Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
– as defined by The Vegan Society
Everything you will find on Blossom & Balance is 100% vegan + cruelty free. 🙂
Going vegan is definitely amongst the top 3 best decisions I have ever made in my entire life (the others being moving to San Diego and adopting my gorgeous kitten, Matcha!). I have been vegan for close to 6 years now and it has greatly allowed me to open my mind and heart to living a more compassionate life.
Growing up, I was always big on loving animals and the Earth, but it wasn’t until sophomore year of high school that I made the connection to take full responsibility for my actions and go vegan. Now, don’t get me wrong, this was (unfortunately) no overnight feat. I grew up surrounded by Mexican food, and the Standard American Diet but it didn’t stop me from asking the right questions, finding some awesome resources and taking the first step. However you go about it, know that the Earth, the animals and your health will thank you immensely for the change. If you are at all considering going vegan, wondering on where to start going vegan, for just looking for more information, please check out my Top 10 Tips for Going Vegan, my Vegan Starter Guide with a Vegan Must-Have Grocery List and my list of vegan resources full of documentaries, books and YouTube videos that are awesome for learning more about the benefits of this compassionate lifestyle!
One of the biggest questions I get asked is: “Isn’t being vegan hard?”, which I respond to with, no, it’s not hard. What’s hard is knowing that by eating meat, you are willingly contributing to the mass slaughter of innocent beings that hold the capacity to think, love and feel, just like us. What’s hard is knowing that 65% of the world’s grains are set aside to feed the billions of animals for slaughter, instead of being used to feed the hungry people of this Earth. What’s hard is knowing that 1 in 3 meat eaters will contract a cancer linked to poor health that could have been prevented with proper nutrition through a plant based diet. Being vegan is a beautiful thing, for the animals, the Earth, and your health. Make the connection! ❤︎
For The Animals
All creatures deserve the right to live. Animals are sentient beings that hold the capacity to love, think, fear, feel, and grow, just like humans. In their natural habitat, many animals, mainly mammals, dedicate their lives to raising their young, while also caring for and communicating with others in their group/herd.
Animals are not meant for captivity. They long to roam around in open air and fresh sunlight, like nature intended. In most slaughterhouses, the animals never see sunlight; they are crammed into overcrowded rooms where bacteria and disease easily spread. In zoos or aquatic parks like SeaWorld, animals are confined to cages and “habitats” that represent a very minuscule percentage of what their natural habitat is really like. Many animals in captivity are noticeably depressed, anxious, afraid and lonely.
For Our Earth
You, undoubtedly, cannot be an environmentalist and ignore the problems that come with animal agriculture. Animals agriculture is responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gas emission, which is more than the exhaust of cars, trucks, trains, planes and boats combined. Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Apart from all the greenhouse gas emission that comes from animal agriculture, it also takes up a huge amount of water. It takes about three times the amount of water to feed a meat eater compared with that used to feed a vegan. For example, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound beef, 900 gallons for a pound of cheese and 636 gallons for a dozen eggs.
For Your Health
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 40% of all cancer cases are preventable. The American Cancer Society reports that one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States can be attributed to unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical activity.