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"If I have free will, why would I choose to be vegan and limit myself to only eating plants?" I used to go to steak night and chicken wing nights when I lived in Shanghai. If you told me I'll become vegan, I'd laugh, and that was no longer than a year and a half ago. Today, being vegan has become a big part of me, and it's the best decision I could have made for my life. I want to share with you why I chose a vegan lifestyle and the benefits of becoming vegan.
My body feels better after I turn to veganism.
I had the intention of doing less harm to the planet, to other sentient beings, and to my own body. I began by eliminating processed food and red meat, followed by listening to my body and let it decide what it wants to consume, and I pay attention to how I feel after I eat.
During the transition, my body begins to feel lighter, and I've lost 10kg since I began to change my diet. My skin also became healthier without applying any additional skincare products. I have not used cosmetics since - glowing from inside out is real! I also have more clarity in my mind, and I don’t remember when is the last time I went into a “food coma” after a meal!
I am saving lives one bite at a time.
Animal farming is harmful to the environment and animals, and cage-free doesn't mean anything when the final destination is slaughterhouses - not to mention that many lives are being thrown away simply because they are not fit to produce. Did you know that newborn baby cows are being taken away from mama cows because the dairy industry wants to extract cow milk for profits?
All lives matter.
I became more conscious about my relationship with my surroundings, and that change my relationship with everything, including myself.
Since I became vegan, I am more mindful of what I choose to invest my energy in, whether it’s in the form of physical currency (money) or vibration (my attention.) I also feel more peaceful in general, and I am more sensitive to how I respond and react to people and circumstances.
Every cent we spend shapes the world we live in. Choosing a vegan lifestyle is all about love. In other words, by excluding animal products & processed food in my diet and focusing on plants, I am choosing peace, love, and compassion.
I learn to love myself more.
“Self-Love” isn’t just about pampering myself with massage, bubble bath, and having “ME” time. It’s also NOT about indulging in comfort food when I am down. After becoming vegan, I realized self-love is about integrating discipline and caring about what I put into my body and be loyal to this temple I choose to have a human experience in – and that includes the body care products I use and the food I consume.
I Am Not A Burden to Mama Earth.
Most of us already knew that by reducing our meat consumption, we are also reducing carbon emission. 80% of our soils are used for livestock. By going vegan, we save our earth from excessive reclamation. The animals human consume are all plant-based anyways, so why not just gain nutrition from plants directly?
Vegan Food provides more nutritional benefits.
Beans, vegetables, grains, and fruits often contain multiple nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies. A vegan diet is also lower in calories and cholesterol in comparison to consuming animal products. Also, do you realize that most of the meat dishes are actually all spiced with plants? Then why not just eat plants?
Living a vegan lifestyle isn't limitation but expansion - I was fortunate to start my vegan journey in Bali. The creativity and love that went into the preparation of the tasty vegan meals here are the next levels. Having Tim and the Bali Vegan Cookbook's guidance also helped my own journey tremendously - Not only I know where to go to get a delicious meal in Bali, preparing a healthy, delicious vegan meal isn't as complicated as I thought!
Find out how to make delicious, healthy vegan dishes from 150+ plant-based recipes provided by 60 Restaurants in Bali, as well as learning about the health benefits of vegan living with our vegan cookbook.
Check out our blog for sample recipes.
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