A Vegetarian New Year Resolution

Why should someone make reducing their animal product intake their New Year resolution?

It seems to be a trending topic this year round. Or maybe it’s just my sudden interest in blogging about the subject that brings me to notice what is actually the norm.

Either way, it’s worth the consideration. Here’s why.

Below are three different benefits that I think are great reasons to become a vegetarian. Personally I’m in it for a bit of all three but even if you check off for only one you’ve got a solid reason to try.

1. How to know if a vegetarian New Year resolution is for you: Health

Do you have a condition that seems to have come out of nowhere? Maybe it’s headaches, acne breakouts, sudden weight gain, or irregular blood issues?

Your body is trying to tell you something.

Humans don’t need to eat as much meat as we do. Heck, in just the last few decades the average meat consumption per person has increased drastically and unnecessarily thanks to a wealthy industry and a tasty product.

So why don’t you find out what’s right for yourself? Try out a proper whole foods vegan or vegetarian diet and see if over time it fixes some of your current problems, issues you didn’t even notice, or in general just makes you feel better than ever.

I’m not promising you it will, but what’s there to lose? From the amount of forest land, water, and lives saved in just a few months of cutting out meat alone, there’s really only something to gain.

2. How to know if a vegetarian New Year resolution is for you: Environment

Do you know what some of the leading causes of water and rain forest depletion are? And not to mention one of the leading creators of CO2 emissions as well? Think animal agriculture. Here are some pretty serious numbers on the topic.

If you instantly thought household water use or maybe fracking for water and perhaps materials for rain forests it’s ok, that’s what you are supposed to think.

If you want to make a difference to the environment of course current efforts like recycling and taking public transit help a lot, but if you were to cut out animal products entirely the impact on the environment would be tenfold.

My favourite line from the previous link is this:

“Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq. ft. of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.”

Every. Damn. Day.

If you want some motivation for your new change, I’d say put that line everywhere you look to give you a kick in the butt any time you feel like quitting.

3. How to know if a vegetarian New Year resolution is for you: Animals

There’s an image floating around that basically asks the question:

‘Can you look a factory farm animal in the eyes and tell them that your taste is worth their suffering?’

If yes, then you’re right that vegetarianism probably isn’t for you. At least not right this minute.

If no, then great. You have compassion for animals. Now it’s time to do something about it.

Sometimes when articles make their way around on social media about the latest racism news or recent uproar about LGBT rights or any controversial item for that matter, I often consider whether they can also be applied to today’s disappointing meat industry.

For example, a line I see rather frequently is ‘imagine how silly those people will all feel 50 years from now.’ Do you think this could one day be said about those that knew better but didn’t take the stand against animal cruelty in the meat industry?

I’m pretty confident the answer is yes.

Ok, you may have convinced me. What now?

First of all, good on you. You’ve chosen to make a big impact on your life, other furrier lives, and the future of this planet. That’s a pretty big deal!

As you will learn reading further into my blog, I recommend something I call the slow and steady method. It involves picking one animal at a time and focusing on cutting just that one out. For me, it was a new meat every year as by 12 months later the cravings would be fully gone from the previous meat I cut out and I would be ready to tackle the next. You can learn more about this vegetarian method in The Turning Point.

If you are coming across this beyond new years day then make it a beginning-of-the-next-month type resolution. I recommend starting on the first day of the following month anyway as it’s easier to keep track and gives you a date to look forward to. who says resolutions absolutely need to start on January 1st?

It may seem a little backwards to wait longer to get started but that’s all part of the slow and steady method. Think of it as a long term gain opposed to short term. If taking the time to prepare is the difference between you sticking with it and not, then it’s so worth it.

Thank you for reading and have a very happy and healthy new year :)