17 Reasons to Go Vegan in 2017!

Want to cross off all your New Year's resolutions with just one change?

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to eat better, lose weight, be healthy, and to help make the world a better place. The great news is that by doing just one thing you can accomplish all of these goals – try vegan!

Here are our 17 top reasons to try a plant-based diet in 2017:

17. Feel energized

Healthful eating is a surefire way to feeling healthful and full of energy.

16. Save money

Grains, fruits, and veggies are staples of a healthy diet, including a vegan one. What’s cheaper than pasta?!

15. Try out new foods

The vegan food scene is hot! And nearly every type of cuisine has foods that are already vegan or can easily be made vegan. So there are still plenty of tacos, sushi, and burgers in your future.

14. Lose weight

Obesity is a serious epidemic in the Western world but a recent study from Cornell University points out that vegans tend to be, on average, 10-20 pounds lighter than those who still eat meat.

13. Make new friends

Whether you’re trying out a new vegan restaurant or checking out #veganfoodporn on Instagram, you’re bound to make new friends in this super compassionate and friendly community.

12. Live a longer life

Even the Men’s Journal agrees that eating less meat leads to a longer and healthful life.

11. Ditch gross dairy

Not only is the dairy industry depressingly cruel, milk is also gross – it’s been found to contain pus and blood.

10. No more gross meat

Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States.

9. Prevent disease

A vegan diet is great for your health! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.

8. Be one of the cool kids

Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Al Gore, Flo Rida, Moby, and Kat Von D are just a few of the famous vegans and vegetarians helping popularize a plant-based diet.

7. Conserve water

Did you know it takes almost 1,800 gallons of water to produce just ONE pound of beef?! Eating plant-based for one year saves more water than if you didn’t shower for an entire year.

6. Save the rainforest

Much of the world’s rainforests are being cleared for cattle grazing and growing crops to feed farmed animals.

5. Help fight world hunger

Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people, too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals when all that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people

4. Improve your health

Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, such as cholesterol and saturated animal fat.

3. Promote a healthier planet

Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” car in the fight against climate change.

2. Fight animal abuse

There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing vegan foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.

1. Spread compassion

Choosing compassion over suffering is the first step to creating a better world.

So try going vegan in the new year and tell your friends and family how you already kept all your New Year’s resolutions!

Happy New Year!