans are going to have lower cholesterol levels than vegetarians and meat eaters.